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Star Wars Dawn of the Jedi is Here. January 31, 2012

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Wow. Just wow. This is the week that we SciFi – or more specifically – Star Wars comic book fans have been waiting for ..ever since Dark Horse ended Legacy.

John Ostrander and Jan Duursema are back – the best writer/artist duo in Star Wars history are BACK!!

This all about the beginning of the Jedi – on a planet called Typhon – which actually plays a really prominent role in the Star Wars The Old Republic MMORG. All Jedi characters start on Typhon for their training.

Dawn of the Jedi #0 is out which isn’t technically a story as much as it is a reference guide to help us all understand that awesomeness that is to come.

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Star Wars Agent of the Empire: Iron Eclipse #2 January 28, 2012

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20120128-202736.jpg No we weren’t big fans of the first issue of this series…but it turns out we’ve been proven wrong.

Issue #2 is awesome.

Jahan Cross is a real character and this title has a real plot. We can hardly remember the last time there was as much intrigue in ANY Star Wars title as this one. Yeaah he really is the James Bond of Star Wars..he lands the lady (then is framed for her death) while still getting the step daughter to help him out. Twist after twist.

It’s still not entirely clear to us how this will end up (which is a good thing, easy predictable plots are boring). We don’t know how Jahan will get out of this or what the Iron Eclipse really is all about (yet).

While we weren’t too excited with the first issue, man are we glad we stuck around for the second, this book is a keeper and another winner from John Ostrander (no it’s still not as AWESOME as Legacy but hey it’s still a great read).

Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic WAR #1 January 28, 2012

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KOTOR is BAck! thank you Dark Horse for bringing back this great era.

Zayne Carrick is back and he’s still kinda sorta on the run, but this time not from his own destiny…he’s trying to run from his duty to the Republic…what is strange though is that it’s not clear what happened between Knight of the Old Republic #50 and this issue..it’s just a whole blank era…i thought he connected with that former slave captain girl and was still working with the crooks…the missing years or gap isn’t a good thing and really doesnt make this feel like a continuation of the first series.

Sure it’s ZAYNE CARRICK but the character doesn’t feel like it should.

That said – he’s in Revan’s Army fighting Mandalorians. how cool is that? We barely saw Revan in the first KOTOR (and hey we haven’t seen him here yet either), but still. Even with the time gap, this is fine era, and this first issue is loaded with action. We’re looking forward to the next issue!

Series FINALE for Chuck – Goodbye, Good Ridance and don’t let the door hit you on the way out January 27, 2012

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Sure we liked the NBC show Chuck when it first aired – it was cool, it was funny and it was unique.

Over the years the show just went from fun to lame real fast, to the point where we haven’t been able to sit through a whole episode in some time. So we were a little surprised to see that tonight is actually the series finale.

Yeaaah we had thought this show was cancelled a long time ago.

You suck CHUCK.

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Monty Python IN SPACE! January 27, 2012

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Monty Python – or at least 4 of its critical cast members are having a reunion of sorts.

Terry Gilliam, John Cleese, Michael Palin and Eric Idle are all lending their voice talents to a new scifi comedy called Absolutely Anything (kinda sounds like a Douglas Adams name for a book doesn’t it?)

Terry Jones – another familiar Monty Python member – is directing the flick.

“It’s not a Monty Python picture, but it certainly has that sensibility,” Jones told Variety.

Star Wars Uncut : Director’s Cut – Star Wars by the fans for the fans January 23, 2012

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what do you get when you try and crowdsource the greatest movie ever made?

You get the greatest crowdsourced movie ever made – a fan version of star wars. Sure it’s hokey at more points than i care to count and some performances are pretty bad, some are awesome and the totality of the effort is astounding. This is what fandom is all about. Let’s just hope that Lucas doesn’t decide to try and sue.

Star Wars : Knight Errant Deluge #5 – The Dehydrated Hutt January 22, 2012

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20120122-224714.jpg We’ve finally gotten around to reading the final issue of the latest Dark Horse Knight Errant title, Deluge #5 and it’s a real treat.

Kerra returns to save Daiman’s homeworld from being flooded by Zodoh the Hutt…yeaah it’s strange Kerra saving Daiman–but it’s really all about the ppl right?

In any event, a decent story, though the ending of how one ship was able to crash into Zodoh’s capital ship and destroy it…is a little unbelievable.

The final ending of Zodoh though is a bit dark..with Daiman using Zodoh’s own tech against him to end the hutt’s life…somehow fitting.

Well that’s it for Knight Errant until June when the next series – titled Escape – takes off and we can hardly wait.

LEGO Star Trek USS RELIANT – KHAN!!!!! January 22, 2012

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The LEGO ppl sure do love Star Wars, but they’ve never shown any love for Star Trek…but hey that’s what fans are for.

One dude built the USS RELIANT on his own with 15,000 bricks and a year of effort..and what a fine job he has done.

Check out his story – in his own words here – http://www.eurobricks.com/forum/index.php?showtopic=65163

What’s Next for Star Wars The Old Republic? STUFF that should have been there from day 1 January 22, 2012

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Star Wars The Old Republic has been out for a month now and the fine folks at Bioware are REALLY scared that they are going to lose tens of thousand of players. The one month mark is when players need to decide to continue to subscribe or not and it’s a critical make or break point for this game.

So what is Bioware doing? They’ve got a new flashpoint – which by the way is unplayable – and they’re promising changes to the game.

For one, we will FINALLY get the ability to resize and move menus around easily. SRSLY? That’s not a feature that’s a bug that should not have made it this long.

As well, they’re promising Guild Banks – again, that should have been there day one.

So what is there to look forward too?

NOT MUCH.

That said there is so many classes and missions in the game to begin with..and i doubt that anyone has been able to hit level 50 for all classes yet….

The Mystery of the Missing NASA Moon Rocks January 22, 2012

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The only moon rocks that ever were returned to Earth came from NASA. And it has been NASA’s mission over the last 40 years to protect those rocks..

Much like NASA’s failure to protect manned space flight launch capability, NASA has failed in its responsibility to keep track of all of its’ moon rocks as well.

“Although such losses at any time are regrettable, and NASA agrees with the I.G. report that continuing to improve certain procedures could reduce the rate at which they occur, the benefits to science of making these samples available for study have vastly outweighed the tiny risk of loss,” a NASA spokesman in Houston, William P. Jeffs, said in a statement.

The whole story is up over on the New York Timesand it’s a fascinating read

Mass Effect Invasion Wraps Up – New SciFi Comics for Jan 17th, 2012 January 18, 2012

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An interesting week for SciFi Comics..

First up on our list is Mass Effect Invasion #4 – this is the final issue in the new Mass Effect series and a prequel of sorts to the upcoming game.

On our DC Comics list – Legion of Super Heroes #5 is out this week – no we’re not terribly excited about this one either, Legion as part of the new 52 sucks.

IDW has their new ongoing Star Trek series out with issue #5. As with most IDW titles, they’re over priced for what you get, so if you can..just wait for the trade.
This post first appeared on our sister site ShowMeSciFiComics.com

Star Trek Typhon Pact: The Struggle Within – 1 word Review – meh.. January 17, 2012

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Star Trek: Typhon Pact: The Struggle Within is the first Star Trek Typhon pact book to ONLY be released as an eBook, making this somewhat of a rare breed.

We’ve read all of the Typhon Pact books so far – and the last one Star Trek: Typhon Pact #4: Paths of Disharmony  was a great read.

The Struggle Within is not as broad as the other books, it’s a relatively short book and is confined to two plots that don’t really overlap at all. We get some interesting insight in the Kinshaya and Lt. Choudary (Worf’s woman) …the book serves as a reminder that even inside of the Typhon Pact there are still just regular people that want to be free.

It’s a relatively slow moving book, with a plot that is interesting but not riveting. While we’re waiting for the next big novel, it’s an ok stop gap, but it’s a relatively bland book.

 

Star Trek 3D coming May 17, 2013 January 15, 2012

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It’s Official! The first Star Trek movie in 3D! No word yet in plot but lets hope we see some Klingons!!

JJ Abrams Begins Production On Next “Star Trek” Movie

Paramount Pictures announced that principal photography has commenced in Los Angeles, CA on the sequel to STAR TREK from director J.J. Abrams. The film will be released on May 17, 2013 in 3D. The 2009 re-launch of the “Star Trek” franchise by Abrams was met with critical acclaim and a worldwide gross of over $385 million at the box office.

Paramount Pictures and Skydance Productions present a Bad Robot Production of a J.J. Abrams Film. Returning to their posts on the Enterprise are John Cho, Bruce Greenwood, Simon Pegg, Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, Karl Urban, and Anton Yelchin. They are joined by new cast members Benedict Cumberbatch, Alice Eve and Peter Weller.

Based upon “Star Trek” created by Gene Roddenberry, the film is produced by J.J. Abrams, Bryan Burk, Damon Lindelof, Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci. The script was written by Alex Kurtzman & Robert Orci & Damon Lindelof.

Jeffrey Chernov, David Ellison, Dana Goldberg and Paul Schwake are the executive producers. The director of photography is Dan Mindel, ASC, BSC. The production designer is Scott Chambliss. The film is edited by Maryann Brandon, A.C.E. and Mary Jo Markey, A.C.E. The costume designer is Michael Kaplan. The music is by Michael Giacchino.

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Lazy Jedi January 15, 2012

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If you could use the Force to do anything… No matter how Trivial…would you?