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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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Claudia Donovan To visit Eureka

Exploring: Eureka Season 4

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I'm looking forward to the return of geeky fun with Eureka season 4.  Season four will premier on July 9th and run for 22 episodes.

Warehouse 13 Crosses Over Into Eureka

Claudia Donovan pays a visit to Eureka, hoping to see some amazing technological wonders.  Random object begin appearing around town growing ever more dangerous.  Claudia, Fargo and Sheriff Carter work together to solve the mystery before the anomalies have deadly consequences.

This is going to be awesome I really like Scag's (Allison Scagliotti) character Claudia though it will be dangerous to have her and Fargo running around anywhere.

"Crossing Over," will air on August 6.

What to expect in season four

  • New regular character: Dr. Grant – played by James Callis who as a former resident of the town whose unexpected return is cause for serious alarm and, considering his romantic interest in Allison Blake.
  • Guest appearance: Dr. Isaac Parrish – played by Wil Wheaton he will be the head of the Non-Lethal Weapons lab at Global Dynamics.  He is described as having a dry wit, superior attitude makes him a thorn in Fargo’s side — with potentially disastrous consequences.
  • there will be a cataclysmic shift turns their lives upside down

Additional Fun

The Fargonator.

Here is some fun with the Fargonator.  Watch the video above.

Watch Eureka Streaming Online Below

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Fargo to Visit Warehouse 13

Exploring: Warehouse 13 Season 2

Season two will premier on Tuesday July 13th and run for 13 episodes this season.

Eureka Crosses Over Into Warehouse 13 crossover

Douglas Fargo from Eureka's Global Dynamics is sent to Warehouse 13 to help update its aging computer system.  A seemingly sentient computer virus is triggered which locks down the Warehouse with the team inside.

The episode is entitled "13.1" airing on August 3.

Cast

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All of the main cast members will be returning including: Eddie McClintock, Joanne Kelly, Saul Rubinek, Allison Scagliotti and CCH Pounder.

Artie Lives!

I hope… With Saul Rubinek returning to play Artie maybe this means that he survived.  I can’t wait to see what little Warehouse toy he used that he was not supposed to have on him.

Season 2 guest stars:

  • Jewel Staite:  Little is known about her character yet just that she will appear in season two.  Via her Twitter "Got offered a lovely role on Warehouse 13. Wish I could tell you more. All I can say is, you Browncoats are gonna freak."
  • Tia Carerre:  will replace Gina Torres as Kate an agent from Pete's past who rekindles a relationship with him.
  • Paula Garces:  will play Kelly a recurring character who is a sexy, spunky, headstrong veterinarian in the Warehouse town of Univille who catches Pete's eye.
  • Lindsay Wagner:  will play an in house doctor for the warehouse its self
  • Sean Maher:  He will get a guest character but little is known as to who he will play.  I would like to see him play a Halloween episode maybe a doctor and fundamentalist who got a collector scalpel that used to belong to one Jack the Ripper and goes on a morality campaign.
  • Rene Auberjonois:  will guest star as former Warehouse agent Hugo Miller.

I'm bummed that Gina Torres may have been bumped from the role of Kate by Tia Carerre.  I love Tia and think she will rock in the role of Kate.  Hopefully Gina will get to appear as a different character.

Episodes

  • In the Warehouse town of Univille an object is transmitting increasingly dangerous scenes from old Hollywood movies. Philip Winchester plays 1950s matinee idol "Raymond St. James," the star of these movies, in roles which include a Cowboy, a Marine, a Gladiator and a Mad Scientist.  This episode description makes me chuckle and think of Charmed and Phoebe's old time movie boyfriend.
  • 13.1:  Douglas Fargo from Eureka's Global Dynamics is sent to Warehouse 13 to help update its aging computer system.  A seemingly sentient computer virus is triggered which locks down the Warehouse with the team inside.

More Warehouse 13 Fun

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Warehouse 13 Season Two Has a Primer Date

warehouse-13 Season two will premier on Tuesday July 13th and run for 13 episodes this season. All of the main cast members will be returning including: Eddie McClintock, Joanne Kelly, Saul Rubinek and Allison Scagliotti, along with series guest star, CCH Pounder.

This is great news for two reasons

  1. More Warehouse 13!
  2. Artie Lives!  I hope… With Saul Rubinek returning to play Artie I hope it means that he survived.  I can’t wait to see what little Warehouse toy he used that he was not supposed to have on him.

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DVD Releases: September 22, 2009

Out this week we have five DVDs to feature:  Ugly Betty: Season 3, Friday the 13th: The Series - The Final Season, 30 Rock - Season Three, National Geographic: Egyptian Secrets of the Afterlife, and Battle for Terra.30-rock-season-3

  • Ugly Betty: Season 3:  This is a great modern fantasy tale.  Now I can get caught up with season 3, they finally added Ugly Betty to Hulu but they did so mid-season and did not put up the earlier parts.  In season 3 Betty tries to maintain sanity in the office, but it's a tough job working alongside dragon lady Wilhelmina, corporate ladder climber Amanda and the acutely dysfunctional Meade clan.  Season 4 airs October 9th.
  • Friday the 13th: The Series - The Final Season: This was the 80's show that I keep comparing Warehouse 13 to.  A must see for Warehouse 13 fans.  A long-ago pact with the devil continues to yield grave consequences for the staff of Vendredi's Antiques, as plucky owner Micki, occult expert Jack and handsome Johnny race to find the jinxed relics of Lewis Vendredi. In the third season of the serial horror sensation, the trio tracks down a poison-producing tea set, a painting by the Marquis de Sade, a deadly cross from the Crusades and more.
  • 30 Rock - Season Three:  A hilarious comedy full of quotable lines and a must own.  With Jack taking a new job at Homeland Security, Liz's decision to have a baby and Tracy's high jinks continuing nonstop, there's no telling what's in store for the gang at 30 Rockefeller Plaza.  Season 4 airs October 15th
  • National Geographic: Egyptian Secrets of the Afterlife: This fascinating Nat Geo documentary explores Egypt's tombs and reveals the ancient beliefs of the afterlife and the perilous passage to resurrection, as renowned archaeologist Dr. Zahi Hawass excavates a mysterious tunnel deep below the earth. Discover the artifacts, drawings and other clues that tell the story of an underworld journey filled with terrifying monsters and fiery lakes as the dead navigate to the other side.
  • Battle for Terra: Has an interesting premise where it turns the invading alien theme around and makes humans the invading alien but it was a renter at best for me.  When the peace-loving inhabitants of the beautiful planet Terra come under attack from the last surviving members of humanity adrift in an aging spaceship, the stage set for an all-out war between the two races for control of the planet.  But will an unlikely friendship between a rebellious young Terran and an injured human pilot somehow convince their leaders that war is not the answer?


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SF TV Series To Watch This Fall

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With so many Speculative Fiction shows and new shows coming out this fall I thought I could help sort them all out.

Currently Airing

  • Eureka (Syfy):  A fun sci-fi show.  Love it, watch it on Hulu
  • Ghost Hunters (Syfy):  Fascinating exploration of U.S. ghost stories and haunting investigation.  Love it watch it on Hulu
  • Warehouse 13 (Syfy):  A fun sci-fi show that adds a dash of paranormal into it.   Love it, watch it on Hulu

SEPTEMBER 9

  • Glee (FOX):  loved the pilot, a nice feel good musical tale with a dash of fantasy.
  • Destination Truth (Syfy):  Loved the previous seasons can’t wait to see what Josh and the gang get into this season.  Hopefully nothing from Chernobyl bit Josh.

SEPTEMBER 10

  • The Vampire Diaries (CW):  A vampire is in it so I have to check it out but I don’t have much hope.  I realize it is not a Twilight clone (I have been schooled on that subject, lol) yet I can only hope that it is way better then Twilight.
  • Supernatural (CW):  I’m a sucker for a paranormal show involving demon hunters so this is on my check out list because I also realize there are a lot of bad ones out there as well.
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SEPTEMBER 22

  • The Forgotten (ABC): I don’t have much hope for this show, mainly I’m concerned this will turn out to be yet another show for people who don’t like sci-fi to watch.

SEPTEMBER 23

  • Eastwick (ABC):  The trailers looks really good, they captured the essence of the movie so well in the promotional material I’m looking forward to watching it.

SEPTEMBER 25

  • Dollhouse (FOX):  Season one rocked!!! A must see
  • Smallville (CW): I could appreciate the concept behind Smallville but until this season just didn’t care enough bout the show to want to watch it but with Callum Blue joining the cast this year I think I may start watching it.

SEPTEMBER 27

  • The Simpsons (FOX):  If you don’t know then I’m at a loss for words.

OCTOBER 2

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  • Stargate Universe (Syfy):  I started out not caring much about this show, but as more came out and especially the latest trailers I’m excited to watch it.
  • Clone Wars: Rise of the Bounty Hunters (Cartoon):  Season two of George Lucas' animated Star Wars tales covering the era of the Clone Wars.  The animation style is a unique style that has been difficult for some to get into but worth it.  The story is really good though lighter because the show is marketed more towards a kid audience I have hope that the second season will get better.

OCTOBER 9

  • Ugly Betty (ABC):  What an amazing retelling of the classic fantasy tale
  • Sanctuary (Syfy):  The original web series was good.  The first season was awesome so of course I’m looking forward to season two.

NOVEMBER 3

  • V (ABC):  I enjoyed growing up with the original show V and it is one that could use a retelling, plus Morena Baccarin.

November 7

  • Legend of the Seeker (syndication):  Season one was so good I can’t wait to see how season two unfolds.

I find it interesting that all of the speculative fiction programming out there are on either sy-fy, Fox, CW, or ABC.

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Warehouse 13 renewed for second season!

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Warehouse 13 has been renewed for a 13 episode second season!  Wait, what?  They are only buting 13 more episodes?

Warehouse 13 has become the most-watched show in Syfy's 17-year history, averaging 3.7 million viewers a week (SCI FI Wire).

I assume it is 13 episodes because the show is called Warehouse 13, and because SyFy is fond of scheduling half seasons.  Hopefully they will do 2 seasons a year, and I will get the Warehouse fix that I need.

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Eureka: A Different Perspective On Paranormal

Eureka episode 311 Insane in the P-Brane takes on the paranormal... Eureka does ghosts, I love it.  It is refreshing to get another look at the subjects of ghosts and paranormal activity.

I found it very fun to watch Jack and the citizens of Eureka wrestle with paranormal activity.  Insane in the P-Brane really played in one of my Eureka what ifs: would the scientists heads explode if confronted with a paranormal experience like the ones Warehouse 13 faces?

They took the high road and did not poke fun at or denigrate those who are interested in the paranormal yet they did not ignore the prejudices within the scientific community.  I was really pleased that the one scientist was afraid to admit who his mother was for fear of it ruining his career.  Then when he was "outed" he was not treated as an abnormal but merely the info was handled as a peice of evidence to explain why that character presumed the activity to be ghosts.  In fact they recognized that his research has merit for detecting things in another dimension.

The biggest problem when a person is confronted with a paranormal experience is they tend to jump to a conclusion based on their narrow experience of reality and personal belief system.  This tends to leave two main sides to the situation.  The scientifically minded person who's belief system tends to dismiss the phenomenon with some rational explanation claiming the experience to be fraud.  Like magnetic fields caused by some hidden tech.  The other main side to the situation are the spiritualists who's belief system claims otherworldly influence like the scientists claiming that his mother  is causing the disturbance from the other side.  Not easily provable, repeatable and only allows the experience to always exist and be personal.  This is a false dichotomy, why not look into the possibility of explaining the activity and holding it in an unproven theory category until all of the facts can be sorted like what Jack did in this episode.

The best solution is an open minded one.  Some things can not be explained until our knowledge and language develops to a point to allows for understanding and communication.

What are your thoughts on the paranormal?

Do you tend to fall into one of the two main camps?

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