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Villain Speeches and a Limber Redhead: Recap, Dark Matter, S1 E4

Five in a game of chance, Dark Matter, Syfy

The crew of the Raza doesn’t remember who they are, and in Episode 4 of Dark Matter, they have a chance to learn more – and blow it. The writers have a lot to answer for here, because there are elements of a terrific story rattling around in Dark Matter. It’s too bad that they’re almost entirely overshadowed by stereotypes, soap tropes and lazy plotting. The Raza is about to dock at the space station and this highly dangerous crew is talking about … the toys and meals and hookers they’re going to buy with the proceeds from the sale … Continue reading

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Syfy Fourth of July Twilight Zone Marathon 2015 episode schedule

Syfy Fourth of July Twilight Zone Marathon 2015 episode schedule

Ready to go back into that other dimension — a dimension not only of sight and sound, but of mind? Syfy is airing its annual favorite again, the Fourth of July Twilight Zone Marathon. At 19-and-a-half hours, the 2015 edition seems a bit shorter than in other years, and shorter than the New Year’s Eve marathon usually is, but it is a good chance to catch up with a number of classic Twilight Zone episodes, including “The Hitch-Hiker,” pictured here. Syfy Fourth of July Twilight Zone Marathon 2015 Episodes (All Times ET/PT) Saturday, July 4 8am: Little Girl Lost 8:30am: The After … Continue reading

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Dark Matter Episode 3 Recap: Soap in Space

Dark Matter Episode 3 Recap: Soap in Space

A thought experiment: what if a suitcase full of circa 1980s Days of Our Lives plot devices crossed proton streams with a science fiction drama? You’d probably experience something like Episode 3 of Dark Matter, which comes complete with crew in-fighting, mysterious and coincidentally timed ship malfunctions, a misfit teen, and – dun, dun dun – a cliffhanger ending featuring an evil twin / clone. In other words, Joseph Mallozzi and Paul Mullie used up a season’s worth of willing suspension of disbelief tonight. The Android is increasingly the brains of the operation, acting as cruise director, pilot and chief … Continue reading

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We talk Humans on AMC with William Hurt!

We talk Humans on AMC with William Hurt!

“The best reason to make machines more like people is to make people less like machines,” declares a scientist in AMC’s intriguing new drama Humans. Sounds kinda great, doesn’t it — genial, talking and walking Siris to do the housework and other drudgery that keeps us from the stuff we really long to do? But what if there comes a point where we create technology so sophisticated that it no longer requires us to advance and repair itself  — a theory dubbed the Singularity by mathematician John von Neumann in 1958? What is the incentive to excel in school or … Continue reading

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The Whispers Season 1 episode 4 recap: “Meltdown”

The Whispers Season 1 episode 4 recap: "Meltdown"

Kylie Rogers continues to shine in the role of Minx Lawrence, one of the key children controlled by an imaginary friend named Drill. She is the right amount of cute and creepy. Minx at one point says, ‘I don’t think grownups really know what’s going on, even though they say they do.’ This proved exactly true as all key parties converged to the power plant (I kept thinking Homer Simpson would be found in one of the rooms there.). Anyway, Minx meets Henry in his house and tells him Drill has one more game for him to play. A scavenger … Continue reading

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Recap, Dark Matter, S1 E2: Fight or Flight?

Recap, Dark Matter, S1 E2: Fight or Flight?

When the crew of the Raza makes a plan, they don’t let any space dust gather under their feet. Which is good, since the Multi-corps descend on the miners’ neck of the woods, tipped off that the Raza hasn’t done what they were apparently sent to do. In episode 2 of Dark Matter, the crew of the Raza grapple with questions of identity and purpose – and do a lot of shooting. The reveal of their (alleged) criminal pasts has shaken the crew. One, aka Jace, and Two, who doesn’t want ot be called Portia, are distraught; Three, aka Marcus, … Continue reading

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Killjoys – Syfy’s Latest Series Premieres Tonight

Killjoys - Syfy's Latest Series Premieres Tonight

Syfy debuts its new series, Killjoys, tonight (June 19) at 9pm ET/PT (8pm CT). Killjoys — formally known as “Reclamation Agents” — are bounty hunters, licensed to pursue different types of warrants (anything from reclaiming missing goods to assassination) in a galaxy far from our own. The series is set in the future — it’s not clear exactly when in the future — in a planetary system called The Quad (a dwarf planet and three colonized moons). In the first episode, we meet Dutch (Hannah-John Kamen), a tough-as-nails, yet totally gorgeous Killjoy and her partner John (Aaron Ashmore – also … Continue reading

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Dark Matter, Series Premiere Recap

Dark Matter cast, Syfy

  A ship drifts, directionless, in space. Inside, alarms sound, lights flash, showers of sparks rain from panels into an empty corridor. The onboard computer announces that life support is at 15 percent, and still we haven’t seen a soul. Until a door opens on One (Mark Bendavid), who steps out of a stasis pod looking confused and runs to the ship’s bridge. He’s soon joined by Two (Melissa O’Neil), who attacks him, takes over the console and restores life support systems. “What was that for?” One asks. “You were in the way,” says Two in the series premiere of Dark … Continue reading

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“It’s just so ridiculous that it’s funny”: David Hasselhoff talks about the out-of-this-world “Sharknado 3″

"It’s just so ridiculous that it’s funny": David Hasselhoff talks about the out-of-this-world "Sharknado 3"

Recently, I hassled The Hoff a bit for an interview about the upcoming Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No!, Syfy’s third entry in its pop-culture-hit movie franchise, premiering July 22. When David Hasselhoff joined the cast, it continued its expansion to include a large number of celebrity appearances, along with Bo Derek, Mark Cuban, Ann Coulter and others. It was probably fitting that Hasselhoff signed on to appear in Sharknado 3. He had already appeared in another purposely cheesy killer fish movie, 2012’s Piranha 3DD, and the actor referred to that title a few times in our interview as he explained why these types … Continue reading

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Penny Dreadful Season 2 a “make-or-break season,” says John Logan

Penny Dreadful Season 2 a "make-or-break season," says John Logan

“It is our make-or-break season, and we’re going for it.” So said John Logan, creator and executive producer of Showtime’s Penny Dreadful, at a press conference for the show’s second season earlier this year. The Victorian era thriller, featuring some of literature’s greatest supernatural characters, finds Vanessa (Eva Green) and Ethan (Josh Hartnett) forming a deeper bond as the group — including Sir Malcolm (Timothy Dalton), Dr. Frankenstein (Harry Treadaway) and Sembene (Danny Sapani) — unites to banish evil forces. Meanwhile, Dorian Gray (Reeve Carney), The Creature (Rory Kinnear) and Brona (Billie Piper) are all waging battles of their own. … Continue reading

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