The Monster Scifi Show Podcast – Scifi News for 3/28/15


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Lots going on this week:

Tidbit News – The Thing revealed

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Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor revealed

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Spielberg to direct Ready Player One

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& Ant-Man reshoot.

X-Files are returning

Idris Elba in discussion for Star Trek 3; Simon Pegg writing screenplay

Female Thor outselling Thor comics; responding to comments by Michelle Rodriguez

The Monster Scifi Show Podcast – Scifi News for 3/07/15


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The one and only Monster is going solo for awhile until schedules are aligned by the Gods. This mini version podcast will be taking about the latest news in scifi genre for the past week. New recordings will be done on Saturdays with the release on either Sunday or Monday the latest.

On this podcast:

Harrison Ford in a plane crash

Leonard Nimoy passes away

Harve Bennett passes away

First look at CBS Supergirl in her costume

The Monster Scifi Show | How to save Star Trek: Make it the True Detective of science fiction – Vox.

How to save Star Trek: Make it the True Detective of science fiction – Vox


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Wagon train to the stars. The Rifleman in space. These old show concepts were used to pitch the tv series Star Trek and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. Sure, I get the concept of True Detective for a new Star Trek series but before we can even entertain that thought there’s one big pressing issue and that has to do with the reboot of the franchise in 2009. Right from the beginning of the film, we get arrival of Nero killing Kirk’s dad in the beginning of the film and later caused the destruction of Vulcan which caused an alternate Trek history. How will this new direction be addressed? Once this is determine then the direction of the franchise as whole can be mapped out ala Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). Sadly, I have no insight about when things will get hammered out but while we need a Gene Roddenberry or Kevin Fiege (MCU) type, there has to be an overseer to put together a new Trek universe and please don’t bring back Rick Berman. He did an admirable job carrying the torch after Roddenberry died but it’s time to have some fresh new blood.

So, my two cents, as if anyone reads my blog, there is no Picard, Sisko and Janeway. We do have  Starfleet and a Federation plus we see similar aliens but that’s it; we have a blank canvas. Anything is now possible with the update sfx for tv. BSG was cinematic for the small screen and I was dazzled except for that bullshit Starbuck ending. We can have great space battles and cool action scenes that can rival movies. Think what J.J. Abrams did with the reboot movie but with less lens flare. Just sayin’ – less lens flare.

Star Trek debuted on television on September 8, 1966. The original series was a cult hit, barely eking out a three-season run until syndicated reruns made it ubiquitous. Paramount, which owned it, took a chance on a Star Trek feature film in the late ’70s, and a cult property became a cultural phenomenon.

The early ’90s brought the height of the franchise. Star Trek: The Next Generation was a legitimate sensation, the sixth Star Trek feature film debuted to good box office (just under $75 million in 1991 dollars and just under $150 million when adjusted for 2015) and warm reviews, and Deep Space Nine (arguably the best Trek series) was being prepped.

But now, Star Trek is in trouble.

We’re one year away from Star Trek’s 50th anniversary, and it looks like what fans will get in terms of celebration is the latest installment of the new movie franchise. The third film in the series will be released in July 2016, but it’s been plagued by development problems, including the original director departing and a yet-to-be-finalized script for a film that starts shooting next month. Yeah, there will probably be a TV special or something that unites the surviving cast members of the franchises in addition to the movie. But is that enough?

via How to save Star Trek: Make it the True Detective of science fiction – Vox.

The characters of Star Trek 3, from lots of new women to a “Bryan Cranston” villain | Film Divider


I had already went down this road on what the next Trek movie and the overall franchise direction should focus on. The article below, if correct, does offer more food for thought. I do like the idea of seeing more female characters from being in less supporting roles to being one in position of authority. My favorite part of this piece is the possible introduction of McCoy’s ex-wife. If it plays out in my head, we can see a better bonding of the holy trinity of Kirk, Spock and McCoy via their female relationship. Urban definitely needs to have more screen time. He is just as valuable a team member as Kirk and Spock and not just not being the comic foil of doing medical testing in the most inopportune time. Let’s see the classic elements come back to Trek while still doing something new. As for the Bryan Cranston-like villain let’s not go down the same path as Nero and Kahn as just one-off characters. Let this not be our last battlefield; Star Trek must live.

I’m a forgiving soul but even I struggled with Star Trek into Darkness.

After initially enjoying the film’s scope and the welcome integration of dubious Starfleet Intelligence practices into the rebooted universe, I found that the further away I got from my first viewing, the less I saw to like.

I’m not saying it’s inherently a bad movie, but there was a lot to put me off: the whitening of Khan, a horrifically botched misinformation campaign throughout production, and the fan service inclusions of both Klingons and Old Spock.

But what drove home the final nail was the ‘Carol Marcus lingerie scene.’ Having Alice Eve strip to her underwear was arbitrary to the point of feeling clinical, and certainly did nothing for what was already an ill-served character. This choice seemed to reveal the movie for what it honestly was, being both loveless and exploitative of its founding elements.

via The characters of Star Trek 3, from lots of new women to a “Bryan Cranston” villain | Film Divider.

Star Trek’s Troubling 50th Anniversary | William Bradley


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It’s been a while, a long while, since I last rant about Star Trek Into Darkness on my podcast for the worst film of 2013. Given time, the failed attempt of the 2009 Star Trek sequel, I am looking for redemption. Star Trek will be turning the big 5-0 next year which means they quality for a Jitterbug cell phone and lower car insurance rates from AARP. Still, there is a lot to look forward to in achieving this milestone except on the big screen. Robert Orci who was on the writing team with Alex Kurtzman wrote some good stuff like Transformers and Star Trek.

Since JJ Abrams was not coming back, Robert was not only going to write the story but also direct it. This was not a cause for alarm at first but when it was discovered that the story was going involve an undoing of the new Trek timeline and with possible Shatner involvement, I am really glad that this has been halted. We do have a new director Justin Lin, from the Fast and Furious franchise but there is no story at this time. This concerns me more than the lack of Justin’s scifi credentials. JJ was able to make the Trek franchise accessible and fun for everyone with a much needed reboot. We should this franchise go then? Insert the opening Star Trek theme… cue Kirk “Space The Final Frontier. These are the voyages of the Starship Enterprise…” Let’s get back to its roots

I would love nothing more to see our space gang explore the final frontier as it is meant to do. The Trek universe has been reset but it needs to be repopulated. Paramount needs to spend the time to map out what this new new future will be. From there, there needs to be big bads or baddies that meet our crew from time to time. One two our movie is not enough to set up a villain let alone make it a compelling one. Kahn works because we saw him on tv during the Space Seed episode and then many years later on the big screen. The new Kahn failed to prove anything compelling because there was no history. The new movie needs to be about what is the new universe is about and set it up like the Marvel Cinematic Universe; it can be done. We just need another Great Bird of the Galaxy to make it happen!

 There was some heartening news over the holidays for those of us who are longtime Star Trek fans. And there was some alarming news, none of which has been mitigated since.

The next Star Trek film in the rebooted franchise now has a launch date in its 50th anniversary year of 2016. It opens on July 8th, which happens to be my birthday. But there are plenty of signs of disarray, with little evidence that the 50th anniversary of one of the biggest scifi cultural phenomenons of all time has much in the way of celebration in store. This stands in stark contrast to the recent 50th anniversaries of the James Bond and Doctor Who franchises.

Star Trek, the rebooted 2009 movie that presented the original series characters living in a new timeline, provided a great renewal for the franchise. With Trek reboot director J.J. Abrams off to his first love Star Wars after a promising and exciting first film and a maddening follow-up, and co-writer and producer of the 2009 and 2013 films Roberto Orci in and out of the director’s chair, the anniversary film finally has a director. It’s Justin Lin, from the Fast and Furious franchise.

via Star Trek’s Troubling 50th Anniversary | William Bradley.