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SciFi Diner Podcast Ep. 73 – Mary, the DVD Geeks’ Televixen, joins us to talk about 2010’s Fall Genre Shows.

by on Aug.26, 2010, under Podcast Notes

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On the menu tonight:

  • Stargate Atlantis Triva
  • Those shows which will not return: Dollhouse, Legend of the Seeker, Heroes, 24, Flash Forward, Lost
  • Those shows which will return: Vampire Diaries, Fringe, V, Caprica, Human Target, Dexter, Chuck, Big Bang Theory, Smallville, Supernatural, Sanctuary, Stargate Universe.
  • Those shows which will debut: The Cape, The Event, No Ordinary Family, $#*! My Dad Says, Walking Dead.
  • Miles and the TWIST
  • Mary, the DVD Geeks’ Televixen, brings The SciFi Five in Five.

Show News/Listener Feedback:

  • Facebook is now
  • The shows listeners wanted to see.
    • Ra Do Definitely Fringe. Also Caprica (eventually). Not so much SGU.
    • Duncan M Fringe without a doubt. SGU has got better all the time so that also. Sanctuary smallville and supernatural (if they can really be classed as sci-fi, I think not but I enjoy them anyway). Caprica which will hopefully improve as I feel its a little to slow
    • Mike Crate SGU is the big one closely followed by Clone Wars whose season 3 trailer is very impressive.
    • Ra Do yeah, I like SW the Clone Wars too!
  • Comments about interview with Torri Higginson
  • Itunes reviews:  Where have they gone?

This Week’s Trivia:

Trivia: What name is given to the Atlantian vehicle which can move through stargates ?

Prize: Two Starship Farragut Items: DVD of Powersource Animated Ep. and the Comic Book Dearly Departed

You will have till August 30th to answer this question. Send your answer with your mailing address to, call us at 18885084343, or DM us on Twitter at @scifidiner.

Podcast Promos:

* DVD Geeks

* Lostcasting with Wayne and Dan Podcast

The Main Course:

TV News:

Ra Do About Lucas not having funding for the Star Wars live action TV series ?

Shows We Will Miss:

  • Flash Forward:
  • Dollhouse:
  • Lost:
  • 24:
  • Legend of the Seeker:

Returning Shows:


  • Dexter (Returns September 26)
  • The Big Bang Theory (Returns September 23) The show is moving to Thursday nights. That’s the big news. Additionally, Sheldon and Mayim Bialik will be continuing what is certainly the most awkward romantic relationships on TV.
  • Chuck: Sept 20 Monday 8 NBC She’ll be back. In this case, the “she” in question is Mama Bartowski, and she’ll be played by the one and only Linda Hamilton. How cool is that? Also Dolph Lundgren, Olivia Munn, Stone Cold Steve Austin and the Old Spice Guy will be put in guest appearances and likely make Chuck’s life miserable.   Computer geek Chuck Bartowski opens an e-mail that has been subliminally encoded with vital government secrets, triggering a massive download of critical information into his brain. With assassins and international terrorists eager to nab Chuck’s noggin, it falls to Maj. John Casey and his partner, CIA agent Sarah Walker, to protect the U.S. Government’s newest and most unlikely secret agent.
  • Fringe Sept. 23rd 9 PM
  • Vampire Dairies Sept. 9 CW Our heads are still spinning from the season finale. Seriously, Katherine is one badass vampire, and we cannot wait to see how it all plays out. Also, there will be some new residents in town, which we expect to lead to major characters getting killed. After all, there’s no mercy on this show.
  • Human Target Fox Oct 1 If you didn’t follow Fringe‘s Mark Valley or Pushing Daisies‘ Chi McBride or Watchmen‘s Jackie Earle Haley to this show, then you missed out on a season of MacGyver-esque escapades that were almost A-Team-like in their preposterousness. Of course, minus the nostalgia factor, not every episode was as awesome as that sounds. Still, finding out that Christopher Chance got his name from The Fall Guy is pretty cool, and we need to see if he and Armand Assante will be able to rescue McBride’s character from some goons. Also, a new female lead (Indira Varma) has been added to the mix this season, in the form of a billionaire client who becomes a controlling partner of the company, so the show won’t be as much of a sausagefest.
  • Supernatural 9 PM CW  Sept. 24 We’ve been tough on Supernatural lately, and rightly so, but they’ve got a new showrunner in Sera Gamble (creator Eric Kripke needs a long vacation) for this season, and she’s promised to cut back on the mythology that’s been dragging the show down and incorporate more fun, monster-of-the-week episodes. So, for the first time in a couple years, we may be spared an impending apocalypse, maybe there won’t even be nary a Winchester in hell and maybe, just maybe, Dean will be able to order a burger in a disgusting diner without Sam getting all judgmental on him for a whole season. Ch-ch-changes…
  • Smallville 8 PM CW Sept.24 When last we saw Clark Kent, he’d been stabbed in the gut with blue kryptonite and was falling off of a tall building. We’re sure he’ll be fine, but given that the late Pa Kent (John Schneider) will make an appearance this season, Clark may see the other side before he comes back. Supergirl will also return, hopefully to kill Lois now that she’s found out that Clark is the Blur, and Chloe will supposedly leave the show — which is strange, because it was recently announced that Chloe was going to be introduced in the Superman comic books. We guess ten years is a long time to play any character. Hopefully, that means this tenth season will be the last — for real this time — and it’ll go out on a bang with Clark facing off against Darkseid and the New Gods. But we’ve been surprised before. And not always in a good way.   We already knew that Papa Kent would be back, but now it looks like Papa Luthor (John Glover) is also returning for “Smallville’s” 10th and final season. Can we have the sons go head to head? We’re waiting on you, Michael Rosenbaum!
  • Stargate Universe Sept 28 9 PM Syfy
  • Sanctuary Sept 28 10 PM Syfy The third season of Sanctuary, starring Amanda Tapping, goes into its third season on the Sy-Fy Channel with new special effects and even more episodes.
    Sci-fi fans won’t have to wait much longer for the third season of the Sy-Fy channel’s top-rated show Sanctuary starring Amanda Tapping to premiere. The show enters its third season on September 28th with an ambitious twenty new episodes instead of its usual thirteen. Sanctuaryinterview he gave at Comic-Con 2010. creator, Damian Kindler, hopes that the additional twenty episodes will help bolster the background of the characters in the upcoming season, according to an
  • V? November sometime...”It comes back in November, and we just started filming. And it’s so much better. I feel like [season one] set the groundwork and then it’s off and running, which I needed it to be. It’s more fun for me. [Erica]’s far more intense,” she says. Bret Harrison, who starred in the CW’s sadly short-lived Reaper, has joined the cast of V in a recurring role. Entertainment Weekly’s Michael Ausiello, who first broke this “exclusive,” says that Harrison will be playing Dr. Sidney Miller, an evolutionary biologist who may have the scoop on what caused the sky to turn red in the finale.  Look for him to show up first in the Season 2 premiere, when Erica comes to his doorstep looking for answers.
  • Caprica? January 11th rattles around my brain… What is their deal?


  • The Event: NBC 9 PM Sept 20th This is another complicated, high-concept show like FlashForward, so we were totally hesitant about getting invested. Now that we’ve seen the pilot, we already like Jason Ritter far more than Joseph Fiennes, although we’re worried the show will fall victim to unflattering Lost comparisons (and not just because both had crashing planes in their pilots). The storyline involves a mysterious government operation and how it affects the lives of everyone from the president (Blair Underwood) to a guy on vacation with his girlfriend. Laura Innes co-stars in a totally shady role, which brings back fond ER memories. There’s enough intrigue in the premiere to make us want to go along for the ride… but if Dominic Monaghan suddenly shows up with a missing finger, all bets are off.
  • ‘No Ordinary Family’  ABC 8 PM Tuesday Don’t worry, this show isn’t really attempting to be the new Heroes; these aren’t folks from all around the world coming together to prevent some massive catastrophe. Instead, the show’s about a family that goes on vacation, crash-lands in a mysterious lagoon and ends up returning home as supercharged beings with powers of speed, strength, smarts and telepathy. It’s more like The Incredibles with the spirit of the original Stan Lee-Jack Kirby Fantastic Four. Michael Chiklis plays an unstoppable force (much like his Fantastic Four character); Julie Benz, Kay Panabaker and Jimmy Bennett round out the nuclear family. Romany Malco from 40 Year Old Virgin steals most of his scenes as Chiklis’ overenthusiastic best friend and advisor.
  • $#*! My Dad Says! 8:30 PM Sept. 23 CBS William Shatner might want to stick with interviewing criminals because he’s far better at that than he is on this tossed-together series based on a Twitter feed. That’s not to say that the Twitter feed isn’t amusing, but this is a watered-down, sanitized version. There are no Archie Bunker-style insights here, only predictable jokes about a father being disappointed in his son.
  • Walking Dead  Premieres October AMC AMC has greenlit The Walking Dead as a six-episode series based on the comic book written by Robert Kirkman and published by Image Comics. The Walking Dead tells the story of life following a zombie apocalypse. It follows a group of survivors, led by police officer Rick Grimes, traveling in search of a safe and secure home. Andrew Lincoln (Love Actually, Teachers, Strike Back) will portray the lead role of Rick Grimes while actor Jon Bernthal (The Pacific, The Ghost Writer) will portray the character Shane, who worked with Rick in the police department before the zombie disaster. Other cast includes Laurie Holden (The Shield), who plays Andrea, one of two sisters who join the survivors of the zombie plague, Steven Yeun as Glenn, an expert scavenger and Sarah Wayne Callies (Prison Break), who plays Rick’s wife Lori. The Walking Dead begins production in June in Atlanta with six, one-hour episodes for season one. The series is set to premiere in October 2010 during AMC Fearfest, the network’s annual blockbuster marathon of thriller and horror films. AMC announced development of The Walking Dead in August 2009 and announced the pilot in January of this year.
  • About the Producers Robert Kirkman serves as an executive producer on the project and three-time Academy Award-nominee Frank Darabont (The Shawshank Redemption, The Green Mile) serves as writer, director and executive producer. Gale Anne Hurd (The Terminator, Aliens, Armageddon, The Incredible Hulk), chairman of Valhalla Motion Pictures, serves as Executive Producer. David Alpert from Circle of Confusion serves as Executive Producer. Charles “Chic” Eglee (Dexter, The Shield, Dark Angel) will also serve as Executive Producer, and Jack LoGiudice (Sons of Anarchy, Resurrection Blvd) will serve as Co-Executive Producer.


Dr. Phlox Is Turning In His Tricorder For A Little “Leverage”   John Bilingsly will be a guest at the Farpoint Con

Catchy title, eh? We spent a good deal of our evening coming up with that little gem. We’ll maybe not the whole evening… Anyway, since we’ve started re-watching “Enterprise” from the very beginning, we’ve fallen in love with Dr. Phlox, all over again. At the moment, and this could change at anytime, Phlox has become our favorite Trek doc. Not that we don’t love Bones, The EMH, Dr. Bashir, & Dr. Crusher (well maybe not Crusher).

The man responsible for bringing Phlox to life, John Billingsley, is joining a show that seems to be a new magnet for Trek talent, TNT’s “Leverage”.  On the list of Trek alumni who have worked on “Leverage” he joins the likes of Wil Wheaton, Jeri Ryan, & Jonathan Frakes. In an interview with, John talks about how he scored his new role and what it was like working on the set.

iF MAGAZINE: How did you become involved in LEVERAGE?

JOHN BILLINGSLEY: I auditioned, which is the fate these days for most character actors, as opposed to the days of yore, when we might get offered the occasional part flat out. Many years ago, the casting gals, Angela Terry and Barbara Stordahl, cast me in COLD CASE and they brought me in earlier this season to audition for an episode that Jonathan Frakes was directing, about a dweeby guy who’s helping the Iranian government. Arye Gross got it and I was disappointed at the time, because I thought it was a fun part and it seemed like a fun show and I love to work with Jonathan, but as is the way of things, you get lucky sometimes, because the second go-round was a particularly charming episode, I thought, plus Arvin Brown was directing. It’s a tough choice between Arvin and Jonathan, because they’re both wonderful guys and wonderful directors. Arvin I’d worked with several times before, so I feel really fortunate that I got to get a second whack at the piñata.

ScifFi Five in Five:

The Top 5 Shows That Should Never Be Remade by Televixen

1. Blade Runner and 2001: A Space Odyssey

2. Metropolis

3. Plan 9 from Outer-space

4. City of Lost Children

5. Wall*E

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SciFi Diner Podcast Ep. 62 – Our Interview with Author David J. Williams of the Autumn Rain Trilogy

by on May.26, 2010, under Podcast Notes


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On the menu tonight:

Tonight on menu, we serve up an interview with David J. Williams, author of the Autumn Rain Trilogy. In our trivia, answers have begun to roll in to win a signed Lost giveaway.  Do you have the Geek knowledge to win it? We start off our news by talking about the Fringe, Smallville, and V Finales and share what we’re hoping from in the SGU and Flash Forward Finales.  What will we be watching this summer?  We’ll tell you that too! Two future shows we’re looking forward to: Alphas and Speilberg’s Terra Nova. Hitler kills Megan Fox. The Associated Press is Star Wars confused. And for you gamers out there: Mass Effect is being made into a movie.  The Road DVD is out and talks about the apocalypse.  Miles brings you This Week in Star Trek and Scott gives you his top five SciFi crashes in the SciFi Five in Five.


The Interview:

David J. Williams

Descended from Australian convicts, David J. Williams nonetheless managed to be born in Hertfordshire, England, and subsequently moved to Washington D.C. just in time for Nixon’s impeachment. Graduating from Yale with a degree in history some time later, he narrowly escaped the life of a graduate student and ended up doing time in Corporate America, which drove him so crazy he started moonlighting on video games and (as he got even crazier) novels. The Autumn Rain trilogy sold to Bantam Spectra in the summer of 2007; the release of THE MACHINERY OF LIGHT in May of 2010 completes the series.

Show News:


This Week’s Trivia:

Prize: A signed Mira Furlan Danielle Rousseau on Lost print

Question:  Who is Wyatt Miller and what does he have to do with Heroes?

You will have two weeks to answer this question.  Send your answer with your mailing address to, call us at 18885084343, or DM us on Twitter at @scifidiner.

Podcast Promos:

Gamma Quadrant Podcast

DVD Geeks Podcast


The Main Course:

TV News:

Fringe Finale:

Smallville Finale:

V Finale

Flash Forward 2 hour series and season Finale – This week.

SGU Finale – Next week

Summer Shows:

Warehouse 13 Season 2: July 9th

Dr. Who

Other TV News:

Lost director takes on the new superhero show Alphas

Jack Bender directed the series finale of Lost

We don’t know what you’re doing now that Lost is gone—other than mourning, just like us—but one Lostie has moved on to a new home.

Jack Bender—who directed the season finale of Lost and has worked on The Sopranos, Alias, Carnivale and more—will act as director and executive producer of Alphas, a 90-minute pilot for Syfy about ordinary citizens with extraordinary powers who take the law into their own hands.

Check out the official press release below:

First Project For Acclaimed Director After Wrapping LOST Series Finale

New York, New York – May 24, 2010 – Syfy has inked award winning director/executive producer Jack Bender as director/executive producer for the action-adventure 90-minute pilot, Alphas (working title) from writers Zak Penn (X-Men: The Last Stand, Fantastic Four, The Incredible Hulk) and Michael Karnow, it was announced today by Mark Stern, Executive Vice President of Original Programming, Syfy and Co-Head of Content for Universal Cable Productions, which is the studio for the project. Bender just wrapped six seasons as an executive producer and director on the critically acclaimed series LOST, and directed Sunday’s much anticipated series finale. Alphas is executive produced by Gail Berman and Lloyd Braun for BermanBraun Television and is slated to commence production in Toronto this summer.

Alphas follows a team of ordinary citizens who possess extraordinary and unusual mental skills. Using physical feats and uniquely advanced mental abilities, this unlikely team takes the law into their own hands and uncovers what the CIA, FBI and Pentagon have not been able or willing to solve. These gifted individuals must balance their quirky personalities and disparate backgrounds with their not always visible powers as they work to solve crimes, stop the ticking time bomb and catch the enemy.

“We are very excited that Jack has chosen to be part of ‘Alphas,'” said Stern. “His vision and expertise are perfectly suited to this project, and will truly elevate it.”

Bender is a film director, actor, television producer and screenwriter who was most recently a producer and lead director on the hit Emmy Award-winning series LOST. He has also directed popular shows such as The Sopranos, Carnivale, Alias and Boston Public. He is also an accomplished painter, sculptor and mixed media artist. Bender is represented by the United Talent Agency and Bob Myman at Myman, Abell, Fineman, Greenspan and Light.

12 things we know about Spielberg’s Terra Nova TV series

May 21, 2010

Fox just announced what could be one of the biggest sci-fi series in
TV history, but they were maddeningly coy about any actual details.
They told us it’s from Steven Spielberg and it’s got dinosaurs and
time travel, but that’s about it.

1. The production price? A cool $4 million an episode: “This thing is
going to be huge. It’s going to take an enormous production
commitment,” Fox Entertainment president Kevin Reilly told the press.

2. TV critic Todd VanDerWerff apparently managed to get his hands on a
script. On May 18, he tweeted: “Read Terra Nova last night. Didn’t
feel like first episode of a TV show. Felt like first act of a movie.
That said, features word Allosaurs.”

3. Because of the huge per-episode price and maybe even the script,
the traditional method of filming a pilot and then shutting down the
production may well be skipped and the first 13 episodes filmed
together, as it would be simply too expensive to shut down and then
restart production.

4. From the press release: “The series centers on the Shannon family
as they join the tenth pilgrimage of settlers to TERRA NOVA, the first
colony of humans in this second chance for civilization.” The
principals include father Jim, wife Elisabeth, young son Josh, teen
daughter Maddy and a fellow named Commander Frank Taylor. Hmm, isn’t
that pretty much the character dynamic of Lost in Space, minus an
effete scientist and a friendly robot? Well, maybe there will be a
friendly allosaur.

5. Also: “…the Shannons have brought with them a familial secret
that may threaten their citizenship in this utopia.” Doesn’t anyone
screen time travelers anymore?

6. Why on Earth are people comparing this show to Avatar?


Oh yeah, that’s why.

7. Other big wheels with a hand in the production include Brannon
Braga (executive producer of 24 and longtime Star Trek scribe) as the
show runner, David Fury (writer from Lost and Buffy the Vampire
Slayer) and Peter Chernin.

8. Chernin was Rupert Murdoch’s right-hand man at Fox but left last
year after two decades with News Corp. The New York Times reported
earlier this month that Chernin was “assembling his own enterprise, a
company of considerable ambition that will meld original content, like
feature films and television series, with cutting-edge technologies
that use the Web and other digital ways of delivering entertainment.”
A week later, Chernin Entertainment was announced as one of the forces
behind Terra Nova. Can we look forward to webisodes, character blogs,
easter eggs hidden all over the Internet and perhaps even an ARG?
We’ll let you know.

9. No major casting decisions have been made yet—Kyle Chandler and
Kevin Bacon both turned down the lead. Whether this is due to script
troubles or just an unwillingness to commit to a long TV project
(Bacon has three more features to complete) remains to be seen.

10. Terra Nova is scheduled to come out midseason, but beyond that Fox
is being cagey. “We don’t want to tie it into a date. … We want to
do this show right,” said Reilly.

11. Shooting will begin later this summer in Hawaii.

12. Terra Nova is based on an idea by Kelly Marcel, and the script was
co-written by Craig Silverstein. Silverstein is a writer and producer
with a sizable TV resume—he’s worked on Bones and The Dead Zone. But
Marcel? A few BBC pilots and scripts, including a musical stage
version of Debbie Does Dallas. Her biggest hit to date was the rewrite
for the underground sensation Bronson, a biopic of the infamous
British prisoner Michael Gordon Peterson.

Movie News:

Michael Bay kicks Megan Fox out of ‘Transformers 3.’ He really IS Hitler!


Paramount is not — we repeat, not — picking up Megan Fox‘s option to star in  “Transformers 3”

And guess what? It was director Michael Bay’s call. Guess that’ll teach Megan to diss a director and compare him to Hitler.

Bay plans on giving Shia a new love interest. And according to Nikki Finke’s blog,  he’s reportedly casting the female co-star even as we type. And please don’t suggest Shia LaBeouf‘s girlfriend Carey Mulligan. She’s adorable and all but definitely not an action babe.

So did Megan deserve to get dumped? And is Bay now really acting like Hitler? And has he even heard what Shia has been saying about him? If so, he may not have an original cast member left!

Apparently, Megan also blames Bay for damaging her skin too! Is there no end to this monster’s cruelty? When asked about her pale skin, she pointed her finger at Big Bad Bay.

“I had been tanning a lot so that Michael would be happy with my skin tone. Every spare moment of sun that was outside, I had to be in it,” she whined to Allure. “It’s not going to happen again because of the damage and the possible skin cancer.”

Is that what pushed Bay over the edge? Hitler is one thing but accusing him of causing skin cancer?

Could be. As Finke points out, back in October Bay personally warned Megan about the demands of ‘Transformers 3’ in his announcement of the start of production.

P.S. Megan Fox, welcome back. I promise no alien robots will harm you in any way during the production of this motion picture. Please consult your Physician when working under my direction because some side effects can occur, such as mild dizziness, intense nausea, suicidal tendencies, depression, minor chest hair growth, random internal hemorrhaging and inability to sleep. As some directors may be hazardous to your health, please consult your Doctor to determine if this is right for you.

So it sounds like he must have changed his mind recently. Or more likely, he stumbled on a malleable babelicious buxom newcomer to fill her hot pants, one who doesn’t mind modeling skimpy outfits for him.

UPDATE: Megan Fox now says it was HER decision not to return to the “Transformers” franchise.  Her rep tells People that “Megan Fox will not be starring in Transformers 3. It was her decision not to return. She wishes the franchise the best.”

Megan Fox will probably be more vocal about all this casting confusion when she does press for “Jonah Hex,” her June 18  action film also starring Josh Brolin, John Malkovich and Will Arnett.

AP News can’t differentiate between Han Solo and Lando Calrissian [The Empire Strikes Back]

Everyone was at the Empire Strikes Back party for St. Jude Children’s Hospital in LA, from Ewan McGregor to Peter Mayhew. AP’s video recap of the event is all kinds of greatness, even if they got their space pirates switched.

AP News can't differentiate between Han Solo and Lando Calrissian


Ah well it happens to the best of us. Still the best part of the AP video was the Billy Dee Williams and Harrison Ford hug. What were they saying, I wonder?

Bill Dee: “Why, you slimy, double-crossing, no-good swindler!” Hugs all around then Billy Dee turns to Peter Mayhew and yells, “How you doin’ Chewbacca? Still hanging around with this loser?”

Sci-Fi Epic ‘Mass Effect’ Getting Film Adaptation; ‘Oldboy’ Remake Still Coming?

The successful video game series Mass Effect is getting film treatment, Heat Vision reports. Legendary Pictures, who picked up rights to the Electronic Arts-BioWare game, is once again teaming with Warner Bros to produce and distribute the film. I Am Legend and Thor screenwriter Mark Protosevich will take on script duties.

Mass Effect was released in 2008 and it is “an epic sci-fi action game set in the year 2183, focusing on a human soldier and his starship, the SSV Normandy. The galaxy-spanning story involves a long-extinct race of aliens, dormant beacons and more alien species than you can shake a lightsaber at.”

Producers Avi and Ari Arad are also developing a feature adaptation of the popular PS3 game Uncharted. Heat Vision says this “project is still in the early stages of development” but that Avatar has been a huge breakthrough for sci-fi films based on alien characters. Producer Thomas Tull said Mass Effect is “ripe for translation’ and it has “depth, compelling characters and an engaging back story” while Arad said the game is “a parable whose conflicts mirror the ones we currently face in our own world. This story emphasizes the need for all cultures to learn to work together.”

In the same story it says Protosevich is still “writing the English-language translation of Oldboy for Mandate.” Although it was reported late last year that Steven Spielberg and Will Smith stepped away from the project, it sounds like it is still happening.

What do you think about a Mass Effect film? Are you upset the Oldboy remake is still alive?


DVD News


The Road DVD Describes the Making of an Apocalypse


Nobody ever said a movie based on Cormac McCarthy’s grim Pulitzer Prize-winning novel The Road would likely be a crowd-pleaser. Sure enough, Viggo Mortensen’s bleak performance as a man trudging with his son through a cannibal-infested hellscape anchored a picture that produced so-so box office results when the film adaptation of The Road opened last fall.

Still, The Road succeeded on its own artistic terms. The new Blu-ray–DVD release, landing Tuesday, includes a “making of” bonus feature that underscores the 119-minute film’s somber themes. Excerpted below in the exclusive clip, Mortensen muses, “What is life, when you take everything away? Is it just about finding food, or is there something else?”



U.S.S. Enterprise Manual, a user’s guide complete with “cutaway drawings, technical illustrations and photographs along with comprehensive background information and specifications on the technology used on board the USS Enterprise” (Haynes Publishing, September).



The Sci Fi 5 at 5.

Best SciFi Crashes:

1. When Anikan Skywalker crash lands the Invisible Hand (a modified Providence-class carrier/destroyer) (Revenge of the Sith)

2. USS Enterprise (NCC-1701-D) in the feature film Star Trek Generations when the ships stardrive section is lost during a warp core breach and the saucer section crash lands on the surface of Veridian III in her last appearance.

3. Pitch Black – In the 26th century, the transport ship Hunter-Gratzner, its crew and passengers in cryo-stasis chambers, passes through a comet’s tail while on autopilot; debris from the comet ruptures the hull and kills some of its crew, including the captain. The remaining crew is awakened and docking pilot Carolyn Fry (Radha Mitchell) crash lands on the nearby planet, Hades, despite nearly dumping the passenger compartment; although many survive, the ship is a total loss.


4. From Ben M. – The Star Dreadnought Executor, Darth Vader‘s flagship in The Empire Strikes Back. During the Battle of Endor, a crippled A-wing piloted by Arvel Crynyd (Hilton McRae) crashes into the ship’s bridge, causing the Executor to crash into the unfinished second Death Star and explodes.

5. From Rob O. – ID4 – Russell possesses the last remaining missile, but his firing mechanism jams. He pilots his aircraft into the alien weapon in a suicide attack, and the ensuing explosion causes a chain reaction which annihilates the ship.



The Leviathan Chronicles Trailer at the end. – a finalist in the 2009 Parsec Awards.

The Leviathan Chronicles tracks Macallan Orsel, a young genetic scientist in present-day New York City who discovers that immortality is not a fool’s fantasy, but rather a reality for several factions of powerful immortals living among us. Across centuries and continents, they have battled for supremacy–and Macallan must suddenly grapple with a mysterious and lethal virus, a covert government organization aware of the immortals–and her own family’s connection to both. In order to save herself and the immortals, Macallan must learn to use a key hidden within her own DNA. But a deadly secret has been kept deep in the bottom of the ocean for over a thousand years that could threaten not just the immortals, but all of mankind.


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SciFi Diner Podcast Ep. 57 – Our Interview With Michael C. Dougherty, Producer & Director of Browncoats: Redemption, A Firefly Fan Film.

by on Apr.22, 2010, under Podcast Notes

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No Mary this week…hope to bring her on mid-May or so.

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On the menu tonight:

Tonight on menu, we serve up a wonderful interview with the Browncoats Redemption Producer Michael C. Dougherty. One week left to win a signed Felicia Day Guild Print (so far one vote is in), we are going to give an update on our favorite shows: Fringe, Stargate Universe, Caprica, Human Target, Flash Forward, V, and Smallville.

The Interview:

Wow. Miles and I are ecstatic about the up and coming Browncoats: Redemption Fan Film.  Finally we will get more of the Firefly and Serenity Universe, something we have been waiting a long time for.  We interview writer, director, and producer Michael C. Dougherty.

Show News:

  • ShoreLeave 32 – If your gonna be there, we want to know!
  • Have you seen Riverworld?  We want to know.
  • Fringecasting with Wayne and Dan – Fringe has to be one of the best shows out there.
  • Richard White who wrote “Echoes of Coventry” in the Starfleet Corps of Engineers series for Star Trek, Ultimate Hulk, and Gauntlet: Dark Legacy#1 “Paths of Evil” will be joining us in just a few weeks.
  • David J. Williams and his Autumn Rain Trilogy.  If you have read his first two books let us know your thoughts on them. Also if you have any questions for him, let us know that as well.  We will be interviewing him the second week of May.


Prize: A signed Felicia Day Guild Print

Question: In Dr. Horrible Sing-Along-Blog, Felicia Day’s Character is called Penny. After she dies, how does the newspaper refer to her?

You will have two weeks to answer this question.  Send your answer with your mailing address to, call us at 18885084343, or DM us on Twitter at @scifidiner.

Podcast Promos:

SafeHaven Podcast

The Main Course:

Stargate Universe:

·      Has to be one of the hottest shows out there in SciFi.

·      A phenomenal continuation of the Stargate Franchise.

·      Was thinking about the original film as I watched this past weeks episode. The seriousness of this mixed with some humor.

·      What makes this show work for us? What do we like?  What don’t we like?
– the characters
– The Ship
– The Aliens
– the worlds

The SGU Webisodes

Syfy have allocated a full production unit to produce thirty original Stargate Universe webisodes that will tie in with their new series.

The scenes will take place through the eye of a sphere called the “Kino” that independently hovers around the ancient ship Destiny, spying on the crew.

“It’s flying around and spying on people,” says series co-creator Brad Wright. “They are literally just voyeuristic scenes we’re shooting specifically for the Web. It’s an extra way to get a window on our program and gives fans a slice of life look at our ship.”

The Kino sphere will also be technology used by the Stargate team to scout planets through the Stargate.

The Kino was briefly visible in clips shown at the San Diego Comic-Con last month.  A terrible quality video of the Kino is on YouTube.  Watch it below if you want to get a better idea about this unique addition to the Stargate Universe.


·      Initial Thoughts on the show

·      What makes this show work for us? What do we like?  What don’t we like?
– the characters
– the plot

·      – Ship


·      We love this show

·      The direction over past few seasons

·      The characters/plot/

·      Parallel Universes

Flash Forward

·      Fairly complex

·      I am continuing to enjoy it more and more

·      Is this show SciFi?
– the characters
– the plot

·      Fate vs choosing our destiny

Scifi 5 in 5:

Miles gives us his top five scifi weapons.

  1. Original Series Battlestar Galactica rifle
  2. Han Solo’s Hand Blaster
  3. New Battlestar Galactica Side Arm
  4. Luke Skywalker’s Lightsaber from Return of the Jedi
  5. Phaser from Star trek in all incarnations




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SciFi Diner Podcast Ep. 52 – An Interview with Sam Witwer: Starkiller from the Force Unleashed, Doomsday from Smallville, and Crashdown from Battlestar Galactica

by on Feb.24, 2010, under Podcast Notes

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On the menu tonight:

On this science fiction podcast, we interview Sam Witwer, Starkiller from the Force Unleashed, Crashdown from BSG, and Doomsday from Smallville.    Also on the menu tonight we have two listener e-mails to share, trivia with a very special prize, what TV shows are coming back, might come back, and have been axed, a New Flash Gordon Movie in the works, DVD news on 2012, Where the Wild Things Are, and Santa Claus Conquers the Martians and find out whether Kirk and Spock would have survived warp speed.  I also give my top 5 SciFi’s Sexiest women in our SciFi Five in Five.

Show News:

Trivia: IS BACK

Prize: A signed print of Sam Witwer as Starkiller from the Force Unleashed.

Question: Who was in charge of bringing down the deflector shield of the second Death Star?

You will have two weeks to answer this question (until March 10th).  Send your answer with your mailing address to, call us at 18885084343, or DM us on Twitter at @scifidiner.

Podcast Promos:

The Seeker Cast

Toothless Audiobook Podcast

The Main Course:

TV News

Which of your favorite shows could live, which could die


The Big Bang Theory (CBS) Renewed for a fourth season. – Dayton Ward and Kevin Dilmore will love this.

Eureka (Syfy) Renewed for a fourth season.

Stargate Universe (Syfy) Renewed for a second season.

Sanctuary (Syfy) Renewed for a third season.  Give me some more Heyerdahl!

Supernatural (The CW) Renewed for a sixth season.

True Blood (HBO) Renewed for a third season premiering in June.

The Vampire Diaries (The CW) Renewed for a second season.

Warehouse 13 (Syfy) Renewed for a second season.  Oh yeah we’re waiting baby…

Dollhouse (Fox) Canceled
Eastwick (ABC) Canceled
Lost (ABC) Series finale airs May 23.


Chuck (NBC) For once, Chuck is in the Likely-to-Return category. The coolest superhero nerd show ever is actually the top-rated Monday night drama for NBC, and considering the shambles that NBC’s schedule has become since The Jay Leno Show was removed, the network needs good reliable performers like Chuck.

Latest ratings: 6.61 million viewers

Chances of renewal: 80 percent

FlashForward (ABC) Remember all those ratings everyone was all worried about when the series begin last fall? Well, forget about them. They don’t matter one bit considering the long, long break for new episodes to return. The good news is that the series has 13 episodes to prove itself. The bad news is that there’s been some trouble behind the scenes with rotating show runners. FlashForward is starting from scratch in more ways than one.’s Bill Gorman reported: “If FlashForward keeps falling when it returns, it has no future. We’ll now have to wait until mid-March to see its next ratings.”

Latest ratings: 7.29 million viewers

Chances of renewal: 50-50

Fringe (Fox) Despite low ratings, Fringe has managed more or less to hold its own in the most difficult timeslot on television, Thursdays at 9 p.m. ET/PT. This has been especially noticeable since Past Life has taken over the timeslot to the tune of 2 million fewer viewers while Fringe takes a break. All things considered—the rabid fan base, the terrible timeslot, the excellent showing in DVR ratings—and it adds up to a solid performance.

Latest ratings: 7.76 million viewers

Chances of renewal: 70 percent

Heroes (NBC) Believe it or not, despite terrible ratings, Heroes has a chance at fifth season. The ratings have stabilized, and the series gains another million-plus viewers when DVR ratings are counted in. NBC is trying to rebuild its schedule thanks to The Jay Leno Show debacle, and Heroes at least brings in a loyal audience, it does well overseas and it’s a high-profile, original series. That said, a very strong case could be made for the show’s cancellation as well.

James Hibberd’s Live Feed commented: “This season, Heroes continued its decline and is now at a level—around a 2.0 adults 18-49 rating—that would warrant cancellation under most circumstances. The deciding factor here is NBC’s internal balance sheet for the production. Don’t be surprised if NBC announces a 12-hour ‘final chapter’ for next fall.”

Latest ratings: 4.41 million viewers

Chances of renewal: 40 percent

Human Target (Fox) This new midseason replacement is finally leveling off to some decent ratings. While it’s certainly getting a bump from American Idol, the last couple of episodes have been very entertaining, and the series seems to be finding its feet. And considering the series will most likely do well in reruns, given its episodic nature, we’re liking its chances for a second season so far.

Latest pre-Olympic ratings: 8.92 million viewers

Latest ratings opposite the Olympics: 7.14 million viewers

Chances of renewal: 45 percent

Smallville (The CW) When The CW moved Smallville from Thursdays to Fridays, it looked like it could be the end of this reliable performer. Certainly Smallville didn’t quite seem to fit with the younger-skewing shows the network was banking on, such as The Vampire Diaries. Then something strange and wonderful happened: Apparently the fans weren’t ready to let Smallville die. The producers are still doing fine creative work, and the series has finally given The CW some ratings on Friday nights. While SmallvilleVampire Diaries or Supernatural, it’s looking very good for a 10th season, with Super Clark and his friends. And BTW, don’t be surprised if it does get another season and we see one or two additional Smallville movies along the lines of Absolute Justice. didn’t get an early pickup like

Latest ratings: 2.48 million viewers

Chances of renewal: 90 percent

V (ABC) Those beautiful alien invaders are in the same boat as the FlashFowarders. The series returns on March 30, and it’s airing after Lost in the 10 p.m. timeslot, which is a good thing. With Lost in its final season, V‘s likely to grab a few viewers, which should help its bottom line. But V is pretty much starting over, and it will only have eight episodes to get you caught up in the revolution.

Latest ratings: 9.20 million viewers

Chances of renewal: 60 percent

Movie News:

No Current Movies Cause Movies Suck right now.

New Flash Gordon movie: No Queen, no camp, but 3-D!

Director Breck Eisner promises that his upcoming new Flash Gordon movie won’t be a remake of the campy 1980 version or even the Buster Crabbe serials from the 1930s—and he promises it will be in 3-D.

“It’s a movie that is in no way a remake or a re-imagining or a reboot of the ’80s version or the serial version,” Eisner told SCI FI Wire. “No Queen [music]. It is not camp in any way. We’re going back to the original Alex Raymond [comic strip] scripts and imagining if he were living today, what would those strips be like?”

Eisner is moving forward on his new movie version of the classic sci-fi story. “Flash Gordon is a movie I’ve been pursuing for years, and I finally was able to orchestrate it going to Sony from Hearst,” Eisner said while promoting his new sci-fi horror movie, The Crazies.

Gordon will also enter the third dimension this time out: “It will definitely be in 3-D, unless they come out with 4-D before then,” Eisner says with a laugh. The director adds that he is even testing a new binaural German 3-D sound system that could be employed for the film. “It’s supposed to push 3-D to the next level,” he says.

Cost is the primary obstacle the space hero will have to overcome. “It’s a very expensive movie,” admits Eisner. “Do they have and do they want to spend the kind of money it’s going to take to pull this thing off?”

For now, Eisner is simply intent on developing the best filmic version of Flash Gordon possible. “It’s one that I will be passionate enough about forever and will hope to be able to make,” says Eisner. “It’s action, it’s adventure, it’s intense, it’s dynamic. It’s a strong central character who goes on a dynamic journey. It should be a really amazing movie if we can get it made.”

Will you blast off with Eisner’s Flash?

DVD News

2012 ~ John Cusack, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Danny Glover, and Woody Harrelson (DVD – 2010) $15.99

Now this is how you destroy the world. Roland Emmerich’s 2012 pounces on a Nostradamus-style loophole in the Mayan calendar and rams the apocalypse through it, gleefully conjuring up an enormous amount of Saturday-matinee fun in the process. A scientist (Chiwetel Ejiofor) detects shifting continental plates and sun flares and realizes that this foretells the imminent destruction of the planet. Just as the molten lava is about to hit the fan, a novelist (John Cusack) takes his kids on a trip to Yellowstone; later he’ll hook up with his ex (Amanda Peet) and her new boyfriend (Tom McCarthy) in a global journey toward safety. If there is any safety. The suitably hair-raising plot lines are punctuated–frequently, people, frequently–by visions of mayhem around the globe: the Vatican falls over, the White House is clobbered (Emmerich’s Independence Day was not enough on that score), and the California coastline dives into the Pacific Ocean. Unlike other action directors we could name, Emmerich actually understands how to let you see and drink in these vast special-effects vistas–and they are incredible. He also honors the old Irwin Allen disaster-movie tradition by actually shelling out for good actors. Cusack and Ejiofor are convincing even in the cheesiest material; toss in Danny Glover (the U.S. president), Woody Harrelson (a nut-bar conspiracy-theorizing radio host), Thandie Newton, and Oliver Platt, and you’ve got a very watchable batch of people.

Where the Wild Things Are ~ Forest Whitaker, et al. (DVD – 2010) $17.99

Through his handcrafted ode to the trials of childhood, Spike Jonze puts his own unique imprint on Maurice Sendak’s enduring classic. In the prologue, 9-year-old Max (Max Records) stomps around the house, feeling neglected. When his mom (Catherine Keener) sends him to bed without supper, Max runs away (something he doesn’t do in the book). He finds a boat and sails to a distant land where fuzzy monsters are raising a rumpus in the forest. Since his wolf suit allows him to fit right in, he joins the fray, catching the eye of Carol (James Gandolfini, excellent), who notes, approvingly, “I like the way you destroy stuff. There’s a spark to your work that can’t be taught.” With that, they pronounce the diminutive creature king, hoping he can bring cohesion to their fractured family. After Max comes across Carol’s scale-model town, he decides they should build a real one, but the project stalls as Alexander (Paul Dano) and Douglas (Chris Cooper) mope, Judith (Catherine O’Hara) browbeats Ira (Forest Whitaker), and Carol pines for K.W. (Lauren Ambrose), who prefers the company of owls Bob and Terry. Max realizes he has to make a choice: stay with the wild things or return home, where he has to keep his aggressive impulses in check. For readers of Sendak’s slim tome, his decision won’t come as a surprise, but Jonze ends the story on a lovely grace note. Until that time, the squabbling is a bit much–these monsters never stop talking–but Jonze, cowriter Dave Eggers, the Jim Henson Company, and singer/songwriter Karen O. have gone all-out to re-create the inner world of a child with as much empathy as was mustered for the inner adult world of Jonze’s Being John Malkovich. –Kathleen C. Fennessy

Santa Claus Conquers the Martians ~ John Call, Pia Zadora, and Leonard Hicks (DVD – 2010) $9.98

Martian children have become unhappy watching Earth television programs showing Christmas cheer among humans. The wise old Martian Chochem tells the adults that Mars needs Santa Claus to bring fun and joy to their children. A group of Martians arrives at the North Pole and kidnaps Santa, but the angry Martian Voldar wants to get rid of him instead. With the help of two Earth children and the clumsy Martian Dropo, Santa defeats Voldar and brings happiness to Mars!

Misc News

Scientists say warp speed would have killed Kirk and Spock

So you remember how Zefram Cochrane became the first human to travel at warp speed after transforming a Titan missile into Earth’s first warp-capable ship in 2063, attracting the attention of the Vulcans and ushering in a new era of peace and harmony that led to the development of the United Federation of Planets and humanity’s trek through the stars?

Well, the reality is that he would have fried instantly, and any other Starfleet travelers such as Captain James T. Kirk and the crew of the Enterprise would have perished had they really attempted to travel at faster-than-light speeds.

That’s the conclusion of a new research reported in New Scientist:

Kirk, Spock and the rest of the crew would die within a second of the USS Enterprise approaching the speed of light.

The problem lies with Einstein’s special theory of relativity. It transforms the thin wisp of hydrogen gas that permeates interstellar space into an intense radiation beam that would kill humans within seconds and destroy the spacecraft’s electronic instruments.

Frak me! But there’s more:

According to William Edelstein of the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, Maryland, that sparse interstellar gas should worry the crew of a spaceship traveling close to the speed of light even more than the Borg decloaking off the starboard bow.

Special relativity describes how space and time are distorted for observers traveling at different speeds. For the crew of a spacecraft ramping up to light speed, interstellar space would appear highly compressed, thereby increasing the number of hydrogen atoms hitting the craft.

At faster-than-light speed, the effect would be like standing directly in the beam of the Large Hadron Collider. The fatal dose of radiation for a human is 6 sieverts, but Edelstein’s calculations show that the crew would receive a radiation dose of more than 10,000 sieverts within a second.

Edelstein presented his results on Saturday at the American Physical Society meeting in Washington, D.C.

Our guess is he traveled there at less than warp one.


We had a phenomenal time interviewing Sam Witwer at the Farpoint Con in Maryland.  Not only has he been in Battlestar Galactica, Smallville, and Star Wars, but he is a fan himself and a video game fanatic.

Scifi 5 in 5

The Sexiest Women in SciFi TV – according to Scott and what he is watching

  1. Tricia Helfer – BSG
  2. Alessandra Torresani – Zoe Graystone – Caprica
  3. Laura Vandervoort as Lisa – from V
  4. Summer Glau – Dollhouse, Terminator: Salvation, Firefly, 4400
  5. Morena Baccarin as Anna — the manipulative High Commander of the Visitors and mother of Lisa.
  6. Allison Mack – Smallville Chloe Sullivan



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SciFi Diner Podcast Ep. 50 – The Big Five O and it’s all about the Dollhouse Finale.

by on Feb.05, 2010, under Podcast Notes

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Tonight’s Diners: Scott, Miles, and Mary, the DVD Geek’s Televixen

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On the menu tonight:

On this science fiction podcast, we have with us Mary, the DVD Geek’s Televixen.  We are talking Dollhouse Finale, Heroes, Caprica, Smallville and Human Target, and what else we are watching. Come see us at the Farpoint Con, in Baltimore, Maryland.

Show News:

The Big Five O

Tons of listener Well Wishers. We’ll be playing them through out the show.  Thank You!  – Thanks to everyone who gave feedback and to everyone who listens to this show!   Everyone can leave feedback – let us know what you think about our discussions and what shows you are watching! 18885084343

Our Thanks to the following listeners and supporters of our show for leaving voice mail:

Richard Hatch from Battlestar Galactica

James Williams from the Lifetyle Podnetwork

  • has been instrumental in helping shape this podcast – listened back when we were the Dining at the End of the Universe Podcast
  • Podcaster’s Emporium – a podcast every podcaster needs to listen to
  • I love the Lifestyle Chill Podcast – especially when life gets stressed
  • If you wanna laugh – you gotta check out the 2 Schooners Podcast– a podcast about boating (jk) – Hey we can serve them at the Diner!

Wayne and Dan from the Fringecasting with Wayne and Dan. Scott does segment the Fringe Quote of the Week for this show.

Kevin Batchelder from Tuning into SciFi TV

Cait – from the Aussiegeek Podcast

Dave Gray from the Aussiegeek Podcast – whom we had on the show – also been instrumental in helping shape the show.

Herne & WoollyyMittens

Hayden Black – a great interview with him back in August –still waiting for the Cabonauts

DVD Geeks

TV News

Its all about Dollhouse.

Our TV begins with us briefly discussing the Fringe Second Midseason finale. But the real focus of our discussion is the Dollhouse Finale. We respond to some listener thoughts.  Then we share our thought on the actors and the finale in general. We thought that Eliza Dushku performance as Echo was one of her best when she reacts to the loss of Ballard. In typical Whedonesque fashion, Paul Ballard‘s death comes out of nowhere, but is not unexpected. We love Enver Gjokaj as Victor in this episode as always. I love when he rides in on his tractor trailer.  We wonder where is Amy Acker as Dr. Claire Saunders / Whiskey. I was expecting to see her but didn’t…did I miss her?  Yeah! We get more Summer Glau as Bennett Halverson !!!  There’s much much more.



Miles is still watching, and the finale looks to be good, but who is watching? Mary and Scott aren’t.


We also LOVE Caprica, which is really no surprise since we are BSG fans.


Eric StoltzDaniel Graystone – is he really evil? Or just misguided?  Probably more complex than that like most Ron D. Moore characters…

Esai MoralesJoseph Adama – interesting…you can already see the human cylon divide happening…

Alessandra TorresaniZoe Graystone – love the cylon ripping up the van, sitting on the bed, biting the finger…perhaps one of the most interesting things in the show

And we love the Bear McCreary music.

Human Target


No one is watching this but Scott and he thinks it is worth the watch. I mean who doesn’t want to see Mark Valley as Christopher Chance (played John Scott on Fringe), Chi McBride as Winston, and Jackie Earle Haley as Guerrero. And once again we get Bear McCreary music.

Smallville’s 2 hour movie: Justice society movie.


Top Favorite SciFi Diner Moments



5. First show I did w/ you & the gang talking about The Watchman
4. First time we ever interviewed somebody. That being John Broughton. It was great interview & set a new course for the show. That we would talk with people who are making Sci Fi happen.

3. Changing the name of the show from Dining at the End of the Universe to The Sci Fi Diner. It added a new dynamic to the show.
2. Last year’s shore leave convention.  We had a chance to talk with a lot great people; whether they were fans, fan clubs, actors, writers,  & filmmakers.
1. They day you brought me on as your co host for the Sci Fi Diner Pod Cast.  It’s been great just hanging out with you and being a part of something like this. It’s been really fun ride & I continue to enjoy it.


  • Shore Leave

All the great interviews but especially

  • Allison Scagiotti
  • Miracle Laurie
  • Richard Hatch
  • Cohost the show with not only Miles, but Televixen, Dayton Ward, Kevin Dilmore, and Dave Gray


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Scifi Diner Podcast Ep. 42 – Has Twilight Unseated Harry Potter? We Review The Twilight Saga: New Moon Movie.

by on Dec.04, 2009, under Podcast Notes


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On the menu tonight:

On tonight’s science fiction podcast, we discuss and review the latest movie in the Twilight Saga: New moon with two passionate, devoted readers and watchers of Twilight: Don and Terry,  we give you some New Moon trivia where you can win a Star Trek prize, and talk about the Scifi Television shows we have continued to watch: V, Flash Forward, Fringe, Heroes, Smallville, and Dollhouse.

Promos this Week:

Tuning into SciFi TV Podcast

Stranger Things TV

The Trivia Question for this Week:

The Question: What do Stargate, Sanctuary and New Moon all have in common?

The Prize: A signed print of Clifton Collins Jr. – Played Ayel, Nero’s Second in Command, in Star Trek XI

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All answers due by Dec. 9th.

The Twilight Saga: New Moon

Domestic Total as of Dec. 2, 2009: $237,830,629
Distributor: Summit Entertainment Release Date: November 20, 2009
Genre: Romance Running Time: 2 hrs. 10 min.
MPAA Rating: PG-13 Production Budget: $50 million

This Movie All


Domestic: $237,830,629 49.5%
Foreign: $243,000,000 50.5%

= Worldwide: $480,830,629
Opening Weekend: $142,839,137
(#1 rank, 4,024 theaters, $35,497 average)
% of Total Gross: 60.1%
> View All Weekends
Widest Release: 4,124 theaters
In Release: 13 days / 1.9 weeks

"The SciFi 5"

The best spaceships in Science Fiction movies.

  1. Millennium Falcon
  2. The Firefly
  3. Spaceball 1
  4. The Imperial Star Destroyer from Star Wars IV: A New Hope
  5. The Enterprise from the new Star Trek

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Scifi Diner Podcast Ep. 41 – An interview with Clifton Collins Jr. (Ayel, Nero’s Second in Command in Star Trek XI); Review of 2012.

by on Nov.21, 2009, under Podcast Notes


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Link to face book page and midtown comics

On the menu tonight:

On tonight’s science fiction podcast, we talk about shows we’ve been watching, our Facebook Fan Page, Mile’s visit to Midtown Comics, the upcoming Battlestar Galactica Prequel Caprica, the made for TV Smallville Movie, 10 Star Trek Gadgets that came true, we share our review of 2012, and lastly give you our thoughts on the Farscape Megaset.

Our Interview:

In our Star Trek interview, we interview Clifton Collins Jr., Nero’s Second in Command on new Star Trek XI DVD release. He talks about what it was like working with the other actors and with J.J. Abrams.  He also discusses how he got into science fiction and why he likes it.

Promos this Week:

Aussie Geek Podcast

Podcaster’s Emporium


Show News:

The Trivia Question for this Week:

The Question: In last weeks Smallville episode, name the actress who played one of the “wonder twins” and what show will she be coming back to when it returns on the SyFy channel in the spring?

The Prize: Clifton Collins – Played Ayel, Nero’s Second in Command – signed print


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All answers due by Dec. 2nd.

SciFi TV News

Exclusive first look: ‘Battlestar’ prequel ‘Caprica’ retools, reduces and readies itself for January debut

“Caprica” arrives on Syfy Jan. 22, and in anticipation of that premiere, the network has released this poster for the show exclusively to the Watcher site. The image at right, which features the “Caprica” character Zoe Graystone (Alessandra Torresani), is the key art for the new series.

“There’s something really interesting about the idea of Zoe and the Eve metaphor,” said Mark Stern, executive vice president of original content for Syfy and co-head of Universal Cable Productions, in an interview on Thursday.Picture 3

“Caprica,” which serves as a prequel to “Battlestar Galactica” and tells the story of the invention of the mechanized Cylons, “deals with our relationship to technology and the question of ‘When is too much knowledge a bad thing?’ Knowledge and technology can turn against you and can be dangerous weapons,” Stern said.

He noted there were many internal discussions at Syfy about the signature image for the new series, which stars Eric Stoltz, Esai Morales, Polly Walker and Paula Malcolmson. But Stern and other executives realized all the debate was a good thing. “That’s the point of the show,” he said. “Like ‘Battlestar,’ the show doesn’t take one particular stand — it starts a discussion. That’s true of ‘Caprica’ too. What we love about this image is that it invites many different points of view or opinions and they’re all valid.”

The series will premiere with a two-hour pilot that is already available as a standalone DVD. Eight additional hours of “Caprica” will air through March. Then the show will take a break and the remaining nine hours of “Caprica’s” first season will air some time in the second half of 2010.

If you’ve done the math in the previous paragraph, you’ve realized that “Caprica’s” episode order has been reduced by one hour. Syfy had originally commissioned a total of 20 hours for Season 1, but the show, which is currently in production on the last third of the season in Vancouver, will now consist of 19 hours.

Stern said that the decision to reduce the episode order was made in consultation with the show’s creative team and was driven purely by financial considerations. Quite simply, “Caprica” turned out to be more expensive than the network thought it would be, he said. The episode reduction was part of an effort to make those 19 hours as good as they could be without sacrificing the quality of the drama, a story of intrigue and family conflict that follows the Adama and Graystone clans in settings that resemble present-day Earth.

“We always knew it would be a challenge to bring it in on budget, and the deeper we got into it, the more we realized that if we [stuck to the budget too closely], it was not going to be satisfying,” Stern said. “We were cutting corners and we weren’t happy with that and the executive producers weren’t happy with that.”

It turned out to be “a more elaborate production” than “Battlestar,” Stern said. Once the standing sets for “Battlestar” were built, that show was mostly filmed on soundstages and thus budgets were somewhat more containable. Location shoots were rare. But “Caprica” is “set in the real world,” Stern said. “They’re always outside.”

The show’s creators also ended up devoting more time to certain characters than they had originally planned to, and the show lined up recurring guest stars such as James Marsters and Patton Oswalt.

Stern said that as part of the effort to keep costs down, scripts were coming in with a lot of what he characterized as “bedroom and boardroom” scenes. “That’s not the show,” he said. “We wanted to keep the quality of the show as high as we could, and so we put more money into it, but it still wasn’t quite enough. We said, ‘OK, would it help to cut an episode?’ and we talked about it and they adopted the decision creatively.”

There was a discussion regarding how many episodes to cut, and the show’s executive producers — Ronald D. Moore, David Eick, Jane Espenson and Kevin Murphy — said cutting two episodes would be too difficult. But Stern said they saw the wisdom of cutting one hour.

“They’re certainly vocal,” Stern said of his relationship with the show’s creative team. “But they’ve been great about this and they endorsed this decision and are making it work. [A few years ago] Ron and David were the ones who called me to say, ‘There are only going to be four seasons of “Battlestar.”‘ They are the first ones to recognize that it’s better to do fewer episodes than stretch something out and vamp.”

“This was the time to make the decision” about whether to cut an episode, Stern added. Production is underway on the thirteenth hour of the show and thus the producers have time to retool the last third of the season. “If it didn’t work creatively, they weren’t going to do it,” Stern said.

During production of Season 1 of “Caprica,” there have been the kinds of creative growing pains associated with any first-year program. I’ve had ongoing contact with various people associated with “Caprica,” not just Stern, and those sources say the growing pains have been “normal” and nothing out of the ordinary.

The show recently took a two-week break to retool scripts and recalibrate where “Caprica” was heading, and Kevin Murphy, a veteran of “Desperate Housewives,” has joined the show. He, along with Eick, Moore and Espenson, is an executive producer of “Caprica” and Murphy has been taking the lead on breaking stories. [Update: In a Nov. 15 story, The Hollywood Reporter says Murphy is now “Caprica’s” showrunner. Here’s what Espenson said via e-mail about the change: “This is actually a pretty subtle shift of duties. Kevin is going to take over running the (writers’) room so I can spend more time writing as we head toward our big first season finale.”]

“Ron, Jane and David are still very much in that mix,” Stern said. “Every show has to find its voice and figure out what it wants to be. Every show has to find out which characters pop and which story lines play. There were some growing pains as they found the right balance of stories and characters.”

Despite the differences between “Caprica” and “Battlestar,” fans of the latter show should find the storytelling of the prequel series recognizable, even if the new show has a somewhat different tone, Stern said.

“The thing that ‘Caprica’ has that the ‘Battlestar’ viewer will recognize — aside from the obvious little winks and nods [to the saga of the rag-tag fleet] — is that ‘Caprica’ is, at its core, a strong character drama about people going through situations in extremis,” Stern said. “There are characters who are driven to do things that are morally ambiguous because of the situations that they’re put in. And yet tonally, it’s not as dark, it’s not as grim. Because [the characters] are not on the run, having had their whole world destroyed, that allows more opportunities for poignancy and joy and celebration.

“There’s definitely more of that than there was in ‘Battlestar.’ It’s not about someone getting their jaw broken every other episode,” Stern said with a laugh. “But there are elements of that kind of extremity in this that I think will attract ‘Battlestar’ viewers. And yet our hope is, because it is dealing with world that is more familiar to us and dealing with issues that are maybe a little more germane to our daily lives, that it will attract a broader audience.”

A few final thoughts from me: I’m reserving judgment about “Caprica’s” overall quality until I see more of Season 1, but I liked the pilot and think the premise has potential (my review of the first two hours of “Caprica” is here. There’s a preview clip of the show below). “Caprica” has a tough act to follow — “Battlestar” is one of my favorite shows of all time — but I’m looking forward to Jan. 22, which, as I noted in this “Dollhouse” post, is likely be a interesting night for fans of genre television.

Smallville TV Movie Decides to take Flight!

The CW has decided to package Smallville’s upcoming (and highly-anticipated) Justice Society-themed two-parter into a two-hour movie event airing on Feb. 5.

The Geoff Johns-penned episodes — titled “Society” and “Legends” and featuring such DC Comics stalwarts as Stargirl, Hawkman, and Dr. Fate — were originally designed to air separately. But, according to Smallville insiders, CW execs felt they could get more mileage out of combining them.

10 Star Trek Technologies that Actually came true.

10: Transparent Aluminum (Armor)

The fourth installment of the original Star Trek movies is perhaps the most endearing to fans. The crew returns to modern-day Earth. Kirk, Spock and the rest of the gang ditch a Klingon Bird of Prey spacecraft in the San Francisco Bay after narrowly missing the Golden Gate Bridge while flying blind in a storm. You may remember the scene — but how many of you remember Scotty introducing transparent aluminum for the first time?

In the flick, Scotty used the aluminum to build a tank to transport the two humpback whales (George and Gracie) to the Earth of their time. As it went, he was able to replace six-inch (14-centimeter) thick Plexiglas with one-inch (2.5-centimeter) thick see-through aluminum.

It may sound impossible, but there is such a thing as transparent aluminum armor or aluminum oxynitride (ALON) as it’s more commonly known. ALON is a ceramic material that starts out as a powder before heat and pressure turn it into a crystalline form similar to glass. Once in the crystalline form, the material is strong enough to withstand bullets. Polishing the molded ALON strengthens the material even more. The Air Force has tested the material in hopes of replacing windows and canopies in its aircraft. Transparent aluminum armor is lighter and stronger than bulletproof glass. Less weight, stronger material — what’s not to like?

9: Communicators

Whenever Captain Kirk left the safe confines of the Enterprise, he did so knowing it could be the last time he saw his ship. Danger was never far away. And when in distress and in need of help in a pinch, he could always count on Bones to come up with a miracle cure, Scotty to beam him up or Spock to give him some vital scientific information. He’d just whip out his communicator and place a call.

Fast forward 30 years and wouldn’t you know it, it seems like everyone carries a communicator. We just know them as cell phones. Actually, the communicators in Star Trek were more like the push-to-talk, person-to-person devices first made popular by Nextel in the mid to late ’90s. The Star Trek communicator had a flip antenna that when opened, activated the device. The original flip cell phones are perhaps distant cousins. Whatever the case, the creators of Star Trek were on to something because you’d be hard pressed to find many people without a cell phone these days.

In later incarnations of the Star Trek franchise, the communicators evolved to being housed in the Starfleet logo on the crewman’s chest. With the tap of a finder, communication between crewmembers became even easier. Vocera Communications has a similar product that can link people on the same network inside a designated area like an office or a building by utilizing the included software over a wireless LAN. The B2000 communication badge weighs less than two ounces and can be worn on the lapel of a coat or shirt and allows clear two-way communication. It’s even designed to inhibit the growth of bacteria so it’s suitable for doctors [source: Vocera].

8: Hypospray

The creative team behind Star Trek found spiffy ways to spice up some activities we endure on a day-to-day basis. Take medical treatment, for example: Not many people enjoy getting a flu shot, and in Star Trek, inoculating patients was one of Dr. Leonard “Bones” McCoy’s primary duties. It seemed not an episode went by that Bones wasn’t giving someone a shot of some sort of space vaccine. But what was more fascinating was the contraption he used.

Hypospray is a form of hypodermic injection of medication. A hypospray injection is forced under the skin (a subcutaneous injection) with high air pressure. The air pressure shoots the liquid vaccine deep enough into the skin that no needle is required. The real-world application is known as a jet injector.

Jet injectors have been in use for many years. In fact, the technology predates Star Trek. Jet injectors were originally designed to be used in mass vaccinations. Jet injecting is safer (no needles to pass along infectious disease) and faster in administering vaccines. Similar in appearance to an automotive paint gun, jet injection systems can use a larger container for the vaccine, thus allowing medical personnel to inoculate more people quicker.

7: Tractor Beams

When NASA needs to make repairs to the Hubble Space Telescope, astronauts have to be specially trained to get out of the Space Shuttle for extravehicular activity. They also have to learn how to work within the confines of their space suits, with thick gloves on. Wouldn’t it be nice to just bring the telescope inside, where repairs wouldn’t be so challenging and dangerous?

In science fiction, space ships including the Starship Enterprise snatch each other up using tractor beams. In some cases, large vessels have a tractor beam strong enough to prevent smaller vessels from escaping the gravitational force. So is this science even plausible?

Yes and no. Optical tweezers are as close as you’re going to get to a legitimate tractor beam on current-day Earth. Scientists have harnessed small lasers into beams capable of manipulating molecules and moving them with precision. Optical tweezers use a focused laser to trap and suspend microscopic particles in an optical trap. Scientists can use optical tweezers to trap and remove bacteria and sort cells. Optical tweezers are used primarily in studying the physical properties of DNA. While the beams used in optical tweezers aren’t strong enough to dock the space shuttle to the International Space Station, it’s a start in that direction.

6: Phasers

“Set phasers to stun” — another oft-heard command given to the Enterprise crew. The crew often relied on the stun setting of their fictitious weapon of choice known as a phaser. Armed with a phaser, Kirk and his colleagues had the ability to kill or more desirably, stun their adversaries and render them incapacitated.

Actually, stun guns have been around for some time. In fact, electricity has been used for punishment and to control livestock as far back as the 1880s. But it wasn’t until 1969 when a guy named Jack Cover invented the first Taser that the stun gun was most realized. The Taser fails to kill like the phaser did, yet, it packs enough of an electrical punch to render its victim disorientated, if not completely incapacitated.

Unlike the phaser, the Taser and other stun guns must come in physical contact with the target in order to have any effect. Tasers take care of this by projecting two electrodes, connected by wires, which attach to the target’s skin. Once in contact, the handheld unit transfers electricity to the target, thus having the stun effect. Stun guns with stationary electrical contact probes are somewhat less effective because while they have a similar effect on the target, you have to be much closer (within arm’s length) in order to zap your target.

Something more along the lines of the phaser may be in development. Applied Energetic has developed Laser Guided Energy and Laser Induced Plasma Energy technologies that are said to transmit high-voltage bursts of energy to a target [source: Applied Energetics]. In other words, these pulses of energy would stun the target and limit collateral damage. So a true phaser may soon be a reality.

5: Universal Translator

Imagine if no matter what country you visited, no matter what the culture, you could understand everything the indigenous people were saying. It sure would make traveling easier. Take that thought to another level like say, if you were planet hopping like the crew onboard the Enterprise. Fortunately for Captain Kirk and his peers, they had a universal translator.

The characters in Star Trek relied on a small device that when spoken into, would translate the words into English. Guess what? The technology exists for us in the real world. There are devices that let you speak phrases in English and it will spit back to you the same rhetoric in a specified language. The only problem is, these devices only work for certain predetermined languages.

A true universal translator like the one on the show may not be a reality, but the technology is available. Voice recognition has advanced considerably since its inception. But computers have yet to be able to learn languages. Computers would be able to theoretically gather the information much faster than a human brain, but a software program is dependent on actual data. Someone has to take the time and expense to put it together and make it available, which is probably why these systems focus on more popular languages.

4: Geordi’s VISOR

thrust the love of everything Star Trek back into popular culture, the quirky Mr. Spock and crass Bones McCoy and others were supplanted by a new cast. One of the most popular characters on the new show was engineer Geordi LaForge.

What made Geordi unique, perhaps even mysterious, was his funky eyewear. Geordi was blind, but after a surgical operation and aided through the use of a device called VISOR (Visual Instrument and Sensory Organ Replacement), Geordi could see throughout the electromagnetic spectrum. Though it may sound far-fetched, in reality, similar technology exists that may someday bring sight back the blind.

In 2005, a team of scientists from Stanford University successfully implanted a small chip behind the retina of blind rats that enabled them to pass a vision recognition test. The science behind the implants, or bionic eyes as they’re commonly referred to, works much the way Geordi’s VISOR did. The patient receives the implants behind the retina, then wears a pair of glasses fitted with a video camera. Light enters the camera and is processed through a small wireless computer, which then broadcasts it as infrared LED images on the inside of the glasses. Those images are reflected back into the retina chips to stimulate photodiodes. The photodiodes replicate the lost retinal cells then change light into electrical signals which in turn send nerve pulses to the brain.

What it all means is that in theory, a person with 20/400 sight (blind), due to the loss of retinal cells from retinitis pigmentosa, can obtain 20/80 sight. It’s not good enough to pass the driving test (normal vision is considered 20/20) but it’s good enough to read billboards and go about your day without the aid of a seeing-eye dog.

3: Torpedo Coffins

In the second installment of the Star Trek movie franchise, the beloved Mr. Spock, played by Leonard Nimoy, died after saving the Starship Enterprise from certain disaster. The movie culminated with the crew firing Spock’s corpse out of the torpedo bay in a coffin shaped like one of the ship’s weapons, the photon torpedo.

Believe it or not, you too could be laid to eternal rest in your own Federation-approved photon torpedo casket. OK, it may not technically be Federation-approved since there is no such thing as the United Federation of Planets (UFP) but the coffins are, in fact, very real.

Designed by Eternal Image, the Star Trek coffin was slated to be available early 2009, but is still not for sale as of this writing. The price is yet to be determined. If the fan would prefer to be cremated, the company also plans to offer a Star Trek urn as well.

2: Telepresence

In 1966, the idea of interacting with each other while separated by the void of space seemed as far fetched as, well the idea of being in space. That’s precisely what the idea of telepresence is.

Telepresence is more than just video conferencing. The visual aspect is important and immersion is vital. In other words, the more convincing the illusion of telepresence, the more you feel like you’re there.

In 2008, AT&T teamed up with Cisco in delivering the industry’s first in-depth telepresence experience. The key to Cisco’s TelePresence is the combination of audio, video and ambient lighting working together. These telepresence kits are designed to mirror surroundings and mimic sounds so that users on each side of the video conference will feel as though the images on the screen are in the same room with them. For instance, the people in boardroom A will see the people on the screen in boardroom B as though they are sitting across the table from them. The ambient lighting and room features are constructed to mirror each other. Sure, these telepresence kits are much more advanced than anything drummed up on Star Trek, but perhaps that’s because the show sparked our imagination so many years ago.

1: Tricorders

How many of you remember that instrument Mr. Spock used to always carry over his shoulder, especially when the crew (usually consisting of only Spock and Captain Kirk) first surveyed a new planet? That was a tricorder.

One of the more useful instruments available to Star Trek personnel, variations of the tricorder (medical, engineering or scientific) were used to measure everything from oxygen levels to detecting diseases. Often times the tricorder gave an initial analysis of the new environment. So, what’s the real-world tie-in? NASA employs a handheld device called LOCAD, which measures for unwanted microorganisms such as E. coli, fungi and salmonella onboard the International Space Station [source: Coulter]. Beyond that, two handheld medical devices may soon help doctors examine blood flow and check for cancer, diabetes or bacterial infection.

Scientists at Loughborough University in England use photoplethysmography technology in a handheld device that can monitor the functions of the heart. Meanwhile, researchers at Harvard Medical School have developed a small device that utilizes similar technology found in MRI machines that invasively inspect the body. Using nuclear magnetic resonance imaging, this device would be sensitive enough to measure samples of as few as 10 possible infectious bacteria. This kind of sensitivity (800 times more sensitive than sensing equipment currently used in medical labs) could revolutionize the way doctors diagnose disease [source: Mick].

SciFi Movie News:

Our 2012 review with David Gray.   Should you go see it?  Absolutely if your looking for a thrill rise. Stay away if you are looking for deep character development.   We give it 3 1/2 stars.

SciFi DVD News:

The Farscape Megaset

Can’t wait for to release the upcoming Farscape webisodes? Prepare for Starburst! The SciFi Diner Podcast is here to tell you why the Frascape Megaset is one set (Farscape, Stargate SG1, and any Scifi fan) wont want to miss. 51k2sEp9E3L._SL210_

In case you forgot, were living under a rock, or never heard of this late nineties show:

Here’s recap:

John Crichton. Astronaut. Flung through a wormhole and lost in a galaxy far from home. He finds himself in the middle of a prison break, surrounded by hostile aliens, soaring through space inside a glorious living space ship called Moya. Hunted by the relentless Peacekeepers, he allies himself with his unimaginably alien fellow refugees and searches for a way home.

So begins the epic sci-fi classic Farscape. A fusion of live action, state-of-the-art puppetry, prosthetics and CGI, Farscape features mind-boggling alien life forms, dazzling special effects, edge-of-your-seat thrills, irreverent humor and unforgettable characters — all brought to life by the creative minds at Jim Henson’s Creature Shop.

No wonder it’s been called the most imaginative sci-fi series in television history.

Why would Stargate Fans love this? Claudia Black and Ben Browder, who helped lead the final season of SG1 to its close, played central characters to this show.

For diehards: here are some highlights from this megaset:

Not only do you get to see Ben Browder, Claudia Black, Antony Simcoe, Virgina Hey and many other grace the small screen again, but through the 29 episode commentaries you get to hare their thoughts and perspectives as well as those of the writers.

Other Special DVD Features:

-Multiple featurettes. The one I’m looking forward to is “Inside Farscape: Save Farscape,” on which fans, cast and crew discuss the fate of their beloved series.

-Multiple video profiles featuring archival clips and cast/crew discussing their characters and roles on Farscape.

-Over 90 minutes of deleted scenes.

-Behind-the-Scenes interviews with the cast

– Much more than we can tell you here.

25 discs

If you gotta hundred bucks in your pocket, 4086 minutes to burn (that’s 68 hours) or if you have to get a Geek in your life something for Christmas, you have to pick up this set!

The Wrap

“The SciFi 5” The worst hairdos in Science Fiction.

  1. Chris Tucker as Ruby Rhod in “The Fifth Element”
  2. John Travolta as Terl in “Battlefeild Earth”
  3. Sean Connery as Zed in “Zardoz”
  4. Marina Sirtis as Counselor Troi in (Star Trek: The Next Generation)
  5. Bruce Willis as Tom Greer  in Surrogates.

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Scifi Diner Podcast Ep. 37 – An Interview with Star Trek Novelist Dayton Ward; News on Flash Forward, Where the Wild Things are, and Battlestar Galactica.

by on Oct.23, 2009, under Podcast Notes


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On the menu tonight:

On the menu for this Science Fiction podcast, we interrogate Star Trek novelist, written and all around Geek Dayton Ward. We also talk about Flash Forward, Who plays Hawkman in Smallville, Emenim sung in Klingon, Where the Wild Things Are Breaks Records (but also corrupts Young Minds, Awesome Captain America News, a new Avatar Trailer is out. We also chat about Hancock, Transformers: The 25th Anniversary Matrix of Leadership DVD set and of course Battlestar Galactica: The Plan.

Our Interview:

We had an awesome interview with with Star Trek novelist and author Dayton Ward. We found out a little regarding who he is, how he got into writing, and what science fiction inspired him as he grew up from a wee little lad.  He also discussed his love of Flash Forward, talked about some of his past novels and also some of the novels he is currently writing.  We got on a tangent regarding Star Trek cannon and what is and is not considered cannon. We briefly readdressed Ron D. Moore’s comment on Tech.  Where does one start if they never read any Star Trek novels?  We talked about that too.  If you want to find out more about Dayton Ward, please visit his website here.

This Week’s Promos

Second Shift

The Dollhouse Podcast

Show News:

  • News items:  if you want our thoughts on something, you gotta let us know.


The Trivia Question from last Week:

Question: Ernie Hudson guest – starred in heroes this past week as the cop who arrested Sylar.  Name two major genre movies he was in.

Prize: A signed Vanessa Angel print

Answer: Varied but a sampling of these answers could be “Ghostbusters 1 & 2 (He was the Fourth Ghostbuster)” and “The Crow”, Spacehunter: Adventures in the Forbidden Zone, and Congo.

Winner: Amanda Black

For our trivia question this week:

Question: What does Stargate Universe, Labamba, Young Guns 1 & 2 have in common?

Prize: Smallville Season 6

If you know the answer, call us at 1.888.508.4343, e-mail us at, or contact @scifidiner on Twitter with your answers!

SciFi News: The 10, 10, and 10

Our First Course: Scifi TV:

Lets talk Flash Forward:

A Biblical reference in Flash Forward?

Peter preached his classic sermon “the last days” recorded in Acts 2 verse 17 in the the bible. In this sermon he makes specific reference of a terrible world event where , i quote:

“And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams.”

What if that’s actually more true than just a Bible reference?

The young (kids like Charlie) prophesize by seeing info about important events, people or things (“D. Gibbons is a bad man.” “I had a bad dream. I dreamt there were no more good days.”)

The bulk of us (older kids and younger adults) saw visions of our own futures at a fixed date 6 months from now.

Older men and very-older men saw their most heartfelt dreams or hopes come to life (Mark’s pal saw his very-much-dead daughter alive in a fire-lit out-of-focus afterlife-esque place – even though we know she’s buried).


Which Stargate star will play Hawkman in Smallville?

SG-1‘s Michael Shanks has landed a role as Hawkman in an upcoming episode of The CW’s Smallville!

Shanks, whom you know as Dr. Daniel Jackson, is one of two actors cast in the fledgling Justice Society episode on the before-Clark-was-Superman series, according to IGN:

We’ve known since this summer that the Justice Society would be coming to Smallville, in an episode written by comic book writer Geoff Johns, but so far the exact characters who would be part of the team were not revealed. …

As it turns out, Hawkman and Doctor Fate will both be part of the Smallville incarnation of the Justice Society. This goes hand in hand with DC Comics, where both characters have notable histories with the team and its various incarnations, dating back to the 1940s.

Another Stargate player, Brent Stait, who guested on Atlantis and appeared in the Stargate SG-1: Children of the Gods video game, will play Doctor Fate, the site reported.

The episode is slated to air in January. Not clear whether Shanks will have to put on the beaked cowl/winged hat of the classic Hawkman, but we’d pay money to see it.

Wasn’t Hawkman in flash? That short lived series?

You have not experienced Eminem until you have heard him in the original Klingon

Our Second Course: SciFi Movies:

‘Where the Wild Things Are’ Breaks Box Office Record

Warner Bros. Pictures’ Where the Wild Things Are has finished no.1 at the box office over the weekend, pulling in an estimated $32.5M in ticket sales.

Where the Wild Things Are, directed by Spike Jonze and adapted from Maurice Sendak’s best selling 1963 book of the same name, follows 11 year old Max Records as he creates his own fantasy world – a forest inhabited by wild creatures that crown him as their ruler.

The flick broke a record for Warner Bros., setting its biggest opening weekend ever for an October release.
Kid bites mom after seeing Where the Wild Things Are:

CNN has an interesting article about how kids have reacted to seeing Where the Wild Things Are. Some are bored, some are scared, and one kid turned into a wild thing herself and bit her mother.

Movie critics were, on the whole, approving of the PG-rated film, though the poor reviews were particularly scathing. “I have a vision of 8-year-olds leaving the movie in bewilderment. Why are the creatures so unhappy?” wrote The New Yorker’s David Denby.

The heavily publicized film, which opened in theaters last Friday and debuted on top of the weekend box office, seemed to do too much, said [James Griffioen of Detroit, Mich.]. He thought much of the problem lay in the script, by director Spike Jonze and author Dave Eggers, which expanded on the 10-sentence children’s book. …

For Devon Adams in Chandler, Arizona, the problem wasn’t keeping his 5-year-old daughter, Claire, interested—it was dealing with the aftermath of the violent scenes.

“She and her friend seemed to enjoy the film, but when she returned home, she threw her own tantrum, bit her mother very hard (something she does not do), and told her she was going to run away from home and go to where the wild things are,” Adams said.

Of course, we remember when the book itself was cause for concern among parents.

  • Is this the K.I.S.S. syndrome of Music; the Grand Theft Auto of Games; The DiVinci Code of Books?
  • Is this act more reflective of the parents or the movie?

Joe Quesada Says Captain America Will Rock Your Socks Off

Whilst attending his very own question-and-answer panel at a New York City-based convention, Marvel Comics editor-in-chief Joe Quesada has provided fans with a tease about Marvel’s upcoming feature film, The First Avenger: Captain America.

“I’ve seen a couple of outlines and an initial screenplay, and it’s going to rock everyone’s socks off,” he said. “It’s very unexpected, the kind of movie it is.”

Quesada also confirmed that the film’s story sets up the lead into The Avengers, adding that it does so in “a fantastic way.”

So far all we know about Captain America is that it takes place during World War 2 and is very Indiana Jones like in theme, with some sources claiming the sets are simply amazing.

Quesada also confirmed that they have a wish list of actors that they want to play Captain America, but the names on that list remain a mystery.

Captain America will be released July 22, 2011.


A New Avatar Trailer Due Out! has confirmed that 20th Century Fox will debut a new 3-and-a-half-minute trailer for James Cameron’s Avatar in theaters this Friday and online Oct. 29; the movie opens in conventional 3-D theaters and IMAX 3-D on Dec. 18.

Are we looking forward to this movie?  Other than Star Trek DVD, anything else we are looking forward to?

I finally saw Hancock.

3rd Course SciFi DVD/Video:

Transformers: 25th Anniversary Matrix Of Leadership Edition [The Complete Series]

  • Five retrospective featurettes including brand-new, in-depth interviews with those most responsible for the success of The Transformers franchise. Two of these featurettes are exclusive to this set including a conversation with comic writer Bob Budiansky and a voice cast reunion. The reunion features Jack Angel (Ramjet), Michael Bell (Prowl), Gregg Berger (Grimlock), Arthur Burghardt (Devastator), Corey Burton (Spike Witwicky), Richard Gautier (Rodimus Prime), Neil Ross (Slag), Frank Welker (Megatron).
    * Two concept art galleries* Archival Hasbro toy commercials.

    * All 98 episodes of dialogue scripts. Three full scripts, with original handwritten notes, include Transport To Oblivion, Starscreams Brigade and The Revenge of Bruticus.

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Scifi Diner Podcast Ep. 36 – An Interview with Christopher Heyerdahl (Part 2); News on Heroes, Flash Forward, Dollhouse, The Hobbit and More!

by on Oct.15, 2009, under Podcast Notes


The SciFi Diner Podcast

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Tonight’s Diners: Scott, Miles, & Tom

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In our show tonight:

In this science fiction podcast, we share the second part of our Interview with Christopher Heyerdahl from the hit TV Show Sanctuary.  In news, a major character from Heroes will die, Dollhouse and Smallville are looking better, Sanctuary & Stargate Universe continues Syfy record breaking, can’t get enough of Flash Forward? There’s more on tap. An Independence Day Sequel, Ron D. Moore simplifies writing Star Trek, Saving Private Ryan writer to pen World of Warcraft, Paranormal Fans get what they demand, what actors are in and out of the Hobbit, Millennium movie talks, and two new DVD release: Get Bender’s Head and Season One of Legend of the Seeker.

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Our Interview:

In this science fiction podcast, Miles and Scott interview Christopher Heyerdahl, well known for his roles in Smallville, Stargate SG1, Stargate Atlantis, Supernatural, and most recently Sanctuary.  He starts off the interview chatting about his role as Zor-El in Smallville and then moves into chatting about his role as Alistair on Supernatural.  Is Alistair really?  Heyerdahl weighs in on the matter.  He goes on to chat about his roles in the Stargate franchise, especially focusing on his role as Todd the Wraith, which he views as having brought humanity to the wraith.  After a brief interruption from Adrienne Wilkenson, he chats about his favorite Todd moments including shaking Amanda Tapping’s hand, the revelation in “Common Ground”, and the mutiny on the Deadalus.  He shares what it was like to wear the mask and outfit of Todd and what it was like to wear that around the Atlantis set.  After a brief interruption by a Japanese schoolgirl, which he enjoyed I might add, he went on to chat about revoicing Todd, what some have called Looping, and others have referred to as ADR (Additional Dialogue Recording).

We pressed him about Sanctuary and what we could expect from Season 2.  With the Kabal still in action and Ashley now rogue, he said, season 2 will bring more action, more special effects, and take place all over the world.  Many of the characters will surprises us, especially Will.  His character of John Druitt will continue to stir up trouble.  He said to expect a new gun for hire character he calls Hanna Solo.

He finishes the interview by stalking about how he got into science fiction and his love of all things Star Trek and Star wars.  He comments on how Vancouver has become the hot bed for all things scifi.  He discusses his role in the up and coming Twilight: New Moon movie.  He discusses the types of science fiction movies he loves, such as the X-men and Transformers, and the science fiction books that first drew him into scifi.

Show News:

  • Videos on our site for Christopher Heyerdahl etc.
  • Thanks for all who voted for us in the 2009 Podcast Awards: 18th of oct is deadline

The Trivia Question from last Week:


Trivia: who was the author of the novel ” I robot”?


The Justice League original movie.


Our Winner: @Peachey_Pie Isaac Asimov, that’s how you spell it.  My dad has the book

Honorable Mention: @Televixen Isaac Assimov. Harlan Ellison wrote the screenplay for iRobot based on Asimov’s work.

For our trivia question this week:

Question: Ernie Hudson guest – starred in heroes this past week as the cop who arrested Sylar.  Name two major genre movies he was in.

Prize: A signed Vanessa Angel print

If you know the answer, call us at 1.888.508.4343, e-mail us at, or contact @scifidiner on Twitter with your answers!

SciFi News:

Ten Minutes of Scifi TV:

Herne wanted us to talk about him.

Heroes shocker: Original cast member will die soon: If you still care..

For those of you still watching, there’s big news about NBC’s Heroes: Someone will die!

At least that’s what E! Online’s Kristin Dos Santos reported:

Sources over on NBC’s Heroes confirm to me that a major death is in the works, and this is not one that will go unnoticed by even the most casual fan.

It is huge.

Who do you think its going to be?

‘Dollhouse’ and ‘Smallville’ Ratings Better Than First Thought

If you’re a fan of either Dollhouse or Smallville then you’ll be pleased to hear the DVR numbers are in and its good news.

Both shows received the largest gain in viewers out of all shows, with each adding a whopping 50% more viewers in the seven days after their episodes air.

Last Friday Dollhouse pulled 2.25 million viewers and Smallville pulled 2.3 million viewers.

The news brings with it Fox’s announcement that Dollhouse will, at least, see its entire second season out.

Dollhouse ratings for season 2 episode 3 2.25 million

Dollhouse – what a disturbing intro this past week.  Perhaps the best and most intriguing intro this season.  Mike Hogan! Although he disappears halfway through the episode? Lose end.  Next week… looks awesome.

The parallels to/symbolic of dollhouse and Terry’s fantasy

Stargate Universe grows, beats Dollhouse again: These were the best ratings for the Stargate franchise since 2005.

The second week of Stargate Universe did substantially better than the series premiere, according to Syfy, bucking the usual TV trend of shows dropping off after their debut episode. Universe showed a modest 4 percent growth in total viewers with just shy of 2.5 million people watching. But it made a huge gain of 22 percent among viewers ages 18-49 and 13 percent in the 25-54 age range.

The data include viewers who watched the show either live or on DVR the same day it aired. Those numbers will probably increase again when the “Live +7” data becomes available, which will show how many people watched it during the first week it aired.

Syfy said Universe once gain beat Fox’s struggling series Dollhouse head to head in total viewers as well as in the 18-49 and 25-54 age groups. Dollhouse finished the night with 2,235,000 million total viewers.

If you want to read other reviews of SGU, read Tricia Taylor’s review of SGU

FlashForward doing so well, ABC wants 9 more episodes: The series
picks up an additional viewers

Looks like FlashForward may have no problem making it to its predicted flash-forward future of April 2010 after all. The time-traveling series has been doing so well—even beating out the powerhouse Survivor in the ratings—that ABC has ordered nine more episodes, Variety reported today.

You can thank everyone who recorded it for that—new DVR numbers show that the series picks up an additional 2 million viewers when later playback is included. Those sorts of numbers were enough to increase the audience for the Sept. 24 premiere to 14.5 million viewers—making FlashForward the top new drama among 18-34-year-olds this season.

Sanctuary The second season premiere of Sanctuary joined Stargate Universe in a Friday night ratings surge, leaping 18 percent among adults ages 18-49 and 7 percent among adults 25-54 versus last year’s average, according to Syfy. The series grabbed nearly 1.9 million viewers (1.85) on Friday, Oct. 9, at 10 p.m. ET/PT.

Ten Minutes in SciFi Movies:

Jim Reifsneider wanted us to talk about them bringing back MST3000.  We talk about how that would work and if that would work.

Why you’ve never seen an Independence Day sequel: $$$

Why has Fox never made a sequel to its surprise $800 million hit Independence Day? In typical Hollywood fashion, it all boils down to deals and money, at least according to ID4 co-writer/director Roland Emmerich, who explained it this way to

Dean Devlin and I are still set to make a sequel likely because we’ve found some sort of idea and we approached Fox and Fox has not quite figured out how to incorporate Dean’s and my deal, and Will’s (Smith’s) deal. Will wants to do it in some sort of a package they can live with. So it’s just been in negotiations now since forever, and naturally Fox says “Why don’t you do it without Will Smith?” I said Will is essential for us, for this movie and actually for the audience too.

If the deal stuff can be figured out, Emmerich says he’d love to do ID4 2 and added that he and writer/producer Dean Devlin even have “a very cool” story for it. We say come on, Fox, get it together. In the 13 years since ID4 came out, movie ticket prices have increased more than 60 percent, meaning an ID4 sequel could easily pass the $1 billion mark. Surely there’s enough money to go around?

Ron Moore calls tech “meaningless”: Learn the secret formula to writing for Trek.

At his recent keynote speech at the New York Television Festival, former Star Trek writer and creator of the re-imagined Battlestar Galactica Ron Moore revealed the secret formula to writing for Trek.

He described how the writers would just insert “tech” into the scripts whenever they needed to resolve a story or plot line, then they’d have consultants fill in the appropriate words (aka technobabble) later.

“It became the solution to so many plot lines and so many stories,” Moore said. “It was so mechanical that we had science consultants who would just come up with the words for us and we’d just write ‘tech’ in the script. You know, Picard would say ‘Commander La Forge, tech the tech to the warp drive.’ I’m serious. If you look at those scripts, you’ll see that.”

We asked Star Trek novelist Dayton Ward if he agreed.

Star Trek novelist Dayton Ward told us: Nope, dont disagree with him. I never worry about it when writing Trek stuff. I can fill in the blanks later. :)

Raimi Confirms Robert Rodat Writing ‘Warcraft’ Film

The Spider-Man director has now confirmed that he’s snared Saving Private Ryan writer Robert Rodat to pen the screenplay.

Raimi also expanded on what fans can expect from the film, adding that Rodat’s job will be to create an original story that leverages off the games key mythology and characters.

“We want to be really faithful to the game,” Raimi told MTV. “We would have our writer, Robert Rodat, really craft an original story within that world that feels like a World of WarCraft adventure. Only obviously it’s very different ’cause it’s expanded and translated into the world of a motion picture.”

2011 release

One Million Demand ‘Paranormal Activity’

Paramount Pictures has decided to release Paranormal Activity nationwide after more than one million people around the US demanded the film play in their city at

“From the very beginning, we put this film in the hands of the fans and we trusted them to tell us where and when it should be seen. We couldn’t be more thrilled by their overwhelming support and we are happy to release the film in every town – big and small,” said Rob Moore, Vice Chairman of Paramount Pictures.

Paranormal Activity will begin rolling out nationwide on Friday, October 16th.

We’ll put trailer in the show notes.

McKellen says which actors are in (and out) of Hobbit.

Ian McKellen is expected to reprise his Lord of the Rings role of Gandalf in director Guillermo del Toro’s Hobbit movies, and though nothing’s official yet, the actor told Empire magazine that he doubts many of his Rings co-stars will appear.

“Unfortunately, there won’t be many of the actors going back,” he told the magazine. “Unless they’re going to put masks on and be disguised as dwarves! Andy Serkis is, at the moment, I think, the only other actor who’s doing this film.”

Serkis, of course, played Gollum in the Rings movies, and it’s hard to imagine any other actor taking on the iconic role.

Other Rings actors who are likely to appear in the prequel films include Hugo Weaving as Elrond. Again, nothing’s official yet.

Will a Millennium movie happen without Chris Carter?

Lance Henriksen, the veteran sci-fi character actor perhaps best known for playing former FBI profiler Frank Black in the ’90s TV series Millennium, has been talking about a feature-film follow-up/sequel for years and has reportedly been approached by investors interested in mounting an independent production, though Fox owns the rights.

Now comes news, via ScreenRant, that Fox itself may be considering a new independent movie based on the Chris-Carter-created show, with Henriksen but without Carter (who also created The X-Files and co-wrote and directed last year’s flop The X-Files: I Want to Believe).

Not sure how a movie would work: The millennial changeover has come and gone, and basing a film on that would be kind of like calling a movie “Y2K.” But Henriksen remains a great screen presence, and it would be nice to see him glowering as Frank Black one last time.

Ten Minute in SciFi DVD/Video:

Futurama – The Futurama Complete Collection:

Comic Con Exclusive includes all four volumes of Futurama, as well as 4 feature-length adventures: Bender´s Big Score, The Beast With A Billion Backs, Bender´s Game, Into the Wild Green Yonder all contained in a limited edition collectible Bender Head with a numbered letter from Matt Groening and David X. Cohen.

1989 minutes

129 dollars

Legend of the Seeker: The Complete First Season (2008)

Experience every episode of the fantastic first season, and discover how LEGEND OF THE SEEKER comes to life with exclusive, behind-the-scenes bonus features. TV’s most magical series is even more spellbinding on DVD!

Bonus Features Include: Deleted Scenes, Forging The Sword: Crafting A Legend Go Behind The Scenes Of Wizard’s First Rule On The New Zealand Set To See How The Show’s Fantasy World Is Brought To Life, Words Of Truth: A Conversation With Terry Goodkind Take An Intimate Journey With Author Terry Goodkind To See Where The Series Was Created, Audio Commentaries


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