SciFi Weekend: Heroes, Spoilers for Sarah Connor and Battlestar Galactica, Conservative Dystopias, Zoe Bartlett, and Sarah Palin

Heroes returned with a twist on the first season. A major even of the first season was a future Hiro coming from the future with warning, “Save the cheerleader, save the world.” This time a future Peter Petrelli comes from the future to intervene to attempt to prevent a terrible future but in doing so witnesses The Butterfly Effect. While Peter has prevented one bad future, his intervention caused other things to change, perhaps triggering a new future in which the earth is destroyed. Needless to say, we can be certain that the heroes will find a way to stop this from occurring.

The episode was also notable for reuniting Francis Capra III and Kristin Bell from Veronica Mars. With her father dead and the company now run by Mama Petrelli (who sure got around), Bell’s character Elle was fired and her future role in the show is in question. Unfortunately the role has been a waste of Kristin Bell’s talents.

Richard T. Jones, who plays FBI agent James Ellison on Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, told SciFi Wire that Ellison will take the job as private security for Zeira Corp, which is working towards development of Skynet. He provides additional spoilers in the interview.

Aaron Douglas, who plays Galen Tyrol on Battlestar Galactica might have given away more than intended in a radio interview with an excerpt here–which contains major spoilers:

Q. Tell me this. Do we ever get to see the Cylon homeworld?

AARON DOUGLAS: You did at the end of the middle of season four.

Q. (pause) Wow! Really? You’re saying Earth is the Cylon homeworld?

AD: Earth, in the scriptures, is the Cylon homeworld. Yeah, they say they found evidence, they found other people, and they’re all Cylon. Or they found bones and stuff, scattered all around, and they’re Cylon.

Q. Wow!

AD: Did you not listen to that – did you not watch that?

Q. That was not made clear! Yeah, I missed that! Yeah! I saw everybody standing around …

AD: Watch the last 10 minutes. They say, when they’re digging in the, all that kind of stuff.

Q. The last thing they showed was everybody looking pissed because everything looks destroyed. I didn’t get that they were pissed because everything was Cylon. Everything was destroyed because there was like a Cylon civil war that caused them to go forth and …

AD: Tune in and watch.

The Tony Blog at Time Out New York gave some alternative Emmy Awards last weekend. They gave the award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series to David Tennant of Doctor Who. After seeing Mad Med win the real Emmy for Best Drama Series I checked out the first episode of the series last night. I saw a familiar face, but it did take me a while to figure out that Peggy Olson (above) is played by Elizabeth Moss, who previously played Zoe Bartlett on The West Wing.

IO9 provides a guide to science fiction novels which contain right-wing dystopias. Books include several novels by Robert A. Heinlein and Jennifer Government by Max Berry. Getting back to filmed science fiction they note the similarities between the political situation in the second Star Wars trilogy and our current political situation. I’ve previously had more on this topic here.


The best known comedy acts involving Sarah Palin are those with Tiny Fey impersonating her–video here and here. Katherine Tate, who played Donna Noble last season on Doctor Who, is also a well known British comedian who has a running skit about the “I can do that girl.” The skits are reminding many of Sarah Palin as they feature a girl who claims “I can do that” for many tasks which she is totally unqualified for. A video of one of the skits is above.

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