Imagine Lesser?

The Sci-Fi channel has changed their name to SyFy. The reason is to attract more women in the 18-49 year-old range by softening the name and the content. Their once much desired 18-25 year-old male demographic has fled for the greener pastures of Spike TV (boobs) and video games (killing without character development). This shift is evident in their new marketing campaign, a Skittles-on-LSD commercial which feature no robots, monsters or space ships, only paper unicorns, magic carousels and hip young people (I’m not making that up). The message is clear: leave your hardcore nerd at the door, we wanna go mainstream!

My Experience With the Star Trek Experience

The Star Trek Experience closed last week after a 10-year voyage. Citing conflicts between the hotel and Experience owners (read: money), the largest ongoing Star Trek convention, complete with rides, museum, shops and props is now no more. It was a Mecca for those “of the body” to “trek” to at least once in their lives and amongst all the glittering, headache inducing elements of Las Vegas, it was a fascinating oasis of geekiness.

Let’s All Go to Comic-Con!

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This will be my 9th year going to the Con and honestly, it still takes my breath away. If you haven’t been to it and you are reading this post on Slice of SciFi by choice, then you are doing yourself a disservice. NOTHING comes close to the overall madness, coolness and feeling of acceptance for being your weird old self as a pilgrimage to San Diego in late July.

Klaatu, Barata… whoa!

Now, if you haven’t seen The Day the Earth Stood Still, then the sci-fi community has failed you. This is one of those films that you really have to see to call yourself a sci-fi fan. It’s one of these Rosetta stones for geeks, a commonality that allows Star Trek, Star Wars or even robot tech fans to get along without falling in to endless “Borg v. Death Star v. Robot tech Masters” arguments (besides: Borg). True science fiction fans are historians — guardians of earlier generation’s visions of the future and this is one that everyone can agree is a classic.

The Mist Opportunity

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In an interview, Darabont said he was sickened by the recent flood of “physical torture” films (Saw, Hostel) on the market. So it seems he replaced it with a film that explores emotional torture, but against the audience.

Frak ‘em if they Don’t Get It

To me, anyone who hasn’t taken a chance at a show that critics repeatedly call “The Best Show on Television”, might not be worth the additional effort. If they couldn’t watch a show that dealt with terrorism, patriotism, war and suffering like no other drama has done on television when it first aired, then it is THEY who have the problem.

Deer Will

So I’m watching “I am Legend”, a moniker that will never apply to this film, and I can tell you when it loses me. Any guesses? Will Smith? Too easy? Changing the ending of the brilliant Richard Matheson novella? Nope. Adding a cute (white) kid? Nah. Changing the only other character in the novella’s backstory completely, and thus invalidating the need to call this film an “Adaptation”? Please!

CGI deer!