SciFi Diner Podcast Ep. 95
Our Interview with Brea Grant of Heroes and We Will Bury You
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On the menu tonight:
- Interview with Brea Grant from We’re Going to Bury You, Suicide Girls, and Heroes
- Our new trivia
- Shore Leave 33
- Wonder Woman In Costume
- Why is was GOOD Firefly was canceled.
- Why V needs a third season
- Stephen King on Walking Dead
- Terry Pratchett Discworld
- Captain America
- This Week In Star Trek
- The SciFi Five in Five: Radu
Question: Name two actors from BSG the Guest Starred on Big Bang Theory.
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Brea Colleen Grant (born 16 October 1981) is an American actress who is best known for playing Daphne Millbrook in the NBC television series Heroes. She has appeared in an episode of Cold Case, three episodes of Friday Night Lights, as “Junkie Girl” (uncredited) in Max Payne, and as “Rasha” in SciFi’s Battle Planet. She was born in Marshall, Texas, and holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in American Studies from The University of Texas at Austin. She recently published a comic book, “We Will Bury You” with her brother Zane Grant, and artist Kyle Strahm.
Shore Leave 33: July 8-10, 2011
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Stargate SG-1’s Teal’c; Andromeda’s Hector
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Battlestar Galactica’s Number Six; Warehouse 13’s Agent Bonnie Belski; No Ordinary Family’s Sophia Adler; Chuck’s Agent Alex Forrest
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Warehouse 13’s Pete Lattimer; Moonlight’s Jason Abbott
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John de Lancie
ST:TNG, ST:SD9, & ST:Voyager’s Q; Stargate SG-1’s Colonel Simmons; Charmed’s Odin; Legend’s Professor Bartok
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Sanctuary’s Ashley Magnus; Riese’s Aliza; Battlestar Galactica’s Julia Brynn; Smallville’s Cat Grant Blood Ties’ Sandra
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ST:TOS’s Lt. Cmdr. Gary Mitchell ; 2001’s Dr. Frank Poole
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ST:TOS’s Dr. Elizabeth Dehner; M*A*S*H’s Major Margaret Houlihan
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Stargate SG-1’s Ba’al
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Our first official look at the new Wonder Woman IN COSTUME
Lots has been said about David E. Kelley’s new take on DC’s pre-eminent superheroine, and little of it has been good. But all of those opinions have been based on little more than casting sheets and illicitly obtained copies of the pilot script. But how we’ve got our first eyeful of Diana, Princess of Themyscera. And …
This could be much worse. Sure, the costume is a little too shiny, the colors are a bit too bright and poor Adrienne Palicki is gonna sweat to death in all that latex.
But there are no stars on her underpants, and I’m glad they retained some of the bustier-feel of the Lynda Carter Wonder Woman while making the outfit something that a lady could, conceivably, kick some ass in.
Why you should be GLAD that Firefly got canceled
Imagine, for a moment, an alternate universe in which Joss Whedon’s sci-fi western wasn’t cut down after its full-of-promise first season and, instead, ran for as long as its creators wanted it to. I think that universe would suck.
Firstly, let me be clear about something: I love Firefly. No, I lurve it. I lurve every gorram thing about it, from top to bottom, from bow to stern. But if we posit that Whedon and company didn’t get the sky taken from them, that Firefly got to run for, say, the same seven seasons that Buffy the Vampire Slayer did, that’d result in a vastly different pop-cultural landscape.
The Whedonverse would be smaller
There’d probably be no Dollhouse if Whedon was still running Firefly. Sure, at one point he had Buffy, Angel and Firefly in production at the same time, but no one would say that was an ideal scenario. While he might have been able to hand Firefly off to a trusted lieutenant—like Tim Minear or Jane Espenson—who knows if he’d have been as receptive to Eliza Dushku’s pitch if he already had a job?
He’d also never have had the time to write Marvel’s Astonishing X-Men comics, a series the company created just for him and went on to sell like gangbusters and win a plethora of awards.
Would there have been a Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog? Perhaps. Whedon would’ve still gone on strike with the WGA, but would he have been as disgruntled by television in general to have turned to the Internet as a delivery system? Hard to say.
Nathan Fillion would be just another TV star
Don’t get me wrong, I am a big fan of Captain Tightpants. Big. Fan. But when Firefly left the air, he became the unwitting recipient of every fan’s love for the show. And because of the grace with which he treated an audience that shared his pain at Firefly’s loss, he earned what seems to be a never-ending supply of goodwill. Would he still be the totemic geek messiah—one whose name gets bandied about for every genre role from Green Lantern to Hawkeye to Nathan Drake, one who gets the cover of national magazines because he’s a “geek god,” one whose offhand comments become rallying cries—if Firefly ran its course? I don’t think so. He’d be just another wonderfully lucky actor who got to do what he loved for as long as he wanted to.
The Ripple Effect
Summer Glau would not have been free to co-star in Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, and it would’ve been a worse show for it. Adam Baldwin could not have livened up Chuck. Jewel Staite never wouldn’t have made it to Stargate: Atlantis or Wonderfalls. It would’ve been a whole 10 days that Mark Sheppard wasn’t employed by some brand of genre TV.
Or, at least, not as we know them. The collective sense of offense that Something Awesome Was Taken Away From Us caused a whole community to form and, bound together by their loss, they went on to host screenings, throw conventions and raise tens of thousands of dollars for various charities. If Firefly lasts, none of that happens.
Would I have loved to see the continuing adventures of the ad-hoc family at the heart of Firefly as Whedon and his Sky Bully intended? Absolutely. But what we got in trade was raw potential—the Firefly that exists now is just a starting point for our collective imagination to take it places unburdened by the confines of the screen. The Firefly that we fervently wish would exist is undoubtedly better than whatever Firefly we’d get. Few things are as sad as dry clay.
Sometimes, bad things just need to happen … and this was one of them.
7 reasons why V should get a third season
I’m not going to lie. ABC’s V has been frustrating to watch, because while I love parts of it, some of the characters and the decisions they’ve made have driven me crazy. So imagine my surprise when I watched the season-two finale, “Mother’s Day,” last night and got excited by the possibility of a third season. (Beware—there are SPOILERS AHEAD.)
V is definitely on the bubble when it comes to a possible renewal, averaging a rating of 1.9 in adults 18-49 with over 5 million total viewers, which makes it “more likely to be cancelled than renewed,” according to tvbythenumbers.com. That’s less than the 2.2 rating it got during season one, which earned it a second season. So things are not looking great for the alien invasion series.
However, the exciting game-changing season finale has me unexpectantly rooting for this series to be renewed, and here’s seven reasons why. (Did we say there were SPOILERS AHEAD?)
Tyler is dead
I don’t think there’s any character I hated more on any show this season than Tyler. He was an annoying spoiled brat and totally unworthy of having Erica has his mother.
Part of the blame lies with the writers who had Tyler make very bad decisions most of the time. While a boy like Tyler would certainly be enamored of a pretty V like Lisa, he was so unlikable and wishy-washy there’s no reason why Lisa would have fallen for him. And when he blamed his mother, who he believed had been kidnapped by the Fifth Column, for his father’s death and ran off to the Vs, his character became so unredeemable that I was thrilled to see fake-Lisa take a bite out of him after they mated.
While it’d be nice to blame all of the problems with the Tyler character on the writers—and they certainly deserve a fair amount of the blame—the bigger problem stood with actor Logan Huffman. He was over his head when it came to being in a cast filled with outstanding actors like Elizabeth Mitchell as Erica, Morena Baccarin as Anna and Joel Gretsch as Father Jack. Even though it’s not fair to compare the less experienced Huffman with the likes of Mitchell and Baccarin, his presence hurt the series and V will be far better without him.
And speaking of killing off characters …
The other major character who definitely needed to be killed off was Morris Chestnut’s Ryan Nichols, and that happened (at least I hope it happened) when his own daughter, Amy, wrapped her tail around his neck and snapped it. Now, I’m a big fan of Chestnut, and he certainly can’t be blamed for how weak his character ended up being, but Ryan’s time had come.
His character never made much sense. If you had an alien from an invading force on your side, wouldn’t you quiz him on all things V?
I once asked executive producer Scott Rosenbaum why Ryan didn’t tell Erica where he was from and give her more information, and he said, “Well, the thing is, Ryan was born via egg on a ship. So he doesn’t know any of that.” He went on to say that Ryan wouldn’t have a lot of information because the Vs worked in cells. “Each V is only given information on a need-to-know basis.”
I’m willing to buy that, but not that he wouldn’t have filled them in from the beginning about what he does know about being a V, what is the best way to kill a V (which he finally did when they were plotting to assassinate Anna) or what the Vs actually look like. But then Ryan started making bad decisions and he eventually sold out his Fifth Column conspirators when it came to the plot to assassinate Anna because his daughter was in pain (which he knew Anna was responsible for). There’s no way Ryan wouldn’t know that Amy would be better off with either Diana or Lisa as the V queen, and she could get bliss from them. I didn’t buy his betrayal for a second.
However, when it comes to killing off Diana, I’m a little sad to see her go. Jane Badler’s Diana was an asset to the series, and it was terrific to have Anna go up against someone who she was a little scared of. That said, Diana’s death led to the best line of the season when Anna turned to Lisa and said, “Now that’s how you kill your mother.” That moment rocked.
Anna is an awesome villain
While there wasn’t a chance that Anna would get taken out in the finale, since the series is certainly based on things going down to the bitter end between Anna and Erica, seeing her face betrayal at Lisa’s hands and utilizing human emotion to save herself was priceless.
Anna took the betrayal and spat it out, taking Diana and Lisa down, while strengthening her position. She gave the humans bliss with Amy’s help, which will ensure her eventual control over the human race.
What worked out so well this season is that we finally know what Anna wants from the humans. As a race, the Visitors’ future is at stake. While we don’t know why that’s the case, fake-Lisa and Tyler’s offspring will be hybrids, and once those hybrids hatch, things are sure to get very interesting for the humans.
Anna met every challenge from the Fifth Column (be they V or human) and came out on top all season long. Baccarin’s Anna has become a truly fascinating character, and I’d love to see her battles with Erica intensify, especially if they can get more screen time together.
Erica is an equally awesome hero
Elizabeth Mitchell is great as Erica, and she’s able to sell whatever storyline the writers manage to cook up, regardless of whether those stories made sense. When Anna ordered that Tyler’s father, Joe Evans (Nicholas Lea), be tricked into trying to save Erica, after she was supposedly captured by the Fifth Column by sneaking past a horde of FBI agents, and he was eventually shot dead in a hail of gunfire, Erica’s heartbreak made it impossible not to be moved. And then when Tyler blamed her for his dad’s death and left to go to the V ship, again, her pain was so real I almost forgot all about the silly plot stuff.
Erica has been so kick-ass this year, imagine what she’ll be like when she finds out Tyler is dead and that she’s going to be a grandmother along side Anna. Think about the possibilities! Family dinners might have a whole new meaning.
Goodbye Fifth Column, hello Project Aries
While the Fifth Column took a major hit and seemed to be decimated, humanity’s hope popped up in the form of the military- and government-run Project Aries, which is led by Lars Tremont (played by Marc Singer, who starred in the original V). Luckily, the human race’s hopes don’t only rest on the shoulders of Erica and her ragtag group of freedom fighters anymore.
In truth, when it comes to the Fifth Column, Erica, Diana and the others kind of got what they deserved. Basing all their hopes on Lisa killing her mom was a bad idea. While Lisa had certainly plotted against Anna, pulling the trigger was a whole different story. I wasn’t surprised. Were you?
So it’s good to see some new resistance blood in the form of a bigger operation with Project Aries. And it’s even better to see Singer at the helm and Erica’s FBI buddies joining forces with her.
We finally know what the Vs look like
All season long, I’ve been waiting to see what the Vs look like, and we FINALLY got to see the new V queen hatch. It was a cool, if a far too long-awaited moment. Now if only we knew why the Vs have such issues with being skinned.
If there is another season, everything will change
While the whole focus on Anna trying to find and remove the human soul was … well … stupid, that issue seems to be set aside for other more interesting developments. The members of the Fifth Column took a major hit with Lisa’s failure to kill Anna, Anna discovered Chad Decker was involved in Lisa’s fake kidnapping, the new queen egg hatched with a V whose skin looks exactly like Lisa, Tyler was killed, Diana was murdered by Anna and the Vs accepted Anna again as their queen, Ryan was killed by his daughter, Lisa was imprisoned in her grandmother’s dungeon, Erica learned of Project Aries, Hobbes vanished and, most importantly, Anna used Amy to bliss humanity and the motherships began to move.
While it would be nice to hope the writers would do a little better job if a third season happens, at least the series would go forth with its best characters and ridding itself of storylines that didn’t work very well. So I have hope.
When V is good, it’s very good. At the end of “Mother’s Day,” a devastated Erica holds a blissed Father Jack, and it was heart-wrenching. The finale was a very eventful, well-written hour of television, and because of it, if we do get a third season, V will change forever in what I can only hope will be a very good way.
What do you think? Should V get a third season?
Stephen King may be on board for the 2nd season of Walking Dead
At the Walking Dead panel at this past weekend’s C2E2 comics-and-other-geekery convention in Chicago, one of the undead hit’s stars let slip that the horror luminary might be saddling up for a tour in zombieland.
While fielding a question about whether executive producer Frank Darabont would be directing the second season’s premiere—the answer was no, by the by—Laurie Holden shifted giddily in her seat (at around 10:45) and said:
“I heard a rumor that Stephen King’s gonna write one.”
Now, that is still, as Holden states right up front, a rumor. But, it’s a rumor from The Walking Dead’s inner circle. And Darabont and King have a very long history together—The Shawshank Redemption, The Green Mile and The Mist—so another collaboration wouldn’t at all be out of the realm of possibility.
We’re not gonna call too much attention to the fact that WE TOTALLY CALLED THIS back in December. (But we did.)
Watch Terry Pratchett pitch ideas for his new Discworld TV series
Remember those rumors from a few months ago that said Disney might be making a Discworld movie? Bad news: It’s not happening. News so wonderful it makes us squee: Discworld will be coming to television … as a police procedural.
If you read Discworld, you know that some of Sir Terry Pratchett’s most colorful characters are the city watch (aka policemen) of Ankh-Morpork. SFX says the television show, which has been tentatively named The Watch, would revolve around them. Characters would likely include the newly sober Capt. Sam Vimes, the lazy Sgt. Fred Colon and the casting director’s nightmare, Cpl. Nobby Nobbs.
Because The Watch is currently in the planning stages, another police procedural, Ron Moore’s 17th Precinct, will be first out of the gate. But The Watch has something 17th Precinct will never have: Sir Terry himself.
The lucky SOBs at SFX recorded a brainstorming session with Pratchett, producer Rod Brown, production designer Ricky Eyres and scriptwriter Gavin Scott (on speakerphone).
Listen in on what Pratchett has to say about potential storylines—as well as going beyond fan expectation.
For more Discworld-related policework, you can play the sadly outdated yet still tremendously fun 1999 videogame “Discworld Noir.”
J.R.R. Tolkien fans, rejoice: Filming for The Hobbit begins today. To mark the occasion, New Line Cinema has released these two lovely set photos, proof that Peter Jackson has recovered from his perforated ulcer and is ready to take on the year of photography and post-production needed to make the film’s late 2012 release date.
The photos aren’t just confirmation of Jackson’s post-surgical health. There’s a third photo that shows the director during production of Lord of the Rings, before his enviable weight loss. If this isn’t evidence of the power of a yogurt and muesli diet, nothing is.
You can follow the hobbit and the dwarves on their journey through Rivendell, the Misty Mountains, Mirkwood, the Lonely Mountain (aka various New Zealand locations, such as Matamata) and back again on the official blog.
10 actors who could make the new Daredevil swing
If Fox is attempting a movie reboot of Marvel’s Man Without Fear, they’ll definitely need a star. And, rather than contemplate any further the prospect of Robert Pattinson strapping on the crimson leathers, here are some other, far better options—including one curve ball.
His role on HBO’s Boardwalk Empire has shown that this former cherub has got the steel of a real actor—steel that could be set to work in Hell’s Kitchen.
Even though it seems like he buries himself almost to unrecognizablility in movies like 30 Days of Night, 3:10 to Yuma and X-Men: The Last Stand (okay, he was the guy with the wings), his talent finds a way to shine.
No stranger to comics or American accents, the Wanted and X-Men: First Class veteran can bring both the intelligence and the physicality required to make Daredevil bounce.
Ah, who are we kidding? He’d never do it. Despite the fact that he can simmer like few actors and could really tear into the role—forcing you to buy both the lawyer and the vigilante—the indie darling would never do it. (Or would he?)
Sure, he’s already got his franchises—Star Trek and a nascent Jack Ryan reboot—but there’s a smarmy pluck to Pine that could serve Daredevil well.
Inception and (500) Days of Summer have shown us the varied range of this former child actor, his gritty-suave action chops and his light-on-the-outside comedic timing. That’s a perfect blend for Daredevil.
Maybe he’s a hair too big for Matt Murdock, maybe he’s already embroiled in the Marvel Universe with Thor. Who cares? He’d be grand.
He’s being wasted on basic-cable legal dramas. If you’re anything like me, when you first saw him on Battlestar Galactica, you said to yourself, “That dude’s a goddamn hero.” Maybe this could be his shot.
Is he simply too pretty for the part? Perhaps, but I’d like to think that he could use that to his advantage, selling the dual identities as few could.
No, not to star. Been there, done that. But he’d be a fantastic director, if this whole David Slade thing doesn’t work out. Affleck’s better behind the camera than he ever was in front of it, and he knows how to film cities from the bottom up. Plus, he’s got a passing familiarity with the character.
Who’d we leave out? Who would you want as the new Daredevil?
TWIST (This Week In Star Trek)
New On Set Video of Star Trek Voyager’s Jeri Ryan As Sonya Blade
A couple of months ago we reported on the trailer for the live action web series Mortal Kombat, by director Kevin Tancharoen, starring Jeri Ryan as Sonya Blade. Recently Jeri did her first interview on the set of the new series and talks about her experiences including; the tons of action sequences she shot, boosting her cool factor with her son, and Sonya Blade’s finishing moves.
During part of the video Jeri describes what it was like filming.
“This is fun. This is really fun.” Says Jeri, “It’s fun to do something that’s so different than the other things that I get to do.”
Andy asks, “What are some of the things that have stood out for you? (that we were just talking about…)”
Jeri answers, “A lot of sore muscles. A lot of dirt. A lot of blood. – laughs – …No, it’s just cool, and Kevin (Tancharoen) is amazing. I mean, a very talented guy. He’s got an amazing vision. He’s got an amazing eye.”
The Mortal Kombat web series is the brainchild of director Kevin Tancharoen. It’s an expansion of “Mortal Kombat: Rebirth,” a short film Tancharoen released on YouTube in June. Along with Ryan, the MK web-series stars Michael Jai White as Jax, Darren Shahlavi and Ryan Robbins. The project is expected to debut on April 19, when the Mortal Kombat game launches.
Star Trek’s LeVar Burton & Walter Koenig On “Shatner’s Raw Nerve” Tomorrow Night
Thanks to Miles from the Scifi Diner Podcast for giving us the heads-up on this. Tomorrow night (March 14th) Bio Channel’s “Shatner’s Raw Nerve” is serving up a Star Trek double header, starting off with TNG’s LeVar Burton at 10pm / 9pm Central. In the preview clip for the episode, LeVar describes his time on the set of “Roots” and discusses his most difficult scene while filming the mini-series.
“For me ‘Roots’ is all about… family. It’s about who we are, why we are the way we are” Says LeVar. “When I read those first sides for Kunta, I know exactly who this kid was. I had no problem putting myself in all of those situations.” LeVar then goes into detail about his most difficult moment on the series.
Check out the LeVar Burton episode preview video here.
Then if that wasn’t enough, Star Trek’s Walter Koenig joins The Shat to discuss, among other things, his time after Star Trek’s cancelation.
“It was very depressing, extremely depressing. I was losing my sense of identity. Ya know, I was becoming this amorphous being in my own mind. You define yourself in terms of what you do… you have to work at something.” Walter continues; “What I tried was writing. It was enormously reinforcing, everyday I accomplished something. If I wrote half a page, I accomplished something.”
You can catch Walter’s episode immediately after LeVar’s at 10:30pm / 9:30pm Central.
For more information about “Shatner’s Raw Nerver”, and to catch full length episodes and video clips, visit the official website here.