- King of the Nerds
- Heroes of Cosplay
- Jim Henson’s Creature Shop Challenge
- Comic Book Men
- Beauty and the Geek
- Face Off
It is the stuff dreams are made of. From Sesame Street to Labyrinth, from The Muppets to The Dark Crystal; Jim Henson and his crew were responsible for driving so much creativity into a lot of people’s minds. Thanks to the efforts of his family, this great art form has not been lost to history. A new show on SyFy is highlighting this art form with a new reality show, Jim Henson’s Creature Shop Challenge.
This week in the cube, the team and I venture onto the discussion of Reality TV in Geek culture. It may surprise many of you that as our living rooms are invaded by the plague that is reality television, there are shows that appeal to our geek and nerdy nature. A show that I have grown quite fond of is aired on TBS known as King of the Nerds. Continue reading
The focus of both has shifted. Where once we were far more interested in exploring and explaining a brand new world (inhabited with either dragons or space aliens), the main thrust of the storytelling in both fantasy and sci-fi has since switched in focus back to the humans that populate them.
This week’s podcast was all about fantasy TV shows. If you haven’t yet, have a listen to it here. As I wasn’t able to attend this week, I’d like to take this time to talk about my favorite fantasy TV show, how I relate to it, and its themes.
First of all let’s see how Google defines fantasy TV.
Fantasy television is a genre of television programming featuring elements of the fantastic, often including magic, supernatural forces, or exotic fantasy worlds.
To me, as I said about sci-fi, it’s about spirit. If a show has the spirit of its respective genre, be it fantasy or sci-fi, then I can dig it. If it claims to be fantasy, but instead is just an excuse to show soft-core porn… then it’ll turn me right off. (Looking at you, first few seasons of True Blood. More sex than scenes.)
A show that embraced fantasy, with hints of sci-fi, was Lost. From the very first scene, to the very last (a great use of bookending), the show gave ample doses of fantasy throughout each episode.
Now, it wasn’t without its downside. We all remember the story of how Jack got his tattoo. Yeah. That was extreme fantasy indeed. Not the finest moment of Lost, not by any stretch of the imagination.
This week, the Ladies of the Cube once again tackle TV shows. Focusing on the fantasy genre, we kick it off with Once Upon a Time, a series on ABC based off various fairy tales and literary works of art. We follow that up by discussing the HBO hit series, Game of Thrones, based off the books by George R.R. Martin. Then we take a time jump back to the 90s with talk about Xena: Warrior Princess and Hercules. Last, but definitely not least, we give a rousing discussion about the campy, cult favorite of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Continue reading
Frozen has become a huge hit for Disney and has been a hot topic this year following last year’s movie release. Disney has decided that the Frozen characters would be a great addition to the next season of Once Upon a Time, Disney’s live-action “fairy tale” series on ABC.
This week in the Cube, the Ladies and I discuss fantasy TV shows, naming a few that are most dear to our hearts. Within the discussion, we did dive into our idea of strong females and how they are portrayed. In this piece, I’ll talk more about that in regards to the Ladies in the Game of Thrones. Continue reading
For those of you who joined us in the Cube this week for our Sci-Fi discussion, you may have noticed that we didn’t make even a token attempt to address the wealth of TV sci-fi material out there. If at any point you asked yourself, “But what sci-fi discussion is complete without reference to Star Wars? BattleStar Galactica? Babylon 5??” know that we asked ourselves that too.
But what kind of discussion would have come out of that? Simple. A brainless one, in between the frantic name-dropping and predictable fangirling – and we weren’t interested in playing to that.
And yet there’s nothing keeping us from continuing the conversation!
One thing that was brought up again and again throughout our discussions on shows like Doctor Who, Firefly, and Dollhouse are the parts that tie them all together – not so much the technologies that we don’t quite understand, but humanity’s reaction to its existence.
The everlasting search and discovery of what’s out there beyond the stars has now taken a step closer to home – rediscovering the importance of the human drama, no matter the space age.
What is Sci-Fi? Can we actually nail it down to one “thing?” Is Star Trek classed as Science Fiction? Of course it is. Is the animated TV show, The Jetsons, classed as Science Fiction? Not in the same vein as Star Trek, yet it still consists of fictional science. We also have shows that cross genres, Doctor Who is a prime example of a show that is one-part Sci-Fi, and one-part Fantasy.
I have never heard of Sci-Fi being referred to as “obtainable magic,” but it does sound nifty. Some of the definitions that I have heard are; “science fantasy,” “speculative fiction,” and “fabulation.”
All-in-all, Sci-Fi to me is about spirit. I can watch a show, take Lost as an example; that is littered with science fiction, yet doesn’t hammer it down the throats of viewers. Instead, it’s woven within the mythos, the spirit, of the show as a whole.
“[Sci-Fi is] obtainable magic”
Stephanie Tang, The Companions Cube