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Top 5 worst moments from the “Star Trek” films

April 30, 2009

Star Trek 2009With the new Star Trek reboot just around the corner, I thought it was fair to take an unflinching look at where the franchise has gone before in film – especially the moments that were so bad the audience couldn’t help but flinch.

5) The 5-8 minutes of excessive trippy cloud special effects and gratuitous reaction shots as the Enterprise creeps toward V’Ger in Star Trek I: The Motion Picture
Okay, it’s a weird alien cloud, you’re amazed, we get it. 1-2 minutes would have done it. This was a lame-duck copy of what Kubrick did with Dave Bowman’s journey at the end of 2001: A Space Odyssey.

4) “Don’t mince words, Bones, tell me what you really think.” Jim Kirk in his condo in The Wrath of Khan
Perhaps The Shat’s most foppish and needy delivery of a line of dialogue. Ever. Pity it was there to mar an otherwise incredible film.

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Recap: “Lost” season 5, episode 14: “The Variable”

April 29, 2009

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USS Enterprise-inspired car

April 29, 2009

Having just arrived in Canada we were thinking of purchasing a new car but my Google search must have got intermingled with the release of the new Star Trek movie and found this interesting little vehicle.

Until shuttle crafts become available on the general market I think the Nissan Terranaut will do for our tech travelling needs for the time being.  Nissan announced its Terranaut concept at the 2006 Geneva Motor Show; it would be a “three-seat SUV for explorers and scientists designed to cross ice, deserts and other remote hostile environments with its 19-inch puncture-proof Goodyear tires”.  There are two regular seats in the front but the single seat in the back can swivel 360 degrees and is surrounded by USS Enterprise-inspired consoles.

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New “Farscape” comic hitting the shelves

April 29, 2009

FarscapeHot off the presses for release on April 29th is a new Farscape comic mini-series: D’Argo’s Lament. Set in Season 3 between the episodes “Revenging Angel” and “Fractures”, the four-part story focuses on the sword-wielding alien’s efforts to prevent interplanetary war. It also co-stars the troublemaker Jool, who eventually has a relationship with D’Argo (you’ll also remember Jool really did not get on with Chiana, who became D’Argo’s love interest by the end of the series).

D’Argo’s Lament is co-written by Rockne S. O’Bannon and Keith DeCandido. O’Bannon served as executive consultant for the Farscape sereies. Others may know him for his writing on Doctor Who, Andromeda, Buffy, Alien Nation (the movie), as well as 15 Star Trek novels. Keith DeCandido’s credits include books in the Buffy, Star Trek and Supernatural franchises and the film Done the Impossible: The Fans’ Tale of “Firefly” and “Serenity”. The comic is available in two covers by Michael DiPascale and Will Sliney.

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Free Comic Book Day 2009

April 27, 2009

fbcd-logoThe countdown is on to Free Comic Book Day! FCBD is an annual event, started in 2002, to introduce people to the world of comics, persuade those who used to read comics to come back into the market, and to thank buyers for their continued support. This year’s FCBD takes place Saturday, May 2nd. You might not think that any comic a store would give away for free would be worth anything, but often some of these issues increase in value over the years. It’s certainly worth while to check out the FCBD site to see which titles are being offered this year, and definitely worth going along to your favourite comic book store to pick some up. In addition, many comic stores have special events and signings associated with the day. There is nothing like a writer or artist’s signature to increase a comic’s value!

For sci-fi fans, there are some interesting picks:

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Adding comics to the mix: Introducing Steve

April 27, 2009

From the very beginning, we’ve planned on bringing other voices to the Not A Planet Anymore forum to offer different opinions on the discussions of the day, as well as their expertise in their own sub-genres of geekery. Today I’m pleased to introduce our newest columnist: Steve.

You’ve probably seen me refer to Steve in the past, usually in reference to items from the British SF Invasion. A buddy from work who I happily discovered was a fellow SF fan, he’s been the vanguard of the SF redcoats – my pipeline to the new Red Dwarf episodes (which, shockingly, I haven’t managed to watch yet) and a ton of tidbits on The Doctor. He’ll even inflict some hard-core Starfleet damage on you if you’re not careful (although, with my own fondness for The Black Hole, I really, really shouldn’t be judging anyone).

But beyond that, Steve is a comic kingpin. With a collection that would put Mallrats‘ Brodie to shame – hell, his inbox stack alone would put many comic stores’ back issue shelves to shame – Steve is The Man when it comes to the comic scene. As the newest member of our team, Steve will be, among other things, adding some representation from the world of comics to our site with his columns.

Welcome, Steve!

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Whedon honoured with the Ray Bradbury Award

April 27, 2009

As a footnote to all the recent Whedon talk around these parts, Sci Fi Wire has video of Whedon accepting his Ray Bradbury Award this past Saturday. The award is for excellence in screenwriting and is bestowed by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America. Previous winners include J. Michael Straczynski for Babylon 5, James Cameron for Terminator 2, and Yuri Rasovsky and Harlan Ellison for 2000X – Tales of the Next Millennia.

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