TV Review: ALCATRAZ – Season 1 – “Johnny McKee”

ALCATRAZ S1 Johnny McKee | © 2012 Fox

Cast: Sarah Jones, Jorge Garcia, Sam Neill, Parminder Nagra, Jonny Coyne, Robert Forster Writers: Toni Graphia Director:  Brad Turner Network: Fox, airs Mondays @ 9 p.m. Original Telecast: Feb. 20, 2012 I’m beginning to doubt the longevity of ALCATRAZ. This isn’t a show like FRINGE or SUPERNATURAL that can give us compelling and cool experiments and weird s*** happening all the time in a non-mythology story or even two or three episodes that will stand alone and we’ll be happy. The whole premise of the show is finding out why these inmates have traveled through time and are re-appearing and […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: RCVR Producer Tavin Marin Titus talks about Season 1 of the hit sci-fi web series

RCVR - Season 1 | ©2011 RCVR Productions

t The cast of RCVR – Season 1 | ©2011 RCVR Productions When the first episode of the transmedia series RCVR made its debut in September (you can find the episodes – HERE), it took the internet by storm – amassing a million views in a little less than a week, with the other five installments clocking in with similar impressive numbers. Created and directed by David Van Eyssen, the series is set in 1973 where an extraterrestrial encounter has massive ramifications for an American government operative. What sets RCVR apart from many other web series was the size and […]Read On »

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CD Review: THE BLACK HOLE soundtrack

THE BLACK HOLE soundtrack | ©2011 Intrada Records

Where Disney turned to Jules Verne for their trailblazing sci-fi magnum opus in 1953 with 20,000 LEAGUES UNDER THE SEA, THE BLACK HOLE sought to tap into the renewed space craze brought on by George Lucas’ STAR WARS. But instead of battling starships, the big difference here was that laser blasts, rolling meteors and robotic mayhem would mostly occur within the awe-striking confines of one mighty spaceship named the U.S.S. Cygnus. Piloting it far less sympathetically than Captain Nemo (if not without a unhinged commanding presence) is Dr. Hans Reinhardt (played with always-eccentric élan by Maximillian Schell), who gives no […]Read On »

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TV Review: TERRA NOVA – Season 1 – “Nightfall”

Jason O'Mara and Stephen Lang in TERRA NOVA - Season 1 - "Nightfall" | ©2011 Fox/Brook Rushton

Cast: Jason O’Mara, Christine Adams, Byron Brockmann, Shelly Conn, Stephan Lang, Simone Kessell, Landon Liborion, Allison Miller Director: Jon Cassar Writers: Terry Matalas, Travis Fickett Network: Airs on Fox, Mondays @ 8pm Original Telecast: Nov. 7, 201 “Nightfall” was a vast improvement over the episodes we have seen so far on TERRA NOVA. Instead of some lame disease, or a runaway, or murder because of a gambling debt of all things, we got a genuine conflict between the Sixers and the colony as well as a definite look at how deadly the land they live in can be. Something that […]Read On »

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TV Review: TERRA NOVA – Season 1 – “Bylaw”

Jason O'Mara and Stephen Lang in TERRA NOVA - Season 1 - "Bylaw" | ©2011 Fox/Brook Rushton

Cast: Jason O’Mara, Christine Adams, Byron Brockmann, Shelly Conn, Stephan Lang, Simone Kessell, Landon Liborion, Allison Miller Director: Nelson McCormick Writers: Paul Grellong Network: Airs on Fox, Mondays @ 8pm Original Telecast: Oct. 31, 201 Adultery and crimes of passion … is this really what TERRA NOVA should be focusing on five episodes into its 13 episode run in the first season? I don’t think so as the show has already struggled with finding its core mythology and sustaining entertaining ideas and storylines in the first few episodes. Instead shouldn’t we be learning more about why the Sixxers are banished […]Read On »

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TV Review: TERRA NOVA – Season 1 – “The Runaway”

Christine Adams in TERRA NOVA - Season 1 - "The Runaway" | ©2011 Fox/Brook Rushton

Cast: Jason O’Mara, Christine Adams, Byron Brockmann, Shelly Conn, Stephan Lang, Simone Kessell, Landon Liborion, Allison Miller Director: Jon Cassar Writers: Barbara Marshall Network: Airs on Fox, Mondays @ 8pm Original Telecast: Oct. 17, 201 So, hey, when are we getting some dinosaurs in your dinosaur TV show? TERRA NOVA was billed as a JURASSIC PARK meets LOST with a dash of AVATAR, yet for the most part this show has been dinosaur-free instead focusing on lame storylines involving the Shannon family, troubles teens have with girls (and boys), rebellious moonshine making other teens and a whole host of plotlines […]Read On »

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TV Review: TERRA NOVA – Season 1 – “What Remains”

Shelley Conn in TERRA NOVA - Season 1 - "What Remains" | ©2011 Fox/Brook Rushton

Cast: Jason O’Mara, Christine Adams, Byron Brockmann, Shelly Conn, Stephan Lang, Simone Kessell, Landon Liborion, Allison Miller Director: Nelson McCormick Writers: Byrnn Malone Network: Airs on Fox, Mondays @ 8pm Original Telecast: Oct. 10, 201 I really thought the dinosaurs in the pilot episode of TERRA NOVA were pretty good, well, as long as they didn’t move and just sat there looking big and dumb, but these last two episodes, wow, the special effects have gone from SyFy Channel quality to a notch above Ray Harryhausen. OK maybe that’s a bit harsh. Much like the special effects, the storylines in […]Read On »

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Movie Review: REAL STEEL

REAL STEEL movie poster | ©2011 DreamWorks

Stars: Hugh Jackman, Dakota Goyo, Evangeline Lilly     Writer: Screenplay by John Gatins  Story by Dan Gilroy & Jeremy Levin Director: Shawn Levy Distributor: Touchstone Pictures & Dreamworks Pictures Release Date: October 7, 2011 I will freely admit that I expected little or nothing from REAL STEEL. I kind of looked at like a film version of “Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em Robots” with Wolverine. I was pleasantly surprised at a film that has depth, nicely crafted story, and a lot of very touching scenes. Plus, there’s enough boxing and robots to make a ROCKY fan happy. The basic plot […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: RCVR actress Catherine Kresge talks about the new hit web series

Catherine Kresge in RCVR | ©2011 Science 2 Fiction/Machinima

While many science-fiction series deal with uncovering the truth, the two main characters of RCVR, the new hit transmedia web series on Machinima, are actually looking to cover up the truth. The six-part series (Episode 4 debuts Wednesday on Machinima) is directed and created by David Van Eyssen and set in 1973. Daniel Bonjour and Catherine Kresge play Luke Weber and Sandy Bergson, SIGMA operatives tasked with covering up a UFO sighting in rural Arkansas. However, they soon discover that Weber may play a bigger role in this phenomenon than he realizes. For Kresge, getting a chance to play such […]Read On »

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TV Review: TERRA NOVA – Season 1 – “Instinct”

Rod Hallett in TERRA NOVA - Season 1 - "Instinct" | ©2011 Fox/Brook Rushton

Cast: Jason O’Mara, Christine Adams, Byron Brockmann, Shelly Conn, Stephan Lang, Simone Kessell, Landon Liborion, Allison Miller Director: Jon Cassar Writers: Rene Echevarria, Brannon Braga Network: Airs on Fox, Mondays @ 8pm Original Telecast: Oct. 23, 2011 So I missed last week that TERRA NOVA doesn’t necessarily take place on our Earth’s past. It actually is a similar past, but in a somewhat alternate reality of our own. That’s why the dinosaurs are very similar, but different as well as the other plant and animal life. That’s especially funny given the opening animation for the show depicts all of Earth’s […]Read On »

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