Cross The Streams With Gattaca, The 100, And An Icky STD

Has the March Madness kicked in for any readers? Or does it make you crazy in a different kind of way? Know what I mean? That’s my schtick for this week. Hope you enjoyed it. There aren’t a lot of top quality choices like there were last week, but we make do, especially when Gattaca is back on Netflix. Here’s what’s new in streaming science fiction.

gattacaGattaca (Netflix Instant)
Easily the best film of Andrew Niccol’s career so far — his upcoming reteaming with Ethan Hawke for the drone thriller Good Kill sounds intriguing — Gattaca is just about as good as sci-fi gets, with a depressingly prescient story of genetic perfection performed impeccably by Hawke and Uma Thurman. (As well the rest of this packed cast.) Niccol and cinematographer Slawomir Idziak’s visuals still feel fresh today, and science is getting closer to making eugenics a disturbing reality, which means future generations may indeed see a Vincent Freeman rise up…or sit down in a wheelchair, as it were.


The Walking Dead Images Tease The Season’s Final Two Episodes

The Walking DeadTonight, AMC will air the penultimate episode of The Walking Dead‘s fourth season. Last week’s episode “The Grove” took one of the show’s darkest turns yet, so there’s no telling what the final two episodes hold in store.

The back half of season four has been leading everyone to the Terminus, or the end of the line. Every character that survived the prison in the beginning half of season four has been following the railroad tracks toward promises of a shelter and a better life. Considering that this is The Walking Dead, it’s likely that we’re going to see more main characters die before all is said and done. Tonight’s “Us” will follow three different groups: Glenn, Tara, Abraham, Rosita, and Eugene; Daryl and his new group of shady characters; and Rick, Carl, and Michonne. Here’s the brief plot synopsis from AMC:

Faith becomes a survival tool for some fighting to stay alive.


Doctor Who Fans Get Crafty With Time Lord Portraits And A Hand-Made Sonic Screwdriver Box

DescentScience fiction fans are a crafty and creative sort, paying tribute to their favorite fictional universes with everything from fan fiction to short films to stunning artwork. Well, we’ve got two new contestants for the Doctor Who Arts & Crafts Fair that I’m sure somebody is running out there somewhere: some lovely painted portraits of everybody’s favorite time lord, as well as the only sonic screwdriver case you’ll ever need.

First up, artist James Hance has turned his talent toward rendering colorful, evocative painted portraits of the Doctor — specifically the modern incarnations beginning with Christopher Eccleston’s Ninth Doctor. What I love about these is that not only are they great work in and of themselves, but that they also capture some of the show’s most powerful and emotional moments, often given equally tear-jerking titles, such as “My Sarah Jane”…


Jem And The Holograms Movie In The Works

jem and the holograms“Truly Outrageous!” With the success of the Transformers and G.I. Joe movie franchises, Hasbro is looking to develop movies based on their other popular toy lines. On deck next is a movie adaptation of Jem and the Holograms, but it’s coming from an unlikely group of filmmakers.

According to Deadline, director Jon M. Chu has announced that he will be helming the live-action adaptation of the popular ’80s toy line and cartoon that combined rock and roll and science fiction. Along with Chu, Jason Blum from Blumhouse Productions and media mogul Scooter Braun will also produce the film, while screenwriter Ryan Landels will write the script.

My only concern is that Jem and the Holograms creator Christy Marx was not asked to participate in the new film. Considering it’s a property geared towards the female audience, it would be nice for a woman to be part of the creative process, especially if that woman is the show’s creator. From Marx’s Facebook page:


Science Fiction-Inspired Lipbalms Will Increase Your Geek Cred

sci fi chapstickI’m addicted to Chapstick. There, I said it. It feels good. Acceptance is the first step, right? I don’t even know how it started — I can’t remember a time when I didn’t have a tube of chapstick in my pocket, and my purse, and my desk, and a couple back-up tubes just in case. If I realize I’ve left the house without one, I can’t stop thinking about it until I go buy one. If I see someone apply chapstick, I have to do it too. For Christmas one year, my mom gave me an economy-sized box of ChapStick from Sam’s Club — 40 tubes of the regular flavor and 40 of cherry. At the time, I thought they’d last me forever, especially because ChapStick brand isn’t my favorite, but I actually used them all. At least I’ve matured to better quality chapsticks — you know, the kind that are ridiculously expensive but smell, taste, and feel so good that you just don’t care? I’m always on the lookout for new flavors and brands (have I mentioned I’m an addict?), so imagine my delight when I found sci-fi inspired lip balm on Etsy.


Not Just Pigs In Space: The Muppets’ Most Sci-Fi Moments

star wars muppet showWhile this weekend’s box office will no doubt be dominated by Neil Burger’s YA dystopian thriller Divergent, the second-biggest opening will be James Bobin’s sequel Muppets Most Wanted, hands down. (Or, technically, hands up inside a Muppet.) And while that film’s plot revolves around mistaken identities and criminal elements, we thought it would be a good time to reflect on just how sci-fi-friendly the Muppets have been over the years. How is there not an asteroid named after Jim Henson yet?

It would be extremely difficult to go back into all of the Muppet iterations to find every single science fiction reference made, so we won’t be talking about the serialized “Trash Gordon” segments of Sesame Street, the Henson puppets in Farscape, or the multitude of alien characters that have populated Henson’s works over the years. These entries are more specific in their nature and were, admittedly, a lot of fun to relive while putting this story together. The Muppets, much like the best sci-fi, are absolutely timeless.