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Battlestar Galactica 4×8 : Everything Changes May 31, 2008

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WOW.

Talk about an episode that changes EVERYTHING.

From beginning to end this episode had more plot twists and turns than any other episode in the previous four years of Battlestar Galactica

First off when they rushed the Six (that Athena shot) into Doc Coddle area, we figured they were rushing her there to save here…and she’d survive – NOPE.

Tigh impregnating Caprica Six!!!! Who saw that coming???!! WOW.

Adm Bill ‘Husker’ Adama relinquishing command? aNOTHER FRAKIN wow.

Tigh – a FRAKING CYLON SKIN JOB – taking command of the fleet!!

Lee Adama as President???!! where did that come from..

And Lampkin’s cat?? Did we just imagine the cat the whole time? (seeing at it had been dead??)

Just a lot of stuff to digest in one epsiode…this season sure did start of slow but man oh man has it picked up the pace now. This one episode of intense dramatic shift makes it all worthwhile doesn’t it?

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Chad Vader – A Spy in Produce – Not a New Season but still funny May 31, 2008

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So we’ve waited and waited and still no new season of Chad Vader.

Not sure if the folks at Lucasfilm put the kybosh on it or if the Blame Society ppl are just too busy (the dude that is the voice of Chad Vader is the voice of Darth Vader in Star Wars The Force Unleashed).

Though we don’t have a new season there is a new ‘training video’ out – A Spy In Produce – funny stuff ..check it out:

The Girls of Battlestar Galactica – in leather, on bikes May 29, 2008

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Not sure how to classify this other than….i saw it and figure ShowMeSciFi readers might want to know.

There is an interesting photo spread of the girls of Battlestar Galactica in Interview Magazine -(click to see the full size). I guess BSG producer are desperate for ratings? Or maybe Katee Sackhoff, Tricia Helfer and Grace Park just wanted to show a uh… different side of their personalities…(seeing as personality is what you see in these pics right?).

Battlestar Galactica Set for an Unhappy Ending May 29, 2008

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Guess what? Edward James Olmos – Admiral “husker” Adama himself is now saying that the end of Battlestar Galactica is going to be a real shocker.

“It’s not a happy ending, we end up with almost nothing,” Olmos told SciFiNow.

Neat.

Guess that means they don’t find Earth and they just end up blowing each other up and the Cylon win!

Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic #28 Vector #4 May 29, 2008

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The fourth and final issue for Knights of the Old Republic’s Vector story arc is pretty decent issue.

Though we’re not fans of the really caricature/cartoony style of art – the panel flow here was great.

From a plot perspective Celeste becoming an instrument of the Sith and then being entombed on the planet is cool.

Obviously she’s going to reappear in the next Vector installment which should be in Dark Times – i’d bet that after having been stuck in that thing for a few thousand years she’s not going to be too happy when she gets out.

As far as KOTOR goes – finally it looks like Zayne has got is posse together and he’s going after the Covenant. FINALLY.

Next issue should be a real keeper!

Zachary Quinto : A Logical Spock for Star Trek XI May 28, 2008

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Looks like Zachary Quinto – the new Spock for Star Trek XI – is a Star Trek fan.

woohoo.

In an interesting interview on SciFi Wire Quinto reveals that he thinks the new Trek will ‘honor’ classic Trek.

He also almost slips into his Vulcan character during the interview, by referring to the process as being ‘logical’.

“I always do that,” he said. “When I’m going to say the word ‘logical,’ and then I stop myself. There are certain things that I can no longer do with as much ease as I used to. Using the word logical is one of them.”

Star Wars Dark Times #10 Bomo Goes Ballistic May 28, 2008

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The Parallels story arc has been a really neat one – showing the contrasting parallel storylines of Bomo Greenbark and Jedi Master K’Kruhk.

In the end they both end up much the same don’t they?

They both go nuts killing the bad guys.

The way that the panels were set up in this issue – showing the parallel lines of action – is nothing short of amazing.

Sure this was an issue with more action than chatter but it was an enjoyable and thoroughly satisfying end to a solid story arc.

Terminator Salvation : Let’s Wreck L.A! May 27, 2008

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Filming is now in full swing for Terminator 4 officially known as: Terminator Salvation : The Future Begins.

The movie’s director blogged the other day about what will make T4 different:

Everything we’re shooting is designed to be tactile and real, you’ll be seeing a whole set of inspired designs you’ve never seen before, and best of all you’ll finally get to see some of the post-judgment day future that was only hinted at in the previous movies.

To give us a small taste – T4’s director has also released some early concept art of what L.A will look like:

Star Wars Legacy #24 – Uncle Nate Skywalker May 27, 2008

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Just when you thought Star Wars Legacy couldn’t get any better – or more complex – it does.

Uncle Nate Skywalker just added a whole new dimension.

Cade kinda/sort looks like Uncle Nate and it’s kinda cool to see that Cade isn’t the only Skywalker of the Legacy era to have gone the rough and tumble route. There was no indication whatsoever at the end of Legacy #23 that Nate was a Skywalker or Cade’s real uncle.

We finally find out a little more about why Cade didn’t know about his mother…and we get a little bit of insight into Cade’s upbringing…

Oh and a nifty new former ‘beau?’ from the Jedi Academy who is really an Imperial Knight. Wicked cool stuff.

It looks like we finally might see Cade come face to face with the Princess and (maybe Roan Fel too) after what seems like a 14 issues hiatus.

Star Wars Legacy of the Force Invincible : REVIEW May 26, 2008

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invincible.jpg*Warning* The following review may contain material that some might consider to spoiler material * Read at your risk*

Star Wars Legacy of the Force started out as one of the best Star Wars series in recent years – and now with Invincible it has apparently come to a conclusion. The only problem is the final resolution (after 7 books of building to it) really doesn’t solve the deep and intricate political problems that this series was originally all about.

Invincible follows , Revelation, Fury, Sacrifice, Exile, Betrayal , Bloodlines and Tempest. That’s a lot of books and a lot of action, drama, intrigue and new developments in the Star Wars Expanded Universe.

Legacy of the Force started with the split of the Galactic Alliance with the spinoff of the Correllian Confederation. That was an awesome plot line angle and one that carried nicely in every book in this series – EXCEPT FOR THE LAST ONE!. Magically at the end of this one – everything is ok…when the premise of why the Confederation existed in the first place had nothing at all to do with Jacen Solo.

Yes this series from beginning till end was about Jacen Solo – his decent into the dark side, becoming Darth Caedus, becoming the Chief of State, taking out his rival Admiral Niathal, killing his Aunt Mara Jade, and become a hated man by everyone in the Galaxy including his family.

Where was Niathal in Invincible? (he was invisible). Where was Mara Jade (not even a Force Ghost?? come on)

So after all the build up on multiple plot lines – the only one that the final book resolves is the one involving Jacen Solo / Darth Caedus. This series was more intricate than being about just one man or problem. It’s a krifing shame that there weren’t a few extra chapters in this very short book to just even out the ending a bit. Admiral Daala is only mentioned in the third person yet someone she rises to become leader of a new unified Galactic Alliance – HUh? (What about the Senate don’t they get a say??)

But the big plot line – the one that we’ve known about since February of this year is that the Sword of the Jedi would defeat Caedus. And yes I was totally stoked by the kill.

Despite the other issues I have with this book – being the last book of an awesome series that doesn’t do justice by not clearing up plot line development – the end of Caedus was cool.

He let the sentence trail off as the door opened on its own, revealing a dark-uniformed woman with an athletic build and brown, furious eyes.


“Jaina?”

A light saber snap-hissed to life, and suddenly Caedus felt as though he were going to vomit fire….

Jaina came to a knee facing him and knew Caedus was about to die. He had one arm and one good leg, and they were not even on the same side of the body. He could not pivot and he could not retreat.”

How awesome is that?! Sure you could think of it like the Black Knight in Monty Python and the Quest for the Holy Grail (“It’s only a flesh wound!)..but still kinda cool and solid story telling. Too bad it was not the full story conclusion that this series really deserved.

T4 : Salvation for the Terminator Franchise May 23, 2008

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Let’s all be honest here – T3 sucked.

T4 if the early plot is any indication …not so much. Filming is already underway and Warner Bros has a release out with some nifty details:

In the highly anticipated new installment of The Terminator film franchise, set in post-apocalyptic 2018, Christian Bale stars as John Connor, the man fated to lead the human resistance against Skynet and its army of Terminators. But the future Connor was raised to believe in is altered in part by the appearance of Marcus Wright (Sam Worthington), a stranger whose last memory is of being on death row. Connor must decide whether Marcus has been sent from the future, or rescued from the past. As Skynet prepares its final onslaught, Connor and Marcus both embark on an odyssey that takes them into the heart of Skynet’s operations, where they uncover the terrible secret behind the possible annihilation of mankind.

No Battlestar Galactica Tonight!! Nice Memorial Weekend Treat May 23, 2008

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Looks like Battlestar Galactica is taking the week off this week – with no new show scheduled to air until May 30th.

Star Trek New Frontier #2 May 22, 2008

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Is it just me or is does this serious just make no sense?

Sure it’s early – we’re only at issue#2 but writer Peter David has already lost me. It doesn’t help much that this issue has so very few actual story pages in either.

I’d guess that nearly 1/3rd of this comic book is ads !!

Considering that IDW charges $3.99 an issue ..i’m not sure that it actually makes sense to buy this series by the issue – if you haven’t gotten into – DON’T.

Stargate Atlantis Season 5 starts on July 11th May 21, 2008

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Not far now…. Season 5 of Stargate Atlantis is now set to return to SciFi on July 11th. Early indications based on a number of reports is that we’ll be seeing alot of the Wraith this season.

We’ll also be seeing at least four episode with Dr. Carson Beckett , and we know that Col. Carter will be relinquishing command of Atlantis in favor of Wolesly (Robert Picardo) at some point.

And of course T’eyla (who was pregnant last season) now will have a baby that will get worked into the storyline too.

Get this – Terminator 4, 5 and 6!! That’s right three movies in the cards May 20, 2008

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It looks like there could be as many as three new Terminator movies in the works — all focussed on humanity’s leader John Connor beating the machines led by SkyNet.

According to the BBC, Christian Bale (who has already signed up for Terminator 4: Terminator Salvation: The Future Begins) has actually signed up for three Terminator films.

So we’ll have a T4, T5 and T6.

Here’s our guess at a few titles for T5 and T6…

Terminator 5: SkyNet Strikes Back

Terminator 6: Revenge of the Humans

T4 is currently set for release May 22, 2009.

Battlestar Galactica : Gaeta’s Lament May 19, 2008

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The song that Felix Gaeta sings after he loses his leg in the last episode of Battlestar Galactica 4×7 is one of the most stunning and haunting songs in modern scifi history.

Now the dude that wrote the sheet music and the lyrics for the song – Gaeta’s Lament –  Bear McCreary has blogged extensively about the song, how he put it together and what it all means.

* Alone she sleeps in the shirt of man
* With my three wishes clutched in her hand
* The first that she be spared the pain
* That comes from a dark and laughing rain
When she finds love may it always stay true
* This I beg for the second wish I made too

* But wish no more
* My life you can take

* To have her please just one day wake

Battlestar Galactica 4×7 We Love Cylons May 17, 2008

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How do you begin to analyze an episode as deeply complex as this one?

So much going on on multiple sub-plot threads that this is one episode that no doubt needs to be see more than once…likely after the next one comes out so you can figure out where the pieces all fit in.

We know that Hera is the key but how she’ll be used is still unknown though at long last though we saw her in this episode (it’s been awhile).

Will the final five cylons allow themselves to be exposed by the boxed Deanna line?

Is the president a Cylon too?? Where are those visions coming from?

And what the frak will happen next?

No shortage of action/plot/drama with great pacing in this episode. I can hardly wait to see episode 8!

The Huttese Glossary : Part One May 16, 2008

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Want to swear/converse like a Hut? (or just talk to Jabba?) Dark Horse is helping us out with some words in a glossary feature they’re running at the back of Legacy. Here’s the first installment:

dopa-meekie: double-crossing

keepuna: darn!

murglak: spacer term, derogatory

pateesa: sweetie/darling

sleemo: slimeball

wermo: idiot

Ca skrunee da pat, sleemo : Don’t count on it slimeball!

Uma ji muna: I love you

Star Wars Rebellion #13 Deena Shan Takes Charge May 15, 2008

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This Small Victories storyline is really quite entertaining.

In this issue we’ve got tonnes of action and we really don’t know yet how this will end up.

Deena Shan is a great heroine and I really hope she survives though that’s up in the air.

Will the Rebels make it back to save their friends? Of course they will, but someone won’t make it…

On an Imperial station, Luke and Leia do their best to distract their cruel captor from the rest of Rebels still loose in the facility. Unfortunately, Imperials have found Deena Shan, the Rebel team’s last hope for success. Deena is cornered into a decision of disastrous proportions for herself and everyone around her. By the time Ackbar deems a rescue mission worth the risk, there may be no one left to save.

Eric Stoltz is the First (and final) Cylon! May 14, 2008

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Casting for the Battlestar Galactica prequel Caprica is picking up pace. This week we found out who will play Daniel Graystone – creator of the Cylon.

Remember Stoltz from Pulp Fiction?

Considering the new God storyline of the Cylon in BSG…I think that Stoltz/Graystone will have a pivotal role in the final season of BSG too.

Just like Data on Star Trek (and remember Ron Moore steals his best ideas from Trek) – I’d bet the Cylon were created in the image of their creator.

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