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KnightEnder
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I know I'm going to regret this twenty years from now when Tommy is forty years old and he pulls up this post out of ancient archive and makes fun of me because VR or whatever the hell they will have then makes today's visuals and production values obsolete, but;

MAN PRODUCTION VALUES ON TELEVISION ARE FRACKING FABULOUS!

The new production values and writing on the new "Battlestar Galactica" are awesome! And I couldn't even bring myself to watch "Doctor Who" on BBC or PBS because it looked so cheesy, but it is an incredibly awesome show now that I wouldn't miss. Not to mention "Heroes", "Stargate SG1", "Stargate Atlantis", "Eureka", "Outer Limits", "Smallville" and "Lost".

This is truly the Golden Age for Science Fiction Television. [Smile] [Big Grin] [Big Grin] [Big Grin] [Cool]

And that's not counting the great ones we've lost like "Firefly", "Buffy", and "Angel", and "Roswell". [Frown]

And that's just Science Fiction. I haven't even mentioned all the great 'regular' shows. Shows such as "Grey's Anatomy" and "House". I'm glad my kids needed 'quality time' in the 90's when television sucked! They're on their own now!

KE

[ October 20, 2006, 11:43 PM: Message edited by: KnightEnder ]

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You saw tonight's BSG, right?

My God. It was the best space battle I've ever seen. Certianly the best looking. And perhaps the most emotional.

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I'm guessing that part of it is the decent sales of seasons via DVD. Add on to that all the cable channels available nowadays. There's a lot of competition for eyeballs. Of course, technology these days helps with special effects, too.

I actually haven't seen any of the shows you've listed except Heroes...maybe I've seen an episode or two of Smallville but I honestly can't remember. Scifi isn't included in the basic cable package anymore here. To be honest, while I've been drawn into the story of Heroes, the special effects don't seem that great. Maybe I just haven't seen enough dissected bodies to know, but I always remember I'm watching a tv show and not a movie every time they show a removed skull.

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Quality really started kicking up on STNG. I know it looks cheesy now (and, I'm one of those folks who watches star treck if it's on, not one of those who collects blueprints of different versions of the Enterprise) but when it came out it was a complete revolution in the quality of Sci-Fi/Fantasy production values.

A lot of these shows, SG-1 for instance, don't have those kind of budgets and still produce a pretty visually appealing product. That's what blows me away. It's not that they seem just like big budget films, but what they can accomplish with a tiny fraction of those budgets.

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I'm not a big SciFi fan, although my daughter got the "Firefly" DVDs, and I'm quickly getting hooked.

I'm definitely with you on "Grey's Anatomy" and "House"...those are the two shows I'll go out of my way to watch (or record).

Cable's offering up some good stuff, too. "Deadwood" is absolutely awesome.

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It's also worth noting that many of these shows with high visual appeal have also embraced the importance of the story in recent years. That hasn't always been the case.
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Best new stuff on TV from my point of view...

Everybody Hates Chris

Earl

I'm not much of one for the soap opera. I like shows in which episodes stand alone as good television whether or not I saw the last five.

Think..Northern Exposure until the last season. Sure, there was a storyline, but every episode is fun to watch even if you never saw the show before and have no idea who these people are. MASH and Cheers and Sienfeld were all the same way.

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House is stand alone. Loved MASH, I can quote every episode word for word. I used to couldn't go to sleep without watching two episodes of it.

Deadwood is going bye bye. Because although it is a great show, NOTHING happened the last ten episodes!

I love the guy that plays Earl, but I've never watched one.

Standoff is good, with Ron Livingstone. Office Space is a must see movie for anybody that has ever had a job they didn't like.

KE

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The Office
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Jesse, you nailed why I can't watch TV these days -- too hard to know the characters and plots in these soap style series (is the plural of series serieses?). I really wanted to watch Heroes and possibly a couple others, but when I can't guarantee being able to sit down and watch it (even if I tivoed it, I might not get to it!), then it's tough.

I try to catch House everyone once in awhile. It has a bit of growth that requires linear attention, but yes -- episodes can stand alone.

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That's why I only have two shows that I follow like that -- Heroes and Lost. Both of those shows I didn't watch immediately, but heard lots of good things from friends. I then went and downloaded the episodes I missed and watched them (I've got a Mac Mini I hook up to my TV as a media center) all in order. I'm now hooked on both.

Am I pirating? Yeah. But I sure as hell am doing ABC/NBC a big favor by doing that. I plan my weeks around those shows now. [Razz]

Matt

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I usually miss Heroes when it's on TV but NBC's website let's you view the latest episode online. So far I've watched them all sometime during the week before the next one comes out.
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Do they just have the last one or the full archive online? I tried going onto their site, but I keep all fancy multimedia disabled on Firefox and it crashed my IE, so I didn't get very far. [Razz]
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