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Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic # 24 December 31, 2007

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  We’ve had a bit of a love/hate relationship with Knights of the Old Republic. It started off well then got pretty aweful about a year ago but the last 5 issues have been really solid.

Issue #24 is another great issue and marks the solid return of this title to its initial glory. Finally Zayne comes back to the Jedi Tower on Taris..yet another Jedi admits that Zayne didn’t kill the padawans and we hear more about the prophesy that set this whole series in motion.

The art which had been lopsided for a while is and has been solid for the last 5 issues as well and this issue overall was great and enjoyable read.

This series now is set to move to its next phase…as the birthplace of the first Star Wars comics crossover event ever with Vector.

My guess is that Vector will somehow relate to that initial prophesy that set KOTOR in motion in the first place. The great Jedi seer somehow saw deep into the future with both the events of her time, that of the End of the Republic and further out into the Legacy era itself. It’s a massive vision that Dark Horse will try and weave with Vector. I’m glad that it’s beginning in KOTOR.

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Vader Votes for Obama? December 28, 2007

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Well not quite.

YouTube sensation Chad Vader though would vote for Obama Girl..or so he says in this hilarious clip.

It’s been awhile since the last Chad Vader episode…but hey apparently they’ve got something big in the works….we’ll see.

Star Wars Dark Times #7 ..it just keeps getting darker December 28, 2007

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This is one depressing series.

Issue #5 of course was one for the ages…this issue just add a bit more misery to mix. This series has real interesting guiding plot line…make the characters miserable…give them a little hope..take it a way and then do a double cross of some sort.

Bomo is getting more integrated in with the crew here and in the parallel story line the Jedi outcasts are making a home for themselves such that it is.

The only weak point is that this is the first issue in awhile not drawn by Doug Wheatley whose artistic style is without peer.

That’s not to say the art is bad (cause it’s not)..it’s just not the same.

Star Trek Titan : The Sword of Damocles (review) December 26, 2007

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If you think it’s been awhile since you’ve since a Star Trek Titan book review on ShowMeSciFi.com you’d be right. The last time a new Star Trek Titan book came out was late 2005. We reviewed the three previous Star Trek Titan books (Taking Wing, The Red King and Orion’s Hounds ) in 2006.

This latest book, the fourth in the series was one we had been waiting for,  for some time…Titan is the series that chronicles the continuing adventures of Captain Wil Riker and his Luna class star ship Titan on deep space exploration missions. The crew is mostly non-human which makes for a real interesting mix.

Unfortunately The Sword of Damocles isn’t a good book at all as it doesn’t take advantage of the Titan or her diverse crew (including Riker) well at all. Much of the book is focussed on one character a Bajoran and an poorly constructed time paradox plot.

While time related stories are often difficult to navigate, the publisher has made this one infinately more difficult to navigate by not properly indicating scene changes/time changes as chapter or section headings. It’s a publishing 101 issue and it significantly detracts from this work.

The author – Geoffrey Thorne is likely the worst Star Trek author we have ever read as he makes little sense and does little to connect with the Titan canon that has been developing over the course of the previous four books.

Of the four books thus far, this one was by far and away the worst of the bunch and one of the least readable Star Trek books we’ve seen in years.

Titan is a valuable and excellent concept. We can only hope that the power that be get their act together and publish this title more often and with better authors.

Star Trek : The Trek Life …Will it die too? December 22, 2007

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As StarTrek.com has apparently fired all of its staff..i’m left to wonder what will happen to The Trek Life cartoon series they run on the site. There has been no official word yet…but maybe the braniacs at CBS figure they can just re-run everything ad infinitum.

What Star Trek Species Are You? December 21, 2007

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I’m 80% Borg or 75% Klingon according to the Quiz.

Alot of questions in it but hey it’s kinda neat…and you know that you want to know…

What Star Trek Species Are You?
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You scored as BorgYou Are Borg, You would rather over run your enemies instead of overpowering them. You take knowledge instead of learing. You need help decideing but are upfront when forced. Conquest is everything after perfection.

Borg
80%
Klingon
75%
Romulan
70%
Dominion
65%
Vulcan
50%
Federation
45%
Ferengi
45%
Cardassian
35%

Save Journeyman December 21, 2007

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So it looks like Journeyman’s journey has ended a bit prematurely.

BooHoo.

It’s a series that had some interesting elements but took far too long to properly develop any kind of plot or series cohesion. Frankly i never got it…though plenty of others did.

As is the case with every SciFi that meets an early demise there are always those who want to bring it back..save it like Star Trek was saved by fans.

With Journeyman though i’m not sure it’ll work. But hey you never know. Check out the SaveJourneyman trailer and decide for yourself if you’ve got the power to save a show.

StarTrek.com Not Dead Yet – Though CBS has Fired All Staff December 19, 2007

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From the living dead department:

Just a few days ago the StarTrek.com development team announced that CBS had fired them all. CBS is now firing back claiming that even though they’ve fired staff StarTrek.com isn’t dead.

So who is going to do all the work?

Get this..they expect that StarTrek fans will by posting in the StarTrek.com forums. You know what i say to that? BOYCOTT STARTREK.COM!

Here’s the full release from CBS:

12.18.2007

Keep the conversation going on StarTrek.com boardsCBS Interactive, which oversees StarTrek.com, is reorganizing the way it does business to align the division’s workforce with its new vision that focuses on building communities online.

CBS Interactive remains absolutely committed to StarTrek.com and to growing the site along with its users by directly tapping into and utilizing the passionate fan base that has supported the site.

It has been your support and contributions to the lore of Star Trek that are what make StarTrek.com a vibrant place to be. To that end, we encourage you to keep the conversation alive and flowing using our message boards.

Blade Runner Returns for Final Cut December 18, 2007

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Today is the day. Finally the Final Cut of Blade Runner is out!!

Depending on your level of interest there are a number of different collections that are out now..there is aBlade Runner (Five-Disc Ultimate Collector’s Edition)
, Blade Runner (Four-Disc Collector’s Edition)and then there is the Blade Runner – The Final Cut (Two-Disc Special Edition) itself which you can get in a simple two disc collection.

Considering how many versions  on VHS and DVD I’ve already owned..the only purchase I’m making is for the Final Cut.

Even though Blade Runner is 25 years old..the Final Cut is a renewed version. Not just simple things like the odd special effects tweak, but actual new footage too -director Ridley Scott has actually redone the awesome scene with ZHORA where Decker (Harrison Ford) shoots her and she goes crashing through all the retail windows.

In the two disc Final Cut version the second disc is a 3.5 hour documentary called Dangerous Days which is all about the making and mythos of Blade Runner.

Blade Runner is one of the rare breed of SciFi classics that actually get better with each release..though of course everyone has their preference if they want the Decker narrated version or not – personally i like the narration but i know that I’m in the minority.

Every SciFi movie made since 1982 has been influenced by Blade Runner and as such this Final Edition should find a home in every SciFi fan’s DVD.

The End of StarTrek.com December 17, 2007

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CBS has fired its entire StarTrek.com team.

Once again Big Media has proven that it cares little for SciFi fans and our genre. I strongly encourage all readers of ShowMeSciFi.com to send a letter of support to the StarTrek.com team.

Here’s their full post:

Goodbye from the STARTREK.COM Team

Sadly, we must report that CBS Interactive organization is being restructured, and the production team that brings you the STARTREK.COM site has been eliminated. Effective immediately.We don’t know the ultimate fate of this site, which has served millions of Star Trek fans for the last thirteen years.

If you have comments, please send them to editor @ startrek.com – we hope someone at CBS will read them.

Thank you for your loyal fandom over the years. It has been a pleasure to serve you.

 

Arthur C. Clarke Turns 90 December 14, 2007

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I doubt there is a SciFi fan that is not familiar with the works of legendary author Arthur C. Clarke.

His most famous work being 2001 A Space Odyssey while Rendezvous with Rama is my own personal fav.

Mr. Clarke turns 90 on Dec 16th and in honor of his birth he’s posted a YouTube video.

It is a must see for all fans of the SciFan genre as one of the great still living masters tells his own tale of 90 orbits around the sun.

Happy Birthday Mr. Clarke !!

From Stargate to Star Trek – Paul McGillion December 14, 2007

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Paul McGillion, perhaps best known for his role as Dr. Carson Beckett on Stargate Atantis will be in Star Trek XI.

No it’s not a big part.

But yes he’s in the movie and apparently is in a scence with Capt. Pike.

Too bad he didn’t land the job of McCoy!

Star Wars Legacy of the Force Fury – Review December 13, 2007

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Star Wars Legacy of the Force Fury has a furious pace. From end to end the characters are engaged in battle, some larger than others.

This isn’t the best book in the series but it is in the top two. The conflict/civil war continues to be very confusing all around and this book doesn’t simplify the conflict much.

In terms of plot it ends a few plot lines : Centerpoint and Alema Rar. It also closes the loop on the secrecy of Allanna which is neat.

But the book is still space opera..with dozens of loose ends..which is of course why there are still more books to follow.

The double life of Caedus/Solo continues to be annoying…he’s the only one that knows he’s a ‘real’ Sith..and the real ‘Sith’ for some reason continue to remain in the shadows. I hope we’ll see more of the Korriban Sith sooner rather than later.

Overall 3.5 out of five stars for this latest book in the Star Wars Legacy saga.

Star Wars and Harry Potter – The Force is With Hogwarts? December 12, 2007

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There is a really neat discussion over at StarWars.com contrasting Star Wars and Harry Potter.

While i understand how you could draw comparisons….Luke the son of a dark lord and Harry with the dark lord…young kids..

It’s still a massive stretch

The Force isn’t magic…though it may seem magical. It’s all about midichlorians.

We find out about Luke’s DAD early on..and Luke’s only schooling is on Dagobah.

That said Harry Potter does have its place and I can certainly see why someone would want to show where Potter draws influences from Star Wars.

Firefly Returns in 2008 – December 10, 2007

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No, the dumb a$$es that run the studios and the TV networks haven’t come to their senses.

The geniuses at Dark Horse comic on the other hand have…

There’s plenty of reason for the Browncoats to look forward to 2008. Dark Horse has a whole lot of Serenity coming down the pipeline! First and foremost is the new Serenity comics series that is due out in March. This three-issue series, Serenity: Better Days, is a step back in time to the early years of the Firefly crew, and the fledgling gang’s turbulent attempts to cope with success after they pull off their first successful heist. It features the same creative team as Those Left Behind, with the story by Joss Whedon and Brett Matthews, art by Will Conrad, and Adam Hughes providing all three covers this time.

Those Left Behind was a great comic series and a must read prequel for the Serenity movie.

Considering the Joss Whedon himself is on this..how could this fail? Especially as a comic? That said…why just a mini-series and not a full series?? Surely there are enough browncoat loving Firefly fans to support a monthly book right!?


Stargate Atlantis 4x 10 This Mortal Coil December 9, 2007

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mortal.jpg“Oh Crap…”

In a season when every episode has been great, this episode of Stargate Atlantis was stellar. Replicator grown version of the key Atlantis members? O.k that’s interesting.

A replicator civil war? huh that’s neat.

The return of Dr. Weir? Cool..

Massive replicator fleet? wowza

We’ve got so many moving parts here..it’s a vastly more complex tapestry then Stargate SG-1 ever had in its years of battle with Ga’ould. The big question in this whole episode however…where was Col. Carter? If there is one disappointment in season 4 so far it’s the low profile Carter has had overall.

I can hardly wait the 4 weeks till the next episode

Own Your Own Star Trek Starfleet December 7, 2007

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Back in September was the last time we saw anything like this auction..it’s a lot of 5 Star Trek playmates ships.

* Deep Space Nine
* USS Voyager NCC-74656
* Romulan War Bird aka Bird of Prey
* USS Enterprise NCC-1701-D
* USS Enterprise NCC-1701-E

The September lot ended up selling for $122.50…it’ll be interesting to see where this ends up. What it does represent for the Star Trek toy collector is a great opportunity to get a bunch of ships in one auction.

Check out the auction yourself: Lot of 5 Star Trek ship bidding started at only $9.

 **UPDATED** Bidding closed on this at $88.01. WOW what a deal! The seller didn’t get nearly what they should have on this and the buyer did EXTREMELY well.

Futurama Bender’s Big Score – It’s real SciFi (kinda) December 7, 2007

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Sure sure Futurama is a cartoon..and it’s funny and insolent.

But i just finished watching the new movie – Bender’s Big Score – and guess what? It’s actually really solid plot wise with a really intricate time travel plot thread that really works.

Time and time paradox have always been a part of Futurama but never in such an intricate and well thought out way.

The comical – doom meter – which measures how likely something bad is going to happen – is a campy – but fun way to explain away the paradox of time travel and multiple instances of person.

Instead of wiping another person from existence or multiple timelines/parallel universes – the doom paradox is simple. Because the paradox person should never have existed they have a higher doom quotient and thus are more likely to have doom hit them and so the universe will fall back into order.

Yeaaah i know the problem is still the causality of it all. Since the new paradox person will impact the timeline in a way that the old timeline hadn’t been impacted..even if doom hits that person.

Still…

Futurama Bender’s Big Score isn’t just funny (and it’s VERY FUNNY) it’s actually interesting SciFi too.

Star Wars the Force Unleashed – For Nokia cellphones?? December 5, 2007

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All the trailers we’ve seen so far make Star Wars The Force Unleashed look awesome.

Now apparently the game is also coming for the Nokia N-Gauge system..and the trailer is…well..it’s somewhat less the awesome.

The sound sucks the game play choppy and effects are weak. Hopefully that’s just problems with Nokia and not the game itself.

Star Trek The Tour – Boldly Going To a City Near You December 5, 2007

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Yes we’ve got to wait until next Xmas (or later) for the next Star Trek Movie.

Yes there is no NEW trek on TV.

But..

There is the HD super sfx redone version of the classic series and of course syndication.

oh yeah..and for the hard core fans there is also Star Trek the Tour.

Over the next five years and in forty cities across North America, a 40,000 square foot interactive tribute to the Star Trek 40-year-plus cultural phenomenon will be on tour.

Explore the extraordinary world of STAR TREK featuring interactive exhibits, show-based simulators, a multi-media Encounter Theater and the largest ever collection of sets, props and costumes anywhere.

Awesome. Some of this stuff has been out on tour before..and the odd item has been seen at Star Trek : The Experience in Las Vegas but this five year travelling road show looks to be a whole lot more.

STAR TREK THE TOUR will be visiting the following cities:*

Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY
Atlanta, GA
Boston, MA
Charlotte, NC
Chicago, IL
Cincinnati, OH
Cleveland, OH
Dallas-Ft. Worth, TX
Denver, CO
Detroit, MI
Houston, TX
Indianapolis, IN
Kansas City, KS
Memphis, TN
Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN
Montgomery, AL
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Nashville, TN
New York, NY
Norfolk-Portsmouth-Newport News, VA
  Omaha, NE
Philadelphia, PA
Phoenix, AZ
Pittsburgh, PA
Portland, ME
Providence-New Bedford, RI
Raleigh-Durham, NC
Rochester, NY
Sacramento, CA
San Diego, CA
San Francisco, CA
Santa Fe, NM
Seattle-Tacoma, WA
St. Louis, MO
Tampa-St. Petersburg, FL
Toronto, Ontario
Tucson, AZ
Tulsa, OK
Vancouver, British Columbia
Washington, DC