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Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome Premieres November 9th As A Web Series

Well, it’s not the full-scale TV resurrection we were all hoping for, but at least we will finally get to see it: Syfy has announced that the Battlestar Galactica prequel spinoff, Blood & Chrome, will premiere this Friday, November 9th, as a web series. So now if your guy doesn’t win the presidential election tomorrow, you’ll have something to take your mind off the impending apocalyptic collapse of our nation.

Set during the first Cylon war, Blood & Chrome follows a young William Adama, who enters the war as a Viper pilot. The web series will premiere its 10 episodes on Machinima, with each installment clocking in at between 7 and 12 minutes. If you’d prefer to check it out in a non-internet fashion, Blood & Chrome will air on Syfy in 2013, and will also be available as an unrated DVD release sometime thereafter. But never mind all that now, let’s watch an incredibly awesome new trailer:

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Nerve-Connected Prosthetic Leg Responds To Wearer’s Thoughts

A medical breakthrough, years in the making, is now one step closer to coming to fruition, in the form of bionic prosthetics that wearers can control with their thoughts.

Zac Vawter tests his bionic leg.

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Firefly Celebrates Its Tenth Anniversary This Week In Science Fiction

Firefly 10th Anniversary Special: Browncoats Unite
Science Channel, Sunday Night at 10/9c

It’s hard to believe it’s been 10 years since we were introduced to the odd and unforgettable world of Joss Whedon’s Firefly. While its airing on the Fox network was more or less an inevitable death sentence, the show’s 14 episodes earned a die-hard fanbase just as devoted as any gathering of Star Wars or Star Trek fans. And what a strange trip it has been since then, with Firefly getting a movie no one would have expected and surviving via occasional comics and the fond memories of Browncoats everywhere. In the aftermath of his Avengers movie making $1.5 billion worldwide, Joss Whedon has been catapulted straight to Hollywood’s A-list, a strange thought for those of us who have been following him since the early days of Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

Will Joss’ newfound Hollywood clout bring about the Firefly resurrection fans have been dreaming of for a decade? While we’re waiting for that question to be answered, Firefly fans have one more reason to celebrate their beloved and short-lived trip through the ‘verse: this Sunday night the Science Channel will air the Firefly 10th Anniversary Special. For those of us who weren’t at San Diego Comic-Con this past summer, it’s our chance to finally see the cast and creators together again, talking about their love of the show, the devotion of the fans, and what it’s all meant to their lives and careers. And whether we eventually get more Firefly or not, let’s be thankful that, even 10 years later, Firefly is such a huge part of the landscape of fandom that it actually merits a 10th anniversary special. Shiny.

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Joshua Jackson Calls Fringe Finale Necessary

The series finale of Fringe will hit the airwaves on January 18, 2013, with an epic two-hour send off that is sure to blow some minds, cause some tears, and end in some way that you didn’t see coming. So far the fifth and final season has gone to places that you wouldn’t expect. Instead of resting on their laurels in the present, the Fringe team has been transported to a totalitarian future. They’ve killed off important characters, staged tearful reunions, gone to dark places, and generally thrown in a whole bunch of twists and turns.

And this mayhem has all been over the course of five episodes. You can bet the show will continue to push to the limit in the remaining eight.

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Neil DeGrasse Tyson’s StarTalk Becomes A Web Series

Any way you look at it, Neil deGrasse Tyson is pretty damn great. Not only is he a respected astrophysicist, but he’s also something of a pop culture junkie. That is so many kinds of nerdy wrapped up in one. Many of us enjoy it when he comes out and calls bullshit on various sci-fi properties, pointing out just how flawed the science and logic of some films and shows really are. While this could become tedious and pretentious (these are works of fiction we’re talking about, after all, there needs to be some suspension of disbelief), he does it in an engaging, entertaining way.

His science-themed radio show, StarTalkRadio, is a fun blend of science, culture, and opinion. Now you can watch the program on the new StarTalk web series. It’s a blast to see Tyson interact and banter back and forth with his guests, a mixture of scientists as well as actors, comedians, and people from the entertainment world. Check out this episode with astronaut Mike Massimino, John Hodgman, Kristen Schaal, and Eugene Mirman throwing in jokes and random asides.

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Will Matthew Vaughn Direct Star Wars Episode VII?

Let the rumors begin! After the announcement of Disney acquiring LucasFilm and the promise of Star Wars: Episode VII just over the horizon in 2015, many industry insiders and pundits have been speculating about who would direct the first Star Wars film in 10 years. The most substantial rumor out there so far: that director Matthew Vaughn will helm the new Star Wars.

According to Collider.com, Matthew Vaughn is currently in talks to take over the Star Wars franchise from George Lucas with Star Wars: Episode VII. Days before the Tuesday announcement, Vaughn dropped out as director of the sequel to X-Men: First Class, leaving former X-Men director Bryan Singer to take the reins of X-Men: Days of Future Past for Twentieth Century Fox. Did Matthew Vaughn drop out of X-Men to direct Episode VII?

Frosty from Collider.com usually gets these things right, so he would be a good enough source to snoop out who exactly will direct Episode VII. During the Disney/LucasFilm announcement, newly appointed head of Lucasfilm Kathleen Kennedy spoke about already meeting with potential writers and directors for the new Star Wars: Episode VII. If Matthew Vaughn were one of the writers/directors in question, then it would be an inspired choice to helm the film.