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! [Read more…]
Editorial by: Michael Hickerson (Slice of SciFi Editor) For the upcoming San Diego Comic Con, outgoing “Doctor Who” producer Russell T. Davies has elusive promised that he would make an big announcement regarding the series. Given the fact that actor David Tennant will be making the jump across the pond to join Davies on the […]
No, this is not another article on how e-Mail, FaceBook, Twitter, and the Internet in general are shrinking what little free time we might have.
No, this is about entertainment, and specifically who is paying for it. In the course of examining where all my time is going, I realized I don’t watch live TV, I rarely go to the movies, and in general I inject very little cash into the vast entertainment industry. [Read more…]
What will I, and many others, do when it all ends suddenly?
OK, I’m not saying it’ll happen soon. We don’t know when it will happen. But you will know when it does happen. There’s a good chance your appliances will be fried, your cell phone will stop working, the power will go out, the cable will be out, and gasp the Internet will go down. [Read more…]
One of the attractions of the Star Trek universe is the quasi-Utopian idea of a society which has done away with money, where the main interests of humankind are the pursuit of knowledge and exploration. This presumes some sort of world government, and a fairly homogeneous society united for a common goal.
What works in fiction is often simplified and glossed over for a desired story point. What is the likelihood of a true world society, a planetary government? I say nil. [Read more…]
Monday evening, NBC aired two of the first season finales for two struggling, genre series. One is a critical favorite with a devoted loyal fanbase that was given a full-season order before the series returned this year based on the strength of its first four episodes. The other started out with over the moon ratings, […]
I’ve been thinking just how much successful (or relatively successful) SciFi series resemble soap operas, if not in content, definitively in the fanaticism of their followers. Most people who follow Heroes, BSG, and Lost (to name a few) might not characterize the shows as soap operas, but that’s what they seem to me. [Read more…]
After avoiding drinking anything for a number of hours before, this past weekend I went to see the IMAX presentation of Watchmen. A few months ago I had bought and read the graphic novel, and when I finished it I had resolved not to go see the movie. However, there were hints the ending had been changed, and that was enough to pique my curiosity. Still I hesitated because the previews made it obvious the movie was going to follow the graphic novel almost panel by panel. [Read more…]
“Battlestar Galactica” went from an idea that was initially scoffed at by many fans to one of the most acclaimed shows of the past ten years. Along the way, we had the ups and downs, but in my mind these are the ten episodes that really stood out from the six year run of Ron Moore’s influential and acclaimed series. [Read more…]
Perhaps not all are aware 2009 has been designated the International Year of Astronomy. What does this mean? It means the public will be targeted by a world-wide effort to raise awareness of what’s revolving above our heads. More precisely, we revolve under it, and I can say it these days without fearing a visit from the Inquisitors. Yep, it’s the 400th anniversary of Galileo incurring their wrath. [Read more…]
So, movies… as previously stated I wait for the DVD releases to be available, eschewing the theater experience for the comfort of my sofa, the availability of reasonably priced snacks, and the absence of rude people who take great pleasure in drawing my mostly silent maledictions. Here are my impressions on movies I’ve watched in recent memory, all anchored on absolutely no insight into what audiences like to watch. [Read more…]
But like all critics, I am not so much interested in helping others formulate a response to a given movie as I am in feeding my own ego. With those caveats out of the way, I now feel empowered to comment on a few movies I have watched. [Read more…]