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Futurama Into the Wild Green Yonder coming Feb 24, 2009 November 30, 2008

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Star Wars Legacy #30 Vector part 11 : The End is Near November 30, 2008

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WOWOWOWOWOWOW.

Last issue was solid but this issue was non stop cover to cover action.

What a great kriffing issue. The double cross (or maybe triple cross?) is in with the Muir Talisman and its human host vs Cade Skywalker vs. Darth Krayt vs. The Imperial Knights.

Will Karness Muir take hold of Cade? (maybe next issue) – but still seeing Krayt in this position is awesome – i doubt we’ll see the end of Krayt, but hey anything can happen.

and what about Darth Talon (aka the Sith Hottie?) SHE’S BAAACK and she still has the hots for Cade (where was Delilah Blue ?)

The artwork – always great in Legacy was ABSOLUTELY BRILLIANT in this issue – the cell arrangement and powerful imagery is what great storytelling and great comic books are all about.

But of course this issue is just a stepping stone to the final issue of Vector!! Vector before it hit Legacy was kinda ok – in Legacy it got real good real fast.

I suspect that Karness Muir and/or the Talisman will be destroyed – but that somehow Celeste Morne survives (but maybe i’m wrong). In any event it will bring to a close a year of wondering where this would end – and it might be the end for Krayt too.

Doctor Who 4×11 Turn Left November 30, 2008

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A standard Sci Fi plot tool here – what happens if one simple action doesn’t occur – it ends up unravelling a Tapestry (yes a pun on the Star Trek TNG episode Tapestry) that in this episode’s case is the whole of Donna Noble’s experience with Doctor this season.
Brilliantly executed and a nice romp through all the events thus far – so a good hour of SciFi.

The best part (for us) was clearly the end when Donna realizes that she won’t make it in time to change her actions in the past and makes a decision – that ultimately changes her history.

As for the time distortion insect on her back – that wasn’t terribly clear to us – but still not a bad idea.

Every season needs a recap episode of sorts – and this is it for Series Four – it’s all go forward from here.

Battlestar Galactica Caprica on Hold till 2009 (or later) November 27, 2008

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It’s December almost and we were supposed to see the Battlestar Galactica prequel Caprica this month. (We saw the trailer back in July.)

But we won’t and that sucks.

According to TV Guide : “Though Sci Fi once planned to air Caprica in December, it’s now on hold, pending the final episodes of Battlestar Galactica. It definitely won’t see the light of day until after the BSG series finale … but also maybe not at all.”

Black Friday 2008 Comic Book Deals November 27, 2008

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It’s that time again – and it’s a great time for some great comic book deals. TFAW has some really great ones this year – here’s their full list of Black Friday door crashers – and  here’s the ShowMeSciFi.com short list of some of our favs:

Serenity Valley Topographical Map Lithograph–Save 40%
The battle for Serenity Valley was the final decisive battle in the Unification War in Joss Whedon’s popular Firefly television series.

Save 50% on Joker HC– Just $9.99
The Crown Prince of Crime has been released from Gotham, and he’s ready to have some fun! Be sure to pick up this brand-new original graphic novel. It’s dark, funny as hell, and just might give you new insight into Batman’s greatest foe!

Then there are the Nick and Dents – this are the graphic novels that have minor imperfection and are already marked down  – but now they’re dropping the price by 60 percent on some titles. We’ve bought a bunch of Star Wars graphic novels this way – and to be honest in most cases we couldn’t even find where the nick or dent was.

Here’s one crazy nick and dent deal – the first Star Wars Legacy Trade paperback for only $7.18.

The first Knights of the Old Republic Trade paperback for only $7.58

There are also whole sets of Star Wars Tales and Star Wars Clone Wars and Star Wars Empire graphic novels at 60 percent off too.

Lot’s of good deals to be had there for sure.

Star Trek XI Teaser Trailer with Leonard Nimoy November 26, 2008

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This is the same as the trailer that we saw last week except for a 4 seconds add-on with Leonard Nimoy.

Live Long & Prosper!

(AND WHAT A KRIFFING SHAME THAT Abrams and his ego couldn’t get together with Shatner and his ego).

Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic #35 – THE END. November 26, 2008

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After three years and 35 issues this is it.

Zayne is finally vindicated. It should be a moment of triumph and climax -
BUT IT’S NOT.

This is a weak issue and one that insults the loyal readers that stuck with this book for the last three years. After everything that happened to Zayne in the very first issue we expected more – a lot more.

Zayne goes into to see the Jedi council but – do we see what happens? NOPE.
Instead Hazen (who was awesome) gets nuked from orbit – which was cool – and Zayne gets cleared.

I don’t know it’s an anti-climax and a letdown. Maybe after three years of buildup – no matter what happened would have been a downer.

Will we continue to read this title? SURE – I want to see Darth Malak, Revan and the Exile.

Futurama Bender’s Game REVIEW – Roll the Dice November 26, 2008

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bendersgameHere’s the short review – the third Futurama movie is easily the worst of the bunch. But that doesn’t mean it’s bad – it’s just that it’s not as good as either Bender’s Big Score or The Beast with a Billon Backs.

We knew that this would be a Dungeon’s and Dragons Lord of the Rings spoof fest – but there really wasn’t anything that innovative or knee-slappingly funny here.

Yes it was entertaining and yes i actually paid for the DVD  – having the Nibblonians being the source of all dark matter – and the whole crap factory thing – SURE that’s funny and the real saving grace for the whole movie.

I just think that more could have been done even on the ‘normal’ side of the D&D game as well as the Dark Matter angles in terms of things that were more than just spoof. Bender (as always) steals the show here and his medieval knight is awesome.

So expect to be entertained but don’t expect to watch a ‘classic’ that you’ll want to watch again and again.

Battlestar Galactica Epic Journey Season 4.5 Trailer November 25, 2008

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As we get closer and closer to the January 2009 re-start for Battlestar Galatica the trailers are gonna come fast and furious.

This week we’ve got the ‘epic journey’ trailer. No big surprises here – Roslyn hooking up with the elder Adama, Starbuck communicating with a hybrid..but the big surprise is behind the scenes – who is the fifth??

Terminator Sarah Connor Chronicles – Riley is from the Future November 24, 2008

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I did not see that one coming.

Riley is from the future – go figure.

Then again – John Connor so far has been a mega whiney BEAATCH so why would any woman want to be with him unless it was her mission? kinda makes sense but still a real nice surprise and the first great plot twist so far this year.

Ohh and Cromartie is back – but now he’s John Henry – the future SkyNet.

The overall pacing in this show is wrong — it’s deadly boring in parts and then you get the big plot twists – it sure could use some better editing and overall production direction to create a tighter pacing.

Still, the show progresses and it’s progress (slowly) but nicely isn’t it?

Doctor Who 4×10 Midnight November 24, 2008

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doctorwhoAn interesting episode where the Doctor is on a transport ship without windows and something goes ‘bump’ in the night…

Why the ship didn’t have windows – i don’t understand.

BUT the character interactions of how they all turn and get hostile with on another was brilliant and solid drama.

What was the creature? I don’t know but it doesn’t matter. As an exercise in human emotions of fear, anger this episode stands on its own.

Star Wars The Clone Wars S01E08 Jedi Jar Jar November 23, 2008

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There was some early speculation on other sites – that this episode might mark the end of Jar Jar.

NO SUCH LUCK.

Instead we get the bumbling Gungan somehow again managing to be the hero – this time by being mistaken as a Jedi.

It’s actually a pretty neat trick and overall fun little episode – i’m surprised thought that we didn’t see the most famous of all Rodian’s though – that is WHERE WAS GREEDO?? (or did we miss that?).

The capture of Viceroy Gunray – was we know is only temporary – so at some point he’ll get busted loose. Gunray of course was on Mustafar when Anakin/Darth Vader was sent there by Palpatine in Star Wars III to kill off the seperatists after Order 66 was issued.

Stargate Atlantis S05E17 Brain Storm November 23, 2008

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Kinda cheesy episode don’t ya think?

We know that Keller and McKay hook-up – and having this little episode to show how their relationship grows in a situation is I guess – necessary.

McKay dropping his work to go save Dr. Keller was noble – and her telling him that she loves him was ‘sweet’.

Overall though a relatively lame episode though and not one that we’re likely to want to watch again for any particular reason.

Stephen King Dark Tower Treachery #3 Roland’s Mom Is a Witch November 22, 2008

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Again very little of Roland in this book — but we know he’ll drop out of his funk soon enough.

Why Steven Deschain left his wife alive after finding out about her evil is beyond me – but now with her going back to his enemy…well we know where this will end up.

As always a riveting issue from an imagery point of view – but again one that is a bit too plodding for me with little action – and mostly plot development -

Well except for Aileen who met in the last issue – i don’t think she ends up with Roland thought that’s clearly Cort’s plan.

Han Solo was supposed to Shag a Wookie November 21, 2008

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wookieThat’s right – Han Solo originally was supposed to be married to a wookie. So Solo would have had his own ‘shag carpet’ if you will. And no I don’t think it was a gay thing with Chewbacka either.

Seriously though it’s true.

In an interview up on StarWars.com celebrating the 30th anniversary of the Star Wars Holiday Special

According to Lenny Ripps: Co-Author, Original Script the Holiday Special, Han Solo was supposed to be married to a wookie and was in fact raised by wookies.

Pat Proft corroborates it and an early draft of the Star Wars script (January 28, 1975) has Han Solo living with a furry female creature who he kisses. Proft also remembers learning that Han was raised by Wookiees, which is verified on pages 46 & 131 of Laurent Bouzereau’s Star Wars: The Annotated Screenplays.

Life on Mars – Sam’s Dad is a Scumbag November 21, 2008

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Another great episode that was brilliantly tied together end to end.

Apparently Sam didn’t go back to 1973 to save his Dad after all – and wasn’t that amazing how the red dress thing got pulled in?

Now the weird part was the end of course.

What’s in the basement?

Fringe – The Equation Solves What? November 20, 2008

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Did I miss something? Last night’s Fringe Episode – The Equation was a gripping story ..and it was great to see Walter go back to the asylum -just to see what would happen.

But was he hallucinating when he saw himself?

AND what was the final solution to the equation? Was it a teleportation devices? I couldn’t tell it was just kinda – there.

It also seemed very odd that the ‘woman’ wasn’t discussed further in some way at the end – she gets shot but we don’t know how or why she rigged the machine to get the boy to see his dead mom – and we don’t know why she doesn’t age.

A mystery wrapped inside a mystery wrapped inside an enigma.

Star Wars Millenium Falcon by James Luceno – REVIEW – awesome except for the end. November 20, 2008

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falcon The Millenium Falcon is arguably the most famous ship in the entire Star Wars canon. This is the book where we finally find out the true history of this great ship.

It’s an entertaining romp that takes us back and forth in time as we encounter each of the Falcon’s owners – and  follow Han Solo, Leia and Allanna on their journey.

The writing in this book is crisp and the plot flows brilliantly from page to page – making this a true page turner.

This book follows chronologically from the last Legacy of the Force book where Jacen Solo/Darth Caedus dies – but there is little direct connection between this book and that – except for Allana being a traveller with Solo.

The only problem with this great book – unfortunately is the end which is terribly dissapointing. After such a brilliant build-up we finally get to the location where the secret the Falcon has been keeping for 70 years lay hidden.

And it MAKES NO SENSE.

Why would the Republic Group have sent Jadak to recover that? Wouldn’t they still have wanted it to stay hidden? It’s just lame.

Overall though a great book – I just wish the end would have been thought out a bit better instead of being total nonsense.

SciFi Mags Struggling? November 19, 2008

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There is a really interesting article up on the PBS.org site now about the current state of the Science Fiction magazine market. At this point there are only three left: Analog, Asimov’s and the Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction

Personally speaking, we still buy Asimov’s regularly – though we don’t have a subscription. 

The latest circulation numbers for the print mags aren’t great:

Analog, the best performing of the three, had fallen to a paid circulation of 27,399, while Asimov’s dropped 5.2% to 17,581. But the Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction saw the sharpest decline — 11.2% from the previous year — to a paid circulation of 16,489.

PBS want to lay some of the blame on the Web – but that’s nonsense. The people that buy those mags aren’t going online to read fiction the same kind of fiction. Those mags have a tactile feel that is still different.

We read lots online – but the scifi mags are still a very different animal. Often we’ve found that not all book stores carry the mags and if they do they’re not as easy to find as they once were. Actually trying to get a subscription to these mag is a difficult thing too.

Buying a subscription should include some kind of benefit – at least a reduced cost over buying at the newstand – but that doensn’t seem to be the case. For us it’s still cheaper to buy Asimov’s issue by issue.

Doctor Who The Next Doctor Xmas Teaser November 19, 2008

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We know that David Tennant’s days as the good doctor are numbered. One of those numbers is the upcoming christmas special – The Next Doctor – which air in the UK in three weeks.

The BBC posted its first preview the other day in the middle of a telethon it was running. It sure looks like a Dickens Doctor Who Xmas to me…

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