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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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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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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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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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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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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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Seven Days (1998)? From IMDb: Salvaging the material and technology from the spaceship crash at Roswell, the NSA secretly develops a spherical time-ship that has the limited ability to send one person back in time, up to seven days. Called 'Project Backstep', it is reserved for selective use, only to undo significant, recent, disastrous events. The pilot,...


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I'm pretty certain that this is an Australian TV show from the 1990s called Spellbinder. It has power suits which can throw balls of lightening, and are recharged by rubbing the cuffs together. In the first episode, the main characters attempt to create gunpowder, and in a later episode a main character is forced to create gun powder by their captors. ...


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Not a direct match, but enough similarities that I think it's worth mentioning. The Lost World Tv Series "At the dawn of the 20th century" a band of adventurers, led by adventurer and scholar Professor Challenger, embark on an expedition to prove the existence of a lost world isolated from the rest of the modern world. The British expedition team, ...


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I believe this may be the episode "Jerry Was A Man" from the series "Masters of Science Fiction," an adaptation of a story by Robert A. Heinlein. The short story includes a conversation just like what you describe: "Siddown, young man!" Cargrew ordered. "Take your trade to those thumb-fingered idiots if you wish—but I warn you they couldn’t grow wings ...


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You are one of the people who remembers the largely unknown and forgotten series Blizzard Island, which aired on the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation in 1988 (and was adapted into the movie "The Argon Quest" in 1990). The series was created by Terry Angus and Stoney Ripley; at the time of production, Angus was on hiatus from Henson's Fraggle Rock (thus the ...


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This calls to mind an episode of Eerie, Indiana - "The Lost Hour", wherein the main character, Marshall Teller (in the series, all sorts of strange things happen in the namesake town and he and his friend Simon are two of the only people who pay enough attention to notice) somehow gets trapped in a version of the town empty except for a missing girl about ...


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Not much to go on, but Stargate: Universe fits the few details. Its last episode aired 8 years ago, it has the group of people stranded on the spaceship flying on auto and the ship does refuel in a sun. See if this looks familiar:


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The question snippet matches with practically the only thing I remember about the 1993 made for TV movie Doorways. Cat, a fugitive from a parallel Earth ruled by aliens, lands on "our" Earth in the middle of a freeway, causing an accident. She is slightly injured, and wakes up in the emergency room of a hospital, where Thomas, a doctor, takes care of her....


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It was the 2004 show on YTV called Zixx Level One. Two brothers discover an alien girl called Zixx Punkee Zee and help her get past level one of a game. When Zixx finishes all three levels she will have achieved her mission and be able to go back to her home world. IMDb, Zixx Level One


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If years ago means four of five years, it could be Code Lyoko Evolution. Code Lyoko is originatly a french cartoon where a group of teenagers find a computer in which lives XANA, a powerfull virus able to make changements in the real world. Fortunately, they are able to go inside the digital world to beat XANA at its source. The part inside the digital ...


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This might be the 1987 short "The Price of Life" which I found referenced on the Wikipedia page for "In Time" (2011). I have never heard of this, so I'm just going to quote the Wikipedia summary: The basic premise of the film is that a time account is physically linked to every infant at birth, with death automatic when the balance drops to zero. An ...


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Could also be Code Lyoko It ran from 2003 to 2007. Jeremy Belpois, a 12-year-old prodigy attending boarding school at Kadic Academy, discovers a quantum supercomputer in an abandoned factory near his school. Upon activating it, he discovers a virtual world called Lyoko with an artificially intelligent girl named Aelita trapped inside it. Jeremy ...


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It's Desert Punk. The main character has a rice hat on, as you say, and he is also short. It makes sense that there were Mad Max characters, because the show is set after the apocalypse. I also believe that in the first episode he uses balloon decoys.


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Gormiti: the Lords of Nature Return! (2008)? From IMDb: The show follows two brothers, Nick and Toby, who discover that they have the power to transform into powerful creatures known as Gormitis. Now it's up to them and their friends to save their world, and many others, from destruction. The poster has characters fitting your description: Toby, ...


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This might be an episode of "Masters of Science Fiction" (2007 TV series), called "The Discarded". This series debuted on ABC and only ran for 6 episodes, each an hour long. Here is a plot synopsis of this episode from IMDb.com: After 37 years traveling in space in the hope of finding a new home, a group of mutants face an interesting proposition. ...


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That would be Spellbinder. A group of teenagers go on a school camp in the Blue Mountains in Australia. While at the camp, Paul Reynolds accidentally goes into a parallel universe. This other world is inhabited by a more hierarchic and technologically different society, ruled by a group of people known as Spellbinders. Paul meets a girl there ...


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Sounds like Philip Jose Farmer's Riverworld books. There have been, I believe, two movies (2003 and 2010) so perhaps it's the earlier one Riverworld (2003). The premise is interesting, in that any characters from history may show up to drive a subplot. The first book, To Your Scattered Bodies Go might be of interest, too.


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Neil Gaiman just posted an alternate take of the Gavotte dance scene, and Sheen is both clearly visible, and clearly dancing. The focus issues are most likely intended to show that the filmic image is quite poor, especially since, as Neil puts it, "somebody has invented a moving picture camera rather ahead of schedule" This evidence suggests that it is ...


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This is The Wizard (1986). The title character, Simon McKay is a little person described as a "philanthropist and innovative toymaker". He's assigned an (average-sized) CIA handler, Alex Jagger. Together they fight crime and solve mysteries, as you do.


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Could it be Cheluvi (1992)? Cheluvi, a poor young woman, has a secret magical power. With the magic, she turns into a tree which produces exotic flowers. Soon, her secret is spotted by Kumar, the son of the village head. There is a review for the movie on IMDB from the user zudasiscariat who mentions: Year released 1992, This particular movie ...


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You are looking for "Animal Mechanicals" This cartoon for preschoolers takes two elements young children often find fascinating -- mythical animals and monster trucks -- and combines them to create a different kind of action hero. The mechanicals are comprised of Rex, Unicorn, Komodo, Sasquatch and Mouse, five friends with the power to transform ...


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It sounds like an episode of the original Johnny Quest.... The Robot Spy" November 6, 1964 The Quest nemesis, Dr. Zin, sends a giant, cyclops, robot spider (by flying saucer-like craft) to a U.S. government research facility in the American Southwest to steal the secrets of a ray gun project on which Dr. Quest is working. https://www.dailymotion.com/video/...


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Possibly season 6 episode 14 of The Outer Limits title "Abaddon". Black captain, female crew, prisoner, murders and The Outer Limits is usually somewhat mind screwy, your mileage may vary on amoral though.


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