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 Posted:   May 23, 2014 - 11:51 AM   
 By:   Ron Hardcastle   (Member)

Have seen a lot I like listed, such as "The 4400" and "Dark Angel" and "Poltergeist Legacy" and "Jeremiah," all of which I bought on boxed DVD. Just thumbing through the 12 pages of this thread, it's obvious that we sci-fi fans have had studios at least trying hard to cater to our interests. Indeed, the last 40 or so years have been a watershed of sic-fi on both the small and the large screen. Yes, we have reservations about some of the product and cry when some of our favorites are too abruptly cancelled because of low viewer interest. But we've certainly not been neglected, and one need only look at what is STILL on right now to give thanks.

 Posted:   Jun 1, 2014 - 9:01 AM   
 By:   Justin Boggan   (Member)

I decided to check out "Legend". I just finished the pilot, which is movie length.

Aside from Richard Dean Anderson as an executive producer, Michael Greenburg also served as one; he was an executive producer on "MacGyver", too, which accounts for the hiri8ng of Ken Harrison as composer (who, by the way, I checked -- scored all twelve episodes of the series).

It's nothing remarkable, but it looks like it's some good fun (not the stupid kind).

Anderson plays a character named Ernest Pratt, in the 1800's, who is a drinker and womanizer with a struggling writering career. He writes a series of books based upon a hero he calls Nicodemus Legend.

Pratt finds out he's wanted for arrest in another state, but as Legend. So he goes out and tries to prove he's not, but gets arrested anyway. The town thinks he's Legend, and so does everybody else. Including a powerful female land owner who is up to something big, so she's trying to get rid of Legend.

Eventually the better angels of his soul make him realize the people need help and so he goes along with being Legend. With the help of eccelctic scientist Janos Bartok's (John de Lancie) inventions (making the show have a sort of Will Smith "Wild Wild West" feel), he becomes legend.

The writing was decent (and had some good moments, too) and you can tell Anderson had a hand in some of the lines, and the acting from the cast was, too. My problems are Anderson wasn't going all in with his character. I love John de Lancie -- wonderful presance, voice, articulations, but he wasn't giving himself over to the Bartok character; he was Lancie pretending to be Bartok; hopefully this improves.

It has it's moments, especially thge fun way Legend handles a hired fastgun -- surely won't see that in most westerns.

The scoring is professional, and as westerns flavors like harmonica. If you enjoed his western scores to the two episodes of "MacGyver" set in the old west, you'll enjoy this. It's also got a light bit of playful wimsy to it. I've submitted the corrections to IMDb for the composer, and music editor.

All in all, not great, but not bad. I'm going to check out the second episode now and see how it goes.

I don't think Thor would enjoy it.

 Posted:   Jun 23, 2014 - 7:10 AM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

I've updated the first post with relevant information.

Just finished the second season of IN THE FLESH. Pretty good, but not as strong as the first season. A bit too much talk and a little low on zombie action (although the show was never about that in the first place). This is a kind of show that often gets swallowed up between mainstream series like THE WALKING DEAD and critically acclaimed French series LES REVENANTS. Too bad, because it has loads to offer on its own. Let's hope a third season will be made.

I've also added (and started watching) DOMINION, whose pilot just aired. Potential for improvement, but I like the universe.

 Posted:   Jun 23, 2014 - 10:15 AM   
 By:   Reelsniper   (Member)

This may be old, but have you seen Forever Knight yet? This actually started in the late 1980s, but ran a bit into the 90s. This is still a quintessential vampire TV series, for me. Episode guide here:

 Posted:   Jun 23, 2014 - 2:00 PM   
 By:   Mr. Marshall   (Member)

Just started ORPHAN BLACK.
Much better than I expected given its shopworn premise.
Every time it seems like it is going to derail it rights itself with good plotting.


 Posted:   Jul 4, 2014 - 1:22 AM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

FOREVER KNIGHT is a bit too old for this particular thing (in terms of the general aesthetic), but thanks for the suggestion, Reelsniper.

Bruce, ORPHAN BLACK sounds kinda intriguing -- a premise that somewhat resembles the brilliant Swedish series REAL HUMANS (although that is androids rather than clones). I'll put it on the list!

 Posted:   Aug 27, 2014 - 7:10 AM   
 By:   Reelsniper   (Member)

Anyone seen Penny Dreadful? Haven't checked that out in this thread though. I think there's a whole plethora though of supernatural series these days. Even the superhero stuff, maybe?

 Posted:   Aug 27, 2014 - 7:13 AM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

Yeah, I've seen the first season of PENNY DREADFUL. It's OK, but nothing remarkable.

I've just finished the first season of ORPHAN BLACK. I loved that. I'm a sucker for that kind of concept.

 Posted:   Aug 27, 2014 - 7:34 AM   
 By:   Reelsniper   (Member)

Thanks for that sort of mini-review, Thor.

 Posted:   Aug 27, 2014 - 2:19 PM   
 By:   Mr. Marshall   (Member)

Yeah, I've seen the first season of PENNY DREADFUL. It's OK, but nothing remarkable.


Any nudity?

 Posted:   Aug 27, 2014 - 2:32 PM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

Not that I can recall.

 Posted:   Sep 19, 2014 - 8:49 AM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

I've added two new shows to the list -- THE LEFTOVERS and THE STRAIN. I'll get to them shortly.

It feels like I'm doing all the work here, however, so any tips on new or old (well old within our timeframe) shows are welcome!

 Posted:   Sep 19, 2014 - 1:28 PM   
 By:   Mr. Marshall   (Member)

I've added two new shows to the list -- THE LEFTOVERS !

I am sure you will love it, Thor!

after all, you are a fan of THE RETURNED

 Posted:   Oct 4, 2014 - 11:32 AM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

Added THE 100 after having seen the whole first season already. Great show once it gets going, if you can disregard some of the teenage issues -- where I'm clearly not in the target audience.

 Posted:   Oct 6, 2014 - 9:05 AM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

Well, I gotta keep this going alone.

After doing some research, I've added a few recent series to the list that may be intriguing:

EXTANT, Z NATION, THE RIVER and SIBERIA (the latter two are 'found footage' type mockumentaries with a paranormal slant).

 Posted:   Oct 8, 2014 - 12:56 PM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

Just finished THE RIVER, which was cancelled after one season earlier this year. I thought it was a great show -- very tense. But what bugged me was that they encountered a new 'spirit' thingie every episode, but seemed to forget about it in the next. Wish there was more of a coherent story arc, and that each discovery would lead them to a different level. And of course -- being cancelled -- the cliffhanger season ending now remains as an incredible downer ending for the whole show.

Oh well. I'm going to try SIBERIA next, which seems to be somewhat in the same category (not 'found footage', but a paranormal/satirical slant on reality tv).

I've also seen the first episodes of Z NATION, which comes off as a more 'fun' and action-oriented version of THE WALKING DEAD -- for better or worse, whatever angle you're coming from.

 Posted:   Oct 9, 2014 - 1:32 PM   
 By:   Mr. Marshall   (Member)

Just checked out MASTERS OF HORROR s.1 (were there more than one season?)

CHOCHOLATE w/ Henry Thomas wasn't good.

INCIDENT with the bee yoootiful Bree Turner was very good. Turner, who I only know from GRIMM was quite the sexy young thing back in 2005. She is still very pretty but her figger has gotten a bit wide, if you know what I mean. Unfotunately she didn;t get nekkid frown


 Posted:   Oct 9, 2014 - 1:41 PM   
 By:   Mr. Marshall   (Member)

Oh...and I also finished GAME OF THRONES recently, which was brilliant!

You are coming around nicely, Thor

 Posted:   Oct 9, 2014 - 1:43 PM   
 By:   Mr. Marshall   (Member)

I'm also nearing the end of the second and final season of CARNIVALE, which is really good.!


Ignore, ,my previous post

 Posted:   Oct 9, 2014 - 1:56 PM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

MASTERS OF HORROR, eh? Interesting, I'll add it to the list (although I'm not such a big fan of anthology shows....I prefer those that have an outlined story arc).

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