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Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Post by ffutures » Mon Feb 04, 2019 9:14 pm

OK, let's try something a little more open ended.

EXCLUDING all thing Gerry Anderson, name five SF TV series / Films that have made extensive use of puppetry.

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Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Post by Disembodied » Mon Feb 04, 2019 9:20 pm

I'll leave it up to you to decide if it's "extensive", but the Alien Queen in Aliens was pretty much all done with puppetry. And two of the main characters in Farscape - Rigel and Pilot - were puppets.

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Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Post by JD » Mon Feb 04, 2019 10:36 pm

One answer is right there next to the question - Space Patrol.

As a kid I loved those Galaspheres, and the various sound effects in the programme. (That's the UK series called Space Patrol - I know there was a US series with the same name.)

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Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Post by Cody » Mon Feb 04, 2019 10:46 pm

That's the UK series called Space Patrol - I know there was a US series with the same name.
There was a German series too (Raumpatrouille), whence Commander McLane took his name.

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Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Post by ffutures » Wed Feb 06, 2019 1:48 am

OK, Space Patrol was what gave me the idea, and I'll accept the Alien queen given her importance to the plot. Three to go.

Re space patrol, there are plenty - the disambiguation page is here:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Space_Patrol

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Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Post by Disembodied » Wed Feb 06, 2019 11:45 am

How about Farscape?

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Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Post by ffutures » Wed Feb 06, 2019 7:24 pm

Disembodied wrote:
Wed Feb 06, 2019 11:45 am
How about Farscape?
And you unerringly find the other series that gave me the idea for this question. Three down, two to go.

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Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Post by Cody » Thu Feb 07, 2019 10:36 pm

Seeing as it's now the year of the pig: Pigs in Space?

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Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Post by ffutures » Thu Feb 07, 2019 11:46 pm

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Thu Feb 07, 2019 10:36 pm
Seeing as it's now the year of the pig: Pigs in Space?
Works for me - I'll allow that that or Muppets From Space but not both.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Muppets_from_Space

One to go.

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Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Post by Disembodied » Fri Feb 08, 2019 10:19 am

E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial?
Seeing as it's now the year of the pig: Pigs in Space?
Surely, now, the time is right for Pigs in Space: the movie?

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Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Post by ffutures » Fri Feb 08, 2019 8:44 pm

Disembodied wrote:
Fri Feb 08, 2019 10:19 am
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial?
Seeing as it's now the year of the pig: Pigs in Space?
Surely, now, the time is right for Pigs in Space: the movie?
Yep, ET completes the set. Your turn.

The one I'm surprised nobody mentioned was Team America: World Police, since there turned out to be a SF explanation for much of the plot...

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Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Post by Disembodied » Sat Feb 09, 2019 11:47 am

Okay, time for another set of five: five SF books or films whose titles are drawn from (or inspired by) works of poetry. An example (which doesn't count towards the five, but which is a fairly mahoosive clue to another possible answer): Consider Phlebas, by Iain M. Banks, which comes from a line in T. S. Eliot's The Waste Land.

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Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Post by Cody » Sat Feb 09, 2019 12:10 pm

And All the Stars a Stage, perchance?

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Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Post by Disembodied » Sat Feb 09, 2019 12:32 pm

Cody wrote:
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And All the Stars a Stage, perchance?
Hmm, tricky. Strictly speaking, that's from a monologue from Shakespeare's As You Like It, not a poem. Although it's undeniably poetic, and there are a couple of poetry websites which list it …

I'll allow it. But I think this should be the last Shakespeare reference from a play. If you can find a sonnet with a sci-fi link, though, that would be OK!

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Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Post by Cody » Sat Feb 09, 2019 12:53 pm

You are Bamber Gascoigne, and I claim my £5.

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