OMG this lego Asgard Mothership rules!!! I'm so glad they left other objects in the picture so we can really get a good impression it's size. For the geeks out there like me this is the Beliskner, Thor's mothership. Wikipedia also has two great related articles: Stargate Ships, and Earth Starships. There you go more ideas for more really cool Lego Starship designs.
(via SCI FI Wire)
The Camp and Fun of Planet 51
Review: Planet 51
Imagine a typical science fiction alien invasion movie from the 1950's . Now take that tale and turn it inside out add in fun and even more camp. That is the premise for Planet 51. We rented it through netflix had so much fun, fell in love with the movie and bought it.
Planet 51 got really bad reviews from the critics when it came out. Initially those reviews made me hesitant to watch the movie but I'm so glad I didn't listen to the critics. Thank God we are not so jaded that we would miss this warm, inviting, friendly and fun movie that brought us so joy.
This is a family movie not a kiddie movie. There are a lot of fun little bits in it for the kids but also in the traditional style of the Walt Disney movies there are a lot of stuff in it for adults to enjoy too. The stuff for adults is well hidden mainly through referential humor to adult movies and shows so only adults would get it. There are also a fair bit of dirty jokes for the parents that is well hidden like how they did in Aladan.
Eric said it best by describing this movie as being like hoodwinked for sci-fi.
- the alien dog: "In space no one can here you scream"
- voice cast is incredible: Dwayne Johnson, Jessica Biel, Justin Long, Seann William Scott, Gary Oldman, John Cleese
- Great exploration of the issue of terror in media
- rover… he loves rocks!
- The alien deterrent to protect you from probes.
- It's not Shakespeare
SF News Bites: Avengers, Transformers 3, Conan The Barbarian and Mortal Kombat
Producer Kevin Feige confirms the main characters in the Avengers movie. "It’s three people – four including the Hulk; five including Nick Fury – who you’ve seen before in other movies, coming together for the very first time.” I can only hope that this movie is as good as Ultimate Avengers animated movie. (via Gay Sci-Fi Nerds)
In the works as expected. Currently Michael Bay is moving along with the script and scouting locations for Transformers 3: Chicago, Detroit, and Washington D.C. I really enjoyed the first two Transformers movies my main concern is in the script. (via SCI FI Wire)
Conan the Barbarian
Jason Momoa has been cast as the New Conan The Barbarian. I'm excited with that pick. Jason's a great guy, talented actor and can physically fill the role of Conan. Most are familiar with him playing as Ronon Dex from Stargate: Atlantis (via /Film)
A Mortal Kombat redo is in the works, they have selected a writer Oren Uziel. The hope at /Film is that he will bring more depth to the Mortal Kombat movies then the previous films. I like the idea of adding more story depth to the Mortal Kombat movies but that can not be at the cost of loosing what made the series so great. They are so much fun to watch.
SF TV Series To Watch This Fall
With so many Speculative Fiction shows and new shows coming out this fall I thought I could help sort them all out.
- Eureka (Syfy): A fun sci-fi show. Love it, watch it on Hulu
- Ghost Hunters (Syfy): Fascinating exploration of U.S. ghost stories and haunting investigation. Love it watch it on Hulu
- Warehouse 13 (Syfy): A fun sci-fi show that adds a dash of paranormal into it. Love it, watch it on Hulu
- Glee (FOX): loved the pilot, a nice feel good musical tale with a dash of fantasy.
- Destination Truth (Syfy): Loved the previous seasons can’t wait to see what Josh and the gang get into this season. Hopefully nothing from Chernobyl bit Josh.
- The Vampire Diaries (CW): A vampire is in it so I have to check it out but I don’t have much hope. I realize it is not a Twilight clone (I have been schooled on that subject, lol) yet I can only hope that it is way better then Twilight.
- Supernatural (CW): I’m a sucker for a paranormal show involving demon hunters so this is on my check out list because I also realize there are a lot of bad ones out there as well.
- The Forgotten (ABC): I don’t have much hope for this show, mainly I’m concerned this will turn out to be yet another show for people who don’t like sci-fi to watch.
- Eastwick (ABC): The trailers looks really good, they captured the essence of the movie so well in the promotional material I’m looking forward to watching it.
- Dollhouse (FOX): Season one rocked!!! A must see
- Smallville (CW): I could appreciate the concept behind Smallville but until this season just didn’t care enough bout the show to want to watch it but with Callum Blue joining the cast this year I think I may start watching it.
- The Simpsons (FOX): If you don’t know then I’m at a loss for words.
- Stargate Universe (Syfy): I started out not caring much about this show, but as more came out and especially the latest trailers I’m excited to watch it.
- Clone Wars: Rise of the Bounty Hunters (Cartoon): Season two of George Lucas' animated Star Wars tales covering the era of the Clone Wars. The animation style is a unique style that has been difficult for some to get into but worth it. The story is really good though lighter because the show is marketed more towards a kid audience I have hope that the second season will get better.
- Ugly Betty (ABC): What an amazing retelling of the classic fantasy tale
- Sanctuary (Syfy): The original web series was good. The first season was awesome so of course I’m looking forward to season two.
- V (ABC): I enjoyed growing up with the original show V and it is one that could use a retelling, plus Morena Baccarin.
- Legend of the Seeker (syndication): Season one was so good I can’t wait to see how season two unfolds.
I find it interesting that all of the speculative fiction programming out there are on either sy-fy, Fox, CW, or ABC.
Amanda Tapping on next SG-1 movie
A Stargate Atlantis DVD movie is in the works. Have you shot that yet? Tapping: We haven't, actually. And apparently there's an SG-1 movie as well that will be happening.
I don’t think she really did since there is already a lot of buzz going on in the fan circles about another SG-1 movie. The movie has not been officially announced by MGM and is in the earliest stages of production… they don’t even have a script yet. Some rumors that are being tossed around are:
- Script writers: Brad Wright and Carl Binder
- could be an “O'Neill story”
- no Vala :(
- directed by Martin Wood
- filming to start in spring or summer 2009… if that one is true then they have a lot more of the script done then was expected! (via Stargate Wiki)
What story line would you like the next SG-1 move to take?
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(via Sci-Fi Wire).
Stargate Universe overview and Robert Carlyle talks
In the preamble to the very short interview, they include one of the clearest descriptions of the new series I have ever seen:
Stargate Universe follows the adventures of explorers who start off on a reconnaissance mission to the Destiny, a ship built by the Ancients, only to wind up on a never-ending mission when the crew learns the ship can't return to Earth. The Destiny, her crew in tow but not actually in control of the ship, then traverses the universe, bringing them in contact with new worlds and various races, as well as potential allies and enemies (SCI FI Wire).
Many have compared Stargate Universe to Star Trek Voyager, but I am not so sure. I am actually getting a strong Farscape vibe from it. Why?
According to Robert Carlyle:
I think this one, while it's retaining the features that made the other ones successful, hopefully, it's slightly different in the respect that this is about a struggle for survival. The guys, everyone's been transferred onto this massive spaceship, the Destiny. They think it's actually a planet, because it's so big (SCI FI Wire).
Let's add up the pieces here. The Destiny was:
- Built by the ancients for an unknown reason
- Traveling the Universe according to its own will
- It is the size of a planet
- It is called, The Destiny
This sounds to me like a Death Star sized Moya built by the ancients to either:
- defeat an enemy as strong as or stronger than the Ori
- provide a future for the ancients or their allies either as:
- an alternative to ascension
- a sentry to protest the galaxy in their absence.
Who is Nicholas Rush?
Robert Carlyle describes his character as:
He's a scientist. He's kind of the head of this project. They have discovered the address of the Ninth Chevron, and the Ninth Chevron is like the Holy Grail. So you're never sure with Rush whether he's doing it for the right reasons, whether he's doing it for the Stargate team or for himself (SCI FI Wire).
This strikes me as a cross between Daniel Jackson, Rodney McKay, and Dr Zachary Smith from the Lost in Space movie. I am more concerned about the character of Rush and how they handle him.
The Perceived High Concept behind Stargate Universe
Farscape meets the 1998 Lost in Space movie in a Stargate setting...
hmmm, not sure how I feel about that.