Win Stargate SG1 Dialing Up: Tuning in to SciFi TV Contest #5

Nov 10, 2009 No Comments

This contest is now closed.

The Stargate SG1 series may be over and Stargate Universe is taking the franchise into a new direction, but there’s more to discover about the Gate in Stargate SG1 Dialing Up from Titan Books that covers the first five seasons of Stargate SG1.

Tell us what you love about the Stargate ‘verse (any or all aspects – the original movie, SG-1, Stargate Atlantis or Stargate Universe) and why to qualify for a random drawing to win one of three copies of Stargate SG-1: Dialing Up (Titan Books). We have three copies of the book to give away to three different people. Submit an email, voicemail or Skype message naming your favorite part of the Stargate franchise and why. Include your name, email address and home location.

The contest begins today. Submissions must be received by November 27, 2009 at 11:59 PST. One entry per person.

Read on for the fine print and contest details…

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Review: The Official BSG Season 4 Companion

Nov 09, 2009 No Comments

Battlestar Galactica finished up season 4 back in March 2009. You’ve probably gone through your Complete Series boxset at least twice by now. But BSG still doesn’t feel ‘over’, perhaps due to the recent BSG:The Plan movie, or perhaps the upcoming prequel series Caprica.

Another item to complete the series has finally arrived – Battlestar Galactica: The Official Companion Season Four. Titan Books has closed the series of companion books with a foreward by Adama himself. Edward James Olmos acknowledges all the writers and crew of the story, and especially the fans, who gave all their hard work to tell their story a powerful meaning. The Companion closes with perhaps the long-term cultural impact of the show with a final section describing the BSG cast and crew visit to the UN. The UN panel discussion covered many of the issues that BSG tackled like torture, terrorism and religious wars, and their relevance to the UN’s mission today.

As with the previous BSG companion guides, the author, Sharon Gosling, had access to the writers and actors for comments that cannot be found in just the DVD extras or online websites. The guide has special details about each season 4 episode. Whether you liked the series conclusion or not, the section on the finale “Daybreak” provides delicious insights from creators Ron Moore and David Eick and director Michael Rymer about how they came to the series’ end. These glimpses behind the scenes discuss the story, and the unique collaboration of the entire team to create what we eventually saw on screen.

For anyone jonesing for more BSG, and certainly those “completion-ists” in the fandom, the Battlestar Galactica: The Official Companion Season Four should sit nicely next to the companion guides for seasons one through three on the bookshelf.

Read it now.

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Tuner Minute 55 – Instant Replay

Nov 08, 2009 No Comments

Instant Replay recorded by Wendy Hembrock

Theme song graciously provided by Beatnik Turtle.

Want to share your thoughts on this topic or read what other people think? The forum discussion there is here.

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Tuning in to SciFi TV #54

Nov 04, 2009 3 Comments

sanctuary_familyPoll about TV schedule conflicts, Battlestar Galactica:The Plan DVD Contest winners, New contest coming soon! Bonus show discussing BSG:The Plan.

Water Cooler:
Quick Reviews: Heroes 10/26 (4.07 Strange Attractors), The Guild 10/27 (Halloween bonus episode), Eastwick 10/28 (1.06 Bonfire and Betrayal), Monsters vs. Aliens 10/28 Halloween Special, Flash Forward 10/29 (1.06 Scary Monsters and Super Creeps), Vampire Diaries 10/29 (1.07 Haunted), Supernatural 10/29 (5.07 The Curious Case of Dean Winchester), The Sarah Jane Adventures 10/29 (3.05 – 3.06 The Wedding of Sarah Jane Smith Pt 1 & 2), Smallville 10/30 (9.06 Crossfile), Ghost Whisperer 10/30 (5.06 Head Over Heels), Medium 10/30 (6.06 Bite Me), Stargate Universe 10/30 (1.06 Water), Sanctuary 10/30 (2.04 Hero).

Listener voicemails from Nathanial, Christine, Jon, Tony Telado, and Carrie. Listener emails from David and Michael Hickerson. Syfy runs Legend of the Seeker marathons, Itunes Free Legend of the Seeker episode 2.01 at movie theaters, NBC orders more episodes of Chuck, Chuck Season 2 On DVD 1/5, Syfy to remake Being Human, Doctor Who Waters of Mars airs on 11/15 in the UK, Doctor Who Waters of Mars DVD release on 12/19.

Tuner Minute: Young Geek. Join in the forum discussion here.

Back Porch:
30:57 – Supernatural 10/29 (5.07 The Curious Case of Dean Winchester)
36:25 – Heroes 10/26 (4.07 Strange Attractors)
44:25 – Sanctuary 10/30 (2.04 Hero)
53:40 – Stargate Universe 10/30 (1.06 Water)

Episode #54 hosted by Kevin Bachelder, Wendy Hembrock, and Brent Barrett. Recorded on 11/01/09. Edited by Brent Barrett.

Theme song graciously provided by Beatnik Turtle.

Promo for the The Leviathan Chronicles.

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Preview for Season 2 of Legend of the Seeker

Nov 04, 2009 2 Comments

Legend_Season_2Legend of the Seeker returns with more of the same things we loved about season 1. Richard, Kahlan and Zedd are fighting evil as they travel more fantastic New Zealand landscapes, wield big and shiny swords in slow-mo action and f/x sorcery. The much-ogled Mord’Sith are back in tight braids and leather outfits too.

Season 2 of Legend of the Seeker airs on Saturday, November 7. Check your local listings for times in your area.

A mildly-spoilery sneak peak for Season 2 follows the break.

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V Arrives – These Visitors Are Unexpected Company

Oct 31, 2009 No Comments

V_ Peace_propagandaReal bleeping aliens land on earth with ABC’s reboot of the mini-series V into a full series. Will these amazingly attractive Visitors become demanding guests who never leave? Do they come in peace? Well, of course not; we watched the original 1983 mini-series!

So, they don’t have our best interests at heart. But maybe these Visitors are different. Maybe they are just strangers looking to survive in a strange land with no agenda to use their overwhelming technological advantage to occupy our planet or eat us for lunch. Let’s find out when V arrives Nov. 3 at 8pm EST/PST on ABC.

A clip from the first 9 minutes of the Pilot follows the break.

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Tuner Minute 54 – Young Geek

Oct 30, 2009 No Comments

Young Geek recorded by Brent Barrett

Theme song graciously provided by Beatnik Turtle.

Want to share your thoughts on this topic or read what other people think? The forum discussion there is here.

You can listen to the episode now by using the ‘Play’ button below.

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Happy Birthday to Us!

Oct 30, 2009 3 Comments

TIST 1 Year PartyToday is the anniversary of Tuning in to SciFi TV’s first podcast! Brent, Kevin and Wendy started the podcast to have an opportunity for a little more conversation about our favorite TV shows, and many of them are now your favorite shows too!

A Quick Review of Year One:
– We talked a lot! We recorded over 54 hours discussing our favorite TV shows
You talked a lot too! Between the voicemails, emails and forum threads the conversation just keeps going.
– We discovered some great new TV shows like Fringe, True Blood, Warehouse 13, and FlashForward altogether.
– We got people to check out other great TV shows like Supernatural, Medium, Being Human, The Middleman, and The Guild.
– We ran some cool contests and polls.

We don’t always agree. Part of the fun is the variety of perspectives. Thanks to all of you for listening and sharing with us. There’s plenty more entertaining conversation to come!

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Tuning in to SciFi TV #53

Oct 27, 2009 No Comments

dollhouse_prya and brooke reidt artBattlestar Galactica:The Plan DVD Contest deadline to enter is November 1, Poll about TV schedule conflicts.

Water Cooler:
Quick Reviews: Heroes 10/19 (4.06 Tabula Rasa), The Guild 10/20 (3.08 +10 To Bravery), Eastwick 10/21 (1.05 Mooning and Crooning), Flash Forward 10/22 (1.05 Gimme Some Truth), Smallville 10/23 (9.05 ), Ghost Whisperer 10/23 (5.05 Cause for Alarm), Medium 10/23 (6.05 Baby Fever), Dollhouse 10/23 (2.04 Belonging), Stargate Universe 10/23 (1.05 Light), Sanctuary 10/23 (2.03 Eulogy).

Fox benches Dollhouse in November; returns with double Dollhouse episodes in December schedule, Vampire Diaries gets full season pick-up by the CW, First 9 minutes online of the V pilot, BBC1 offers up Paradox soon, Hulu may start charging in 2010, Will Game of Thrones be the next Geek Obsession?, Listener email from David.

Tuner Minute: Cool Costume. Join in the forum discussion here.

Back Porch:
0:28:45 – Dollhouse 10/23 (2.04 Belonging)
0:37:11 – Sanctuary 10/23 (2.03 Eulogy)
0:46:46 – Stargate Universe 10/23 (1.05 Light)
0:56:34 – Heroes 10/19 (4.06 Tabula Rasa)

Episode #53 hosted by Brent Barrett, Kevin Bachelder and Wendy Hembrock. Recorded on 10/26/09. Edited by Brent Barrett.

Theme song graciously provided by Beatnik Turtle.

Promo for the Being Human Cast about the BBC show Being Human.

You can listen to the episode now by using the ‘Play’ button below.

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BSG: The Plan Arrives Today!

Oct 27, 2009 1 Comment

bsg_the plan_cylonBattlestar Galactica:The Plan comes out on DVD today! Are you in on the “plan”? Plan schman…. frakkin’ toasters with their frakkin’ grand plans!

Remember there’s still time to enter our BSG:The Plan Contest to win one of two copies we have to give away of Battlestar Galactica:The Plan.

Once you watch all the details in Battlestar Galactica:The Plan, join us on Tuning in to SciFi TV for an in-depth bonus episode discussing the film coming soon!

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Tuner Minute 53 – Cool Costume

Oct 26, 2009 No Comments

Cool Costume recorded by Wendy Hembrock

Theme song graciously provided by Beatnik Turtle.

Want to share your thoughts on this topic or read what other people think? The forum discussion there is here.

You can listen to the episode now by using the ‘Play’ button below.

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