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2013-03-31 06:52:20 PM  
8 votes:
Lets not forget Bonnie Hammer ruined the SciFi channel. This is all her fault. Because she's a moron.
2013-03-31 06:43:35 PM  
7 votes:
Hey smeg heads. Red Dwarf is MUCH more funnier and original.
2013-03-31 06:51:40 PM  
5 votes:
www.droidforums.net
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.
2013-03-31 09:06:32 PM  
3 votes:
images.wikia.com

www.dan-dare.org
2013-03-31 06:34:17 PM  
3 votes:
g-ecx.images-amazon.com
2013-04-01 10:53:38 AM  
2 votes:
www.tv-reviewed.com

PK Tech Girl needs some more love. Crichton would have been a lot better of with her instead of getting jerked around by Aeryn for 3 seasons.
2013-04-01 01:54:04 AM  
2 votes:

Gordon Bennett: Farscape is good.
Other shows are not good.
 
Watch Farscape.

 
Damn right.
 
I maintain that Farscape is the best scifi tv show of all time. It had everything.
2013-04-01 01:30:24 AM  
2 votes:
Farscape is good.
Other shows are not good.
 
Watch Farscape.
2013-04-01 01:17:21 AM  
2 votes:
I named my dog Rygel.
 
My wife doesn't know it but our first son has been named D'Argo.
2013-04-01 12:06:38 AM  
2 votes:

TheCharmerUnderMe: Farscape?

 
Was that the puppet show?
 
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2013-03-31 10:52:49 PM  
2 votes:

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 10:50:19 PM  
2 votes:

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 09:56:16 PM  
2 votes:
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 09:36:46 PM  
2 votes:
The name of that show is, Babylon 5.

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2013-03-31 09:06:34 PM  
2 votes:
epguides.com

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

www.dan-dare.org

www.bbcshop.com
2013-03-31 07:45:07 PM  
2 votes:

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. :(
2013-03-31 05:54:05 PM  
2 votes:

TuteTibiImperes: I want another Sci-Fi show that involves spaceflight, aliens, and whatnot.  It's a niche that is currently being woefully underserved.


Tragically, I doubt Defiance will fill that role, being earthbound and whatnot. But it'll have ugly dickish aliens, so there's that. And a videogame.

/this is still why I PVR old shows with spaceships and stuff even though I've seen most of them a million times - I miss the genre. I like big cool space battles, new planets and things going on that we can only imagine. It's tragic that should humanity develop spaceflight for things other than going to the moon or just to orbit, it won't be in my lifetime.
2013-04-02 07:54:56 AM  
1 votes:

Gordon Bennett: Dingleberry Dickwad: ThatGuyFromTheInternet: diaphoresis: YodaBlues: 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.

She's not that hot.

Hello, Mr. Homosexual.

Eh, she was pretty hot back then, but Sikozu, and the PK Tech girl girl were hotter. Betting they've both aged better too. From recent pics I'd seen of Claudia Black she didn't age too well.

It's all a matter of personal taste. I'm with you, I never found Claudia Black to be particularly attractive. Sikozu, on the other hand, is about as close to pure female perfection as I have ever seen in my life.


Claudia Black hit maximum hotness in season 2, and kept it all the way until about halfway through season 4.  I think the problem was that Aeryn Sun changed from this badass warrior type to a sweet, loving woman who wept over everything.  That kind of stole a lot of her characterization.
2013-04-01 07:38:25 PM  
1 votes:

YodaBlues: 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.


She's not that hot.
2013-04-01 10:12:06 AM  
1 votes:

Edymnion: SpacemanSpoof: Just re-watched it recently with my wife.  She liked it, too, although she seemed less interested in the plot and more in Ben Browder and his leather pants...

Yeah, but come on, we were just as focused on Chiana's pants.


Speak for yourself:
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2013-04-01 09:58:45 AM  
1 votes:

DerAppie: Farscape sucked.

It started out nice but than they had an entire season of filler and after that they ran out of even the dregs that were left in the idea barrel. The ending sucked, the script sucked and I only finished it (skipping through later episodes) because I wanted to know if they finally managed to finish it.




They had some trouble because SciFi jerked them around with whether they were getting cancelled or not. I remember reading that they even had trouble with some lost sets/scenery because they were cancelled and then not cancelled. It was really stupid.
2013-04-01 09:54:44 AM  
1 votes:

SpacemanSpoof: Just re-watched it recently with my wife.  She liked it, too, although she seemed less interested in the plot and more in Ben Browder and his leather pants...


Yeah, but come on, we were just as focused on Chiana's pants.
2013-04-01 08:21:45 AM  
1 votes:
Farscape sucked.

It started out nice but than they had an entire season of filler and after that they ran out of even the dregs that were left in the idea barrel. The ending sucked, the script sucked and I only finished it (skipping through later episodes) because I wanted to know if they finally managed to finish it.
2013-04-01 08:04:57 AM  
1 votes:

blustacon: 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!!!!!

 
This.  Out of all the SciFi shows that I liked, Farscape was the only one that my girlfriends would watch with me.  One of them even joined in the letter-writing campaign when the show was cancelled.
 
Just re-watched it recently with my wife.  She liked it, too, although she seemed less interested in the plot and more in Ben Browder and his leather pants...
2013-04-01 07:48:29 AM  
1 votes:

kiwimoogle84: I'm sorry, WHAT? Firefly was a WESTERN? Clearly you never watched it all the way through. There was maybe one hour total rural horse/western footage in the whole show. The rest was in SPACE, on SPACESHIPS, in a FUTURISTIC setting. Wow. Just...wow.


Firefly is a western set during the Recovery. 
Browncoats are 'Grey Backs'. 
Reavers are stereotypical Apaches. 
 
The whole show is a mass of western cliches.  
 
It does have a few space opera elements as well. 
But it has the same amount of science as Buffy.
2013-04-01 05:01:41 AM  
1 votes:
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.


You are not helping.
/Syfy is an example of what would happen to ESPN if it was run by someone who didn't like sports.
2013-04-01 01:39:30 AM  
1 votes:

duenor: Firefly was the absolute best sci fi series of all time.


It being April 1st, some of you I just can't take serious. Firefly was good, but given the shortness I think its ridiculous to rate it higher than a show that actually had more than 14 episodes.
2013-04-01 12:49:23 AM  
1 votes:

omeganuepsilon: Too few pics..
In tribute of the other women since Claudia has already been posted:


All that and no Zhaan?
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And her disturbing alternate:
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2013-04-01 12:39:09 AM  
1 votes:

whizbangthedirtfarmer: Dingleberry Dickwad: whizbangthedirtfarmer: 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.
 
One of the few errors the show made was having Scorpius get his ass kicked throughout season three and four on a regular basis.  It took away a little of his mystique.
 
I know some folks here said they couldn't get over the puppets, and I have to admit, it took me about three starts to finally latch onto the puppets and the makeup (which was horrible in season one).  Once I got into it, though, there was no looking back.
 
I dunno about his mystique, but it did take a touch of his menace away. Still, the beat downs, the torture, the mollusks, and everything else serve to show you that he's still one tough bastard and will still try to manipulate his way through shiat if he can.
 
Yes, but then he's SMILING at the end of The Peacekeeper Wars.  I know the Eidolon influence is there, but holy hell, that was incongruous.  He hated both sides equally.
 
 
He went through hell and back, a majority of his life was fighting against the Scarran, and it paid off, he got John to use it as a weapon to get the Scarran in line.  His goals were achieved.
 
He always did have a bit of pomposity about him but combined with noble morals, if not practices.  He's happy with himself, taking pride in a job well done despite grave odds. Not incongruous at all.
 
/he made a great anti-hero
//Disclaimer: the mini series that ended the series was....rushed.  I can't blame actors for losing a bit of their edge after an extended haitus.
 
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Too few pics..
In tribute of the other women since Claudia has already been posted:
 
 
i18.photobucket.comusuarios.multimania.esquizilla.teennick.com
 
And the entertaining alternates:
 
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2013-03-31 11:11:37 PM  
1 votes:

jake_lex: Mugato: Muppets...In Space!

I honestly do think the connection to the Hensons (Jim's son Brian did the puppetry) hurt this show, in a way, because it led people to dismiss it as a kid's show, or at least not worthy of being taken seriously on any level.

I mean, I'm not saying they shouldn't have.  It allowed them to have aliens on the show that were way more, well, alien than the aliens on Star Trek, which often just looked like some guy with something stuck to his forehead and a weird haircut.


Thissssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssss. Farscape is without hesitation my favorite scifi show ever. Yes, more than Firefly, More than DS9, more than BSG... And the muppets? Brilliant! I mean 3 of the main characters from the first to the last episode are non-humanoid, how great is that for a live action sci fi anything.
2013-03-31 11:09:39 PM  
1 votes:

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.
2013-03-31 10:36:43 PM  
1 votes:

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 10:11:16 PM  
1 votes:
I loved Farscape

www.scificool.com
2013-03-31 10:04:39 PM  
1 votes:
1.bp.blogspot.com
2013-03-31 10:02:19 PM  
1 votes:

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 09:28:20 PM  
1 votes:

Sliding Carp: Lexx?


Came to say this. Friday nights it used to be worth staying home to watch Sci-Fi channel.
2013-03-31 09:14:24 PM  
1 votes:
MST3k?
2013-03-31 08:53:17 PM  
1 votes:

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.
2013-03-31 08:52:48 PM  
1 votes:
Space Cases?
2013-03-31 08:51:49 PM  
1 votes:
I really loved watching that show.  At first my reaction was "puppets?  screw that" but after watching an episode then a couple more I quickly got hooked by amazing interplay between the cast and the really interesting storyline that unfolded.

/wish there was more scifi like that playing these days.
2013-03-31 08:48:07 PM  
1 votes:

TuteTibiImperes: I want another Sci-Fi show that involves spaceflight, aliens, and whatnot.  It's a niche that is currently being woefully underserved.


^ This! Its unfortunate that Stargate Universe was the last such tv show to air.
2013-03-31 08:32:43 PM  
1 votes:

Mugato: Muppets...In Space!


I honestly do think the connection to the Hensons (Jim's son Brian did the puppetry) hurt this show, in a way, because it led people to dismiss it as a kid's show, or at least not worthy of being taken seriously on any level.

I mean, I'm not saying they shouldn't have.  It allowed them to have aliens on the show that were way more, well, alien than the aliens on Star Trek, which often just looked like some guy with something stuck to his forehead and a weird haircut.
2013-03-31 06:50:52 PM  
1 votes:
Space Ghost (Coast to Coast)?
2013-03-31 06:17:16 PM  
1 votes:
Farscape?

Was that the puppet show?
2013-03-31 06:09:55 PM  
1 votes:

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 Defiance will be a piece of crap. I hope not, but that's where it's likely going. Sci-fi is being watered down a lot for mass appeal, because apparently only people who still have imaginations watch stuff like the various Star Treks (not counting the new one, which was a space-action-movie and didn't have anything at all to say about the human condition and thus does not count, and also had a brewery for engineering because fark you that's why).

Society isn't necessarily getting dumber, but our ability to think outside the box seems to be reduced.
2013-03-31 05:57:32 PM  
1 votes:

MadSkillz: TuteTibiImperes: I want another Sci-Fi show that involves spaceflight, aliens, and whatnot.  It's a niche that is currently being woefully underserved.

Tragically, I doubt Defiance will fill that role, being earthbound and whatnot. But it'll have ugly dickish aliens, so there's that. And a videogame.

/this is still why I PVR old shows with spaceships and stuff even though I've seen most of them a million times - I miss the genre. I like big cool space battles, new planets and things going on that we can only imagine. It's tragic that should humanity develop spaceflight for things other than going to the moon or just to orbit, it won't be in my lifetime.


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.
2013-03-31 05:48:22 PM  
1 votes:
I want another Sci-Fi show that involves spaceflight, aliens, and whatnot.  It's a niche that is currently being woefully underserved.
2013-03-31 05:29:44 PM  
1 votes:
Lexx?
 
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