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Old February 6 2013, 11:15 PM   #256
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It was always something that more sounded like what I'd like than something I actually liked.
That was precisely my response to LEXX as well. It sounded great on paper, and you could sometimes see what they were going for, but, yeah, I never enjoyed it as much as I wanted to.
The writer's guide was hilarious in places. Things like "If you're thinking of submitting a script where our characters visit a planet, help the natives with their problems, and teach the audience a valuable moral lesson in the process, then please submit it on soft paper."
Lexx is sadly underappreciated. I love the show. I have the entire series on DVD.
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Old February 7 2013, 03:37 AM   #257
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Some one needs to teach Stanley Tweedle how to kiss a woman.

His technique is the reason god invented darkness.
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Old February 7 2013, 04:51 AM   #258
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Isn't it odd that the Star from Terra Nova and the Star from Alcatraz escaped from science fiction and their new characters are doing it in 1960s Las Vegas?
Oh shit! I totally did not recognize her from Alcatraz until you just mentioned it. She looks good in a dress.
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Old February 7 2013, 05:29 AM   #259
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Re: Sci-Fi TV Shows that you're pretty sure only you watched.

Saw Quark. Loved Quark. Bought the DVD. And it's no coincidence that there's a certain family resemblance between it and Mork & Mindy: they shared a common composer, and had at least one cast member (Conrad Janis was Otto Palindrome in Quark, and Mindy's father in M&M) in common. And there's even more reason to see a family resemblance between it and Get Smart: Buck Henry was involved in both, and (guess what) a very young Conrad Janis appeared as KAOS agent "Victor Irving," in "My Nephew the Spy" (Season 1, Episode 12).

Never saw The Invisible Man (no pun intended), but I did see Gemini Man.

Did anybody else here see the futuristic detective series, Search? It starred Hugh O'Brian, Tony Franciosa, and Doug McClure as high-tech detectives, who worked under constant remote electronic supervision of, and with support from, a room full of specialists, patterned after a NASA MOCR. The pilot has been released under its original title of Probe, on Warner Archive DVD.
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Old February 7 2013, 06:11 AM   #260
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Saw Quark. Loved Quark. Bought the DVD. And it's no coincidence that there's a certain family resemblance between it and Mork & Mindy: they shared a common composer, and had at least one cast member (Conrad Janis was Otto Palindrome in Quark, and Mindy's father in M&M) in common. And there's even more reason to see a family resemblance between it and Get Smart: Buck Henry was involved in both, and (guess what) a very young Conrad Janis appeared as KAOS agent "Victor Irving," in "My Nephew the Spy" (Season 1, Episode 12).
I've never heard of it, but I just watched a couple clips on IMDB, and it's now in my Netflix queue. It looks pretty fun.
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Old February 7 2013, 06:55 AM   #261
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Yes. Quark managed to deliver a good-natured skewering to just about every major SF franchise.
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Old February 8 2013, 02:44 AM   #262
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So a lot of the time, maybe most of the time, the real blame for a show's cancellation lies entirely with the screwed-up tastes of a viewing public that loves reality TV or wrestling more than smart, sophisticated scripted television.

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Old February 8 2013, 11:30 PM   #263
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I know I'm not the only person who saw Charlie Jade, but it's sure as hell vanished into the ether in the interim, which for a series of its calibre and unusual quality is a shame.
I found it virtually unwatchable.


I did feel a bit like the only person watching Continuum, but then I was watching it on its British broadcast, which, after the Canadian yet before the American, existed on a kind of odd plateau in that everyone seemed to have either watced it, were going to watch it later, or didn't care much. That it wasn't particularly memorable didn't help matters.
I'm actually quite enjoying Continuum. It's got some of the best futurism I've ever seen on television.




I agree. It was pretty ludicrous. The character/soap-opera stuff wasn't very interesting, and the science and futurism were awful. Their excuse of magnetic nanoparticles as an explanation for shipboard "gravity" was preposterous, a fix worse than the problem. And there was zero attempt at futurism in the Earthbound scenes; the computers and vehicles and fashions and such looked no different from the present day.


I did enjoy Terra Nova though. It wasn't great but it was okay.
Yeah, the writing was mediocre, but it had a pretty good cast, particularly the women.


Only by seeing other people mention Lexx occasionally can I reinforce to myself the idea it wasn't a delirious fever dream I intermittently had for four seasons.
I hated it. Barely watched it.

I would rather have seen Defying Gravity continued more than probably 90%+ of all the shows listed on this thread.

Lexx always seemed so random. It was almost as if the series itself was joke.

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Old February 11 2013, 12:29 AM   #264
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Heroes S2 - S4 all the way through. S1 was hugely popular, and so many tuned in for S2, but, they dropped like flies and very, very few of us stuck through until the bitter end (Though S4 actually had started getting better again, IMHO, was pretty watchable [maybe that was down to Robert Knepper, though])
I never got around to watching anything after Season 2 but I really liked Season 2. I really liked Hiro in ancient Japan and I liked that Irish woman that Peter hooked up with. (I'm hoping that Back to the Future time travel rules are in effect and that the amended timeline ultimately transformed around her after she was trapped in that alternate future.)

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Earth: Final Conflict. All 5 seasons. In 2001, I felt I couldn't endure two horrendously bad seasons of sci-fi shows and had to choose between X-Files and Earth: Final Conflict. I felt EFC Season 5 would have been less bad.
(Anyone watch both X-Files Season 9 & Earth Final Conflict Season 5 back in 01-02? There should be some kind of medal for that. I'd like to hear opinions on which was worse)
I, for some completely incomprehensible reason, sat through the entirety of Season 5 of Earth: Final Conflict. It was pure crap.

I didn't watch all of The X-Files Season 9 but I liked the parts that I saw. Personally, I found John Doggett to be a much more interesting character than Fox Mulder. And "4-D" is one of the best episodes that the show ever did.

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Wonderfalls. So very few people have heard of this, but hubby and I really loved it. The little talking creatures were hilarious. It made me want to go visit Niagara Falls.
No cancellation ever made me more sad than this one. At least the show did get a proper finale. It's easy enough to watch "Caged Bird" and then tack an "...And they all lived happily ever after..." onto the end. (And I'm not sure I like some of the ideas the producers had for Season 2, particularly with Sharon getting pregnant.)

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and more recently... "Odyssey 5".

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SGrKdrUmXkA
I don't usually believe in TV love at first sight. It usually takes me a few episodes to get into a show. But Odyssey 5 had me hooked from the word go. I loved the premise. And no unresolved cliffhanger has ever infuriated me more than this one. The 1st season finale was really a game changer, but we never got to see any resolution. (But, considering the world wasn't destroyed in 2007, I guess I should say, "Well done, Commander Taggart!")

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How about Jake 2.0? It was baisically a more serious version of Chuck. It followed an NSA tech (played by a pre-Covert Affairs Christopher Gorham) who gets infected with nano-bots who give him all sorts of special abilities.
Sadly, that show was David Greenwalt competing with himself. He was the head writer of Jake 2.0 and UPN put the show in the Wednesday 8pm timeslot opposite the WB's Angel, which Greenwalt co-created. I'm a huge Angel fan, so I never really got around to seeing the show much. But the geeky scientist girl was really cute.

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Was 7 Days filmed in Australia?
Nope, it was mostly filmed in Canada.
IIRC, Season 3 was filmed in Canada. Seasons 1 & 2 were filmed in California.

I was a huge 7 Days fan. It's still one of my favorite TV shows. I loved the great bickering banter between Parker & Olga. I really wish CBS would release this on DVD, at least as an MOD.

The show was cancelled in May 2001. I always wondered if the show would have survived post-9/11 anyway, since 9/11 was the kind of tragedy that Frank Parker typically averted on a weekly basis. Heck, the pilot episode was about terrorists crashing a plane into the White House.
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Old February 11 2013, 12:41 AM   #265
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The show was cancelled in May 2001. I always wondered if the show would have survived post-9/11 anyway, since 9/11 was the kind of tragedy that Frank Parker typically averted on a weekly basis. Heck, the pilot episode was about terrorists crashing a plane into the White House.
I think the show lucked out being canceled when it was. If they had done an episode about 9/11, a segment of the audience would complain that they were trivializing it. And if they ignored it, a segment of the audience would have complained about that. It would have been a lose-lose situation.

The best they could have done is some silly story where the capsule was not retrievable in time for a backstep to prevent it.
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Old February 11 2013, 12:54 AM   #266
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I was on the receiving end of this once. I had the bad luck to answer the phone at Tor the day an irate reader called to ask where the latest book in a particular series was. I tried to explain, politely and diplomatically, that the earlier books had lost money so we really couldn't afford to keep publishing the series, but he wasn't having any of it. He seemed to feel that, having launched the series, we were obliged to keep publishing the books--even at a loss.

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Old February 11 2013, 12:58 AM   #267
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Quantum leap handled this by saying that Sam saved Jackie Kennedy from being killed too.

Theory has it that the fourth plane was going to target the white house, which would be th perfect bookend for the final episode of 7 days, and Parker could have helped the passengers of UA Flight 93 not strike the white house.

There was a very well received comic book called Ex Machina about a super hero who was a little upset that he wasn't strong enough or fast enough to save the other tower too.
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Old February 11 2013, 01:02 AM   #268
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I was on the receiving end of this once. I had the bad luck to answer the phone at Tor the day an irate reader called to ask where the latest book in a particular series was. I tried to explain, politely and diplomatically, that the earlier books had lost money so we really couldn't afford to keep publishing the series, but he wasn't having any of it. He seemed to feel that, having launched the series, we were obliged to keep publishing the books--even at a loss.

Boy, did I get my ear chewed off a bit that day.
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Old February 11 2013, 01:13 AM   #269
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I know I'm not the only person who saw Charlie Jade, but it's sure as hell vanished into the ether in the interim, which for a series of its calibre and unusual quality is a shame.
I'm now 3/4 through this thanks to Sindatur telling me about it and it's excellent. Very nice to look at. Refreshing to have it set in South Africa rather than the usual places. All the characters have mysteries to them but they serve to build the storyline and aren't just slapped on in globs for sensation like they do on LOST type shows. You can see it was very well planned out. Hard sci fi backdrop. One particularly good creepy character, a sociopath with a great mystery himself.

The soundtrack is very good too, shades of Sugar Man beneath an elegant future vibe.
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I've read through much of this thread and I have to thank you all for giving me the titles of The Starlost and Otherworld, two shows I recalled vividly but not their names. So, muchos gracias!!

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