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Film Night Tomorrow! Please sign up!

Hey folks! Sorry for the short notice but we’re having Film Night tomorrow at 7pm! It’s gonna be on Teams so we need you to fill out another form if you wanna attend: https://forms.gle/U2kxWXfEdvpXDtDTA

We’re probably gonna end up having a live-action Scooby-Doo movie marathon, so expect some spicy commentary!

We’d love to see you there!

Episodes Night Tonight!

Just a reminder that Episodes Night is once again happening at 7pm tonight! We’ll be watching episode 2 of all of our shows (Dark, Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency, Galavant and Gravity Falls).

Brief-ish synopses for those who couldn’t make last week:

Dirk Gently‘s Holistic Detective AgencySeries 1, Episode 1: “Horizons” – More in-depth synopsis here (x) – …Not sure if I can even sum up the episode to be fair, it was a wild ride. Dirk Gently (a holistic detective) adopts Todd as his new assistant. There’s a corgi? Todd is under suspicion for quite a few murders and shouldn’t leave town. Time shenanigans are occurring.

DarkSeries 1, Episode 1: “Secrets” – More in-depth synopsis here (x) – Time is an illusion, the distinction between past, present and future is meaningless. Remember that! It’s important! Our main man Jonas wakes up from a nightmare of his father killing himself several months prior, leaving behind a note that was to be opened at 10:13pm, November 4. Guess what day it is? Yep, November 4. Jonas returns to school after a 2 month absence due to needing therapy after his father’s suicide.

A boy is missing from Jonas’ school: Erik. Parallels are drawn to another kid that disappeared 33 years ago, in the 80s. All is not as it seems as Erik is being held in a sort of prison cell with some really cool fox wallpaper, with 80s music videos on an old TV in the background. The 80s! Why are they stealing children?! There’s also an electric chair in the room because obviously it really ties the room together.

Jonas and some other kids go out in search of hidden drugs in the forest near a spooky cave and a very-much-previously-mentioned-throughout-the-entire-episode power plant. The kids being Jonas, his best bud Bartosz, the girl in their love triangle, Martha, Martha’s brothers Mikkel and Magnus, and Franziska, the police chief’s daughter. Cave does spooky stuff, they all run in the opposite direction, the 80s are chasing them down. Mikkel disappears in the chaos. The 80s have stolen another child!

In the harsh light of morning, they do indeed find a child in the forest. His eyes have been burned. Ulrich says that the kid isn’t Mikkel. (It’s so his brother, isn’t it? The 80s returned the wrong goddamn child!)

Back in Erik’s weirdly child-like prison cell, he’s getting strapped to the electric chair and his eyes covered by a metal headpiece. The 80s really gotta stop burning the eyes of children.

GalavantSeries 1, Episode 1: “Pilot” – More in-depth synopsis here (x) – Our main man Galavant has it all; fame, fortune, a girlfriend. Too bad the king, King Richard (or King Dick for short) also thinks his girlfriend is hot, so he steals her. Madalena thinks that power is cool, so she doesn’t mind and happily marries the king. Can we get an F for Galavant?

A year passes. Galavant is down on his luck. He meets Princess Isabella Maria Lucia Elisabetta of Valencia, the only person that could rival Daenerys Targaryen for how long their introduction takes. King Dick has stolen her lands (he really has grabby hands) and she wants Galavant to save her people.

Flashback! Two months earlier, it turns out that it’s Madalena who pushed the King to take Valencia, just to obtain the Jewel of Valencia. The King imprisons Isabella’s parents while she is exiled. Madalena keeps comparing King Dick to Galavant. He doesn’t like that so hides the fancy green jewel from her. He blackmails Isabella into drawing out Galavant.

Flashforward, present day! Galavant perks up when he learns that King Dick is behind it all. He is led to believe that Madalena still loves him. King Dick and his bodyguard Vinnie Jones prepare for Galavant’s return while Madalena continues a secret affair with the jester.

Gravity FallsSeries 1, Episode 1: “Tourist Trapped” – More in-depth synopsis here (x) – Twins Dipper and Mabel are spending their summer with their great-uncle Stan at his tourist trap. Dipper finds a mysterious journal that suggests there’s more to Gravity Falls that meets the eye. Mabel gets a boyfriend. Turns out her boyfriend is just a bunch of gnomes in a trenchcoat. They abduct her to make her their queen and marry all of them. Yikes. The gnomes form a mecha-gnome to try to get Mabel back. Mabel pretends to go along with marrying the gnome leader, Jeff, but ends up launching him into the forest with a leaf blower. The rest of the gnomes disperse and the day is saved. Just before the episode ends, Stan goes into a secret room after checking he wasn’t followed.

Games Night Tonight!

Tonight at 7pm is our first Social Night of the semester! Head over to our Discord (email us for the link!) to play some Jackbox, Among Us and other online board games!

It should be a lot of fun! Hopefully we’ll see you there!

Episodes Nights Sign-ups!

Thanks to all who attended FresherCon! It was great to see so many new people!

The time has come for our regularly scheduled programming – episodes nights and social nights! Episodes nights are every Thursday at 7pm (starting this Thursday 24th September) and social nights on Saturdays at 7pm (more info to come later for those).

The shows this semester, as a reminder, are: Dark, Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency, Galavant and Gravity Falls. We watch a single episode of each show every Thursday evening, and these shows will stay the same the whole semester.

Don’t like one of the shows? No problem! We typically watch them in the same order every week, so just skip it and pop back in when the episode is over. If you also miss a week, that’s also fine, I’ll (if my 4th year schedule allows) probably post brief synopses each week with the episode number/title so you can catch up ready for next week.

If you would like to join us, just fill in this form: https://forms.gle/4gqEZ4HrhHz5HiU99 and we’ll send you the link to join us on Microsoft Teams.

Any questions just email us at sciffyedinburgh@gmail.com as usual and join us over at Facebook if you feel so inclined!

FresherCon 2020: This Time It’s Virtual!

It’s that time of year again folks! The time where we welcome new students to the university by holding a pub quiz and movie screening, but this time, we’re beaming ourselves straight to the comfort of your own home.

The Date: Saturday 19th September 2020

The Time: 8:00pm – 11:30pm

The Plan: We’ll be testing your sci-fi and fantasy knowledge through Zoom (prizes are on offer here!) and then watching Spider-Man: Into the Spider-verse via Microsoft Teams. Complicated, I know. (But trust us, this is the best way we’ve found!) 

So come meet and hang out with some fellow nerds! We look forward to meeting you!

Sign ups are limited, so don’t miss out!

Sign up (for free) here: https://forms.gle/4e75nHMsmFmNFP8V6

Link to Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/320589919105333/

Fantastic Beast Screening

We have an exciting event planned with our friends PotterSoc and the Quidditch team – a late night screening of the new Fantastic Beasts film!

Tickets will be on sale in Teviot from 10am-4pm this Sunday (21st) for £6, and the actual event will be happening late 15 Nov/early morning 16th. Historically this is a well attended event so PotterSoc respectfully asks that only society members (of Pottersoc, Quidditch or Sciffy) buy tickets and note that they are only selling one ticket per person. If you desperately need a ticket but can’t make it on Sunday, contact PotterSoc through their email account or Facebook.

More details will follow about the pre-screening social, which is a great chance for us to get together and meet before the film!

Freshercon 2018

Freshercon Ad1Join us again, or for your first time at our welcome week event, Freshercon! Freshercon will be taking place in the Teviot Dining Room from 6 to 10pm, Thursday the 13th of September. We are starting with a showing of Thor Ragnarok followed by the traditional geeky pub quiz (with lots of cool prizes!).

Everything is free, including the snacks!

End of Semester

It’s nearly the end of semester two!

The last series night of the semester is on Thursday 6th April, and the last film night will be on Saturday 8th April.

Sciffy will resume in September! The first series night will be on Thursday 21st September and the first film night will be on Saturday 23rd September!

Freshercon will also be taking place at some point during Freshers’ Week/Welcome Week!

AGM Results 2017

We have a new committee!

President: Mary Heim

Secretary: Liam Foley

Treasurer: Jed Reid

Webmaster: Alex Sidell

Librarian: Kirsty Souter & Gavin Watson

 

In other AGM news, Alasdair and Rachel have been made lifetime members. We also voted to change the constitution to allow 2 librarians (as you might have guessed from the fact that there are 2 librarians).