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Great Sci-Fi Escapes

Smutty NapSmutty found some great Sci-Fi to veg out on.  When you need a stay-cation for the weekend or just need to spend quality time with your pet, try out some of these.  If you haven’t seen them from the beginning, use a streaming service or the network web site to go back and catch up on episodes.

Star Wars Clone Wars *FAMILY FRIENDLY*
The very notion of Sci-Fi comes from both Star Trek and Star Wars. These two franchises set the gold standard for the type. Clone Wars has stunning visuals and is set between the second and third Star Wars movies .  It follows Jedi knights Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker in their roles as generals of the Clone Wars. Shared adventures take them across worlds both familiar and not, fighting with the clone army in battles against the Separatists, and other foes old and new.

The show provides a glimpse into never-before-seen parts of the Star Wars universe, and like the movies is a great family shared adventure.

Alphas
Currently airing on SyFy, Alphas is about a group of seemingly normal people who have superpowers, called Alpha abilities, like heightened senses, strength and the ability to see communications signals as streams of data.

Along with their psychologist, Dr. Rosen, they’re employed by the government as part of a secret program to track down criminal Alphas. It starts out as a by-the-books superhero tale and quickly becomes an intriguing mix of secret agendas, questionable loyalties, and surprising twists that’ll have you wondering who the bad guys are.

Falling Skies
A tale of invasion set after alien overlords have decimated most of the human race, leaving only a few pockets of resistance struggling to fight back. The series focuses on one group in particular, a mixture of civilians and military from Massachusetts.

The greatness of the show plays off of the human drama that unfolds among the survivors rather than massive special effects battle sequences.

Futurama – *NOT FOR KIDS*
A hilarious series following the misadventures of an intergalactic delivery company called Planet Express. The central character, Philip J. Fry, is a regular pizza-eating, beer-drinking everyman from the 20th century who gets cryogenically frozen and wakes up in the 31st century.

He find himself in one crazy situation after another, along with his very decrepit great nephew Professor Farnsworth, a headstrong cyclops named Leela, an alcoholic robot named Bender, and a whole host of other oddballs. While not for the whole family, this is great fun for not sensitive adults.

Teaser Look at Smuttageddon

Smutty’s human has been busy working on his debut video, Smuttageddon.

Smuttageddon chronicles Smutty’s path to world domination.  Unfortunately, Smutty has a powerful
nemesis who continues to get in the way.  Please let us know in the comments if you like the trailer.

Play the New Transformers Game Free

For a short time, the new installment demo of Transformers game play is free.  Transformers: Fall of Cybertron is available to play free on XBOX and Playstation.  To whet your appetite, Smutty has provided some clips from the game below.  Great graphics, an established franchise and robots beating up robots.  What more could any game ask for?

Not for kiddies, rated T for teen with animated blood and violence.  The same thing they see on Saturday morning cartoons.

Excellent Fun with Electric City

image courtesy of Yahoo! Screen

Smutty notes the large amount of successful animated films (Madagascar, Brave, Ice Age), and predicts this trend will continue as entertainment merges more into everyday life.  Now Smutty has discovered a great new animated series on Yahoo, Electric City created by Tom Hanks (yes, that Tom Hanks).

The concept falls into dark, film noir, post-apocalyptic category with very mature themes, action and speech.  Do not let the kiddies see this.  Do not let the teenagers see this.  But as adult entertainment, this is superior work and the twists and turns keep you guessing who is on the side of good.

Smutty has posted the first three episodes below to get you hooked into the fun.  Have a great weekend!

 

And the Superhero Treats Keep Coming

OK, Smutty has already started his Christmas wish list.  Marvel has a great new way to package the superhero movies; in a S.H.I.E.L.D. briefcase!  Aughhhhh, September can’t get here fast enough.

But wait, there’s more; it comes with a Tesseract.  A Tesseract!  Who wouldn’t want one of these?  A cube of unlimited energy that can cross dimensions.  Everyone who wants to become Supreme Emperor of the Universe needs one of these.

Quick where do I input my human’s credit card number?  Before the dog rats me out.

Total Recall Reboot

In a summer of reboots, the unlikely candidate Total Recall is getting a new life.  Starring Colin Farell in Arnold Schwarzenegger’s role, the new version offers super slick FX.  The movie is not blockbuster material, especially following Avengers, Spiderman and Dark Knight, but should offer solid escapist fun.

Enjoy the summer and don’t forget your furry family members.

Superhero Summer Domination Continues with The Dark Knight Rises

Well, we’ had Avengers, Amazing Spiderman and now, The Dark Knight Rises.  Theatre, Theatre in the Mall, who will be the biggest Superhero movie of them all?  While Smutty is betting on Avengers, the heat wave may work in favor of the more recent releases as people with no power look for ways to hide out during the hottest parts of the day.  We’ll all see on July 20.

Don’t forget your pet needs to keep cool too, so sneak Fido or Fluffy in a purse or find a pet-friendly mall or cinema.

Cool Off with Ice Age Continental Drift

Scrat and friends are back with more cool fun for families.  Smutty admires Scrat’s ability to avoid death with all the accidents he has and causes.  But the ice and water settings will cool you off even more than the theatre air-conditioning.

So grab the family (don’t forget the dog and cat), and head for the nearest movie theatre on July 13.  Smutty can smell the popcorn now.

Spiderman Swings Back Into Action

Smutty recommends The Amazing Spiderman for family fun this holiday – PG 13 rating for parents of super-youngsters.

And of course, movies are a great way to stay out of the heat.  Now, if Spidey would just grow up and join the Avengers, everything would be perfect.

Summer School is In: Monsters University

Well, Smutty must say, animated films are holding their own this summer.  Madagascar 3, and Dr. SuessThe Lorax have done well at the box office and Brave is anticipated to do the same.  So Monsters University should be a no-brainer.  The original Monsters movie was great fun and Smutty loved the animation effects that had even Sully’s fur moving realistically.  Unfortunately, Disney/Pixar is making us wait until next summer for this one.

Add Monsters University to your 2013 must-see summer fun list.  Smutty says so.