Metropolis: Smallville the Movie??

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Caught an enticing rumor for Smallville fans on the Ain’t it Cool webpage today. Take it with a grain of salt as it comes from an unconfirmed source but reportedly they spotted a sign being prepped for next month’s San Diego Comic-Con presentation that reads:

On black, with crimson/red text in the same font lettering that Smallville uses, and a transparent grey Superman "S" watermark behind the text:

METROPOLIS

CHRISTMAS 2010

Then at the bottom is a banner advertising the Smallville presentation, with the time/place (can’t remember)

AIC reports that they are withholding for the moment further details that seem to lend this story some credence, also suggesting that this is a movie length project and not a spin-off series. Christmas 2010 makes sense for a TV movie finale, as the series is expected to conclude it’s 9th and presumably final season in May of that year. While the site poses the question whether or not this may be a big screen feature, that seems doubtful as it would most likely confuse general audiences not familiar with the show, especially with Warner’s unsure stance on the film franchise since the lukewarm reception of Superman Returns.

Despite that within the last couple seasons the show has become more of a guilty pleasure,  I would be very fired up to see this! I have a real soft spot for Smallville and it deserves one hell of a blow out send off. I’m sure fans would love Michael Rosenbaum to return as Lex Luthor and see years of tension, teasing and build up finally pay off in an epic showdown with the Man of Steel, tights and flights and all!

Tom Welling as Superman fan art by Carlo Pagulayan

Feast Your Eyes Upon The Maxx!!!

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Long before doggedly faithful page to screen comic adaptations like Sin City and Watchmen, there was one little show on MTV that set the bar. Way back in 1995, The Maxx debuted as part of the short lived MTV’s Oddities series. Based on the comic written and illustrated by the brilliant Sam Kieth, it was nearly an exact panel for panel, word for word translation, complete with Kieth’s incredibly distinctive drawing style. Not to mention the voiceover work, which was so spot on perfect I have not been able to read the comic without hearing them in my head since.

The Maxx has always held a special place in my heart which only deepens with each revisit. It is a story so mind-bending and surreal yet simultaneously very grounded and touching. Until now it was only able to be seen in the badly edited for time VHS released in ‘96 or grainy home recorded bootlegs floating around online, so I am thrilled to see that MTV is now streaming the entire series right here for free! It’s fantastic to see it again in such crisp and clear quality and I can only hope this will lead to an eventual full DVD/Bluray release!

The Maxx Intro

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No Villain for Star Trek Sequel? I Vote Yes!

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Caught a bit of news today on the geektastic site io9.com that got my Vulcan ears perked up! Apparently in a recent interview with Collider, Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman, the writers behind this summer’s Trek reboot are entertaining a couple different notions in regards to the upcoming sequel, namely..

the exploration sci-fi plot where the unknown and nature itself is somehow an adversary or the villain model

I really hope they go with the former idea! I’m a fairly recent Star Trek fan and what impressed me the most with both the first film and the fourth was that there was no real villain. Don’t get me wrong, I love a good age old struggle between good and evil and all the entertaining violence that ensues as much as the next guy. I was always more of a Star Wars kinda guy after all. However, I found one of the most unique and inspiring elements that Star Trek had to offer was the notion that their adventure and struggle comes out of being challenged by something larger than themselves that they don’t understand rather than just duking it out with some madman set on revenge or galactic domination.

The purest intent of Star Trek is to stand as a shining beacon for what humanity could accomplish. Rather than a dystopian warning, it presents to us the possibilities of a vibrant golden age. So instead of continuing to espouse a universe where beings are still locked into a kill or be killed battle for survival, I think the best way to fulfill that legacy would be to inspire audiences with the thrilling and mind-blowing challenges of exploring the mysteries that lie in the fringes and frontiers of space and consciousness itself!

Now that is a future worth aspiring to!

12 Minutes of Ronald D. Moore’s Virtuality!

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Sci-Fi Mastermind Ronald D. Moore

Ronald D. Moore, the man who gave us arguably the greatest sci-fi series ever when he reinvented Battlestar Galactica is bringing a new deep space saga to the small screen with Virtuality. The 2 hour backdoor pilot is set to air this Friday, June 26th on Fox. Yes, the network that canned beloved geek TV like Firefly and Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles is going to torture us again by getting us hooked on a show almost certain to never be resolved. But damnit, optimist that I am, I am still going to get excited!

The potential series follows the 12 men and women aboard the Phaeton, an interstellar space-craft set on a 10 year expedition to a distant star system. To maintain sanity under such confined conditions each member is granted their own hi-tech virtual reality headset so they can escape to any environment of their choosing. However, mysterious glitches in the system begin to arouse suspicion. Particularly with the involvement of a reality TV show that is broadcasting their journey back on Earth.

Check out this new 12 minute preview!

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Ron Moore has certainly earned my utter blind faith so I jumpin’ right on board! I am really interested to see how this concept develops. I dig the juxtaposition of a tense claustrophobic space mission with the endless expanse of virtual reality. Talk about havin’ your nerd cake and eatin’ it too.

It’s going to be up to us whether this becomes a series or not so be sure to tune in this Friday the 26th and make sure Fox knows if you want more Moore!

Mastodon: A Space Odyssey

Hot damn I love this band! I have never made a music related post before but I deemed this glorious new Mastodon video to be of considerable geek interest.

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The video intercuts footage of the band playing amidst a crumbling apocalypse with all of them engaged elsewhere on a mysterious space station mission, one after the other losing themselves to euphoric space madness!

For those unfamiliar, the recent Mastodon album Crack The Skye tells the story of a young paraplegic who finds freedom in astral projection only to be severed from his body when he travels too close to the sun. He is then guided by spirits through a wormhole to merge into the body of the soon to be murdered Rasputin, so that upon death the wise soul could then guide the young boy’s spirit back to his body. Of course what metal album would be complete without a final run in with the Devil before all is said and done?

If that doesn’t light your neurons on fire I just don’t know you as well as I thought I did. Buy this monstrous metaphysical metal masterpiece here!

The Pros and Cons of Cylons

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Science fiction and reality collide Friday, June 12th, at the World Science Festival in New York when Michael Hogan (Colonel Saul Tigh) and Mary McDonnell (President Laura Roslyn) of Battlestar Galactica take the stage alongside a few of the leading minds in robotics to discuss some of the scientific, philosophical, and ethical implications of a coming age where super intelligent computers and cybernetic human enhancements may become standards of living.

From discussing human rights with the United Nations to now the future of robotics at the World Science Festival, it is absolutely thrilling and inspiring to see that Battlestar Galactica has been so embraced by the world at large as perhaps the epitome of what science fiction could and should be. Not just providing some exciting escapist fantasy but truly holding up a mirror to society and providing a cautionary tale that we can learn and grow from.

For anyone wishing to attend, it is being held at the 92st Y in Manhattan and you can obtain tickets by clicking here

Oh yea, just in case you nerds need any further reasons to go, there will also be sneak previews for the awaited TV movie prequel to the series, Battlestar Galactica: The Plan!

Be at Peace Grasshopper

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Today we mourn the loss of a legend. David Carradine is loved and remembered fondly by many as the wandering shaolin monk Kwai Chang Caine in the 70’s television series Kung Fu. My first introduction to him however was in the 90’s update Kung Fu: The Legend Continues, which I watched avidly as high kicking, martial arts obsessed little boy.

We can thank Quentin Tarantino for his resurgence in popular culture with Samuel Jackson’s famous line from Pulp Fiction “I’m just gonna walk the earth… you know like Caine in Kung Fu” and of course none of us can forget his bad ass portrayal of the titular Bill in the kung fu revenge epic Kill Bill. In his honor, here is a memorable speech from that film that put a big smile on the face of comic book geeks everywhere.

Thank you for your sweet and warming presence in this world Mr. Carradine. I take comfort knowing that today you merely shed your alter ego and remembered you were Superman.