Sirius in Fiction - Film and Television

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  • "Mudd's Passion" (1973), episode of Star Trek: The Animated Series written by Stephen Kandel and directed by Hal Sutherland, as part of the film, television, and print franchise originated by Gene Roddenberry. In 2269, the planetary government of Sirius IX charges Federation outlaw Harry Mudd with fraud and swindling, to wit, selling fake love-crystals. The USS Enterprise is given the task of arresting the perennial—if lovable—scoundrel. Taking him into custody, the officers and crew of the Enterprise discover that the crystals are all too efficacious. Complications ensue.
  • "Frontier in Space" (1973), serial of the British television series Doctor Who, written by Malcolm Hulke and directed by Paul Bernard. The Doctor and his companion Jo Grant are the victims of an elaborate frame-up as career criminals. Who's old nemesis, the Master, poses as an official from the Dominion government of the semi-autonomous Earth colony Sirius IV, and he brings "proof" of The Doctor's origin in the Sirian system and his incontrovertible guilt. After many twists, The Doctor discovers that the machinations against him are part of a larger Dalek plot to foment war between Earth and Draconia; he suffers a wound; he attempts to contact the Time Lords... (The serial ends in a cliffhanger.)
  • V (1983–1985), miniseries and regular television series created by Kenneth Johnson. Carnivorous reptilian humanoids from Sirius IV invade the Earth. At first styling themselves as "Visitors" and friends, they wear a thin, synthetic skin and human-like contact lenses in public. Soon enough the jackboots appear, and a nazi-style takeover follows, with persecution of scientists and the birth of a resistance movement whose slogan is "V" for Victory. According to critic Peter Nicholls, the first miniseries started well, but the franchise decreased steadily in quality after that, until at last the TV series was cancelled halfway through its run.
  • "The Caves of Androzani" (1984), serial of the British television series Doctor Who, written by Robert Holmes and directed by Graeme Harper. The colonized planets Androzani Major and Androzani Minor are in the Sirius system. The main antagonist of the story, Trau Morgus, is the chairman of the Sirius Conglomerate, an organization that regulates the mining and sale of spectrox, a drug that extends the normal human lifespan. The Doctor and his companion Peri explore the caves where bats produce raw spectrox, and become involved in an insurgency based there.
  • Children of the Dog Star (1984), New Zealand television program written by Ken Catran and directed by Chris Bailey. Three children on holiday in rural New Zealand find and assemble the parts of what turns out to be a space probe from the Sirius B system—one of three sent to the Earth long ago. At the end of the program, the three establish communication with the probe's originators who, much in the manner of adults, tell the children not to meddle in others' affairs. In the tale, it was another of the three probes that led to the prehistoric acquisition of advanced astronomical knowledge by the Dogon people of Mali.
  • Screamers (1995), film written by Dan O'Bannon and directed by Christian Duguay. The film is set on Sirius B VI, called Sirius 6B, once a thriving commercial and mining hub, now reduced to a wasteland by long-term civil war between the Alliance, a resistance group of the colony's former rank and file, and their employers, the New Economic Bloc. The Alliance develops an automated self-replicating—and indiscriminate—killing machine which screams in mid-kill, and thereby lends its name to the motion picture. By the end of the film nearly everyone is dead.
  • Voices of a Distant Star (2002), Japanese original video animation (オリジナル ビデオ アニメーション) written and directed by Makoto Shinkai. In this girl power wish-fulfillment saga, young protagonist Mikako Nagamine is recruited from middle school to the UN Space Army in a war against the alien Tarsians. Once in the Army, Special Agent Mikako pilots her own tactical fighter, a Tracer. The showdown comes at the habitable moon Agartha of the gas giant Sirius IV where Mikako outfights the Tarsians, saves her mother ship the Lysithea, and lives to reunite with her fantasy love, the older Noboru.
  • Good Boy! (2003), film written by Zeke Richardson and John Hoffman, and directed by John Hoffman. Dogs came to Earth thousands of years ago to colonize and dominate the planet. A canine emissary (Hubble, or Canid 3942) has been sent by the powerful Greater Dane on a mission from the Dog Star (Sirius VII) to make sure dogs have fulfilled this destiny. They have not. Things get complicated for Hubble and his human friend Owen then the Greater Dane herself decides to visit.
  • Power Rangers: S.P.D. (2005–2006), television series written by Bruce Kalish and Jackie Marchand, and directed by Greg Aronowitz and Andrew Merrifield. Commander Anubis "Doggie" Cruger, the commander of Space Patrol Delta's Earth Branch, is a Sirian, an alien species resembling dog-headed humanoids (see graphic). He is in S.P.D. because he is trying to find his wife, Isinia, who was abducted by one of Emperor Grumm's underlings.
  • "Last of the Present Sirius" (2006), episode of the Nebulous comedy radio show written by Graham Duff and directed by Nicholas Briggs. In this merrily unhinged view of goings-on in the year 2099, Professor Nebulous escapes from a time looped reality television series, only to find himself on Sirius, the Dog Star (a.k.a. Poodle Sphere Six). The star is the center of an interstellar broadcasting network—somewhat like Mr. Universe's interstellar data nexus in the science fiction film Serenity—run by the last two surviving Sirians in the universe.

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