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Unfortunately, Amazon has made a dog's breakfast of Doctor Who, splitting up random Tennant episodes and the Christmas Specials into separate "shows" that should not be separate, splitting out various other miscellaneous items and combining them with unrelated materials, and even putting seasons in the wrong order. There is no difference between "the David ...


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Sorry for such a late answer, but I wasn't even going to answer until I saw this scene when I had the TV on in the background while I was working. I think it pretty much wipes out a lot of the speculation. They live in the sky by choice, either because they need to leave room for factories or parks, or for other reasons, but now that we have two screen ...


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The Comics Code Authority restricted the amount of blood and gore that could be depicted, starting in the mid-1950s: (7) Scenes of excessive violence shall be prohibited. Scenes of brutal torture, excessive and unnecessary knife and gunplay, physical agony, gory and gruesome crime shall be eliminated. (CCA 1954; CODE FOR EDITORIAL MATTER) Thus, it was ...


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That would be Korgoth of Barbaria, an animated pilot that was not picked up. It aired in the summer of 2006. Per Wikipedia: Korgoth is infected with a deadly parasite by Gog-Ma-Gogg and extorted to steal an item known as "The Golden Goblin of the Fourth Age" from the wizard Specules, who Gog believes to have recently died. He journeys with a group of ...


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There are several partial answers rather than one simple one. In the United States, the convention of guns firing Sci-Fi laser bolts instead of bullets was a mixture of self-censorship by the studios, voluntary agreements by the broadcasters, regulation by the Federal Communications Commission, and pressure by watchdog groups on stations through their ...


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According to the Superman Homepage, depending on the era, the writer, and the medium: When he was created by Siegel and Shuster, it was a letter "S" for Superman. As depicted in More Fun Comics #101 in 1945, it was designed by Clark Kent when he began his career as Superboy. According to the episode "Superman on Earth" from the Adventures of Superman TV ...


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It's not necessary to watch the original before the reboot, and to be honest I'd suggest it's a negative. While the two series shares names and some plot arcs, the reboot is a lot more plot intensive and some amazing TV. The original benefits from the rose-tinted glasses of hindsight. If you haven't watched either, watch the reboot and then decide ...


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This is Disney's The Cat From Outer Space (1978). I haven't thought about that film in years, but I loved it as a kid. The cat is a crashed alien, which gets telekinetic and communicative abilities from its collar.


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This is a Twilight Zone episode: "A Little Peace and Quiet," from the 1980s series. Per Wikipedia: Penny is a very harried housewife with a dim-witted and hapless husband named Russell. They also have four children: Janet and Susan, who are always fighting; Gertie, who is very clumsy; and Russell Jr., who is always playing pranks. A typical morning ...


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That's a dramatization of Bradbury's story "All Summer in a Day". From All Summer in a Day, Wikipedia: The story is about a class of students on Venus, which, in this story, is a world of constant rainstorms, where the Sun is visible for only one hour every seven years. However, in the movie, the sun only came out for an hour every 9 years. (This story ...


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It's The Prisoner. To answer the points you raise: The man was a British agent, presumably a spy. They did wear peculiar clothes, but this was the 60s! :) The giant bubbles were there to stop people escaping. The main character was known as Number Six. His main contact was Number Two (the person who was Number Two varied frequently). Part of the mystery ...


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For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. —Newton. By kicking Naomi away, Holden propels himself down, so his activated magnetic boots can make contact with the floor. Once he's safe, he can reel her back in. Had Holden been in the right position, he could've done it in reverse, pushing Naomi down, but he didn't know if she ...


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This is the classic Twilight Zone episode "Nightmare at 20,000 Feet" starring a pre-Star-Trek William Shatner and written by noted SF/horror writer Richard Matheson.


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Perhaps you're thinking of one or more the Stargate SG-1 episodes featuring Replicators. There are a variety of types; the one pictured below is the 'spider' variant. As mskfisher points out in his comment, machine guns were often used by SG personnel to defend against the Replicators. Replicators (of all the variants) were featured in many episodes. ...


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This is probably Are You Afraid of the Dark?, a Canadian horror-anthology series for teens where the framing device was a group of kids who met in the woods to tell each other creepy stories. The 'flashback' you mention would be the show cutting from the group to the story being told.


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This is the 'Garden of Eyes' scene from Kubo and the Two Strings.


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Some Googling later, and I think I've found it. Is it by any chance The Adventures of Captain Buzz Cheeply in 'A Clean Getaway'?


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The Shadow of Chikara (1977) Two former Confederate captains set-out to recover diamonds hidden in the mountains of Arkansas but a native spirit named Chikara is said to protect the sacred mountains against intruders. The review at Moria Reviews gives a bit more of a description: At the end of the American Civil War, the dying Virgil Cane tells ...


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That's Theodore Sturgeon's short story "Yesterday was Monday", which inspired the New Twilight Zone episode "A Matter of Minutes".


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The classic form of this monster is D&D's Beholder, “The body of these creatures is a great globe about 3′ in diameter. Atop it are ten eye stalks, while in the center of the spherical body is a great eleventh eye. The body can sustain 40 points of damage, each eye stalk 10 points, and the central eye can withstand up to 20 points.....


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That’s Brazil, by Terry Gilliam. The papers are not newspaper; they are the protagonist Sam Lowry's paperwork. Sam Lowry uses a flexible pipe to connect his paperwork in tube directly to his paperwork out tube. Pressure builds up in the pipe and it explodes, scattering the paperwork out of the office building and into the city. The character getting ...


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This is the Tyrannosaurus Rex from the 1988 cartoon series/extended toy ad Dino-Riders The quote, obviously, is from Jurassic Park.


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This sounds EXTREMELY like The Cat from Outer Space (1978)., so if it is, make sure to accept Buzz's answer above. Just in case it's not, some of the details sound like Assignment: Earth (1968), a backdoor pilot for a Gene Roddenberry TV show about an interstellar agent who intervenes in 20th century events here on Earth. Gary Seven, the interstellar agent, ...


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As a person who watched the original in its heyday as a child, I have to recommend either watching the original after the reimagined series or not at all. Of course it's my personal opinion and it's based on the following: The entire sci-fi genre has matured a lot during the years that separate the two shows. Things that were fresh back then are now cliches ...


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This sounds a lot like Earth: Final Conflict "created" by Gene Roddenberry (1997 - 2002) Early in the 21st century, a race of aliens, the Taelons (often referred to as "The Companions"), travel to Earth and take up residence in limited numbers. The Taelons possess highly advanced technologies, many of which they share with humanity, seemingly out of ...


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This is partly a problem with the episode ordering of FOX, and partly untold. "Summer of Love" was supposed to be episode two. It was to transition them from the "timer can open portals whenever, only it's super dangerous and might short out at any time if not given enough rest" model of the pilot to "the weakened timer can open portals at one specific ...


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You may be thinking of "A Matter of Minutes" from The Twilight Zone. The Wrights, a young married couple, wake up one day to the sounds of construction. When they investigate they find time has stopped. Meanwhile, a crew of blue-clad construction workers are busy removing the furniture in their house and replacing it with new. In terror, the Wrights run ...


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I'd suggest that this is Stargate: Universe, the starship does this on a couple of occasions Destiny reactors are fueled by absorbing and storing stellar material through a series of ram scoops on the underside of each wing. To accomplish this, Destiny dives into the photosphere of a star, absorbing material during its ...


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That sounds like the Steven King movie The Langoliers: Most of the passengers on an airplane disappear, and the remainder land the plane in a mysteriously barren airport.


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