as SG1, SGA and BSG break up for the summer gap, we aren't actually fretting over our viewing habits since three new series have started airing. Threshold seems to be the gem in the basket. Whereas Invasion and Surface have characters that make those simple mistakes and ommisions like the woman in the haunted house opening the attic door in the dark, Threshold combines science and science fiction in it's characters reportoire. No immediate soundbites are made ("beam me up scotty", "it's life jim") the characters the series introduces are modern characters with depth, education and experience. There was only one real "mistake" in the second part of the pilot, the maths scientist who neglected to affirm his dream states that two other members of the team had been experiencing after an event. Hopefully we won't see anything like this again, it's hollywood scifi whereas we want hardcore scifi (which much of the show appears to be so far) Niven and Pournelles : Footfall http://www.ffbooks.co.uk/n0/n2814.htm contingency plans were not in evidence in this novel, but a thinktank was brought in consisting of scientists heavily into the scifi scene. this was a bit a self pandering by the authors, but here in Threshold we are seeing a more realistic approach to the behind the scenes work that would be carried out in the event of a first contact situation. The action is not predictable. the level of threat is already beyond our understanding of how anyone could cope with the situation. There are no heroes that will win by the end of the show, there are heroes that we feel might just die off the very next second as realism dictates. We aren't at a loss now our normal scifi shows aren't airing for a while, although i don't put too much hope in the other two shows.