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Klingon GANGNAM Style September 28, 2012

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We don’t know much about this PSY-Gangnam style viral craze…but we do know that it’s now passed into our world…

truly brilliantly done parody – though there is only one Klingon in this…then a bunch of Federation types, a vulcan and a Mr. Data android type…and oh yeah even a Tribble (that our friendly Klingon crushed and drowned..). The subtle touches like the tri-level chess board, NCC-1701 license plate on the car,…. just exceptional overall.

and oh yeah it’s not just a Star Trek theme…the whole PSY song is sung in its original Klingon too!!

Q’uplah!

Good fun…Klingon style

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Fringe Season 5 Episode 1: The Battle to Save Mankind is About to Begin – Awesome episode September 28, 2012

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Fringe Season Five Episode one was one solid episode.

The year is 2036 and the battle to save mankind is about to begin. Wow what a great way to set the tone for a season. This isn’t a show about ‘fringe’ events anymore it’s a year-long final season battle against the observers.

And how about those observers, brutal and almost Borg – like.

one of them even said – Resistance is Futile !

The nice family reunion between Peter, Olivia and Henrietta was also really dramatic and impactful. Sure was funny that the amber gypsies sold Olivia and then the dude used her as a coffee table…

and as always it’s the little things that make sense in this show – like the Dandelion on the otherwise grey street at the end of the episode as Walter listens to music and restores his brain.

Now how will the resistance fight back? How will Henrietta keep her job at Fringe? We’ve got a full season to find out!

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Iain M. Banks talks about the Culture in a Google Play Hangout September 27, 2012

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We love Iain M. Banks’ books – and have reviewed nearly all of them over the years here on ShowMeSciFi – that’s why it was a real treat for us to discover that he recently participated in a Google Play hangout (webcast) along with Alastair Reynolds, and Peter F. Hamilton.

The content is solid – and lots of interesting discussion about that state of SciFi today

Mark Millar will Make Fantastic Four reboot – Kick Ass September 27, 2012

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The upcoming Fantastic Four reboot is getting some real talent behind it.

From the press release:
“As someone who has spent his entire life obsessed with both comic-books and movies, this is essentially my dream gig as it’s a unique combination of both,” stated Millar. “I spent ten years working at Marvel and am really happy with the work I did on the comic side of things so the idea of working with these characters now in a brand new medium is enormously exciting for me. I really like the Fox team, love this bold new direction they have for their franchises and am proud to be working alongside some of modern cinema’s biggest talents. James Mangold is incredible, Matthew Vaughn’s one of my closest pals and Josh Trank gave us, in my opinion, one of the greatest superhero movies of the last decade with Chronicle. The invitation to join this crew was maybe the coolest phone-call I’ve ever had.”

About Mark Millar
Mark Millar is the writer of Civil War, Marvel’s biggest-selling series of the fifteen years, Ultimate X-Men, Wolverine: Old Man Logan, Spider-Man, Ultimate Fantastic Four and The Ultimates (described by Time magazine in 2010 as the best comic series of the decade).

Big Bang Theory Season Six Episode 1 – Funny but not a Classic episode.. September 27, 2012

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The Big Bang Theory, Season 6 – The Big Bang Theory started off tonight with more of a whimper than a truly Big Bang.

Yeaah it was funny and it was great to see the inside of the International Space Station…

but no truly memorable scenes or lines in this episode.

how come none of the gang called up to ISS? Why doesn’t Sheldon have some massive experiment of his own that he sent along with Walowitz?  surely that great Dr. Sheldon Cooper had something he wanted in space…?!

Anyways still good fun, we laughed (a little) and as always this still remains one of our favorite shows of the week.

Fringe Season 5: Why We Hope It will Be the Best Season EVER September 26, 2012

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Yes we loved the first three seasons of Fringe.

We did not like (most of) Season 4 though – it just didn’t make sense – did it?

that’s why we can’t hardly wait for Season 5 to get started…it has a chance to right the wrongs of Season4 and end this show on string of awesomeness.

The first three seasons were all about the ‘pattern’ the alternate universe and closing the gap. The fourth was about….? what? it was all over the place. If the show had ended right at the end of the third season it would have worked for us.

But the show still has legs, Walter is still an amazing character (as are peter and olivia) and the future world where Peter has just been thawed out from the amber that Season 4 will be all about is really really cool.

here’s our first sneak peak at the first episode and it’s looking sharp. Fringe, Season 5 – Fringe starts this Friday.

Star Wars Darth Maul Death Sentence #2 – Maul is a Good Guy?! September 26, 2012

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ok so Maul is back – he’s out with his brother and he’s looking to get revenge…

simple plot?

Not Quite.

You see the dude that wanted Maul dead isn’t so nice, even though the Jedi support him.

So in one of the greatest twists we have seen in a Star Wars comic in some time….

DARTH MAUL IS NOW ON THE RIGHT SIDE.

Maul is now going to help the displaced inhabitants of a planet against their Jedi backed overseers.

Nice twist.

Well executed plot, stunning graphics and an overall vibe made this a comic that we impossible for us to put down before reading cover to cover…

twice!!

 

Star Wars Dawn of the Jedi Force Storm – Is Xesh Really Evil? Great series… September 25, 2012

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Ok we’ve finally finished ready the first five issues of the next great Star Wars story – Dawn of the Jedi.

The first five issues make up the ‘Force Storm’ story arc and yeah it’s mostly about the ‘storm’ that happens on Typhon when the Force Hound Xesh lands.

Xesh is an interesting character and to be honest, he’s the only one that really resonated with us through the first five issues. There are just too many characters in this series to keep track off, and hey Xesh is central and he’s the bad guy (think Vader).

At the end of issue five, he’s taken to Bodan – some kind of place on Typhon where bad guys can mediate on the light sight of the force…

Since in this era of the Jeedai (no typo – – no Jedi yet!) there are no Sith yet either…well not unless you count the Jeedai journeyman that is a pureblood sith but not Sith in the dark side of the force sense…

Anyways good fun, interesting read as a series. NO this doesn’t compare to John Ostrander last mega masterpiece – Star Wars Legacy (not even close), but it’s still an enjoyable plot line and one that we’re looking forward to reading about for at least another 45(?) issues.

 

Judge Dredd 3D 2012 FAILS at the Box Office. Makes only $6.3 million in its opening weekend September 24, 2012

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On Friday the new Dredd movie opened and we wondered if it would eclipse the 1995 Stallone version of Judge Dredd.
THAT ISN’T GOING TO HAPPEN.

Dredd opened with an Epic Fail that would make the Megacity 1 bad guys laugh at how pathetic the LAW man’s movie is.

At only $6.3 million in its opening weekend Dredd 2012 is a major disappointment and it’s also likely the end of Dredd on the big screen.

Dredd failed because so many people figured it’s just another reboot of a movie that wasn’t that great to begin with. Doing reboots often fail – yet Hollywood continues to try…

Star Wars Errant Knight Escape #4. Odion Takes the Helm. AWESOME issue September 24, 2012

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Yeaah we know we’re a little behind on our comic review (but we’re catching up!!).

Knight Errant: Escape #4 is good solid fun.

Odion – the Sith we all love to hate is at his worst, making ppl kill each other, taunting Kerra and oh yeah – now wearing an ancient sith weapon of great power on his head too.

We also finally see more of Kerra’s parents – in a holorecording…

It’s clear that they no longer live…but there is another…

a brother?

a sister?

we’ll likely find out in the in the final issue coming up.

we’ll also see if Kerra finds her way out of the Odionate and what Damian will do to her…if he catches up to her that is..!

NBC’s Revolution. Why We’re Not Watching It Now September 24, 2012

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Yeaah we watched Revolution last week…and sure we started to watch a bit of it tonight.

BUT NO MORE.
You can telegraph the plot of this show a mile away. It’s useless, pedantic, pulp entertainment and we’re not going to waste our time.

I mean seriously how does the Munroe Republic make any sense? The gov’t totally collapses in such a short period of time? the rule of law no longer works as it should?

anyways..we’ll keep an eye out and likely catch up on this show with iTunes (Revolution, Season 1 – Revolution) AT some point if NBC doesn’t kill this show first.

Strange how a show like this is barely watchable when there are commercials in it, but cut those out and get the ability to watch a few back to back and maybe…just maybe this show won’t look as thoughtless in the aggregate as it does in the particular.

Star Wars Darth Vader and the Ghost Prison Series Finale : AWESOME September 23, 2012

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The final issue of Ghost Prison was a really great read. We knew that Vader would return to Coruscant with the Emperor and sure we knew that Gentis would get his arse kicked. We just didn’t know how.
Amazing twist with the Vader teaming up with Moff Tarkin (and hey isn’t he a Vader rivaL too?)

Great story overall – was fun to see how Vader dealt with the Ghost Prisoner in the end…perhaps a bit brutal and merciless but hey ..that’s Vader!!

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Doctor Who Season 7: A Town Called Mercy REVIEW September 23, 2012

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OK we’re a little behind on Doctor Who Season 7, but thanks to iTunes we’ve just caught up on a few episode. With episode 3 – A Town Called Mercy – we knew from the trailer that we’d see ‘The Gunslinger’ a futuristic cyborg killer. We knew it would be a Western Theme too.

All Good.

As always an awesome Doctor Who Matt Smith twist too – with the monster — not really being a monster.

the only thing we didn’t care for was the lack of screen time for the Ponds. Both Amy and Rory really got short changed..but we know that in coming episode this season..the Ponds will get more than their fair share.

Will Dredd 2012 Make More Money than Stallone’s Judge Dredd? September 21, 2012

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Dredd 2012 opens tonight and it sure looks to be a whole lot better than Stallone’s Dredd back in1995.

Judge Dredd 1995 made just over $113 million worldwide. No doubt alot of that was due to a wide release and the name recognition that Stallone brought to the movie’s release.

With Dredd 2012, ticket prices are significantly higher than they were in 1995, nearly double when you consider the cost of 3D. Will it break the Stallone record?

We think it won’t, not in the original release at least. There is a lot of other decent competition in the the movies this week and next which will impact Dredd. Then again, Dredd could kick ass after all – he is the law..

so what do you think?

New Hobbit Trailer? meh. September 20, 2012

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don’t get us wrong – we’re excited to see more footage from the first Hobbit movie.

It’s just that the stuff we’ve already seen so far to date is…better.

Star Wars Ghost Prison #5 – Vader unleashes the Ghosts to retake Coruscant September 20, 2012

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Only one title that we’re really looking forward to this week.

Star Wars Ghost Prison #5 – This series is almost done…we’ve now got the ‘ghosts’ from Anakin’s past imprisonment on Vader’s side, the Emperor is on the mend..all that remains if for Vader and the Empire loyalist to retake Coruscant…

So far this has been an interesting series. We see Vader on the run, we get a bit of Anakin back story..and we see another side to the young days of the Empire…

an empire that sees the Emperor for what he is and aims to replace him…

Star Wars Detours Set to Debut in 2013. Star Wars goes ‘stand up’ (comedy) September 19, 2012

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ok we all love Robot Chicken and sure love the Family Guy Star Wars parodies too..but how about a Lucasfilm Animation developed and produced parody…series?
Yeaah it really is happening…and it’s set to debut in 2013.

Star Wars Detours™ is an animated comedy that explores what daily life is like in a galaxy far, far away. There are no Empires striking back or attacking clones here. Instead, Star Wars Detours focuses on the universe’s regular folks and their everyday problems… which, to be fair, do frequently involve famous bounty hunters, crazed Ewoks, and even a Dark Lord of the Sith.

So far there is the main trailer – which is absolutely hilarious and there are now 6 additional clips too…

 

 

 

 

Star Wars The Clone Wars: Darth Maul Returns and he’s Angry. That’s Right, Chopped in half and still not dead September 19, 2012

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Ok – we knew this was coming (and yeah we have the Dark Horse comic waiting to be read too) and sure we’ve been a little behind on the Clone Wars animated series lately too…

but wow.

this new trailer for a special director’s cut of the Return of Darth Maul (Star Wars: The Clone Wars – Season Four) sends goosebumps down all Sith spawn loving spines. Maul was the only good thing in the prequels and now he’s back and oh yeah he faces Obi-Wan Kenobi too (the dude that chopped him in two).

Brilliant stuff and yet another reason why we’ll be spending the next few weeks catching up on the great show that is Star Wars The Clone Wars.

LEGO Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Out – and oh yeah Darth Maul is now in the movie too.. September 19, 2012

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Forget about who shot first..(Han!) ; In the never ending saga of Star Wars updates – Darth Maul is now in the new Star Wars Lego version of Empire Strikes Back – titled The Empire Strikes Out.

Set to debut on September 26 at 8:00 p.m.on the Cartoon Network – this looks like good fun…and unlike many of the Star Wars Lego games – this isn’t a silent adventure…oh no we’ve got fully voiced Lego minifigs here..

Check out Lego Darth Maul and his six-sided Light saber….AWESOME…

 

Judgement at Proteus. The final Quadrail Novel is the worst one? WTF Happened to the Modhri? September 18, 2012

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Judgment at Proteus (Quadrail) is a book we have been looking forward to for some time.

It’s the fifth book in Timothy Zahn’s innovative Quadrail series. Previous to this we have reviewed the Domino Pattern (back in 2010, so this has been a two year wait..) and no the wait was not worthwhile.

We weren’t huge fans of Domino Pattern, though we were big fans of the previous three books: Odd Girl Out, The Third Lynx and Night Train to Rigel. The Quadrail series set out an innovative view of the future, where rail-like travel extends throughout the universe, run by a shadowy group (Spiders/Chawyn) that is fighting an even shadier group of bad guys (modhri).

And at the top of the story is our protagonist and narrator, Frank Compton.
Judgement at Proteus has two parts, the bits on Proteus and then ‘everything else’. The challenges that Compton faces at Proteus are interesting, but taking up half the book was a bit drawn out. The second half of the book makes up for it with awesome pacing, a half dozen Quadrail stations and the Shonkra-Laa attacking at every turn.

And that’s the problem. Compton defeats them every time. It’s just dumb. Only in the end does he kinda/sorta get captured only to be saved by [SPOILER ALERT..}

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the modhri.

Yes that was an interesting twist, but the path to get there was brutal (for us the readers). The modhri kill his own polyps so the hosts can attack the Shonkra-laa. and someone they are able to kill them all.

Really.

It just didn’t add up for us and left with a sour taste. It would have been much more interesting to see some kind of double cross, or some other kind of interesting Shonkra-la battle, but no such thing occurred.

The final ‘battle’ really kinda felt like it ended on a whimper. With little detail after we suffered through so much in the front half. Though we waiting two years for this book, it really felt like the ending was rushed.

Yes, we did see many of our ‘old’ friends from previous books – which was a ‘nice’ touch too.

Considering that apparently this is the final Quadrail book, it really is kinda disappointing the way this whole thing ended (and of course we want more…). The Chawyn end up as the ‘bad guys’ and we still really know so very little about them…how bout a book on them? Or more on the halkans/jurians or…?
In any event – we remain fans of the Quadrail, of Frank Compton and of author Timothy Zahn. We just know he can do (much) better.