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Babylon 5/Star Trek and Serious Sci-Fi about the Shape of Things to Come
Posted: 06 March 2011 11:45 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 346 ]
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Dead Monky - 28 February 2011 01:04 PM

I thought Inception was okay.  The story was nothing special, but it was interesting and pretty to look at.

And I don’t remember Gattaca very well.  I haven’t seen it in years.

The last sci-fi movie I went to see that inspired more than a shrug or a “meh” from me was District 9.

Differences in opinion, I suppose. I wasn’t impressed with District 9.

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Posted: 07 March 2011 03:05 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 347 ]
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psikeyhackr - 06 March 2011 08:58 AM

What is the other board?  Can it use another alien invasion?

An SF board I go to is more literary than sci/tech.

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It’s a board for the ShadowRun PnP roleplaying game.  But I haven’t been around in a month or so, so I don’t know if the thread is still up and current.

TromboneAndrew - 06 March 2011 11:45 AM

Differences in opinion, I suppose. I wasn’t impressed with District 9.

Of course it’s opinion.  It’s not like there’s any objective fact in movie reviewing.  Well, other than that Battlefield Earth sucks ass.  That is fact.

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Posted: 08 March 2011 11:05 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 348 ]
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“Star Trek: The Next Generation” redubbed, less than seriously:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=QNKqJiMfkUs

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Posted: 08 March 2011 11:17 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 349 ]
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Dead Monky - 07 March 2011 03:05 PM

Well, other than that Battlefield Earth sucks ass.  That is fact.

Oh, I don’t know. Some people like sucking ass. There’s gotta be a better descriptor that can’t possibly be confused.

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Posted: 08 March 2011 11:23 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 350 ]
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TromboneAndrew - 08 March 2011 11:17 AM

Oh, I don’t know. Some people like sucking ass. There’s gotta be a better descriptor that can’t possibly be confused.

LOL

Man Battlefield Earth was raw terrible.  I genuinely think that Plan 9 From Outer Space is a better movie.  But I’ll admit, the movie does have a certain charm about it.  I even managed to watch it all the way through once.  The gf and I had a marvelous time making fun of it.  I’ve never seen a movie with so many Dutch angles.  Or one that was so purple.

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Posted: 18 March 2011 12:14 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 351 ]
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This is hilariously great.

Neil deGrasse Tyson on Science Fiction Movies
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ICsgjqVvtM0

Neil Tyson on the Astrophysics of Star Trek
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AQmi_Be0Xbs

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Posted: 18 March 2011 11:55 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 352 ]
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I didn’t even see this thread. Classic Star Trek, Babylon 5, and the re-imagined Battlestar Galactica for me, their virtues being that they were primarily story and character driven.

I’m afraid most of the Trek spinoffs eventually became too campy for me and anything resembling real science really took it in the shorts with all the technobabble.

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Posted: 19 March 2011 10:54 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 353 ]
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Wait wait wait.  You think the origianal Star Trek series is the least campy of them?  hmmm

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Posted: 19 March 2011 12:49 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 354 ]
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Dead Monky - 19 March 2011 10:54 AM

Wait wait wait.  You think the origianal Star Trek series is the least campy of them?  hmmm

ROFL

That caught my eye too.  LOL

Deep Space Nine is the best because it was stolen from Babylon 5.

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Posted: 19 March 2011 01:16 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 355 ]
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I do wish that those Star Trek box sets were a bit cheaper. I have a hard time justifying dropping $40 per season to see a show that I’ve only been able to see a couple of episodes on TV (a.k.a. Deep Space Nine) and don’t know if I’d really like or not.

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Posted: 19 March 2011 01:19 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 356 ]
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$40 a season isn’t that bad really.  You should check out Dr Who.  Last time I looked seasons of that were going for $80.

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Posted: 19 March 2011 01:50 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 357 ]
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You may want to try your local or state library.  They may have copies that they allow to be checked out for a reasonable price.

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Posted: 19 March 2011 03:47 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 358 ]
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Occam. - 19 March 2011 01:50 PM

You may want to try your local or state library.  They may have copies that they allow to be checked out for a reasonable price.

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That is one of the amazing things about technology now.  250 gigabyte hard drives!

Walk into a library and copy entire DVDs.  What is there to stop anybody?

I think we are on the verge of creating a very weird cyberculture.  The only thing stopping it is that most people don’t comprehend all of the possibilities.

I think a 100 gigabyte education pack could be REALLY COOL!  That is more than enough for 100,000 book.  How much educational software could that be?  Celestia is about 35 megabytes that is enough for 2,800 programs the size of Celestia.  So most likely a complete education from kindergarten through high school could fit in 100 meg of a 250 gig drive in a netbook.  Professional educators should regard that as kind of scary.

We live in a science fiction society.  When are the techno-luddites going to WAKE UP?

RANT OVER!  LOL

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Posted: 19 March 2011 11:52 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 359 ]
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Wait wait wait.  You think the origianal Star Trek series is the least campy of them?

Compared to what was available at the time (Lost In Space anybody?) this show was downright adult. It wasn’t afraid to tackle some fairly serious issues in a remarkably even handed way for the time…and without tons of contrived technobabble.

Of course, it was in much of it’s tone, very much a product of the middle to late 1960’s.

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Posted: 20 March 2011 07:02 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 360 ]
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Equal Opportunity Curmudgeon - 19 March 2011 11:52 PM

Of course, it was in much of it’s tone, very much a product of the middle to late 1960’s.

Yeah, Spock was an Uncle Tom Tom alien like Tonto with The Lone Ranger and Kato with the Green Hornet.

But the entire concept of the Vulcan culture presents an interesting paradigm.  Like someone asked about snapping one’s fingers and having a religion disappear, which would you choose.  What would the world be like if all religions just suddenly disappeared.  Of course it is psychologically absurd but it is an amusing thought experiment.

But the Internet gives us global intellectual interaction that has never existed before.  So is it a potential catalyst for the beginnings of a Vulcan culture.  Look at how atheists can interact with other atheists while staying in the closet among their insane religious acquaintances.  LOL

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