Sci Fi Tracker: This Week in Sci Fi – Primeval Roars Back to Life, Dollhouse Emits Death Rattle, and Zombies Pick Up The Pace

by | October 2, 2009 at 10:56 AM | SciFi Tracker, TV News

Primeval (BBCA)

Primeval (BBCA)

Re-animation is a popular genre topic, and no wonder….it’s nice to imagine that it’s possible to rally from death (even if one is left with an insatiable hunger for brains).  This week, one show finds itself unexpectedly brought back from the dead, whereas another that was already resurrected once now has a shovel poised to knock its block off – permanently, this time.

Oh, and all that time and effort Danny Boyle put into his zombie masterpiece 28 Days Later now looks a bit silly in hindsight.  Turns out the whole tale just takes a piddly sixty seconds to spin, if told correctly.

Read on.

Dino-mite News For Primeval Fans

Well, it’s actually a good news and bad news proposition.  Prior to its abrupt cancellation, Primeval’s season three ended with a cliffhanger: the cast (or what was left of it after three seasons and some hungry dinosaurs) found itself stranded in the past with nary an anomaly in sight.   The good news:  Abby, Connor and Danny have been thrown a lifeline thanks to a shake-up of the old funding arrangement and a valiant rescue effort led by BBC America and UKTV, according to Variety.  In other words: season four lives!

The bad news is that you’ll have to wait until 2011to see it.

Is There Foreclosure In Dollhouse’s Future?

Dollhouse Returns to Bottom,’ The Live Feed informs us politely.  The story goes on to highlight how Whedon’s weekly wonder is “Friday’s lowest-rated program on a major broadcast network.” Cutting to the chase are headlines like Sci Fi Wire’s ‘Dollhouse Death Watch‘, and TV By The Numbers using words like “bomb” and “looks bad” (that’s two separate stories, but to be fair, a Magic 8-Ball came up with one of those predictions).

At least Paul Ballard has somewhere else to be…..

Just When You Thought It Was Safe To Come Out Of The Water….

Rebirth can be a bitch, or at least it’s no picnic when you find yourself stumbling out of a lake and into a afterlife like this one.

The first trailer for Syfy’s Riverworld miniseries is now available for your viewing pleasure – check out this link at Sci Fi Wire.  Tahmoh Penikett’s nudeness has been reduced to about two seconds of mere bare-chestedness, but there’s still plenty of other upsides:  production values look high, there’s a villain sporting the requisite arch look and posh English accent (why does it always sound so much more ominous when the directive, “Kill them all!” comes from a Limey?), and they’ve dialed the “majestic epic fantasy battle” musical score up to 11.

Combined with such a promising premise (provided courtesy of the Philip Jose Farmer novels), there’s more than a particle of potential here.

Prisoner Scheduled To Begin Sentence

AMC‘s miniseries The Prisoner (tagline:  “You only think you’re free”) has been slated to debut on Sunday, November 15 at 8/7 c.

For those who haven’t yet poked around AMC’s official Prisoner site, Sir Ian McKellen’s blog is awfully entertaining reading, albeit there’s far too little of it.

Who Says There’s No Future in Confident Male Horseriding?

A huge career opportunity is highlighted over at Sci Fi Wire: if you’re a dude between the ages of 16 and 60, and feel like riding a horse around Northern Ireland for a couple of weeks starting the end of this month, then you too can be a TV star!  Or ride behind one in the background, anyway.  For HBO’s ‘Game of Thrones’ production, “Confident and Experienced Male Horseriders” are needed “URGENTLY” (yes, they are asking with the full force of CAPS LOCK behind them) by this casting agency.

For those of us more than a little bummed by the blatant gender discrimination, LordMoon (via a comment left at the Sci Fi Wire story) assures us that the ladies will have their day in the sun (or Irish mist) when “Wildlings go on the march.”  Er…whatever that means.

28 (x 2) Seconds Later

As brought to our attention via I09, a group of filmmaking students from the University of York have boiled Danny Boyle’s 28 Days Later down to a one-minute, one-shot reenactment.  See the completely worth it YouTube clip here.

And that’s that for this week.