The SciFi Diner Podcast
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Welcome to the Diner.
What genre TV Shows are you looking forward to returning this fall? Let us know!
(In the next weeks we’ll be discussing the fall shows. We could could be discussing your thoughts!)
On the menu tonight: What do you want on the menu?
- Katee Sackhoff Interview
- Listener Feed Back
- We reveal our Star Trek Trivia winner
- Chris from Subspace Communique brings us a VegasKhan report
- Extra’s Coolest SciFi TV Shows of All Time
- Total ReCall Remake
- Skyline Movie
- TWIST: Chase Masterson Gets Featured in Star Trek Online
- John Fraiser from Think Geek bring us his top 5 Best Bad Movies to Love in the SciFi Five in Five
Show News/Listener Feedback
- Shout out to Sarge from Star Trek Phase 1: I’ve been downloading the podcasts for some time now.
I’ve enjoyed them immensely. Keep up the good work!
- From Jen: This is Jen again, I also was thinking one of the topic’s u could talk about next what about all the different strong female character’s their have been in Scifi/action tv & movie’s! I know I’ve always felt empowered by them! My favorite’s are from Xena, Ripley, Sarah Connor, Wonder Woman/Linda Carter’s, & Capt. janeway & also Samantha Carter, etc…! I could go on and on They were just awesome!
- Jen – I just wanted to write in & say I have still been enjoying ur podcast! This is Jen, from NY!
As for my most dissappointing women in Scifi, I would think 1 would be Kes from ST: Voyager. I had really liked her in the beginning & was really kind of disappointed where her storyline lead to?! I know she was another 1 who left I don’t know the reason behind it whether it was cause she didn’t want to act anymore?!
- Same thing goes for Dr. Weir on SGA?! I really loved her character she was almost like to me another Capt. Janeway! I felt she was a good strong female character! & she was another 1 who left? But I was unclear why she left as well?! But then I see she still is continuing her acting career as we saw she was in that Stonehenge Apocalypse. Which wasn’t half bad?! Lol. & I look forward to ur interview with her to! & their was T’Pol to me she was kind of disappointing to me! She just always seemed 1 note to me! We kind if already had that drone catsuit with 7of9 & I kind of liked her! Claire Bennet from Heroes was actually disappointing to me! Here I thought she was the type that would stand up for the underdog! But in the end she only became somewhat annoying cause she would only bring everyone out into the open & cause nothing but trouble for everyone?!
& then their was finally Deanna Troi on ST:TNG! Now don’t get me wrong I absolutely loved Deanna! But I just felt that they under used her character so much! I’m sure they probably didn’t really know what else to do with her character after awhile.
- Jen Cont. – Anyway I also wanted to say that I have been enjoying the return of Eureka & Warehouse 13! I like the twist they have going on in Eureka! & as for Warehouse 13, I really didn’t care too much for the 1st 2 eps, & although, it was cool seeing the two guest stars in the ep, “Mild Mannered”,Sean Maher, Jewel Staite from Firefly & SGA fame! But the storyline could have been better?! Although I have really liked the last 2! I like the fact now that they r letting the characters see other people in the show instead of seeing each other rt away! & yet I like the way how Pete got when Mika was in trouble with the whole aging thing. I really can’t wait for next wk’s episode when we finally get to see the crossover episode of Eureka & Warehouse 13! That looks really cool!
Anyway, I just wanted to chyme in about those things rt now! Look forward to more podcasts! Jen
- From Kahless: In an aside note, It was mentioned in your Episode 70 that the trivia questions all seemed to be coming from Star Trek lore. There’s nothing wrong with that, at least from my point of view since there is very little else I have time for. I was also wondering, would one consider Highlander to be Science Fiction? In my mind, I find it a bit of a stretch to consider Buffy, Hercules, Zena, and even Star Wars (for the most part) as Science Fiction. In my mind, Science Fiction has to have some Science involved. I think a lot of what is considered Science Fiction is really Fantasy. Perhaps you could address this in a future show.
- Dan S. – Don’t listen to him Miles, keep the Star Trek questions coming.
- Raduz – we’ll read your 5 in 5 on the next show.
- Thanks to Dan S., Rob S., Cadet GT., Jay S. for there kind words.
This Week’s Trivia:
Trivia: In the tv show Star Trek Enterprise; the character of T’Pol was originally supposed to be a different name harkening back to a character in the original series. What was the original name for the T’Pol character?
Answer: T’Pau – according to Cadet GT. – T’pau was the original intended name for t’pol but was not chosen due to royalty concerns.
The Prize: A Signed Star Trek Enterprise Dominic Keating Print (Malcom Reed)
Winner: Cadet GT
The Main Course:
I thought you guys would enjoy this list…
The Coolest Sci-Fi TV Shows of All Time
The definition of “cool” makes this list very open to interpretation.
However, there is one show that I think really should have been on
this list. What do you think?
From Extra – a premiere source in scifi?
As we go through….Anything missing? Anything that shouldn’t be here?
Warner Bros. TV
Two brothers who are trained warriors in the battle against supernatural evil, set out in search for the malevolent force that killed their mother. On their mission, they fight every kind of demon blocking their path to the truth.
The History Channel
This reality series sees a team of UFO hunters, as they investigate extraterrestrial cases around the world. The team has unparalleled access to UFO evidence and documented sightings. Watch as they piece together compelling and sometimes chilling evidence of UFO phenomena.
Secret Service agents are transferred to Warehouse 13 — a top-secret storage facility for ancient artifacts and supernatural souvenirs. They soon find themselves trapped in a world of paranormal activities.
20th Century Fox TV
“Mork and Mindy”
Who can forget this wacky ABC comedy? Mork (Robin Williams), the alien, is hatched from an egg, sent to investigate Earth and report back to his superiors. Mindy (Pam Dawber) is the kind Earthling who takes in this inexperienced, eccentric alien and teaches him about human life.
A town made specifically for the world’s greatest thinkers, geniuses and scientists finds that resources are becoming a problem, as human frailty and super-science begin to collide.
Warner Bros. TV
An extraterrestrial race arrives on Earth with seemingly good intentions, but soon reveals their true, evil motives as they become more involved in society. The current show is a redo of the ’80s series.
Doctor Sam Beckett (Scott Bakula) leads a group of scientists into the desert to research his theory that a man could time-travel within his own lifetime. Unfortunately, things don’t go as planned, and he finds himself in someone else’s body — something that keeps happening to him over and over again.
After a plane crashes on a deserted island, the survivors are left to figure out how to get off the island — but more importantly, why they are there in the first place, because they ARE there for a reason. Oh, and they also have to watch out for ghosts, a smoke monster, the Others, the Dharma Initiative — and the polar bears.
This classic British TV show centers on an alien adventurer who is the last of his race. Simply known as “The Doctor,” he travels through time and space battling evil wherever he finds it. Soon, a hectic battle erupts on Earth, and Dr. Who has to stop an alien presence from invading and annihilating the human race.
20th Century Fox TV
This hilarious animated series from the creators of “The Simpsons” follows Fry, a 25-year-old pizza delivery boy who gets frozen in time, and wakes up 1,000 years in the future. His fresh start to a new life leads him through many wacky adventures.
“The Outer Limits”
United Artists TV
20th Century Fox TV
“Land of the Lost”
OK, we admit this ’70s kid show is a little campy, but watching Dr. Rick Marshall and his two children survive in a thrown back in time, where dinosaurs and Sleestaks roam is a hoot!
An astronaut from Earth is launched into a distant part of the universe and finds himself part of a fugitive alien star ship crew.
Warner Bros. TV
A space station orbiting a planet in neutral territory becomes the focus of a unique five year saga. During this time, commanders must establish peace and prosperity between various interstellar empires, all while fighting forces from within the Earth alliance.
“The Twilight Zone”
From the mind of Rod Serling, this 1950’s show had ordinary people suddenly finding themselves in extraordinary, ironic and unusually supernatural situations. These morality tales always ended with an ironic twist [cue the theme song].
“Lost in Space”
20th Century Fox TV
The Robinson family never thought they’d have to struggle to survive when a spy/accidental stowaway, Dr. Smith, throws their ship hopelessly off course. “Danger, Will Robinson, danger!”
“Star Trek: The Next Generation”
Decades after Captain Kirk’s 5-year mission, a new generation of Enterprise officers embark on their own mission. Now under the command of Captain Picard (Patrick Stewart), the Enterprise travels to distant planets to seek out new life and new civilizations.
20th Century Fox TV
In this cool redo of the campy ’70s series, we follow the Battlestar Galactica crew, as they speed toward the fabled 13th colony, Earth. Galactica Commander Adama (Edward James Olmos) and President Laura Roslin (Mary McDonnell) face many dangers and low morale as they are hunted and attacked by the Cylon robots.
Captain Kirk (William Shatner) and the rest of the Starship Enterprise crew explore space and defend the United Federation of Planets. Their five-year mission in outer space leads to discoveries of new worlds, life and civilizations. This groundbreaking ’60’s TV series left its stamp on sci-fi lore forever.
We told you about Skyline last month after we went into Comic-Con knowing nothing about it and came out the other side thinking this low-budget movie had a shot at teaching the blockbusters a thing or two about alien invasions. Now along comes the film’s first trailer to tell us … maybe we were right.
Skyline, directed by Greg and Colin Strause (who also directed Aliens vs Predator: Requiem, but try not hold that against them, OK?), hits theaters Nov. 12.
Scott Bakula: There WILL be a Quantum Leap movie
Not sure how we missed this news coming out of Comic-Con until now, but for Quantum Leap fans, it might have been the BIGGEST news to come out of Comic-Con. Quantum Leap will be back. And it will be back on the big screen.
At the “A Leap of Faith—A Quantum Leap Retrospective” panel, Scott Bakula shared the big news with the 600 fans who attended:
The good news is that Don [Quantum Leap creator Donald P. Bellisario] is working on the film script and has a big time Hollywood producer who wants to do it … It’s about time. But what I always thought would happen, happened … [that he’s now too old for the role]. But Dean [Stockwell, who played Al] and I will have a part in it somehow.
Don did say that as he was writing, he told me he was having trouble, ‘getting you and Dean out of my head.’ But I know he will do it.
So to recap—Big-screen Quantum Leap, yes; Scott Bakula as Sam Beckett, no; Scott Bakula as … something, yes.
We’ll take it. How about you?
It seems like the studios in Hollywood are running dry on ideas or just don’t seem to be getting any good ones as news broke today that we may be getting another remake of an already classic action movie. Apparently, we can now look forward to (or dread) a remake of the already awesome sci-fi action flick, Total Recall.
The Hollywood Reporter revealed that director Len Wiseman is in negotiations to revamp the movie although no script or a lead actor has been penned down yet. Wiseman is probably best known for writing and directing the vampire series Underworld and directed the last installment of the Die Hard franchise.
For those of you that have been deprived of seeing the original movie, it follows Douglas Quaid (Arnold Schwarzenegger) an average guy who buys a dream version of a vacation to the planet Mars from Recall Inc., a company that sells dreams. Things go awry and Quaid finds himself in a world turned upside down where he believes assassins are out to kill him. One aspect that made the original so fun to watch was that the audience was kept guessing the entire movie amidst a barrage of gun fights and chase scenes whether it was all a delusion in Quaid’s mind or reality . The movie had some crazy special effects, a creepy dude growing out of another creepy dude’s stomach and a hot chick with not two, but three boobs. So yea, the movie was pretty sweet to begin with.
Not to bring up cliches but this kind of falls into the realm of why fix something that’s not broken? Arnold Schwarzenegger was reaching the height of his fame when Total Recall was released and cemented itself as one of the best sci-fi films of the 1990s. We’re already getting a remake of Escape From New York and a remake of RoboCop could be on the horizon.
It’s been twenty years since the movie came out and some of the special effects aren’t quite as impressive as they might have been, but that doesn’t detract from the movie. Star Wars and Beetlejuice may not be as visually impressive today as when they were first released but nonetheless remain fan favorites.
The TWIST :
Chase Masterson Features in Star Trek Online
Please join us in welcoming Chase Masterson to STO!
Acclaimed MMO developer Cryptic Studios announced today that Chase Masterson, the actress who played Leeta the Dabo girl on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, has joined the cast of Star Trek Online, the first massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) ever set in the Star Trek universe.
Masterson is the third Star Trek actor to perform voice work for Star Trek Online, after Leonard Nimoy and Zachary Quinto.
In Star Trek Online, Dabo plays like a mix between roulette and a traditional slot machine. Players gamble on the result of a spin of the wheel; they choose regions of the circular board where they believe the wheel will stop. If the player wins, he earns gold-pressed latinum, which he can trade for special prizes exclusive to the Dabo mini-game.
Named one of the world’s “50 Sexiest Women” by Femme Fatales Magazine, Chase Masterson was first recognized for her breakout role as “Leeta” in the final five seasons of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. Known to millions of fans worldwide, TV Guide‘s online readers poll voted Chase the “Favorite Science Fiction Actress on Television,” Sci-Fi Universe Magazine honored her as one of the “Top 20 People to Watch in Hollywood,” and in December 2009 AOL named her one of the “Ten Sexiest Aliens” in television history. Recent feature film credits include Robotech and the multi-award-winning sci-fi noir Yesterday Was a Lie. More info available at www.chasemasterson.com.
* How is the game going for ya miles?
ScifFi Five in Five:
Top 5 Best Bad Scifi Movies – Fraize
Everybody has those guilty-pleasure movies – the ones that you love that you
might not necessarily be proud of… the movies that, if they show up
on cable, the remote goes down, and this is what you’re watching, no
know, it’s not at all faithful to the original novel, but it stands on
its own as a fantastic piece of film. David Lynch, known for his crazy
visuals and dreamy filmmaking style brought heavy-hitter actors
together like Kyle MacLachlan, Jurgen Prochnow, Max von Sydow, Sean
Young, Patrick Stewart and even Sting as Feyd Rautha.
As a teenager in 1984, having not read the original Frank Herbert yet, to
me it was spectacular. To this day, the fantastic soundtrack by Toto is
still one of my go-to albums to listen to at work. If you ever get a
chance to see the 3-and-a-half-hour “Alan Smithee” edit, check out the
scene where Patrick Stewart’s Gurney Halleck playing a sitar.
4. The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension
I first heard about this movie when Marvel Comics started to advertise
the comic adaptation in my issues of X-Men. My friends and I in Boy
Scouts were told we could form our own patrol, and while other patrols
were called “Bears” or “Cougars” we wanted “The Hong Kong Cavaliers,”
but the troop leaders thought that was a little weird, so we just went
“Buckaroo Banzai” patrol. So I was in love with the movie before I even saw it.
To this day, the campiness of Earl Mac Rauch’s writing with WD Richter’s direction just
makes for an hellaciously good time.
3. Starship Troopers
Again, not at ALL true to the original material, but a STUPID amount of fun. I
mean, come on – Neil Patrick Harris mind-melding with a “brain bug?”
Fantastic. The whole “Would you like to hear more?” voice-over
interstitials telling the story from the perspective of a well-meaning
propaganda machine. To enjoy this movie, you really have to forgive and
even embrace the over-the-top violence, and gratuitous nudity. It’s
like a training movie for bad sci-fi. Learning to embrace the bad can
make you appreciate movies like Starship Troopers at another level than
2. The 5th Element
The great thing about the 5th Element is it recognizes that the future may
not at all resemble what we think it will be today. Just watch old
scifi serials of the 40’s and 50’s and their visions of the future were
high-tech versions of themselves. What director Luc Besson did was know
that the future was going to be beautiful, disgusting, and utterly
ridiculous. Once again, heavy hitter actors like Gary Oldman and Ian
Holm blending beautifully with the likes of Tommy “Tiny” Lister and
Milla Jovovich. Of course, teaming Bruce Willis and Chris Tucker is
nothing short of genius. How Besson and Tucker came up with Ruby Rhod,
I may never know, but it absolutely works. Gorgeous photography, and
fun silliness makes this my number two best bad scifi movie.
1. Total Recall
Maybe I’m a 10 year old at heart, but a huge number of my friends still laugh
if somebody yells “GET TO THE CHOPPAAA!” or pulls a great Arnold emote
“AYEYAYAYAYA!” and Total Recall is just chock full of classic Arnold.
Mixed in with more over the top violence is some really good scifi.
You’ve got custom-made vacations injected directly into your brain.
Deep cover superspies, interplanetary conspiracies, alien technologies
– it’s brilliant! And at the end of the film, you’re never really quite
sure what was real and what wasn’t. That’s damn good bad scifi, and
that makes Total Recall my number one.