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Plot:
A series adapting science-fiction stories by well-known authors into 60 minute episodes, introduced by renowned physicist Stephen Hawking... See more »
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Nominated for Primetime Emmy. Another 1 nomination See more »
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Some great ideas, but mediocre execution! See more (19 total) »

Cast

 (Series Cast Summary - 1 of 2)

Stephen Hawking ... Himself - Host (6 episodes, 2007)
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Series Directed by
Harold Becker (1 episode, 2007)
Jonathan Frakes (1 episode, 2007)
Darnell Martin (1 episode, 2007)
Michael Petroni (1 episode, 2007)
Mark Rydell (1 episode, 2007)
Michael Tolkin (1 episode, 2007)
 
Series Writing credits
Sam Egan (2 episodes, 2007)

Series Produced by
Keith Addis .... executive producer (6 episodes, 2007)
Ben Browning .... co-producer (6 episodes, 2007)
Andrew Deane .... executive producer (6 episodes, 2007)
Brendan Ferguson .... co-producer (6 episodes, 2007)
Adam Goldworm .... co-producer (6 episodes, 2007)
Brad Mendelsohn .... executive producer (6 episodes, 2007)
Sam Egan .... co-executive producer (5 episodes, 2007)
John W. Hyde .... executive producer (5 episodes, 2007)
Lisa Richardson .... co-executive producer (5 episodes, 2007)
Grant Rosenberg .... supervising producer (5 episodes, 2007)
Lee Wilson .... consulting producer (5 episodes, 2007)
Mick Garris .... co-executive producer (4 episodes, 2007)
 
Series Original Music by
John Frizzell (3 episodes, 2007)
Laura Karpman (3 episodes, 2007)
 
Series Cinematography by
David Pelletier (3 episodes, 2007)
 
Series Film Editing by
Stephen Mark (3 episodes, 2007)
Conrad M. Gonzalez (2 episodes, 2007)
Richard Nord (2 episodes, 2007)
 
Series Casting by
Lynne Carrow (6 episodes, 2007)
Mary Jo Slater (5 episodes, 2007)
 
Series Production Design by
Andrew Neskoromny (4 episodes, 2007)
 
Series Art Direction by
Catherine Lehman (3 episodes, 2007)
 
Series Set Decoration by
Josh Plaw (5 episodes, 2007)
 
Series Costume Design by
Deborah Everton (4 episodes, 2007)
 
Series Makeup Department
Forest Sala .... key hair stylist (6 episodes, 2007)
Amanda McGowan .... first assistant makeup artist (5 episodes, 2007)
Julie Beaton-Pachauer .... assistant makeup artist (4 episodes, 2007)
Elisabeth Jolliffe .... additional makeup artist / assistant makeup artist (2 episodes, 2007)
Sarah Pickersgill .... special makeup effects artist (2 episodes, 2007)
Geoff Redknap .... special makeup effects artist (2 episodes, 2007)

Nicholas Podbrey .... special effects makeup coordinator (unknown episodes)
 
Series Production Management
Brendan Ferguson .... unit production manager (6 episodes, 2007)
 
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Tarnya Cook .... third assistant director (6 episodes, 2007)
Alexia S. Droz .... second assistant director (6 episodes, 2007)
Robert S. Weber .... trainee assistant director (6 episodes, 2007)
David Markowitz .... first assistant director (3 episodes, 2007)
Peter D. Marshall .... first assistant director (3 episodes, 2007)
 
Series Art Department
John Beatty .... construction coordinator (6 episodes, 2007)
Les Ford .... computer graphics designer (6 episodes, 2007)
Alexandra Jastrzembska .... set dresser (6 episodes, 2007)
Kevin Tomecek .... construction foreman (6 episodes, 2007)
Gavin De West .... props (5 episodes, 2007)
Christopher Rodgers .... lead construction (5 episodes, 2007)
Terry Weaver .... property master (5 episodes, 2007)
Milena Zdravkovic .... concept artist (5 episodes, 2007)
David Hadaway .... assistant art director (3 episodes, 2007)
Eric Partridge .... assistant property master (3 episodes, 2007)
 
Series Sound Department
Jay Cheetham .... background sound editor (6 episodes, 2007)
James Fonnyadt .... sound designer (6 episodes, 2007)
David Green .... machine room engineer (6 episodes, 2007)
Andre Iwanchuk .... dialogue editor (6 episodes, 2007)
Glen Noseworthy .... adr mixer (6 episodes, 2007)
Anke Bakker .... sound supervisor (5 episodes, 2007)
Kevin Belen .... sound re-recording mixer / foley mixer (4 episodes, 2007)
Todd R. Mason .... sound effects recordist (4 episodes, 2007)
David Scott .... sound effects editor (4 episodes, 2007)
Graeme Hughes .... sound re-recording mixer (3 episodes, 2007)
Ken Lee .... boom operator (3 episodes, 2007)
Iain Pattison .... sound re-recording mixer (3 episodes, 2007)
Paul A. Sharpe .... sound re-recording mixer (3 episodes, 2007)
Bill Mellow .... sound re-recording mixer (2 episodes, 2007)
 
Series Special Effects by
Dan Rebert .... creature effects supervisor / prosthetic supervisor (5 episodes, 2007)
Chris Hatchwell .... special effects lead fabricator (4 episodes, 2007)
Lars Lenander .... special effects coordinator (3 episodes, 2007)
 
Series Visual Effects by
Matt Belbin .... digital effects editor (6 episodes, 2007)
Sébastien Bergeron .... digital effects supervisor / digital effects supervisor: Anthem Visual Effects (6 episodes, 2007)
Andrew Domachowski .... concept artist (6 episodes, 2007)
Michael Goddard .... digital artist (6 episodes, 2007)
Todd Liddiard .... senior lead digital compositor (6 episodes, 2007)
Mladen Miholjcic .... senior CGI artist: Anthem Visual Effects (6 episodes, 2007)
Bryce Rieger .... digital compositor (6 episodes, 2007)
Jonah West .... compositor (6 episodes, 2007)
Jayson Castro .... visual effects production assistant (5 episodes, 2007)
Bob Dewald .... digital effects editor (5 episodes, 2007)
Annabelle Kent .... digital compositor (5 episodes, 2007)
Lionel Lim .... digital compositor (5 episodes, 2007)
Adam Marisett .... visual effects artist (5 episodes, 2007)
Lisa K. Sepp .... visual effects producer: Anthem Visual Effects (5 episodes, 2007)
Julie Sweetin .... animator / visual effects (5 episodes, 2007)
Philippe Thibault .... digital compositor (5 episodes, 2007)
Lee Wilson .... visual effects supervisor: Anthem Visual Effects (5 episodes, 2007)
Derek Babchishin .... animator (4 episodes, 2007)
Adrian Chan .... modeler / modeler and texture artist (4 episodes, 2007)
Stephen Paschke .... digital effects artist (4 episodes, 2007)
Christopher Ahrens .... visual effects artist (3 episodes, 2007)

Andrea Caretta .... digital artist: title design (unknown episodes)
 
Series Stunts
Scott Nicholson .... stunt coordinator (2 episodes, 2007)
 
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Darren Gregory .... grip (6 episodes, 2007)
Ryan Ketchum .... lighting technician (6 episodes, 2007)
Prem Marimuthu .... rigging gaffer (6 episodes, 2007)
Christian Schauz .... best boy / lighting technician (6 episodes, 2007)
Jim Van Dijk .... Steadicam operator / camera operator: "a" camera / ... (6 episodes, 2007)
Harold Bernard .... second assistant camera: "a" camera (5 episodes, 2007)
Fraser Boyle .... key grip (5 episodes, 2007)
Larry Portmann .... focus puller: "a" camera (5 episodes, 2007)
Gary Viola .... camera operator: "b" camera (5 episodes, 2007)
Gary Stamford .... set wireman (4 episodes, 2007)
Martin Kostian .... grip (3 episodes, 2007)
Christopher K. Stenberg .... video assistant (2 episodes, 2007)

Pascal Jean Provost .... cinematographer: second unit (unknown episodes)
 
Series Casting Department
Lynette Therrien .... casting assistant (5 episodes, 2007)

Manny Fernandez .... casting assistant (unknown episodes)
 
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Tannis Hegan .... seamstress (6 episodes, 2007)
Iesza Jessica Jordan .... illustrator: costumes (6 episodes, 2007)
Daevina Danyluck .... truck costumer (5 episodes, 2007)
Allisa Swanson .... costume design assistant / assistant costume designer (5 episodes, 2007)
Audrey Wong .... costume set supervisor (5 episodes, 2007)
 
Series Editorial Department
Rosmary Conte .... post-production coordinator (6 episodes, 2007)
Andrea Dixon .... colorist (6 episodes, 2007)
Michael Prince .... post-production assistant (6 episodes, 2007)
Nicholas Sousa .... assistant editor / first assistant editor (4 episodes, 2007)
Tim Craig .... first assistant editor (3 episodes, 2007)
Amy Flint Catherwood .... assistant editor (2 episodes, 2007)
 
Series Music Department
Mike Beckett .... music editor (6 episodes, 2007)
Jennifer Ross .... music supervisor (6 episodes, 2007)
Ed Shearmur .... composer: theme / composer: main title music (4 episodes, 2007)
Nora Kroll-Rosenbaum .... assistant to composer (3 episodes, 2007)
Frederik Wiedmann .... orchestrator / score mixer (3 episodes, 2007)
 
Series Transportation Department
Ron Bartrom .... unit driver (6 episodes, 2007)
Henry Chu .... driver: cast (6 episodes, 2007)
Ben Liljedahl .... transportation captain (6 episodes, 2007)
Rick MacKay .... unit driver (6 episodes, 2007)
Lorraine Stomperud .... driver: cast (6 episodes, 2007)
 
Series Other crew
Bob Bedard .... caterer / head chef (6 episodes, 2007)
Chad Bretschneider .... key production assistant (6 episodes, 2007)
Heather Douglas .... assistant to producers (6 episodes, 2007)
Stephanie Herbert .... assistant production coordinator (6 episodes, 2007)
Randall Okita .... assistant: Keith Addis / script coordinator (6 episodes, 2007)
Heather Turner .... production secretary (6 episodes, 2007)
Steven Vlasak .... operations manager (6 episodes, 2007)
Erin Dixon .... production assistant (5 episodes, 2007)
Deborah Loven .... assistant accountant (5 episodes, 2007)
E. Jeff Olson .... assistant: Mr Mendelsohn (5 episodes, 2007)
Adrian Salpeter .... assistant: Lisa Richardson (5 episodes, 2007)
Nicole Oguchi .... production coordinator (3 episodes, 2007)
Gary Stamford .... set wireman (3 episodes, 2007)
Ruchir Tandon .... set production assistant (2 episodes, 2007)

Karen Lo .... assistant location manager (unknown episodes)
Janet D. Munro .... script supervisor (unknown episodes)
Nicholas Podbrey .... puppeteer (unknown episodes)
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Stephen Hawking's Sci Fi Masters" - USA (rerun title)
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Runtime:
42 min (excluding commercials)
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4 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
Some great ideas, but mediocre execution!, 5 April 2009
Author: fred-kolb from USA

"From the very beginning, we have wondered how life began, what our purpose is and where we are headed. We have struggled to understand time, matter, the infinite universe, who we are and if we are alone. Great minds have come up with the most wonderful and the most terrifying answers. We invite you to join us on this great journey!" This opening narration by Stephen Hawking is not exactly accurate, because all of the six episodes attempt to answer only one question, and that is where we are headed. The answer is usually the same: Society and Technology will cause the downfall of humans, machines will take over the Earth and the people will annihilate themselves with nuclear weapons. Whatever the case, the next 100-200 years won't be pleasant, according to the Masters.

Masters of Science Fiction gets its title from the authors of the Stories, the episodes are based on. Robert Heinlein, author of the great Sci Fi novel "Stranger in a Strange Land" is represented, as well as John Kessel, Howard Fast, Walter Mosley, Harlan Ellison and Robert Sheckley. The truth is, the ideas of the episodes are always extremely good. Creativity and Originality can be found in all of the six episodes, but while some have very interesting plots, others are quite dull, and lack exciting scenes and dialog.

Even though, the series features some great actors, most of them are terribly underused. Sam Waterston, Terry O'Quinn and John Hurt are the only ones, who get to use their talent in a large number of scenes, while Judy Davis, James Cromwell, Brian Dennehey, Sean Astin and especially Malcolm McDowell shine in the scenes they have, but often make very short or badly written appearances.

Now as far as the individual episodes are concerned, I will go from the worst to best. By far the biggest disappointment was "Watchbird", especially because it had great potential due to the actors (Sean Astin and James Cromwell) and some good ideas (computer birds, who are programmed to attack anyone with the intentions to kill someone). But the whole plot just drags along and the end does not satisfy the viewer.

"Little Brother" is not exactly bad, but in my opinion horribly written. To have computers as the judges in the future índeed was a great idea, but like Watchbird, a lot of potential was wasted, due to overlong scenes. Clifton Collins, Jr. acts quite well given the terrible script.

"The Awakening" now can actually be called good. The writing was all right and Terry O'Quinn once again proves what a wonderful actor he is. But the political message was just a little too extreme, that all countries are willing to lay down their arms, except the United States. That might actually reflect reality to a certain extent, but this was definitely exaggerated.

Now, as for "The Discarded", that episode was quite a treat. John Hurt is perfectly cast in his role, on a ship full of disfigured people, who are suffering from RIGGUM. The message might seems a little extreme, but we do live in a society, where people do everything to be perfect and I don't think this future is too far fetched. The only flaw of the episodes is once again, that some scenes are a little dull.

Heinlein's "Jerry was a Man" starrs a great Malcolm McDowell and Anne Heche, who plays the seventh richest woman in the world. When she finds out that Tibur Cargrew and his company create humanoids, with a limited brain capacity, to do dangerous or unpleasant jobs, she feels sorry for them and even adopts one of them. A fierce legal battle erupts, as to whether Jerry, a humanoid, has feelings and should be considered a man.

Last, but certainly not least "A Clean Escape" is in my opinion the highlight of the series. A woman, interrogating a man in a room might not sound too interesting at first but the shocking ending and the great acting by Judy Davis and especially Sam Waterston make this episode entertaining, gripping and does not leave us cold after the ending.

In conclusion, I do recommend the series to people who like Science Fiction, but I would rent the DVD. True, the episodes are not everyone's taste and some of them are quite mediocre.

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