Author: Lesley Chang

Filmed in Vancouver: Stargate SG-1

Is it just me, or is Vancouver just a major hub for science fiction? This week, I’m profiling yet another science fiction show: Stargate SG1. I’ll admit it – I didn’t watch this show from beginning to end, but I did watch the movie and I actually really liked it. You gotta admit, the whole portal travel thing was pretty cool. For those of you who aren’t familiar with this show, it’s based on the 1994 feature film Stargate by Dean Devlin and Roland Emmerich. The story of Stargate SG-1 begins about a year after the events of the...

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Filmed in Vancouver: The X-Files

Doo dooo dee doooo dee doooooo. Okay, I’ll stop humming the X-Files theme song. I know it’s stuck in your head now! This week, we’re going retro. We’re going back to the original Fringe. The original Supernatural. The one and only… The X-Files.  The X-Files originally aired back in 1993. Now, it’s not the oldest TV show I’ve covered (check Highlander for an older show), but it’s definitely a Vancouver gem. The show spanned a total of 9 seasons (202 episodes!) and spawned 2 movies, one of which was written specifically for Vancouver. Created by Chris Cater, the show follows FBI...

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Filmed in Vancouver: Arrow (CW)

Once upon a DC comic, there was a costumed fighter-slash-vigilante named Green Arrow. Fast forward to 2012 and CW’s picked up a new show called Arrow… based on the DC comic. Now, I never read the comics so I don’t know who all the characters are. Having said that, there are no spoilers here… and I can’t speak to how authentic the story is on the show, compared to the comics. Arrow is supposedly based on Green Arrow, so there’s room for creative license here. The series follows billionaire playboy Oliver Queen (played by Stephen Amell) who, after five years of...

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Filmed in Vancouver: The Killing

AMC has some of the best TV shows on air right now. Breaking Bad, Mad Men, The Walking Dead… These guys truly know how to produce amazing TV shows that tell more than just a story. So, it wasn’t really a surprise when they started a re-telling of the original Danish TV show The Killing. The Killing is a suuuuuuper slow burn telling the story of a Seattle detective, Sarah Linden (played by Mireille Enos), whose last case in the city is of a disturbing murder of a young teenager named Rosie Larsen. The question “Who Killed Rosie Larsen?” becomes...

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Filmed in Vancouver: Once Upon a Time

When I first heard about Once Upon a Time, I wasn’t 100% sold on the concept. I mean, a TV show based on a re-telling of well known and well loved fairy tales… I wasn’t sure it’d succeed, much less if I’d like it. But since Jennifer Morrison, Ginnifer Goodwin and Robert Carlyle were cast in it, I had to give it a chance. Once Upon a Time is a fantasy drama that takes place in the fictional seaside town of Storybrooke, Maine, in which the residents are actually characters from various fairy tales that were transported to the ‘real world’...

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Filmed in Vancouver: Fringe

Continuing on the sci-fi trend, I’ve gotta say that Fringe is one of my favourite science fiction TV shows on air right now. They’ve taken this show to many different places and while the first season wasn’t filmed in Vancouver, seasons 2 through 5 were. If you’re familiar with J.J. Abrams’ previous work (like Alias, Lost and Cloverfield), you’re probably no stranger to the weird and interesting ways he ties together worlds and myths in his storylines. Or maybe that’s just the writers who do it – but nonetheless, Fringe has the elements of a love story, a strong female...

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Filmed in Vancouver: Supernatural

I’ve been on a bit of a science fiction/fantasy kick lately. On the recommendation of a good friend who was looking for a replacement for Buffy the Vampire Slayer, he suggested I check out Supernatural. It’s a pretty darn good replacement – full of cheese, full of supernatural things to kill and most importantly, full of Vancouver. Supernatural stars Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles as brothers Sam and Dean Winchester. The series follows the brothers as they hunt demons, ghosts, monsters and other figures of the supernatural. The first episode of the series sets the tone: dark yet kitschy....

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Filmed in Vancouver: Highlander – The Series

This time around, I’m going to take us back to the 90s. Yes, the 90s. When Zack and Kelly were still a couple, and AJ Slater wore billowy pants and equally billowy shirts. Okay, so I’m not really talking about Saved By the Bell, but let’s face it – the 90s had some… interesting fashion. But I digress. Interesting fashion aside, this particular series, Highlander, was filmed in Vancouver, Paris and Seattle. Vancouver was its home for almost all six of the seasons it was on air and it’s a nice look back at historical Vancouver should you watch it today....

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Filmed in Vancouver: Continuum

Image credit: If you live in Vancouver, chances are, you’ve seen this poster. If you haven’t seen the show, however, it might be a good time to point out that this show is filmed – and set – in Vancouver. This is huge. There aren’t many TV shows that feature Vancouver as Vancouver. Filmmakers always try to dress it up as Anytown, USA. In many shows, it’s often depicted as an alternate version of Seattle, Boston, Santa Barbara, and so on. But nope, not this particular show. Here, Vancouver is Vancouver. Continuum is a science fiction series that centres on...

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Filmed in Vancouver: Battlestar Galactica (Reboot)

Image courtesy of I would be remiss to not include this amazingly addictive reboot of Battlestar Galactica in my series of posts. It’s just one of those shows that is so clearly filmed in the Lower Mainland that it was almost painful for me to not write about it sooner. For those of you who haven’t watched the show, Battlestar Galactica is an American science fiction franchise created by Glen A. Larson in the late 70s. A remake aired in 2003 as a miniseries but a full TV series was launched in 2004, with various parts of the...

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Michael Kwan
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