BATTLE: LA is not a good popcorn movie… (via The Smart Girls’ SciFi blog)

The great thing about this Blog is that she says what she likes and dislikes and leaves out the pretention. If she liked it, odds are I will too.

BATTLE: LA is not a good popcorn movie... Unless you want to pick it up off the floor to eat it. I jumped so many times I had to set the popcorn aside. Battle: LA proves (once again) that I’m one of the uncultured masses when it comes to movies. It was widely panned by critics, but did well at the box office. Yes, it was full of clichéd character types and plot elements (newbie officer clashes paired with veteran sergeant, aliens after our water, etc) but it still worked for me. What I l … Read More

via The Smart Girls' SciFi blog

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Battlestar Galactica Season 3

Γ Good flick within the genre.  Solid story, good characters, if you like this genre, watch it.

Season Three of Battlestar Galactica continues the excellent script writing, acting, direction and overall production that we have come to expect from the ‘Reimagined’ Battlestar Galactica series. The characters are thrown into ever worsening scenarios, as the difference between Human and Cylon is more fully explored. While I cannot say that I enjoyed this season as much as the first two, it still maintained itself as one of the best drama series (regardless of genre). My one complaint was that it created so significant a set of divides between the characters that one doubts if they could possibly come to live, not to mention work together afterwards.  Even so, season three was the lead up to the final series and as such one could expect tension to mount.  If Season Four had lived up to its promises, BSG would have gone down as one the best conceived pieces of media ever.  Sadly, it didn’t… but that is another story.

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Battlestar Galactica: Season 2.0-2.5

Α Great flick, must see regardless of what Genres you enjoy.  Makes you think of things beyond the scope of the story.

Season Two of Battlestar Galactica remains one of the best shows to hit television, proving that Science Fiction is not just about special effects and/or nifty ideas. This is a human drama, driven by realistic characters who we come to care for. Building on the first season, the plot thickens as the ramifications of what has happened begin to ht home. Friendships and alliances are tried and tested, and both human and Cylon conspiracies unfold.  My only real complaint was the pointless division of the DVDs into Season releases that sound like software updates.  Season x.0 and x.5?  Really?  Basically, this was a marketing gimmick that seems to have resulted from the extremely long season breaks the Sci-Fi (now Sy-Fy… see-fee?) channel created. 

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Battlestar Galactica: Season 1 (2003)

Α Great flick, must see regardless of what Genres you enjoy.  Makes you think of things beyond the scope of the story.

Battlestar Galactica: Season 1 was one of the most remarkable shows to hit television.  I was absolutely amazed by this series.  It took a very dated and somewhat cliché original concept and literally did ‘re-imagine’ it into one of the best programs to have been broadcast. What resulted is a character driven story in which the role of special effects and science fiction is only used to add to the human (and Cylon) drama.  It is what science fiction should be.  ‘Tis a pity about the last season. 

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Hyperspace (BBC, 2001)


Ζ How did this get filmed?

This documentary about Astronomy and astrophysics is narrated by Sam Neil, and serves as a perfect example of what is wrong with the newer generation of BBC documentaries. While visually stunning, it is not actually very informative, spending far too much time demonstrating its CGI than discussing the matters of science it is supposed to. It also never actually addresses the concepts related to its title, but rather goes through some rather pedestrian concepts of astronomy. Still, it has a few interesting bits here and there, and is not a complete waste of time

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