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Sandworms of Dune – Review September 5, 2007

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sandworms.jpgI finally finished Sandworms of Dune..it’s been out for nearly a month at this point).

Like its predecesor – Hunters of Dune – this is a very well written book. Unlike Hunters of Dune which ended with the realization that after 15,000 years the machines were back – i wasn’t as blown over with the final outcome. In fact it was a bit of a let down.

Sure the final ultimate Kwizatch Haderach is revealed – woohoo – and ultimately – the machines are confronted and the ultimate resolution is acheived.

But the path to reaching those ultimate conclusions was too long, and convoluted. The fact that so little of the Universe outside of the New Sisterhood and the no-ship is discussed or revealed is terribly disappointing.

Then again – the final resolution does bring back many of the great heroes that have spanned the Dune universe. But not all.

At no point is the great Vorian Atreides discussed. He was the one that served Omnius/Erasmus after all and it would have been great to have him return as well.

At points the book is thoroughly engaging and it is a MUST READ for all fans of Dune. Sandworms is not however the best (nor the worst) of the Dune books. It could have been as brilliant as the Dune: The Battle of Corrin (which was supposed to have been the end of the thinking machines) but somehow it stutters a bit.

Supposedly this is the last – chronologically speaking – book in the Dune series. Though it will not be the last in the Dune series in terms of publication.

Flash Gordon – Filmed in Canada – not available on Canadian TV August 29, 2007

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Flash Gordon is filmed in British Columbia thanks in part to grants from the Government of Canada.

Yet if you live in Canada – it’s not all that easy to find Flash Gordon on the tube (legally that is). Canada’s Space Network (spacecast.com) which is the Canadian home to Battlestar Galactica and Stargate Atlantis among other first run SciFi shows IS NOT running Flash Gordon.

There is no official word on why that is.

Then again considering how bad Flash Gordon is – Canadians aren’t missing all that much are they?

Flash Gordon Airs! – But Is Anyone Watching? August 13, 2007

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If anyone needs proof that SciFi Network hates Sci Fi fans all they need to do is watch Flash Gordon.

After much anticipation the show aired on Friday (only in the US)..personally i was on a flight from San Francisco so I Tivo’ed it….i’m surprised my Tivo didn’t heave after recording it.

Flash Gordon – the new series isn’t a re-imagining.

It’s an insult.

It’s a travesty.

It’s disgusting.

The acting is weak, special effects are out of the 1960’s and the story well it was totally non-entertaining. SciFi did an awesome job with Battlestar Galactica – why they suck so badly at Flash Gordon has to do with attention to detail.

Sci Fi fans want Flash. We want cool effects and we demand intricate well written stories.

Apparently there are 22 episodes that have already been ordered of this series. Here’s hoping that they get better real fast before they have to cancel the series well ahead of the 22 episode mark.

Flash Gordon Set To Air This Friday! But is SciFi ready?? August 6, 2007

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After many many months of talking about it here on ShowMeSciFi – Flash Gordon is ALMOST finally here – but is SciFi ready ?

The show is set to air this friday on SciFi channel and they’ve finally got a show portal up on the SciFi.com site for Flash Gordon. Unfortunately there is no episode listing (like stargate and other shows) so we don’t even know the name of the first episode officially yet.

We know that 22 episode were ordered but the portal gives no indication of anything other than the fact of who the cast members are and what the basic premise of the show is.

Overall it makes me wonder whether this show was rushed and if SciFi is actually ready for its launch. The promo’s and early teaser are o.k but there is only one of them. How can you expect a show to be succesful when you don’t promote it or properly support it ?

Summer of SciFi – A ShowMeSciFi Calendar July 11, 2007

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It’s a hot summer – for SciFi!

For reference here’s a short list of some of Summer 2007’s big SciFi events as we see them here at ShowMeSciFi :

July 31st – Babylon 5 Lost Tales – released

August 7th – Sandworms of Dune released

August 8th – Star Wars Legacy issue #15 released (where Darth Krayt will finally be revealed)

August 10 – Flash Gordon premiere on SciFi Channel (date is currently not 100% confirmed).

August 28 – Star Wars Legacy of the Force Inferno released (AKA Luke Skywalker goes nuts).

Aug. 30-Sep. 3 – Hugo Awards at the World Science Fiction Society (WSFS) at the World Science Fiction Convention (Worldcon)

Sandworms of Dune – coming august 7th July 10, 2007

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The followup to last years sensational Hunters of Dune is almost here.
Sandworms is set to be the FINAL FINAL climax to one of the greatest SciFi series of all time.

We will finally see the ultimate showdown between Omnius and Free Humans and will finally see the absolute last chapter of this series (or not).

There are so many thing at play in this series it’s difficult to speculate on how things will end up other than to say that somehow humanity will prevail (hopefully).