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  1. A lot happened in season 3, not a book reader , the narrative vista just opened up am looking forward to what the show looks like on Amazon. Still the best science fiction I have seen on TV in years and , by my lights, the best space opera I have ever seen TV (and I love Star Trek and BSG).
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    Conan the Barbarian TV Series (Amazon)

    You know , I like Vikings I think it is well done, but it does not pull me in. I have watched season 1 of Man in a High Castle and Stranger Things, I thought they were great, I watched the first two episodes of season 2 or both of those , they are good, but don't pull me in. I have now watched a season of Black Mirror and the new Philip K Dick's Electric Dreams, really good, but I am not enthusiastic about seeing more. Have noticed some 'tap dancing' with those two and am afraid West World is going that way to. HBO's WestWorld team had Foundation for a while , I wanted to see what they would do with that, but looks like HBO let that go? Altered Carbon is pretty good but it's not pulling me in. Now I would watch more of HBO's ROME is they had made more, re watched that lately that pulls me in! Besides GoT the only show I turn to now and am looking forward to is The Expanse. (No one has ever done space opera like that before .and that includes Firefly.) So Conan better be something really out of the ordinary and I am dubious.
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    Conan the Barbarian TV Series (Amazon)

    The 1982 John Milius version is quite unique. Downright adult and not family friendly. More like what Howard wrote. There is no other 'adult' or good 'adult' sword and sorcery film story like it. If they keep that edgy R rated flavoring to it it would be a boon. i remember how disappointing the 1984 Conan the Destroyer , the sequel was, a wimpy Conan! Arnold was the very vision of the Frank Frazetta's ball peen brute , but even Howard's character could , at least , deliver his lines! I don't know who they could get?
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    Denis Villenueve to direct Dune

    I consider both Blade Runner (1982) and Blade Runner 2049 as very good adaptations of modern prose science fiction. (2001: A Space Odyssey is the best). Neither of the Blade Runner are exactly faithful to the original Philip K Dick novel. Lynch is a fine film maker, he showed he understood the Dune story , many directors , then, less so now, were downright hostile to science fiction. Villeneuve has a problem with Dune. Same he had with Blade Runner 2049. Dune is not a comic-book story, for all it's fantastic elements it has narrative finesse. It is a nuanced story. Well, Blade Runner 2049 had that and it did not do well at the box office. My sense is that Villeneuve wants to keep the sophistication of Dune's narrative. Will audiences , now a days, buy into that? I can't really figure it out. 2017 saw a non popcorn movie do well , Dunkirk. Dunkirk is told with savoir-faire , it is not avant garde but it also not a popcorn movie , so there is a puzzle , we see ... a good version of Dune may not do well at the box office.
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    Denis Villenueve to direct Dune

    What exactly don't you like about Foundation? George Lucas borrowed the Galactic Empire bit from it , but not Asimov's more complex social and political frame work.
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    Denis Villenueve to direct Dune

    Herbert was on-board with De Laurentiis before Lynch was there. Ridley Scott had Dune with Dino first. Wilipedia has quote from Scott about his leave taking from the film. It is probably true... however , also, according to the magazine Cinefantastique Scott turned in a screenplay that deviated so far from Herbert's Dune that producer Raffaella De Laurentis fired Scott.
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    Denis Villenueve to direct Dune

    That is interesting, had not heard of that. Thought that HBO went with Westworld first and put Foundation on hold until Nolan and his wife were free. Man! that idiot Emmerich I heard of that shuddered to think of what he would do with it.
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    Denis Villenueve to direct Dune

    Welp with the prose form almost all science fiction was transformed by John Campbell from 1938 onward. I think in 1938 Buck Rodgers and Flash Gordon and Doc Smith were pulling in the term 'space opera'. What Heinlein and Asimov wrote for Campbell was so much more sophisticated that term 'space opera' just went away. For some reason, in recent times, well longer than that, 'space opera' has come around again. I have only heard it applied to Dune in , o, maybe the last 10 years or so. Foundation was an odd bird in the 1940s it had a galactic empire, ray guns, faster than light interstellar flight , in a background a vast super science technology. There is big action in Foundation but it is mostly off stage. It could be brought on stage as long as they keep the sophisticated puzzle story by Asimov. You know HBO has the option on Foundation.
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    Denis Villenueve to direct Dune

    Dune is good space opera and could make sophisticated adventue as film. There are better 'adult' space operas in the prose form. James Blish's Cities in Flight, Asimov's Foundation (it could be action-o-fied) or that great over the top baroque space opera by Alfred Bester The Stars My Destination these have better stories than Dune. As a TV series I would love to see HBO do Poul Anderson's Technic Civilization series. This is space opera one step above and beyond Star Trek and Star Wars in sophistication and the same time a ripping yarn.
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    Rank your 2017 TV shows throughout the year

    Season 2 of THE EXPANSE was better than season 1. The Expanse is space opera unlike Star Trek and Star Wars. It is more future-on-a-chipped-plate. Has a 'lived-in' look, the working class Belters is a kind of setting quite unusual to TV. There is good verisimilitude and an excellent cast. Being a reader of prose science fiction this show is borrowing from science fiction , on the page, as it evolved as a genre literature in the 1940 and 1950s . I have not seen TV science fiction like this before.
  11. Westworld is not new and really Real Detective too. so I guess I should of said The Expanse (season 3) Considering how many people I meet who don't know about The Expanse its almost like it is new! I am interested in The Alienist since I liked the novel. Boy Lost in Space , I absolutely hated that Irwin Allen juvie back in the 1960's. Snowpiercer , man I don't know , I like that movie, tho I was not as taken by it as most, thought the last third was looking for an ending it never found. It is one those stories that could involve a top of tap dancing, which has happened to Man in a High Castle and , for me, Stranger Things.
  12. The best science fiction series since the 1960's. The extraordinary THE EXPANSE. The Expanse
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    Denis Villenueve to direct Dune

    I wonder where Villeneuve got involved with this? When Blade Runner 2049 was finally in his grasp he had the screenplay revised... seemingly not so much that Francher was upset this time around.
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    Little Questions That Don't Fit Anywhere Else Part 3

    For Nikolaj here: http://collider.com/game-of-thrones-season-8-filming-date/#premiere-date Sophie Turner mentioned it here: http://www.express.co.uk/showbiz/tv-radio/825693/Game-of-Thrones-season-7-Sophie-Turner-drops-HUGE-spoiler-series-END-Sansa-Stark
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    [Spoilers] EP706 Discussion

    I thought this episode didn't make a lick of sense, but I loved it!