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2013-03-31 09:25:05 PM

kiwimoogle84: I'm sorry, I often confused Farscape with Stargate. Interchangeable, really.

/came for a firefly reference
//leaving very sad


I beg to differ. I thought both of the  "Great Power" factions in Farscape ( Peacekeepers/Scarrans) were truly evil, unlike the Gou'ald in SG who came across as cartoonishly evil....

/ both shows were entertaining
 
2013-03-31 09:26:47 PM

Without Fail: Farscape was muppets. Couldn't see passed that.
Stargate SG1 (with RDA) is a personal favorite.
Firefly was a western. Well done but filled with cliches.
I like some science fiction with my science fiction.


At least with Farscape there was enough episodes created to judge it.  I recently watched the whole season of Firefly for the first time and all I can say is "meh".  It could of been interesting but it was never given the chance.  The movie was kind of fun.

/burning through Farscape seasons this month so I'm getting a kick
 
2013-03-31 09:28:02 PM

serial_crusher: The two things I didn't like about that show:
1) Chrichton hallucinating all the time.  IASA doesn't hire just anybody as an astronaut.  You have to go through psychological screening and shiat.
2) That freaking guy with the half-face mask.  Enough with the melodrama already.


Only if you agree to stay on your side.
 
2013-03-31 09:28:20 PM

Sliding Carp: Lexx?


Came to say this. Friday nights it used to be worth staying home to watch Sci-Fi channel.
 
2013-03-31 09:28:53 PM

gingerjet: Without Fail: Farscape was muppets. Couldn't see passed that.
Stargate SG1 (with RDA) is a personal favorite.
Firefly was a western. Well done but filled with cliches.
I like some science fiction with my science fiction.

At least with Farscape there was enough episodes created to judge it.  I recently watched the whole season of Firefly for the first time and all I can say is "meh".  It could of been interesting but it was never given the chance.  The movie was kind of fun.

/burning through Farscape seasons this month so I'm getting a kick


I've done the same.  I watched Firefly a few months ago, and then just finished my run through Farscape.  Firefly was nowhere near the quality of Farscape, and I don't think it was just the shortened time frame.  I genuinely think Firefly was just too cute and self-referential.  Had it stayed on, it would be like Lost: decent start, okay middle, infuriating ending.
 
2013-03-31 09:33:04 PM

Keyser_Soze_Death: Sliding Carp: Lexx?

Came to say this. Friday nights it used to be worth staying home to watch Sci-Fi channel.


True.  Sci-Fi ruled the 'Friday night death slot'.

These days, I enjoy Being Human and Lost Girl, but both are more fantasy than sci-fi.  Lost Girl could also be a hell of a lot better if they bothered to try to create a coherent mythology and worked more on long story arcs as opposed to monster of the week episodes with a hint of long term story thrown in.  I suppose the show brings in enough viewers with all of the lesbian sex, but I'd still rather have a more involved story.

Being Human has been solid, and I prefer it to the Brit version (though I only saw part of the first season of the British one, and that was years ago).
 
2013-03-31 09:33:11 PM

whizbangthedirtfarmer: I genuinely think Firefly was just too cute and self-referential.


wat
 
2013-03-31 09:36:46 PM
The name of that show is, Babylon 5.

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2013-03-31 09:36:52 PM

hawcian: MadSkillz: StretchCannon: Lets not forget Bonnie Hammer ruined the SciFi channel. This is all her fault. Because she's a moron.

Our equivalent channel in Canada, "Space" is starting to show signs of going that way. They recently rebranded all the bumpers and whatnot to some severely generic shiat. The previous logo (a galaxy) has been replaced by an opaque blue circle (like Oxygen?), and the bumpers remind me of the ones i saw on Sci Fi when I was briefly in the states (a flashing red light at a train station going ding ding, ding ding, with the logo inside it evokes strong deja vu).

Space airs this stupid ass show about makeup designers called "face off" and also airs Castle, despite not being sci-fi and only tangentially related to sci-fi because Nathan Fillion.

One day I assume there'll be no more shows with the word "star" in the title. :(

Face Off is a SyFy original, I believe. Which can only mean you either have or are soon to have its seemingly endless parade of ghost derp shows. Because who doesn't love watching idiots jump at every strange noise, every five minutes, for an hour? Multiple times a night. Multiple sets of idiots a night. fark you, SyFy. fark you.


Then comes the wrestling...

*shudder*
 
2013-03-31 09:39:20 PM

TheHumanCannonball: serial_crusher: The two things I didn't like about that show:
1) Chrichton hallucinating all the time.  IASA doesn't hire just anybody as an astronaut.  You have to go through psychological screening and shiat.
2) That freaking guy with the half-face mask.  Enough with the melodrama already.

Only if you agree to stay on your side.


Gah, for some reason I was thinking he was talking about Scorpy. Yeah, Stark sucked ass and I hated most of his appearances.
 
2013-03-31 09:43:19 PM

MadSkillz: TuteTibiImperes: There's supposed to be a SyFy series called Defender that's going to be a 'space opera' but I haven't seen any promo for it.  Canceling SG-U right when it was getting good was a crime.  Supposedly SyFy is also working on some space based desperado/western type of show, which while it sounds like a Firefly rip-off, I'd be happy to take it.

I don't know how I feel abut Defiance yet.  I wonder if it will be necessary to play the game to get the most of the the show, or if the show is just going to end up being a big advertisement for the game.  I'm hopeful for it, but there is so much that could go wrong.

Funny thing about SGU. I stopped watching near the end and then they cancelled it and since TV seems to be allergic to reruns nowadays (except in the case of terrible filler like "Swamp People"), I never got to see them. And then I stopped caring.


I think that, at as far as the producers are concerned, there is more money to be made in DVD sales and Netflix-type pay-per-view.
 
2013-03-31 09:48:14 PM

Dingleberry Dickwad: TheHumanCannonball: serial_crusher: The two things I didn't like about that show:
1) Chrichton hallucinating all the time.  IASA doesn't hire just anybody as an astronaut.  You have to go through psychological screening and shiat.
2) That freaking guy with the half-face mask.  Enough with the melodrama already.

Only if you agree to stay on your side.

Gah, for some reason I was thinking he was talking about Scorpy. Yeah, Stark sucked ass and I hated most of his appearances.


The actor who played Stark had said he wanted to channel Greek drama when acting, especially in the episode where he takes over Talynn.  Sometimes it worked; sometimes it didn't.  I think his concept was pretty awesome, but the execution varied between pretty cool to terribly annoying.
 
2013-03-31 09:51:15 PM
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2013-03-31 09:53:21 PM

whizbangthedirtfarmer: Dingleberry Dickwad: TheHumanCannonball: serial_crusher: The two things I didn't like about that show:
1) Chrichton hallucinating all the time.  IASA doesn't hire just anybody as an astronaut.  You have to go through psychological screening and shiat.
2) That freaking guy with the half-face mask.  Enough with the melodrama already.

Only if you agree to stay on your side.

Gah, for some reason I was thinking he was talking about Scorpy. Yeah, Stark sucked ass and I hated most of his appearances.

The actor who played Stark had said he wanted to channel Greek drama when acting, especially in the episode where he takes over Talynn.  Sometimes it worked; sometimes it didn't.  I think his concept was pretty awesome, but the execution varied between pretty cool to terribly annoying.


That season 10 episode of SG1, "200", showed exactly what was wrong with Farscape in about 15 seconds.
 
2013-03-31 09:54:54 PM

Dingleberry Dickwad: serial_crusher: The two things I didn't like about that show:
1) Chrichton hallucinating all the time.  IASA doesn't hire just anybody as an astronaut.  You have to go through psychological screening and shiat.
2) That freaking guy with the half-face mask.  Enough with the melodrama already.

Not sure if trolling or serious. Any of the times he was hallucinating was because of the neural clone jammed in his head or extenuating circumstances. And Scorpius was a decent villain. Crais was ridiculous melodrama, Scorpy was a cold calculating bastard.


I think you're right.  I haven't watched it in a while.  (I'm almost done with Voyager, then on to Enterprise, then I'll watch Farscape again).  I just remember him turning into a cartoon at one point and getting into some Bugs/Fudd battle with Scorpius.  I couldn't really remember why he thought he was a cartoon though.

The Walking Dead has really got me in a tear lately over the "hallucinating under stress" trope that TV writers use, because hallucinations are evidently the only camera-friendly way to show that a character is having psychological/psychiatric problems.

/ Since I mentioned that I'm watching Star Trek, I should also bring up my gripes there.  There's about a million episodes where characters can see/hear/telepathically communicate with an alien that nobody else knows exists.  It must happen like once a month in the Trek universe, but they never ever believe the guy.  The doctor's all, "oh you're just stressed out.  you should take some time relaxing in the holodeck..."  Don't know what's worse, the fact that they consistently fail to give people the benefit of the doubt, or the fact that they actually clear the guy who controls the weapons on a Starship to return to duty while they think he's in the midst of a psychotic break.
 
2013-03-31 09:56:16 PM
StretchCannon:
Lets not forget Bonnie Hammer ruined the SciFi channel. This is all her fault. Because she's a moron.

A number of years ago, I met Bonnie Hammer, and she asked if I watched her channel.

"Why, yes, I love science fiction TV."

"What's your favorite show?"

I smiled, and said (very pleasantly) "Farscape." (this was about six months after the cancellation)

She cringed, and took a step back. There was actual fear in her eyes. Yay!
 
2013-03-31 09:58:54 PM

OtherLittleGuy: Space Cases?


Is it wrong that I still get a halfy when I watch that because I know what Jewel Staite looks like when she gets older?
 
2013-03-31 09:59:15 PM

MadSkillz: whizbangthedirtfarmer: Dingleberry Dickwad: TheHumanCannonball: serial_crusher: The two things I didn't like about that show:
1) Chrichton hallucinating all the time.  IASA doesn't hire just anybody as an astronaut.  You have to go through psychological screening and shiat.
2) That freaking guy with the half-face mask.  Enough with the melodrama already.

Only if you agree to stay on your side.

Gah, for some reason I was thinking he was talking about Scorpy. Yeah, Stark sucked ass and I hated most of his appearances.

The actor who played Stark had said he wanted to channel Greek drama when acting, especially in the episode where he takes over Talynn.  Sometimes it worked; sometimes it didn't.  I think his concept was pretty awesome, but the execution varied between pretty cool to terribly annoying.

That season 10 episode of SG1, "200", showed exactly what was wrong with Farscape in about 15 seconds.


I dunno, I kinda liked the idea that there were some words translator microbes couldn't translate over. I will admit they could have toned it down a little but it wasn't that bad.  I will say they screwed up big though on one of the episodes after everyone was on Earth and John was watching that show with all the interviews with the gang. How would they televise that? John didn't teach everyone enough English, and they didn't give translator microbes to the entire planet.
 
2013-03-31 10:02:19 PM

serial_crusher: Dingleberry Dickwad: serial_crusher: The two things I didn't like about that show:
1) Chrichton hallucinating all the time.  IASA doesn't hire just anybody as an astronaut.  You have to go through psychological screening and shiat.
2) That freaking guy with the half-face mask.  Enough with the melodrama already.

Not sure if trolling or serious. Any of the times he was hallucinating was because of the neural clone jammed in his head or extenuating circumstances. And Scorpius was a decent villain. Crais was ridiculous melodrama, Scorpy was a cold calculating bastard.

I think you're right.  I haven't watched it in a while.  (I'm almost done with Voyager, then on to Enterprise, then I'll watch Farscape again).  I just remember him turning into a cartoon at one point and getting into some Bugs/Fudd battle with Scorpius.  I couldn't really remember why he thought he was a cartoon though.

The Walking Dead has really got me in a tear lately over the "hallucinating under stress" trope that TV writers use, because hallucinations are evidently the only camera-friendly way to show that a character is having psychological/psychiatric problems.

/ Since I mentioned that I'm watching Star Trek, I should also bring up my gripes there.  There's about a million episodes where characters can see/hear/telepathically communicate with an alien that nobody else knows exists.  It must happen like once a month in the Trek universe, but they never ever believe the guy.  The doctor's all, "oh you're just stressed out.  you should take some time relaxing in the holodeck..."  Don't know what's worse, the fact that they consistently fail to give people the benefit of the doubt, or the fact that they actually clear the guy who controls the weapons on a Starship to return to duty while they think he's in the midst of a psychotic break.


In the cartoon one he was basically in a coma due to a head injury he got during an argument with D'Argo and the cartoon stuff was his brain's way of dealing with it.
 
2013-03-31 10:04:01 PM
That show just wasn't the same after Zhaan left.  Once you got blue, you never go... shmoo?
 
2013-03-31 10:04:18 PM

Dingleberry Dickwad: I dunno, I kinda liked the idea that there were some words translator microbes couldn't translate over. I will admit they could have toned it down a little but it wasn't that bad. I will say they screwed up big though on one of the episodes after everyone was on Earth and John was watching that show with all the interviews with the gang. How would they televise that? John didn't teach everyone enough English, and they didn't give translator microbes to the entire planet.


Wasn't that just a group of aliens making him hallucinate that he was on Earth?  I guess it should have tipped him off, but maybe they used their hallucination powers to make him ignore the part of his brain that cares about little inconsistencies (though IIRC it was other little inconsistencies that led to him catching them)
 
2013-03-31 10:04:39 PM
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2013-03-31 10:05:04 PM

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especially the last season!
 
2013-03-31 10:07:00 PM

serial_crusher: Dingleberry Dickwad: I dunno, I kinda liked the idea that there were some words translator microbes couldn't translate over. I will admit they could have toned it down a little but it wasn't that bad. I will say they screwed up big though on one of the episodes after everyone was on Earth and John was watching that show with all the interviews with the gang. How would they televise that? John didn't teach everyone enough English, and they didn't give translator microbes to the entire planet.

Wasn't that just a group of aliens making him hallucinate that he was on Earth?  I guess it should have tipped him off, but maybe they used their hallucination powers to make him ignore the part of his brain that cares about little inconsistencies (though IIRC it was other little inconsistencies that led to him catching them)


Nah, obviously the episode you mentioned exists, but in one of the later seasons John first ends up traveling through a wormhole to Earth, but ended up in the past, then eventually ends up on on Earth at the right time frame.
 
2013-03-31 10:07:18 PM

Dingleberry Dickwad: serial_crusher: The two things I didn't like about that show:
1) Chrichton hallucinating all the time.  IASA doesn't hire just anybody as an astronaut.  You have to go through psychological screening and shiat.
2) That freaking guy with the half-face mask.  Enough with the melodrama already.

Not sure if trolling or serious. Any of the times he was hallucinating was because of the neural clone jammed in his head or extenuating circumstances. And Scorpius was a decent villain. Crais was ridiculous melodrama, Scorpy was a cold calculating bastard.


I believe he is referring to Stark, not Scorpy. That jackass drove me to scream at the screen on occasion. He was SO over the top most of the time I just couldn't stand it.
 
2013-03-31 10:08:01 PM

eaglepuss: Dingleberry Dickwad: serial_crusher: The two things I didn't like about that show:
1) Chrichton hallucinating all the time.  IASA doesn't hire just anybody as an astronaut.  You have to go through psychological screening and shiat.
2) That freaking guy with the half-face mask.  Enough with the melodrama already.

Not sure if trolling or serious. Any of the times he was hallucinating was because of the neural clone jammed in his head or extenuating circumstances. And Scorpius was a decent villain. Crais was ridiculous melodrama, Scorpy was a cold calculating bastard.

I believe he is referring to Stark, not Scorpy. That jackass drove me to scream at the screen on occasion. He was SO over the top most of the time I just couldn't stand it.


Yeah, figured that out later in the thread. I had much the same reaction as you to the character.
 
2013-03-31 10:11:16 PM
I loved Farscape

www.scificool.com
 
2013-03-31 10:21:03 PM
whizbangthedirtfarmer:   I genuinely think Firefly was just too cute and self-referential.


My days of not taking you seriously are certainly coming to a middle
 
2013-03-31 10:27:57 PM
Oh how I loved farscape. Still my fave. Firefly is a close second, cuz it was so brief...
 
2013-03-31 10:28:26 PM

theflatline: [epguides.com image 320x400]

though the below did return for a season years after the fact.

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Glad to see someone else remembers Invisible Man. Too bad Syfy can't show some reruns of its older shows now and then. At least give the Ghost Hunting a break every once in a while.

Thinking back on it, the style of Invisible Man really seems like a precursor to the common style in the big USA shows like Burn Notice, Suits, etc.
 
2013-03-31 10:32:58 PM
sadly over eleven since it was worth watching...
 
2013-03-31 10:35:47 PM
I just started watching Farscape. If you skip the odd episode that focuses on the blue woman, it's a great show.
 
2013-03-31 10:36:43 PM

deaccessioned: That show just wasn't the same after Zhaan left.  Once you got blue, you never go... shmoo?


That was sad. Especially since it couldn't be helped (Virginia Hey's makeup was killing her kidneys).
 
2013-03-31 10:37:45 PM
Farscape is a campy brain-rot fest. I'd rather watch Shatner deal with tribbles then that bullshiat. The music in Farscape is brilliant and some of the visuals, but the stilted, George Lucas-esque dialog is just complete shiat.

/ I'll second Tripping the Rift for best space opera...
 
2013-03-31 10:39:37 PM
I'm not expecting much out of Defiance. It has lots of potential, but I'm really getting a Terra Nova quality vibe from it.  I don't really see it lasting more than a couple seasons.

Too bad we can't get some new space faring shows like Star Trek or Stargate.  It would be great if it could get back to networks making more attempts at the genre, like Space: Above and Beyond.
 
2013-03-31 10:41:38 PM

MusicMakeMyHeadPound: deaccessioned: That show just wasn't the same after Zhaan left.  Once you got blue, you never go... shmoo?

That was sad. Especially since it couldn't be helped (Virginia Hey's makeup was killing her kidneys).


Didn't realize that's why she left. That sucks. You would think on a sci-fi show like Farscape, they could have found an excuse to change up her makeup to something easier.
 
2013-03-31 10:47:21 PM

BourbonStAdmin: Hey smeg heads. Red Dwarf is MUCH more funnier and original.


Smegging right you are
 
2013-03-31 10:49:13 PM
Another season of Mortal Kombat?  Awesome!
 
2013-03-31 10:49:54 PM

NeoCortex42: Another season of Mortal Kombat?  Awesome!


Posted in the wrong thread. Oh, well.
 
2013-03-31 10:50:19 PM

StretchCannon: Lets not forget Bonnie Hammer ruined the SciFi channel. This is all her fault. Because she's a moron.


Thank You!!

I remember her reasoning was that a surprising number of SciFi (not SyFy) viewers were female and so they must change programming to cater to those viewers. Forgetting perhaps that those female viewers probably liked what they were already watching which was why they were there in the damn first place!!!!!
 
2013-03-31 10:52:03 PM

StretchCannon: Lets not forget Bonnie Hammer ruined the SciFi channel. This is all her fault. Because she's a moron.


THIS
 
2013-03-31 10:52:49 PM

blustacon: StretchCannon: Lets not forget Bonnie Hammer ruined the SciFi channel. This is all her fault. Because she's a moron.

Thank You!!

I remember her reasoning was that a surprising number of SciFi (not SyFy) viewers were female and so they must change programming to cater to those viewers. Forgetting perhaps that those female viewers probably liked what they were already watching which was why they were there in the damn first place!!!!!


I miss the days when SciFi would air a handful of cool original shows, and fill the rest of the airtime with classic shows like MANTIS, V, and Dark Shadows.
 
2013-03-31 10:53:54 PM
I was expecting the link to go to a show set...

...♪♫ in the year 2525 ♫♪...
 
2013-03-31 10:56:04 PM

Premeditated_Road_Rage: I was expecting the link to go to a show set...

...♪♫ in the year 2525 ♫♪...


Is man still alive?
 
2013-03-31 11:03:45 PM

serial_crusher: OtherLittleGuy: Space Cases?

Is it wrong that I still get a halfy when I watch that because I know what Jewel Staite looks like when she gets older?


A very underrated show, that was. Harlon Ellison will not lend his name and voice to dreck.
 
2013-03-31 11:05:39 PM

blustacon: StretchCannon: Lets not forget Bonnie Hammer ruined the SciFi channel. This is all her fault. Because she's a moron.

Thank You!!

I remember her reasoning was that a surprising number of SciFi (not SyFy) viewers were female and so they must change programming to cater to those viewers. Forgetting perhaps that those female viewers probably liked what they were already watching which was why they were there in the damn first place!!!!!


I guess she was also responsible for the cancellation of Attack of the Show.  If she's the reason I can't watch Candace Bailey et al in bed at night, I'm not happy with her at all.
 
2013-03-31 11:08:14 PM

diaphoresis: I loved Farscape


God, I forgot how much I loved Grayza's funbags.
 
2013-03-31 11:08:24 PM

Keyser_Soze_Death: Sliding Carp: Lexx?

Came to say this. Friday nights it used to be worth staying home to watch Sci-Fi channel.


Add me to the list of folks who couldn't get enough of the big bug.  They nrrd to revive that and Firefly and I'd be happy.

/please note that I said 'revive', not 'reboot'.
//790 wants J.J Abrams to stay the hell away from his beloved Kai and Xev.
 
2013-03-31 11:08:43 PM
Tripping the Rift.  That brings back memories.
 
2013-03-31 11:09:39 PM

Ennuipoet: [www.droidforums.net image 850x756]
Look, if I am shot through a wormhole to a distant part of the galaxy, trapped on a living ship full of escaped criminals and I am with anyone half as hot as Claudia Black, I'm not worrying about getting back to Earth.


97 posts and only one picture of Claudia Black.
 
Fark, I am disappoint.
 
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