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PEE Poll: Obscure Sci-Fi knowledge
Star Trek (including all series')   -10 (20.8%)
Stargate   -0 (0%)
Star Wars   -9 (18.8%)
Stargate SG1   -1 (2.1%)
Red Dwarf   -6 (12.5%)
Lexx   -0 (0%)
Babylon 5   -3 (6.3%)
Blade Runner   -2 (4.2%)
The X- Files   -2 (4.2%)
Futurama (Yaaay!)   -15 (31.3%)
Total Voters: 48

fryfanSpyOrama

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« Reply #80 on: 06-28-2004 16:23 »
« Last Edit on: 06-30-2004 00:00 »

James Cameron originally wanted Arnold to play the role of Reese in Terminator and also wanted OJ to play the Terminator.  In an 1984 magazine Cameron was asked why did he decided not to cast OJ as the Terminator.  He said he just couldn't picture OJ as a ruthless killer.
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« Reply #81 on: 06-29-2004 23:38 »

 
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Originally posted by Zed 85:
Several sound effects from Star Wars are used in Red Dwarf, Blade Runner and Futurama (at least).
The sound of Red Dwarf's Starbug taking off (which is heard at the very beginning of the series 3 title sequence) is exactly the same as the sound of Luke's X-Wing crashing on Dagobah in The Empire Strikes Back.
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« Reply #82 on: 06-30-2004 01:56 »
« Last Edit on: 06-30-2004 01:56 »

Craig Bartlett, creator of the cartoon Hey Arnold, is brother-in-law of Futurama Creator Matt Groening.  It was one of the reasons why Bartlett was able to get Dan Castellaneta to play the voice of Arnold's grandpa.
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« Reply #83 on: 07-12-2004 02:10 »
« Last Edit on: 07-12-2004 02:10 »

John Chambers is the man who created Spock's ears.  He also did make up effects on the Munsters, The Outer Limits and the original Planet of the Apes movies.

Chambers first used his unique skills with sculpture and artistry to create artificial nose, ear, and shoulder replacements for soldiers wounded during WWII. After the war he left for Hollywood believing his talent would be useful in show business.
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« Reply #84 on: 07-19-2004 16:57 »

More useless trivia:

James Doohan is missing the middle finger of his right hand.  He lost it in Normanday on D-Day.  All the shots of Scotty working the transporter controls use somebody else's hands.

John Rhys-Davies, who plays Gimli in LOTR, is actually the tallest member of the fellowship, at 6'1" tall.

George Lucas, who co-wrote Indiana Jones, owned a dog named Indiana.
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« Reply #85 on: 07-19-2004 17:37 »

John Rhys-Davies also has part of his middle finger missing (forget which one).
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« Reply #86 on: 07-19-2004 19:05 »

 
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Originally posted by totalnerduk:
I only just noticed when the BBC re-ran the Indiana Jones Movies, that in Temple Of Doom, Indiana visits a club in China called Club Obi Wan, which is the name of Obi-Wan Kenoobi in Starwars. Both films were directed by Lucas.


OK, i'm sure this has already been corrected by someone lese, but i've only red page 1 so-far.

The Temple of Doom was DIRECTED by STEVEN SPIELBERG! Along with the other 2 Jones films! Lucas executive produced and wrote the films!

My god man, you're not fit to post here
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« Reply #87 on: 07-19-2004 20:14 »

Yeah.... tnuk's banned you insensitive turnip.  cry
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« Reply #88 on: 07-21-2004 11:14 »

When I first saw Tim Russ (Tuvok on Voyager) I thought to myself, where have I seen him before?  Then I went and bought Spaceballs! the movie(not to be confused with Spaceballs! the flamethrower) and then recognized him as one of three groups of soldiers that were "combing" the planet(trust me, you've got to see the gag), and I believe he also is the character who says, "We ain't found @%#$!"
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« Reply #89 on: 07-21-2004 13:43 »

Hmmm...


I don't think so.  hmpf
fryfanSpyOrama

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« Reply #90 on: 07-22-2004 22:59 »

Bill Pullman who starred in Spaceballs and ID4, doesn't have his sense of smell.  He lost his sense of smell after an accident in college.

Also, in ID4 the base Will Smith's character goes to, EL Toro, I think it was called.  It is a homage to the 1950's movie, "The War Of the Worlds" because there was an army base also named El Toro in that old movie.
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« Reply #91 on: 07-23-2004 00:25 »

El Toro is a real place.  So is Batman Air Base.
fryfanSpyOrama

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« Reply #92 on: 07-23-2004 01:00 »

I meant the base being bombed was a homage to "War of the Worlds", or at least a reference.
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« Reply #93 on: 09-26-2004 19:25 »

Carrie-Anne Moss, or Trinity from the Matrix movies, was on a TV Show called, Matrix in 1993.

That show was about a hitman, named Steven Matrix who's suspended between Heaven and Hell and helps people in need of help.
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« Reply #94 on: 09-27-2004 02:19 »

Not sure if this one has been done, but who cares.

The guy that played "Lt Tom Paris" (Robert Duncan McNeill) in "Star Trek Voyeger" also played the part of "Kevin Corrigan" in the movie adaption of "Heman Masters Of The Universe" in 1987 I belive it was and also stared next to the now "Famous" star of the hit tv series "Friends" Cortney Cox in the same movie.

He also had a small part in a "Star Trek Next Generation" episode as a friend of Wesley Crusher and ended up getting kicked out of the academy.

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« Reply #95 on: 11-10-2004 00:10 »
« Last Edit on: 02-07-2005 00:00 »

Bill Paxton is probably the only actor to have been killed by a Terminator, Alien and Predator.
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« Reply #96 on: 11-11-2004 15:31 »

One of my favourite 'Taken' is not up there. Besides that the rest of my favourite science fiction TV shows 'Star Wars' and 'Futurama' are both up there. Well, those are all my favourites of this genre, couldn’t decide which one I like better so…


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« Reply #97 on: 02-01-2005 01:14 »

Ray Park who played Darth Maul in Phantom Menace, played Toad in X-men.
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« Reply #98 on: 02-01-2005 03:27 »

 
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Originally posted by DogDoo8:
He also had a small part in a "Star Trek Next Generation" episode as a friend of Wesley Crusher and ended up getting kicked out of the academy.

In fact, the creators of Voyager were intending to use that character (Nick Locarno) but were unable to secure the rights from the original writer for "The First Duty". So the character of Tom Paris (which shares numerous similarities to Locarno) was born.
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« Reply #99 on: 02-07-2005 00:01 »

 
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Originally posted by fryfanSpyOrama:
Bill Paxton is probably the only actor to have been killed by a Terminator, Alien and Predator.


It appears that record has changed.  Thanks to AVP, Lance Henriksen is the only other actor besides Bill Paxton to have been killed by a Terminator, Alien and Predator.
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« Reply #100 on: 02-07-2005 10:11 »

Except that Lance Henriksen's character in Aliens didn't die.  He survived.

Unless you mean that they killed him off in Alien 3.  I never saw that one.
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« Reply #101 on: 02-07-2005 11:32 »
« Last Edit on: 02-07-2005 11:32 »

Bishop (Lance Hendrikson's character) wasn't killed by an Alien. He got trashed when the escaped pod crashed.
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« Reply #102 on: 02-07-2005 11:43 »

But his electro-brain survived. Ripley "killed" him after she asked him a few things. He asked to be killed because the jolts and electrical discharges (and all kinds of electronic malfunctions) were annoying as fuck.
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« Reply #103 on: 02-07-2005 13:14 »

In any case, he wasn't killed by an Alien.
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« Reply #104 on: 02-07-2005 14:48 »

He does have the dubious honour of being the only person torn in half by an alien and still living to tell the tale :\

 
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I don't think so.

Check again Fazey: his name is in the credits  tongue
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« Reply #105 on: 02-07-2005 17:35 »
« Last Edit on: 02-07-2005 17:35 »

 
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Originally posted by David A:
Except that Lance Henriksen's character in Aliens didn't die.  He survived.

Unless you mean that they killed him off in Alien 3.  I never saw that one.


Wasn't he destroyed in Aliens thanks in part by the Alien Queen?  I remember him getting stabbed by a bar or something like that thanks to the Alien Queen.  I haven't seen Aliens in a while, but I recall that Bishop was destroyed and he ended up being just a head spitting pus, which in reality was oatmeal.
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« Reply #106 on: 02-07-2005 21:06 »

@Fryfan. Well some how Bishop survived with only a cheast, 2 arms and a head. But he was kind of destroyed in the begining of Alien3 and was dumped on a trash heap, where he has been ever since.
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« Reply #107 on: 02-07-2005 21:27 »

He was an android, remember? Being cut in half didn't bother him all that much.
Also, that wasn't pus.
fryfanSpyOrama

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« Reply #108 on: 02-07-2005 23:37 »

SlackjawedMoron- for the pus thing, I didn't know what else to call it, but I have no problem with that.
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« Reply #109 on: 02-10-2005 14:12 »
« Last Edit on: 02-10-2005 14:12 »

Bishop was torn in half by the Alien queen in "Aliens" but he was an android so he was still "alive". He was "killed" by Ripley at the start of Alien 3. But the real flesh and blood Bishop was there too...

To return to the original point of this thread, Lance Henrikson was James Cameron's original choice for The Terminator, before Arnold got the part.
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« Reply #110 on: 02-11-2005 18:48 »

I thought the real flesh and blood Bishop (Weyland) was the founder of Weyland Utani decades before, as in AvP?
(Yes I'm aware it's a different franchise but I thought they shared some story bits)
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« Reply #111 on: 02-11-2005 21:48 »

Yes: that fellow that showed up at the end of Alien 3 was ALSO an android... but he was pretending he wasn't.
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« Reply #112 on: 02-11-2005 21:53 »

Seth MacFarlane nearly died in the 9/11 attacks.
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« Reply #113 on: 02-11-2005 21:56 »

In the first drafts of StarWars the characters went through many changes. Luke Skywalker went through several names like, "Bendak Starkiller". This name was later reused in the game Knights of the old Republic.
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« Reply #114 on: 02-20-2005 00:46 »

Seth Green originally auditioned for the part of Nightcrawler for X-men 2.  However, he didn't get the role and it went to Alan Cumming.
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« Reply #115 on: 02-20-2005 01:23 »

The guy who played Chewbacca was originally a hotel porter.
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« Reply #116 on: 03-23-2005 23:50 »
« Last Edit on: 03-23-2005 23:50 »

Harrison Ford was original supposed to make a cameo in E. T. the Extra-Terrestrial

Harrison Ford was supposed to play Elliot's school principal, but his only scene was cut as Spielberg considered his presence would be too distracting. Ford's wife Melissa Mathison also wrote the screenplay.
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« Reply #117 on: 03-24-2005 18:10 »

Futurama:

Billy West, the voice of Fry, Zoidy, the Professy, Zapp and others; I believe got his start in the cartoon voice-over business when he did voices for the extremely short-lived 1988 revival series of Beany and Cecil jone by Michael John "John K." Kricfalusi (a.k.a. "Raymond Spum" ), best known as the creator of Ren and Stimpy and the original voice of Ren. Also, Billy West was in Futurama with George Takei, who dubbed voices in the American versions of "Godzilla Raids Again" (which Warner dubbed "Gigantis the Fire Monster" ) and "Rodan"; and Ishiro Honda, director of the original "Godzilla", "Rodan", "Mothra" and many other Kaiju (Stange beast(s)) and Tokusatsu (special effects) eiga (film(s)) produced by Toho Eiza, was good friends with Akira Kurosawa; thus connecting Futurama, the 1988 Beany and Cecil revival, Ren and Stimpy, Star Trek, Godzilla films and Akira Kurosawa.
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« Reply #118 on: 04-02-2005 02:35 »

Yoda's look was inspired from a little bit of Einstein.

Jabba The Hut's look and personality was inspired from a little bit of actor Sydney Greenstreet.
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« Reply #119 on: 04-02-2005 10:17 »
« Last Edit on: 04-02-2005 10:17 »

it's already been brought up but another fact about the US pilot of red dwarf is that jane leaves(daphne from frasier) played the part of holly the computer. the pilot was made in 1992 just before she got the frasier gig. if the pilot had been picked up i doubt very much that leaves would have become the US highest paid actress, as she did with frasier. so i suspect that leaves, at least, is very happy that the pilot wasn't successful.

also on a red dwarf note, craig charles (lister) was arrested for suspected rape and was remanded(held) for 6 months. at trial he was aquited as innocent of all charges.
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