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Clockstoppers (2002)
Good simple fun, not for the prudish.
6 November 2002
I love physics and I'm a self-admitted - and usually self-effacing - geek. I keep up on every scrap of news I can about nanotubules, quantum entanglement and whatever else about physics I can lay my hands on. With this in mind, I always have to check my logical thought at the door for most science fiction regardless of how close the writers are to existing theory or application. The thing to keep in mind with Clockstoppers is that it's a bit like a live-action cartoon - as most light-hearted scifi is.

Regardless of the hefty amount of cliche and cartoon physics, Clockstoppers is an enjoyable spin on an old science fiction concept. There are no pretentious Speilbergian epiphanies or insights on a grand quantum design - just some simple adventurous fun, enjoyably above par special effects and several genuinely funny moments. Even the few spotty-acting moments are passable.

I'm not usually one to go for cute movies, but Clockstoppers has me. After enduring 'A.I.' and a string of badly executed, over-serious adaptations of several of my favorite Philip K. Dick stories, seeing something that's just fun was extremely refreshing.
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Salute Your Shorts (1991–1993)
Grew up on it.
28 January 2002
Ok, so I'm a young one. It's ok, because I had great shows like this to grow up on. Salute Your Shorts along with the rest of the original band of 'true Nickelodeon' shows had a great mix of kid-humor with enough adult (meaning 'matured,' not 'sexual') comedy to keep it ageless. In fact, I find myself even lately saying "No, no. Not sad blue - toilet bowl blue!" as a personal catch phrase. Any child around the age of 8-12 should give this series a try (I wish they'd continue to show it!) because it's good fun without the sugar-sweet political correctness that spoils and dilutes most kid's shows today. As for everyone else - 'accidently' happen to find yourself in the same room at the time, you wont regret it!
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Fantastic visual representation of Philip K. Dick.
19 December 2001
Sadly, most people have never read any of Philip K. Dick's novels and short stories and only connect him with the movie Blade Runner. This is unfortunate because PKD's stories were more entertaining, layered and intellectually versatile than what is offered in Blade Runner. Total Recall 2070 is less of an amalgamation of Blade Runner and Total Recall, and more a mix of their literary sources: 'We Can Remember It For You, Wholesale' [short story] and 'Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep' [novel], both by PKD. Both of these have very real, flawed characters with a quirky, inventive mood that always entertain.

The story of Total Recall 2070 was nearly that of '...Sheep.' For the benefit of the movie going masses' recognition, the names of things from the movie version of Total Recall were used. The story was about the philosophy behind automated sentiency, mechanized religion and the need for humanity to regain its sense of purpose above the machine, while also living beside it. This is something the series was only beginning to touch before it was canceled.

The lack of knowledge about the show's true roots has led to a complete misunderstanding of it. It is a near perfect representation of PKD's wonderfully strange and murky imagination. People call Total Recall 2070 a rip-off of the movies when in reality the movies were a pale shadows of their sources. Total Recall 2070 is the most genuine incarnation of Philip K. Dick's worlds to date.
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Nowhere Man (1995–1996)
Television brilliance not to be forgotten.
19 December 2001
After looking around the archive at different shows from yesteryear, I remembered Nowhere Man. When I saw the show, it had a strange soothing quality while also offering up a healthy dose of intrigue. Most episodes delivered a fair amount of serious additions to the story arch while also entertaining the lighter side with an odd low-key quirkiness that never tainted the plot. All characters were interesting, even down to the bit and episodic characters.

As of now, I have no real feedback on why this show was canceled, but it was definitely not because of quality. Even the guest stars were top-notch. As UPN was a new network, they weren't afraid to try slightly experimental concepts which gave us this pleasantly rough gem. Unfortunately, they went the way of CBS and amputated their own ingenuity - replacing it with quick sells while searching for the next "hit." More than half a decade later, no show has since matched the genuine and original mystery and intrigue of Nowhere Man.
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FreakyLinks (2000–2001)
Suprisingly worth your time!
20 January 2001
At first, if you read the synopses, this would seem simply like a ripoff of movies of late, but this is one time you should second guess yourself. FreakyLinks, while it incorporates many elements of The Blair Witch and other teen flicks, has it's own uniqueness which shouldn't be brushed aside because of a similarity. From general aspects (acting, writing, production) to the little details (correct technobabble, existing hardware/software), FreakyLinks continues to shine quality. It good, and getting better, give it a shot!
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