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Jericho

It’s funny that whenever a list gets put together of the best science fiction television shows of all time it always seems like people gravitate towards programs like “Star Trek,” “Babylon 5” and “Stargate” – all the predictable ones. But what about those great shows that always get forgotten about. The ones that you watched religiously when they on television, you may have even bought them on DVD, but always seem to be forgotten during the traditional ‘best of’ discussions and debates. Well let’s take a look at some of those forgotten greats.

“Firefly” (2002) – From the ultra-creative mind of Joss Whedon (yes the same man that is now mostly known for “The Avengers” movie) came “Firefly.” This short lived series came at the height of Whedon’s “Buffy The Vampire Slayer” period… the man could do no wrong. Well that’s what people thought but Firefly kind of proved he could – the show never really gained any traction and the network axed it after just one season. But then the show found a new life on DVD and quickly became one of the highest selling DVD box sets of all time.

“Firefly” is an absolute gem of a science fiction series, Whedon wrote it as a space western with the cowboy being Captain Malcolm ‘Mal’ Reynolds (Nathan Fillion), a virtual outlaw who was always up for doing something a little dodgy if it meant money for himself and his trust crew/passengers which included a prostitute, a preacher and a number of ‘gunslingers’. With some great dialogue, entertaining story-lines and amazing characterization, this is one sci-fi show that all fans of the genre must sit down and enjoy.

“Dark Angel” (2000-2002) – With so many big name directors and producers making their presence felt on the small screen it seemed only fitting that one of the best minds behind sci-fi would bring something to the table. In 2000 James Cameron introduced the world to “Dark Angel”, a television show that revolved around the character of Max (Jessica Alba) a genetically-enhanced human that lives in the real world after escaping from the lab where she was born. With the help of the dogged Logan Cale (Michael Weatherly) helping her out part of the fun of the show was watching as Max learnt more about what had happened to her while she avoided capture and made moves to expose her plight to the world.

“Farscape” (1999-2003) – When you first think of quality science-fiction television you don’t immediately think of Australia – yet that is where one of the finest sci-fi shows was made and produced. “Farscape” first hit television screens in 1999 and revolved around the adventures of astronaut John Crichton (Ben Browder) who found himself going through a wormhole and finding himself in a part of the universe that he never knew existed.

While trying to find his way home he lived on a ‘living’ ship with crew that included many alien beings and the very human-like Officer Aeryn Sun (Claudia Black) with whom there was constant ‘will-they-won’t-they’ moments.

“Farscape” was always one of those shows where you would never know what to expect from any given episode. Some would be funny, some would be action packed while others would be extremely dark and make you really think. The show also included one of the most evil ‘baddies’ of all time the mysterious Scorpius (Wayne Pygram).

“Smallville” (2001-2011) – The character of Clark Kent/Superman has fascinated a number of generations now, so it was very little surprise when in 2001 DC Comics allowed Superman to once again hit the small screen. This time Clark was played by Tom Welling  and the show was much darker than its predecessor “The Adventures Of Lois & Clark”. “Smallville” allowed viewers to watch as Clark battled with everyday things such as high school with friends such as Chloe (Allison Mack) while also learning about his super powers and trying to work out his feelings for friend Lana Lang (Kristen Kreuk). Fans of the series also got to watch his rivalry with arch-enemy Lex Luthor (Michael Rosenbaum) from day one.

“Jericho” (2006-2008) – Perhaps the most underrated sci-fi series of all time, though, is “Jericho.” The screenwriting and characterization on this show was top-notch and it was one of those shows where you simply could not miss the next episode. The show originally aired in 2006 and was centered in the township of Jericho, a township that is not even damaged when nuclear blasts hit most major American cities. Episodes looked at the problems that this caused for local residents as they were now cut off from everything but also looked at how it impacted on family and of course local politics. The brilliance of this show though was that the storylines also made the audience wonder what involvement two of the main characters – Jake Green (Skeet Urlich) and Robert Hawkins (Lennie James) – had in the terrorist attacks.

Just how much “Jericho” was loved by its fans was evident when the show was originally cancelled after its first season and the fans lobbied the television network until a shortened second season was made. Even after that season folded the show continued on in the form of comics.

As you can see there are a tonne of good science fiction shows out there that need to be explored if you have never had the time to sit down and watch them. Sometimes the underrated shows are just as good as those deemed to be the leaders in their fields.

Percy Jackson Sea Of Monsters

Summary: In order to restore their dying safe haven, the son of Poseidon and his friends head into the Sea of Monsters to find the mythical Golden Fleece.

Year: 2013

Australian Cinema Release Date: 19th September, 2013

Australian DVD Release Date: TBA

Country: USA

Director: Thor Freudenthal

Screenwriter: Marc Guggenheim, Rick Riordan (novel)

Cast: Jake Abel (Luke), Shohreh Aghdashloo (Orcale (voice)),Sean Ban (Zeus), Mary Birdsong (Grey Sister #1), Samuel Braun (Young Luke), Yvette Nicole Brown (Grey Sister #2), Alexandra Daddario (Annabeth), Grey Damon (Chris Rodriguez), Connor Dunn (Tereus), Nathan Fillion (Hermes), Anthony Head (Cheron), Brandon T. Jackson (Grover), Robert Knepper (Kronos), Paloma Kwiatkowski (Thalia), Danny Le Boyer (Ethan Nakamura), Logan Lerman (Percy Jackson), Katelyn Mager (Young Thalia), Robert Maillet (Polyphemus/Laistrygonian), Alisha Newton (Young Annabeth), Ron Perlman (Polyphemus (voice)), Missi Pyle (Grey Sister #3), Leven Rambin (Clarisse), Christopher Redman (Reardon), Craig Robinson (George (voice)), Douglas Smith (Tyson), Octavia Spencer (Martha (voice)), Stanley Tucci (Mr. D), Jordan Weller (Ichneutae), Bjorn Yearwood (Young Grover), Richard Yearwood (Ganymede)

Runtime: 106 mins

Classification:PG

OUR REVIEWS/RATINGS OF ‘PERCY JACKSON: SEA OF MONSTERS’:

David Griffiths: Stars(3)

Please check Dave’s review of ‘Percy Jackson: Sea Of Monsters’ that is available on The Helium Entertainment Channel

Nick Gardener: Stars(2)

Please check Nick’s review of ‘Percy Jackson: Sea Of Monsters’ that is available on The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Episode 50

Average Subculture Rating (out of 5): Stars(2.5)

IMDB Rating:  Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters (2013) on IMDb

Other Subculture Media Reviews of ‘Percy Jackson: Sea Of Monsters′: Please check The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Episode 50 for our more in-depth review of ‘Percy Jackson: Sea Of Monsters’.

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Monsters University

Summary: Mike Wazowski and James P. Sullivan are an inseparable pair, but that wasn’t always the case. From the moment these two mismatched monsters met they couldn’t stand each other. Monsters University unlocks the door to how Mike and Sulley overcame their differences and became the best of friends.

Year: 2013

Australian Cinema Release Date: 20th June, 2013

Australian DVD Release Date: TBA

Country: USA

Director: Dan Scanlon

Screenwriter: Robert L. Baird, Daniel Gerson, Dan Scanlon

Cast: Beth Behrs (PNK Carrie (voice)), Steve Buscemi (Randy (voice)), Billy Crystal (Mike (voice)), Charlie Day (Art (voice)), Nathan Fillion (Johnny (voice)), Dave Foley ((voice)), John Goodman (Sullivan (voice)), Bill Hader (Referee/Slug (voice)), Sean Hayes (Terri (voice)), Bonnie Hunt (Mrs. Graeves (voice)), Noah Johnston (Young Mike (voice)), John Krasinski (Frank McCay (voice)), Helen Mirren (Dean Hardscrabble (voice)), Alfred Molina (Professor Knight (voice)), Bobby Moynihan (Chet (voice)), Joel Murray (Don (voice)), Bob Peterson (Roz (voice)), Aubrey Plaza (Claire Wheeler (voice)), John Ratzenberger (Yeti (voice)), Peter Sohn (Squishy (voice), Julia Sweeney (Ms. Squibbles (voice))

Runtime: 110 mins

Classification:G

SUBCULTURE MEDIA/THE GOOD THE BAD THE UGLY FILM SHOW REVIEWS/RATINGS OF ‘MONSTERS UNIVERSITY’:

David Griffiths: Stars(3)

Please check Dave’s review of ‘Monsters University’ that is available on The Helium Entertainment Channel

Greg King: Stars(3)

Please check Greg’s review of ‘Monsters University’ that is available on www.filmreviews.net.au

Nick Gardener: Stars(3)

Please check Nick’s review of ‘Monsters University’ that is available on the Built For Speed website

Average Subculture Rating (out of 5): Stars(3)

IMDB Rating:  Monsters University (2013) on IMDb

Other Subculture Media Reviews of ‘The Internship′: Please check episode #37 of The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show for more reviews of ‘The Internship’.

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Much Ado About Nothing

Sharmill Films is thrilled to announce its latest acquisition, Joss Whedon’s adaptation of William Shakespeare’s celebrated play MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING. The film is set for release later in 2013.

 Joss Whedon’s (The Avengers, ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’, Cabin in the Woods, Toy Story) acclaimed modern re-telling of the Bard’s comedic play stars Whedon film and television regulars Amy Acker (‘Buffy’, ‘Angel’), Alexis Denisof (‘Buffy’, ‘Angel’), Clark Gregg (The Avengers), Fran Kranz (Cabin in the Woods) and Nathan Fillion (‘Buffy’, ‘Firefly’, Serenity).

 Using the original text, adapted by Joss Whedon, the story of sparring lovers Beatrice (Acker) and Benedick (Denisof) offers a dark, sexy, funny and occasionally absurd view of the intricate game that is love.

 Much Ado About Nothing was shot in and around Joss Whedon’s own home in Santa Monica, California, while he was still working on the blockbuster superhero film The Avengers. Co-produced by Whedon’s wife Kai Cole, the film premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival.

The Australian theatrical release date will be announced soon.

The last major film version of Much Ado About Nothing was actor/director Kenneth Branagh’s large scale production 20 years ago starring Branagh and Emma Thompson.

Whedon’s fresh take on the play has received rave reviews and sold-out festival screenings overseas. Trailers for the film have gone viral online as fans of Whedon’s work and Shakespeare alike anticipate the cinema release.