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Speculative Fiction Summer Shows To Check Out

We've got 11 shows on the to check out and watch list plus four specials from the Movies, Miniseries and Monsters category.

TV Shows

True Blood: season three

  • Awesome show must see
  • Vampires done very well
  • Loved the first two seasons
  • Kind of mad at HBO for not making this at least available on iTunes yet.  It has the problem of not being decabled friendly.

June 13, at 9 p.m. on HBO.

There's more sex, blood and supernatural action as the red-hot series picks up where it left off. Sookie's man is missing, and so she's searching for Bill with a little help from vampire Eric and werewolf Alcide (Joe Manganiello). Meanwhile, Tara gets mixed up with a vampire who takes her to the dark side, and we meet Russell Edgington (Denis O'Hare), the vampire king of Mississippi. Elsewhere, Sam hunts for his birth parents and Jason finds romance with a local woman who has a secret. Look for tons of new regular, recurring and guest characters.

The Gates: series premiere

  • Concerned about the pitch it is trying too hard to be liked
  • I am kind of interested in the show
  • It sounds more like eureka with stock fantasy / Gothic characters
  • Every time I hear about the show I get the slug line "The Gates where abnormals go to be domesticated" in my head.  My hope is that I'm wrong on that
  • Eric hopes it will be like charmed.

June 20, at 10 p.m.  on ABC.

Mix Desperate Housewives with Twilight, add a drop of True Blood, and you've got The Gates. In the series, when an ex-Chicago cop becomes the new police chief of an exclusive gated community, he and his family slowly come to learn exactly how exclusive that community is. Apparently humans aren't the only creatures that want to feel safe. This community has vampires, werewolves, witches and other creatures, and they don't always play nice.

Futurama: season six

  • Love me some Futurama
  • So excited the show is back with full cast intact

June 24, at 10 p.m. on Comedy Central

Thank you, Comedy Central! The ultimate animated space ride, Futurama, is returning for 12 glorious new episodes with Fry, Bender, Leela and all the gang from the Planet Express.

Warehouse 13: season two

  • Season one rocked
  • must watch show
  • What happened to Artie? is it the pheonix artifact and who or what will pay for it
  • could they be doing a where's claudia

July 6, at 9 p.m. on SyFy

Syfy's highest-rated series returns and Artie, who appeared to have died in an explosion at the end of last season, will return in an unusual way. With the season-one finale leaving just about everyone in a tough situation, look for lots of surprises to get them back in the supernatural artifact-hunting business. This season, love will bloom and there will be a Eureka crossover with Douglas Fargo (Neil Grayston) when he installs a new Global Dynamics computer system at the warehouse. Nolan Gerard Funk joins the cast as a romantic interest for Claudia, while Lindsay Wagner and Tia Carrere guest-star.

Eureka: season four

  • great show
  • time to get our geek on again
  • Hoping that Jaime Ray Newman will come back since East Wick is gone.

July 9, at 9 p.m. on SyFy

Something big is coming that will be a major game-changer for Eureka, and it isn't just James Callis joining the cast this season. Expect an Allison/Jack/Dr. Grant (Callis) love triangle, a race to the moon, people turning into stone, and even zombies! Guest stars include Jamie Kennedy, Wil Wheaton and the return of Jaime Ray Newman and Matt Frewer.

Haven: series premiere

  • Based on Stephen King is a yellow flag
  • My hope is for it to be good but past attempts to translate his works onto the screen have meet without much success, see Dead zone and Langoliers.

July 9, at 10 p.m. on SyFy

Based on the Stephen King novella The Colorado Kid, the series centers on FBI agent Audrey Parker, played by Jericho's Emily Rose, as she arrives in the small town of Haven, Maine, to look into the murder of a local ex-con. What seems like a routine case lands her in the middle of events in the town, which is a refuge for people with a range of supernatural abilities. Haven also stars Lucas Bryant and Eric Balfour.

Ghost Hunters International: season two finishing episodes

  • Love me some Ghost Hunters

July 14, at 9 p.m. on SyFy

The GHI team is off to Nottingham, England, in the hunt for the Sherriff of Nottingham's ghost at the Galleries of Justice. Other countries they'll explore during their global adventures include Wales, Norway, Poland, Ukraine and Estonia. The team is joined by new member Scott Tepperman, as well as Ghost Hunter Academy winners Susan Slaughter and Karl Pfeiffer.

Being Human: season two

  • I want to see season one have heard good things about the show.
  • Watching this will be tricky since BBC America is not decabled friendly

July 24, at 10 p.m. on BBC America

Before Syfy can have its way with the subject matter, you can catch a second season of the BBC original with the supernatural roomies—vampire Mitchell, werewolf George and ghost Annie. In the second season, George has to deal with relationship troubles, Mitchell tries to create order within the vampire community, and Annie takes on motherhood with a baby ghost. The series moves to its regular timeslot at 9 p.m. on July 31. BBC's announced that a third season is in the works.

Movies, Miniseries and Monsters

Princess of Mars: Syfy original movie

  • Love some Barsoom book series, hoping it will at least be craptastic but with Antonio Sabato Jr. and Traci Lords in it there is no hope.

Saturday, June 5, at 9 p.m.

How about a little Edgar Rice Burroughs? This Syfy original flick adapts the Burroughs novel and takes Antonio Sabato Jr. and Traci Lords on an adventure about a U.S. soldier who is mysteriously transported to Mars in the midst of a war between two alien races.

The Phantom:  Syfy one night event

  • Four hour miniseries
  • don't know why The Phantom needed re-imagining so I hope they do well with it

June 20, at 7 p.m.

This modern-day re-imagining of the comic book follows Kit Walker (Ryan Carnes), the son of the Phantom, who ends up with his father's iconic ring. In the tale, Kit is targeted by the deadly Singh crime syndicate, who hope to stop the ascension of the next Phantom. Add in Isabella Rossellini as Lithia, the head of an experimental mind-control program, and you have one interesting miniseries. This mini was directed by The Last Templar's Paolo Barzman and stars Sandrine Holt and Cameron Goodman.

Dinocroc vs. Supergator: Syfy original movie

  • What can I say I'm a sucker for a crappy giant monster flick

June 26, at 9 p.m.

Yep, it's a Dinocroc vs. Supergator smackdown a la Roger Corman! The two massive critters escape an experimental facility (which happens to be on a lush tropical island) and begin rampaging toward populated beaches filled with tourists. While the creatures work up an appetite battling each other, there are plenty of tourists around to snack on to keep them going.

(SCI FI Wire)

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Peter Jackson Shares His Ghost encounter

Man with the spirit of his second wife.
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"I woke up one morning and there was a figure in the room, she was very scary, she had a screaming face, very accusatory, she was a lady about 50 years old," Peter Jackson said.

What a fun, evocative way to describe the visage seen… the woman with the screaming face.    Though unnerving full apparitions are rare and the sharing of an experience of one is rarer.

I enjoyed hearing about Jackson’s haunting.  It’s hard at times to share these experiences.  With the public stigmatism presuming those that share these experience to be nuts.  The difficulty in collecting empirical data.  The unreliability in human senses and memory recall and the denial of the experience after it happens all lend to making sharing them hard.  All that aside many people have these experiences.

This reminded me of when Ghost Hunters International was investigating the St James Theatre.  Unfortunately they did not get footage of the woman with the screaming face.

"I woke up one morning and there was a figure in the room, she was very scary, she had a screaming face, very accusatory, she was a lady about 50 years old," Jackson said.

"It was terrifying actually, a very scary image and she was at the end of the bed and she glided across the room and disappeared into the wall.

"I sat in bed and thought, have I really seen that?" said Jackson.

"Then Fran came in. I told her about it and the first thing she said was: 'was it the woman with the screaming face?"' he said.

"Fran had seen the same woman in the same room about two years before."

Jackson said that when the St James Theatre was being restored a few years ago, people talked about the legend of the woman who committed suicide after being booed off the stage after a bad show in vaudeville days.

"They say she manifests herself in the theatre with a screaming face. Sometimes she's seen - the same ghost. She needs to learn to smile a little."

(via Stuff)

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Ghost Hunting at The Gates to Hell

GHI investigates a castle reputed to have been built over the gate to hell.  In the Czech Republic Houska Castle.  This is a great episode with some really neat activity.  Watch the episode streaming online above.

I love when GHI went around Houska Castle and discussed the various tales and history of the location that could fuel the activity that the site presents.  My top two points brought up are:

  • The construction of the castle is contradictory to the typical reasons for building a castle.  It's location does not provide any strategical benefit and it does not have any natural resources within it to keep it's inhabitants alive during a long siege if one were to occur.
  • The local lore about the "pit to hell" that the castle is believed to be built over.  The tale of this large and believed to be bottomless pit:  The local leader offers a pardon to any death row prisoner who would be willing to get lowered into the pit to find out how deep it goes.  They get a volunteer and lower him into the pit.  After a while the prisoner panics and screams pleading to be pulled up.  They aren't able to discern how deep the pit goes.  The prisoner's hair all turns white and he goes insane.  He is committed to an insane asylum where he dies several days latter.  I love this spooky tale and they tell it better within the context of the show.
Houska Castle, Czech Republic
Image via Wikipedia

******spoiler alert**************

There are many points of activity that I liked from this episode here are my favorite two:

  • The investigators are in the attic getting ready to do an EVP and decide to antagonize some activity from the place.  He throws a rock and challenges anything around to do the same.  A moment latter there is a sound like something being thrown back.  I love that, since it could be a sign of an intelligent haunting.  Unfortunately that team did not have any kind of infrared on them nor did they have any of the full spectrum cameras to scan the area for any kind of animals.  Some have claimed that there could have been a cat but the sounds are of something thrown not falling and bouncing and not any kind of critter scurrying along.  Listen to it yourself and let me know what you think of it?
  • They are in the basement with the "devils chair".  The camera is on the investigator in the chair and a hanging pot next to the chair while they are checking out the area.  The pot suddenly moves while the camera is still on it.  No one was near the pot and because of the style of shooting being done any kind of wire work would literally glow in the shot.  It's really cool watching this happen.

A couple of things I wished they had done better with this episode... some lost opportunities.

  • I wished the GHI team could have got their hands on some of the cool sonar equipment.  Like the stuff being used in Egypt to search for hidden chambers through rock.  What I would like to see is someone use that equipment on the floor of the room that is supposed to be over the pit to hell.  This way they could verify if there is a giant pit under the castle and maybe even determine how deep it actually is... though if it is a deep as it is rumored to be then that equipment would not have the power to detect it's full depth.
  • There is a part when the GHI team brings in a dog.  The theory is that animals can perceive things that are out side of human perception.  I thought this was a great idea but the execution and processing of the data was sad.  First I wished they would have rigged the full spectrum camera onto the dogs head this way we could see full spectrum what the dog was focusing on.  Secondly the GHI team does not read the dogs body language and misses some odd things in the dogs behavior.  When watching that scene focus on the dog's behavior.  Repeatedly the dog stops focuses on something quickly while the dogs tail and ears drop into a more submissive position.  The dog lets it's attention linger on whatever it is that caught it's attention then the dog makes a kind of growl/bark sound and goes about it's business like normal raising up it's tail and ears.  This behavior repeats a couple of times and in some interesting places / directions.  I wished the GHI team would have picked up on that behavior since it is suspicious and the dog was trying to alert the team to something.  After watching that scene with the dog what do you think of the dogs behavior?

This was a fun show with many paranormal events that are there for us to watch and speculate on.

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The Hunt Continues For Ghosts

Ghost Hunters
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Next year we can look forward to three shows on Sci Fi with ghost hunting goodness.  January 7th will bring us Ghost Hunters International with new episodes.  March will bring back Ghost Hunters.

SCI FI announced that it has ordered a sixth season of Ghost Hunters, a second season of Ghost Hunters International and a six-episode first season of the recently announced Ghost Hunters: New Generation (working title).

I really enjoy the Ghost Hunters shows and will look forward to watching them on Hulu.

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Hunting Ghosts at Fort Miflin and the Frankenstein Castle

Logo05200 Ghost hunts are really fun to watch, especially when they catch something on film and tape.

**Spoilers**

While Jason and Grant were at Fort Miflin in Philadelphia, PA, the GH encountered many Paranormal things. (see it in the Project: Shadow HQ)

I have experienced something similar to the face Grant saw once a while checking out Civil War battle fields at night. I know that shock. But the image of the man cooking at the wood stove, and the vaporous footsteps on the thermal cam still gives me chills.

The voices at the Frankenstein Castle (see it in the P:S HQ) creep me out. I really don't know that else to say about them. The events at the Frankenstein Castle made the hairs on my neck stand up because they were able to get on tape so many of the common paranormal phenomena that so many of us experience. This was a great episode with a crossover from Destination Truth.