Something I really enjoyed about Sci Fi putting this event on for us was getting to put faces to people involved with other online outlets. SyFy Portal, Gateworld, The TV Addict, DVD Verdict, Monsters and Critics, UGO, and TVaholic, among others (sorry if I missed mentioning you and you're reading this – I'm still recovering.) These were real fans of television, and they were as excited as anyone to be there. What pissed me off, though, was overhearing a few people in attendance say "I never watch TV," yet here they were, covering TV shows. What were they doing there? Lame. That should piss off any fan of these shows, because this was more than an event to be reported on my the media, it was put on for the fans. OK, I'm done my rant.
One thing I would have liked from the event in Vancouver was more time. Somehow Sci Fi was able to cram in three panels and three set tours of some of the most successful science fiction TV shows on TV today. After the Atlantis panel, I couldn't help but approach Dave Hewlett to let him know that I was Twittering the entire trip to the TV Squad readers, since he's an avid user of the technology himself. Very cool guy and very approachable, but because of time restrictions of the trip, I had to cut our talk short.
As promised, here's part two of the Stargate Atlantis panel. I'll have the Flash Gordon panel for you on Monday.
[UPDATE: The stream is working now (below), which includes the entire panel.]
Something that maybe some of us took for granted was the fact that, not only were we participating in a panel interview with the cast of these shows, we were conducting these panels on the very set the show is shot on (the Stargate is right there!) It also helped that there were only 25 of us handing around a microphone, making it very easy for everyone to get in at least one question.
Stargate Atlantis was on hiatus from shooting, but that didn't stop David Hewlett, Rachel Luttrell and showrunners Joe Mallozzi and Paul Mullie from heading to the studio to meet us all. Check back later for part two of the panel.
[UPDATE: The video below now includes the entire panel video.]
There's a fan page that blogs about it called Breaking Atmo. The most recent posts has all sorts of photos of Firefly and Serenity DVDs floating in space. One of the blog posts says that "Swanny" got the other astronauts addicted to Firefly while they were all in quarantine for five hours before the shuttle Atlantis launched earlier this month.
I've also heard that there are a number of astronauts at NASA who are addicted to Battlestar Galactica. Can you blame them?!?
[Via Pop Candy]
(S03E19) This is more of what I have been waiting for as the season winds down for the Atlantis team. Here is an arc with a good enemy that builds nicely on the overall Atlantis story. I love the decision to bring back Michael. That's partly just because I like Connor Trinneer (Enterprise), but mostly because the story of Michael, and what the Atlantis team did to him, is very interesting.
Season four of Atlantis marks another change for the show. As Wright and fellow Executive Producer Robert C. Cooper turn their attention to the SG-1 movies, Joseph Mallozzi and Paul Mullie will take over as show-runners for Atlantis.I like the addition of Tapping to the cast. I've always been a fan of Carter, and with Paul McGillion not returning as Dr. Becket in season four, there is an opening to be filled.
It's good to have a date for the Stargate return, but i am among those that just doesn't get what Sci Fi is doing with their scheduling. TV Squad reader Mack pointed out that the new Atlantis episodes are already airing in other markets, and a quick check of some torrent sites reveals that they are out there to be had. I didn't like the long break in the season when they did it with Farscape, and I don't like it now. With the serial nature of these shows, big breaks just don't work. 24 got it right.
Bowie also appeared in season 2 of Extras in Britain... his website says season 2 comes to American HBO on Sundays in January.
[Via TV Tattle]
(S03E06) Ok... Meredith? Rodney's first name is Meredith? What did he do to anger the writers and how can we make it happen again? McKay is so energetic and blatantly emotional that he's become one of my favorites to watch on screen. The combination of plot devices - two
Watch out for the intro - whatever you do don't take a sip of wine. You'll end up snorting it up your nose. It burns, trust me.
In case any of you Stargate fans haven't found out about this already, Stargate SG-1 and Stargate Atlantis now have episodes available for download on iTunes. Right now you can download episodes from season 10 of Stargate SG-1 (plus new episodes from the season as they become available), and season 3 of Stargate Atlantis (also with new episodes as they become available). The episodes cost the usual $1.99, and a season pass can be purchased for $37.99. Alternatively, I suppose you could still use BitTorrent, but if you like to get your Stargate fix in a more legitimate fashion, this is a decent option. Hopefully other seasons will be made available soon.
Special thanks to Mack Swift for the info.
(S03E05) This Atlantis a classic scifi mind trip episode. Weir wakes up in a hospital room.... and she's told that she never left Earth. Things start looking a bit freaky when Jack's head goes on fast forward like a mad TiVo. Our Dr. Weir seems to be getting better and better in her mind trip. In fact, half the episode is devoted to just setting it up.
Back in Atlantis Weir is being scanned - something's spreading through her. Okay, she's been infected with nanites. (Yay! I thought the previous episode finished way too easy. Not that I think it's great to infect people with nanites.) As the doc works on a solution to the nanite infection, Shep encourages Weir to fight (In the chairless infirmary).
(S03E04) This has to be one of the best episodes yet. Shep's team starts out on some random planet. Ronon has a bad feeling, and Rodney is his usual pessimistic self. Upon entering the village, someone starts shouting Wraith bringer and things turn ugly. Rodney gets uh, shot with an arrow, and they make off to the gate post-haste. The villagers manage to stun Teyla and Ronon before Shep gets back to help up. In the end, even Shep gets a stun dart in the arm. (oops.)
After nap time, we find out that the backwoods villagers are REALLY backwoods villagers. They've actually called the wraith to come get Ronon. (Seriously, Hi guys you ate my daughter, but I believe you'll leave us alone now.") Meanwhile Rodney's hopped up on Morphine.
(S10E03)If you were getting tired of SG-1 getting pushed around by the Ori in the last couple of episodes, this one helps make up for it all. The team is finally doing some proactive stuff right from the beginning.
Oh, and Daniel finally gets to Atlantis.
He keeps Vala on a pretty tight leash, but they still have some fun. Meanwhile, Carter and Mitchell have made off with McKay and a load of citrus fruit. Ok, not really, but the lemon comes in handy.
(S03E03)Atlantis is in between giant story arcs right now. The latest episode was good fun, and it keeps you guessing. I loved this little scene with the candle. They were all so proud of this little candle.
It was a pretty light hearted story. Once again I'm questioning Beckett's common sense. Well, I'm sure as heck wondering why they'd leave him all alone on a strange planet. Sure Shep's team checked things out, but Beckett isn't Mr Grace Under Pressure. (I think my 3 year old could make him talk.)
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