This Doctor Who Star Is Set To Appear On Star Trek Continues

Doctor WhoHave you always wondered what it would look like if Doctor Who and Star Trek came together? If that’s the case, then today is your lucky day, sort of, in a weird, roundabout, totally unofficial way. Former Time Lord Colin Baker is going to have a guest appearance on the fan made Trek series Star Trek Continues. Even in this unusual manner, it’s hard not to get excited about the collision of two such long-lived, iconic sci-fi franchises.

A crowdfunded series, Continues is the brainchild of a group of likeminded Trek fanatics that seeks to give the characters from the original series a chance they never got when the show was prematurely cancelled. In their way, they carry on the Enterprise’s five-year mission to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilizations, to boldly go where no man has gone before. And Baker is set to show up on the fourth episode of the series.


Here’s What Star Trek 3 Might Have Been About Before Bob Orci’s Departure

SpockChockSince that other sci-fi mega-franchise with “Star” in the title has been hogging the limelight for the past few weeks, it makes sense that Star Trek might want to remind everybody that, hey, it’s still in the game too. What we definitely weren’t expecting, however, was the revelation that director Roberto Orci would allegedly no longer be at the helm of Trek’s next installment. While the whys and wherefores of that shocking announcement remain to be seen, we now have some information about where the story might have headed in Star Trek 3…or at least in the version of Trek 3 that would have been directed by Roberto Orci.

Devin Faraci over at Badass Digest has been sniffing around his sources since the story broke, and he claims production on Trek 3 was shut down by Paramount last month, with one of the primary contributing factors being the state and direction of the script. That script was being written by Orci in collaboration with up-and-coming screenwriters Patrick McKay and J.D. Payne, who had also been tapped to write a Flash Gordon remake. There were rumors about Trek 3’s story, of course — it was supposed to officially kick off the Enterprise’s five-year mission of exploration, with both William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy rumored to be appearing as older versions of Kirk and Spock, respectively. But very little had been actually confirmed. According to Badass Digest, however, the Trek 3 script in question would have returned to a trope Trek has used oh so many times before: time travel.


The Flash Tussles With His Arch-Nemesis: This Week’s TV Picks

Christmas is approaching and the TV lineup is getting increasingly bare, with many shows going into hiatus over the holidays. Thankfully The Flash, one of the breakout hits of 2014, is going out in style. Before handing the floor over to that other jovial guy in a red suit, speedster Barry Allen will be facing off against “The Man in the Yellow Suit.” If you’re a long-time Flash fan, or have even just been paying attention this season, you know that can mean only one thing: Reverse Flash!


Godzilla Is Heading Back To Japan In A Huge Way, Find Out How

godzilla final warsThere’s no denying just how hugely popular Gareth Edwards’ Godzilla reboot was, taking in over $200 million here in the U.S. and another $324 million around the world. The moody disaster flick was also a huge hit in Japan, and that got the original Godzilla production company, Toho, thinking about dollar signs. So it makes perfect sense that the studio announced it will begin developing its first Godzilla movie in ten years, with a release tentatively scheduled for 2016. Is there a Japanese equivalent to Aaron Taylor-Johnson’s acting face?


Ralph Baer, Inventor Of First Home Video Game System, Dies At 92

ralph baer w brown boxEveryone with a Play Station or a Wii, or even anyone who spends time playing games or using apps like Angry Birds, owes Ralph Baer a debt of gratitude. Baer invented the first the first home video game system and applied for the first video game patent in 1971. In 1972, Baer’s employer, Sanders Associates, licensed what he called a “game box” to Magnavox, which put the Odyssey video game console on the market. Baer, who collected more than 150 patents during the course of his engineering and programming career, died on Saturday at the age of 92.

The Odyssey console had a master control unit, player controls, and program cards to support various games. It also came with a deck of cards, poker chips, and dice (this was 1972, after all). Odyssey was all hardware, which included 40 transistors and 40 diodes. The console sold only 130,000 units that first year, but it started the age of video games, which has continued to barrel along ever since.


Syfy’s 12 Monkeys Unmakes History With This Poster

12 MonkeysSyfy’s push back into producing promising original genre content keeps right on rolling. Their zombie series Z Nation is shuffling along, their monster/plague drama Helix is coming back for new season next month, and their event miniseries Ascension blasts off a week from today on December 15. Another show that we’re curious to see, their remake of 12 Monkeys, also hits soon, and the network has unveiled a new poster and some hints at how the new series is going to be different from the original.

Based on Terry Gilliam’s buggy 1995 time travel thriller, which itself is “inspired by” the 1962 experimental French short La Jetee, the details, at least on the surface, are fairly similar. The action follows a man named James Cole (Aaron Stanford) who is sent back in time in order to stop the spread of a vicious plague that decimates the human population and forces the survivors to live underground.