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The Story: “Dreadstar” by Jim Starlin — Marvel Comics, First Comics and Bravura
What It's About: Vanth Dreadstar, a haunted, seemingly immortal warrior and the lone survivor of the Milky Way galaxy, loses his chance for peace when his wife is killed in a senseless attack. In response, Dreadstar assembles his crew — a cyborg sorcerer by the name of Syzygy Darklock, a catman called Oedi and Willow, a blind cybernetic telepath — to seek revenge and to find a way to end a 200 year interstellar war between two corrupt empires: the Church of The Instrumentality and the Monarchy.
Why It Works: With one of the first creator-owned comics published by Marvel, Starlin used to the opportunity to take chances and send the story in unexpected directions. Dreadstar and company pick a side in the war that is ultimately the losing faction, making them fugitives in the new regime. Not only were the heroes allowed to lose, »
- Blair Marnell
If you're wanting to start the decade off with a little TV on DVD, then January 5th is the date for you. Three great new seasons of great shows are hitting shelves on Tuesday, and they're worth a look.
First up is season one of Battlestar Galactica. Yes, it's already out on DVD, but this release is Blu-Ray. It's marketing on Amazon for $62.99, and it should be worth every penny for fans of Starbuck and Adama. After all, who wouldn't want to see the ships and aliens of Battlestar in brilliant high-definition? The set carries four Blu-Ray discs, and can hopefully complete your Blu-Ray Battlestar collection, since The Plan and Season 4.5 are already available on Blu-Ray.
Next up is Chuck's second season, available in both DVD and Blu-Ray formats. The DVD is selling on Amazon for $38.99, but the Blu-Ray is only selling for $47.99, only nine dollars higher. The six-disc set »
- Sam McPherson
Wondering why I didn't compile a best of the decade list on Televisionary? Head over to The Daily Beast, where you can find my latest feature, "23 Shows That Changed Television," which looks at the cultural impact (both good and ill) of 23 series that launched this decade. Those influential series include American Idol, Lost, Survivor, The Wire, Mad Men, Weeds, Big Love, Arrested Development, The Osbournes, True Blood, Laguna Beach, Family Guy and Battlestar Galactica. And if you're wondering why some of your favorites got left off, it's because each of the series had to have premiered after January 1st, 2000 in order to be included in the list. Which negated the inclusion of such influential series from the late 1990s, such as The Sopranos, Sex and the City, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, The West Wing, and South Park, to name a few. Head over to the comments section to »
Two years ago it was widely reported that a feature film version of 24 was in the works, set to go into production as soon as the series completed its run…whenever that was. Many thought that the show had already perpetuated far too much of a good thing beyond its second season, and that it wouldn't translate well to the big screen without being forced to jettison the ticking clock gimmick that had made the series so successful. In other words, a bit of a catch 22.
Regardless of how you may feel about the idea, it's apparently still alive. According to Kiefer Sutherland, the cast and writers of 24 are determined to make a feature film version of the series. Speaking with The Press Association during a break in filming the Fox series, Sutherland joked, "We've been perpetuating the rumor for years!"
And still are, apparently. The actor added that if a film version is confirmed, »
Sure, the heroes of "Human Target" don't boast any superpowers to speak of — unless you count Christopher Chance's uncanny knack for attracting trouble — but the upcoming Fox television series is still going to be one of the most prominent comic book projects on television in 2010.
The series premiere date of January 17, 2010 is just a few short weeks away, and Fox is understandably rolling out a promotion campaign for "Human Target," which is based on the DC Comics title of the same name. Part of that agenda includes a new photo gallery on Target419.
Mark Valley stars in "Human Target" as Christopher Chance, a work-for-hire security contractor that takes on the dangerous task of protecting clients from would-be assassins. His strategy is simple but deadly — lure the assassin's attention away from the intended victim and onto himself, thereby becoming a "human target."
Chance is assisted by his colleagues Winston and Guerrero, »
- Josh Wigler
Mixing the Old West and zombies has never received a decent translation yet (maybe once Wesley Snipes' Gallowwalker comes out, but probably not), but it can have a life in comic books. Rotten, written by Seattle Times columnist Mark Rahner and Robert Horton, and drawn by Dan Dougherty, and, according to Rahner, also has an edgy, current-events side along with the zombie-killing.
We're going back to basics, in one sense. A lot of stuff pisses me off, and I think it makes good fodder for edgy stories in a fantasy setting. George Romero's commentary was inseparable from his flesh-eaters, Battlestar Galactica was great at reflecting current events in a nervy way and Rod Serling is on my Mt. Rushmore of heroes. I love zombie stuff, but don't understand why so much of it really isn't about anything. Especially when there's so much heinous material that presents itself in real life these days. »
Aliens do not always have to arrive at Earth with the sole intention of conquering and enslaving mankind. Steven Spielberg's Et: The Extraterrestrial taught us this by presenting aliens in need of our help to survive, forging a sympathetic rather than apathetic response to their surprise presence on our world.
Another memorable departure from traditional alien invasion films that makes for an incredible Blu-ray Disc experience is South African filmmaker Neill Blomkamp's District 9. One step into its world reveals a beautifully disgusting refuge wasteland where over a million 7-foot tall aliens, derogatorily nicknamed "Prawns" for resembling walking grasshoppers with wiggly worm mustaches, have become a burden on human resources. Without leadership or the means to move their massive spaceship away from hovering above Johannesburg they live in squalor, illegally interact with humans and resort to crime to obtain the necessities in life such as cat food. Why »
At the end of each year, it is popular to be inundated with top 10 lists of just about everything: the best television shows, the best actors, the best quotes, and just the best of the best. So rather than just compile a list of 10 shows or episodes that stood out from the pack in this past year, I instead opted to select one episode from each sci-fi television show that stood out and deserves special recognition from 2009. No matter how anyone felt about it, the "Battlestar Galactica" episode "Daybreak, Part 2" was a work of art. It was the epic episode everyone had been waiting for where Galactica and its crew mounted one last stand in order to rescue the child Hera from the clutches of the Cylons. The showdown was tense, nail-biting, painful and never more bittersweet than when »
Since we are rapidly putting this year, if not (technically) this decade to rest, what was your favorite Sf / Fantasy / Horror / Science-y / Game-y / Animated thing, happenstance, film or event of the year? Did you think District 9 was a cool reinvention of the Sf genre or overhyped mess?
What was your favorite book? Did you get taken in by Jim Butcher's latest Dresden Files title or were you holding out for the far more visible In Darkest Night comic series? How did Call Of Duty 2 play for you?
Let's hear your thoughts!
About a month ago I posted promo photos for the upcoming season 8 premiere of 24 (which is set to air over two nights on January 17th and January 18th). Fox has now released more, including shots with newcomer Freddie Prinze Jr. I don't mind Freddie, but I rarely see him in any dramatic (sorry, I Know What You Did Last Summer doesn't count), so I'm interested to see how he fares in 24.
Series Returns with Two-Hour Premiere Event Sunday, January 17, on Fox
Katee Sackhoff, Freddie Prinze Jr., Mykelti Williamson, John Boyd, Jennifer Westfeldt and Chris Diamantopoulos have joined the cast of 24 for the series’ eighth season. The Emmy Award-winning drama starring Kiefer Sutherland returns for its next astonishing day with a two-night, four-hour premiere beginning Sunday, Jan. 17 (9:00-11:00 Pm Et/Pt) on Fox.
Season Eight will unfold in New York City amidst the shadows of the Statue of Liberty and the United Nations. »
It's cold, it's snowy and there are no new episodes on the air. What better time to settle in with a new DVD box set?
The following shows/seasons will be released on DVD and/or Blu-ray in January 2010...
Battlestar Galactica: Season One Big Love: Season Three Chuck: Season Two ER: Season 12 The Simpsons: Season 20 Damages: Season Two (pictured) Defying Gravity: Season One (and only) Law & Order: Season Seven Weeds: Season Five Southland: Season One
- firstname.lastname@example.org (M.L. House)
Not too long ago, we ran a Bohemian Rhapsody parody starring The Muppets, and now we've come across another parody of the classic Queen song --- this time based on the Battlestar Galactica 'verse. It's a pretty hilarious lyrical spin on the series, and fans will find a lot to love. BSG virgins, and those still working through the show, should steer clear however. It's chock full of spoilers right up until the end of the series. The video was put together by Youtube user nnaylime, using music by The Great Luke Ski. Check it out below: While the vocals could use some work, the song's lyrics do a rather brilliant job of bringing BSG nerd fanaticism to the tune of Bohemian Rhapsody. I particularly enjoyed this bit: I see a little opera house inside my head. There were five, dressed in white, or perhaps it was Gandalf? Galen's gonna go nuts. »
- Devindra Hardawar
Here comes round no. 3 of favorite episodes. My esteemed colleagues Rick and Hanh have picked their favorites and they each took considerable time preparing their list. I laughed at that -- until I sat down to do mine and it became a four-days-long project.
Here were my personal parameters for the list: 1. Each show could only have one episode on the list. 2. I would not repeat my colleagues' choices, which was particularly hard with "Buffy" and "Veronica Mars," as my top picks have been spoken for. 3. A two-parter counts as one slot on my list. My list, my rules. 4. There was a limit of 10.
Why a limit? Because my initial list had 22 entries and I realized I was basically just listing my favorite shows and then picking good episodes. I had to be more disciplined! The 12 I took off (for a variety of reasons) became "honorable mentions" of a sort. »
I hate to say it, but I was late to the Battlestar Galactica party. I watched part of the mini series when it aired, but for some reason, didn’t pick it up when the series started.
I just recently watched the series in it’s entirety. Then I went back and watched it again from beginning to end on Blu Ray. And now, I’m watching it for a third time. It takes a lot for me to proclaim that a show is my favorite of all time. The only other show I’ve really done that with was the X-Files. I ended up having to retract that title after the fifth season.
But in all honesty, I can say that BSG is by far, my favorite show. On one hand I’m sad it’s ended but on the other I’m glad it did. They didn’t »
- Tracy Ladd
The last television DVDs of 2009 will hit shelves on December 29, 2009. While your wallets are probably still hurting from all that Christmas shopping, there are a couple of shows you might want to check out come Tuesday.And by a couple, we literally mean a couple. As in, two.
First up is the first season of United States of Tara. Even though the first season finale ended way back in April, the DVD is only coming out now, on the cusp of the new year. However, this show created by Diablo Cody (Juno) is critically acclaimed and certified hilarious. The series, which aired on Showtime, stars Toni Collette as a suburban housewife with multiple personalities. Season two, which is currently in production, will premiere on March 22, 2010. United States of Tara's DVD was release was possibly held back to coincide with the DVD release of Jennifer's Body, a flick also penned by Cody. »
- Sam McPherson
Director: James Cameron Writer: James Cameron Starring: Sam Worthington, Zoë Saldaña, Stephen Lang, Michelle Rodriguez, Giovanni Ribisi, Sigourney Weaver By now you have probably heard all about how Avatar is James Cameron’s first film since Titanic and the hefty sum it cost to produce; and the trailers all sufficiently represent the pure mind-numbing eye-candy spectacle that Avatar is (all of those critics who claim that Avatar looks unlike anything else they have ever seen are not lying). We find ourselves (almost literally – thanks to the Real 3-D technology) on Pandora – an alien moon on which humans have found wealthy (in more ways than one) reserves of an important mineral. The only thing standing between the humans and this mineral is the Na'vi (an indigenous species) and their magnificent habitat on this world. In an attempt to persuade the Na'vi to make room for the humans to start mining, the »
- Don Simpson
Ok, if you bought the "Caprica" DVD or watched the online streaming version of the "Caprica" pilot (which you can find by clicking here), then this shouldn't be too new for you.Daniel Graystone, played by Eric Stoltz, and Joseph Adama, played by Esai Morales, discuss the finer points on if you can be alive, even if you're no more than a series of ones and zeros.But that is a good point brought up by both sides. Could a soul be recreated from a machine, and if you were going to do that, what kind of consequences will there be? Of course, I think we already figured that out. Just watch Seasons 1, 2, 3 and 4 of "Battlestar Galactica."Anyway, be sure you catch the pilot to "Caprica" airing Jan. 22 beginning at 9 p.m. Et on Syfy. if (typeof(companion_gnm_ord)=='undefined') companion_gnm_ord=Math.random()*10000000000000000; »
Capcom seems to really like the package they put together for "Mega Man 9" and "Mega Man 10," going as far as to design retro box art for their digitally released 8-bit sidescrollers. They've also gone as far as to make an 8-bit DSiware spin-off title based on their upcoming game "Dark Void." "Dark Void Zero" will feature an elaborately concocted fictional history about how it helped inspire "Dark Void," as well as a punchy soundtrack composed by Bear McCreary of "Battlestar Galactica" fame.
"You play Rusty, the first human born in the Void, who must take on the Watchers in a quest to stop their domination of Earth," according to the Capcom Unity blog. "With the aid of Nikola Tesla, and his state-of-the-art rocket pack, Rusty must take down the Watchers and their minions across three intense levels of action and intrigue." Capcom are billing "Dark Void Zero" as a remake »
- Brian Warmoth
Tonight the crew of the Antares bow out, their bold mission brought to an end not by the many dangers of outer space, but by the more mundane earthbound economics of Us network television. What was to be a six-year mission – a tour around the solar system – only makes it as far as Venus. But Defying Gravity does go out in style, which for those who stuck with it, is some small compensation.
When the first episodes hit television screens, initial reactions to the show were largely negative – partly, I'd wager, because Defying Gravity had been described as Grey's Anatomy in space. The first two words were even almost enough to put a diehard science fiction fan like me off – although fortunately, the "in »
- Phelim O'Neill
Some people still may not like the new "Stargate: Universe" on Syfy, but they're still watching it. On their DVRs that is. The show, centered around the Ancient-built Destiny which stops randomly at different stargates around the galaxy, has been jumping nearly 47 percent in its audience when DVR numbers are added each week, bringing its total average viewership to 2.6 million. That ranks it No. 5 among the shows with the biggest timeshifted boosts. Sgu has come under quite a bit of scrutiny by fans of the original two Stargate series, but has attracted a somewhat new audience, possibly picking up some of Syfy's "Battlestar Galactica" fans that have been looking around for a new space-based show to hold their attention. Speaking of Adama and the Ragtag Fleet, Syfy's other juggernaut, »
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