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Battlestar Galactica invades Dilbert

by Kevin Kelly, posted Dec 8th 2006 7:38PM
Click for Dilbert's BSG-ism!Everyone's favorite swear words get the sci-fi treatment on television so they can sidestep around the censors. On Farscape we had "frell," Battlestar Galactica has "frack," and Firefly gave us a whole slew of Chinese swear words like "tzae gao" and "ta ma de." Bilngual swearing, FTW! You know a sci-fi swearism has reached the mainstream when it's being used by a character in Scott Adams' "Dilbert" strip.

Although, come to think of it ... I'm not even sure if Captain Kirk ever said "damn." One thing is for sure, I'd really like to see Spock bust out the f-word. Just once. You know he got fed up with McCoy at some point, broke all of his Vulcan training and cold logic and just let him have it. Plus, while we're on this rant, why didn't anyone ever tell Doctor Smith to shut the f*ck up on Lost in Space? The guy earned it, for sure.

Now we can get onto the real conspiracy: is Dilbert a Cylon? Maybe he's the only human left, and everyone around him is a Cylon. We may never know the true story.

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Stargate, Atlantis, Painkiller Jane coming in April

by Brett Love, posted Dec 5th 2006 4:03PM
stargate atlantisWe've already mentioned that Battlestar is moving to Sundays on January 21st. It will be joined by the highly anticipated new series The Dresden Files. Now comes word that Sci Fi Friday's will return in April with the final ten episodes of Stargate, the continuation of the current season of Atlantis, and the new show Painkiller Jane. The press release also mentions new episodes of Ghost Hunters, the new season of Who Wants To Be A Superhero?, and 24 'pulse-pounding' original movies.

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.

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New Stargate movies coming on DVD

by Brett Love, posted Oct 22nd 2006 10:36AM
Stargate SG-1After it was announced that Stargate SG-1 had been cancelled there was word from MGM that this wasn't the end of the Stargate franchise. Much of that sounded like typical PR speak to be taken with a grain of salt, but MGM wasn't just jerking our chains. They have ordered two Stargate SG-1 movies which will be released direct to DVD, with the possibility of also being shown on cable TV. Plans call for a fall 2007 release.

Executive Producer Brad Wright comments that they are "not big budget" which makes me think that they will be more or less prolonged episodes. But there's nothing wrong with that. The first of the two movies will tie up the current Ori storyline while the second is reported to be about time travel. The Gateworld article also mentions the possibility that the movies could be used as a launching pad for a third Stargate series.

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Stargate SG-1: 200

by Will O'Brien, posted Aug 19th 2006 8:29AM
Off to see the wizard
(S10E05) The 200th episode of SG-1 had to be a party to make, because it's friggin' hilarious. Right after the little 'previously on stargate bit' (which worked better this time) meet the furlings... and they're wearing little furry costumes... Wait a minute. The crazy story lines start up right from the beginning.

As SG-1 reads scripts and discusses plots, we're treated to all sorts of possible story lines. The changes are usually pretty obvious, but they keep us on our toes with sneaky cuts from actual show to campy scenes. The whole episode total unadulterated fan service - I loved it.

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New TV on DVD releases today

by Bob Sassone, posted Aug 8th 2006 8:39AM
  • Sealab 2021Beautiful People - First Season
  • The Brak Show - Volume 2
  • Farscape - Starburst Edition, Volume 11 (4.2)
  • The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air - Fourth Season
  • Grounded For Life - Season Three
  • Laguna Beach: The Real Orange County - Second Season
  • Prison Break - Season One
  • Sealab 2021 - Season Four
  • The Wire - Season Three

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The Five: Best spaceships on TV

by Adam Finley, posted Jun 19th 2006 8:01AM

starbug red dwarfOkay, this one is for the sci-fi geeks. There's a few "space" shows I've watched and enjoyed, but there's far more I haven't seen, so help me out and let me know what your favorite television spaceships are. Below are five television spacecrafts I wouldn't mind being beamed onto, as long as they gave me a laser gun to protect myself, and maybe a large bucket of deep-fried tribbles ( I hear they taste like shrimp). Let's cruise:

The USS Swinetrek: This was the pig-shaped spacecraft from one of my favorite Muppet Show segments, "Pigs in Space." I always found myself intrigued by the adventures of Link Hogthrob, Doctor Strangepork, and first mate Miss Piggy. The episode with Mark Hamill where he appears on the spaceship as Luke Skywalker and Miss Piggy won't let him leave until he "rescues" her is one of my all-time favorite Muppet episodes.

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Why Watch TV: It will make you smarter

by Bob Sassone, posted Apr 25th 2006 3:50PM
Due SouthIn honor of the stupid tradition known as TV Turn-off Week, The Toronto Star's Melanie Arpe has a list of great TV quotes from over the years. Who says you can't learn anything from television?

Some of my favorites:

  • "I thought I was in love once, and then later I thought that maybe it was just an inner ear inbalance." - Fraser, Due South.
  • "Never get caught in bed with a dead woman or a live man." - J.R., Dallas.
  • "Ever since we said 'I do' there are so many things that we don't." - Lucy, I Love Lucy.
  • "Sometimes the road less travelled is less travelled for a reason." - Jerry Seinfeld, Seinfeld.
[via TV Tattle]

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New TV on DVD releases today

by Keith McDuffee, posted Apr 11th 2006 2:37PM
Every Tuesday here on TV Squad , we will highlight the week's TV-on-DVD releases. Some noteworthy releases today, April 11, 2006:

  • in living colorThe Bob Newhart Show - The Complete 3rd Season
  • Farscape - Starburst Edition - Volume 9 (3.3)
  • In Living Color - Season 5
  • The Merv Griffin Show - 40 of the Most Interesting People of Our Time

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Which Sci Fi crew should you be on?

by Anna Johns, posted Feb 18th 2006 9:12AM
Yet another quiz to keep you occupied for a few minutes this weekend. This time, it determines which sci fi crew you should be part of. Be truthful when you fill it out, because it's easy to answer questions that would get you placed on a certain firefly-looking transport.

I was most compatible with Babylon 5 and Farscape, which I never watched. Probably because I'm comfortable with really weird-looking aliens. I think the reason I didn't get on board Serenity was because I wouldn't just follow a captain because he's the captain. And, I didn't get on the Nebuchadnezzar with Neo because I don't have stellar computer skills.

Here are my results:

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TV Squad Poll: Sci-Fi face off!

by Jen Segrest, posted Aug 2nd 2005 9:15AM
My SG-1 posts get often more comments than anything else, proving again that Sci-Fi fans are rabid and intelligent in discussing their favorite shows' high and weak points, and this last review was no different. There has been much discussion in recent weeks about Ben Browder of Farscape moving to SG-1 as a regular player, and many commenters cry how much they miss his former show.

So let me ask, flat out: Would you bring back Farscape - as it was when it left the air - if you knew the only way to do so was by canceling Stargate SG-1 (as the series is right now)? Which show would you pick to live?


Stargate SG-1 or Farscape?
Stargate SG-1 hands down.
Farscape without a doubt.
I don't do Sci-Fi, you nerds!
Niether, I hate questions.
I can't decide, I want them both!
  

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Fargate...er, I mean, Starscape...no, wait...

by C.K. Sample, III, posted Jul 22nd 2005 8:32PM
Jen will have a better discussion of tonight's episode than I could offer, but I just watched the first just-under-eight minute long intro segment to the latest episode of Stargate SG-1, and, I just had to post the following: John Crichton (Ben Browder) and Aeryn Sun (Claudia Black) are frellin' amazing in this show, too!

I mean, sure, as Lt. Colonel Cameron Mitchell, Browder isn't fast-babbling as many pop-cultural references as he did on Farscape, and, as Vala, Claudia Black isn't quite as uptight as Aeryn Sun used to be, but their performances are very very similar to those characters. Stargate SG-1's new feel is rather Farscape-ish. All we need are a few muppets bouncing around the place having weird alien-sex to really complete the fusion of these two shows. Well, that and a really cool living space ship.

So, I want to know a few things from our wonderful TV Squad readership:
  1. Before this season, were you a Farscape fan, were you a Stargate SG-1 fan, or were you a fan of both?
  2. Do you like, love, or frelling hate this new quasi cross-over of the Farscape and Stargate universes?
Please share your answers in the comments. So far, I kind of like the change, because I've been a fan of both shows (although Farscape was a far better show than Stargate has ever been, even when it was a movie, imho).

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SciFi arrives

by Jen Segrest, posted Jul 14th 2005 12:39PM
sciffridaysAs I stand in the grocery store today trying to decide between the four covers of the current TV guide to peruse at home with my very favorite studs on them  - and it hits me what a turn about The SciFi Channel has had since it's aquistion by NBC last year. They've finally arrived.

Three years ago they cancelled fan favorite and critic lovechild Farscape because the parent company, Vivendi, was broke and had no money to fund the next season.  They instead put the little money they did have in getting Stargate to move from pay cable, and it takes off, and reproduces in another watchable spinoff, Stargate: Atlantis. They weren't in a great place, but they were surviving pretty well.

Then NBC buys Vivendi and actually starts making things better, something even I never expected to happen.

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