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Star Trek Movie

Star Trek Movie

August, 2008

I sit down in  a  blessedly cool, environment destroying, AC’d movie theater.  Bush is president. The economy is not yet baby poop. The lights dim and the previews begin. (more…)

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The Origin of the Future.

The coolest entry in the X-Men Origins series.

The coolest entry in the "X-Men Origins" series.

The official title of the new X-men movie is “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” as if they will be doing a series of origin movies on the X-Men Characters.

Let’s face it, is anyone interested in seeing “X-Men Origins: Cyclops”?

Call a spade a spade: It’s all about Wolverine.

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As my  Battlestar Galactica retrospective continues, I’m struck by the difference in the way the two incarnations handled the character of Baltar.

In Glen Larson’s BSG, you have Baltar – the evil Quorum member who sells out the human race in return for total domination over his colony.  When the Imperious Leader “alters the deal” Baltar is given the opportunity to hunt down the remaining survivors of the colonies. His sole purpose becomes the destruction of the Battlestar Galactica and the ragtag fleet.

Ron Moore’s BSG offers Dr. Gaius Baltar – a superstar among the colonies who’s genius makes him beloved and respected by the colonials.  In listening to his pecker, he is beguiled by Number Six who unbeknownst to him is a Cylon.  He gives her access to the Colonial Defense Mainframe and unwittingly brings upon the destruction of the colonies.  Becoming a refugee along with everyone else, he remains on the Galactica and wrestles with his inner demons.  During his tenure aboard Galactica, Dr. Gaius Baltar bounces back and forth between aiding the human race and leading it to it’s doom. (more…)

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JLA Issue 31

JLA Issue 31

Hey, Eddie. I dig Shane Davis’ work, love the inks – kind of reminds me of the colors in Perez’ great books past. But I have to tell you that when a comic book crammed full of DC’s premiere superheroes crosses the editor’s desk, one of the jobs of the editor ought to be to check it for battles. If there aren’t any, the editor shakes his head, chomps his cigar, stomps down the hall to where the writer is trying to wash the ink stains off of his hands and with one or two condescending flourishes tells McDuffie to squeeze all that soap opera business into three panels and find some villains that the heroes can combat. The editor may choose to remind the writer that the Justice League of America includes Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman. Oh I know, “Final Crisis this and Penultimate Crisis that,” the writer replies. At this point, the editor rolls up a comic book and smacks the writer upside the head. “Let me worry about Didio (maybe he mispronounces that name for comic effect, I don’t know), ya hear me?! You get me some heroes behaving heroically, dammit!!!,” the editor bellows. BELLOWS. Mr. Berganza, you have to ask yourself, “WWPWD?” What would Perry White do?

By Space Commando.

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Ron Moores Battlestar Galactica aka GINO

Ron Moore's Battlestar Galactica aka GINO

This past Friday I had withdrawal symptoms.  It was week two of the Post-Battlestar Galactica world in which we now find ourselves.  Ron D. Moore’s reimagining of the 1978 series starring Lorne Greene has become one of my favorites television shows of all time.

And now it was over.

In addition, unlike it’s 20th century predecessor, we knew how it ended.  Even ABC’s abortive attempt to bring back the series with Galactica 1980 (Pause for groan) didn’t give fans the closure they sought.

BSG was really over this time. Yes, there is the prequel Caprica slated for sometime in the near future and something called The Plan (which sounds like the BSG version of Letters to Iwo Jima) set for this fall, but for all intents and purposes, the story which one might say began in 1978 ended two weeks ago.

So what’s a nerd to do? I did what any self-respecting geek would, I pulled out my box set of Battlestar Galactica – the complete epic series starring Lorne Greene, Richard Hatch and Dirk Benedict and settled in for some old school review.

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