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Title: Post-Apocalypse TV
Post by: RottingCorpse on June 04, 2008, 10:42:29 PM
EDIT FROM NACHO 7/2012 -- MERGED THE AMERIKA THREAD WITH THE PA TV THREAD SINCE AMERIKA IS NOW ON YOUTUBE AND LINKED ON THE THIRD PAGE OF THIS THREAD.


Nacho and I got to talking about Sam Neill which led me to Amerika.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0092316/ (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0092316/)

Don't tell Nacho I haven't seen it or else he'll invite me up to get really drunk and watch it.
Title: Re: Amerika
Post by: nacho on June 04, 2008, 10:48:16 PM
Nobody's seen it, unless you caught it when it aired.  Like Rock Hudson's fantastic World War III (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0084919/), it's never been out on tape or disc.

Both are considered to be the worst of the worst of 80's paranoia TV.  Though I loved World War III -- if only for the shootout at the pipeline where all the American soldiers take cover in the junk pipes and the Soviets machine gun the fuck out of them while they're trapped.
Title: Re: Amerika
Post by: Reginald McGraw on June 06, 2008, 05:23:42 PM
Kris Kristofferson at his best!
Title: Post-Apocalypse TV
Post by: nacho on September 08, 2009, 04:11:30 PM
Okay, fine, another apocalypse thread to go along with the PA movie thread:

http://www.greatsociety.org/forums/index.php/topic,2810.0.html

And the book thread:

http://www.greatsociety.org/forums/index.php/topic,2811.0.html

Within the next six months, we have four big PA TV events... So we'll start off with listing links to their main threads, and then use this thread to talk about past shows or lesser PA shows that aren't worth a thread...

The threads for the Big Four:

V:
http://www.greatsociety.org/forums/index.php/topic,3025.0.html

Apocalypse:  Greedy aliens.

Day One:
http://www.greatsociety.org/forums/index.php/topic,4241.0.html

Apocalypse:  Unknown (plot description sounds like an EMP blast)


Survivors:
http://www.greatsociety.org/forums/index.php/topic,3270.0.html

Apocalypse: Superflu!

Day of the Triffids:
http://www.greatsociety.org/forums/index.php/topic,2953.0.html

Apocalypse:  Comet/alien


Now, let's get all the past shows organized (and I'm not counting the dime-a-dozen disaster shows like Supervolcano and 10.5 and so on).  

Jeremiah.  Two seasons of hopelessly misguided shit with a beautiful backdrop and an intensely huge budget.  Season one concerns the coming together of our heroes, season two pits them against the Big Brother-like "Daniel" from the east.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jeremiah_%28TV_series%29

Apocalypse: Mystery plague.

Jericho.  One so-so season capped off by the insultingly bad second season.
What could have been a wonderful update of Testament, we got instead a weird ham-fisted agrarian drama with far too many characters and no creativity at all.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jericho_%28TV_series%29

Apocalypse:  Limited nuclear war

Cleopatra 2525.  The awesome sexploitation apocalypse with more Gina Torres than you can shake a stick at.  Essentially a post-apocalypse update of Jem and the Holograms.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cleopatra_2525

Apocalypse: Machines.  

The Last Train.  A wonderful six-part one-off from the UK where a bunch of folks are frozen in time and wake up decades later to get eaten by dogs and hunted by Mad Max savages.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Last_Train

Apocalypse:  Meteor strike.

PotA: The Series.  Of course.
http://www.greatsociety.org/fpm/content/view/117/2/

Apocalypse:  Total nuclear war.

What am I leaving out?  Skipping the kid stuff -- Ark II.  Also skipping the Logan's Run series and Starlost because, ouch.
 
Title: Re: Post-Apocalypse TV
Post by: nacho on September 08, 2009, 04:13:08 PM
Oh, Dark Angel.  What was shit.  But it settles the argument that there is no EMP blast apocalypse fiction.
Title: Re: Post-Apocalypse TV
Post by: Nubbins on September 08, 2009, 04:36:42 PM
What's the ABC one where the whole world blacks out for 10 minutes or something?  I saw a bunch of previews for that and it looked pretty sweet.  I don't know if it qualifies as apocalypse, per-se, but it seems apocalyptic.
Title: Re: Post-Apocalypse TV
Post by: nacho on September 08, 2009, 04:46:10 PM
Flash Forward.  But, yeah, I'm waiting till I see it before I call it apocalypse.  Looks more like 4400...
Title: Re: Post-Apocalypse TV
Post by: nacho on September 08, 2009, 04:50:46 PM
Here -- walking the apocalypse line, definitely. 

By the way, reading some about the book, it's LHC paranoia.  The "flashfoward" experiment was an accident related to the LHC turning on:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flashforward_%28novel%29

Watch out, Wikipedia tells the whole plot.  But, after reading it, I wanted to buy the novel...so maybe that's okay.

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A mysterious global event causes everyone to simultaneously experience, for two minutes and seventeen seconds, his or her life six months in the future. When it is over, many are dead in accidents involving vehicles, aircraft, and any other device needing human control. Everyone who survived is left wondering if what they saw will actually happen.

A Los Angeles FBI agent named Mark Benford (Joseph Fiennes) tries to figure out what exactly happened and why it happened. Along with his team, he creates a database of people's flash forwards from around the world called the Mosaic Collective (for which a website
 
has been launched). Apart from the various catastrophic visions, people also see themselves relapsing into various former vices, such as Benford seeing himself drinking again, and his wife Olivia has a vision of herself with another man

Title: Re: Post-Apocalypse TV
Post by: nacho on September 17, 2009, 12:18:44 PM
Unless it really gets feet and is worth creating a thread (which will surprise me), we'll use this one for Flash Forward.
Title: Re: Post-Apocalypse TV
Post by: nacho on September 17, 2009, 11:31:31 PM
Episode one of Flash Forward has "leaked."  Downloading now!
Title: Re: Post-Apocalypse TV
Post by: Cassander on September 18, 2009, 11:43:33 AM
if this were real life, Joseph Fiennes would flash-forward to the sight of him sitting on a chaise lounge in London, unemployed again and brooding.
Title: Re: Post-Apocalypse TV
Post by: nacho on September 18, 2009, 05:32:03 PM
Finally getting around to Flashfoward because stupid Cassander has made me spend the entire day thinking about how to reform my life into something awesome and...the file is fucked up.  So don't download "flashforward.s01e01.webrip.preair.avi".  Hopefully I can get the corrected version tonight because I need me some poccy-clypse!
Title: Re: Post-Apocalypse TV
Post by: nacho on September 30, 2009, 10:35:32 AM
So RC...I think you're on to something with the whole thing about the current atmosphere being bad for PA stories.  This recent V news -- getting the Firefly treatment two months before it even airs -- is the icing on the cake. 

So V is cut down to just a few episodes, with the remainder "airing at a later date."  Day One has been pushed back to 2010.  Survivors season two has simply vanished. Day of the Triffids has been erased from the history books... On the big screen, we have the strange saga of The Road.

All these things have something in common, too -- they're complete.  They've been filmed and then put on hold to the tune of months and even years.

Does that often happen in the industry?  Isn't that a huge loss to shelve something for a year or more?

And why is the atmosphere anti-PA?  We're surrounded by doom and gloom.  Happy days are not here again... Foreclosures, recession, war, the Fall of Obama... What's changed?
Title: Re: Post-Apocalypse TV
Post by: nacho on January 14, 2010, 04:11:50 PM
Oh-ho! They're remaking The Martian Chronicles!

I mean...Oh-ho!  New PA TV!


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The BBC are making a new series Outcasts, which sounds like it should be a show on BBC3 for teenagers but is in fact Science Fiction! Here's the blurb...

    Following on from the innovative and era-defining hits Spooks, Hustle and Life On Mars, Kudos Film & TV is moving into another new world.BBC One has commissioned a new eight-part drama series, Outcasts.

    Created by Ben Richards (Spooks, The Fixer, Party Animals), Outcasts is set on a recently-discovered planet and tells of the dilemmas, loves and lives of a group of people setting up a new world.

    This life-sustaining planet is now home to the surviving population from Earth. Here there is a chance to start again, to bring the lessons learnt from Earth and to put them into action on a new planet.

    Set in 2040, Outcasts begins on the day the last known transporter from Earth arrives, prompting great excitement on the new planet: Who is on board? Friends and loved ones? Important supplies and news from Earth? But also many questions: Will the new people bring the problems of Earth with them? Will the mistakes that destroyed Earth be repeated? Will the arrival of a new, would-be leader, rock the fragile and precarious equilibrium of our fresh, unified and courageous new world?

    And, most importantly of all, how do you create a new and a better world?

How do you create a new and a better world! Hurrah.

It starts filming in April 2010 (in South Africa) and will be eight, sixty minute episodes.
Title: Re: Post-Apocalypse TV
Post by: nacho on January 21, 2010, 02:29:49 PM
AMC to do Walking Dead:

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It's on, IT'S ON!!! One of my new favorite television dramas is AMC's "Mad Men", which features compelling character pieces on ad men (and the women around them) in the 1960's. This show has given me such high hopes for what can be done with the live-action adaptation of Image Comic's epic ongoing post-apocalyptic zombie series "The Walking Dead", which is to be directed by Frank Darabont (The Mist). AMC has officially given the green light to shoot the pilot episode, meaning it's one step closer to reality! Check out the story below.

I gave up on the comic after 20 issues because it was a boring, confused mess.  At the start, it was great.  We follow a cop as he gathers family and friends and sets out in search of shelter.  Lots of sitting around campfires, melodrama, and getting picked off one by one in generally stupid ways before they spent a long arc camped out in a prison, where I gave up on the series.

Title: Re: Post-Apocalypse TV
Post by: RottingCorpse on January 21, 2010, 02:46:16 PM
I'm still zombied out, man.
Title: Re: Post-Apocalypse TV
Post by: Matt on January 21, 2010, 06:26:36 PM
AMC to do Walking Dead:

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It's on, IT'S ON!!! One of my new favorite television dramas is AMC's "Mad Men", which features compelling character pieces on ad men (and the women around them) in the 1960's. This show has given me such high hopes for what can be done with the live-action adaptation of Image Comic's epic ongoing post-apocalyptic zombie series "The Walking Dead", which is to be directed by Frank Darabont (The Mist). AMC has officially given the green light to shoot the pilot episode, meaning it's one step closer to reality! Check out the story below.

I gave up on the comic after 20 issues because it was a boring, confused mess.  At the start, it was great.  We follow a cop as he gathers family and friends and sets out in search of shelter.  Lots of sitting around campfires, melodrama, and getting picked off one by one in generally stupid ways before they spent a long arc camped out in a prison, where I gave up on the series.



The series really start sucking when Kirkman set it up for potential threesomes and then featured a zombie death arena and it felt like I was sitting there watching a teenager's fantasy of the zombiepocalypse not a story.
Title: Re: Post-Apocalypse TV
Post by: nacho on March 11, 2010, 01:04:14 PM
This is awesome...

From Quiet Earth:

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I don't know how we missed this one, but thanks to victoriandeathray for the heads up. Coming soon (I can't find an ETA) is a new 6 part mini-series that's an adaptation of the Dark Horse Comic's 'Apocalypse Nerd' by Peter Bagge, produced exclusively for British TV.

FALLOUT is the story of Douglas and Gordon, two friends battling their quarter-life crisis, who come home from a weekend in the woods to find the world has come to an end.

Sadly, not able to see the trailer at work:

http://www.quietearth.us/articles/2010/03/11/Coming-to-the-BBC-a-new-6-part-post-apocalyptic-comic-adaptation-FALLOUT
Title: Re: Post-Apocalypse TV
Post by: nacho on November 18, 2010, 08:56:57 PM
Sky's "top 6" PA series.

http://tv.sky.com/6-of-the-best-post-apocalyptic-tv-shows

A little self-serving, as they're bankrolling Walking Dead.  But, besides that, I like their loyalism to the original shows -- the original Survivors, Triffids, and BG are all in there. Red Dwarf and Firefly are a real stretch, though. While technically, yes, both shows are set after the apocalypse, the apocalypses in question are in the distant past. 
Title: Re: Post-Apocalypse TV
Post by: nacho on January 04, 2011, 06:12:04 PM
Oh-ho! They're remaking The Martian Chronicles!

I mean...Oh-ho!  New PA TV!


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The BBC are making a new series Outcasts, which sounds like it should be a show on BBC3 for teenagers but is in fact Science Fiction! Here's the blurb...

    Following on from the innovative and era-defining hits Spooks, Hustle and Life On Mars, Kudos Film & TV is moving into another new world.BBC One has commissioned a new eight-part drama series, Outcasts.

    Created by Ben Richards (Spooks, The Fixer, Party Animals), Outcasts is set on a recently-discovered planet and tells of the dilemmas, loves and lives of a group of people setting up a new world.

    This life-sustaining planet is now home to the surviving population from Earth. Here there is a chance to start again, to bring the lessons learnt from Earth and to put them into action on a new planet.

    Set in 2040, Outcasts begins on the day the last known transporter from Earth arrives, prompting great excitement on the new planet: Who is on board? Friends and loved ones? Important supplies and news from Earth? But also many questions: Will the new people bring the problems of Earth with them? Will the mistakes that destroyed Earth be repeated? Will the arrival of a new, would-be leader, rock the fragile and precarious equilibrium of our fresh, unified and courageous new world?

    And, most importantly of all, how do you create a new and a better world?

How do you create a new and a better world! Hurrah.

It starts filming in April 2010 (in South Africa) and will be eight, sixty minute episodes.

Outcasts has been (mysteriously) delayed.  We were supposed to get episode one last month. Currently, the premiere is either August or to be announced, depending on who you listen to. It's been assumed that it's another Day One -- canned and thrown out.

But... The BBC 2011 trailer mentions it (and features some scenes). Also amusing that about 60% of that preview is Doctor Who/Sherlock dominated.

Title: Re: Post-Apocalypse TV
Post by: nacho on January 18, 2011, 08:45:18 PM
Ugh... I see why they've been playing this so close to the vest... And why it's been delayed for two years.  They should have stuck with the trailer in the post above where nonsensical spaceships are squeezed between Doctor Who clips.


Title: Re: Post-Apocalypse TV
Post by: nacho on February 07, 2011, 08:27:17 PM
Outcasts premiered tonight. Downloading now!
Title: Re: Post-Apocalypse TV
Post by: nacho on February 07, 2011, 10:08:45 PM
Outcasts live blog!

We open up with a pretty ship radioing "Are there any human beings out there?" which seems like a weird thing to say. Okay, yeah, we're in space... But I would still say "anyone" instead of "any human beings."

Just as you're thinking about that, we cut to -- Child Actor!  I had been drinking water all night, but it was bad enough to make me pause and go make a Lynchburg Lemonade.

Okay...back to it!
Title: Re: Post-Apocalypse TV
Post by: nacho on February 07, 2011, 10:15:34 PM
So we have no idea what's going on. Nothing makes sense.  Jamie Bamber's a rugged explorer and everybody's cunty towards him. There's the "Calling all humans!" ship that finally makes contact with Bamber's people after five years and they immediately get into a mundane, polite conversation about how the ship needs servicing and nobody seems truly pissed that they've apparently been stranded for five years, and that something terrible has happened somewhere...either to Earth or some fleet that they casually mention or something.

Talk about a show that needs an opening scroll!
Title: Re: Post-Apocalypse TV
Post by: nacho on February 07, 2011, 10:29:34 PM
Still don't know what's going on. Something's happened to Earth, something's happened to the colonists, Bamber is either planning a revolution or the construction of a summer home, there's a bacon black market and plenty of joking amidst the potential death of everyone on the arriving transport.

What I don't get is why the transport couldn't talk to anyone on the planet till they were in orbit. The leader of Bamber's people talks about having been able to communicate with Earth up till five years ago. So you're capable of communicating with a distant planet but not an approaching spaceship between you and that planet? Because it's all a big surprise. Oh! You're in trouble? Well, tally-ho and all that. Stiff upper lip and raise those thermal shields old bean!

How about some warning? Hi, we're a year out and we've lost contact with Earth and sustained some damage. How about we get all our people together and talk about possible solutions because nobody wants all of the colonists and supplies on board to burn up on re-entry, right? Any thoughts my fellow human beings? Since you're the advance colonial expedition with a zillion great minds twiddling their thumbs.
Title: Re: Post-Apocalypse TV
Post by: nacho on February 07, 2011, 10:37:00 PM
Oh my god! 

"What if Mitchell found out?"

"He didn't."

*change subject*

FIND OUT WHAT?

"We're almost ready."

"But....what?"

"We're, almost, ready!"

*change subject*

What?  Ready for what?

"Who was it?"

"Some SP deadbeat."

"Oh."

Wait... A what? 

"We lost the signal from Earth five years ago."

"Yes... Let's just say they're not having a good time of it."

Huh? Wait! So you know what's happening? What do you mean?

"What about the other ships?"

"We lost touch with the fleet."

"Oh."

Wait...what fleet?

There's the first 20 minutes.
Title: Re: Post-Apocalypse TV
Post by: nacho on February 07, 2011, 11:28:50 PM
Outcasts! The new series with Jamie Bamber! Who dies 45 minutes in and is no longer in the show! Tune in!

What a fucking mess. And, yet, it's basically Earth 2. They could have kept it simple and done a better version of that show. Which, you know, wouldn't be hard. Instead we get some disorganized mess of a script that feels more like it's the first episode of a second season wrapping up a cliffhanger and not a pilot. Or maybe like there's 50 years worth of a comic book behind it and we're all expected to know everything going on.
Title: Re: Post-Apocalypse TV
Post by: nacho on March 20, 2011, 03:33:37 PM
LOL.

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The BBC has confirmed that the post-apocalyptic off-world science-fiction drama Outcasts has been cancelled after one series.

Outcasts‘ opening episode attracted 4.45m viewers (a 17.9% audience share), but by episode three viewing figures had slipped to 2.95m, and to 2.6m for episode four, amidst a largely hostile critical reception.

In response to the weak viewing figures, the BBC moved the drama from its 9pm Monday night slot to 10.25pm on Sunday – an indication that it had effectively abandoned its support for the show. The BBC explained:

“BBC One commissions a large number of new drama series each year and inevitably there will be some that do not engage as wide an audience as we would like them to [...] We are proud to have brought this original and high quality drama to the audience but unfortunately it did not engage enough of them to justify playing the full series out in a 9pm slot.”

On 13 March 2011, the final episode of the eight-part series drew 1.56m viewers (11.6%). The following day the BBC confirmed that Outcasts would not be returning.
Title: Re: Post-Apocalypse TV
Post by: nacho on March 25, 2011, 10:52:08 AM
It would probably be wise to not proudly declare affiliation with SGU:


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Have you been in serious Stargate: Universe withdrawal ever since the series was canceled? Well, a whole lot of SGU alumni are working to make you feel better.

No, it's not a revival of the show, but Red Eye Chicago reports that SGU visual FX supervisor Mark Savela and production assistant Ken Kabatoff have teamed up to write a pilot for a new series called Echoes. And they say that they've rallied "about 80 percent" of the SGU production crew to create a presentation piece with which they hope to sell the show.

The team, which includes SGU veterans like actors Jen Spence and Mike Dopud, director Will Waring, director of photography Michael Blundell, production designer James Robbins and composer Joel Goldsmith, is assembling in Vancouver this weekend to shoot the piece, which will showcase about 15 pages of the script.

The proposed series follows the struggles of humans trying to survive an alien apocalypse in the near future. The twist on this well-worn premise is that the aliens did not intentionally set out to destroy us; Earth got caught in the crossfire between two extraterrestrial races.

Kabakoff said, "Having aliens against another alien race basically leaves the humans as collateral on their own planet. Many of the Earth's citizens have been wiped out already. It's not us against them, it's them against each other, and we're just trying to stay alive."

Spence, SGU's Dr. Lisa Park, will play a woman leading a band of humans across what's left of the United States two years after the alien war crashed into Earth. Savela said, "It's basically her journey from a shy, unassuming kind of wallflower into a kind of Sarah Connor-type character."

Once the presentation piece is completed, Savela and Kabatoff will shop it around to the networks, where hopefully the "dark, gritty and action-packed" series they have planned will get picked up.

If it does, it seems likely that the pair could bring back many of the SGU team members who helped get Echoes started. Savela said, "When we came up with this project, people said, 'Oh, we all get to work together again? That's really cool.' Everybody jumped on board."
Title: Re: Post-Apocalypse TV
Post by: nacho on June 09, 2011, 02:23:08 PM
Um...


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Showtime, the network behind Weeds and the now defunct PA series Jeremiah, is determined to bring the genre back to the TV. Yay. The network recently bought a series pitch called Last H.O.P.E which is said to be a post-apocalyptic story that is a cross between M.A.S.H. and Mad Max. So, what doLes "H.O.P.E" stand for exactly? It stands for Last "Hospital on Planet Earth," so I'm actually wondering if it'll be more like E.R. meets Jericho.

The pitch comes from writer David DiGilio who recently Disney hired to write Tron 3.
Title: Re: Post-Apocalypse TV
Post by: RottingCorpse on June 09, 2011, 04:03:44 PM
I just threw up in my mouth a little bit.
Title: Re: Post-Apocalypse TV
Post by: nacho on June 09, 2011, 04:08:14 PM
It sounds more like a bad 90's sci-fi Britcom.
Title: Re: Post-Apocalypse TV
Post by: nacho on June 24, 2011, 06:35:20 PM
I've always liked Jim Uhls... Or, at least, his attitude. So this is kind of cool. Though the story sounds dreadful.


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We weren't joking when news came out last September that Trent Reznor's Year Zero was in pre-production but moving at glacial pace. Dudes, it's been nearly an entire year without another announcement! At this rate, it'll be 2015 before we actually get to see any footage from the series which is in pre-production with HBO and BBC America.

Following news that Carnivale writer Daniel Knauf was working on the story, THR now reports that Fight Club's Jim Uhls who adapted Chuck Palahniuk's novel to the screen, is taking on writing duties for the series which takes place in 2022 in the US of A, commonly referred to as "Year Zero," the year the country was reborn…

The United States has suffered several major terrorist attacks, and in response the government has seized absolute control on the country and reverted to a Christian fundamentalist theocracy. The government maintains control of the populace through institutions such as the Bureau of Morality and the First Evangelical Church of Plano, as well as increased surveillance and the secret drugging of tap water with a mild sedative. In response to the increasing oppression of the government, several corporate, government, and subversive websites were transported back in time to the present by a group of scientists working clandestinely against the authoritarian government. The websites-from-the-future were sent to the year 2007 to warn the American people of the impending dystopian future and to prevent it from ever forming in the first place.

More as it comes! Hopefully the next bit of news won't take a year to emerge.
Title: Re: Post-Apocalypse TV
Post by: nacho on June 25, 2011, 01:24:11 PM
I've been marathoning Community, largely because I'm obsessed with Alison Brie, and I was a little bored at first... But then some brilliant episodes emerged once they hit their groove halfway through season one, and it never really stepped down in quality.

On the last disc of season one now and I hit the internet darling PA episode... And it's amazing. Post-Apocalyptic surreal sitcom!
Title: Re: Post-Apocalypse TV
Post by: Cassander on June 26, 2011, 01:54:25 AM
there's the double whammy of Britta and Alison.  and sometimes Troy. 
Title: Re: Post-Apocalypse TV
Post by: nacho on June 26, 2011, 10:13:04 AM
Yeah, no shit. I shift from being obsessed with Britta and then Annie with each episode. Although Brie's why I'm watching in the first place and I was turned off by Britta, there's this fascinating -- and extraordinarily subtle -- development of Britta's character, isn't there? You don't really notice it till, 20 episodes later, it's like, woah, we were on Britta's Journey the whole time.

And I won't talk about how heartwarming the Abed-Troy bromance is in public.
Title: Re: Post-Apocalypse TV
Post by: nacho on June 26, 2011, 10:41:40 AM
Haha! And season two has the zombie apocalypse Halloween party episode!

"Jeff! You just punched out a lady bee!"
Title: Re: Post-Apocalypse TV
Post by: nacho on June 26, 2011, 11:22:53 AM
"Troy. Make me proud. Be the first black man to make it to the end."

(And he doesn't.)
Title: Re: Post-Apocalypse TV
Post by: nacho on April 30, 2012, 02:50:34 PM
Oh yes! I found Amerika and World War III:



(PS: Sam Neill plays an evil Russian colonel.)

Title: Re: Post-Apocalypse TV
Post by: nacho on May 08, 2012, 10:56:49 AM
The Abrams PA show got a green light...

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In what looks like the first high-profile genre pick-up for next season, NBC has ordered J.J. Abrams’ Revolution to series.

The premise is described as “a high octane action drama following a group of characters struggling to survive and reunite with loved ones in a world where all forms of energy have mysteriously ceased to exist” — everything from computers and technology to lights and vehicles.

The series pilot is titled “Blackout.”

Abrams (Alias, LOST, Star Trek, et al) is producing Revolution with Eric Kripke (Supernatural). It stars Billy Burke as Miles, Giancarlo Esposito as Lt. Neville, Tracy Spiridakos as Charlie, Graham Rogers as Danny, Anna Lise Phillips as Maggie, Tim Guinee as Ben, David Lyons as Bass Monroe, Andrea Roth as Rachel, Maria Howell as Grace, and Zak Orth as Aaron.

The series pilot is directed by Jon Favreau (Iron Man), and was filmed in Atlanta.
The first cast photo is above! (Click to enlarge.) Stay tuned for further details on the show when NBC makes its official up-front presentation later this month. We’ll add our Revolution series guide to SciFi Stream over the summer.


Title: Re: Post-Apocalypse TV
Post by: nacho on May 08, 2012, 02:56:48 PM
Oh yes! I found Amerika and World War III:



(PS: Sam Neill plays an evil Russian colonel.)


Holy shit... World War III actually holds up! Weird.

Amerika...not so much.
Title: Re: Post-Apocalypse TV
Post by: nacho on July 17, 2012, 10:42:27 AM
This is a curious choice... The Last Ship is good for PA aficionados, but to redo it for television would be sort of...well, BSG on the water. Except without bad guys. Basically it's about a ship that wanders the ocean for about half a year looking for a safe place to settle. When they find it, they fucking blow it up and escape on a Soviet sub to Antarctica where they find enough supplies at a research base to keep them in food and fuel for years. Then they continue their long, wordy, monotonous quest on the oceans of a devastated Earth and -- :sleepy1: Oh! What? Oh...okay... So, then, on page 600... :sleepy2:

Huh? What? Um... Wait, what was I saying?


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Michael Bay's production company Platinum Dunes is developing a post-apocalyptic series for TNT based on William Brinkley's 1989 book of the same name. Here's the show's description:

In The Last Ship, a global catastrophe nearly obliterates the earth's population, forcing the crew of a naval destroyer to confront the reality of their new existence in a world where they are among the only survivors.
Title: Re: Post-Apocalypse TV
Post by: RottingCorpse on October 05, 2012, 11:57:23 AM
www.deadline.com/2012/10/alloy-sells-post-apocalyptic-drama-to-cw (http://www.deadline.com/2012/10/alloy-sells-post-apocalyptic-drama-to-cw)

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Alloy Sells Post-Apocalyptic Drama To CW

On the heels of getting a fourth-season renewal for ABC Family drama Pretty Little Liars earlier today, Alloy Entertainment has sold sci-fi pitch The Hundred to the CW. Written by Jason Rothenberg, The Hundred is set a hundred years after mankind destroyed itself. Space-bound survivors take the first step to re-colonize Earth as 100 juvenile delinquents are released to the surface of a wildly changed planet, with the survival of the human race entirely in their hands. Warner Bros. TV, which owns Alloy Entertainment, is producing, with Rothenberg and Alloy’s Leslie Morgenstein and Gina Girolamo executive producing. This marks Rothenberg’s return to the CW where he previously co-created the pilot Body Politic starring Minka Kelly. On the feature side, he wrote a script for the Twilight Zone feature remake in the works at Warner Bros. Rothenberg and Alloy are with WME.
Title: Re: Post-Apocalypse TV
Post by: nacho on October 05, 2012, 12:08:48 PM
So...The Tribe with spaceships.

Which is fine because The Tribe needs to be remade in a less-painful way.
Title: Re: Post-Apocalypse TV
Post by: nacho on October 15, 2012, 06:11:55 PM
Defiance...

Title: Re: Post-Apocalypse TV
Post by: RottingCorpse on October 16, 2012, 09:51:47 AM
Despite that fairly shitty preview, Defiance has a bit of early buzz behind it. There's a Terra Nova vibe though...
Title: Re: Post-Apocalypse TV
Post by: nacho on October 16, 2012, 10:23:35 AM
I think it might be more accurate to say "a Falling Skies vibe" since, basically, it is Falling Skies meets V: The (first) Series.
Title: Re: Post-Apocalypse TV
Post by: nacho on November 13, 2012, 05:05:12 PM
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Title: Re: Post-Apocalypse TV
Post by: nacho on January 22, 2013, 11:15:08 AM
I know we're all tired of zombies...but I really liked Zombieland.

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A while ago, we heard that instead of a movie sequel to the undead comedy hit Zombieland, we'd instead be getting a TV show. Those rumors have been swirling around for more than a year now, and it finally seems like something might actually be happening on that front. Could Zombieland: The Series be headed our way soon?

Though we'd originally heard that if the show happened it would be headed to Fox, Broadcast Now is reporting that the Zombieland series has been given a home with Amazon's Instant Video service, which has been working for a while now to make a push for original programming. If it's true, it looks like the series will return to the adventures of the film's main characters (though we're guessing a new cast would be involved) in a world overrun with hungry undead.

Amazon hasn't made any official statement on this deal, if it exists, but it certainly seems like a promising venue for the show. After all, the film's creators originally intended to bring the story to TV first, and with Amazon on board the zombie carnage could be much bloodier than Fox would ever allow (we think).
Title: Re: Post-Apocalypse TV
Post by: nacho on February 26, 2013, 01:58:27 PM
Post-Post-Apocalypse TV!

The Beeb's "In the Flesh" takes place after we've successfully defeated a zombie apocalypse and "rehabilitated" the zombies to be living, thinking, half-people. I am both appalled and intrigued. Ultimately, it's probably just going to be Alien Nation with zombies. Which is fine, I guess.


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Title: Re: Post-Apocalypse TV
Post by: nacho on March 20, 2013, 05:29:02 PM
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April 15th for Defiance. I hope that means the fucking tsunami of faux-viral shit will fucking stop. I don't think a single day has gone by without some Defiance bullshit on all the sci-fi sites. I'm exhausted by this series and it's still weeks from the premiere.
Title: Re: Post-Apocalypse TV
Post by: nacho on March 21, 2013, 08:30:19 AM
Post-Post-Apocalypse TV!

The Beeb's "In the Flesh" takes place after we've successfully defeated a zombie apocalypse and "rehabilitated" the zombies to be living, thinking, half-people. I am both appalled and intrigued. Ultimately, it's probably just going to be Alien Nation with zombies. Which is fine, I guess.


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So this is one of those shows where you feel like you're supposed to be well-versed in a long-running book or comic series. Or, rather, it makes you feel like they really want you to feel that but it's not true.

Also a bit of trouble getting around the "science" of zombies being rehabilitated as noral, healthy people.

The HVF subplot -- the last vestiges of a zombie defense force now operating rogue as gun-happy local militias -- has more promise than the rehabilitation plot. They believe that the zombie apocalypse isn't quite over. But the militia commentary is a little heavy handed.

I don't know... I quit after 30 minutes to watch fan-made short films on Youtube inspired by Iain Banks!

 
Title: Re: Post-Apocalypse TV
Post by: nacho on March 26, 2013, 10:35:33 AM
We're getting Zombieland the TV series at Amazon soon... The pilot will be free and "if enough people watch it, the series will be greenlit."

I don't have high hopes. They're going for near-body doubles of the movie cast, and the same set-up. Their ongoing adventures.

On one hand, it'll be nice to have  a zom-com alternative to Walking Dead (and, since this is THE zom-com king, that's even better). But... How much of Zombieland was Cera, Harrelson, and Stone?

Title: Re: Post-Apocalypse TV
Post by: RottingCorpse on March 26, 2013, 10:37:59 AM
But... How much of Zombieland was Cera, Harrelson, and Stone?



All of it.
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Post by: nacho on March 26, 2013, 10:39:18 AM
But... How much of Zombieland was Cera, Harrelson, and Stone?



All of it.

Yeah. And what's a TV series if it doesn't have a surprise Bill Murray cameo in every episode?
Title: Re: Post-Apocalypse TV
Post by: nacho on April 12, 2013, 08:39:09 AM
So... I guess every single show next fall is going to be a PA show, or a copy of Once Upon A Time. Great.

http://io9.com/which-tv-show-will-be-your-obsession-the-lowdown-on-7-471858892

io9 picks just a handful of the PA madness coming our way from the main networks. This doesn't even touch on cableland, where we have three PA shows coming from Syfy (and, yes, Blake's 7 qualifies, as well).
Title: Re: Post-Apocalypse TV
Post by: nacho on April 15, 2013, 11:45:35 AM
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Haven't seen it yet... But critics are raving and (in what I find to be funny) SyFy hyas said that they will "pledge to give the show a chance." It's actually horrible that they have to promise us they won't knee-jerk cancel a show without telling anyone (including the show runners!!) again.
Title: Re: Post-Apocalypse TV
Post by: nacho on April 17, 2013, 05:17:11 PM
We're getting Zombieland the TV series at Amazon soon... The pilot will be free and "if enough people watch it, the series will be greenlit."

I don't have high hopes. They're going for near-body doubles of the movie cast, and the same set-up. Their ongoing adventures.

On one hand, it'll be nice to have  a zom-com alternative to Walking Dead (and, since this is THE zom-com king, that's even better). But... How much of Zombieland was Cera, Harrelson, and Stone?



Amazon posted the pilot -- free if you're prime.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00CE18P0K
Title: Re: Post-Apocalypse TV
Post by: nacho on April 18, 2013, 10:10:59 PM
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Haven't seen it yet... But critics are raving and (in what I find to be funny) SyFy hyas said that they will "pledge to give the show a chance." It's actually horrible that they have to promise us they won't knee-jerk cancel a show without telling anyone (including the show runners!!) again.

So...wait...this show is from all the Farscape people. Did I know that? Probably... And probably just blinded by hopelessness.

It's actually okay. And very pretty. It's basically an Earth-bound Farscape with too many characters and none of the charm or sophistication. Which, probably, is intentional, because I'm sure the Farscape people are just as hatefully bitter as I am. 
Title: Re: Post-Apocalypse TV
Post by: nacho on April 25, 2013, 04:07:13 PM
We're getting Zombieland the TV series at Amazon soon... The pilot will be free and "if enough people watch it, the series will be greenlit."

I don't have high hopes. They're going for near-body doubles of the movie cast, and the same set-up. Their ongoing adventures.

On one hand, it'll be nice to have  a zom-com alternative to Walking Dead (and, since this is THE zom-com king, that's even better). But... How much of Zombieland was Cera, Harrelson, and Stone?



Amazon posted the pilot -- free if you're prime.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00CE18P0K

Haha! And cancelled!
Title: Re: Post-Apocalypse TV
Post by: nacho on May 08, 2013, 03:47:07 PM
The Last Ship! A classic gets remade...


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Title: Re: Post-Apocalypse TV
Post by: nacho on May 10, 2013, 01:15:50 PM
Tomorrow People confirmed...


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Among the various pilot yeas-and-nays going around today, one pickup we were following was the remake of 1970s BBC SF show The Tomorrow People.

From Warner Bros TV, Berlanti TV and FremantleMedia, The Tomorrow People is the story of several young people from around the world who represent the next stage in human evolution, possessing special powers, including the ability to teleport and communicate with each other telepathically. Together they work to defeat the forces of evil. Based upon the original UK series created by Roger Price in the vein of X-Men and Heroes. Robbie Amell, Madeleine Mantock, Peyton List, Luke Mitchell, Mark Pellegrino, and Aaron Yoo star. Phil Klemmer is the writer and executive producer with Julie Plec, Greg Berlanti and Danny Cannon, who also directed the pilot. Melissa Kellner Berman is co-exec producer.
Title: Re: Post-Apocalypse TV
Post by: nacho on July 22, 2013, 05:04:52 PM
Um... Okay. I guess.

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Terry Gilliam's 1995 feature 12 Monkeys is heading to the small screen. The Hollywood Reporter brings word that the time travel tale is in development as a series with "Terra Nova" writers Travis Fickett and Terry Matalas attached to pen the pilot.

Inspired by Chris Marker's 1962 short film "La Jetée," 12 Monkeys begins in a post-apocalyptic future wherein a convict, James Cole (played by Bruce Willis in the 1995 film), volunteers to travel back in time in the hopes of learning how it came to be that the release of a deadly virus set the world down a path to its own near-destruction.

Chuck Roven and Richard Suckle, both of whom produced the original film, are attached to the series with a 90-minute pilot currently being planned. "24" helmet Jon Cassar is attached to direct.
Title: Re: Post-Apocalypse TV
Post by: RottingCorpse on July 22, 2013, 05:08:40 PM
I just threw up in my mouth a little bit.

Also:
Title: Re: Post-Apocalypse TV
Post by: nacho on November 20, 2013, 10:25:52 AM
So the Strain is getting a TV show:

http://io9.com/guillermo-del-toros-vampire-series-the-strain-gets-a-t-1467826668

The first book takes us right into the complete and total vampire apocalypse. The other two are PA. They're all terrible and dumb... But, then, so's Walking Dead.
Title: Re: Post-Apocalypse TV
Post by: nacho on November 21, 2013, 05:32:29 PM
Wait...what?

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Who wants to watch a show about Space Vampires? (Who may or may not be constantly naked this time?)

Deadline is repoting that Ringleader Studios has purchased rights to adapt Colin Wilson's 1976 novel The Space Vampires for television. Yes, the SAME story that was adapted into the 1985 flick Lifeforce. The series will also be titled Lifeforce and (because this is some weird, new rule all TV shows and movies have to abide by now) will come out with a companion graphic novel and video game.

It you're unfamiliar with the original film the plot is fairly simple: "A group of astronauts discover a derelict spaceship and return to Earth with three humanoid aliens that unleash a life-sucking plague upon humanity." Space Vampires, aw yeah.


Title: Re: Post-Apocalypse TV
Post by: RottingCorpse on November 22, 2013, 07:28:03 PM
*brain explodes*
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Post by: nacho on November 26, 2013, 12:30:09 PM
AMC just greenlit this:

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"Galyntine" takes place on a planet long after a technology-based disaster has made humanity reject technology, causing society to re-form in small tribes scattered across the face of the planet.

Very Leigh Brackett!
Title: Re: Post-Apocalypse TV
Post by: nacho on December 03, 2013, 12:45:34 PM
So the Strain is getting a TV show:

http://io9.com/guillermo-del-toros-vampire-series-the-strain-gets-a-t-1467826668

The first book takes us right into the complete and total vampire apocalypse. The other two are PA. They're all terrible and dumb... But, then, so's Walking Dead.

The first viral teaser...


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Post by: nacho on March 10, 2014, 10:05:43 PM
The Last Ship! A classic gets remade...


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Took them a year to get us a second trailer. You'd think, with all that time, they'd manage something better than Asylum-level trope-gasms. Jesus...

Title: Re: Post-Apocalypse TV
Post by: nacho on March 20, 2014, 05:24:49 PM
Awesome...and hilarious. Which PA-TV show cast would survive the actual apocalypse.

http://io9.com/which-post-apocalyptic-tv-show-cast-could-survive-an-ac-1547980541
Title: Re: Post-Apocalypse TV
Post by: nacho on April 03, 2014, 11:05:16 AM
Defiance, season two gets a...not very good promo:

Title: Re: Post-Apocalypse TV
Post by: RottingCorpse on April 03, 2014, 02:00:14 PM
Everything is trying to be Game of Thrones.
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Post by: nacho on April 08, 2014, 11:20:15 AM
Twitch.


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Syfy today announced Z Nation, a 13-episode zombie series set to debut in the fall from production company The Asylum (the studio that brought us Sharknado). The action-horror series depicts the epic struggle to save humanity after a zombie apocalypse. The series, which will air on Syfy, will be produced by The Asylum and sold internationally by Dynamic Television.

Karl Schaefer (Eerie Indiana, Eureka, The Dead Zone) will serve as executive producer and showrunner. “Z Nation will take viewers where no zombie has gone before,” says Schaefer. The show, he continues, adds “a sense of hope to the horror of the apocalypse – our everyday heroes take the fight to the zombies. It’ll be an epic journey unlike anything you’ve seen before.”

In making the announcement, Chris Regina, Senior Vice President, Programming, Syfy, said: “Z Nation is a unique new journey into the long established zombie genre. Instead of existential despair, the series offers hope that somehow, some way, humanity will not only survive, but triumph. In producing their first ever weekly series, our long-time partners The Asylum have created a different way of telling an iconic story.”

In Z Nation, three years have passed since the zombie virus has gutted the country, and a team of everyday heroes must transport the only known survivor of the plague from New York to California, where the last functioning viral lab waits for his blood. Although the antibodies he carries are the world’s last, best hope for a vaccine, he hides a dark secret that threatens them all. With humankind’s survival at stake, the ragtag band embarks on a journey of survival across three thousand miles of rusted-out post-apocalyptic America.

Z Nation is a dynamic ensemble drama that will plunge viewers into a fully-imagined post-zombie America and take them on an adventure with a diverse group of richly-drawn characters. As the reluctant heroes learn to work as a team and battle ever-more-menacing zombies, their flaws, idiosyncrasies, and moral dilemmas will ultimately become the heart of the show.
Title: Re: Post-Apocalypse TV
Post by: RottingCorpse on April 09, 2014, 11:15:10 AM
I ignored this news piece when I saw it...
Title: Re: Post-Apocalypse TV
Post by: nacho on April 15, 2014, 01:54:27 PM
The latest from the Abrams-verse (Lindelof) is a post-Rapture series from HBO:



Switching this to the PA thread...


Title: Re: Post-Apocalypse TV
Post by: nacho on April 25, 2014, 10:28:01 AM
The Last Ship! A classic gets remade...


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Took them a year to get us a second trailer. You'd think, with all that time, they'd manage something better than Asylum-level trope-gasms. Jesus...


The first *good* promo for Battlestar Galactica Dawn of the Dead World War Z The Last Ship:

Title: Re: Post-Apocalypse TV
Post by: nacho on May 13, 2014, 01:11:33 PM
Let's hope they're going the Quiet Earth route here:

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Post by: RottingCorpse on May 13, 2014, 01:50:58 PM
No Vincent Price?
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Post by: nacho on May 13, 2014, 01:53:43 PM
Uh-oh... Suddenly worried that you have not seen The Quiet Earth:

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Post by: RottingCorpse on May 13, 2014, 01:56:02 PM
I was making a '58 Last Man on Earth reference.

But no, I haven't seen Quiet Earth.
Title: Re: Post-Apocalypse TV
Post by: nacho on May 13, 2014, 01:58:52 PM
I was making a '58 Last Man on Earth reference.

But no, I haven't seen Quiet Earth.

I know you were. Which is why I assumed you hadn't seen Quiet Earth, because this trailer is Quiet Earth.
Title: Re: Post-Apocalypse TV
Post by: nacho on May 15, 2014, 11:23:09 AM
RC...did you post the "Boom" trailer for The last Ship in the other thread? Now I can't find where that was...but the subconscious hilarity of this trailer sort of sums up Bay's entire career (the "Boom" is at the very end):

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Post by: RottingCorpse on May 15, 2014, 11:34:43 AM
It's in the "Not worth a Thread" thread.

Game 6 tonight so I'm sure I'll see this 500 times.
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Post by: nacho on May 15, 2014, 11:38:51 AM
"Boom."
Title: Re: Post-Apocalypse TV
Post by: RottingCorpse on May 15, 2014, 11:46:28 AM
I'm going to start ending every sentence with "boom."

Wait, I do that already actually, don't I?
Title: Re: Post-Apocalypse TV
Post by: nacho on May 28, 2014, 03:29:04 PM
Okay, okay, fine... The books were terrible but, you know, so are TWD comics! So there is hope...and I like what they've done with this trailer.

They'd better watch themselves, though. The best part of the books is the long, slow build-up to the apocalypse...and it's fun. Some of the clips from the teaser are mighty late in the story, plot-line wise.

The great story-killer will be when we morph into Queen of the Damned land with the very tedious council of ancients. But if they string out season one with book one, they'll be fine. Mainly because we'll have a few Nazi vampire episodes.


Title: Re: Post-Apocalypse TV
Post by: nacho on June 20, 2014, 09:15:46 AM
Um...so... Dominion is really, really good.

I expected the worst of the worst though, because it's based on that stupid movie Legion. But, wow. The 90 minute almost commercial free pilot was awesome.

Everyone else hates it, though, and it has been royally panned. So maybe my super crippling obsession with Rosalind Halstead is getting in the way of all rational thought?

Oh... Thread is now about Rosalind Halstead:


http://www.greatsociety.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/syfy-dominion-rosalind-halstead.jpg
Title: Re: Post-Apocalypse TV
Post by: nacho on June 23, 2014, 07:56:25 AM
The Last Ship!

So...they gave Michael Bay his normal operating budget, and the use of the entire US Navy, and he created a hybrid of a scene-by-scene remake of 70s BSG and the source novel and...it's awesome.
Title: Re: Post-Apocalypse TV
Post by: nacho on June 27, 2014, 10:15:46 AM
Um...so... Dominion is really, really good.

I expected the worst of the worst though, because it's based on that stupid movie Legion. But, wow. The 90 minute almost commercial free pilot was awesome.

Everyone else hates it, though, and it has been royally panned. So maybe my super crippling obsession with Rosalind Halstead is getting in the way of all rational thought?

Oh... Thread is now about Rosalind Halstead:


http://www.greatsociety.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/syfy-dominion-rosalind-halstead.jpg

Episode two was okay. I'd kind of like them to explain the angels a bit better, and maybe talk more about God going missing, and maybe explain why all the higher orders of angels are hanging back, and where they are...

I don't know. The series is hopelessly doomed, but it's better than Falling Skies!

Title: Re: Post-Apocalypse TV
Post by: nacho on July 01, 2014, 10:44:16 AM
I wonder if Michael Bay's true genius will finally shine through on TV... Last Ship, episode two, was good!

Now, it's all simple idiot stuff. Basically we're watching a new take on gritty space opera a la the BSG reboot and Stargate: Universe, except it's starring the US Navy and there's a distinct mission driving them all.

The space opera rules, though, are very much in place with a cast of likable yet, generally, expendable characters who are all salt of the Earth types. The strong marine, the focused captain, the human-element XO, the tough as nails engineer chick, etc... And I mean every character trope is in there. We have the conflicted doctor, the reluctant spy, and, as of episode two, the unpredictable wise-cracking rogue. All we need is a cute alien and a princess!

The mission is to raid enough places to get enough equipment to slowly build Rhona Mitra's lab so she can develop a vaccine for... Well, the crew of the ship. There's this whole "we need to save the world" thing going on but Rhona told us that 80% of the world had the disease and, if they had it, they're dead. Radio contact from America is only static-filled shortwave pleas for help. So clearly there's very little left to save but themselves.

Meanwhile, the Big Bad was introduced late in episode two --  the rule of character tropes remains. The Big Bad is a very Bond-ian Russian navy captain, complete with a comically put-on accent and we even almost verged into Cold War-era Russian music cues when we switched to the bridge of the Russian cruiser.

So throw in all of this stuff along with a tremendous budget and...well..."boom"...and there we go. The perfect formula. Every character trope, patriotism, and precision shooting from deck cannons that shreds terrorists into their basic chemical compounds while our blue-eyed, blond-haired boys watch on with unflinching resolve.   

Metal shrapnel ravages the chief Engineer's leg?  You gonna be okay, Annie?

Right as rain, cap! Yee-haaaaa!!!!
Title: Re: Post-Apocalypse TV
Post by: nacho on July 01, 2014, 10:45:39 AM
The latest from the Abrams-verse (Lindelof) is a post-Rapture series from HBO:



Switching this to the PA thread...




Utter shite. I'll probably watch because I love PA shit...but, Jesus, this was terrible.
Title: Re: Post-Apocalypse TV
Post by: nacho on July 07, 2014, 11:50:10 AM
Episode three is when The Last Ship utterly falls apart. Making the Russian admiral a bad guy is easy, right? Because it's like he and his crew have walked out of a Cold War paranoia movie. And we know they're bad! They mine the harbor, they say bad things...

But, no, we have to illustrate it with the Russian showing his resolve by inexplicably executing his XO during a tense stand off with our heroes.

And then the good guys hole the Russian ship and make an improbable escape.

What's driving me nuts is that 80% of the world had the superflu, and you're dead in three days, and they keep saying "every day costs half a million lives." No...  It's over. 80% of the world is dead from the flu. The only people left to inoculate are the people on your ship. Where the fuck are you going to deliver the cure once it's done? Atomic Fallout France? Dead, radio-silent America? Dead, radio-silent Russia?

This, of course, extends to the Russians. Why don't they want to work together? Their first response -- as, basically, the last people on Earth -- is to antagonize the US Naval vessel and go on murdering sprees? There's nothing left to fight for, guys. And the whole "we'll become masters of the Earth" thing is sort of a big "huh?" for me.

Also, they fucked up the Russian ship pretty well. There's no way they can repair that. Yet... Looks like they're going to stay on as the Big Bads.

But they'll keep copying BSG, I think (and shooting your XO for no good reason is how they made sure we all knew Cain was bad in BSG, remember?) and be light on the external bad guys and heavy on the emotional stress among the crew.

That sorta kinda worked for BSG for a couple seasons... But this is BOOM Michael BLAMMO Bay. Character development is on page four of his to-do list right under "remember that the Destroyer can't fly in space."

Title: Re: Post-Apocalypse TV
Post by: Sirharles on July 07, 2014, 12:23:50 PM
Oh good...you just saved me $.  I was thinking about buying the season on Amazon.
Title: Re: Post-Apocalypse TV
Post by: nacho on July 07, 2014, 02:29:31 PM
Haha! Spend money for this? Are you crazy?

Give me the money instead and, in return, I'll slowly drill holes in your kneecap. It'll be much more fun.
Title: Re: Post-Apocalypse TV
Post by: nacho on July 12, 2014, 09:33:57 AM
It might be because the subliminal advertising is everywhere, but I'm starting to look forward to The Strain.
Title: Re: Post-Apocalypse TV
Post by: nacho on July 12, 2014, 10:02:48 AM
So, basically, I'm just watching Dominion at this point because we I know Lucifer's going to show up in the finale and it'll be like an episode of Buffy when he does. I can't actually make sense or care about anything else in this show.
Title: Re: Post-Apocalypse TV
Post by: nacho on July 13, 2014, 09:03:40 AM
Jeez... I haven't read this series since 1985... And am not quite inspired to do so again. I do know, however, that the post-apocalyptic future Earth stuff is something that only entered the series recently.

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Terry Brooks' beloved Shannara series has been on the table for adaptation for years now, but MTV have picked up the gauntlet, green-lighting a 10 episode first season. I can only assume the decision to finally invest in the sprawling post-apocalyptic/Fantasy series is due to the popularity of HBO's Game of Thones, but who cares, I honestly never thought we'd see this day.

Shannara is unique to epic fantasy in that it's still earth as we know it, but the world is a post-nuclear future version of Earth where humans have mutated into elves and dwarves and the land mass of the planet is all swapped around.

Jonathan Liebesman (Battle: LA, Wrath of the Titans, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles) has been tapped to direct the first two episodes while Iron Man's John Favreau will produce.
Title: Re: Post-Apocalypse TV
Post by: Reginald McGraw on July 13, 2014, 05:46:36 PM
Ah yes. I have most of these books. Very interesting how he's connected all his trilogies. There's not more than a hint of post apocalyism in the original trilogy.
Title: Re: Post-Apocalypse TV
Post by: Reginald McGraw on July 13, 2014, 06:00:12 PM
My thought is this gets the Game of Thrones style treatment (I know themes are much different), over some PA view.
Title: Re: Post-Apocalypse TV
Post by: nacho on July 14, 2014, 08:08:26 AM
The Strain!

The books are so poorly done that the TV show has no choice but to flash things out for the sake of a narrative. All ably done... Though the two hour premiere may have been a bit much. I was bored for much of the second act.
Title: Re: Post-Apocalypse TV
Post by: nacho on July 14, 2014, 08:14:45 AM
The latest screw-up in The Last Ship is the episode where they need water but their engines are dead... Which is alot like that BSG episode where they needed water! In fact the same sort of thing happens (where the sea = cylon saboteurs).

So in their moment of desperation they broadcast a distress call to anyone and everyone who's listening.

Okay, first -- IT'S THE END OF THE WORLD EVERYONE IS DEAD NOBODY IS GOING TO BE OUT THERE!!!! There's even a scene that establishes that they know that -- the captain listening to ham radio messages from the last lonely outposts of humanity. They even talk about how there appears to be no organized anything left! Then, 10 minutes later, they're calling for help and depressed that there's no answer?

Also -- the damage that happened that got them into the situation is because THEY'RE HIDING FROM RUSSIAN BAD GUYS WHO ARE RIGHT BEHIND THEM AND SEARCHING FOR THEM!!! So, yes, there ARE people listening. The nuclear destroyer full of mass-murdering sociopaths who want to kill you. But the show already seems to have forgotten about them.
Title: Re: Post-Apocalypse TV
Post by: nacho on July 17, 2014, 11:14:38 AM
The first trailer for Continuum Lost American Doctor Who Children of Men I Am Legend 12 Monkeys:


Title: Re: Post-Apocalypse TV
Post by: nacho on July 21, 2014, 10:38:59 AM
In the latest episode of The Last Ship, they take two rafts 30 miles up a river to a monkey reserve. Their most important member, the doctor, goes along because only she can ID the right kind of monkeys. As soon as they run into trouble, they send her back, the captain and XO go in the opposite direction, have a ridiculous adventure, and get the monkeys anyway as if they knew all along which ones to get...so there was no point in bringing the doctor along to begin with!

Title: Re: Post-Apocalypse TV
Post by: RottingCorpse on July 21, 2014, 11:41:19 AM
Did you talk to Missus RC about The Last Ship? She still claims to want to watch it.
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Post by: nacho on July 21, 2014, 12:06:48 PM
Did you talk to Missus RC about The Last Ship? She still claims to want to watch it.

I had no idea she was in such danger or else, yes, I would have sat her down and talked to her about it.
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Post by: RottingCorpse on July 21, 2014, 12:29:33 PM
Can't you see the signs?! This is a cry for help!
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Post by: nacho on July 21, 2014, 01:09:23 PM
I can list 100 shows she should watch before she devotes even 15 minutes to The Last Ship.
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Post by: nacho on July 31, 2014, 01:14:36 PM
Y meets The Walking Dead starring "WAAAAAALLLLT!!!" Actually...you can't go wrong.


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Post by: nacho on August 04, 2014, 08:35:12 AM
The stranded in the ocean episode has been done so many times, and was so generic, I forgot if I was watching an episode of The Last Ship or an episode of any other show in history.

The Russians are back. This really is like BSG -- the occasional, all-powerful enemy shows up to move an episode along, otherwise it's ship-board internal politics punctuated by various survival-oriented disasters (need water, need to find a home, need resources, need to learn to live together, etc.)
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Post by: nacho on August 11, 2014, 12:20:42 PM
I love how Last Ship alternates between "there's no one left in the world" and "a vaccine will save the world." Sometimes this happens in the same sentence.

"See -- so anyone who gets the virus will die within 48 hours. And that's why it's so important for us to find the vaccine."  Um...six months after the outbreak, one month after your last contact with any organized government or group.

But then we see infected people -- like two episodes ago -- who seem to be existing as sort of lepers and outcasts. Which isn't how any superflu would ever work, but okay...

I also like that the Russian ship receives catastrophic damage every time we encounter it, and yet they seem to be just fine when next we see them.

Oh, and I love that patient zero's experiment makes no sense at all, killed "four billion people," and he's angry when people call him a monster. His argument is, for the most part, I'm not the monster, you're the monster!

Meanwhile, on The Strain... Flashbacks to concentration camps are much more exciting than the actual present day story, which is about how people don't believe in vampires even when they're attacked by them.
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Post by: nacho on August 18, 2014, 11:29:34 AM
Last Ship update!

Bonus points for finally having a moment back in post-apocalypse America as the captain's idiot wife gets herself infected because I guess she has lost all sense of sight and smell and doesn't notice the horrible corpse sprawled out in the radio shop.

But that's okay because we have "not only a vaccine, but a cure" back on the ship. The doc needs to test the cure on humans and, instead of redshirts, all the people who volunteer are the most vital members of the crew -- the chief, who says testing the cure is the purpose god put him on Earth and "everyone's dispensable" (he's the only person who can hold the crew together), the chief engineer who not only received a major gunshot wound two episodes ago, but when she was laid up with that wound we realized that she's the only capable engineer on the ship and they desperately need her, and then the main radio guy and the maverick from Guantanamo. The doctor fails to realize that she needs to account for the human gene in the virus (which...what?) even though she knows all about the human gene in the virus and can't stop talking about it and it was a huge reveal in the last episode and recapped for this episode. Her shoddy doctoring is largely intended to kill a black person who WAS a redshirt. But that's okay, sci-fi racial stereotypes are fine as long as you have that one black guy who has an NCO position and doesn't die.

Next week is the finale. The preview shows the ship docking and tons of people pouring out to greet them even though there's a highly virile plague that's laid waste to 90% of the population.

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Post by: nacho on August 19, 2014, 08:21:00 AM
Now that the apocalypse is happening, The Strain is fun. It sure took a few eye-rolling episodes to warm up, though.

I still have some complaints:

1) Lack of Nazi flashbacks. We got a little tiny taste, but the book explored Setrakian's backstory in loving detail, and it was the only awesome part of the book. It also did that great thing the Nazis always do -- it made the main vampire lieutenant horrifically evil by association because he was the commandant. In lieu of telling his Nazi past, they've chosen to paint his evilness by making him a slightly homosexual vampire obsessed with torturing his victims in ways that don't make a lick of sense in the story (the people he slowly feeds off of are not infected even though a bite always means infection?)

2) What kind of worked in the book -- a diverse cast of characters slowly discovering the truth and gathering around the beacon that was Setrakian -- does not work on TV.

3) The eclipse -- which the whole goddamned book built up to, and the show has been jabbering about all season -- only lasts for one scene and only features a couple of vampire attacks that are tame compared to all the other drama-attacks so far. The idea that the eclipse is the tipping point for the infection isn't even mentioned, and where we got to hear Setrakian's thoughts in the book, we don't here... But they've done the show as if we did know his thoughts in a moment that's weirdly too loyal to the books.

So, yeah...it's a waste of time.
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Post by: nacho on August 25, 2014, 10:46:08 AM
The end of season one of The Last Ship... A painful experience!  The finale copied an episode of the Survivors reboot (right down to some of the same names) and, yet, it was so rushed and annoying it was barely entertaining. It's like they went back and re-shot it with days to spare when they got renewed for a second season.

Ah well... Next summer -- the pain continues!
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Post by: nacho on August 25, 2014, 07:24:11 PM
The Strain finally got awesome. The secret? Nazis and vampire hunters.
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Post by: nacho on September 08, 2014, 01:44:34 PM
Z Nation hits on Friday!

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In Z Nation, three years have passed since the zombie virus has gutted the country, and a team of everyday heroes must transport the only known survivor of the plague from New York to California, where the last functioning viral lab waits for his blood. Although the antibodies he carries are the world's last, best hope for a vaccine, he hides a dark secret that threatens them all. With humankind's survival at stake, the ragtag band embarks on a journey of survival across three thousand miles of rusted-out post-apocalyptic America.

Meanwhile, on The Strain, the characters spent most of last night's episode discussing and mourning the death of THE FUCKING GUY WHO SINGLE-HANDEDLY DESTROYED HUMANITY BY BETRAYING HIS FRIENDS!!

Ahem...

In other news, I was overjoyed not to have to watch Falling Skies as well.
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Post by: nacho on September 13, 2014, 01:04:36 PM
Couldn't even make it through half of Z Nation.
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Post by: nacho on September 15, 2014, 08:36:35 AM
So the whole apocalypse begins with a widely reported outage of the internet and cell service. We're reminded of this in the recap. And then we open up episode ten and a character is able to make calls, and two characters talk about coordinating their search with text messages...a search for someone whose location was found by finding an Apple computer, getting onto the wi-fi, and using the internet.

Okay...maybe the writers forgot or never watched the first 10 episodes, right? Maybe they just hired a person off the street to write this episode.

Except...the episode is about trying to get the internet back on! And the heated scene on that topic seems kind of absurd when their two buddies are in the next room surfing the net and making phone calls.

"How do we restore the internet?!?!?!?!"

Um...well, go into the bedroom, I guess.

But, okay. Seriously. This episode was all about finally getting to the eye worm scene, and the whole hour was written around that one moment.
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Post by: nacho on October 06, 2014, 07:54:01 AM
Top moments from The Strain's finale:

1) "We need to wait for backup!"

Oh...okay. Would that be the 8 year old boy who doesn't know this is happening? The old man with the weak heart? The reluctant daughter who's recently become unhinged? Or...are you in a different TV show?

2) "Dynamite is a common exterminator tool."

I think that was a joke... But it wasn't delivered like a joke.

3) I may be bad, but I feel good

I no longer understand the Stoneheart guy's motivation. I need to understand it because his subplot is so ridiculous I can barely watch it without laughing my head off.

4) The disused speakeasy access tunnels that are in perfect condition

5) The seven -- yes, I counted -- potential fatal blows against the Master that were delayed to deliver a quip. The last of these saw the Master writhing in daylight, powerless, with the sword at his throat.   
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Post by: nacho on January 15, 2015, 11:05:24 AM
12 Monkeys on Friday!
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Post by: RottingCorpse on January 15, 2015, 06:49:35 PM
12 Monkeys on Friday!

Tiffany Shepis!

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Post by: nacho on January 15, 2015, 07:01:30 PM
Man... I guess I better watch this in HD.
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Post by: RottingCorpse on January 15, 2015, 07:03:16 PM
So, after an IMDb check, Shepis may no be in it. Though for some reason, every other Twitter post of her's for the past ten weeks  has been about 12 Monkeys. Maybe she's just really excited about it.
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Post by: nacho on March 02, 2015, 10:04:38 AM
The Last Man on Earth had some high comedy moments that I enjoyed, but it's still pretty lame. I wonder how much it suffers from Walking Dead backlash -- don't get too serious!

One problem I have is that, okay, billions of people are dead...so where are the bodies? Or any evidence of death or anarchy? The PA world is completely and totally sterilized, which makes it pretty much impossible to get into the show.
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Post by: nacho on March 17, 2015, 10:40:50 AM
Giving up on Last Man on Earth. Not only is it stupid and not at all satisfying from either a comic or a post-apocalypse angle, but I just can't get over the Clean Apocalypse. This was the same problem the Survivors reboot had -- billions are dead, and yet there are no bodies, or mention of bodies. There are no wild animals, or even household pets wandering around. And everything works. Last Man is set two years after the apocalypse... Every car starts, every window is clean, every street is clear, every lawn is mown, every tree is trimmed.

I know it's a sit-com but, hey, if you're going to make a sit-com set after the apocalypse, is it so much to at least make a nod at creating an atmosphere? Maybe, like, scatter leaves on the road? Or break a window?
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Post by: Sirharles on March 17, 2015, 01:08:35 PM
I couldn't get past the first episode.  For some of the same reasons...also because it was stupid.
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Post by: nacho on May 06, 2015, 10:57:45 AM
Season two of The Strain. I'm cautiously hopeful mainly because it looks like they've thrown the books out the window... Which is good because, wow, the books are bad.

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Post by: nacho on May 27, 2015, 11:24:06 AM
Oh, dear, George. Be careful...


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George A. Romero (Night of the Living Dead) is gearing up to adapt his comic-book series Empire of the Dead as a new television series. The project is still in the early phases, but Romero has teamed up with Demarest Films (Tusk) to write the pilot script, in conjunction with producers Sam Englebardt and William D. Johnson.

Romero practically invented the modern-day zombie movie, but he doesn’t have much experience with television. Empire found Romero expanding on his zombie canon by introducing vampires into the mix, with a story set in New York City years after the undead plague has erupted. Not only do the survivors have to deal with zombies, but a new (old) threat arises to “take a bite out of the Big Apple.” Basically, we’re talking about a big ol’ Romero zombie movie strung out for the small screen. That’s definitely not a bad thing.

With The Walking Dead dominating the conversation these days, pulling Romero back into the fold is an excellent way for a zombie project to gain some instant credibility. But it’s worth noting Romero’s past few zombie films have been a bit lackluster (to say the least), so here’s hoping a change of medium might be just the catalyst he needs to recapture the magic.
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Post by: nacho on June 17, 2015, 11:34:03 AM
The Last Ship returns Friday with a two hour premiere.

Of course, they're no longer on the ship. Now they're in Norfolk trying to rebuild America or some shit which means the show has become season two of Jericho.

I'm starting to think all these FX shows are really just vehicles for increasingly disgusting trailers for season two of The Strain. 
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Post by: nacho on June 22, 2015, 10:50:17 AM
The Last Ship returns Friday with a two hour premiere.

Of course, they're no longer on the ship. Now they're in Norfolk trying to rebuild America or some shit which means the show has become season two of Jericho.

I'm starting to think all these FX shows are really just vehicles for increasingly disgusting trailers for season two of The Strain. 

Oh, right, they were in Baltimore battling Alfre Woodward and the Maryland State Police who had formed a fascist body-burning freakout Green Zone.

So the two hour premiere was actually quite passable... It's almost like they learned all their lessons last season (shockingly). We had action, nobody pulling their punches, and not too much fucking whining (the kids and the grandfather were fast-forward worthy during their long scenes in abandoned Baltimore).

Mainly, we spent the entire premiere watching the MD troopers be horrible and then stalking them down one by one and brutally killing them with machine guns and hatchets.

So now our heroes are in charge of America, I guess. They're going to "fix the problem" in Baltimore (isn't "the problem" actually the fact that 80% of the world is dead and there's no government or infrastructure left?), and then they're going to go home to Norfolk so the crew can go and find their families even though 80% OF THE WORLD IS DEAD!!

Previews for this season show lunatics forming a "master race" of immune people with numbers large enough to effectively take on a highly trained naval crew who just ruthlessly exterminated 100 MD state troopers. Oh well.
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Post by: nacho on June 29, 2015, 10:37:38 AM
Last Ship update. The mast race of immune people are a culty religion. With them is Patient Zero, still bent on the destruction of the entire human race and seemingly not satisfied with being directly responsible for the death of 4 billion people. He's like Baltar from the original BSG. What's the end game? Exterminate the entire human race and...what then?

The crew is shocked that most of their families are among the, um, 4 billion and counting who died.

Nine months without supplies or government and the not only is Norfolk full of SEAL teams, but they also have pilots and a functioning administration. They've chosen not to help anyone in Norfolk, apparently, but this isn't quetsioned. They just magically appear and start taking orders from the captain. He gives them the cure and sends them to the far corners of the globe because they find a secret White House hard drive that contains a video message that says there's a massive infrastructure of secret labs waiting for them and all the secret labs are still functioning and still waiting for them even though no one has contacted them in almost a year and...

Oh, fuck it. Nevermind.
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Post by: Reginald McGraw on June 30, 2015, 05:03:37 PM
No, no...you must continue.

If I'm going to provide Under the Dumb updates, you must do this!
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Post by: nacho on June 30, 2015, 05:06:02 PM
Speaking of which... Where is our update?!
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Post by: Reginald McGraw on June 30, 2015, 05:08:34 PM
Mrs. McGraw and I have been sucked into the Netflix series Sense8 and haven't gotten to that yet.
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Post by: nacho on July 06, 2015, 11:03:11 AM
I think The Last Ship just found its groove. The "we're the chosen ones" immune cult is actually just a front for the real bad guys -- a duo of survivors from a British sub who have gone rogue and now want to...something something. Not sure what the goal is, unless the goal is just to fuck with the Last Ship. I think the goal is the same as the immune cult -- kill everyone. And stop the cure, because only the immune will inherit the Earth.

Meanwhile, we've added the badass IDF hottie to the crew and an Aussie MMA or something. Always good to get away from the cast of cowardly technicians and radar operators.
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Post by: nacho on July 10, 2015, 10:08:09 AM
So, basically, I'm just watching Dominion at this point because we I know Lucifer's going to show up in the finale and it'll be like an episode of Buffy when he does. I can't actually make sense or care about anything else in this show.

The show's back. Now that SyFy can show tits, I'm on board.

Show is still a confused mess, though.

And... Where's Satan?!?!
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Post by: RottingCorpse on July 10, 2015, 10:32:43 AM
Satan is inside you!
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Post by: nacho on July 10, 2015, 11:02:53 AM
Satan is inside you!

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Post by: nacho on July 14, 2015, 07:29:09 AM
Season two of The Strain. I'm cautiously hopeful mainly because it looks like they've thrown the books out the window... Which is good because, wow, the books are bad.


So the 90 minute premiere was pretty much everyone standing around drinking giant tumblers of warm vodka and fortifying their Brooklyn warehouse with laughably useless defenses (the bars go inside the window?).

The magic book (that was in the book trilogy) is suddenly on the table without any preamble. That's okay, because it was treated that way in the books. But now we have a bullshit mission. As usual, though, there';s no real focus on any one mission and no cohesion in the group. Everyone has their own little mission. Eph and Nora are working on a cure, the annoying kid is pining for his mom even though I thought we were over all that, the Master creates the feelers, Abraham's after the book, the exterminator dude is spending the whole day installing window bars...

Seemingly off the apocalypse grid for the moment, as soon as they're all together and going to the supply cache in the warehouse they're under attack by an army of vampires. Confusingly, New York is falling slower than in the books. There's still emergency response, the mayor gives a press conference to a crowded room...

Ah well. It wasn't as painful as some episodes.
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Post by: nacho on August 03, 2015, 08:27:21 AM
The Strain. This...fucking...show.

The first five minutes of last night's episode was a VHS-quality black and white rip-off of El Santo Vs the Vampires, presented without preamble or explanation.

This was done to introduce us to one of a slew of new characters who'll join the team -- the now elderly El Santo (he's "The Angel"). He's now a big fat man who ponderously assumes a wrestling stance all the time, whether he's being attacked by vampires or you just come up on him quietly in his own restaurant. (He's a Mexican who runs an Indian restaurant, by the way.)

At this point, all of the main cast are involved in their own non-inter-connecting storyline, so it's a bit of a whirlwind to throw in the new people. Especially when the main cast are behaving so outrageously out of character.

Meanwhile, the apocalypse claims the world and there's still trash service, and cell service, etc. Everyone's acting normally -- even down to going out at night -- and, of course, they get attacked and killed.

Title: Re: Post-Apocalypse TV
Post by: nacho on August 17, 2015, 01:19:46 PM
So the latest episode of The Last Ship was all about chastising and bringing criminal charges against the woman who cured the disease because she murdered the person who willfully created the disease for the express purpose of destroying the entire human race and is responsible for the death of 5 billion people and was working on a way to perfect the disease so he could kill all the rest.

We're somehow being asked to feel sorry for the greatest genocidal monster in human history and being asked to believe that people actually have a problem with him dying.

Killing that fucker should have been the high point of the season. Like a finale-level destruction of the Big Bad followed by dancing Ewoks and the nub-nub song!

This show makes the writing choices of Falling Skies seem level-headed.
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Post by: nacho on October 14, 2015, 05:27:33 PM
Oh, thank god...

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Forced to accept the seemingly impossible conclusion that a post-apocalyptic sequel series to a mildly successful but completely forgettable Adrianne Palicki horror movie might not be the smash hit everyone would automatically expect, Syfy has regretfully announced that it’s canceling Dominion. The two-season series, which starred Kings’ Chris Egan as yet another ratings-felled Chosen One, has apparently been hemorrhaging viewers in key demographics.
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Post by: nacho on October 15, 2015, 10:45:29 AM
Since Z Nation stole the central storyline (heroes have to get an immune/key to the cure across the country to a secret lab), they've decided it's finally time to adapt Y: The Last man into a series.

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A report over at The Hollywood Reporter reveals that FX (American Horror Story, The Bastard Executioner, The Strain) will be teaming up with Vaughan and Color Force's Nina Jacobson and Brad Simpson in order to adapt the dystopian sci-fi comics as an ongoing television show. They are currently on the hunt to find a writer to adapt the series alongside Vaughan.

A beloved and critically acclaimed comic book that was first launched in 2002, Y: The Last Man ran for 60 issues and was collected in multiple graphic novels. It centers around escape artist Yorick Brown, the last surviving human with a Y chromosome, and his pet capuchin monkey, Ampersand (also a male). Readers follow Yorick as he sets out to find out why a mysterious plague has wiped out the world’s male animals (including humans), and in the process save all of humanity.

The yellow brick road to adapting Y: The Last Man has been a rocky one, to say the least. New Line had originally acquired the rights for a movie adaptation back in 2007, with David S. Goyer, Carl Ellsworth and director D.J. Caruso attached. Caruso left the project after New Line wanted to take the franchise in another direction, turning what was a planned trilogy into a standalone two-hour film. In 2012, Matthew Federman, Stephen Scaia, J.C. Spink, Chris Bender, Mason Novick and Jake Weiner (with David S. Goyer producing) were on board the project, but everything fell through again.

In September of 2014 plans for the movie were scrapped, and the rights have thankfully reverted back to Vaughan since then.

“We wanted to tell a complete story … but not the whole story,” Vaughan said at the time, noting that he had hoped that “in success, we could get tell the rest of our serialized adventure.”

If you're a fan of Y: The Last Man, then you're in good company. Geek god Joss Whedon, Louis Leterrier (The Incredible Hulk, Clash of the Titans) as well as Chuck and Heroes Reborn alum Zachary Levi have showered nothing but love on the series, with Levi also showing a keen interest in tackling the role of Yorick.
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Post by: nacho on November 24, 2015, 08:40:59 AM
Into the Badlands is actually quite terrible. The saving grace is the truly wonderful kung fu/swordfight stuff. It's like Sunday morning kung fu theater except with better special effects. Equilibrium meets kung fu theater.

There's some bullshit story with a bunch of two dimensional characters driving the whole thing. The mains tory arc is that a kid with special powers befriends the best fighter in the land and they're sorta kinda pursuing a way "out of the Badlands," except they haven't really explained what the Badlands are and why they need out or what that's all about. Is it a giant prison or social experiment? What's beyond the...whatever...?

What the show is really about is obsessing over Emily Beecham, who plays the ass-kicking "Widow."


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Post by: RottingCorpse on November 30, 2015, 06:13:23 PM
Is she the one with the red coifed hair? Because that girl is super dreamy.
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Post by: nacho on November 30, 2015, 07:26:38 PM
Is she the one with the red coifed hair? Because that girl is super dreamy.

Yes. Watch the video if you want to be reborn.
Title: Re: Post-Apocalypse TV
Post by: nacho on December 05, 2015, 04:24:10 PM
You, Me, and the Apocalypse:


It's a Britcom version of The Last man on Earth. Since LMoE set the bar pretty low, it's easy to do miles and miles better... The show features terrible British actors doing horrible American accents and Rob Lowe being a drunken priest while a comet bears down on Earth...or...does it? It might all be an experiment. Only four episodes in.

It's funny and mindless and just what you need if you're bored.
Title: Re: Post-Apocalypse TV
Post by: nacho on December 15, 2015, 10:27:38 AM
Childhood's End has some fascinating problems.

First off, it's beautiful. It's beautifully shot, the effects are amazing, and the acting is excellent. Charles Dance can command any scene...even when he's not in it.

So here's the problem. The first episode opens up with a brief text commentary about how Arthur C. Clark changed sci-fi forever when he wrote the book in 1954. It goes on to say how the book has influenced just about every sci-fi show every made. So they're hanging a lampshade, from the first step, on the fact that we've seen every trope in Childhood's End 1001 times.

This weird sort of back-handed apology does not play well when the tropes start up right away. But...okay, I can get over that. They're being loyal to some classic silver age sci-fi, bravo. Good for them.

But then they play with each trope by going super meta. Someone at the newspaper wants to call the aliens "The Visitors," when the ships first show up one of our heroes is watching the scene from the BSG miniseries where the Galactica and her fleet make a desperate escape from the Ragnar nebula. Again and again, we're very subtly reminded of what the opening text told us -- you've seen all this before.

In which case, in the era of nothing but sci-fi and genre television, why am I watching it?

There are also some bizarre editing choices that leave you perplexed during pivotal scenes. The story feels trimmed and forced. The goodnik farmer boy is the speaker of the world bang-boom-done. The cynicism of the newspaper folks has to be carefully explained, and becomes clumsy. Why are they cynical? Because they think this is actually an invasion. Explain, explain, belabor, explain. You don't need to hold our hands here guys because...um...we've seen all this before!

Oh well. I'll tough out the three night event. I sat through Ascension, after all, and that was like dental surgery.

 
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Post by: nacho on December 18, 2015, 04:28:45 PM
Holy shit have they fucked up Childhood's End.

That makes the points in my post above even worse... So they make the excuse that they're being loyal to the source material for exploiting tropes... Buuuuutttt...they clearly have never read the source material and they're just making up their own story.
Title: Re: Post-Apocalypse TV
Post by: nacho on February 12, 2016, 10:29:44 AM
So Colony is a mixed bag. It's not very engaging, and Sawyer from Lost is just playing Sawyer from Lost. Plus, anyone who watched TWD (which is everyone) still hates Lori. Getting behind her as the revolutionary hero is sort of tough to swallow.

But, it has one aspect that I love -- we don't know what's going on! A year before the events in the series, the big sci-fi walls came down and sealed everybody in Santa Monica or whatever. The overlords took over and now everyone's in a (albeit Utopian) concentration camp.

But...we don't know if the overlords are aliens or Earthbound. And, five episodes in, we get our first glimpse outside the walls -- at an apocalyptic wasteland devoid of people.

The hints being dropped in each episode are that the overlords are actually Earth-based. Some super tech terrorists (or Orwellian government) that's taken control of the planet. I hope that is the case and that hope keeps me watching.
Title: Re: Post-Apocalypse TV
Post by: nacho on June 20, 2016, 10:44:24 AM
I'm watching The Last Ship so Sirharles doesn't have to!

And, wow, is it terrible.

It's nine months later. Rhona's dead and gone, but she cured the world. America is a Utopian paradise being ruled from St. Louis. Our goal is to get the cure to the world, but China is a big evil beast that wants to conquer all of its neighbors by strangling distribution of the cure so that the "Scott Effect" can't take hold (The "Scott Effect" is made-up-on-the-spot BS where X people have to receive the cure in order for it to spread otherwise it dies out...and so do the people.)

Japan is in dire straits. Our heroes, though, are really busy saving Vietnam. Until a nightclub gets shot up (I do see why they preempted this episode) and ALL of the executive staff from the ship are kidnapped.

Meanwhile, our captain guy and a few others are on foot and hiding out deep in the wilds of China where they plan to seek revenge.

So, remember, 5 billion people have died over the course of a chaotic and lawless six months. Yet all of the nations are still the same -- the map's entirely unchanged. Politics are the same, and there are state dinners where everyone acts like it's a normal day. Cell phones have full, worldwide coverage, the internet is working, everyone has power and TV and radio. Families are having picnics in the park and people are driving brand new cars around. The armed forces of China and the US are fully staffed. We have an active Pacific fleet that's pirate hunting and delivering the cure to everyone.

So the show is no longer an apocalypse show -- or even about "the last ship." It's a procedural 24-style political drama. Nor does anyone seem upset that 5 billion people died. (Though, of course, this is the show that tried to make the murder of the man directly responsible for killing those 5 billion a questionable action that resulted in a trial.)
Title: Re: Post-Apocalypse TV
Post by: nacho on June 28, 2016, 02:23:56 PM
So this is a mistake... A hard book to capture, and the show will be under the shadow of the S.T.A.L.K.E.R. franchise of movies/tv shows/video games. But...

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The network hasn’t exactly found an original ratings hit as of yet, but WGN America is quickly becoming a home for excellent shows — and now they’re prepping a fascinating new sci-fi project.

Deadline reports Watchmen alum Matthew Goode has signed on to star in a pilot based on the 1971 novella Roadside Picnic, written by Arkady and Boris Strugatsky. The story is set in a near-future where aliens have long since left, as mankind tries to make sense of the mysteries they’ve left behind. It will follow a man named Red (played by Goode), a “stalker” who makes a living scavenging through the abandoned alien cities.

His character is described as an “enigmatic, blue-collar contradiction,” capable of both quiet intelligence and ruthlessness from one moment to the next. Rounding out the supporting cast, Red has a wife and daughter (both yet to be cast) — though his daughter, Marie, is shunned in their society because she was on the site of a alien visitation. It’s an interesting pitch, and Goode certainly seems like an interesting choice for the role.

The pilot was written Jack Paglen (Transcendence), with Game Of Thrones alum Alan Taylor signed on to direct. Veteran producer Neal Moritz (I Am Legend, Furious 7) is also involved behind the scenes.

The series is in development now, with a pilot commissioned. We’ll keep you posted as things progress.
Title: Re: Post-Apocalypse TV
Post by: nacho on August 30, 2016, 11:02:13 AM
Well The Strain is back. And it was actually okay this time around. The apocalypse is happening and everybody's on board with fighting it. Eph is still annoying, but now he's also suicidal, so that helps. There's more of a sense of positioning pieces for a long haul, which is appreciated. Last season was one, long, annoying slog.
Title: Re: Post-Apocalypse TV
Post by: nacho on September 05, 2016, 10:01:51 AM
So now that The Last Ship has dropped its ridiculous and jingoistic war with China storyline it's good again! America has fallen to a coup led by Elizabeth Rohm and her amazing tits. Our heroes must now root out this evil and reform the United State! Yay!

Oddly, post-Coup America is more apocalyptic than anything we've yet seen in the series (which continues to generally ignore the idea that 70% of the world population died just about six months prior to the show's current timeline). 
Title: Re: Post-Apocalypse TV
Post by: Sirharles on September 05, 2016, 10:04:18 AM
I can't believe you're still watching this.
Title: Re: Post-Apocalypse TV
Post by: nacho on September 05, 2016, 10:09:45 AM
I can't believe you're still watching this.

It's engaging! Last night they piloted a Chinese destroyer on cruise control into San Diego harbor and blew it up and then hid their destroyer behind the smoke so that the entire named cast could conduct a suicide mission leaving only noncoms in charge of the ship! They even stopped a train on a dime one inch from charges on the track!

It's Amazing!!!! :mccainface:
Title: Re: Post-Apocalypse TV
Post by: Sirharles on September 05, 2016, 10:23:50 AM
 mind-is-blown
Title: Re: Post-Apocalypse TV
Post by: nacho on September 05, 2016, 10:33:59 AM
Seriously, though. The show's mainly about Elizabeth Rohm's tits now.
Title: Re: Post-Apocalypse TV
Post by: Sirharles on September 05, 2016, 04:57:32 PM
I've started to watch it again.  Mainly because I don't have anything else right now.  Episode 4...severe trouble and on the verge of death by dehydration ends with a beach party!!!
Title: Re: Post-Apocalypse TV
Post by: nacho on September 06, 2016, 10:16:28 AM
I've started to watch it again.  Mainly because I don't have anything else right now.  Episode 4...severe trouble and on the verge of death by dehydration ends with a beach party!!!

I can't believe you're still watching this.
Title: Re: Post-Apocalypse TV
Post by: Sirharles on September 06, 2016, 10:51:51 AM
I've started to watch it again.  Mainly because I don't have anything else right now.  Episode 4...severe trouble and on the verge of death by dehydration ends with a beach party!!!

I can't believe you're still watching this.

I know, I know....bad Sirharles.
Title: Re: Post-Apocalypse TV
Post by: nacho on September 06, 2016, 11:05:57 AM
What really ties the season together is the Japanese vampire storyline. And the frequent raids on the Chinese imperial palace where, apparently, anyone can just walk in and threaten the all-powerful dictator-for-life who's orchestrating the genocide of all non-Chinese Asians in the most obvious ways possible and yet they all still blame the Americans.

Wait till you get to the sudden shift where the Chinese storyline isn't important anymore, leading up to Sunday's episode where they magically produce a Chinese destroyer decoy 6000 miles from where we last saw it.
Title: Re: Post-Apocalypse TV
Post by: nacho on September 06, 2016, 11:10:42 AM
Oh, oh! And the people who want to be slaves because they're starving. So they refuse to be freed instead of, you know, revolting against the paramilitary force that doesn't actually want to be there and would clearly hesitate to fight back. Of course, we just need that so we can get some grandstanding about how wonderful America can be! Even though you get this exchange:

President: We have enough food to feed you for two days.

Slaves: And what happens after two days?

President: *flubberdy flibberty*!?!

Smash-cut: Unrelated "take pride in yourself man" conversation between Chandler and a bad general.

Smash-cut: Slaves are happy and on board with the plan that was just discussed and decided in the background but not shared with the audience.
Title: Re: Post-Apocalypse TV
Post by: nacho on September 30, 2016, 11:58:55 AM
The Strain has announced that they'll wrap everything up next season. This show has improved this season, but mainly because they've gotten on that sort of long finale arc.
Title: Re: Post-Apocalypse TV
Post by: nacho on July 24, 2018, 03:25:54 PM
I finally made it through the gonzo finale sequence of 12 Monkeys.

The show has been consistently brilliant -- and consistently flawed -- but the finale arc was really just damn good TV all around. It felt like we took a little bit too long to get here, and that it wasn't exactly mapped out to begin with, but the nature of the show is that retconning is not only allowed, it's inevitable. The zillions of splintered timelines in play by the time we get to the showdown ultimately gives the writers the power to do absolutely anything they want.

And they run with it in all the right ways. The ending seems very clean, but it's up to you. On the surface it's a happily ever after ending... But, then, the very last scene pretty clearly says: Nope. It was all for nothing. They failed. And, from there, lies another question: Failure might not actually be a bad thing, which some of the characters were leaning towards during the showdown with the Big Bads.

Fascinating, really. The sort of show I plan to return to and watch again some day without year long breaks between seasons.
Title: Re: Post-Apocalypse TV
Post by: nacho on March 05, 2019, 09:49:53 AM
The Passage ends next week and it's been consistently good all season. They've sore of cherry-picked the best stuff from the first two books which means the only possible option for season 2 is the 100 year time jump... But, well, that might work. It'll be interesting to see how they pull it off.
Title: Re: Post-Apocalypse TV
Post by: nacho on April 17, 2019, 12:20:13 PM
So Z Nation -- set three years after the apocalypse -- is really retarded. I could never really get into the "zom-com" aspect of it (a genre that as overdone before it even started).

Z Nation was cancelled last year and Netflix gobbled up the rights, putting together the prequel series Black Summer. And...it's amazing! It's what Fear the Walking Dead should have been. Set during the apocalypse, it's more just a straight up zombie show. We follow an unrelated and scattered group of survivors all heading to the advertised sanctuary spot via several different paths. It's all quite simple, paint by numbers shit... But that's fine! It's a zombie apocalypse show! All they have to do is have scary monsters, likable and doomed survivors, and fun sets. And they do all of that without the navel-gazing of Fear or the convoluted retardation of TWD and, most importantly, without the comedy of Z Nation. 

Eight episodes, half an hour each. It flies by and is worth the watch.