Slice of SciFi #42: TV and DVD News

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News Bytes:

Movie Talk:

  • Korean thriller Typhoon coming to US finally?
  • Beginning production in Summer 2006, Priest combines a western theme with vampires

TV Talk:

  • Evo likes Galactica on iTunes
  • No decision yet on a second season for NBC’s sleeper hit Surface… time for a letter campaign?
  • Time Tunnel DVD release seems to be geared more towards studio profit rather than consumer convenience

Trivia Contest: Summer’s sick, but she still tries to avoid being stumped by Doug. We also have more movie talk about Minority Report and Underworld: Evolution.

Future Talk: What’s Coming Up?

  • Robin Williams stars in an adaptation of Armistead Maupin’s The Night Listener
  • The Science of Sleep is new project from Michel Gondry (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind)

Listener comments: We’ve got plenty of voicemail from fans to listen and respond to! If you have any suggestions or comments, please let us know.


  1. says

    Mike, that TV show you were trying to remember with saucers coming up out of water and such was a made in the UK program called UFO. It was out in the early 70’s and starred Ed Bishop and George Sewell. It wasn’t too bad for 70’s Disco-Pop TV era.

    ALso another good and dark Williams flick was Insomnia with Al Pachino and Hiliary Swank. Williams was very chilling in that one also.

  2. Michael R. Mennenga says

    UFO… yeah, that’s a hard name to remember. LOL You’re right, that is the one I’m thinking of. I still get an icky feeling when I think of that show. It scared the crap out of me, but I had to watch it every week. Too cool.

    Final Cut was an interesting film. Not action packed, but an interesting idea. How would your life change if you knew everything (and I mean everything) you did was being recorded so that it could be edited later to represent you life?

    Check it out if you missed it.

  3. says

    About the Video Game adaptations…

    Most gamers hate VG-movie adaptations… especially movies by Uwe Boll (

    The main problem with gamers is that the movies AREN’t true to the game in terms of story. Resident Evil movies deviate from the games so much that it is disgusting… the only good thing about VG movies are the “hot” actresses.

  4. Philip from Australia says

    We’re from the Empire. We’re here ot help. Cheers. THAT says it all.

    Michael, Michael… forgetting UFO… How could you?

    The Time Tunnel people went to the future, too. Damn blurbs.

    Evo: Problems with Apple store videos. Cost for a season is about the same as a set of DVDs. But the DVDs have higher quality. Have (usually) some commentaries. And I like the comments. So is it so effective.

    I do agree that being able to download them and watch on the move (PLEASE… not driving people. And you know someone will) is a good thing. But is a season appropiate? How many times do we have to pay?

    Oh well.


  5. Stephen K says

    Wow, you guys talk about DVD rip-off… Here the normal cost of a single season of Buffy, Stargate, BSG,etc is 100 Euros.. thats $120!!!

    the price goes down to about 60 after xmas in the sales but will go back up again. Crazy huh?

  6. Magess says

    The Night Listener was a good book. Really interesting for the way in which you honestly don’t know what’s going on any more than the character does. I’m curious what makes it scifi, though. The book was nothing of the sort. I wonder if they’ll preserve the fact that Gabriel was gay. I don’t remember it well enough to say how much that colored his character or whether it could be glossed over. Night Listener is supposed to be a slightly creepy title. You’re supposed to wonder if it’s appropriate, because that makes you wonder about the character’s stability.

  7. kandlekat says

    Visiting The Science Fiction Museum in Seattle is the sci fi fan equivalent of going on a religious pilgrimage to a shrine, and the holy grail is Capt. Kirk’s original chair. I highly recommend it. Everything Paul Allen touches is pure gold. The museum next door’s correct name is Experience Music Project. I live north of Seattle – you can find me on the frapper map in Anacortes.

    Oh, and my dog looks exactly like an Ewok, and she’s a Shih Tzu (not Viet Cong).

  8. Brian McGuinness says

    UFO was one of Gerry & Sylvia Anderson’s live action shows. It showed over here in the US in the early 1970s; I remember seeing it at the time. Set in the amazing future year 1980, it featured a secret organization called Shado (Supreme Headquarters Alien Defence Organization) that defended the Earth from aliens. Shado was operated from a secret base located under a film studio. There was a robot space station, SID, the Space Intruder Detector, which reported incoming UFOs, and a moonbase run by attractive women with purple wigs. There was a submarine called Skydiver; the front part of the sub separated to become an aircraft. Two UFO paperbacks, Sporting Blood and The Flesh Hunters, were published at that time.

    The Fanderson web site at has episode guides for the Andersons’ work.

    If I recall correctly, Space: 1999 was supposed to be a sort of sequel to UFO.

  9. says

    That brings back memory…
    Yep, I remember well the UFO TV series
    and the somg for the title/opening sequence..
    Gerry & Sylvia Anderson were great creators/visionaries
    for those times…

  10. Puffdaddy says

    Yes UFO and Space 1999 were created by Gerry and Sylvia Anderson. Both shows were well ahead of their time. UFO only ran for one series and did not come to any kind of conclusion. The whole series had a gripping tension about it. From the plot, models, actors etc. there’s really nothing like it. Nor ever will be. Space 1999 was supposed to be a sequel, with a larger more complex moonbase. The show had some really great episodes in the first season like
    ” Another Time, Another place” but kinda fell down in the second season relying
    too heavily on sets and questionable special effects. Both are released on Carlton DVD and make great additions if you are a collector.