Battlestar Galactica Is Leaving Netflix This Week

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BSGAll of this has happened before, and all of this will happen again. But if your “all of this” includes wanting to watch (or rewatch) Ronald D. Moore’s Battlestar Galactica reboot, you’d best get your frakking ass in gear, because you’re about to lose your chance — at least on Netflix. Watch it while you can right here.

While the movie side of the Netflix catalog is largely choked by z-grade direct-to-DVD flicks you’ve never heard of, Netflix actually has a pretty solid collection when it comes to TV shows. However, it’s about to lose one of the jewels from its crown, because Battlestar Galactica will be disappearing from the streaming service as of Wednesday, October 1 at 3am PST. Trying to get all the way through the series in that time might actually kill you, but I’m sure I’m not the only one who has had a BSG rewatch on their to-do list for months. Now what the hell am I supposed to do? I mean, I guess I could watch one of the 10,000 other items on that list instead…


Lost Time Review: Abduction Thriller Ruins A Decent Premise With Stereotypical Jabber

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lost timeMost parents can relate to a situation in which a young child attempts to draw the family, and though the heart and intentions are there, and it’s an adorable cause for celebration, the drawing itself is usually just a mishmash of different-sized lines and shapes. It gives the illusion of a family, but without any of the details that make them outwardly recognizable to anyone else. Watching indie director Christian Sesma’s newest flick, the sci-fi thriller Lost Time, is a lot like looking at one of those drawings. What’s being attempted here is obvious, and it’s a valiant effort on several levels, but almost every scene taken out of context is a pile of hot alien garbage.

More disappointing than spending 90+ minutes on a lost cause is the fact that Lost Time is technically sound (enough for a super low-budget movie) and could have been a weirdo-thriller that was more mind-boggling than mind numbing. I imagine Sesma, along with co-writers Kenneth Owens and lead actress Rochelle Vallese, had a solid story outline developed, but it was unfortunately fleshed out with scenes and dialogue that offer zilch as far as entertainment value goes.


Kim Stanley Robinson’s Most Beloved Sci-Fi Trilogy Is Coming To Television

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RedMarsThere have been a ton of amazing TV announcements recently, with Syfy alone announcing adaptations of beloved sci-fi properties such as John Scalzi’s Old Man’s War series, James S.A. Corey’s The Expanse, and Arthur C. Clarke’s Childhood’s End. After a long drought, dare we hope that real, honest-to-god science fiction TV is coming back into vogue? Well, get ready to throw some more kindling on the fire, because Kim Stanley Robinson’s acclaimed “Red Mars” trilogy is coming to television.

According to Variety, Spike TV is partnering with Game of Thrones veteran Vince Gerardis to develop a series version of Robinson’s Hugo- and Nebula-winning “Red Mars” trilogy. Robinson’s books explore the settlement and gradual terraforming of Mars. It began in 1993’s Red Mars, then continued in 1994’s Green Mars and 1996’s Blue Mars. The larger story focuses on “egalitarian, sociological, and scientific advances made on Mars, while Earth suffers from overpopulation and ecological disaster.” Robinson himself will consult on the series.


The Walking Dead Season 5 Adds A Cast Member And Reads Lips Poorly

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Tyler James WilliamsSeason 5 of AMC’s hit zombie drama The Walking Dead is rapidly approaching. We’re just over two weeks away from the new episodes, and while we don’t know a ton about the mechanics of the plot, it is, by all appearances, going to be a sprawling story that expands the horizons of our intrepid band of survivors. To that end, the his series has added a new cast member, and just in case you can’t wait two weeks, there’s another installment of the Bad Lip Reading videos, this time tackling season 4.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Tyler James Williams, who starred in the Chris Rock-produced Everybody Hates Chris and Matthew Perry’s short-lived NBC sitcom Go On, has joined the ever-growing, ever-shrinking cast. There’s not a lot known about his role or his character, but the actor has already been spotted on the Atlanta area set.


Interstellar: See How That Gorgeous Trailer Translates Into Lego Form

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If you’re anything like us, you’re marking off the days on your calendar until you can see Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar. Everything else between now and then, while maybe a fun distraction, is little more than empty filler, killing time until November 7 finally rolls around and we blast off into space with the director of the Dark Knight trilogy. And for some reason, the trailer has now been translated into Lego.

I thoroughly enjoyed The Lego Movie, and those iconic little plastic blocks are still maybe the best toy that has ever been invented, but seriously, this is getting absurd. The first couple of things you saw get a shot by shot Lego makeover seemed fresh and clever, but now every last goddamned thing gets that treatment, and it’s boring and expected and exactly like every other attempt you’ve seen.


Star Wars: Clone Wars Video Examines The Legacy Of The Series

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With the new regime of the Star Wars about to launch their plan for take over the TV and cinematic world with the debut of their animated series Star Wars Rebels, it’s as good a time as any to look to the past. And what better way to do that than to explore the heritage of the last effort of the old guard. In this case, we’re talking about Star Wars: The Clone Wars, and this video, conveniently enough titled Star Wars: The Clone Wars Legacy, does just that.

Clone Wars was the last piece of that galaxy far, far away to come directly from franchise creator George Lucas, and as the series ties directly into the much maligned prequels (The Phantom Menace, Attack of the Clones, and Revenge of the Sith), it has a place of significance and prominence in the family. One of the things they talk about is how this series connects to the history of cinema, as Lucas was fond of doing, and mention the elements of Hitchcock and Kurosawa figure into the design and the stories.