William Shatner Feels The New Star Trek Movies Don’t Have Enough Heart

With the release of Star Trek Into Darkness only six months away, audiences and Trekkies are ready to watch the sequel to the widely popular 2009 summer blockbuster film, Star Trek. Now that J.J. Abrams has two Star Trek films under his belt, it’s safe to say that the 46-year-old director is firmly part of the Star Trek universe. But William Shatner is an even bigger part of that universe, and he feels the newer films don’t have the same emotional punch that the originals do.

Although Shatner says he likes Abrams’ film, the Canadian-born actor thinks the new Star Trek has too much action and not enough character moments or emotional payoffs. “I think it’s wonderful. It’s a great ride, a great opening up of Star Trek to modern audiences. It doesn’t have the story heart that the best of my Star Trek had, but it’s a glorious motion picture,” he told the Pittsburgh Post Gazette.

Is Shatner right? The original Star Trek movies have always built upon the relationships of the Enterprise’s crew, such as between Captain Kirk and Spock. Spock’s death scene at the end of Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan was probably the emotional high point between these two characters, and arguably the entire film series. Nothing in J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek even comes close to that, not even the death of Spock’s mother.


SpaceX CEO Has Huge Plans For Mars Colonization

How much would you be willing to pay to be a colonist on Mars? According to Billionaire Elon Musk, a one-way ticket to the Red Planet should cost around $500,000…and he plans to make it a reality, not just a hypothetical. Considering what the mission entails, this price tag is surprisingly reasonable.

Elon Musk is the CEO of SpaceX, a private space exploration company interested in, amongst other things, expanding the space tourism market. According to Space.com, Musk wants to launch a Mars colony program with no less than 10 Mars, traveling by of a huge, reusable rocket powered by liquid oxygen and methane. It’s an extremely ambitious goal, but Musk believes it can be done.

The SpaceX CEO hopes to send machines along with the colonists to produce fertilizer, methane, and oxygen from Mars’ atmospheric nitrogen and carbon dioxide, and construction materials to build transparent domes on the Red Planet. Once finished, the domes would pressurize and allow the growth Earth crops including corn, wheat, and soy. Musk hopes that once the Mars pioneers are self-sufficient, they would transport more people with fewer supplies and equipment from Earth to Mars.


Own Your Very Own Officially Licensed, Era-Specific TARDIS

Doctor Who has been on the air for a long damn time. Five decades is a far, far better run than most shows will ever get, and the BBC’s sci-fi adventure shows no signs of slowing down anytime soon. Change is a constant on the program; it wouldn’t have lasted this long without being able to shift and adapt. A rotating cast of supporting characters in the form of companions, as well as a protagonist who can be reborn when the need arises—they’re now on the 11th Doctor—play huge roles in the show’s chameleonic ability to adjust.

Now you can own your very own TARDIS, just like the Doctor.


Action-Packed Mass Effect 3 Omega DLC Launch Trailer

Thanksgiving may have come and gone, but fans of the Mass Effect franchise will get something else to give thanks for tomorrow with the launch of Omega, a new DLC expansion for Mass Effect 3. The expansion is set during the campaign of Mass Effect 3, just like this past summer’s Leviathan pack, but this time Shepard finds himself/herself joining forces with Aria, the ruthless overlord of the Omega space station, as wretched a hive of scum and villainy as you’re likely to find in the ME universe. Check out the launch trailer below.


Already A Knight, Sir Derek Jacobi Wants In On The New Star Wars

Every epic franchise needs at least one older, distinguished gentleman to play, well, an older, distinguished gentleman. This role usually goes one of two ways. He’s either a sinister villain, or a kindly, wise, secretly badass guide for a young hero. Think the parts played by Alec Guinness and Christopher Lee in the Star Wars saga and you’ll get what I’m going for here.


Gallery Of Behind The Scenes Pictures From All You Need Is Kill

When last we saw Tom Cruise, the 50-year-old actor was wearing a bulky mech suit, running from fire in the first image from his upcoming sci-fi joint, All You Need Is Kill. The action adventure is currently filming in London, and now a new collection of behind-the-scenes photos from the set show a different side of the story. You’ll notice significantly less alien fighting, as these pictures focus more on other elements from the film.

But before we get to any of that, why don’t you pause for a moment to watch this video of a massive military helicopter landing in the middle of one of London’s most recognizable locations, Trafalgar Square. That alone should indicate what a big production this is; it isn’t everyday you can convince the government to shut down one of their most popular destinations so you can shoot a silly little movie there.