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10 things Dr McCoy is not

Happy 50th Star Trek

Happy 50th Star Trek

Star Trek has been on our screens for 50 glorious years. I love Trek and have seen every episode of every series with the exception of most of Enterprise. Which is on Netflix and on my list as it apparently gets pretty good. Sorry Enterprise… For quite big chunk of my youth, there was only the original series with James T Kirk, Leonard “Bones” McCoy, Spock, Uhura, Chekov, Scotty and Sulu. Plus a variety of sexy ladies in mini-skirts and male canon-fodder in red shirts. Then there were the movies. I was about 15 when Next Generation came out and therefore about 17 when that started to get good.

I could go on and on about Star Trek but as someone who writes a science fiction website, it is predictable that I would love it. So I wanted to post something Star Trek related. I saw this clip entitled “10 things Dr Leonard McCoy is not” and thought I would jump on the celebratory bandwagon. Thanks to one of my favourite websites www.io9.com for the clip. Happy 50th Trek.

Firefly animated series trailer

Firefly the animated series

Firefly the animated series

I should start this post by stating that THIS IS NOT REAL. Sadly, there is no animated Firefly series in production. An artist called Stephen Byrne did it as a labour of love and to generally raise and dash the hopes of Firefly fans everywhere. Which is a shame as this trailer looks great and I want to see it.

I bloody love Firefly and still get annoyed when I see any show I don’t like that has gone to a second series. If it was made now, I suspect it would have survived as special effects are cheaper these days. I say that based on having no idea what I am talking about. If you haven’t seen the original series, unlikely if you are reading this, you are missing out on life.

This has been all over my social media feed but I feel that if enough people witter on about it, then maybe it will happen. Now watch the trailer, weep, then complain loudly all over the internet that it isn’t a thing. Enjoy.

Samuel L Jackson explains Game of Thrones

Samuel L Jackson, Game of Thrones. Together at last.

Samuel L Jackson, Game of Thrones. Together at last.

If you haven’t seen this already and are a Game of Thones fan, you really should, it is brilliant. If you haven’t seen GOT then you are missing out and should watch all  60 hours or so, then watch this.

This is basically Samuel L Jackson giving an expletive and spoiler-filled description of nearly everything that has happened so far in Game of Thrones. It is genius. There are huge gaps, which he briefly refers to, but it is a great clip and it isn’t really aimed at newbies anyway. Even though that is ostensibly what it is supposed to be.

Next I would like Mr Jackson to summarize the whole Harry Potter series. Oh, and Star Wars. This could be a whole new career for him – a one man ‘Honest Trailers’.

Here you go:

Westworld trailer looks incredible

Westworld (HBO TV series)

Westworld (HBO TV series)

I absolutely love the original Westworld movie so when I heard they were making a new one I was reasonably interested, although deep down was prepared for inevitable disappointment. I have since changed that opinion after learning about the incredible cast (Anthony Hopkins, Evan Rachel Wood, Tessa Thompson, and Ed Harris), budget (lots), people involved, and the fact that it will be on HBO. Also, it will be written by Jonathan Nolan, who is generally pretty reliable. There are also rumours that it will be pretty violent and very explicitly naughty. Go HBO!

Yul Brynner in the original

Yul Brynner in the original

Then I saw this Westworld trailer (it might be a teaser trailer, I have forgotten how you tell,) and am utterly sold and ludicrously excited. It looks incredible and it doesn’t even have Yul Brynner in it. If you haven’t seen the original Westworld, you really should, it’s a great movie. I just hope they include some of the other worlds in the show as they were pretty cool too. I am not counting the sequel as I can’t remember anything about it, so it is possibly suppressed for a reason.

After years of talk and possible cancellations, the series now has a confirmed release: October. Probably.

Anyway, I will nerdgasm in my own time. Here is the trailer:

 

New Star Trek in 2017

NewTrekThere has been no new Star Trek on TV for over a decade and frankly, look at the state of humanity right now. So there was great excitement when CBS announced that it has decided to make a Star Trek new series. Unfortunately, it will be an exclusive on the CBS All Access, so unless you have that service then I guess you are doomed and can’t watch it ever. (Although I’m sure humanity will find a way.)

In even better news, it isn’t related to the new Star Trek movies, which were fun but now have no planet Vulcan and if a character dies they can presumably now get some super blood and be ok. Also, TV Star Trek should be more cerebral – great scifi ideas and the odd bit of action. Not all action.

Bryan Fuller will be the showrunner – he used to write for DS9 and Voyager. In the writing chair, amongst others, will be Nicholas Meyer, who wrote Star Trek movies Wrath of Khan and Undiscovered Country, which were films 2 and 6 respectively. So single digit even numbers, which as all Trekkies know, equals good.

More info can be found here: www.startrek.com/news_articles

I can’t wait to find a way to watch this new series. Here is the teaser trailer. It shows bugger all but still got me excited. Trek!

Neil Gaiman to adapt TV version of ‘Good Omens’

imageExciting news! The other day at a memorial event for Terry Pratchett, Gaiman confirmed that he would be personally adapting the Good Omens novel, which he co-wrote in collaboration with Pratchett. Initially, he always said that he wouldn’t produce anything Good Omens related unless his long time friend Pratchett was involved – for example there was a recent radio adaptation featuring cameos from Gaiman and Pratchett.

But then, and this is really bloody touching, Terry Pratchett wrote a letter to be opened after his death, which asked Gaiman to personally write an adaptation for TV. At which point he agreed. Or as Gaiman said at the memorial event – “At that point, I think I said, ‘You bastard, yes.'” He also revealed that the Good Omens TV show would be a six parter.

By the way, if you haven’t read the book, you should. It’s brilliant. It’s about the end of the world and a demon and an angel team up to deal with the anti-christ. Who happens to be an English school-kid.

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Good Omens has long been the subject of attempts to bring it to the screen, big or small, but it finally looks like it might happen. In other purely Pratchett news, there may well be a film based on Mort – which is also superb and is basically a story about Death taking on an apprentice. Even more exciting and more vague and unlikely to happen, is a TV show based on the Watch. Which would be absolutely brilliant.

I love Gaiman and Pratchett and am very excited about seeing Good Omens. I have been putting it off but am finally reading ‘Raising Steam’. I feel sad to be reading one of the last Pratchett books ever and had been delaying it for weird psychological reasons. I have read every one of his books since his first book came out and it has been a yearly treat. Having said that, it has been 30 years since I started reading him, so maybe I have forgotten enough to go through them all again.

If you haven’t read Gaiman or Pratchett or Good Omens – you are in for a treat.

For more info on this awesome fantastic news, read a more informed Guardian article here.

Twilight Zone to return as BBC radio drama

Original Twilight Zone and Rod Serling

Original Twilight Zone and Rod Serling

‘You are about to enter another dimension, a dimension not only of sight and sound but of mind. A journey into a wondrous land of imagination. Next stop, the Twilight Zone!’

There are numerous versions of the above opening but they are all pretty similar and are all pretty damned awesome. I love the original black and white Rod Serling-helmed Twilight Zone. Maybe the newer ones were good – I never saw them – but the fact that channels like Syfy and streaming services like Netflix always play the original shows, makes me wonder if the newer ones might not be the best. I saw the 80s film and it was ok, as far as I remember, but certainly no better than watching several original episodes in a row.

Maybe I am just a fan of Rod Serling or maybe it was that the stories were written by some superb talents. Writers included Ray Bradbury, Richard Matheson, Charles Beaumont, Serling (obviously) and many more. There were also stories adapted from the brilliant tales of writers like John Collier, who wrote the superb short story collection ‘Fancies and Goodnights’, and Ambrose Bierce who is probably most famous for his ‘Devil’s Dictionary’ and also for a great story called ‘An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge’.

Which is my rather long winded way of introducing the first Twilight Zone radio play in a new series on the BBC. ‘An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge’ was first published in 1890 and is a non linear tale set during the American civil war. It was then a short silent film, and was then adapted to an ‘Alfred Hitchcock presents…’ episode, then a Cannes film festival and Academy award winning short film. It was this latter version that was then adapted for the Twilight Zone. It is a cracking tale and will be the first of a series of 10 adaptations that will air on BBC Radio 4 Extra.

I highly recommend Radio 4 Extra and I highly recommend the Twilight Zone. According to the Independent the new radio series will feature actors like Jane Seymour, Jim Caviezel, Michael York, Malcolm McDowell and Don Johnson. As you can tell, I am pretty damned excited about all this. I love “Golden Era” scifi stories with a twist in the tale and Rod Serling’s Carl Sagan-like voice is a superb start to any show and I am sure Stacey Keach, his replacement, will put in a pretty good effort.

The radio series starts in March and will will air on Saturday nights. Check BBC Radio 4 Extra for details.

 

Game of Thrones Season 6 teaser

Game of Thrones Season 6

Game of Thrones Season 6

I wouldn’t hold your breath for the next Game of Thrones book but the TV show seems pretty damned reliable. GOT season 6 will be here in April forcing me to make the horrible decision of whether to watch it episode by episode, or hide from the internet and spoilers for 10 weeks and binge it. I suspect the former as I am weak.

Frankly the teaser it reveals next to nothing except that Games of Thrones is going to be bleak and full of death. Which isn’t much of a reveal. Still, it got me excited. Enjoy.