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Tired of the summer blahs even though summer begins tomorrow? I don’t know about you but I am in need of something big to rev my scifi appetite and having to wait for the next half season of Doctor Who was not making this fan happy. As I was reading the numerous blogs for my google reader, I came across this bit about Misfits. This show is not on cable or regular channel. Syfy or whatever the channel had better not monkey up with an US version like what they did to Being Human. No, this show in on Hulu. This online video content provider has always been a favorite destination to visit and now that I dumped cable several months ago, I am truly rewarded with a scifi series that has the right elements to make this a HUGE hit in my book.

When describing this series, I would have to do this kind of mashup – think The Breakfast Club meets Teen Titans meets X-Men. This is a must watch series and can rival my once beloved Heroes Season 1. (Still saddens me that the series never continued after that; I wonder why?) I really don’t want to get into further details because I don’t want to give anything else away. All I can say, if you follow this blog and recently noticed the lack of postings, this show has re-energized my passion for all things scifi. I hope you will agree with me.

Okay, ’nuff chat. What the show posted on the blog and tell me what you think. FYI – NSFW due to language and adult themes but then again, why would you be watching this at work?

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******SPOILERS AHEAD******

Anxious to see something new in the world of scifi, Doctor Who Series 6 was the perfect fit to fill that void. It is by no means, one of the best episodes of the Doctor but it does cram in a great deal of storytelling in 1 hr.

One of my favorite moments belong to River Song. I have not only grew to love but watching her throughout the episode and remembering the loss of Elizabeth Sladen – Sarah Jane, I could easily see a spinoff series for this character.  For the first time, I truly had a sense of who she was and what she was about. There was a line where she was talking to Amy about her first meeting with the Doctor and the profound impact that had on her life. Much like Sarah Jane, River can hold her own against the Doctor and whatever the universe will throw her way. I want to see her more.

Amy’s revelation about her pregnancy to the Doctor as I read over the weekend will play a larger role over the course of the series. My thought was the reveal of the little girl in the astronaut suit to be Amy’s child in some weird timeline experiment going horribly wrong. We’ll see how it turns out but I did have a gripe how it ended. Towards the end, we see the astronaut that killed the Doctor at the beginning of the episode. Amy was able to get a shot from the gun belonging to the unconscious Canton Everett Delaware III and in an almost cliché scene, we don’t know who Amy shot but at the last moment, we know that the Doctor was okay but then there was this look of horror on Amy’s face. While we, the audience, are led to believe that Amy injured or killed the astronaut, we see in the upcoming previews shows the astronaut alive with a grazed bullet mark on the helmet. I’m not sure if Moffat, the show’s runner, meant for this to happen but this poor decision does not leave me with an OMG moment but now I know that the astronaut is okay for the most part.

Rory. Poor Rory. As I was beginning to see an all to familiar pattern with the third wheel à la Mickey as seen in earlier series,  no longer was he the bumbling idiot, Rory became something more towards the end of Series 5. In my eyes, he was a worthy companion to break up the potential unrequited love scenario between Amy and the Doctor. Finally, we had a trio that would show us some light-hearted fun that the series really needed. The 2 mini episode “Time” and “Space”, after last year’s christmas episode, best exemplifies my point about the fun aspect of watching this show. Sadly, in this premiere episode, Rory remains not as major player but just someone along for the ride. Granted, this is just the first episode but I want Rory to continue to be a wonderful character as I remember him from the last season.

Finally, we get to the Doctor. Matt Smith as our latest doctor picks up his almost maniacal pace of always being several steps ahead of his companions. However, this time around, I felt a sense of ease watching Matt playing the Doctor. It’s as if Matt broke in a new pair of shoes and he is truly comfortable to play the Doctor his way. There was a great moment between the Doctor and Amy which rewarded fans who paid attention. As this story goes, the Doctor, age 1103, was killed only to see the early Doctor, age 908, show up several scenes later. Fearing that telling this early Doctor of what had happened would cause a paradox, they needed this Doctor to go back in time to 1969. Not believing anyone, Amy came up to bat.  The Doctor asked Amy to swear on something that mattered to her. Her response, “Fish fingers and custard.” “My life in your hands, Amelia Pond” was the Doctor’s response. Brilliant!!!

The overall story still left me wondering how all of this will be worked out. Then again, isn’t that the point of watching Doctor Who?


Submitted by Brendon Connelly on March 3, 2011 – 4:18 am (0) comments

Lionsgate have released this “motion poster” for their imminent, converted-to-3D Conan movie. Just look at that big hunk of Cimmerian beef. He doesn’t even twitch (unless his face is spasming under all that hair).

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I saw the non moving motion poster and thought is was kinda cool. Now, if you have not heard about the new Conan movie, you are not alone. I love the original with Ar-Nold but I’m not sure about the remake. In any case, it will be here in the summer. As a bonus, I interviewed comic book illustrator Ralph Cabrera who work on the Conan books. Take a listen to this podcast and get his take on the new Conan.


One of the complaints I had with this movie is the slow pacing and the lack of action as the poster hinted at. However, I did enjoy this movie immensely with incredible cgi work. As for the notion to make this into a tv series, there could be some incredible concepts to be played with ala Alien Nation for example.

Alien Nation the movie was a great popcorn flick with lots of humor and scifi action. On the bigger picture, there were issues of prejudice and xenophobia that reflected on how we still treat each other today but in a future setting. The Alien Nation tv series really expand the roles of Sikes and Francisco and pushed other issues to the forefront like what is being a man really mean when Francisco was with child.

With Monsters, there was a sense that these creatures were not here to take over the world but rather adapt to a new way of life and with other creatures of their kind. In this context, I’m sure animal activists would have issues with military being used to kill off these creatures. Or look at the issue of whale hunting still going on today, we could have the monsters being hunted for some properties and then killed like collecting fur. Political issues could also give rise to some interesting drama as the creatures were not being contained. Other countries would threaten the U.S. and Mexico that is the aliens are not destroyed, there could be a potential of war with other nations.

In a few minutes, I came up with some plot points that could work in a tv format. If the sequel of Monsters will be another feature film, there needs to be a great deal more action like Aliens was to Alien. As for Edwards, he is going to be busy with the new Godzilla which I can’t wait to see.

Have you seen Monsters? What are your thoughts?

Submitted by Brendon Connelly on February 4, 2011 – 6:24 am (0) comments

I’ll use a couple of interviews from the same outlet to illustrate this story. First of all, an interview from last August, in which Gareth Edwards tells Dread Central that his low-budget movie Monsters might get a spin-off TV show:

“I just don’t know if Monsters in the future would involve me or not, but I do think there have been discussions about looking into a television series based on what we created with Monsters. I know I’d like to try something different for my next project and then maybe see what happens from there”

via Is The Sequel To Monsters Going To Be A TV Series Or A Movie? Bleeding Cool Comic Book, Movies and TV News and Rumors.


Top 10 Sci-fi Horror Films

“Best Of” List by Robert Ring, John Dubrawa, 10.02.2009

It is perhaps natural that all of the writers for The Sci-Fi Block also happen to be huge fans of the horror genre. Both genres offer a wealth of dynamic visuals, bold storytelling, and uninhibited imagination, so it only makes sense that combining them leads to amazing things. The sci-fi/horror subgenre provides what may be the most fertile platform for movie-making possible. Whether they’re man-eating extra-terrestrials or horrendous creations of science, the subjects of these movies alone are often worth the time and money spent to watch them. Throw in a good story, and you have a genuine package of seat-glue. For this Halloween, here are the ten best as determined by us, guaranteed to provide a great night (and equally great nightmares).

10. Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956)

We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again: Don Siegel‘s Invasion of the Body Snatchers is THE ultimate paranoia film. This movie follows an outbreak of human body possessions as they progress from a handful of suspicious events to widespread zombification. It happens when an alien plant form begins replicating the residents of a small town and killing the originals. What results are pure automatons in the guise of everyday townspeople, guided by a mission to propagate their species until the entire planet has been overtaken and converted from humanity. We follow Dr. Miles Bennell through this nightmare as he attempts to escape a town in which literally anyone might be the enemy. When filmed by a cinematographer with the ability to evoke paranoia from practically any location, a story like this is basically guaranteed to become a classic.

via Top 10 Sci-fi Horror Films – The Sci-Fi Block.