Friday, June 12, 2009

Summer '09 SciFi to watch

With the 2009 Summer Shows about to kick off, I figured I'd list some of the noteworthy SciFi of the Summer 2009 Season.

True Blood - Sunday 6/14 9p ET: Starting the Summer season off right will be True Blood on HBO. I have to admit Season 1 started as guilty pleasure, but as the show developed I found myself tuning in week after week and I can't get enough. Even the wife loves this one which is a rare treat to find something "SciFi-ish" that we both enjoy. This and Entourage are about the only things that keep me subscribing to HBO and as this season looks to pick right back off where Season 1 left off I'm sure the teeth are going stay dug into my neck as long as the show continues.

Merlin - Sunday 6/21 8p ET: NBC is going to be fighting for some DVR time with it's attempt at a fantasy show, Merlin. Those not familiar with the concept should hand in your SciFi cards and go back to reality TV shows, this show, just like the Office is based on a BBC version of Merlin that debuted last year. But just in case here is what NBC has to say about the show

"Merlin" is a new drama series that updates the story of the infamous sorcerer of Arthurian legend for a new audience. The mythical city of Camelot, in a time before history began; a fantastical realm of legendary beasts and mysterious people; a dangerous world in which magic has been banned by the ruthless tyrant, Uther Pendragon.

Not sure how the show will endure, but as long as it's not as bad as the made for TV mini-series that came out a while ago it should have a good chance of keeping me interested.

Virtuality - Friday 6/26 8p ET: Ronald D. Moore's post BSG project landing on Fox with it's 2 hour premiere is quite possibly one of the most elusive shows of the summer season. With a premiere only 2 weeks away Fox's website still doesn't even list the show with it's other shows. Finding information on the show is harder than the completing the Kobayashi Maru. This makes me worried that the show is doomed to failure before it even starts. Here's what I've got so far:

From Wikipedia:

The story is set aboard the Phaeton, Earth's first starship, on a ten-year journey to explore a distant planetary system. In order to help the crew endure the long mission, a system of virtual reality modules is installed aboard the starship. These modules allow the crew to assume various identities and enjoy a variety of adventures, until a flaw is discovered in the system

From what I've read it's *not* basically a bunch of ST Holodeck episodes, but time will tell if it can endure a sea of lower budget Reality TV poopfest and Animated shows that fill Fox's lineup.

Odd note about Virtuality when it finally showed up in the guide to schedule a DVR recording it's not showing up as a "series" just a one time thing... interesting.

Warehouse 13 - Tuesday 7/7 9p ET: SciFi Channel's newest show Warehouse 13 (and No I will not refer to them by that other name). Let us hope it's better than Sanctuary (please!). The concept though seems a bit used up, to me it seems like a fusion of the old TV Show Friday the 13th coupled with the X-Files. We'll see if it can survive for season #2.

Directly from SciFi:

After saving the life of the President, two Secret Service agents find themselves abruptly transfered to Wharehouse 13 - a massive, top-secret storage facility in windswept South Dakota that houses every strange artifact, mysterious relic, fantastical object and supernatural souvenir ever collected by the U.S. Government. The Warehouse's caretaker Arti charges Pete and Myka with chasing down reports of supernatural and paranormal activity in search of new objects to cache at the Warehouse, as well as helping him to control the warehouse, itself.

Eureka - Friday 07/10 9p ET: SciFi Channel's return of Eureka. With BSG and SG:Atlantis out I haven't even watched anything on this network, it will be nice to have a good show return to the so-called network of SciFi. I've always enjoyed this show for exactly what it is, fun, light-hearted, silly SciFi. The show makes me laugh, always has and while it's never been considered a cerebral SciFi show it defiantly is a fun trip no matter how much more Fi than Sci it is. I'm just hopping the show steers a bit away from the sappy Carter/Alli love stuff... But I guess that's what keeps the wifes watching.

That's about it for the Summer, hopefully most of the survive long enough till some of the promising Fall shows

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