Tuning in to SciFi TV #57 – Last Call

Nov 27, 2009 1 Comment

SmallvilleEpisode 57 of Tuning in to SciFi TV was over, but Brent, Kevin and Wendy weren’t finished talking so here’s the other things on their mind.

Beware of spoilers! We may discuss anything up through the most recently aired episode of the show being discussed.

Last Call:
The Prisoner
Ghost Whisperer
– Heroes
V
Smallville
Stargate: Universe
Legend of the Seeker

Episode #57 Last Call hosted by Kevin Bachelder, Wendy Hembrock and Brent Barrett. Recorded on 11/22/09. Edited by Brent Barrett.

Theme song graciously provided by Beatnik Turtle.

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Tuning in to SciFi TV #57

Nov 25, 2009 No Comments

Fringe Stargate contest to win a copy of Stargate SG-1: Dialing Up published by Titan Books, Poll about the Stargate ‘verse.

Water Cooler:
Quick Reviews: Legend of the Seeker 11/14 (2.02 Baneling), Doctor Who 11/15 (The Waters of Mars), The Prisoner mini-series 11/15-17, Heroes 11/16 (4.10 Brother’s Keeper), The Guild 11/17 (3.11 Battle Royale), V 11/17 (1.03 A Bright New Day), The Sarah Jane Adventures, 11/19&20 (3.11&12 The Gift 1&2), Flash Forward 11/19 (1.09, Believe), Vampire Diaries 11/19 (1.10 The Turning Point), Supernatural 11/19 (5.10 Abandon All Hope), Fringe 11/19 (2.08 August), Smallville 11/20 (9.09 Pandora), Ghost Whisperer 11/20 (5.09 Lost In The Shadows), Medium 11/20 (6.09 The Future’s so Bright), Stargate Universe 11/20 (1.09 Life), Sanctuary 11/20(2.07 Veritas).

Listener voicemails from Nick and Christine, Chuck will return with a special 2-hour premiere on Sunday 1/10, then regular timeslot of Monday 1/11 at 8pm EST, Lost returns on Tuesday 2/2 9pm with a recap special at 8 pm then the 2-hour season premiere at 9pm, Show runner changes on Caprica, First 10 episodes of Vampire Diaries marathon on Monday 12/14 through Friday 12/18, Sneak peak of SyFy’s Outer Space Astronauts, Doctor Who: Waters of Mars and The End of Time Part 1 previews.

Tuner Minute:Heartstrings. Join in the forum discussion here.

Back Porch:
34:07 – Listener feedback on Supernatural
38:33 – Supernatural 11/19 (5.10 Abandon All Hope)
51:25 – Fringe 11/19 (2.08 August)

Episode #57 hosted by Kevin Bachelder, Wendy Hembrock and Brent Barrett. Recorded on 11/22/09. Edited by Brent Barrett.

Theme song graciously provided by Beatnik Turtle.

Promo for the Variant Frequencies fiction podcast.

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Doctor Who: The Waters of Mars and The End of Time Previews

Nov 23, 2009 No Comments

Dr Who_Waters of MarsAnother thing to be thankful for this time of the year: new Doctor Who! There are only a few more specials left with David Tenant as the Doctor, so enjoy them while they last.

The next special, Doctor Who: The Waters of Mars airs on BBC America on Saturday December 19th at 9pm/8c. The Doctor (David Tenant) and his strong-minded companion Adelaide face terror on the Red Planet in one of the scariest adventures yet.

Need a reminder on where things left off? BBC America will air Inside The Tardis (8/7c) just before Waters of Mars, as a catch-up special on the series through the eyes of the Doctor’s companions.

An extended inside-look and other bonus content will air immediately after Doctor Who: The Waters of Mars.

Check out the preview clips for both Doctor Who: The Waters of Mars and Doctor Who: The End of Time, Part 1 after the break.

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Tuner Minute 57 – Heartstrings

Nov 23, 2009 1 Comment

Heartstrings 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.

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Tuning in to SciFi TV #56 – Last Call

Nov 19, 2009 2 Comments

SGU108SmallWendy, Kevin, and Brent get in their last comments that didn’t quite fit into the latest episode of Tuning in to SciFi TV. Warning: Spoilers abound and we may talk about anything and everything up through the last aired episode of the show being discussed.

Last Call:
00:35 – FlashForward
04:16 – Supernatural
08:00 – Smallville
10:08 – The Guild
10:35 – Sanctuary

Episode #56 Last Call hosted by Brent Barrett, Kevin Bachelder and Wendy Hembrock. Recorded on 11/15/09. Edited by Brent Barrett.

Theme song graciously provided by Beatnik Turtle.

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Tuning in to SciFi TV #56

Nov 17, 2009 No Comments

New contest to win a copy of Stargate SG-1: Dialing Up published by Titan Books, New poll about the Stargate ‘verse.

Water Cooler:
Quick Reviews: Legend of the Seeker 11/7 (2.01 Marked), Heroes 11/9 (4.09 Shadowboxing), The Guild Tues 11/10 (3.10 The Return!), V 11/10 (1.02 There is No Normal Anymore), Flash Forward 11/12 (1.08 Playing Cards with Coyotes), Vampire Diaries 11/12 (1.09 History Repeating), Supernatural 11/12 (5.09 The Real Ghostbusters), Fringe 11/12 (2.07 Of Human Action)Smallville 11/13 (9.08 Idol), Ghost Whisperer 11/13 (5.08 Dead Listing),Medium 11/13 (6.08 Once In A Lifetime), Stargate Universe 11/13 (1.08 Time), Sanctuary 11/3 (2.06 Fragments).

Dollhouse canceled, Eastwick canceled, Two more series of Primeval, Lost returns for final season starting January 20, Holiday break for Supernatural after 11/19 episode, Retooling before BSG prequel Caprica’s January debut, Series low ratings for Heroes, Stargate Universe ratings take weekly drops, Kevin’s New England Fan Experience.

Tuner Minute: Genre Window Dressing. Join in the forum discussion here.

Back Porch:
29:20 – Legend of the Seeker 11/7 (2.01 Marked)
37:44 – Fringe 11/12 (2.07 Of Human Action)
44:22 – V 11/10 (1.02 There is No Normal Anymore)
52:18 – Stargate Universe 11/13 (1.08 Time) and Listener voicemail from Christine

Episode #56 hosted by Brent Barrett, Kevin Bachelder and Wendy Hembrock. Recorded on 11/15/09. Edited by Brent Barrett.

Theme song graciously provided by Beatnik Turtle.

Promo for the SciFi Talk podcast.

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Tuner Minute 56 – Genre Window Dressing

Nov 15, 2009 No Comments

Genre Window Dressing 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.

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Tuning in to SciFi TV #55 – Last Call

Nov 10, 2009 No Comments

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Join Wendy, Kevin, and Brent as they ramble on about things that didn’t quite fit into the latest episode of Tuning in to SciFi TV.  Warning: Spoilers abound and we can talk about anything and everything at any time.

Last Call:
00:30 – FlashForward
01:58 – Heroes
06:12 – Sanctuary

Episode #55 Last Call hosted by Wendy Hembrock, Brent Barrett and Kevin Bachelder. Recorded on 11/07/09. Edited by Brent Barrett.

Theme song graciously provided by Beatnik Turtle.

You can listen to this bonus segment now by using the ‘Play’ button below.

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Tuning in to SciFi TV #55

Nov 10, 2009 No Comments

New contest to win a copy of Stargate SG-1: Dialing Up published by Titan Books, New poll about the Stargate ‘verse, Bonus show discussing BSG:The Plan.

Water Cooler:
Quick Reviews: Heroes 11/2 (4.08 Once Upon a Time in Texas), The Guild Tues 11/3 (3.09 Wit’s End), V 11/3 (1.01 Pilot), Flash Forward 11/5 (1.07 The Gift), Vampire Diaries 11/5 (1.08 162 Candles), Supernatural 11/5 (5.08 Changing Channels), Fringe 11/5 (2.06 Earthling)Smallville 11/6 (9.07 Kandor), Ghost Whisperer 11/6 (5.07 Devil’s Bargain),Medium 11/6 (6.07 New Terrain), Stargate Universe 11/6 (1.07 Earth), Sanctuary 11/6 (2.05 Pavor Noturnus).

V premieres with big ratings in the US and Canada, ABC.com lets you create your own commentary with the V producers, Defying Gravity DVD release on 1/19, DVRs actually helps TV ratings, Kevin going to New England Fan Experience 11/13 – 11/15, Listener voicemail from Australia about Stargate Universe, Twitter feedback on Supernatural, Listener voicemail from Michael Falkner, Email from Michael Hickerson.

Tuner Minute: Instant Replay. Join in the forum discussion here.

Back Porch:
24:10 – Stargate Universe 11/6 (1.07 Earth); Listener voicemail and emails
34:35 – V 11/3 (1.01 Pilot); Listener voicemail and emails
44:55 – Supernatural 11/6 (5.08 Changing Channels); Listener voicemail
54:20 – Medium (Spoilers for all of season 6 through 11/6 6.07 New Terrain)

Episode #55 hosted by Wendy Hembrock, Brent Barrett and Kevin Bachelder. Recorded on 11/07/09. Edited by Brent Barrett.

Theme song graciously provided by Beatnik Turtle.

Promo for the Sci Fi Diner podcast.

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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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