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Fringe – Bishop Dynamic ? Walternate’s Massive Dynamic February 25, 2011

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Talk about backstory…

Now we know that young Peter KNEW that he was from another universe where the Dodgers stayed in Brooklyn, no airplanes and there was a Red Lantern..

We also know that young Olivia knew young Peter too…and the great mystery…that she told Walternate when she crossed over (how did that happen?) that Peter was on the other side.

Amazing.

And hey..Bishop Dynamic? Does that mean there was no William Bell on the other side?

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V – Human DNA needed to evolve the V’s – Ryan not dead?! His Daughter the new Queen? February 22, 2011

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another strong episode…

so apparently Ryan Nichols isn’t dead…

and the V’s need to breed with Humans so they can evolve?

ok that’s interesting…at least we’re not just ‘meat’ like the original V series…

Great to see Lisa go full on against her mother…but her time is almost done..and no doubt her Grandmother Diana will double cross her soon too.

AND did we understand correctly that Ryan’s daughter now has had her DNA mixed with the final Queen egg – so she’ll be the replacement for Lisa?

 

Surface Detail by Iain M. Banks – REVIEW – A solid Culture tale but a bit overwritten February 22, 2011

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Surface Detailis the newest Culture book by Iain M. Banks, but it’s got the usual elements that all Culture books tend to have…

The short review is that this is a really great read, but no it’s not the best Culture book ever written (we’re still partial to Consider Phelbas and Player of Games)

As is always the case with Culture books, Banks challenges us with new ideas and situations – and Surface Detail is no exception.

The big new ideas in this book are the Intagliate – those who are tattooed and then owned as a life debt if their families become indebted…then of course the deeper look into the different divisions of Contact, Quietus and Restoria (though both are just Special Circumstances fronts right?)

The basic plotline is similar to Matter in a way (which we recently reviewed) where there is a woman coming back to her home planet to settle a score with a murderer. Also as is the case with matter the not-quite equiv tech society is also trying to reach beyond it’s own limits which draws in a wider conflict.

The deeper discussion here is about the ‘Hells’ and what is Real and what isn’t which is kind of fun.

The plots and subplots which all coalesce in the end is also a standard Banks touch that Surface Detail employs.

Having the tattoo – the same thing thing that imprisoned our heroine Lededje – become the instrument of her tormentors death was a really great angle too.

The new Abominator class of ship was also really cool and the Falling Outside The Normal Moral Constraints is easily our fav Culture ship-type – irreverent and totally awesome as a whole Armada in an ellipsoid shape.

That said, this book could have been 100 pages fewer and it would have read better. Banks (lately) has a bad tendency to over-write and Surface Detail is definitely guilty of being (moderately over-written).

As always though the final page has a surprise and this one wasn’t quite as spectacular as some of our favorite Culture books – though it brought us right back to one of our all time favs – Use of Weapons (we still get chills when we think about the chair made of bones…).

Zakalwe ? REALLY?

We just didn’t see that coming at all. Not that it’s a major twist, but still a nice touch for Culture fans.

Happy Birthday to Jeri Ryan – aka 7 of 9 – aka why we love the Borg February 22, 2011

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No Question that things started to look up on Star Trek Voyager when

Seven of Nine – played by actress Jeri Ryan – showed up.

Today is Jeri’s birthday (born February 22, 1968).

So Happy Birthday Jeri Ryan!

And in celebration, let’s remember some of our fav Seven of Nine moments…

Fringe – 6 B : Walter draws the line at ghosts, Peter and Olivia hookup and barely avoid the Amber February 20, 2011

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6 B SO .. all  it took was some sappy old couple for Olivia to give in to Peter..kinda lame…

but was really neat to see where Walter draws the line…no ghosts!! ha …he believes in everything else…but no ghosts..

guess everyone has to draw the line somewhere..

cool though to see both side again..esp with 6 B at the end…but you would have thought that the activity would have alerted Fringe on the other side sooner..

Firefly returns to Cable – Capt’n Mal wants to buy the rights and bring it back…if he coulds February 17, 2011

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FOX killed Firefly 7 years ago…but it’s now coming back..to cable .. in reruns.

Starting in March Firefly will be on the Science Channel – and will have some new content with Science Channel ppl explaining the science behind the show.

More interesting is the fact that Nathan Fillion – Capt Mal himself is still interested in Firefly and would return to do the show if he could.

“If I got $300 million from the California Lottery, the first thing I would do is buy the rights to Firefly, make it on my own, and distribute it on the Internet,” Fillion said in an interview.

 

Wonder Woman rebooted with .. Adrianne Palicki ? February 16, 2011

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That’s her (left), Adrianne Palicki the new Wonder Woman set of the upcoming reboot by NBC.

Apparently she’s best known for her role in Friday Night LIghts (no not a show we’ve ever seen). She was also in Aquaman — a very short lived (ie. only  pilot that was on CW).

Will she live up to Linda Carter’s awesomeness?

Unlikely.

NBC doesn’t know how to reboot sh*t. They killed the Bionic Woman with boring plots and they’ll do the same with Wonder Woman.

If you want Wonder Woman – just buy the series – the original –Wonder Woman: The Complete Collection

In case you’ve never seen Adrianne Palicki in superhero action…here’s here (brief) appearance in Aquaman.

V – We Have An Army Now. February 15, 2011

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WOW.

Was that an awesome episode or what?

Eli Cohen is dead.

Tyler’s Dad – dead

Ryan Nichols – dead

Erika Evans  new leader of the combined Fifth Column.

Lisa meets Diana

And action, drama and bullets all over the place.

No we still haven’t seen the Lizards as being totally exposed for the vermin that they are — but that’s coming soon.

‘We have an army now and we’re going to rain hell on the V’s’

Battlestar Galactica Blood and Chrome FILMING BEGINS!!! February 14, 2011

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The toasters are coming back!! and we’re hoping that that frakkers at SyFy deliver this time..and from all reports thus far it looks like they will.

Filming has now begun on Blood and Chrome which is all about ..the blood of the humans and the chrome of the cylons mashing it up in a mano – a – toaster battle to the death.

Here’s the official press release:

SYFY’S BATTLESTAR GALACTICA: BLOOD & CHROME LAUNCHES

2-Hour Pilot Chronicles Young William Adama’s Adventures in First Cylon War

Lili Bordan Joins Luke Pasqualino and Ben Cotton in the Cast

Production has begun in Vancouver on Syfy’s highly anticipated 2-hour pilot, Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome, the all-new chapter in the Battlestar Galactica saga. Universal Cable Productions will produce the event with Syfy utilizing cutting edge CGI and virtual technology.

Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome takes place in the 10th year of the first Cylon war. As the battle between humans and their creation, the sentient robotic Cylons, rages across the 12 colonial worlds, a young, talented fighter pilot, William Adama (Luke Pasqualino), finds himself assigned to one of the most powerful Battlestars in the Colonial fleet: the Galactica. Full of ambition and in pursuit of the intense action that the Cylon war promises, Adama quickly find himself at odds with Coker (Ben Cotton), the battle-weary officer to whom he reports. With 47 days left in his tour of duty, Coker desires an end to battle just as much as Adama craves the start of it. Though they clash at first, the two men forge an unlikely bond when a routine mission turns dangerous and becomes a pivotal one for the desperate fleet.

Joining Pasqualino and Cotton in the cast is Lili Bordan, who will play Dr. Beka Kelly, a Ph.D. who worked for Graystone Industries that created the Cylon robots. Currently assigned to a secret military mission, Beka and Adama quickly establish a rapport.

From the award-winning producers of Battlestar Galactica, this new action-packed chapter of the BSG canon was written by Michael Taylor form a story by David Eick, Taylor and Bradley Thompson & David Weddle and directed by Jonas Pate. David Eick, Jonas Pate and Michael Taylor will serve as executive producers.

Fringe – Faux Olivia is Pregnant?! wow February 11, 2011

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So .. the whole point of having the bugs that incubate inside of humans…was really just a ploy to expose Faux Olivia’s pregnancy?

wow.

And even btr..she actually loves Peter too…

messy stuff.

now we def’n prefer the alternate Earth to regular Earth…though the replacement for Broyles is a bit….weak isn’t he?

Star Wars Legacy War #2 Is Cade Skywalker’s Mom Toast? February 11, 2011

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It’s hard to believe that over the course of 51 issues (50 regular series and 1 of War) that Cade Skywalker had NEVER

NEVER

Met Admiral Gar Stazi before. That’s shocking.

But it’s great that they finally have – and oh yeah Darth Krayt should be shaking in his big Sith boots.

Cade is Sith Killing Machine and he’s unstoppable now.

But his mom is stoppable – Is She Dead now? Somehow we don’t think so and it’s now likely that she’ll move full time to helping her son the Galactic Alliance and Roan Fel…

Speaking of Roan Fel – aside from running away from Sith — what’s up with him? He’s the weak link of the bunch. Not the ultra-dude that Cade is, not the General like Gar Stazi and not the maniac that Krayt is now becomming either.

All in all, this issue continues to remind us why Star Wars Legacy is the best comic book title ever produced by Dark Horse.
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Dark Horse Star Wars Darth Vader and The Lost Command is …meh…not the best… February 11, 2011

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Yes we love Darth Vader.

Yes we’re Dark Horse Fans.

NO WE DIDN’T like Darth Vader and the Lost Command #1.

The artwork is inconsistent with very different renditions of Vader throughout, same goes for the troopers. This isn’t the type of art that we’re used to seeing from Dark Horse – we’re used to seeing much better.

The overall story is kinda weak too.

But there is a at least one great set of panels – when we see Vader out of his full gear/helmet going through his regular maintenance – that’s cool.

Not enough for use to recommend this issue , but hey we’re Star Wars fans here, we buy ALL Dark Horse Star Wars stuff. We just think they can do MUCH better.
This review first appeared on our sister site ShowMeSciFiComics.com

V – Concordia — Tyler is not our only option, there are others February 8, 2011

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A solid episode…but the pacing of this show is all wrong isn’t it?

Erica Evans is clearly toast….but at this stage shouldn’t we already have an all-out Visitor Earth war?

And who is the other option instead of Tyler?

next week’s episode already look awesome, Diana will meet her grandaughter and Ryan will be skinned by Eli Cohen.

oh and Erica evans will be kidnapped.

nice.

Smallville Series Finale set for Friday, May 13 (8:00-10:00 p.m. ET.) February 7, 2011

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Smallville is coming to an end on May 13, 2011 at 8 pm.

That’ll be it, no more and finally…finally…

THE BLUR WILL BECOME SUPERMAN.

We’ve waited 10 yrs for this and I think we’ve waited long enough.

“Paying homage to 10 seasons is no small task, and wrapping up each character and story arc has been extremely important to everyone involved in the show,” said executive producers Brian Peterson and Kelly Souders in a statement. “We’re excited to be able to make the final moments of SMALLVILLE a television event, as the character we’ve grown up with makes his legendary transformation.”

Volkswagon SuperBowl Mini-Vader – NOT A STAR WARS FAN! February 7, 2011

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The Boy Behind Volkswagen’s Mini-Vader, Max Page, age 6 – admitted in an interview that he had never seen Star Wars.

I guess someone explained it to him and he figured it out… check out the link below to the video interview with Max..and if you’ve been sleeping under a rock..below that we’ve got the video that has now made him famous.

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/32545640

Fringe – He Still Has Feelings For You February 4, 2011

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The mindreader episode was kinda cool…that cortezapham stuff can do amazing things…

also kinda weird that ‘Sam’ wrote all the copies of the First People …who is that guy anyways?

But the dominant theme…again is Peter, FauxLivia and Olivia.

No sh*t that the still has feelings for Olivia…as the mind-reader told Olivia.

Smallville – Chloe is Back and the Blur can fly…kinda February 4, 2011

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ok so Chloe is finally back…hurray!

But holy cow was that a boring, long drawn out way to bring her back..sappy sappy sappy.

Great to see Clark fly – if only virtually – as he took his leap of faith.

Star Trek Typhon Pact Rough Beasts of Empire – REVIEW – Romulans Unite as Sisko ditches his family. February 3, 2011

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Star Trek Typhon Pact Rough Beasts of Empire by David R. George III – is a decent book, though not quite as engaging as Typhon Pact: Seize the Fire (which we recently reviewed).

This book is about two things, Ben Sisko and Romulus, with a side of Tzenkethi for good measure.

The Sisko part bothered us — ALOT. This book portrayed the Emissary as a man that was able to walk out on his family. No it didn’t make sense to us either, though the author tried (unsuccessfully) to convince us otherwise.

In general the characterization and writing about Sisko was just wrong and out of character.

In contrast, the plotting with developments in the Romulan Star and Imperial State is brilliant. The tense drama was astounding and we really didn’t quite know how it would end. The manipulation of the Tzenkethi to create a new Praetor was really slick.

The overall broader tactical and strategic nature of the Typhon Pact after this is really quite different isn’t it? We’ve got a united Romulus under a non-militant Praetor and we’ve got Sela (remember her?) as the head of the T’al Sheare -neat.

A decent read and one that really extends the Typhon Pact storyline, we can hardly wait until we read the next book in this (so far) really great series.

V – Give my baby some bliss! as Diana eat a priest February 1, 2011

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yes Agent Erica Evans is in big trouble

yes tyler is too…that’s one messed up family.

eli cohen — ok neat super israeli mossad killing machine dude.

but once again, THE TOTAL FRAKKING NONSENSE about the human soul, WTF is that all about?

the whole Vatican thing was a bit dumb, but it was neat to see the priest call Diana – his Queen. Too bad she had to eat him.

What was the deal with his Ring? Is it a datachip of some kind? we’ll see but it clearly had something of great value in it.