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Inspired by Gregg's thread - I miss Battlestar Galactica. What good sci fi is out there to watch?


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Terminator: The Sarah Conner Chronicles has been great. Unfortunately, there are only two more eposides to its second season and no word of whether it's going to picked up for a third. Ratings have been inexplicably poor, so hope isn't high.


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Bear: In other words this wouldn't be the ideal time to start watching it?
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But you could Netflix or Amazon it! Even if it gets canned, it's worth watching even if it doesn't resolve the way BSG did (if you call that a resolution).
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I have given up on Sarah Conner. I have realized that I REALLY don't like the character. she's just not anyone I care about anymore.

Also, I don't like Shirley Manson. I just do not like her acting. I get what she is supposed to be and all, but I just can't stand to watch her.


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The episode that really solidified it for me was the one right after she got shot in the leg, and kidnapped the doctor. At the very end, after the doc shot the police officer, the doc says "Is anything you told me true?" and Sarah replies with "I got shot". This doc had been kidnapped at gunpoint, was made to empathize with Sarah over the abuse story, and killed a man for Sarah, and Sarah then totally disses the woman.


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I vowed never to watch T:SCC after an original preview I saw where Summer Glau (in all her hotness) says "Come with me if you want to live". First, you can't say that and not be Arnold. Secondly, the inflections and emphasis were all wrong. It just looked really lame. I am excited for T4 though. I've seen some recent previews and I believe they might actually be able to save the series.

I've been trying to hard to enjoy Dollhouse, but I just can't get into it. One moment I'm thinking it is really cool and then they go and do something really really poorly. I know, a bit off topic, it isn't really SciFi but it is JW so I had to give it a chance.

I am enjoying Castle. Again, not SciFi but a pretty good premise for a show.


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Gregg Bolinger wrote:I vowed never to watch T:SCC after an original preview I saw where Summer Glau (in all her hotness) says "Come with me if you want to live". First, you can't say that and not be Arnold. Secondly, the inflections and emphasis were all wrong. It just looked really lame. I am excited for T4 though. I've seen some recent previews and I believe they might actually be able to save the series.

I've been trying to hard to enjoy Dollhouse, but I just can't get into it. One moment I'm thinking it is really cool and then they go and do something really really poorly. I know, a bit off topic, it isn't really SciFi but it is JW so I had to give it a chance.

I am enjoying Castle. Again, not SciFi but a pretty good premise for a show.


Yeah, with Dollhouse, I keep giving Joss another chance, but it just is so predictable. Hilo I think is doing a terrible job here, it is the exact same character acting he did on BSG. I think Dollhouse was an idea that Joss had that was that he wanted to take the real coolness that BSG had, when you didn't know who was a Cylon and who wasn't that he wanted that in his show. So there is that air of who is a Doll and who isn't. But so far, it has been way to easy to predict who is one outside of the main cast.

Actually the only character that I enjoy on the show is Echo's handler.

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Mark Spritzler wrote:Actually the only character that I enjoy on the show is Echo's handler.


+1. Harry Lennix is a really good actor and there is some back story to his character that hasn't fully been revealed yet. Of course, that alone won't do it for me.
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Yeah. I've been watching Dollhouse. It's fair. I don't pay full attention when I watch it at this point. Some episodes I like a lot; others are horrible. It's like the randomness gets me the watch it in case it is a good one.
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Ignore the nay-sayers! The Sarah Connor Chronicles is a great show. Smartly written and well-acted.
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Bear Bibeault wrote:Ignore the nay-sayers! The Sarah Connor Chronicles is a great show. Smartly written and well-acted.


I really liked this show in the beginning -- but admittingly, I don't know where it is going anymore. It just seems like it is going through the motions, trying to fill 22 episodes with stuff around the main story arc.

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Are you kidding? There are a number of really interesting story lines that are inter-twined and yet to be resolved. I'm finding it very entertaining and fascinating.

Oh well, everyone has their likes and dislikes.

I, for example, could never stomach to watch a single episode of Survivor.
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Yeah. I've been watching Dollhouse. It's fair. I don't pay full attention when I watch it at this point. Some episodes I like a lot; others are horrible. It's like the randomness gets me the watch it in case it is a good one.


This show has, IMO, spent way too much time in the dollhouse -- it is impossible to do any character development, if the characters get wiped after every episode. Hopefully, after they escape out of the dollhouse, the characters that they "developed" so far, will have some significance.

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Are you kidding? There are a number of really interesting story lines that are inter-twined and yet to be resolved. I'm finding it very entertaining and fascinating.

Oh well, everyone has their likes and dislikes.


The problem is that I am not convinced that the writers have any idea where it is going... Maybe the writers are sending too many people from the future -- both sides sent armies already. Maybe the writers are changing the storyline as they go -- some characters came from a different future than other characters.

This means that things that you learn from one character about the future, is not necessarly true. And what they have shown can be moot in an instant. In other words, I sometimes feel like a polar bear is going to walk on screen.

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Dollhouse - I had little interest in this at first, other than the fact that it's a Whedon show. Which is a pretty big draw in my book. But the basic premise - meh. And the first few episodes didn't do much to change that impression. But lately the show is showing definite signs of improvement. The last two episodes have been pretty strong, and start to address the larger questions about the set-up.

Henry Wong wrote:This show has, IMO, spent way too much time in the dollhouse -- it is impossible to do any character development, if the characters get wiped after every episode. Hopefully, after they escape out of the dollhouse, the characters that they "developed" so far, will have some significance.

I think that's already happening. But I would at least agree that the mind-wipes do slow meaningful development, quite a bit. So I hope we're not stuck with that for too long.

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Mark Spritzler wrote:Actually the only character that I enjoy on the show is Echo's handler.

+1. Harry Lennix is a really good actor and there is some back story to his character that hasn't fully been revealed yet. Of course, that alone won't do it for me.

Yes, Lennix is good, and his character seems worth rooting for. But it's troublesome that so far, he still seems too willing to take his new employers at face value. And to believe the line about the dolls being "volunteers". Even if it turns out to be true (and the latest episode does seem to indicate as much, though without Langton's knowledge) one has to wonder whether there is any real way for dolls to reconsider their choices. Maybe there is - but why isn't asking these sorts of questions? Best answer I can come up with is that maybe Langton is some sort of infiltrator. An investigator or spy from some other group. Then he'd have an excuse for turning a blind eye. As it is, he seems kind of clueless.

Well, my faith in Joss will keep me tuning in for awhile yet. But I hope they'll now be able to spend less time setting up the premise, and more time propelling it forward.
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The Sarah Conner Chronicles: Not bad, much better than I expected. And yet, I haven't felt compelled to keep up with the current season, they way I do many other shows. I'll probably get around to it eventually. But I feel kind of take-it-or-leave-it about the series, as of the beginning of season two. I'm glad to hear Bear thinks it's pretty interesting now; this gives me hope.
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Henry Wong wrote:And what they have shown can be moot in an instant. In other words, I sometimes feel like a polar bear is going to walk on screen.

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