Just when I thought I had this column all figured out, something else fun dropped in my lap.
This past Thursday, I represented Airlock Alpha on a media conference call with Zak Penn and Warren Christie from Syfy’s new show “Alphas.” These guys were so friendly and such kidders that I feel comfortable using first names. (That’s hard for me as a southern girl who was taught you never assume you can use the first name of an adult. You must wait till that adult gives you permission.)
Zak is the co-creator of the show with Michael Karnow, and Warren plays reluctant Alphas team member Cameron Hicks.
Zak is a fanboy. He knows his stuff and that bodes well for this new show. As he commented, “Alphas” takes a well-known genre and puts a new spin on it. I’ve seen the pilot episode that will premiere July 11 following the season openers of “Eureka” and “Warehouse 13” (love the whole night of science-fiction telly there) and I liked it. It’s got people with unusual abilities like “Heroes” or “The 4400” but they are working together as a team kind of like the team in “Leverage.”
There’s also some mystery going on there and a little bit of a “Dollhouse” feel to it. I think it’s going to be fun.
Warren has played mostly villainous guys in the past, and he’s happy to be playing someone you are going to like to like rather than someone you are going to like to hate. The new role allows him to be more physical than his past roles and, as seems ever to be the case, he’s got that boyish thing going where he’s loving getting to run and jump.
He does not say he does all his own stunts, however. (Only crazy people do all their own stunts unless they have actually learned the stuntperson trade.) He gives a heap of credit to the stuntman who makes him look good.
Here’s a cute little bit of trivia Zak told us. When pitching the show, one of the devices used to convince the powers that be to go with “Alphas” was a video about a guy pitching 10 quarters at the same time. This video was completely staged but looked like a regular amateur video. It made the rounds of the Internet and was believed to be real. Insane Quarter Trick was an example of the telekinetic power Warren’s character was going to have.
I’m looking forward to seeing more of “Alphas.” I’ll either be in my comfy chair on Monday nights or have the DVR set to record. You might want to do the same.
Moving on ...
In my search for some song video links to send to a friend who was preparing a show for a convention, I succumbed to YouTube Syndrome. You know what that is. Those evil purveyors of video goodness or video weirdness, as the case may be, suck you in by posting suggestions for further viewing after each video you watch. Four hours after you went to watch that one video ...
This first bit of video yumminess is actually a company sanctioned combination of the talents of Bruno Mars and Leonard Nimoy. If you’ve ever had a day on which you just didn’t give a darn about how you appeared to the rest of the world, you’ll like The Lazy Song.
The next suggestion I have for you is in the song vid category. For those not initiated into the fannish fondness for this genre, a song vid takes clips from a television show or movie and puts them to music not usually associated with the show or film. The one I have for you right now is a little scary but ultimately pretty darn funny: He-Man Sings.
Not actually related to science fiction or fantasy at all but one that strikes me as tremendously funny is "Whole Foods Parking Lot.” This makes me laugh and has me singing the song for the rest of the day whenever I watch it.
You’ll only use 8 seconds of your valuable time on this one, but you’ll get more than 8 seconds worth of enjoyment: Crabwalkin’.
This crazy bit of silliness comes in the form of an NPR interview by Josh Ritter with author Neil Gaiman and Mythbuster and standup comic Adam Savage: Golem Sings “I Will Survive"
Last but not least in my video armoire is this wonderful interview that took place on “The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson.” This is a fine example of quick wits and crazy bits and it’s wonderful. I love it that there is finally a real science-fiction and fantasy fan hosting a chat show.
Craig Ferguson is my telly hero. The man has a Tardis on his desk and a robot sidekick!
Well, boys and girls, that’s all for this time but I’ll be back with some more goodies for you real soon.
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