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Hey, I know who that is...
So I'm watching this episode of Beastmaster and there is this Princess character, Talia, who strikes me as familiar. One of those nagging feelings that I know the actress but I can't figure it out. Long bright red hair, pale skin... But if I close my eyes the voice is *so* familiar.

It finally hit me - Gigi Edgley aka Chiana! So I searched around, turns out she was on Beastmaster twice, playing two different roles. Gigi has a distinctive voice, and her speech patterns come through. I was just thrown by the visual disconnect. She looks 'odd' to me out of the Chiana make-up, but I really loved that character. (Once again, fuck Sci-Fi for cancelling the best show they had.)

I am: amused amused
Current Media: TiVo: Beastmaster

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donnerjack From: donnerjack Date: September 7th, 2003 04:46 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
You know Claudia Black had spots on that show as well. Gigi and Claudia are, uh, high on my list of very attractive women. As I've been reminded since I'm rewatching Farscape. Though one thing I noticed, at least in photos of Gigi Edgley, was that she moves like Chiana, even out of character, which I think would be a bigger tip off for me. Might have just been the photos I saw though.
zonereyrie From: zonereyrie Date: September 7th, 2003 06:34 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
Talia wasn't as 'jumpy' as Chiana tends to be.

I can't recall Claudia on Beastmaster, but I've definitely seen her on Xena.

I have to say I think I find Chiana more attractive than Gigi out of makeup - but I wouldn't exactly spurn her. ;-)

donnerjack From: donnerjack Date: September 7th, 2003 10:16 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
According to some of the sites I bounced through last night while I was looking for Claudia Black pictures to show a friend, she was on at least one episode. Don't know personally though, I've never seen the show.

The pictures I've seen of Gigi Edgely out of makeup were, um, impressive. Lacks that leather clad, silver hair thing Chiana has though. ;)
solipsistnation From: solipsistnation Date: September 7th, 2003 06:00 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)

They're making a Beastmaster show?

They're really scraping the bottom out of the Fantasy Cheez Whiz Barrel, aren't they? Gotta get those last bits down in the corners!

zonereyrie From: zonereyrie Date: September 7th, 2003 06:31 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
Made - it ran for three seasons. And it isn't so bad really. It is really loosely connected with the films, at best. Though they did get Mark Singer as a recurring guest star in Season 3 as some kind of 'Spirit Warrior' there to guide Dar on a quest. :-)

It is mostly fluff, but I kind of enjoy it. I suppose if I was into buff, oiled men I'd enjoy it more. ;-) It is a buddy flick kind of thing. I've tried some of the other syndicated shows out there - Lost World, Adventure Inc., Relic Hunter, etc - and couldn't stand them.
z_gryphon From: z_gryphon Date: September 7th, 2003 07:44 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
dude. the Beastmaster films were really loosely connected with the films, at best. :)
umbran From: umbran Date: September 8th, 2003 06:20 am (UTC) (Direct Link)
(Once again, f**k Sci-Fi for cancelling the best show they had.)

Pardon me if I'm preaching to the choir here...

If Sci-Fi had been working in a vacuum, perhaps. But at the time Sci-Fi's parent company (Vivendi Universal) was in some serious debt problems. There was great pressure to make things more profitable. And while Farscape was a darned good show, it was also expensive to produce. Pressure from above to cut costs was probably very strong.

Lots of people these days claim that Bonnie Hammer doesn't like "space shows", and that had a lot to do with the cancellation. Illogical nonsense, that. Bonnie Hammer brought us Farscape in the first place. Others claim that it was high-ups in Vivendi that dont like space shows. That's more credible, I suppose.

But really, when a company makes a serious effort to sell off all it's US entertainment holdings (including a bundle of cable channels and Universal Studios) to reduce it's debtload, I don't think we need to make things personal. Economics are sufficient explanation.

Vivendi ended up not outright selling the entertainment assets. Instead, they've pulled a merger with NBC. Bascially, Vivendi gets to own 20% of the combined NBC/Universal.

So, the company responsible for the cancellation is largely out of the picture now. It's damned sad that this comes far too late to save Farscape. But perhaps Sci-Fi will be able to produce more good shows under the new ownership. Time will tell.
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