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The Star Trek Movie Franchise Is Headed Backwards (VIAB)

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Believe me when I say that this article and title is right on the money. While both Trek movies from 2009 combined made over a billion dollars, I believe Paramount is not thinking long-term enough. Fine, the new director Robert Orci has written a boatload of tv shows and some great movies as well as serving as either producer or executive producer. Star Trek 3 will be his first outing at least that is what I found on IMDB. I’m not so keen about this idea because this is not the normal course of action to hire directors especially on big movies like Trek.

On the Fly II with Eric Stoltz, makeup artist/sfx Chris Walas from the first movie became the director of the sequel. Sadly, anyone following David Cronenberg’s work has a hard act to follow regardless. Walas taking over the reigns for the Fly 2, while it had some good moments, failed to rival or even come close to the first. Let’s move to Starship Troopers 2: Hero of the Federation which was headed by Phil Tippet. Star Wars fans and other great visual f/x movies will know that Phil’s great talent is making great visual f/x. Trying to follow the very skilful job that Paul Verhooven did in the first Starship Troopers was next to impossible much like the same problem Walas had. The budget was smaller to fit a smaller story and except for nudity to keep me awake there was very little to watch. I love Phil and will always have a place in my heart as he played the Rancor monster in Star Wars: Return of the Jedi. Another example is Frank Marshall. He has been a phenomenal producer and executive producer. One could almost watch any Spielberg movie and see Frank’s name. He had also turned to directing and has had some modest success. His first movie was Arachnophobia but I believe his better movie was Alive which was based on the plane crash in the Andes Mountain. However, Congo adapted from Michael Crichton’s book of the same name is sadly forgettable. All these examples are to help illustrate that hiring Robert Orci maybe a mistake given the track records of those I mentioned. However, let us look forward to a future where Paramount can be happy with the future of Star Trek.

Taking a cue from the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), Paramount needs to re-establish the Star Trek Universe (STU). Let’s start with mentioning the original series (TOS) that started the franchise. We then get three Star Trek movies one of the best Trek movie of all times. Star Trek gets back to tv with The Next Generation (TNG). Trek 4 makes a big splash with Nimoy taking the director’s chair and making this a more accessible film for non Trek fans. Trek 5 is nearly killed by Shatner’s hand but 6 makes up the last movie for the original cast and ends their run on a high note. TNG then takes over with their turn on the big screen: Generations and First Contact (their best movie by Frakes). Luckily another Trek series on tv comes into play Deep Space Nine (DS9). TNG fires back on the screen with Insurrection also directed by Frakes but lacks any real bite like First Contact. Star Trek launches Voyager (VOY) on the small screen. TNG makes one last movie Nemesis (worst ever). The last Trek series is called Enterprise (ENT). And then the two movies by JJ Abrams. Got that? Moving on.

Why did I go through all that? To showcase my Trek nerd cred… sh’yeah. More importantly, where do we go with STU? Abrams movie gave us a rebooted Trek universe that can allow us to do anything or do it all over again. Let’s do some creative planning and make this next movie a launch for bigger things. I believe the time is right for another Trek series on tv. Last year, there were rumors of two series in the vein of CSI. UHM, OK? But I would rather see 5 year missions or show how TNG, DS9, or VOY might fare in this alternate Trek history Maybe we get a Picard with hair? A female Data? Or nasty Ferengis as was once visioned by Roddenberry? Think of the possibilities for use fans and for the fans of the future. In between, lace these series with movies on the big screen and empire for Paramount can rise though not as mightly as MCU but still better than the Spiderman franchise over at Sony. Now is the time to plan big.

Paramount Pictures is taking a huge risk naming screenwriter Roberto Orci to direct the next film in the Star Trek movie franchise, Fool contributor Tim Beyers says in the the following video.

According to an exclusive report in Variety last week, Orci, whose screenwriting credits include work on Star Trek and Star Trek Into Darkness, will team with J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay to write the threequel. Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto are expected to reprise their roles as Captain Kirk and Mr. Spock.

Good news, right? If only it were that simple. Instead, history shows the franchise is suffering decelerating returns. According to The-Numbers.com, Star Trek earned a combined $578.6 million including box office, DVD, and Blu-ray revenue. Star Trek Into Darkness earned $540.4 million on the same basis. Orci is taking on a turnaround story.

via The Star Trek Movie Franchise Is Headed Backwards (VIAB).

‘Arrow’ Season 2 Finale Recap: ‘Unthinkable’ – Hollywood Reporter (SPOILERS)

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Ye have been warned about the spoilers ahead so I’m doing it one more time – STOP READING THIS!!!!

On a rare alignment of the planets and my work schedule, I was able to watch the second season finale of Arrow live. To boot, we were also treated to a sneak peak for the upcoming Flash series. In a nutshell, I was overjoyed in that one hour of prime time television.

Let me begin with the only negative point with the finale. Seeing Starling City go up in flames and the chaos was great and awesome but we’ve seen this before in the previous year. Please, the writers and show runner of Arrow, I implore you, don’t make the Starling City go up in flames again next year. Yes, the ante has to get bigger next year but no more city destruction. The growth of this show has to be focus on its characters.

Last night, Oliver gave an amazing  speech to Slade who was not killed in the end. He had thank Slade for giving him the strength to survive the island, to see his family again, and to becoming a true hero. This was one of the things I loved – this fundamental switch within Oliver this season who killed throughout season one and had made a promise to his best friend Tommy at the end of his life. As with each episode in season two, we hear Oliver’s monologue but this sounds more like a mantra that he would be saying to himself, “To honor my friend’s memory, I must be someone else. I must be something else.” That journey was completed. If the show can give this amazing arc to Oliver, his supporting players must also have something interest to show us to make us care about the show. Diggle was given some dedicate show time on his past and which included a mission with The Suicide Squad  but alas Felicity – nothing. I LOVE Felicity and I would encourage more to be done with her. Let’s not make her just the brains of the outfit and becomes the alternate damsel in distress.  Make her into someone else and something else. One word – Artemis.

On the plus side, this season has ramped up its action sequence to an amazing level. They have mastered the use of “powered” people effectively while at the same time made it believable and grounded despite the effects of Mirakuru. By grounded, I mean, more physical action as people can get tossed across the room ala Roy, Slade and his minions. Hell, I was wondering about this one throw Detective Lance suffered through and how it played up in the finale. Nicely done.

Going back to Slade, one of the big revenge deeds was killing Moira Queen; Oliver’s mom. Slade had mentioned that there needed to be one more death before this all ended. This question lingered as to who and Oliver thought that it was he who had to die. When was talked out that notion, Slade and his minions started to attack Starling City. When that was ruled out, Laurel was kidnapped and brought to Slade. He had wanted revenge for the loss of Shado and taking Laurel was the logical choice. However, we get a seen where Oliver brings Felicity to the old mansion and tells her to stay there until everything blows over. Oliver then tells her that Slade has the wrong woman and it was her that he loved not Laurel. WHAT? THE? FUCK? Thankfully, this played out differently as the true nature of the one more death Slade was talking about was his own. He knew that Oliver would have to kill him in order to end this conflict and thus destroying the person Oliver had become. However, Oliver played Slade as Felicity was in on the plan…later, and was able to inject the cure for Mirakuru when she was very close to Slade. Hooray for Felicity for being the hero. Oliver gives his great speech and now the heart break lingers as Felicity’s feelings for Oliver will not be reciprocated anytime soon.

Hopefully, I will get a chance to bring this show up on my podcast as it well worth the time to discuss this further. In the meantime, the other highlight of the night was the new teaser promo for The Flash.

PLUS the extended trailer for The Flash.

 Let’s talk about the finale of Arrow, shall we?

True to form, The CW comic-book drama paid off a season’s worth of build-up with the “biggest fight” to date between Oliver Queen and Slade Wilson. With the help of some friends, Oliver and Co. left no stone unturned in their face-off, culminating in a life-altering moment for the Arrow. Would Oliver kill Slade, or would he cure him of the Mirakuru? Oliver chose the high road, a decision he would not have been able to make in season one.

Wednesday’s finale, “Unthinkable” (which could refer to a few of the episode’s developments), also set up a drastically different world for season three. Oliver may or may not have declared his love to Felicity, Thea abandons ship, Laurel may be on the road to becoming Black Canary and Roy may be embracing his superhero abilities. The Hollywood Reporter highlights the biggest revelations and cliffhangers from the season closer.

via ‘Arrow’ Season 2 Finale Recap: ‘Unthinkable’ – Hollywood Reporter.

First Official Promo Art For Marvel’s Agent Carter TV Series – Bleeding Cool Comic Book, Movies and TV News and Rumors

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After the long is over, I am really, really pleased by this bit of information this past week. As I’ve mentioned in my Captain America review podcast, I was hoping that Agent Carter would get picked up as a series as this serves two points. First, Agents of Shield has been a complete let down and out right disappointment. Those from the Marvel Cinematic Universe who made their appearance on the show were brought on to get us fans to watch the show but honestly, there was very little for them to do and frankly, not worth my time. I don’t know why they were shy from using “power” people as in the first episode with Extremis. DC’s Arrow has introduced several “power” figures and have worked them into the storyline and still made it grounded enough to work on the small screen. Shield has not solved that problem. My hope is that Agent Carter can help the Shield series by exploring the roots of Shield and thus becoming the driving force to create more interesting storylines. If Shield does not want to deal with “powers” then the agency needs to be more dynamic and compelling. Sadly, none of this exists in the first season.

Secondly and even greater point, Agent Carter shows us a female lead in the Marvel Universe. Yes, there are a lot of female superheroes both in Marvel and DC but to date there is no female superhero on the big screen. The only female superhero was Wonder Woman. (And no, I am not counting Electric Woman and Dyna Girl.) This makes me wonder why is creating a female superhero movie so damn difficult? Still, I have to give credit to Marvel/Disney for this push to create a non powered hero and to be the one at foundation of Shield. This too me speaks volumes as this would be not only a positive role model for women but shows a woman in command.

I can not wait for this show and if all goes well, after this series run of 13 episodes is complete and gets picked up for another year, then and only then, will I consider watching Agents of Shield.

Now that ABC have officially announced that their Agent Carter show is a go, they can let this bit of Photoshop fun out of the labs. What’s more, here’s the plot blurb:

Marvel’s Agent Carter, starring Captain America’s Hayley Atwell follows the story of Peggy Carter. It’s 1946, and peace has dealt Peggy Carter a serious blow as she finds herself marginalized when the men return home from fighting abroad

via First Official Promo Art For Marvel’s Agent Carter TV Series – Bleeding Cool Comic Book, Movies and TV News and Rumors.

The Farscape Movie is Officially Happening

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I had to make sure of what the date was before I posted this. Back on April 1, it was reported the Netflix was getting new episodes of Firefly; I got punked for a bit. Now, the reports for a Farscape movie was months ago which I kept in the back of my head as to not to get too excited over the prospects. Reading this morning news, I could not be pleased by the news and the process of a new Farscape movie is in the works. However, after reading the article below, I was kinda dumbstruck by the “premise” of this new film. I will be talking about this in the next podcast and would like to hear your thoughts on this matter. Are you happy with a new Farscape movie? Do you wish for another Farscape series? Or should Farscape receive a rebooted treatment? Let me know on this blog and your comments might show up on the podcast.

Back in February we brought you news that a Farscape movie was supposedly in the works. Now Rockne O’Bannon, creator and showrunner of the original series, has confirmed that the movie is, in fact, happening.

Confirmation comes by way of TV.com:

Just a little bit of, maybe interesting, information to report. ;-p Texting me from WonderCon, a very good friend of mine (@PaulBurrows) just left the Showrunners Panel at [WonderCon]. A panel member, non other than Rockne O’Bannon, the co-creator ofWarehouse 13, Defiance, and Revolution… who was also Farscape’s creator and showrunner – has indeed CONFIRMED a Farscape movie is happening.

via The Farscape Movie is Officially Happening.

Marvel’s Agent Carter TV Show: ABC Eyes Series Order – /Film

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Here’s to hoping all good things to come when Agent Carter get greenlit. If you have not seen the latest Captain America movie, **SPOILERS** Agent Carter, rather, an elderly Peggy Carter receives a visit from Steve Rogers. This scene was one of my favorites moments from The Winter Soldier and left me wanting to know more about Peggy. If done right, the Agent Carter series can help stabilize the Agents of Shield for season 2 if it gets that far. The formation of SHIELD would be compelling as we could see the Hydra connection. 2, we would have a strong female lead which Marvel really needs to their dominant male cast of heroes. Lastly, I would come back to watching Agents of SHIELD provided the two series were linked with crossover storylines and with different time periods.  Hell, I would love to see a young Agent Coulson storyline at this point. I just need a good reason to believe that Marvel/Disney can show us all good things are not always on the big screen. I promise I will come back to watch week after week; honest.

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. wasn’t quite the runaway success that ABC had hoped for, but the network isn’t giving up on Marvel just yet. To the contrary, it’s thinking of doubling down.

A new report indicates that Agent Carter may bypass the pilot stage and go straight to series, debuting sometime during the (as yet unannounced) second season of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. More details after the jump.

via Marvel’s Agent Carter TV Show: ABC Eyes Series Order – /Film.

‘The Walking Dead': Melissa McBride on Carol’s ‘devastating’ decision | Inside TV | EW.com

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It’s The Walking Dead episode that has everyone talking, and now the woman at the center of it all — Melissa McBride, who plays Carol — gives her take on the events of last night’s episode, “The Grove.” [SPOILER ALERT: Read on only if you have already watched Sunday's episode of The Walking Dead.]

via ‘The Walking Dead': Melissa McBride on Carol’s ‘devastating’ decision | Inside TV | EW.com.

Is it wrong for me to want to live in this world where the biggest worries are zombies as opposed to paying back student loans. Life would be so much easier for me but then again, I may be replacing one problem for another. (If zombies are people and you have to kill them to survive and corporations like banks who want to see themselves as people… I smell a loophole.) Yet, I am always drawn to the problems our survivors are dealing with their new normal lives. We see people band together for the common good and others exploit for gain of power. Yet, the strength of the show are the toughest choices that have to be made which are necessary to preserve life.

Over the years, Carol has become one of my favorite characters watching this series. Her mousey demeanor to abusive husband from season one to becoming not only a survivor but a survivor that is willing to carry out the tough choices to preserve life is truly remarkable. I am not going to go in great details about her arc but refer to her appearance on last night’s episode. Carol had to put down one of the two girls she took care of back in the prison. While she tried to be more than a mother to the girls, Lizzie was never able to cope with this zombie world unlike her younger sister Mika. Carol felt as responsible for the death of Mika as Lizzie was of Mika. She kept instructing them both about the need to kill to survive and Lizzie just acted out. Carol knew that their own safety was in jeopardy even if Lizzie was to remain unarmed. Taking Lizzie out into the field of flowers to kill her was an act of mercy by Carol. Which brings us to her relationship to Tyreese.

Back before the Governor attacked the prison compound, there was a flu-like virus that was spreading and killing the survivors. Tyreese’s then girlfriend Karen was infected with the flu strain and was quarantined. Carol took it upon herself to not only kill Karen but also burn her body. For the longest time, Tyreese never knew that it was Carol that did the deed. Flash forward back to this episode, Tyreese and Carol were beyond stun by Lizzie’s action. Carol spoke up about having to kill Lizzie. As for Tyreese, for as big as he is, I don’t believe he could have done what Carol ultimately did. As such, when Carol reveals to Tyreese what she did to Karen, yes Tyreese could have hurt her badly or have killed her out right. Deep down, Tyreese knew that these tough choices are necessary to preserve life and Carol is willing to keep on fighting to survive. I am truly in awe of this show as there doesn’t seem to any kink in the show’s armor despite the many show runners over the year.

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The Monster Scifi Show Podcast – The Return of Sherlock

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The long awaited return of Sherlock Holmes has arrived. Mr. Gene and I talk about our favorite moments from the first episode from season three. In addition, we talk about Matt Smith’s last Dr. Who episode, “Time of the Doctor.”

Check out this episode if you want a direct download or stream it below.

What are your Geeky New Year’s Resolution?

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As the time approaches at the end of another year, I wanted to take some time to ponder on those things, those geeky things, that make me get excited to be a geek.

  1. Podcasting – While I have made four new podcast since August 2013, I need to go beyond this number in 2014. There may be times where I have to do a podcast by myself because of schedule conflicts with my co-host Mr.Gene. I would like to be definitely more active with current shows like Arrow, The Walking Dead and Game of Thrones. However, to make this happen, I need to get back my internet as I have been without it at home for more than a year. Yes, I have worked this past year but I’m still in recovery mode from the year I was laid off.
  2. Blogging – I am now six months away from my seventh year as a blogger. I have been a lone voice for my blog and while it has been fun, I do need to have some extra help. That is why, my new year’s resolution is to get my co-host Mr.Gene to get off his ass and to start blogging. Eventually, I would like to add more people but one step at a time.
  3. Reading – Yes, this simple low tech approach to download information into my brain has to increase dramatically. While library school ruined my joy of casual reading, I have read very little since my last class. Plus, what I have read has been more graphic novels than real plain text. I need to retrain my brain to focus on the written word and not just quick glances like when I do research and especially at the library. I read lots of news articles on a daily basis that I have condition my brain to read things in bit sizes. Think of a marathon runner being reduced to just walking – I read so slow when it comes to just plain books. Need to work on this problem.
  4. Conventions – I’ve been to just one convention here in Miami. The problem lies, other conventions are up north like Orlando and west in Tampa. Of course, there DragonCon in Atlanta, New York Comic Con and San Diego Comic Con; the mother of all cons. I’m not going to spend all my time traveling everywhere but I would like to venture into new arenas of geekiness and explore new worlds, new civilizations, to boldy go… you get the picture.
  5. Writing – Yes, I have written a great deal more this year but I need to work on writing to have something published especially in the comic book field. I need to start again and learn what I can learn on my own and eventually be good enough for someone to say, “Hmm, I like your stuff.” I’ve had my moments when I would write my business and library principles with scifi examples. While those were more non fiction, I would like to see about creating some fiction on my own. I have many ideas and stories but all have been put on the back burner. The time has come to get moving again.
  6. Content – Whatever it is I am doing, I need to share this content; to a degree. My wife tells me that I’m a media whore when I post things socially. I really don’t care what she thinks because she never reads my blog or listen to my podcast but seriously, I like to share what I’ve done so it can inspire others to do the same or just enjoy. One of the things I try to get my teen patrons at the library is to not only enjoy content but creating content. This can be anything like what I’m doing like blogging, podcasting, photography, origami or anything that gets then excited.

I think these are fair resolutions to keep for the new year. What are yours???

AMCs The Walking Dead Needs To Fix These 3 Big Mistakes

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Having watch the mid-season 4 finale of The Walking Dead, I am finally happy to have seen the fall of the prison. While this storyline does not follow the comic exactly, I think this is what will make The Walking Dead tv series more appealing. Season 3, we get the death of Andrea which in the comics she was still around after the fall of the prison. Lori, Rick’s wife, was killed by zombies as well as their newly born child as per the comic. But in Season 3, Carl was the one to kill his own mother as she was hemorrhaging during childbirth. Since she was not going to make it due to the emergency C-section, she would have turned to a zombie had not Carl done the deed. Now, these are just some examples of where I can live with the differences. Having said all this, my only concern is how each season will build upon the last. With the comic, the story has an ebb and flow quality that goes from nothing going on to major scenes of action and drama and goes back to nothing. This is nothing new as many stories are told in the format so what needs continue, to engage us from week to week are the characters.

If there was one flaw for the opening of the 4th season were all the new faces. Basically, these were the “red shirts” of the cast that were going kill off one way or the other. That’s fine by me but for their deaths to have meaning and have a real sense of loss we need to know who they are. I was upset at the loss of Hershel because there was a history behind and we as an audience grew to care for him as one of our own. I for one can not remember the kid’s name that contracted the flu, wound up dying and then turned as a zombie. Can you? What we can hope for, now that our group is splintered, how everyone is doing in the aftermath and will they be able to join up again? If so, where and how? Michonne, Carol, Glenn, Maggie, Tyreese, Daryl, Carl, Rick and yes, there are a few more but let’s stay focused on this core for a while.

As for the extended 16 episode commitment, I’m fine with it as long as there are no fillers. Nothing slows a serious when the writer’s have an end game but stretch it out ad nausem. I remembered how the last couple of episodes of BSG’s finale season just seem to meander and wasted our time towards the last episode. Let us hope, whoever is the showrunner, there is a plan in place to deliver on the goods. One of those goods would be to show the rat killer. My suspicion would be on Carl as he has had to grow up in a short amount of time and coping in this new world, this disregard for life – any life, is truly worrisome if he is acting out like this.

Any takers on who the rat killer is?

After watching the mid-season finale of The Walking Deads fourth season, I think its safe to say that this isn’t the same show that many of us fell in love with three years ago. Considering that AMC has already gone through three showrunners in four seasons, some creative inconsistencies were inevitable. The fourth season hasn’t been terrible, but it also hasn’t measured up to the brilliance of the first two, which were more tightly contained stories that moved the plot along much more quickly. Therefore, lets take a look at three big mistakes that The Walking Dead should fix to get back on track. Spoilers ahead if you’re not up to date on your viewing.

Mistake #1: A longer season isn’t necessarily a better one

In my opinion, the shows new format of splitting a 16-episode season into two 8-episode half-seasons, which started in Season 3, is a problem. It could work if the two half-seasons had tighter and distinct storylines, but showrunners Glen Mazzara Season 3 and Scott Gimple Season 4 stretched out dull storylines with filler to artificially lengthen the seasons. In Season 3, most of these filler storylines centered around Andreas alliance with the villainous Governor. Andrea gets stuck between her loyalty to Ricks group and her feelings for the Governor

via AMCs The Walking Dead Needs To Fix These 3 Big Mistakes AMCX, CBS.