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Scifi Diner Podcast Ep. 32 – Interview with Allison Scagliotti from “Warehouse 13”; The Shows We Will Be Watching This Fall…


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Tonight’s Agenda:

On this science fiction podcast episode, we interview Allison Scagliotti, who plays Claudia Donovan from Warehouse 13.  We also discuss the genre shows that are premiering and starting up this fall season such as Heroes, Smallville, Sanctuary, Stargate Universe, Fringe, Dollhouse, Flash Forward, Legend of the Seeker, Eastwick, Medium, and much, much more.  We tell what we’ll be watching and our thoughts on these shows.

The Trivia Question for Next Week:

What were giving away. Click here for contest details. Batman Beyond: The Movie

Question: What actor plays Hiro Nakumaru’s father?

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

Last week’s trivia question, answer, and winner.

The Prize: The Justice League Movie

Question: In Warehouse 13, what did Artie Make Claudia write as her punishment?

!Answer: I will not disobey Artie.

Winner: Justin Stahl

The Interview:

Our interview with Allison Scagliotti was awesome.  She talked about how she got into Twitter.  Her twitter by the way is @allisonscag. She shares how she got into acting and a little bit about the genre shows she has done.  She talks about her character, Claudia Donovan on Warehouse 13, her favorite episodes, favorite artifacts, and much, more!

SciFi News:

Star Trek Turns 43 – Yes, it truly has been 43 years of goodness and quite frankly Miles is glad.  May Star Trek live long and prosper.

Our Fall TV Shows Return and Start. What we will watch; what we won’t. All information care of the Scifi Wire.

Vampires and witches, time travelers and alien invaders, superheroes and a Stargate—they’re waiting just around the corner as a new TV season begins.

Check out the teaser trailers for all the new and returning shows.

Dollhouse, Fox
Echo’s back, and in this second season she may just find out who she really is.
Premieres Friday, Sept. 25, at 9 p.m.

Eastwick, ABC
Three women discover they have magical powers when a devilish presence named Darryl Van Horne comes to town.
Premieres Wednesday, Sept. 23, at 10 p.m.

FlashForward, ABC
Everyone on the planet blacks out for 2 minutes 17 seconds. When they come to, they remember a vision of what they’ll be doing six months in the future. Chaos ensues.
Premieres Thursday, Sept. 24, at 8 p.m.

Fringe, Fox
In season two, there’s a good chance Olivia and Peter will get to explore that alternate universe with the help of Leonard Nimoy.
Premieres Thursday, Sept. 17, at 9 p.m.

Ghost Whisperer, CBS
Melinda and Jim will have their hands full when the series jumps forward in time and their little boy begins to out-ghost-whisper Melinda in the fifth season.
Premieres Friday, Sept. 25, at 8 p.m.

Heroes, NBC
It’s season four, but is Nathan Sylar or is Sylar Nathan?
Premieres Monday, Sept. 21, at 8 p.m.

Legend of the Seeker, Syndication
Thank God Richard killed big bad Darken Rahl at the end of the first season. Now the real fun can begin as the Wizard’s second rule rears its ugly head.
Premieres Saturday, Nov. 7, at various times

Medium, CBS
Allison may be recovering from the results of her brain tumor, but in the show’s sixth season the real recovery comes with Medium moving to CBS.
Premieres Friday, Sept. 25, at 9 p.m.

Sanctuary, Syfy
With Ashley under the control of the Cabal, Magnus has her work cut out for her if she’s going to rescue her daughter when season two begins.
Premieres Friday, Oct. 9, at 10 p.m.

Smallville, The CW
In its ninth season (yes, nine seasons!), it looks like Zod is back and Clark may just finally have to accept his destiny.
Premieres Friday, Sept. 25, at 8 p.m.

Star Wars: The Clone Wars—Rise of the Bounty Hunters, Cartoon Network
The Jedis face a “new breed of villain” in the popular animated show’s second season, along with new characters, locations and creatures and a forbidden Jedi relationship.
Premieres Friday, Oct. 2, at 8 p.m.

SGU: Stargate Universe, Syfy
Forget tidy Stargate stories. This new Stargate takes place on a dilapidated Ancient ship with a mission that won’t allow the unexpected crew to get home.
Premieres Friday, Oct. 2, at 9 p.m.

Supernatural, The CW
Sam and Dean have dealt with both heaven and hell. Now, as the fifth season begins, the brothers will have to deal with Lucifer and Armageddon. Lucky boys!
Premieres Thursday, Sept. 10, at 9 p.m.

Remember about 25 years ago there were these alien Visitors who looked like us but were actually reptiles who liked to munch on rodents when they weren’t trying to take over Earth? Well, they’re back in a new reinvented series from Scott Peters.
Premieres Tuesday, Nov. 3, at 8 p.m.

The Vampire Dairies, The CW
Two vampire brothers … one good, one evil … battle for the heart and soul of a girl named Elena while she tries to deal with high school.
Premieres Thursday, Sept. 10, at 8 p.m.

Minutes in SciFi Movies:

Gamer Review by Herne. Visit his website at

Rated: R [blood, violence, brief nudity, sexual situations]

Starring: Gerard Butler, John Legaizamo, Michael C. Hall

Imagine that Second Life was real. Anyone with enough money could pay to control the actions of another human being, or you could choose to earn money by allowing another person to control you. Nano technology is injected into your brain, replacing your brain cells with nanotech cells. Your player has complete control and you are merely their Avatar in a game called “Society.” Anything and everything is legal because both player and avatar have signed away their rights (The ultimate EULA?) in order to play the game. The world quickly breaks down into the rich paying to play the game and the poor, the homeless, the drug addicts, and the dregs of society working as Avatars to scratch out a living.

Now take that game to the next level, think Quake, except now the people and the ammo are real. A reclusive billionaire, Ken Castle (Michael C. Hall), has created a massive first-person shooter game called “Slayers.” The Avatars are now death row inmates who sign away their lives in exchange for the chance to win their freedom. The payoff: If your player wins 30 matches then you’re free to return to society.

Many Avatars end up as red-shirted cannon fodder, essentially uncontrolled zombies in the game only to provide scenery, while others like Kable (Gerard Butler), are controlled by highly skilled gamers who are trying to reach the goal to win. Simon, a wealthy teenager and Kable’s player, has achieved rock star status and fame by winning an unheard of 26 matches playing Kable. But Ken Castle doesn’t want Kable to win. Castle has a sinister plan for his human-controlling nanotechnology (Don’t they always?) and Kable could ruin all those plans.

So now Simon and Kable must band together with a hacker group called Humanz to win the game, destroy the nanotech, and save the world from the evil billionaire!

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Overall I think the concept behind the picture was solid—games like Second Life or The Sims have been big in the media and that helps place this movie in the public eye. I like the idea behind controlling people as avatars as the next big thing in entertainment. Personally, I would have liked to see more “in-game” strategy and interaction rather than so much blood, gore, and head explosions. They were a bit over the top. The acting was average, nobody really excels or stands out. It’s a decent shoot ‘em up film, many reviewers are calling it a “B Movie.”

I’m going to rate this movie;  (3.5 out of 5)

Another movie to keep your eye out for is Surrogates with Bruce Willis as “Agent Greer,” which hits on the same concept of people controlling Avatars in RL, except in this movie the Avatars are robots.

You can also go to the GAMER website, but it’s a bit clunky in execution.

Ten Minute in SciFi DVD/Video:

Sanctuary DVD To Hit America, September 15


One of the Most Talked About and Innovative New Shows on Television Arrives in a 4-Disc Collector’s Set Packed With Electrifying Extras Including Full-Episode Commentaries on All 13 Episodes,

The Original Sanctuary Webisodes and More!

Port Washington, NY (August 18, 2009) – This September, E1 Entertainment proudly brings to DVD one of television’s most talked about and groundbreaking new series.  Blazing an innovative trail, the hit Syfy original series Sanctuary features awe-inspiring virtual sets and visual effects as it follows Dr. Helen Magnus (Amanda Tapping) on her quest to study and protect the extraordinary and legendary creatures that secretly live among us.

On September 15, prepare to believe in the unbelievable as SANCTUARY: THE COMPLETE FIRST SEASON debuts on DVD in a deluxe, 4-disc set featuring all 13 exhilarating Season One episodes plus over two hours of bonus features for only $44.98 SRP.  But you can buy it on My Scifi Store for around 25 bucks.

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