Week 4: Torchwood & Caprica

This week, we’ve showing two things. Firstly, Torchwood: Children of Earth – the five-episode story which comprises the entirety of season three. As per usual for Torchwood, it’s dark and disturbing, but really quite good. As an extra bonus, it’s fancy-schmancy HD, unlike most other episodes we’ve been showing, but if you can tell the difference on the uni projection screen, then best of luck to you.

Secondly, the pilot for Caprica, the Battlestar Galactica spinoff series. Essentially Caprica is to BSG as Torchwood is to Doctor Who, but without Captain Jack. A small warning, Caprica contains gratuitous. Just gratuitous. You name it, and Caprica has it, gratuitously.

I won’t be there, so Vice President James will be running the screening. Normal time, normal place – 5pm in Goldstein G06 – and pizza run as usual.

Week 3: The Lost World

Lost WorldsThis week we’re showing an oldish series called The Lost World, based on the Arthur Conan Doyle novel of the same name (not the Jurassic Park sequel by Michael Crichton =P)

At the dawn of the 20th century, a band of adventurers are part of an expedition to prove the existence of a lost world isolated from the modern world. Disaster happens and the band find themselves trapped and isolated in this dangerous land with only the help of a young wild woman who was stranded in the land herself as a child. Together, the band fight to survive against the fearsome dinosaurs and other dangers that the land has as they search for a way to escape.

We’ll decide what episodes to watch on the night, but we’ll probably just start from the start and see what happens. It’s on from 5pm in Goldstein G06 – pizza run as usual.

Hope to see you there.

Week 2: Mystery Screening Atlnts

Now that the exec have sorted out what week this is, we’re all ready to make a second attempt at kicking off session two. Therefore this week is Mystery Screening Atlnts, season five – starting from where we left off last time. Come see the middle third of Atlnts’ final season.

We’re in Goldstein G06 – same place we were last session – and there’ll be pizza during the night. For those I managed to confuse in last weeks’ e-mail, membership is $5 for the whole year – you don’t need to re-apply for this session if you’re already a member.

Week 1: True Blood

We are still undecided for this weeks screening, but the most likely show at this stage will be True Blood. If you would like to screen something else please bring along the DVDs/HDD/Flash that you have it on and we can take a vote tonight.

True Blood

“The series follows Sookie Stackhouse, a barmaid living in Louisiana who can read people’s minds, and how her life is turned upside down when the Vampire Bill, walks into her place of employment two years after vampires ‘came out of the coffin’ on national television.”

It has received mixed reviews with some loving it and others hating it. This series is rated R and although I have not seen it, I have been warned that it does contain some fairly explicit s_x scenes.

Hope to see you there tonight.

Week 12: Firefly

FireflyLast week of session (aww). Study hard for exams and enjoy your break. Before that, though, this Friday’s screening is Firefly, by popular demand. We’ll decide which episodes to watch on the night, but regardless, it’ll start at 5pm in Goldstein G06. Pizza run during the night – $5 per half pizza.

We’re also on the lookout for things to show next session, so if you have any suggestions, feel free to e-mail me or the exec.

Week 11: Middleman & Red Dwarf

Whew, almost the end of session, huh? Aww. Currently we don’t have anything planned for the winter break, but considering there’s a few movies coming out, we might arrange a trip. Keep an ear out.

In any case, this week at SpockSoc, we’ll be showing the second half of Middleman, and the Red Dwarf 20th anniversary special. Double-barrelled screening, yay.

The Middleman is a sci-fi/comedy series, and possibly the best way I’ve thought of to describe it is what would happen if Captain Jack and Gwen from Torchwood joined the Men in Black. It stars Matt Keeslar as The Middleman, a real-life comic book hero who thinks Jughead is a hoot, loves a cool refreshing glass of milk, and whose greatest pet peeve is scientists who twist innocent primates with computer-enhanced mind control and live out their sick and perverted fantasies of criminal power. Also stars Natalie Morales as Wendy Watson, aka Dub Dub, his incredulous wise-cracking sidekick.

If you missed our screening of the first half of the season last year, that’s ok – it’s pretty episodic, and anything you need to know to understand an episode will be recapped, generally in as an amusing fashion as possible.

The Red Dwarf 20th anniversary is a three-episode special called Back To Earth that aired at Easter this year. Whether we watch it before or after Middleman will be decided on the night.

As ever, the screening is in Goldstein G06, starting at 5pm. Pizza run during the night.

Week 10: Crusoe

CrusoeIt’s week ten! This week at SpockSoc we’re showing a series called Crusoe. It was made in England, and is a new version of the old classic Robinson Crusoe. It’s a bit like a combination between Castaway (only without Tom Hanks) and Lost (only the creators actually KNOW what they’re doing). I somewhat enjoyed the episodes I’ve seen, though it’s not strictly Sci-Fi or Fantasy, falling more under the cult part of our mission statement. 5pm in Golstein G06. Pizza run as normal during the night.

Hope to see you there!
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Week 9: Battlestar Galactica

It’s week nine! Only a quarter of the session to go. Aww. This week at SpockSoc, we’re showing the final four episodes of Battlestar Galactica. Here’s hoping it’ll be a good finish. =) It starts at 5pm in Goldstein G06, pizza run during the night. Since there’s not enough time in the screening to show both, we’ll be postponing Middleman by a fortnight, to the week eleven screening.

In other news, the movie outing went well, but turnout for the trivia night was disappointingly small. This makes el presidente sad, and when el presidente gets sad, he starts getting dictatorial. >=D

In all seriousness, though, was Monday simply too inconvenient for most people? Did I not advertise it enough? Do I just smell bad? Let me know, so I can make things better for the next trivia night.

Week 7: Primeval

PrimevalThis week at SpockSoc, we’re showing Primeval season two in its entirety. I don’t think we’ve showed season one, but it has been on television. To give a brief recap of the series, strange portals through time have been opening up all around the UK, allowing prehistoric creatures to pass through and menace the modern-day population. Nick Cutter, a palaeontologist and university professor, has put together a team to investigate and prevent these anomalies, overseen by the British Home Office. The team includes Stephen Hart, his lab technician and token mysterious past character, Connor Temple, one of his students, and Abby Maitland, a herpetologist who got mixed in during the first episode. It’s discovered that Nick’s estranged wife Helen knows something about the anomalies, and is up to something… sinister.

In the season one finale, the team are attacked by an evolved predator from the future. They are barely able to defeat it, but unknowingly leave two of its young stranded in the Permian Era. Nick Cutter returns to the present, only to find that Claudia Brown, an agent with the Home Office, and Nick’s love interest, has been erased from history…

In any case, come and see it, even if you missed the first season. It’s made by the same guys who did Walking With Dinosaurs, so the special effects are really good. It’s at 5pm in Goldstein G06, as ever. Pizza run during the night.

In other news, I’m still hoping to have our Trivia Night next Monday, the 4th of May, but despite my best efforts (… ok, despite my… efforts) I’ve been unable to secure a room. If there’s anyone who can get a hold of a good-sized room with tables and chairs before Monday – for example anyone in a college who can borrow a room – I’d be much obliged. No need to worry about a projector or sound system, I’ll take care of them. I do have a plan B, but since it’s not on campus, that’s not really the preferred option.

Hope to see you there,

Week 6: Legend of the Seeker

Legend of the SeekerBack to uni, sigh. On the plus side, by this Friday, week six will be over, meaning we’re halfway through the session, yay!

This week at SpockSoc we’re showing a new series named Legend of the Seeker. It’s a fantasy series (been a while since we watched any of those) based on Terry Goodkind’s Sword of Truth novels. I haven’t actually watched any of it yet, but it’s apparently recieved some rave reviews in America.

We’re in Goldstein G06, starting at 5pm. Entry is free for members, and pizza is $5 per half, with a free can of soft drink.

Hope to see you there.