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For Your Consideration: Hugo Award Dramatic Presentation, Short Form

The deadline for nominating works for the Hugo Awards is March 10, 2013. Members (as of January 31, 2013) of Chicon 7, LoneStarCon 3, or Loncon 3 are eligible to nominate.

It’s pretty much a given that at least three episodes of Doctor Who will be nominated, and that one of those will win. While Doctor Who is certainly an outstanding series, there are a multitude of other science fiction and fantasy TV shows, as well as a few theatrical shorts and Internet productions that are worthy of consideration.

A multi-part production such as Game of Thrones, Season 2 will undoubtedly be nominated in the Long Form category as Season 1 was last year. So my advice is to not waste your nomination votes in the Short Form category for individual episodes, as they will be disqualified.

For the Dramatic Presentation, Short Form category, I have compiled a list of productions that are eligible to be nominated this year. It is a long list, and undoubtedly not comprehensive. I’ve listed the titles of individual episodes because the Hugo rules require individual episodes to be nominated. The dividing line between Short Form and Long Form is 90 minutes running time, but may be adjusted slightly one way or another if a majority of nominators place a borderline work in the other category.

For your consideration:jakethedog

  • “Jake the Dog”, Adventure Time
  • “Prehistoric Peril!”, The Adventures of the League of S.T.E.A.M.
  • “Tommy Madsen”, Alcatraz
  • “God’s Eye”, Alphas
  • “I Am Anne Frank”, Parts 1 and 2, American Horror Story: AsylumArcher Space Race
  • “Space Race”, Parts 1 and 2, Archer
  • “Betrayal”, Arrow
  • “Secret Invasion”, The Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest HeroesAWAKE
  • “Say Hello to My Little Friend”, Awake
  • “Blood & Chrome”, Battlestar Galactica
  • “Bridesmaid Up!”, Beauty and the Beast
  • “Trust”, Before Orel
  • “The War Child”, Being Human
  • “The Ultimate Enemy”, Parts 1 and 2, Ben 10: Ultimate Alien
  • “Time Slime”, Bravest Warriors
  • “The Final Frontier”, Castle
  • “Digital Estate Planning”, Community
  • “End Times”, Continuumdarkknightreturnspart1
  • Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 1, DC Entertainment
  • Justice League: Doom, DC Entertainment
  • Superman vs. The Elite, DC Entertainment
  • “The Angels Take Manhattan”, Doctor Who
  • “When Lightning Strikes”, Dragons: Riders of Berk
  • “Just Another Day”, Eureka
  • “A More Perfect Union”, Falling Skies
  • “Yug Ylimaf”, Family GuyFringe
  • “Letters of Transit”, Fringe
  • “The Bots and the Bees”, Futurama
  • Maggie Simpson in “The Longest Daycare”, Gracie Films
  • “Homecoming”, Green Lantern: The Animated Series
  • “Season of the Hexenbiest”, Grimm
  • “Thanks for the Memories”, HavenIron-Man
  • “Control-Alt-Delete”, Iron Man: Armored Adventures
  • “Cinderella Liberty”, Last Resort
  • “Endgame”, The Legend of Korra
  • “Midnight Lamp”, Lost Girlmerlin
  • “The Diamond of the Day”, Parts 1 and 2, Merlin
  • Episode #4.3, Misfits
  • Head over Heels, National Film and Television School (NFTS)
  • Mockingbird Lane, NBC
  • “Queen of Hearts”, Once Upon a Time
  • “The Contingency”, Person of Interestreddwarf
  • “Trojan”, Red Dwarf
  • “Nobody’s Fault But Mine”, Revolution
  • “DC Comics Special”, Robot Chicken
  • “Bill Plympton Couch Gag”, The Simpsons
  • “Wrath of the Gods”, Spartacus: War of the Damned
  • “Revenge”, Star Wars: The Clone Wars
  • “Citizen Fang”, Supernatural
  • “Fury”, Teen Wolf
  • “Birth of the Blades”, Thundercats
  • “Pilot”, Touch
  • “Darkest Hour”, Transformers Prime
  • “Scars”, Parts 1 and 2, TRON: Uprising
  • “Save Yourself”, True Blood
  • “Freaky”, Ultimate Spider-Man
  • “The Departed”, The Vampire Diaries
  • “A Very Venture Halloween”, The Venture Bros.
  • “Parting Shots”, The Walking DeadPaperman
  • Paperman, Walt Disney Animation Studios
  • “The Ones You Love”, Warehouse 13
  • “Depths”, Young Justice

Archer

Archer“Heart of Archness”
Written by Adam Reed

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Archer is an animated spy spoof on the FX Network. Sterling Archer (voiced by H. Jon Benjamin) is the top agent of the International Secret Intelligence Service (ISIS). This position is due less to his competence than the fact his overprotective mother, Malory Archer (voiced by Jessica Walter), is the head of ISIS. Super agent Lana Kane (voiced by Aisha Tyler) is usually the one who saves Archer from disaster. Archer and Lana were once lovers, and there is still sexual tension between them, but Lana is fed up with Archer always getting the credit for her successes, and Archer is clueless about how Lana really feels. Rounding out the ISIS staff are Cheryl (voiced by Judy Greer), Malory’s utterly incompetent secretary, Pam (voiced by Amber Nash), the overweight and oversexed director of Human Resources at ISIS, Cyril (voiced by Chris Parnell), the harried comptroller of ISIS, and Ray Gillette (voiced by Adam Reed), an openly gay intelligence analyst and one of the few competent members of ISIS.

Archer is the creation of Adam Reed whose previous credits include Sealab 2021 (2000-05) and Frisky Dingo (2006-08), both for the Cartoon Network.

“Heart of Archness” is a 3-part episode that begins with Archer’s disappearance after his fiancée is brutally murdered. Malory, sparing no expense, hires world-famous adventurer and former colleague Rip Riley (voiced by the ubiquitous Patrick Warburton) after no one at ISIS can find Archer. Riley tracks Archer to a South Pacific island, but Archer has no intention of leaving his paradise. Thus begins Riley’s odyssey of returning Archer to ISIS while surviving sharks, starvation, drowning, exposure, pirates, and mostly Archer. Meanwhile, Lana and Ray mount their own rescue mission while Cyril, Pam, and Cheryl cope with Malory’s increasingly irrational behavior as she freaks out about Archer’s status.

Sharp writing and outstanding voice acting have always been the hallmark of Archer. This 3-part episode is no exception; in fact, this is one of the strongest story lines in the series. It undoubtedly helps to have more than the usual half-hour to fill in details and add humor. It also helps that the production is entering into its third season, so everyone has a very good handle on how to play it. Unusual for an animated comedy, “Heart of Archness” finds several of the characters changed at the end, setting up new dynamics for the rest of the season (unfortunately, not scheduled until early 2012).

Archer takes full advantage of being on FX; easily earning its content warnings for language, violence, and sexual content. This is not your father’s Get Smart. If you’re a fan of satire full of non-sequitur humor, even if you’re not a fan of spy fiction, you owe it to yourself to give Archer a try.