| |mr seanProfessional InfidelPremium,ExMod 2001-07
Re: Another Netflix original series starts on April 19 And last year saw the bizarre but entertaining "Lillyhammer". I enjoyed the American remake of "House of Cards" (Spacey's spin on his role was rather nice). It's been a pleasant surprise, so far, seeing what Netflix and Amazon are doing by throwing their hats into the original content arena.
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said by Transmaster:Apparently you're not a big enough fan of B5; The canceled series was called Crusade. Excalibur was the name of the ship.
Oh Boy!!! if Netflix start making serious SciFi shows I am in. I am a gigantic B5 fan, and I am still pissed at what happened to the cancelled series Excaliber. These are some the best scifi series ever on TV.
| I watched every episode of Babylon 5 when it came out. I watched all of the movies when they came out. I re-watched both about half a year ago. Never saw Crusade, though I did see "A Call to Arms" and wasn't overly impressed. I pre-ordered "The Lost Tales" on Amazon and was beyond disappointed. I know he had no budget for sets and effects, but what to hell happened to his writing talents? He seriously makes a vomit joke in "The Lost Tales", which wasn't even all that funny in the context, and hardly up to the caliber of his previous writings.|
With the benefit of adulthood and hindsight, I'm not convinced that Babylon 5 was really all that great. Some of the major story arcs (the Shadows, and the Earth-Minbari war) had deus ex machina endings or were completely contrived to begin with. JMS gave short shrift to his best and most relatable story arc -- the Earth Civil War -- and what followed in Season 5 was mostly mediocre standalone episodes, albeit with three or four stellar episodes mixed in.
It's worth noting that a lot of the same criticisms can be made of Deep Space Nine, which is interesting because a lot of B5'ers believe that DS9 ripped off their show. DS9 had the same deus ex machina endings, a lead character that started out as a normal human being and turned into a religious messiah, and interesting story arcs that went nowhere/were cut off before fully developed.
Don't get me wrong, both shows had some truly amazing characters. Garek is probably my favorite character from any Star Trek series. Michael Garibaldi and Miles O'Brien are the archetypical viewpoint characters, both flawed, both very relatable, and both were guys you'd want watching your six in a gunfight. Londo Mollari and G'Kar were my favorite characters in Babylon 5, and probably had the best series long story arc. Bester was one of the best Sci-Fi villains ever and Walter Koenig absolutely nailed him. It's just hard to get past the megalomania of Sheridan and Delenn, and the show revolves around them to such an extent that you can't really separate them from it.
said by Sodoshi:I'm of a mixed opinion on CGI in Sci-Fi. I've been re-watching The Next Generation on Netflix and there's just something graceful about the way the Enterprise-D moves when filmed as a model. Too often CGI treats these supposedly huge warships like fighter planes. You can see this in the newer Star Trek movies, later episodes of DS9, and other Sci-Fi series.
And I am still amazed at the CGI considering it was generated on aging Amiga machines... the CGI in the secession episode in season three was delivered mere minutes prior to broadcast.
Babylon 5 wasn't guilty of this during the TV run as I recall, they actually seemed to do good things with CGI in that show, which was pretty amazing given the technology they had access to. The BSG remake did a good job too, though I don't know enough about the production of that show to know if they used models, CGI, or both?
Re: Sigh CG can be convincing. Some of the shots of the enterprise were replaced with CG in the blurays (they used model shots wherever possible, but sometimes the camera negatives couldn't be found, or there was some major error with them that needed to be fixed that they let slide when the show aired on TV).
The thing is, you can't tell which shots are CG and which are the models. They've replicated the appearance and movement exactly, and it looks completely seamless to the audience. There are a few shots that people swore must have been replaced by CG that weren't, and a few shots that people insisted must be models that were CG.
So, the point is, CG for spaceships at least, can look as good (or even identical) to model shots, IF the artist takes the time and effort to do it right. The guy who did the spaceship CG work for S1 of the TNG blurays is a superfan who went above and beyond and built a super accurate CG version of the physical models (even producing different CG models to reflect the differences between the real-world physical models, since the 4-foot and 6-foot models look nothing alike), and he replicated the surface texture/reflection and lighting perfectly. But there's nothing stopping from somebody producing something of similar quality for some new show.
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said by Snakeoil:Farscape was an awesome series. I would be right there with ya at the donation counter!
Firefly would be ok.. But I'd donate 100 bucks to Make a wish if they re-launched Farscape. Now that was some damn good sci-fi.
said by Joe12345678:They tried that once. It started off good and then turned to crap.
why not have a premium sci-fi channel?? also it's needs to be on more then just netflix at least dish / directv need to have it as well.
| |SnakeoilIgnore Button. The coward's feature.Premium
Re: Netflix needs the BBC catalog I want another season of Luther. OMG, that show rocked.
Re: SG To be honest I don't know. I though stargate was mgm.
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quote:This looks like it'll be werewolves, and they are coming out with a zombie series, I guess up next will be vampires. These genre's have been done to death. I'd like to see some space scifi series.
Netflix is releasing another original series this April 19 - Hemlock Grove.