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08 Sep 2009 20:10


Culture: The truth about “Destination Truth”: It’s not very good


Ok, we’ll admit when we’re wrong. It may take a bit of waterboarding and pulled fingernails, but we’ll do it. The clip that the Not-Sci-Fi sent for "Eureka" was a tease to the actual point of the episode: Carter gettin’ some. We’re sorry, PR people. But to punish us with a full episode of "Destination: Truth"? Since we didn’t know the show, the elaborate press kit caught our eye with its slick packaging, so we took a look at its third-season premiere.
  • A package deal In a nutshell: Paranormal Travel show in the vein of Ghosthunters, featuring “paranormal researcher” Joshua Gates and his team investigating claims of the supernatural, mainly in the area of cryptozoology. A team filled with AV techs and not a single person with any scientific background.
  • The best bits The first part where the team gets to the remote location and the last bit with the actual experts. Gates and his crew are going to some truly remote areas, and aren’t traveling in first class. In the first part of our preview, the top of a plane ripped off. Happens every time we fly, guys.
  • And …The end of each episode involves actual scientists going over the “evidence”. In this case, each of them at points telling him he was making facts fit his conclusions, and one clearly wondering why he wanted to identify chicken and a cow bones. Watch it tonight at 10 on Not-Sci-Fi. source

25 Aug 2009 11:06


Culture: “Warehouse 13” still needs a little more to push it over the edge

Almost, but not quite, there. We have to admit that we’re still on the fence about "Warehouse 13." On one hand, its premise – that the Secret Service maintains a storage facility for objects like Indiana Jones’ lost Ark – is pretty darn nifty. The fact that the talented Jane Espenson (writer/producer on "Buffy," "Angel," and "BSG") is serving as the primary driving force as co-creator/writer revs our nerdy hearts too. …
  • The meh … But, as a whole, “Warehouse 13” hasn’t quite come together yet for us. Going for the “Eureka” vibe, the show has so far shown few episodes that offered more than the standard “artifact-of-the-week” fare. And the two leads, Eddie McClintock and Joanne Kelly, are capable at best.
  • The good Really, it’s the cool use of steampunk-style inventions-and Saul Rubinek’s scene-stealing Artie-that keep us watching each week. The upcoming guest appearances by Eureka’s Erica Cerra and Niall Matter (as a pair of gamblers in possession of an artifact) don’t hurt either.
  • The clipIn tonight’s episode, “Duped,” we also get to see that Myka (Kelly) is going to be going the evil twin/mirror universe route (with Louis Carroll’s mirror and everything!), only with less goatee and more cleavage. Sounds good to us. (Guest column by Micah Pearson. Thanks, man!) source

21 Aug 2009 14:18


Culture: SyFy’s “Eureka” is a great show destined to be discovered

Why, SyFy? What is it with the channel formerly known as Sci-Fi? First they re-brand to that silly new new name, and now they fail at properly advertising a show.

  • Tonight’s show We love Eureka with a passion that is a little inappropriate (and probably illegal in a few states), and are really looking forward to tonight’s episode-where the very-preggers-yet-still-hot Allison (Salli Richardson-Whitfield) has her baby shower and-as the channel’s website states-the “Eureka-fied baby gifts push the envelope of eco-friendly design.” No, we don’t know what the hell that means.
  • A confusing preview The preview they sent out has absolutely NOTHING to do with tonight’s episode. Sheriff Carter (Colin Ferguson) and his fruitless attempts at relationships in this town are always great fun, but don’t you think they’d, oh you know, show us a tease of the actual story? Eureka airs at 9 pm EST on the channel formerly known as Sci-Fi. (Thanks to our friend Micah Pearson for the spiffy preview. – Ed.) source

17 Mar 2009 10:37


Culture: This just makes our head hurt. The SciFi Channel goes “SyFy”

  • We love being sci-fi, and we’re still embracing that. But we’re more than just space and aliens and the future – the three things most people think of when they think of ‘sci fi.’
  • Dave Howe • President of the SciFi Channel, on its name change to SyFy – which is destined to annoy the crap out of a bunch of BSG and SG-1 fans. We’re not even SciFi fans and we’re annoyed by it. And it takes a lot to annoy us, as you might have been able to tell by the nature of our blog. • source