Sci Fi Friday

Variety reports that NBC has picked up a new time-travel drama created by writer Kevin Falls previously worked on West Wing and Sports Night. The story line revolves around a man who travels back in time to correct wrongs. Beyond that there are is little information available so I’ll make a couple of suggestions as to episodes, considering the West Wing background. For the pilot the star could go back in time to 2000 to convince Florida election officials that butterfly ballots are a bad idea. For the next episode, he could go back to the Vietnam war with a video camera and prove that John Kerry’s account is correct and John O’Neil is a liar.

I previously reported that “The Christmas Invasion” episode of Doctor Who would be delayed until Christmas, therefore appearing out of sequence. Sci Fi Channel now plans to show this on September 29 along with the first episode of season 2. Having downloaded and watched both of these episodes, it is preferable to see them in the order they aired in Great Britain, especially as “The Christmas Invasion” is the first episode after The Doctor has regenerated.

While Stargate has been cancelled after ten seasons (not a bad run), there is hope for fans. They may produce a series of made for television movies as well as develop another spin off. I never got into Stargate, but for the benefit of its fans I hope they do a better job with spin offs than the Star Trek franchise did with the final two.

Speaking of Star Trek, TV Land will be showing the original show on a regular basis starting in November. In addition, to celebrate the 40th anniversary, TV Land will show four episodes on September 8. The episodes are”The Man Trap,” “City on the Edge of Forever,” “The Trouble With Tribbles” and “Plato’s Stepchildren.”

If Star Trek isn’t enough to watch in November, Cinemax HD is going to show all six Star Wars movies in high definition. This will be the first time one network has carried the entire series, as well as the first time the original trilogy has been boradcast in HD.

That Dopey idea to demote Pluto to a dwarf planet has been the hottest topic in the blogoshere, ranking as top search at Technorati. My story on Pluto received numerous links, including from non-political blogs which don’t typically link to my posts. This Mickey Mouse decision is also being protested by some scientists. You’ll always be one of my favorite dogs, er planets, Pluto.

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    kj says:

    FarScape, to me, was the real loss. At least Skippy (fandom’s name for the SciFi Channel) had the good sense to pick up Ben Browder and Claudia Black for the last season of Stargate.

    Going back in time to right wrongs? Sounds iffy to me… messing with the Prime Directive and all. Unless they play around with the various alterations the actions could cause.

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    kj says:

    Wait, “Skiffy,” not “Skippy.” :-0

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    Ron Chusid says:


    I loved Farscape at first but by the end it was ready to go off. (Of course I’m happy they added the movie to tie up that cliff hanger from the final regular episode). Since they were playing different characters, having Browder and Black on Stargate wasn’t enough to get me to start watching a show which had been on for so many years. I can’t judge it fairly nevery having watched an entire show, but when I did have bits on I wasn’t very impressed.

    Please don’t convince me otherwise or I might be stuck buying ten year’s worth of DVD’s, as well as those of its current spin off.

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    kj says:

    I won’t even try to convince you. 😉
    Stargate is always the last on the list for me to watch, even over old home shows on the Home and Garden channel. JimBobKen has much lower standards when it comes to sci fi than I do, he is a devote of just about anything to do with space, or black lagoons, or 1950’s black and white monster movies.

    And, while I missed several seasons of FarScape, I enjoyed watching the creators push the boundaries with language. Don’t know that there was/is another show that had its own, easily translated, profanity. (I guess my standards are pretty low as well.) lol!

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