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Five years ago, astronaut John Crichton attempted to use the Earth's atmosphere to propel his ship, Farscape 1, at great speeds across the solar system. He went much further though and was sucked down a wormhole to a distant part of the galaxy and into the middle of a battle. He was rescued by a group of escaping prisoners and taken aboard their ship, a living ship. As the years went by, Crichton has made enemies, powerful and dangerous enemies. On his journey to find a way back home, he freed other captives who became part of the crew on Moya.

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    The 2015 Miss America pageant airs 8 . Sunday, Sept. 14 on ABC.



    For weeks now Atlantic City has been on TV, but not because of anyone's rousing opera singing, expert violin playing, spirited clogging, graceful ballet en pointe or showstopping evening gown.



    No, Atlantic City has been on TV because casinos are closing. Because of a bankruptcy filing and a reach for a new revenue stream. Because the governor came to town, assessing the future of the city's economy.



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    This year marks the 60th anniversary of the pageant's first live broadcast in 1954, making it the longest-running event special on TV. (For context, the first World Series was first televised in 1947 and the Super Bowl began in 1967. Like sporting events, the Emmys and Academy Awards are in another



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    The competition took a detour into cable TV after ratings sagged in 2004 and ABC released the pageant, causing further sagging in 2006 on Country Music Television, which later dropped the show. TLC picked up the baton before Miss America returned to ABC in 2011. Last year pageant officials glowed about viewership having been the best since 2004.



    New for the 2015 pageant is a behind-the-scenes live pre-show (as opposed to last year's entirely pre-taped segment), making the broadcast three hours long.



    "We are our own lead-in," Haskell says. "I don't have to worry about 'Wipeout'," he muses, referring to ABC's obstacle course competition show. He says a new partnership with Dick Clark Productions, starting with next year's pageant, will "assure the success of the Miss America brand for decades to



    Tony Eaton of Tall Pony Productions, a company based in Malibu, has produced the Miss America pageant for years now, both in Las Vegas and the 2014 show in Atlantic City.



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    Vaynerchuk, 38, a social media branding expert and CEO of VaynerMedia, is one of this year's celebrity judges, alongside Miss America 1955 and former Catwoman Lee Meriwether, TV writer and producer Marc Cherry ("Desperate Housewives"), model-mogul Kathy Ireland, Green Bay Packers veteran Donald Driver and Olympic gymnast Shawn Johnson. The group, which also includes retired Army Brig. Gen. Anne Macdonald, is charged with picking the best of the finalists Sunday, and has also, in a departure from years past, been assessing contestants this week in non-televised preliminary competition.



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    Knowing the pageant was back in Atlantic City, Vaynerchuk says he considered embracing the role of judge a way to "be the good Jersey boy that I He remembers Miss America as "one of the first American things" from his childhood in the 1980s. "I can remember those pageants in a row, up until we had to go to sleep," he says. In his blog, Vaynerchuk rated wine. But women? He does see parallels in the approach.



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    In a bid to use Miss America to drive non-gaming tourism, local marketing campaigns have seized on the pageant. Nina Davuluri, the outgoing Miss America, received a $50,000 scholarship when she won, as well as the title of spokeswoman for Atlantic City.



    "The 'Do AC' campaign is something that we've really pushed out via social media," says Davuluri, 25.



    The 2014 pageant broadcast started with a love letter to the resort town, whose Casino Reinvestment Development Authority has underwritten the pageant with millions of dollars in subsidies since its 2013 return.



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  • Crichton: the Older, lamer, much much dumber, red neck Abed.

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    Overall a good show -especially weird/cool if marathoned closely with Andromeda and SG-1.



    My biggest problem with the show has always been Crichton, specifically the way his character changes just to move the plot along.

    We are constantly told how smart he is and he most certainly is but only when the plot needs something repaired or a defense shield needs installing -the rest of the time he is a blathering idiot.



    I am currently re-rewatching the show: Crichton just had to be taught 'brute force' style by 'Einstein' that the ability to travel through space and time almost instantly is incredible dangerous and should be feared -WTH?

    One moment he is telling Pilot to activate the 'tractor beam' and then he is completely genre blind, it seems like Crichton has watched/interacted with Scifi -absorbing basic mechanisms like phasers and warp drives but missed everything else, the hypothetical scenarios and concepts or the questioning of moral and ethical reasoning.



    Another thing that drives me insane is his incessant use of Earth pop culture references for absolutely no reason.

    If a reference was not pointless, it would be explained like when 'the dog with 2 bones' or even the term 'wormhole' was explained.

    The rest is just drivel that no one onscreen (and a good chunk of those in front of the screen) understands.



    Crichton 101:

    -Never kill your Arch enemies, even when it would solve virtually all of your problems but feel free to kill dozens, hundreds, even thousands of their minions because having mass killers as protagonists is better than having to be creative when conjuring up a half baked plot.

    -Remember to always pull your gun out and point it at people, even at unarmed people and especially at inappropriate times.

    After all pointing guns at people especially when it wasn't called for is always a good idea, made even better when you are untrained and prone to accident discharges.

    -A powerful ambivalent (but with a streak of benevolence) being is deciding whether he should kill you to prevent violent use of the knowledge you possess -so what do you do? you randomly kick him in the head, expecting no effect.

    -After just having 'traveling back in time and screwing with things is bad' drilled in to your skull, you proceed to travel back in time.

    But wait there's more -getting caught/noticed just so you could steal a bottle of milk is totally worth it and totally not what half witted hick would do.

    -Go on about how you know Scorpius is just using asylum aboard Moya as a way to get your wormhole knowledge and then let him stick an injector/probe thing into your skull like 2 minutes after he suggests it.



    Venting complete.

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    Aliens, Futuristic, Time Travel, Love & Romance, illegal activities