First off – piracy is bad. No one should pirate or illegally download or distribute pirate versions of TV shows and ShowMeSciFi certainly doesn’t support or encourage the practice.
That said – it happens, it’s out there now and that’s reality.
It has come to our attention through anonymous sources (privacy of the press and all that) that there are pirate version of Stargate Atlantis Season 4 available for download before they air.
So far it has just been 4×1 Adrift and 4×2 Lifeline. Apparently they’re pre-broadcast copies (not iTunes) and..get this…they’re missing all the sound effects for the special effects.
So no sounds for things like drone fire from a jumper, background theme and even stuff like announcements over the Atlantis comm system.
You know it’s only $1.99 an episode to buy from iTunes of Amazon Unbox but hey a buck is a buck. Personally speaking, I like sound effects.
Want to Draw Yoda? It’s not that hard October 5, 2007Posted by showmescifi in Sci Fi, science fiction, sciencefiction, scifi, Star Wars, Yoda.
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Have you ever wanted to learn how to draw Yoda?
StarWars.com has a little tutorial up on their site now – for the clone wars animated version of yoda.
It looks easy enough and with a steady hand you should be able to do it (we could). But it’s only one pose…maybe next time they’ll add him in with a lightsaber.
Want to try it yourself? Check it out.
Sputnik – How Science Fueled SciFi Dreams and Failed October 4, 2007Posted by showmescifi in Sci Fi, Science, science fiction, scifi, space, sputnik.
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It was 50 years ago that Sputnik hit the Earth’s outer atmosphere and became the first man made object orbit the Earth.
Yes it kicked off the Space race.
Yes it fueled that fantasies of countless science fiction fans
But the legacy of Sputnik was that unmanned robotic satellites lead the way – its the same today 50 years later.
50 years ago I doubt that there were few people that didn’t think humans would now be living in Space. Beyond the 8 humans on the International Space Station – that’s just not happening.
Sputnik made us think that we could escape the bounds of the Earth and fly above it. Reality is we can’t because we can’t afford it.
What Sputnik represents is the great antoganist – there is no such thing today and hasn’t been for far too long in the space game. Without an antagonist and a race of some sort SciFi dreams will never leave up to science reality.
Bionic Woman 1×2 Paradise Lost – October 4, 2007Posted by showmescifi in bionic woman, jamie somer, jamie somers, michelle ryan, NBC, Sci Fi, science fiction, scifi.
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Last weeks Bionic Woman Pilot was a great episode – this weeks episode – Paradise Lost – not so much.
The show was weak, trite and contrived and for whatever reason had more commercials than actually air time.
There was little action here that was dramatic and the show just plodded along with little fealing and no real plot that wasn’t totally obvious.
The only interesting side note on this show was when Jamie (Michelle Ryan) goes into the house in Paradise where she here’s something and there on the TV is Battlestar Galactica.
I hope the producers kick this show up a notch with real plot and better acting soon..otherwise this show will have a very short life.
Battlestar Galactica Razor Flashbacks Airing During Flash Gordon October 3, 2007Posted by showmescifi in Battlestar Galactica, Flash Gordon, razor, Sci Fi, science fiction, scifi.
How do you get real SciFi fans to watch THE WORST SCIFI SHOW ON TV? (that would be Flash Gordon)…you tease them with little bits of the most anticipated SciFi TV event – the November release of the two hour telemovie Battlestar Galactica Razor.
Why would ANYONE watch Flash Gordon otherwise? I can’t imagine it being extended beyond the 22 episodes that apparently have already been ordered.
Back to the flashbacks…these are the same type of things that SciFi did last years with the Resistance webisodes…we’ve been hearing about them for a little while now but now we know where they will first appear.
If you haven’t read about Razor – check out this earlier post on ShowMeSciFi.com with the teaser trailer.
Star Trek’s George Takei Gets His Own Asteroid October 2, 2007Posted by showmescifi in astronomy, george takei, Sci Fi, Science, science fiction, scifi, space, Star Trek, sulu.
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As the helmsman of the Starship Enteprise, Mr Sulu flew past many asteroids.
Now, George Takei (the actor who played Sulu) is getting an actual bona fide asteroid named after him.
Last week the Committee on Small Body Nomenclature of the International Astronomical Union approved the name “7307 Takei” for the asteroid previously labeled “1994 GT9.” The Takei reference will be used in the scientific community to identify this minor body from now on, presumably forever.
Asteroid 7307 Takei is approximately 5 miles in diameter, located in an orbit ranging between 2.5 and 3.0 AUs from the Sun in the mid-solar system asteroid belt (an AU is the distance from the Sun to the Earth).
“I am honored, indeed transported to the galaxies, to know that my name has been assigned to an astronomical object in our solar system,” Takei told STARTREK.COM. “I am yet to come down to Earth.”
Star Wars PSP available Oct 9th October 1, 2007Posted by showmescifi in LucasArts, psp, renegade squadron, Sci Fi, science fiction, scifi, sony, Star Wars, Star Wars Battlefront.
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No It’s not a joke. The Sony PSP – that’s the thinner, lighter and more powerful PSP is almost here in a special Star Wars Edition.
Check out the real pic on the left !
The Star Wars PSP is available only in a bundle with LucasArts Star Wars Battlefront Renegade Squadron which is only available on the PSP.
The bundle is officially available on Oct 9th and the initial pricing has it at $199.
Knights of the Old Republic #20 Zayne Carrick Confronts Lucien October 1, 2007Posted by showmescifi in comics, Dark Horse, knights of the old republic, KOTOR, Sci Fi, science fiction, scifi, Star Wars, star wars comics, Zayne Carrick.
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The Republic, Mandalorians, Zayne Carrick and Lucien all come face to face in this issue (the situation was setup in issue #19)
Finally after 20 issues Master Lucien is in the same room as Zayne who he has been hunting the whole time ..and what does Lucien do?
Whack him with his lightsaber of course.
And finally 7 issues after he first gets his fancy cortosis arm things (which he got in issue # 13 ) Zayne uses them for what they were intended. Lucien strikes and Zayne stops him with his forearms…AWESOME
What is Jarael’s secret? I don’t know but I’m curious – and that’s a good thing. KOTOR has emerged from the depths and is now a legitimately good and consistent series.
Stargate Atlantis 4×1 : Adrift September 28, 2007Posted by showmescifi in jewel staite, Sci Fi, science fiction, scifi, stargate, stargate atlantis, TV.
In its fourth season …Stargate Atlantis has now got to be the finest SciFi show on TV.
The season 4 premiere titled ‘Adrift’ was really solid..with all the elements that make Atlantis great..namely continuous failures that the crew someone don’t quite get out off..and interesting twists that really make you go ..HUH.
For example..they finally clear the asteroids..but DANG one got through and took out the hyperdrive.
They finally fix the hyperdrive and..DANG..too late they don’t have enough ZPM power.
And the twist?
The whole point of why Atlantis left the Atlantis world was to escape the replicators…so what do these braniacs do? They come up with a plan to go to the replicator homeworld to steal their ZPMs.
Oh and great to see Jewel Staite really take over the Doctors role (which she’s had since 3×20) and AWESOME to see Col.Carter too.
Bionic Woman – Series Premiere – TIME IN! September 26, 2007Posted by showmescifi in Battlestar Galactica, bionic woman, katee sackhoff, michelle ryan, science fiction, scifi.
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Not bad at all.
The series premiere of the new Bionic Woman was a solid show. Katee Sackhoff is an awesome fembot, fearsome and maniacal and in my view – stole the show.
My favorite parts of the show both involved Sackhoff..showing her true cylon …er fembot colors.. The first was when Sackhoff shot Jamie Sommers boyfriend – the special effects of sommers bionic eye tracking the bullet and seeing the fembot…WOW awesome.
The second highlight was when Sommers met Sackhoff for a bionic woman battle – and just before they get started – Sackhoff calls for a – TIME OUT!! ha! brilliant.
Well i say TIME IN for Bionic Woman. Michelle Ryan(the former east-ender) was also solid and believable – though hey she’s no Lindsay Wagner.
No Flow Walking in Star Wars Vector Event September 25, 2007Posted by showmescifi in comics, Dark Horse, Sci Fi, science fiction, scifi, Star Wars, star wars vector.
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Though Dark Horse just officially announced Star Wars Vector in a press release this week – it looks like Star Wars Legacy author John Ostrander has already made his thoughts known about the cross-overl.
Apparently Ostrander has pledged that there will be no flow walking!! (WHEW!)
no word on how the characters will (or won’t) travel between time periods or how the periods will actually be connected.
Also according to Ostrander the idea is to attract more readers, even though Star Wars is selling well.
Are we desperate for new readers? No. LEGACY, for example, is selling well. Would we like MORE readers? You bet. Everyone publishing comics would. You SW fans are swell; I love you guys — but if we’re going to attract new readers, we need to go where those readers are and say “Hi”. Non-SW readers; we want them to find out that these are just good comics PERIOD. How do we do that? Best way would be to tell one heck of a good story. We believe we have one.
VECTOR will provide a good jumping on point for new readers in all the books. Are we forgetting the readers that came to the dance with us? Not at all. Can we make it work? Oh yeah. Do I think you’ll like it? Most of you — yeah.
Count ShowMeSciFi.com in as a FAN for sure. With Ostrander at the helm we have nothing to fear. I suspect we’ll be looking at some ancient Sith or Jedi item or event as the cornerstone that carries through all the titles – sort of like rift in Star Trek All Good Things Must Come To An End – wouldn’t that be awesome?
Star Wars Vector – A year long Star Wars version of 52? September 25, 2007Posted by showmescifi in Dark Horse, Dark Times, KOTOR, Sci Fi, science fiction, scifi, Star Wars, star wars comics, star wars legacy of the force, star wars rebellion, star wars vector.
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Dark Horse Comics has announced a massive year long event that will encompass all their Star Wars titles in one MASSIVE storyline.
Star Wars Vector begins in January 2008 with the Knights of the Old Republic title, and will include all four Dark Horse Star Wars titles throughout the year, introducing new characters and tying the entire line together.
When a terrible vision reaching more than 4,000 years into the future alerts the secret Jedi Covenant to the importance of Taris, they activate an operative already on this planet overrun by Mandalorians. There, in the deadly Undercity, a monstrous, ancient threat is unleashed that plunges Zayne Carrick, the Padawan accused of killing his fellow students, into an adventure which will eventually span four thousand years and involve Darth Vader, Luke Skywalker, and the principles of the Legacy series!
“After our relaunch in 2006 and the thirtieth anniversary this year, we were looking for something special to kick-off 2008,” said editor Randy Stradley in a statement. “At first, a line-wide Star Wars crossover seemed like it might be beyond our reach, but after nearly a year’s worth of back-and-forth discussions among our writers and artists, we came up with something really solid. Not only is it a big story that can span all of the eras we’re dealing with, but the events which take place within each era will be important to that era.”
The “Vector” storyline begins in Knights of the Old Republic #25, coming in January of 2008.
Star Wars Legacy of the Force Inferno – Review September 24, 2007Posted by showmescifi in darth caedus, legacy of the force, Sci Fi, science fiction, scifi, Star Wars, Star Wars Books, troy denning.
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I’ve finally finished Star Wars Legacy of the Force Book 6 Inferno – and I’m not angry or even disappointed. IN fact I think that Inferno is one of the better books in this whole series. Inferno follows follows Sacrifice, Exile, Betrayal , Bloodlines and Tempest.
Star Wars Legacy of the Force Inferno is a pleasant reminder why I enjoy Star Wars books (especially Legacy of the Force) so very much. The last book Sacrifice, was a disaster in more ways than one. The worst offense (beyond killing Mara – oh and be sure to add your name to the Bring Back Mara Petition) was the trite, mundane and inspired writing that was offensively bad. Simply put Karen Travis shouldn’t be writing Star Wars.
Now Inferno by Troy Denning is another story altogether and a very good one at that. The prose is crisp, the descriptions are tight as is the plot. Without getting into details (last warning ahead of a spoiler alert) there were enough twists and turns that made sense in this one to really make it a legitimate ‘page turner.’
Now onto the deeper discussion.
*LAST CHANCE TO TURN BACK IF YOU’RE AFRAID OF SPOILERS**
After the death of Mara in Sacrifice, I had expected Inferno to be mostly about Mara and tracking her killer. Luckily it wasn’t. Instead the civil war that is the whole premise for Legacy of the Force expands in marvelously new intricate ways.
The turbolaser bombardment of the Wookie homeworld was a total shocker and a brilliant plot twist as was Tenel Ka’s ultimate decision to open fire on Jacen.
I didn’t expect Ben to actually kill Cal Omas but , wow…another solid twist.
And of course adding to the great complexity of this series, the Jedi abandoning the Alliance – or as Luke puts it – there is no Alliance with Jacen.
ooooooh and last but definitely not least – the faked death of Luke Skywalker himself. The author did a masterful job of painting that picture – of Luke’s death and though i didn’t want too..i believed it (for a few pages at least) just as Jacen did.
As if there wasn’t enough complexity in this Galactic Civil War – there is now even more and that makes for some great story telling.
As opposed to the New Jedi Order – Legacy of the Force is taking twists that are not trite, they’re actually really well conceived. It’s a shame that Karen Travis is such a poor writer…but Troy Denning really is a star.
SciFi Takes Over Fall TV Schedules September 24, 2007Posted by showmescifi in Sci Fi, science fiction, sciencefiction, scifi, TV.
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“Geeks are the new cool,” said Teri Weinberg, NBC Entertainment’s executive vice president. “We are all gravitating towards the underdog.”
According to a story over on Wired, so called ‘Geek’ shows make up roughly 20 percent of the major networks’ new prime-time programming for the 2007-08 season .
Among the big shows are:The Big Bang Theory, The Sarah Connor Chronicles and a retooled Bionic Woman. Then of course there is ‘Heroes’ (premiering tonight), Journeyman (also on tonight) and all shlock on SciFi channel including Battlestar Galactica, Flash Gordon, Stargate Atlantis and others..
The Wired article calls it a coming of age for Geek culture – I disagree.
First of all Geek doesn’t necessarily equal SciFi (though it often does) and if the big tired brains at Wired think that every show that has a computer in it is a ‘Geek’ show then woohoo welcome to the new millennium.
The failure of Battlestar Galactica (arguably the best SciFi show out there today) to get a proper timeslot is proof positive that the major networks especially NBC Universal really haven’t got a clue at all.
If ‘Geek’ SciFi culture were truly to take over we should see BSG in the prime time NBC lineup, we’d see Stargate Atlantis there too and Stargate SG-1 would never have been cancelled (though we are looking forward to the movies and Amanda Tapping in season 4 of Atlantis).
‘Geek’ SciFi culture hasn’t truly commanded mainstream TV since the glory days when Star Trek The Next Generation and Deep Space 9 were both on at the same time.
Where is FOX now? Sure they’ve got Sarah Conner Chronicles coming – and we all have high hopes for that – but let’s now forget that FOX is the network that killed Firefly.
(check out the full wire article on Wired.com)
Family Guy – Blue Harvest – THE STAR WARS episode review September 23, 2007Posted by showmescifi in blue harvest, Family Guy, peter griffin, Sci Fi, science fiction, sciencefiction, scifi, Star Wars.
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As a fan of the Family Guy and Star Wars it was just AWESOME to see Star Wars done in the Family Guy animation style (officially known as Blue Harvest). Lots of great site gags and rye humor and unfortunately a lot of duds too…
On the plus side:
Jumping to hyperspace outsite of Tatooine when Han (Peter) says Hyperspace always looks so freaky and we get the regular lightspeed jump and then DR WHO!! complete with Who soundtrack and the ultimate Doctor Tom Baker.
Also really great when they get to detention block AA23 and Han takes the mike and says…”slight weapons malfunction..we’re all fine here how are you?” and then we get a whole converstation.
Luke entering the princesses cell and her saying .” who are you aren’t a little fat for a stormtrooper.” And luke saying ..”..you stuckup Bitch!”
Han (Peter) in the shooting pod humming along the John Williams music was also classic..
AND to top it all off the end where they take shots at the Robot Chicken version of Star Wars.
So yes this was a Family Guy show for the ages..but no not the best Star Wars parody ever, Stuey as Vader was VERY VERY weak which was a tremendous dis-appointment and all in all there have been other...funnier standalone Star Wars parody moments in Family Guy
“No Jedi in history has ever used the force the way that the secret apprentice uses the force …he’s a force wrecking ball. He’s unstoppable
– Sam Witwer LucasArts
Star Wars The Force Unleashed is the next BIG game from LucasArts (and its coming for the Wii too).
In a recent production video (linked below), LucasArt big wigs give some color on the characters in the game.
The big five characters:
The secret apprentice that’s the character you play in the game
Juno Eclipse – she’s the love interest and is an imperial pilot that ferries the appretice around the galaxy
General Koda – a hardboiled Jedi Master
Proxy – the droid sidekick
In the video, the game’s production lead describes the Secret Apprentice as a Dark Luke Skywalker – what Luke would have been like had he joined Vader.
Check out the full vid below ENJOY!
Star Wars: Legacy #0 1/2 : Back To The Beginning September 21, 2007Posted by showmescifi in Cade Skywalker, comic, comic books, comics, Dark Horse, darth krayt, Sci Fi, science fiction, sciencefiction, scifi, Star Wars, star wars legacy, starwars.
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It was a great day.
That first issue #0 introduced me to a new wildly exciting universe of Star Wars. A universe where the Sith outnumber the Jedi, Jedi serve an Emperor in Exile, A Sith rules on Coruscant and the last Skywalker is a death stick stoking bounty hunter. AMAZING.
Alot has happened in the Star Wars Legacy universe in the last 18 months and Dark Horse has decided to update issue #0 which was an overview handbook of the people, places and ships in the series.
While the original issue #0 was only $0.25, TFAW has the 0 1/2 issue listed on pre-order at $2.39 (which is still a deal).
A year-and-a-half ago, we introduced you to Legacy-the future of Star Wars. The series’ original issue #0 has long been sold-out, and the information contained therein unavailable . . . until now. This greatly expanded and updated edition contains all of the information new readers need and that longtime readers are craving.
Get the lowdown on all your favorite characters, details on the ships and vehicles they pilot, and the latest on who’s related to who! This is a must-have handbook for the future of the Star Wars glaxy!
* Completely reconfigured from the original edition, with lots of new entries and information!
I can hardly wait! Though we all have too – Star Wars Legacy #0 1/2 doesn’t officially come out until December 19, 2007
Star Wars Rebellion #10 – The Ahakista Gambit September 20, 2007Posted by showmescifi in comic books, comics, Dark Horse, rebellion, Sci Fi, science fiction, sciencefiction, scifi, Star Wars, Star Wars Comic Books, star wars rebellion, wyl tarson.
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Star Wars Rebellion issue #10 is a solid ending to a really neat story line. Vader finally catches up to Wyl Tarson and well Tarson makes an interesting decision.
It’s not one that I would have expected – and the way that the art portrayed the action was just great.
Not only was it a great storyline but of course as great stories do – it has left alot of open questions – is Raze dead? Is Tarson?? and what about the Hub ? Has it been compromised?
As i’ve said before in the previous reviews in this arc – yes this is pulp – but its engaging and a fun read.
Only problem now though is that Dark Horse has put the title on hiatus until December – so it’ll months before we see anything new in this line.
Star Wars Strikes Back on TV (guide) September 20, 2007Posted by showmescifi in animation, clone wars, Sci Fi, science fiction, sciencefiction, scifi, Star Wars, star wars tv, starwars.
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In an interview with TV Guide Lucas reveals some details that were previously unknown. The animated show takes place between Episode II Attack of the Clones and Episode III Revenge of the Sith.
“It’s a lot of battle stuff, and it’s obviously the Clone Wars, so it’s a war picture. So it’s kind of a PG-13 animated TV series, which is something that has never been done before and obviously doesn’t fit in any of the conventional slots that these things fall into. In that, it’s very different, and I think it’s very exciting. It’s got a very, very sophisticated look to it. It’s very much like the features. We’re still trying to figure out how to put it on the air.”
The plan according to Lucas is to do 100 episodes of the show and according to his comments in the interview they’ve already done …..40 OF THEM! The series is expected to begin airing in the fall of 2008.
Read the full interview over at TV Guide.