After what seems like years… oh wait it literally has been years. Well then – after years of stagnation it appears that SyFy will actually deliver on the promise of a BSG spin off. Battlestar Galactica: Blood And Chrome” chronicles the adventures of (a much younger) William Adama during the first cylon war. It was rumored that the series was relegated to a series of webisodes. If you remember the 10 part web tie-in that ran alongside Battlestar galactica then you probably didn’t have high hopes for Blood and Chrome. Fortunately Machinima will air Blood and Chrome. Machinima has been delivering very high quality series of web programs. If previous examples of Machinima productions are any indication (“Mortal Kombat: Legacy” and “Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn”) then BSG is in capable hands.
Do I really need to remind you to go out on vote on November 6? Do you really need encouragement to get out your designated polling place and exert political force? I’ve heard so many people say that they don’t vote and therefore “they are not part of the problem.” If you have adopted this mentality then I regret to inform you that you are in fact the problem. Sometimes people will make defeatist statements such as “I don’t believe in the system; my vote doesn’t really count”. It s exactly that sentiment that the forces of greed and corruption are counting on. If you choose not to vote then you supplicated the very institution that seeks to nullify your voice.
When you vote you are exercising political authority; you are using force …
Figuring things out for yourself is practically the only freedom anyone really has nowadays. Use that freedom.
Now report to the polls citizen and exercise some political force.
Fringe Season 5, Episode 5: An Origin Story. The resistance movement captures an Observer. Peter formulates a plan to destroy a time corridor used by the Observers while Olivia mourns for their daughter, Etta.
These last episodes of Fringe are really intense. Who expected Etta to die after only four episodes? In the aftermath of her death we see peter an Olivia drifting apart as they each deal with the pain which comes from the loss of a child. Olivia is introspective and attempts to escape her pain. She keeps her self occupied by helping Astrid with the decryption the observer language, Peter on the other hand has no interest in escapism. He needs a more actionable outlet… he needs revenge.
We’ve known for some time that Peter has a certain capacity for doing the unspeakable since he began hunting and killing shape-shifters in “Reciprocity” (season 3 episode 11). That he might torture or kill the captured observer to get the information he needs is not unexpected. But I can’t help but draw parallels between Fringe and the Matrix now that Peter has implanted the observer technology into his own body. In the teaser for the next episode we see that peter moves like an observer when fighting the observers; in much the same way that Neo moved like an agent during the rooftop fight scene in “The Matrix”. If this episode of Fringe is “An Origin Story”, is it the origin of Peter as “the one”?
Because you asked: Where did the “resist” posters come from?
Readers have been asking where the subway posters featuring an image of Henrietta and the word resist came from. Anil (one of Etta’s fellow resistance fighters) assured Olivia that “Etta was very important to the Resistance; more important than you can imagine.” It seems likely that members of the resistance have adopted Etta as the symbol of their struggle against the observers. The resistance needed a counter message to the loyalist “ordered future” and “obey” propaganda. Etta embodied their message as someone who died for the cause despite being a agent of fringe division. (Fringe division was charged with policing the native human population after the observer invasion.)
Fringe season 5 episode 4 “The bullet that saved the world”
No matter how bad your week may have been (mine was quite bad so I can sympathize) Fringe Friday always makes it better. This intense episode sees the Fringe team causing some mayhem for the observers.SciFi Mafia has some Fringe video clips and more for you. Here’s a Walter bishop quote from the episode teaser:
“There was a time when we solved fringe cases… Its time we created a few of our own.”
Wasn’t it awesome to see the fringe team using some materials from old fringe cases in the fight against the observers? The chemical agent from “Ability” (season 1, episode 14) was a good choice but personally I was hoping they would opt for the blue powder from the episode “concentrate and ask again” (season 3, episode 12), a biological weapon which dissolved the skeleton of its victims.
Do you remember Westworld? I’m betting that you don’t because most of you don’t even remember rotary telephones. Rotary phones… You are aware that those existed right? There was a time before phones had buttons. Just like now is the time before evil robots overthrow the human race. It’s going to happen just you wait and see, one of these days robots are going to get sick of taking our crap.
Westworld is a 1973 action drama depicting a “high tech” resort (which naturally caters to rich white people) offering adventure simulation packages; allowing guests to explore one of three historically themed environments. Participants had a choice of Ancient Rome, Medieval Europe, and the American West. Each environment was populated by robotic citizens programmed to offer guests an enveloping experience complete with all the thrills you might imagine relevant to their choice of historical environment. Of course, some amount of danger was mitigated by the safety protocols put in place by the programmers to prevent anything truly unfortunate from happening.
I thought there were more hard-core Judge Dredd fans out there who would flock to any film adaptation; no matter how flawed, as long as Sylvester Stallone was not involved. But Dredd 3D seems to have come and gone with little fanfare. I can’t believe I just said fanfare. But I was wrong . nobody gave Dredd a chance.
Yes, its true that “Dredd 3D” was still a departure from the 2000 A.D. Comics. That shouldn’t stop you from giving it a chance. It’s a fun movie even if it’s not a literal translation. Sometimes what works in print just doesn’t translate to the screen. For example costume and wardrobe design was really good this time around. The Judges’ gear looked more like a S.W.A.T team’s kit and less like the often outlandish gear depicted in the comics. If the film were 100% true to the comic we would be right back to leotards, giant shoulder guard eagles, and possibly even thigh-high bright green boots. That’s not very far from the Sylvester Stallone “Judge Dredd”.
Karl Urban delivered a very dry and almost soulless Judge Dredd which is expected but perhaps overdone to comedic result. Judge Anderson (Olivia Thirlby) offers a different take on Psi-Judge Anderson but it works on some kind of “girl interrupted” level. All I can say about Ma-Ma is that Lena Headey should play a villain more often because her go as Sarah Connor was a fail.
What Dredd 3D really lacked was any meaningful context for the insanity of life in the Mega-City 1 (not to mention what’s left of the rest of the wold). Maybe a more colorful view of the post apocalyptic world would have interested more fans. On a positive note, this leaves a massive amount of material for a sequel, if the meager box office returns from this film can entice the studio to make another one.
Do yourself a favor: when Dredd comes to Blu-Ray, DVD, Netflix or Amazon Instant Video (That’s how I roll) check it out. It’s a good time shoot-em-up with tons of action.
Last night we had the opportunity to see a midnight showing of the new film “The Hunger Games” based on the novel of the same name by Suzanne Collins.
The Hunger Games was a good movie, as far as movie adaptations of novels go. It certainly suffered some loss of fidelity during the translation from page to screen but that is what you expect. Worth the price of admision? If you’re a fan of the books it is definitely worth your time to see how someone else imagined the world of Panem and the 12 districts. Other than that, wait for the DVD/Blu-Ray.
Yes, take a moment to let this sink in – Katee Sackhoff is finally back in front of the camera, This time as a mercenary named Dahl in the next chapter of the Chronicles of Riddick.
I really hope the writing staff is a little more creative this time around. I really hate to think of Starbuck romping around the cliche universe described in the last film. Remember the hot ass prison world; where all life was incinerated on the daylight side of the planet? Yeah, it was called “crematoria”. Really? That’s pretty original.
That would be almost as good as having antagonists that were some kind of weird death cult with the ironically obvious name “necro mongers”. Oh wait ,they did that too.
The latest trailer for Ridley Scott’s Prometheus was released on Saturday and it is Intense! There is also a UK trailer that’s a little less action packed, but also less choppy.
I have been eagerly anticipating ‘Prometheus’ for the past two years. Wondering, like so many fans, about the connection between this epic new film and the 1979 classic ‘ALIEN’.
Ridley Scott had originally teased fans with his intent to make a prequel, but later recanted; saying that ‘Prometheus’ was an entirely new film. Perhaps that was some clever mis-direction on Mr. Scott’s part because as time passed between each stage in the film making process, he dropped subtle hints about the connection between the films. From early negotiations where it seemed like Ridley might not even direct the project, through pre-production and principal photography; Scott said that the ‘Alien DNA’ would be evident in this new film, but it was not a direct Alien prequel. Most recently in post production and marketing we’ve seen huge links to the ‘Alien’ universe.
Yes they find Emmet Cole. He was in some kind of cocoon this whole time. A COCOON! are you serious? Whatever. You know what you do when something boring or stupid weakens your plot-line? You add zombies. I said ZOMBIES. That’s the second time I’ve had to repeat myself; pay attention. So, call then what you will… but nothing recovers from a weak plot point faster than the undead.
Emmet spent months searching the rain forest for an ancient tribe who believed themselves to be angels. Do you know how ardently they believed this angel business? Members of the tribe have distinctive scars on their backs where they symbolically cut of their wings. You know… because they were angels.
last episode we learned that after collapsing in the rain forest, Emmet was delivered to some kind of research facility by the very tribe he had been searching for. Oh the irony. Tess and the crew of the Magus followed clues on Emmet’s video diary to find the facility but some serious shit had gone down there. The scientists thought they could isolate a gene sequence from the local tribe and turn it into a cure for cancer. Well as luck would have it, it doesn’t cure cancer. it turns people in zombies.
What about German Kurt and his giant ass satellite phone? Turns out he’s been dialing local. Kurt’s sex kitten fiancé has been posing as a security consultant inside the research center. When the researchers find the gene sequence they’ve been searching for she shoots up the laboratory because “she cannot allow their research to leave this place”. She goes all FPS Russia on the research scientists and inadvertently unleashes the a localized zombie apocalypse.
The River is almost over. you better watch the finale. You better leave a comment. You better not hide from zombies in a gross-ass, slimy cocoon.