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An Update on the 24 Movie

Simply put, Kiefer Sutherland has said the 24 movie is still a go.  Sutherland was at the Television Critics Association winter tour presentation and asked about the oft-rumored movie and was able to give some new information to 24 fans.

First, Sutherland stated that the current plan was to begin filming “at the end of April, beginning of May.”  So starting soon there should be more 24 under production.  Sutherland gave further detail about the movie, specifically that the 24 movie will be “relatively a direct continuation. We’re talking maybe six months from the end of that episode.”  My advice would be to re-watch the last episode of 24 to refresh yourself as to how things ended.  From what I recall Jack had severed ties with CTU and was now a man on the run.

One of the biggest changes from the TV show is that the movie will not occur in real-time.  This isn’t really surprising since it would be impossible to cram a days worth of action into a roughly 2 hour timeframe.  But, the good news is that we will have one final send off for 24 and of course Jack Bauer.  I for one am looking forward to this movie.

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Coming Soon: Smallville Season 11

Clark is Finally Superman

Yes, you did read that right.  I thought I was done writing about Smallville news, but I appear to have been wrong.  It looks like the loyal viewers of Smallville are about to be rewarded with an 11th season of the hit show.  But there has to be a catch right?  Indeed there is, but it’s not a terrible one.  According to Bleeding Cool, the continuation of the Smallville world will take place in the form of a written book, not a graphic novel.

One of the biggest flaws of Smallville is that the climactic battles were never really that good, in part due to the associated costs of special effects.  In a written word form, Clark/Superman can truly have epic battles against his opponents.  For lack of a better term, this book has been described as a Smallville Season 11 and would presumably take place after the finale.  But there is a lot of ground that could be covered in this novel.  There is a lot of time between Clark’s first appearance as Superman and the bedtime story Chloe was telling her son.  Regardless, it should be a fun ride to see how everything develops.

What is perhaps the most interesting part is that Bryan Q. Miller will be writing this new Smallville novel.  I was a big fan of Miller’s work on Batgirl prior to the new DCU relaunch.  The fact he doesn’t have a book in the DCU is almost criminal in my mind.  But it looks like he’s landed on his feet with the novel-form continuation of Smallville.  A note of caution though, there has been no official confirmation of the Smallville novel.  But, I remain cautiously optimistic that we will see it.  What will be fun about this is there are not TV budget restrictions on a book.

The Flaming C is Back Again

In the last episode of Young Justice, entitled Secrets, The Flaming C made yet another appearance.  Well he sort of did.  Part of the story involved a Halloween dance where all the local students were dressed as superheroes.  Eagle eyed viewers might have seen Conan O’Brien’s creation The Flaming C in the background.  If you don’t believe me, the proof is below.

Initial Reaction on Once Upon A Time

I’ll be honest when I heard the original premise of Once Upon A Time, I was intrigued but I didn’t have much faith that it could be pulled off.  One episode in and I’m starting to think I might actually have been wrong.  For those that haven’t seen the show I’ll try to give some background.  The show operates on the premise that fairy tales are real, this includes all of the ones we were told as kids.  Things like Snow White and Seven Dwarfs, Little Red Riding Hood, and Pinocchio are all real and take place in the same world.  Needless to say, this lends itself to some strong fantasy elements and those are pulled of quite well.

If the thought of this show revolving primarily around fairy tales has you worried now is probably a good time to point out that only half of the show takes place in the world of fairytales.  The other half occurs in what we would think of as the ‘real world.’  By that I mean a world pretty much like what we live in today.  There are no witches, magic, or talking animals, just people and the technology of the modern world.  So how does the show manage to switch back and forth between the worlds?  It’s actually a pretty interesting twist on how to do things.  There might be some spoilers from the first episode coming up, so if you haven’t seen it yet tread carefully.

The show is rooted in the fact that fairytales are real. Fairytale characters such as Snow White and Prince Charming exist in this world and they also exist in what a viewer would perceive as the real world. The show opens in the fairytale world and shows the meeting of Snow White and Prince Charming before leading to their wedding. One would expect that upon their marriage it would be a happily ever after ending, but sadly the wedding is interrupted by the Evil Queen who informs everyone to enjoy their happiness now as she has set forth a curse upon the land which will ensure there is no happily ever after. It is this curse that in essence expels the fairytale characters into the real world. However, before the curse can take hold the child of Snow White and Prince Charming is saved and sent to the real world before everyone else where it is prophesied that on her 28th birthday she will save all of the people of the land.

The characters are trapped in the small town of Storybrooke, Maine (notice the play on words here) where time is frozen. The hope for the salvation of the town is Emma Swan, who is unknowingly the child of Prince Charming and Snow White. However, she is unaware of this fact and assumes she was abandoned instead of saved from the curse that afflicted the fairytale land. Emma is also unaware of her role as the savior of Storybrooke, but begins to learn of it once visited by her given up for adoption son Henry. He informs Emma that she is his mother but also that fairytales are real based on the people within Storybrooke. It actually happens much better than I have described. Upon Emma’s return to Storybrooke, time begins to move once more and the viewer is lead to believe that Emma will eventually set things right within the town.  For a full recap of the pilot episode I would suggest checking out Jes’ (aka onenerdycupcake) recap on Science Fiction.com its far more in-depth than mine.

What is interesting is that the writers and showrunners have said all of the shows will be split between the fairytale world and the real world. Much of the story from fairytale land will presumably be flashbacks to establish the relationships between the fairytale characters. It will be very interesting to see how similar these relationships between characters in the fairytale world are to their real world counterparts. In the real word they are unaware of their past as fairytale characters but many of the relationships seems to have developed in similar ways.

This show is built around mysteries such as how did the Evil Queen curse the town, when will people realize that they are actually fairytale characters, and how did Rumpelstiltskin (played fantastically by Robert Carlyle) end up in charge of Storybrooke. But, the show is not centered on all of these mysteries like you would see in BSG or Lost. Instead this is a character drama that revolves around multiple mysteries. What makes Once Upon A Time so different from BSG, Lost, or these other highly serialized show is that the viewers are let in on the secret from the very beginning while the characters are not. We know that everyone is a fairytale character and don’t have to guess. It takes the mystery away from the viewers but leaves it so we can see how the characters react as the plot progresses. In essence the story is revealed to the viewer and we aren’t left to guess what will happen. We know that Emma will one day save the town. There’s a little less mystery for a viewer but there’s a much more interesting dynamic between the characters because now we know exactly how everyone is connected. And it’s a twist I like.

What Once Upon A Time did in episode 1 was lay all its cards out and show everyone what will happen. The writers have once chance to hook viewers and that is in the first episode. I think they were able to do that by giving up the big secret from the very beginning and showing us how everything is interconnected and what the big secret is that needs to be discovered. It’s an interesting twist and I think it works well with this show. By doing things this way the writers have set things up to not exhaust the viewer patience trying to figure out the big mystery that ties things together. We know what happened and now we want to see how everything will be resolved. I know I will be checking in to see how things continue. I got hooked in episode one, and I think that many other people will have been as well.

A Rant on the Latest Battlestar Galactica Reboot

In August 2009 I reported that Bryan Singer was looking to make a new movie about Battlestar Galactica and that this movie would serve as yet another reboot to the BSG mythos.  Needless to say I railed against this proposed movie two years ago.  My core belief is that it is far too soon to be rebooting BSG, especially since the critically acclaimed TV show has only been off the air a few years.  Then we got lucky and Singer accepted the task of making a new film and the BSG reboot was put on the back-burner.  Sadly, Singer’s current film has been shut down and he has expressed an interest in returning to the BSG universe.

Details are starting to come out about the newest reboot to BSG and now it’s looking like they might try to connect this movie with the rebooted TV show’s universe.  Don’t get too excited yet though.  It has been learned that John Orloff will be writing the script for Bryan Singer and in an interview yesterday he let some information out about the possible plot.  According to Orloff:

I’m a huge fan of the original series and of the second show, too. But I always thought the first show was a little too heavily reliant on Star Wars, you know? Whereas I think the second show was really original and really cool.

And I think I’ve come up with a way to write this movie that won’t [frick] any of that up. I’m not sure how much they want me to talk about it. Let’s just say it’s not what you expect. It will all work in the universe that exists. It will not conflict with anything Ron Moore has done. I don’t think you can compete with what he’s done.

So what does this truly mean?  Are they going to keep the story that has been established by Ron Moore’s show?  It sounds like they might… assuming the quote above is something that is stuck too.  Part of me almost thinks this was said to try to quell the fanboy rage over this BSG reboot.

They want to keep the continuity established in Ron Moore’s show yet make something new with the characters.  The only way I can think of to do this is to take something from JJ Abrams playbook.  By that I mean, copy what he did in Star Trek and create an alternate timeline that has all of the same characters.  That way you can do whatever you want and claim not be changing the history of BSG.

Now, I’m wasn’t really a fan of the way in which Star Trek was rebooted but I cannot deny that it worked.  They threw out years of history and established characters to make a movie that had the same characters as the original Star Trek, but it never really felt like Star Trek.  That’s what I’m afraid will happen with this reboot of BSG.  To be fair fans of the original BSG TV show were probably saying the same things when Ron Moore’s reboot was about to debut.  But, there had been years since the last BSG TV show had aired and BSG simply was not relevant in the public anymore.  Ron Moore changed that with his reboot and made BSG relevant outside of nerd culture.   The show won Peabody Awards and critical acclaim.  That was something that could hardly be said about the original.

Ron Moore assembled an incredible cast to tell a fantastic story in the modern BSG.  To reboot the series again smacks of sweeping all of this epic story under the rug.  This still rubs me the wrong way.  I’m sure many other fanboys feel the same way; there were many of us who truly loved Ron Moore’s series.  The simple fact of the matter is that its way too soon to be rebooting Battlestar Galactica.  With the BSG prequel set to debut soon on Syfy Channel the story is still continuing.  However, in closing, it’s not really BSG unless Edward James Olmos is in it!

The Walking Dead Season 2 Preview

I just realized that The Walking Dead comes back next month! No wonder we have been getting more previews of the upcoming season.  That includes this new preview shown below.

Also, I wanted to let everyone know that there is something pretty cool coming up.  I’m ironing out some details but later this week I’ll have some news to share with everyone.  That’s whats been taking a little of my time away from more updates we should be back to a normal schedule soon.

Torchwood: Miracle Day Ends This Week

First off, my apologies for the lack of posts this week.  I was the Marshall vs. WVU game this weekend that was stuck in rain/lightning delay hell for over 4 hours.  There’s a price to pay for playing in the rain all day and as such I’ve been sick as a dog until recently.  Anyway, back to your regularly scheduled nerdery.

I haven’t talked much about Torchwood: Miracle Day and in part that’s because I’ve been about a week behind on it all season.  Being sick gave me time to catch up on a few shows and Torchwood was one of those.  I was never really a big fan of Doctor Who, but the spin-off show has always intrigued me.

After a very slow buildup the show has really taken off in the last couple episodes.  A part of me almost thinks they took too long to build things up however right now they are sprinting towards the finish line.  With one episode left I’m not sure how they will end up tying everything up especially with the Torchwood team split onto opposite sides of the world.  One thing I can guarantee is that despite the awkward pacing of this season I will be tuning in to watch the season finale.  My biggest hope is that they don’t do the unthinkable and kill off Captain Jack Harkness.

To get you ready for the finale are the two teasers that have been released for the show.  One is the Starz (US) version and the other is the version aired in the UK.  Both are slightly different.

Season 4 of Castle is Looking Good

Is it really too much of a stretch to talk about a Nathan Fillion show on a nerdy web-site?  Personally, I think its not because after all Fillion is basically the Lord of the Nerds and has been featured in the ever prestigious The Man Series.

I doubt that I’ve mentioned it much on this site but I am a big fan of Fillion’s most recent show Castle.  Its a quirky mystery show that can be serious but most of the time is just a lot of fun.  It looks like season 4 will definitely be kicking into the realm of serious again.  After the potentially game changing season 3 finale season 4 opens dealing with the fallout.  Presumably Beckett will survive being shot but it could serve to shake things up.  ABC has released a short 30 second promo for the upcoming season, and its certainly enough to whet my appetite.  Is it time for the Fall TV season to start yet?

Is Babylon 5 Coming Back?

I’ve never been ashamed to admit the fact that I am a huge fan of Babylon 5.  For those not familiar Babylon 5 was a SciFi show that ran in the late 90s and early 2000s on cable.  What made the show unique is that the J. Michael Straczynski, the show creator, originally wrote the show to have a 5 year story arc.  Events that occurred in season 1 would have reverberations felt near the end of the series.  For its time it was very unique to have such a long overarching story.  It could be argued that many of today’s serialized shows took inspiration from B5 in that regard.

Needless to say anytime there is a rumor of new Babylon 5 content I get fairly excited.  Recently, there has been an update on the future of Bablyon 5 coming from none other than Mr. Alfred Bester himself, aka Walter Koenig.  Koenig was speaking at a Star Trek convention in Las Vegas and provided some insight on the future of B5.  Specifically Koenig had recently had dinner with J. Michael Straczynski and during that dinner the topic of Babylon 5 and its future came up.  Ac coding to Koenig:

He [Straczynski] told me that he is in negations to re-acquire the rights to Babylon 5 and it looks pretty good. Now what that portends I am not entirely sure. It could be a new series or it could be a feature film, but he was quite animated about it. He seemed very excited and Warner Brothers is dealing with him in good faith. So you might see another Babylon 5 in the not too distant future.

What does this mean right now?  Honestly nothing much other than the fact J. Michael Straczynski is trying to reacquire the rights to Babylon 5.  If he is actually able to reacquire the rights to Babylon then I will get excited about potentially seeing new content.  J. Michael Straczynski has always expressed in interest in doing a Babylon 5 movie that would continue to the story from the show.  However, there are some hurdles to overcome.  Three of the actors on the show have passed away, and two of them had fairly major roles.  Its hard to imagine seeing B5 without Andreas Katsulas’ portrayal of G’Kar or without Richard Biggs as Dr. Franklin.

Hopefully Straczynski  is able to regain the rights to his show.  I think there are plenty more stories to tell.  But until Straczynski actually owns everything once more I refuse to get my hopes up for new Babylon 5 content.  For now I will continue to rewatch the show on Netflix.

I Want This Viper [BSG]

My love of Battlestar Galactica is well established on this blog.  To do this day I think it is one of the best, if not the best, TV shows of recent memory.  Sadly, the show is over but that hasn’t stopped the memorabilia to continue being released.  I’d say that right now the folks over at Quantum Mechanix have what is quite possibly the coolest BSG piece of memorabilia that I have ever seen.

They have developed what is referred to as the Viper II Artisan Replica and it is a beautiful piece of artwork.  Don’t believe me?  Take a look at the picture below.

Is that now frakkin awesome looking or what?  Just to give you an idea of detail, here’s the description of the Viper off of the Quantum Mechanix web-site.

Now you can join the fight against the Cylons with this frakkin’ awesome Viper Mark II Artisan Replica from QMx.

Our 1:18 scale filming-quality miniature is being offered in three editions: Adama Edition, Starbuck Edition and Fleet Edition. The limit has been set for 500 replicas per edition.

The QMx Viper Mark II Artisan Replica boasts a cockpit chock full of hand-cut details, including gauges, data screens, throttle, ejection seat, and seat belts with fabric belts and metalized buckles. But the pièce de résistance of the QMx Viper is the active, working DRADIS – a 9/16” OLED (organic light-emitting diode) video display of the remote sensing system in action, displaying the actual DRADIS video used in Battlestar Galactica. The canopy can be opened for an optimal view of the cockpit and this first-ever digital model effect.

In addition, the ship’s three rear engines feature a pulsating lighting effect that is randomized using a white-noise generator.

It takes our artisans about 50 hours to hand assemble the 140 parts that go into this spirited fighter, hand layering 18 different colors of paint, and adding special decals and hand-painted stencils.

Just imagine the amount of time that went into constructing this beautiful looking starfighter replica.  50 hours doesn’t seem like it would be enough for this ship.  If you’re interested in getting one of these beauties for yourself check out Quantum Mechanix’s web-site.  They have tons more pictures and videos of the Vipers.  Keep in mind, this is a limited run and only 1500 Vipers will be produced.  After that, there’s no more.   If I had $1500 lying around I would shell out for one of these.  If anyone does get one, let me know what you think.  I’ll try to see through my insane jealousy, I promise.

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