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  2. New JUSTICE LEAGUE poster released ahead of the new trailer. Gus
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  4. Watched "The Edge of Seventeen" yesterday...it's a decent coming-of-age high school flick, one that felt like a nice modernizing of the John Hughes type film of the 80s, and Hailee Steinfeld carried the movie well in the lead role. The film doesn't break any ground or really surprise in too many ways, but it was well made and enjoyable. I don't see myself watching too many more High School films, no matter how well they get reviewed...probably because I am just getting too old to care about the subject. High School sucks, being a teen sucks, I remember, but I've moved on in my life. I'll let the next batch of awkward teens enjoy these films, I am happy they will have their own films that capture their hearts of angst. And then tonight we held up our end of a deal. The little one despaired about the fact that she had to go to bed at her usual time the other night, so we told her that on Friday night, we'd have a "slumber party" in which she was allowed to stay up all night, eat popcorn and watch a couple of movies with mommy and daddy. So we watched her two choices, The Jungle Book (the original cartoon) and Cinderella (again...the original cartoon...why is Disney remaking all of these with live action remakes now?). Kid soldiered on til about 10:30, after the second movie ended, and we let her fall alseep in our bed, after which I carried her to her own room. But we held up our end of the deal...now she'll have to go to bed on time again.
  5. Another day, another Doctor Who Comic Strip Volume under my belt. This time it is Volume Four of the Eighth Doctor, which showcases the end of his era fronting Doctor Who Magazines' strip before the show returned on TV and the Ninth Doctor would take over. They were even offered to show the regeneration by Davies...but after certain rules put in place by RTD and the BBC took hold...it ultimately came down to DWM deciding it might be best to just not have the regeneration (they couldn't show Eccleston prior to him being on TV, they could only show him with Rose, and they couldn't even do one story with the current companion of Destrii staying on with the Ninth Doctor)...so they decided against it, and in the end have McGann not regenerate into Eccleston in the strip, and have he and Destrii walk off into the sunset after a chat about the importance of change, and that they really have no idea what could lie just over that hill. It is actually a rather brilliant ending. It ends this rather consistent and phenomenal run for the Eighth Doctor in the comics (and that run lasted 9 years) so very well. It is a happy ending, one that leaves potential for more adventures while subtly acknowledging that those adventures do not lie within the pages of the Magazine anymore. And quite frankly, not having the regeneration means we got Night of the Doctor...and who would ever want to lose that (especially as having read the script for the alternate ending that they put in this collection...it doesn't hold a candle to what Moffat eventually gave us). So I am glad they went with the ending they did, I can see this Doctor continuing on to have more adventures, probably his going on to meet Charley and C'rizz and Lucy and so on in the Big Finish tales. Those feel like they come later to me. Anyhow...this final collection of his run is a solid set of stories, but being that they did a bit of standalone stories with the Doctor on his own, and then began a new set of adventures with Destrii that ended up kind of cut short (though ended nicely in the epic "The Flood"), it just doesn't have the same kind of flow and build up and payoff that the other collections had. The other Volumes really did feel like a thought out season of Doctor Who. The final volume felt like some assorted adventures of the Eighth Doctor with no real running arc, which probably wouldn't have been the case had the new show not returned and probably cut short their initial plans for Destrii as a companion. She had only really gotten started in the final story. All in all though? I highly recommended finding copy of each Volume of the Eighth Doctor's DWM comic run. A lot of fun reading. I had enjoyed going through the Fifth and Sixth Doctor's run (though the Sixth Doctor's seemed to run out of a bit of steam in it's second volume), but the Eighth Doctor's was great, no doubt helped by the fact that they were totally free from the show being on the air, and they decided to find one writer to really write the bulk of the scripts at the time.
  6. One week till WonderCon in Anaheim; to everyone on this site: "I promise a report of great detail and accuracy..."

  7. I'm going with a friend of mine this Sunday; Mrs Vie doesn't do horror. My friend and I were both on the fence about it, so two 'on-the-fencers' make one supporter. I'm keeping my expectations somewhat low; much as I did with "Passengers" (which was pretty fun & entertaining, if not particularly challenging). I'm anticipating a similar experience with "Life." If it's bad, well...c'est la vie.
  8. Yesterday
  9. I think I'm going to check it out. It doesn't look groundbreaking exactly, but it might be a taut space thriller with a sense of nightmarish mystery. I guess we could hope for that for ALIEN: Covenant too, which I expect to be extremely slick, just like Prometheus. But Prometheus was largely surface gloss and little substance. My bet is that LIfe will be simple and punchy, but have a sense of greater scope in the way that the original ALIEN did.
  10. In the past week or two, I've been listening to the audio plays a lot (I often do so in bed, when going to sleep) and since my daughter was fascinated by the cover pictures, I bought around 30 of the books second hand online. I picked those books which I remember having read as a kid (usually borrowed from the library) and/or which are my favorites among the audio plays. My daughter is still too young for the books, but I suspect that in a couple of years, she'll be intrigued and I'd love to read them to her. She also loved to listen to the audio plays with me, but because she often said it's too scary, I bought her a couple of audio plays by the offspring series "Three ??? Kids" -- yes, they're actually producing even an offspring series in Germany, for younger kids. It's a kind of prequel to the original series, the three main characters are younger. The target age group of these "junior" stories are kids of the age 6-10, so she's too young even for those, but at least she doesn't find them too scary. And she's very proud of her audio play CDs: Every night when going to bed, she wants us to switch on one of them for her.
  11. That's a great idea, and similar to what came to my mind when reading Cox's novels: IMO, these novels would have been even better, if he had gone even deeper down the conspiracy route -- why not find a behind the scenes explanation for real world events in the 80s, 90s and early 00s, that shows that they are all interconnected, as Khan and his augments are directly pulling the strings in the dark, without anybody noticing until much later?
  12. Maybe it was a war like the war on Isis but more widespread. There could have been a bunch of groups like Isis that were all under Khans control without anyone knowing it. Each one killed hundreds of thousands of people. They also let out plagues that killed millions but it wasn't proven until years later. The war went on for decades. Khan was a genus who was an important part of the movement at 6 years old and its leader in his teens. He slowly replaced the leaders of countries like Russia one by one with puppets he controlled. He kept them fighting against his own people to keep up the facade but they never seemed to be able to kill anyone important. No one realized until near the end of his rule that there was only one person who controlled both thousands of small terrorist groups and many many governments. It wasn't considered a world war because there weren't two big armies fighting each other like WWII. It was more like thousands of small armies and a war of disinformation.
  13. "Life." (Sci-fi, 2017) If you've seen "Alien," you know the drill and "Life" doesn't remake the wheel. It's competently-acted, the creature is interesting and, most importantly, it maintains tension nicely. It was a perfect acceptable diversion even if it doesn't blow the doors off the place. All I can say is, I suspect I will have enjoyed this much more than "Covenant"
  14. Maybe more dead were accounted for later on...? At any rate, they can't perfectly sync a fictitious history with the real thing, but I give Greg Cox serious kudos for even making the attempt; as well as producing a couple of really entertaining books on the subject in the process...
  15. I feel it's only fair to point out that, in Cox's novels, the Eugenics Wars aren't really "covert"; the people living under Khan's rule in India are aware of who he is; there are even public protests against him. And another augment addresses an assembly in the United Nations at one point. The general public in countries not directly affected by the wars simply weren't all that concerned about these people; they were just more warmongering nuts in a world already full of warmongering nuts. Really, the biggest discrepancy between the books and the TV shows is the huge death toll mentioned in ENT, significantly more than in the books (although there are a lot of casualties there).
  16. Six movie arc? Sounds to me like it should've been a TV show. Oh wait...
  17. RedLetterMedia tweeted this image of their Space Cop logos and the new Justice League logo with the caption "how embarrassing..."
  18. I'm sure the overseas market will save it, but...damn, just, no.
  19. Last week
  20. Nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo.............................. POWER RANGERS Producer Haim Saban Reveals They Already Have A Six-Movie Arc Mapped Out; Green Ranger Revealed Following last night's morphinomenal Power Rangers premiere, we have new comments from both producer Haim Saban & Red Ranger actor Dacre Montgomery regarding the film's potential sequels.
  21. I was on the fence with this one, but I'm leaning towards yes...
  22. Awww, too kind... ^ And those stories speak to those who love to 'bridge the divides' as you say; to imagine what is out there, and getting into alien mindsets. And it's also a nice tool for better understanding ourselves as well.
  23. I'm looking forward to LIFE: http://io9.gizmodo.com/the-filmmakers-behind-life-strived-to-make-a-realistic-1793568503
  24. Your wife is a wise woman. I suppose, as someone who has a deep and abiding interest in science, but who works in the arts and communication, I'm eager to see bridges built between popular science and media and education. Art facilitates that, good communications facilitate that. If we're gong to try and reclassify anything, perhaps it's the divides between all those disciplines, in a way your wife suggests. (I knew I liked her. And hey, she married you, so clearly she has taste.) Imagining an alien mindset and perceptions, let alone a culture from which such difference springs... now that is real gift and perhaps why we cherish the stories we tell about such imagined worlds so much.
  25. There's more............ JUSTICE LEAGUE Official Website Updates With New Looks At Batman, Wonder Woman, Cyborg, The Flash & Aquaman UniteTheLeague.com has just gone live, offering up a great new look at five of the six heroes that will make up Zack Snyder's Justice League PS- Someone has to say that. They look terrible, only Gal Godot looks good. Oh my.
  26. There's an episode of the Animated Series called "The Slaver Weapon", which states that about a billion years ago, the galaxy was ruled by something called the Slaver Empire until a massive war wiped out virtually all intelligent life for aeons. But then there's that TNG episode where they discover the first humanoids that existed billions of years ago and who seeded many worlds in the galaxy with their own DNA. If we discard the "one billion years ago" line in the TAS episode, is it plausible that the first humanoids and the Slavers were contemporaries, and possibly wiped one another out in the conflict? The hologram recording of the humanoid doesn't actually state that no other life apart from themselves existed in the galaxy in their time; just no life similar to themselves. And the TAS episode shows that the Slavers were distinctly non-humanoid.
  27. And here we have another video from yesterday. He's so happy and content I love him.
  28. New poster for ALIEN COVENANT Gus
  29. I have no faith in this.
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