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It had me at "From Ronald D. Moore...". I'm so there. smile.gif
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Anything from ron moore I will at least give a chance. He's had a real dry spell since battlestar

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Anything from ron moore I will at least give a chance. He's had a real dry spell since battlestar

'Caprica' was very good and going to get better IMO, although its ratings didn't reflect that. It was probably, along with 'Rubicon', one of those shows that was literally "too smart for TV".
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It had me at "From Ronald D. Moore...". I'm so there. smile.gif

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'Caprica' was very good and going to get better IMO, although its ratings didn't reflect that. It was probably, along with 'Rubicon', one of those shows that was literally "too smart for TV".

OMG - I so totally agree!

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Thanks for the reminder. This piqued my interest from the day it got announced, but I didn't know the premiere was only a month away now.
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Syfy has put the first 15 minutes of episode one online.

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this looks really interesting and has potential...will definitely be watching...looks like a cross between 'The Thing' meets X-Files
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I definitely plan on watching. Fingers crossed for this one.

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my DVR is confusing me. It has the opener titled: "Pilot; Vector" and the run time as 90 minutes. Then, after a repeat of the opener, it lists 2 one hour episodes, one titled "Pilot", and the other "Vector". Does the premier have limited commercials so it only runs 90 minutes? And its then divided into 2 episodes, with lots more ads?

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One of the spots SyFy ran for "Helix" mentioned "Series premiere, with limited commercial interruption."

 

Today's prime-time standard seems to be 75% or less actual program for the time slot, so it sounds like SyFy Channel is minimizing the commercials for the first two airings (tomorrow: 10pm-11:30pm, 11:30pm-1am), and then will include the regular load of commercials for the additional airings.

 

And, yes, it looks to me like SyFy is airing the first two episodes: "Pilot" and "Vector", so "Pilot" will take 45 minutes (with limited commercial interruption) followed by "Vector" taking 45 minutes (with limited commercial interruption) for a total of 90 minutes. And sometimes when two episodes are shown together, the redundant opening and closing credits are stripped off between episodes so the two episodes appear to be seamless, which also cuts back a bit of the program that has to air, but I don't know if SyFy will do that in this case.

 

SyFy schedule: http://www.syfy.com/schedule/

 

I tend to be a bit skeptical about such plans, so I have my DVR set to continue recording 30 minutes past the end of the show: recording 10pm-midnight instead of just 10pm-11:30pm.


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my DVR is confusing me. It has the opener titled: "Pilot; Vector" and the run time as 90 minutes. Then, after a repeat of the opener, it lists 2 one hour episodes, one titled "Pilot", and the other "Vector". Does the premier have limited commercials so it only runs 90 minutes? And its then divided into 2 episodes, with lots more ads?

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One of the spots SyFy ran for "Helix" mentioned "Series premiere, with limited commercial interruption."

Today's prime-time standard seems to be 75% or less actual program for the time slot, so it sounds like SyFy Channel is minimizing the commercials for the first two airings (tomorrow: 10pm-11:30pm, 11:30pm-1am), and then will include the regular load of commercials for the additional airings.

And, yes, it looks to me like SyFy is airing the first two episodes: "Pilot" and "Vector", so "Pilot" will take 45 minutes (with limited commercial interruption) followed by "Vector" taking 45 minutes (with limited commercial interruption) for a total of 90 minutes. And sometimes when two episodes are shown together, the redundant opening and closing credits are stripped off between episodes so the two episodes appear to be seamless, which also cuts back a bit of the program that has to air, but I don't know if SyFy will do that in this case.

SyFy schedule: http://www.syfy.com/schedule/

I tend to be a bit skeptical about such plans, so I have my DVR set to continue recording 30 minutes past the end of the show: recording 10pm-midnight instead of just 10pm-11:30pm.
I noticed the same discrepancy and figured the same about the commercials. I have all of the listed episodes airing tomorrow set to record just in case something is amiss with the guide data.
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is this a limited event series that will wrap up in 1 season or will it potentially carry over to future seasons?...seems best served by making it a 1 season mini-series
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The plan is to run the first two episodes together twice tomorrow night, as well as each episode separately. If you have the first block of an hour and a half selected, you'll see everything. I deleted the redundant recordings my DVR scheduled as the EPG listed them all as "new". It is kind of confusing, though.
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Got my DVR set... hope it's a show worth watching. I miss Battlestar
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I'm hoping this show is "The Thing" and not "Splice".


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I liked Both. Combine them with World war z=== Pretty cool t.v. show in which you can go into a lot of detail. smile.gif
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I fired up the HT tonite for the opening episode and the wife and I were ready to go at 7PM with our Friday night adult beverages.

Well....how can I say this nicely?

After a half an hour she couldn't stand it anymore and said "if I want to see the X-Files again, I have the disks."
I did manage 3/4 of the episode before loading my Oppo up.

Black Goo Virus Mystery again?
Really?
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Soap anyone?
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I'll be checking it out via Amazon Instant. They have both the pilot and episode 2 available.
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I just started watching this now. Not many comments after it aired, did anyone like this?
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I wasn't that impressed, although the previews of what's to come were visually interesting. The CDC folks still haven't imposed a do not investigate areas alone policy, which in my mind is well past due.

As viewers we have to judge things that are shown. After a day and a half Dr. Boyle, the veterinary pathologist, still hasn't told her CDC team of the monkeys and the obvious machinations of the administrative staff. Are we to believe she passed up two or three meals in the cafeteria where she could have updated her compatriots as to what she has found. Everyone's in a fog and not operating as a crack CDC team asking direct questions and relentlessly following up on less than forthcoming responses. So far grade C-.

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I want to like it. I'm as desperate for serious, adult sci-fi as a starving man is for a crust of bread. But the first two episodes seem to be treading familiar ground. Looks like a secret cabal is trying to create a super-soldier by genetic modification - oh hum.

Some creepy moments - all those frozen monkeys...brrrrr. But nothing to really distinguish itself so far. It's early yet. I'll stick with it in the hope it gathers some momentum and leads in some unexpected directions. Ron Moore seldom disappoints.
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I want to like it. I'm as desperate for serious, adult sci-fi as a starving man is for a crust of bread.
OK, then fire up Prometheus....tongue.gif
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That was exactly my take on it as well.

The soundtrack did remind me very much of Charlie Jade though, too bad they couldn't have done that instead.
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