The season finale of Star Wars: The Clone Wars happens tonight on the Cartoon Network at 9pm EST. Like any sci-fi fan with any sense… I’ll be glued to the series finale of Battlestar Galactica instead. Luckily Clone Wars reruns frequently. Maybe it’s worth catching later in the week. Here’s a taste for what the Clone Wars season finale has in store, after the jump:
Forget more life, we need more Scott!
The park is open…
Scum and villainy.
This year’s Hugo Award nominees have been announced. What are they? They’re the org dedicated into recognizing the best science fiction the world has to offer. That includes science fiction in print, magazines, and television and film. While awards like the Saturns may be a lot of fun, there’s no better honor for hardcore science fiction than the Hugos.
Noteworthy nominees in this year’s batch include Joss Whedon’s web series Dr. Horrible’s Sing-a-long Blog, nominated for Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form. Also nominated in the same category are excellent, overlooked television shows like Battlestar Galactica and two nominations for Dr. Who.
Check out the full list of nominees after the jump. For more Hugo info visit TheHugoAwards.org.
The SciFi Channel has finally fessed up and stopped pretending to be what real sci-fi fans knew it wasn’t all along: A science fiction channel. From the beginning the channel has dedicated a dissappointingly low percentage of its actual programming to real science fiction. Instead more often than not, it’s flooded with bad horror programming or more recently, bad superhero reality shows. The SciFi Channel never was the Science Fiction Channel and now we can all stop pretending it is since they’ve changed their name.
The SciFi Channel will now be known as the SyFy Channel, reflecting our culture’s increasing need to marginalize science fiction and rebrand it in a way that will seem less geeky to brain dead cool people who instantly turn the channel whenever they see something set in outer space. This gives SciFi license to drift even further away from good science fiction programming. In their press release accompanying the name change they admit the change was to allow them an even broader range of programming which won’t be science fiction related.
Though SciFi never ran much science fiction, this is still bad news for Sci-Fi geeks. It’s just another sign that we’re being pushed out of the mainstream. Geeks conquered the world… and now everyone would like to go back to ignoring us. Welcome to the SyFy Channel, where they’ll happily meet all of your wrestling and reality television needs.
The greatest television show in the history of science fiction turns 10 today, and for those of you who haven’t already recognized Farscape’s genius the Jim Henson Company is giving you the chance to discover it… for free. You can watch the entire first season at no charge over at Fancast.
More importantly though, for those of us already in on Moya’s secrets, the Henson folks are doing something really special to celebrate the show’s 10th Anniversary. It’s this:
The t-shirt is a special anniversary shirt which will only be available today. That’s it. Just today. You have to have it. I have to have it. I’m already ordering it.
They’re also running podcasts with the stars of the show and doing all sorts of other fun things to celebrate the birthday of Farscape. Fall in love with the show all over again. Head over to Henson.com to buy the shirt and get in on the fun.
Vin says, “Maybe we’ve been too tight-lipped about the movie, and you’ll probably hear a lot more about it as this game is released.” He then goes on to confirm that David Twohy, who wrote and directed the first two movies is already working on a script.
It’s that time of year again. The time of year when all the genre films which are overlooked by the big awards because they aren’t straight dramas get a little bit of love from the only place that ever pays them any attention: The Saturn Awards.
The 35th Annual Saturn Awards have announced this year’s nominees and, as you’d expect, The Dark Knight cleaned up. TDK earned 11 nominations in total, nominated in such categories as Best Action Adventure Film, Best Actor, Best Actress, and Best Supporting Actor.
Some of their nominations however, make a little less sense. For instance Dev Patel was nominates as Best Performance by a Younger Actor for his role in Slumdog Millionaire. The Saturn Awards are supposed to nominate the best in Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror. If we’re now stretching the definition of Fantasy to include the likes of Slumdog, then it won’t be long before real fantasy films are as marginalized here as they are at the Oscars. Seriously Satties, I think Slumdog has been awarded enough.
The Saturn Awards will be presented on June 5th. The complete of nominees in Television, Film, and DVD are after the jump.