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Let me begin with this note up front. This entry is in no way to make light of this terrible situation. The goal of this blog is to point out how art imitates life and vice versa. Many times, I get in awe of scientific concepts on scifi shows and when times catches up to make those concepts a reality, I am blown away. So, going back to the Malaysian Airlines flight 370, this brings up scifi themed movies and shows that brings up the point, “Can a plane simply disappear?”

Remember Amelia Earhart? Her famous journey to fly solo around the world and still to this day, neither she nor her plane have been ever recovered. Yet, science fiction leads up to believe that on Star Trek: Voyager Season 2 Episode 1 “37″ Amelia Earhart was found in a cryo-stasis by the Voyager crew. So how did Amelia appear on the almost opposite side of the galaxy? Alien abduction.

Another plane related tv series was Lost. This series finds survivors of a plane crash on a remote island filled with secrets. After 6 seasons of episodes, not all the questions posed were answered but did not diminish this great show.

Let’s not forget the tv mini series called The Langoliers created by Stephen King. A red eye flight from Boston to LA, a handful of passengers wake up to find everyone else missing including the crew.

In the late eighties, there was a movie called Millennium not to be confused by the tv series by Chris Carter (X-Files). This movie dealt with humans from the future replacing all the humans moments before a plane crash with fake replacements. These future humans were trying to save humanity by bringing people from the past, who were going to die, to the future where they would live out their lives.

Now, go back farther to a little know Airport movie. This really started the whole disaster movie genre like Earthquake, The Poseidon Adventure, and The Towering Inferno. Like with all disaster movies, we were treated to an all star casts but unless you grew up in the late 60′s/70′s you will not know many of the stars. However, the success of this movie gave us: Airport 75, Airport 77, and Airport 79. If you want to know the premise of 75, watch Airplane. 77 shows us a plane crashing into the ocean in the Bermuda Triangle. 79 dealt with the no longer running Concorde – the plane that could travel twice the speed of sound.

Last but not least, one of the few books, an actual books not comic books, that I read as a kid was called The Ghost of Flight 401. This story was based on the real plane crash of Flight  401 which met its demise in the Florida Everglades near Miami. From the few details I remember, this book was more about ghost sightings of the deceased crew members appear on other flights. I could be wrong but the connection with the sightings were due to the salvage pieces from Flight 401 being put into other planes. Creepy yes but reading this stuff was truly fascinating.

Let’s all hope, from the searchers involved to the family/friends of those on board the Malaysian Airlines flight 370, that they are all able to have closure soon.

Details concerning the sudden, Saturday disappearance of Malaysian Airlines flight 370 continue to trickle in. Azharuddin Abdul Rahman, the head of Malaysia’s Civil Aviation Authority, said the missing Boeing 777 carrying 227 passengers presents an “unprecedented mystery.”

Here’s what we do know: The flight disappeared on Friday night/Saturday morning en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing. The plane was at cruising altitude (35,000 feet) and weather was more or less clear. Air traffic controllers in Vietnam say contact with the crew disappeared about 120 nautical miles east of the Malaysian town of Kota Bharu, and radar signals suggest the plane may have turned around before losing contact.

via Where In The World Is Malaysia Airlines Flight 370? Conspiracy Theorists Take To The Internet | Fast Company | Business + Innovation.


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Mr. Gene and I sit down to discuss the best and worst in tv and movies for 2013.


 


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This is one of those moments where I am going to show my age. On the left is a Dodge Durango with the cool LED lights but for a million Spaceball bucks, can you name the tv show car on the right?

AutomanWhen the original Tron came out, everyone tried to have this futuristic look but these f/x were very primitive. These computer generate f/x were amazing to look at on the big screen and then ABC had a tv show called Automan back in 1982. Here’s the premise:

Automan (the “Automatic Man“) follows the adventures of a police officer and computer programmer named Walter Nebicher (Desi Arnaz, Jr.), who had created an artificially intelligent crime fighting program that generated a hologram (Chuck Wagner) able to leave the computer world and fight crime. via http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Automan

Here was the trick and the main issue or problem with the series; Automan would only come out at night when there was less power consumption of electricity. Hence, the lighted f/x would only work at night for the main character, his car or any other contrast he created. As daylight approached, he would make a comment that he can feel toasters and coffee makers coming online and that he had to go back into the computer until the nighttime. Thankfully, this Tron vampire never lasted more than one season. Granted, the cool thing about this show was to see the Autocar in action. To give the Autocar an interesting feel, anytime it had to make a turn, the car would make a quick 90 degree angle left or right. How this was achieve was through editing the film back then. The car was heading in one direction and then the film was spliced on the car going down in another direction. This was a very cheesy f/x was one that was very cheap to make.

Overall, this computer scifi look has been one of my favorite looks and wish I could created the same look on the cheap. Still, with life imitating art, there are some signs of having this look now. Take a look at the pic below from the Tokyo Motor Show

DSCF3159_verge_super_wideThis Tron-style Kawasaki concept, called the J, is an electric motorcycle where the front “wheel” splits into two. The J eschews handlebars entirely for a pair of “arms” that can be manipulated into different positions to prioritize speed or comfort.  Click here to see more


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The Walt Disney Co. (NYSE: DIS) and Netflix Inc. (NASDAQ: NFLX) today announced an unprecedented deal for Marvel TV to bring multiple original series of live-action adventures of four of Marvel’s most popular characters exclusively to the world’s leading Internet TV Network beginning in 2015. This pioneering agreement calls for Marvel to develop four serialized programs leading to a mini-series programming event.

Led by a series focused on “Daredevil,” followed by “Jessica Jones,” “Iron Fist” and “Luke Cage,” the epic will unfold over multiple years of original programming, taking Netflix members deep into the gritty world of heroes and villains of Hell’s Kitchen, New York.  Netflix has committed to a minimum of four, thirteen episodes series and a culminating Marvel’s “The Defenders” mini-series event that reimagines a dream team of self-sacrificing, heroic characters.

Produced by Marvel Television in association with ABC Television Studios, this groundbreaking deal is Marvel’s most ambitious foray yet into live-action TV storytelling.

via “Daredevil” Leads Marvel & Netflix Multiple Live-Action Show Deal – Comic Book Resources.

Wholly crap, Disney!?! Talk about launching a preemptive strike against DC. Not only does Marvel have the lead of produced individual superhero movies and the first superhero team movie under their belt but this move to the small screen and using Netflix to deliver the content is going to be groundbreaking. Yes, shows like Walking Dead and Arrow are the current darlings of traditional tv watching but Netflix has proved shows like House of Cards, Arrested Development, and Orange is the New Black are going to be the new way to deliver original content and Disney is making a wise bet.

While on the subject of Arrow, for a while, DC looked like they were going a different route, counter to Marvel’s films, and produce superhero shows like Amazon and The Flash on tv and not having straight movies. Disney has Agents of SHIELD which has sucked on the teats of the past, current and now future Marvel movies but has delivered a lot of suck ass content. This was probably not the best and fully developed idea but things can change. As for DC,  while we are getting a Superman/Batman movie, a JLA movie seems to be even more in jeopardy in light of this new Disney moves. DC and Warner Bros. do not have the financial capital to bankroll such a long-term plan all on their own. With Marvel’s Phase 2 is in progress, Phase 3 already in the works, and this Netflix deal, Disney and Marvel is already 5 to 10 years ahead of DC/Warner Bros. My only hope is that audiences won’t grow tired and bored with superhero movies.Hopefully when DC  finally gets their act together watching superhero movies will still matter like the first Superman movie with the late Christopher Reeves and not passe like 3D.


While I have not seen last nights episode, I am still encouraged by this sudden wave to comic book properties to the small screen. However, as with all things comic book properties, the transition from one medium to another can be boost to the property or a complete bust. Take the Wonder Woman tv series with Linda Carter which last three years on network tv and yet can not make the transition to the big screen or even return back to its tv roots. The latest incarnation was a pilot from David E. Kelley which was decent enough update to these comic book character but could not get green light to make more. Amazon is another version on WW which the CW was going to do last year but had to hold off to rework the storyline; this is just but series one to keep an eye for but there’s more.

Powers by Michael Bendis was another comic book property that seems to be on hold. The premise can easily translate to the small screen as cops are on the beat to solve murders of supers. A crime drama with a touch of superpowered elements could work provided the stories and characters provided they are compelling to the audience to invest the time. I’m just hoping that the news of the second episode of SHIELD will be just a hiccup along the way.

To the surprise of no one, Disney’s Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.Ddelivered impressive numbers during its ABC premiere Tuesday night. The numbers show that 11.9 million viewers tuned in to watch the premiere along with a score of 4.6 adults 18-49 rating. As Entertainment Weekly points out, that makes S.H.I.E.L.D. TV’s highest-rated drama debut in almost four years.

Given S.H.I.E.L.D.’s time slot — 8 p.m. with no lead-in — the numbers become even more impressive given that the show had to compete with NBC’s The Voice and CBS’s NCIS – two of the most popular shows on television. Not only did S.H.I.E.L.D. compete with the hefty competition, it actually ended up tying The Voice in the overall demo (4.6) and resoundingly beat NCIS, which came in at 3.4, although S.H.I.E.L.D. still lost to NCIS in total viewers at 19.4 million.

via 7 Comic Book Properties on the Fast-Track to a TV Series | Wall St. Cheat Sheet.


UPDATE: FRAK!!!!! Click here to find out more.

It LIVES!!!! The first bit of exciting scifi news I had today and this is a winner in my book. From just this preview alone, I can tell that this is not Caprica-ish in the least respect. Not that Caprica was bad but the slowness of the story telling and lack of action made this prequel unworthy to be mentioned in the same breath as BSG. They only sticking point is the SYFY logo in the trailer which kills me. The SYFY Channel is an empty husk of what I used to love about the channel. Even back in the days of SCIFI, there was the long lull between seasons and even mid seasons episodes when BSG was on the air. Farscape was this first series to have suffered this fate and thus, I have yet to see seasons three and four. Hell, MAD MEN took 17 months off between seasons. Stop the nonsense and the fans will support the show. Don’t yank the fans, SYFY!!!!

Enjoy the trailer below!!!

First Footage of Battlestar Galactica: Blood and Chrome!

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The second spin-off of Ron Moore’s Battlestar Galactica reboot looks to be a bit closer than we thought. Here’s the first footage:

So, ignoring the strange choice to basically make the trailer the bastard cousin of the U.S. The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo trailer, what are we seeing? Well, to start, we’re seeing little Bill Adama! In a viper! Being awesome!

In all honesty, it looks like this was the BSG prequel we’d really been waiting for. A lack of movement (and enough likeable characters) killed Caprica off pretty quickly, and Blood and Chrome is already looking a lot more like the BSG we know and love. It’s possible that this spin-off may rely more heavily on action, and CGI will clearly be a sizeable component since we’ve got lots of early cylons to contend with.

What are you hoping to see? And do you think Blood and Chrome has what it takes to be the “gamechanger” Syfy is heralding it as?

via First Footage of Battlestar Galactica: Blood and Chrome! | Tor.com.


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This is absolutely sweet. Though I can’t play Chess to save my live and would at least play A v. P checkers.

Originally posted on memoirs on a rainy day:

I have always liked both Alien and Predator – at least individually. When they were first combined, it wasn’t a stellar result, but this chess set looks pretty awesome. It will allow you to pit your own Aliens versus Predators and see who will come out on top.

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Starz remains mum on whether it will be a part of the show’s future

by MICHAEL HINMAN, posted Oct-31-2011 Source: Digital Spy

Kelsey Grammer was just two episodes in on his series “Boss” when Starz excitedly hit the start button for a second season. But when it comes with “Torchwood,” all that can be heard from the premium cable channel is silence.

And fans of the “Doctor Who” spinoff might not be able to expect more than that.

“I don’t know if there will be more,” Executive ProducerJulie Gardner recently told Digital Spy. “The things about there being more or not — you look at ‘Torchwood’ and it’s always had such a labyrinthine history.”

“Torchwood” premiered in 2006 on BBC Three, and earned a second season that moved it to BBC Two. For the third season, however, BBC opted to dispense with a full season, and instead do a five-episode miniseries that aired on consecutive nights on BBC One to critical acclaim in 2009.

The series then went dark for a couple of years while BBC looked for an American producing partner. The Fox network was first onboard, but then bailed on the project before Starz stepped in to produce 10 episodes.

via Future Not So Bright For ‘Torchwood’ | Airlock Alpha.

I am not surprised to hear this news. I as well as many other fans of Torchwood where left wondering – WTF. After watching Series 3 – Children of Earth, which is amazing, how could Torchwood top itself? Apparently, Series 4 could barely scratch the surface of what made the series great in the first place let alone surpass the high bar they set themselves on Children of Earth. I believe the American-izing of this BBC show was the first mistake. I know that the story premise needed to have a global perspective but in doing so, it lost the very essence of what make Torchwood fun to watch. The old Torchwood crew of Jack and Gwen had the old chemistry but it was not enough to gel the newest members Rex and Esther into the fold. I miss the old gang: Suzie, Ianto, Owen and Toshiko.


This is an overdue post but seems appropriate to do this now. In the past, I’ve used various Star Trek ships to convey the changes I had experienced as I was transferred from one library branch to another. For the past five + months, I’ve been stationed at a store front library branch. The reason I picked the NX-01 starship is because it fits my particular situation. Enterprise itself was the 4 spinoff series from the original Trek series bringing it to the total of five not including the animated series or the movies. Since I started with the library back in 2006, I have now worked in five different branches. Now having said this, I carry this connection forward,  the series was heading for cancellation by the end of the fourth season and nearly killed off the franchise forever. As I’ve mentioned before, I am facing a possible separation from the library is the next couple of months. Could this move kill off my career as a librarian forever?

As I am writing this, almost 1am Monday, I just finished a pint of ice cream and watching an Enterprise episode called Mauraders. To sum it up, think of this episode as a retelling of A Bug’s Life with the Klingons as the Locust. As I groan in pain from the late night dessert and tv watching, I am reminded that someone wrote this crap. Someone got paid to write this crap. I too want to write and get paid for writing crap. Several years ago, make that more than a decade ago, I wrote a spec script for the then upcoming Star Trek: Deep Space Nine series. I recently found it again which led me to believe, I need to write again and fail again. Yes, I did say fail again.

via Reassignment: Enterprise « Page 49.


Hulu – Misfits: One – Watch the full episode now., posted with vodpod

Tired of the summer blahs even though summer begins tomorrow? I don’t know about you but I am in need of something big to rev my scifi appetite and having to wait for the next half season of Doctor Who was not making this fan happy. As I was reading the numerous blogs for my google reader, I came across this bit about Misfits. This show is not on cable or regular channel. Syfy or whatever the channel had better not monkey up with an US version like what they did to Being Human. No, this show in on Hulu. This online video content provider has always been a favorite destination to visit and now that I dumped cable several months ago, I am truly rewarded with a scifi series that has the right elements to make this a HUGE hit in my book.

When describing this series, I would have to do this kind of mashup – think The Breakfast Club meets Teen Titans meets X-Men. This is a must watch series and can rival my once beloved Heroes Season 1. (Still saddens me that the series never continued after that; I wonder why?) I really don’t want to get into further details because I don’t want to give anything else away. All I can say, if you follow this blog and recently noticed the lack of postings, this show has re-energized my passion for all things scifi. I hope you will agree with me.

Okay, ’nuff chat. What the show posted on the blog and tell me what you think. FYI – NSFW due to language and adult themes but then again, why would you be watching this at work?