Syfy is in the middle of a creative renaissance ever since Bill McGoldrick, the network’s new-ish executive vice president of original programming, declared that not only would the network be putting a renewed focus on actual science fiction programming, but that he wanted content that could compete with well-respected cable titans like AMC and HBO. It’s still too early to judge how well this ambitious plan will work, but Syfy has definitely been making all the right moves lately, greenlighting series based on popular SF works such as James S.A. Corey’s Expanse series, John Scalzi’s Old Man’s War books, and Arthur C. Clarke’s Childhood’s End. One project that hasn’t been quite as high on our radar is Killjoys, an action/drama about a trio of interplanetary bounty hunters, and that’s at least partly because we simply don’t know that much about it yet. Well, now we can at least scratch “what do the leads look like?” off our list of questions, thanks to the newly released cast photo up top.
Well, we didn’t see that coming.
Based on John Christopher’s “The Lotus Caves.”
If you’ve got a hankering for some action heavy teen dystopias but you’ve already watched Divergent too many times (once is more than enough) and you just can’t wait until The Hunger Games: Mockingjay—Part 1 drops this November, you’re in luck. We’re just a couple of weeks away from 20th Century Fox’s latest entry into this lucrative market, The Maze Runner, and they have a new feature plus a pair of freshly minted TV spots to keep you occupied.
Adapted from the best-selling young adult novel by James Dashner, you probably guessed from the title that there is both a maze and people who run through it. And you are right on both counts. The plot revolves around a young man named Thomas (Dylan O’Brien) who wakes up in a place called The Glade with no memory of who he is or how he got there. They’re penned in on all sides by high walls, but every morning they open up to reveal the titular puzzle.
Season 5 of The Walking Dead doesn’t come shambling back to our TVs until the middle of October, but given the constant stream of promotion we’ve seen lately, you’d be forgiven for thinking it’s right around the corner. A few days ago, we got our first look at a bunch of the various covers Entertainment Weekly put together in honor of AMC’s hit zombie drama, and now they’re back with a look at some of the photos from inside the actual magazine.
These images are similar to the ones on the covers, showing various characters in a weird blur of action that you can’t help but think of as somewhat Matrix-y. There’s been a great deal of talk lately regarding the sexuality of one Daryl Dixon (Norman Reedus), but none of that really matters. Gay, straight, something else entirely, he remains the best character on the show, and this photo captures his penchant for stabbing walkers in the cranium with arrows. Any old fool can shoot a zombie from a distance, but it takes a badass to get close enough to jab one with a pointy stick.
Rod Serling’s original Twilight Zone is rightly recognized as one of the finest genre series of all time, an anthology of terrifying tales that used metaphor to address the real-life problems of the day, but which still holds up wonderfully today. Part of that timeliness can be traced to the fact that, in addition to Serling’s masterful talents, the series featured writing by some of the most talented science fiction, fantasy, and horror writers of its era, a lineup that includes names like Richard Matheson, Charles Beaumont, George Clayton Johnson, Ray Bradbury, and Damon Knight. But while you are almost certainly familiar with the original, you might never have seen the also excellent ’80s revival of The Twilight Zone, and if that’s the case, a new full-series DVD box set is the perfect excuse to remedy that problem.
Airing three seasons on CBS between 1985 and 1989, the Twilight Zone revival is, just like the original, a who’s who of familiar names, with a cast that includes the likes of Bruce Willis, Helen Mirren, Morgan Freeman, Martin Landau, Frances McDormand, and Giovanni Ribisi, just to name a few. Things are even more impressive behind the cameras. Check out this jaw-dropping line-up of writers: Harlan Ellison, J. Michael Straczynski (Babylon 5), Rockne S. O’Bannon (Farscape), George R.R. Martin (Game of Thrones), Stephen King, Richard Matheson, Charles Beaumont, Ray Bradbury, David Gerrold, Theodore Sturgeon, Joe Haldeman, Robert Silverberg, Roger Zelazny, Ron Cobb, George Clayton Johnson, and Arthur C. Clarke. It’s the genre writer equivalent of the freaking Expendables.
The mere involvement of those names should make the ’80s Twilight Zone a must-have for any serious sci-fi fan, and the series includes some genuine classics, such as two particularly noteworthy Ellison adaptations, “Shatterday” and “Paladin of the Lost Hour.” And if you’ve still got bad memories of Richard Kelly’s The Box, check out this Twilight Zone’s “Button, Button,” a superior adaptation of the Richard Matheson short story of the same name.
The new Twilight Zone box set packages together all three seasons of the show, 65 episodes in all. Bonus features include a photo gallery, a video interview with Wes Craven (who directed five episodes), and over a dozen audio commentaries. The Twilight Zone: The Complete ’80s Series lists for $59.98, but you can currently grab a copy “on Amazon for only $49.98, a discount of 17%.
On top of all the other reasons to buy the Twilight Zone set, it put a genuinely creepy twist on the original series’ opening narration. I love that ghostly image of Serling flashing past on the smoke.
As part of the whole post-Disney buyout restructuring of pretty much the entire Star Wars media empire, one of the groups left holding a shorts straw was Dark Horse Comics. Dark Horse held the Star Wars comics license for over two decades, publishing a ton of memorable series beginning with the Return of the Jedi follow-up Dark Empire all the way back in 1991. But since Disney already owns a major comics company — Marvel — it made good business sense for them to move the Star Wars comics back in house. The good news is that Marvel isn’t just ignoring those 20+ years of Dark Horse/Star Wars history. In addition to publishing new Star Wars comics, Marvel will be republishing select Dark Horse material as well.
This mirrors the approach Disney and Lucasfilm have been taking with the volumes of existing “Expanded Universe” material that has been rendered non-canon as part of their attempts to create a more cohesive Star Wars universe going forward. The old EU material will remain in print and available, but under the banner of “Star Wars Legends,” to denote that it’s not part of the new canon. The comics will follow suit as part of the Legends line, and Marvel will be republishing the Dark Horse Star Wars comics in their “Epic Collection” format, full-color volumes which typically bundle together 20 or so issues of a series.
Love him or hate him, Wil Wheaton is a beacon of light for all things nerd-tastic in the world, with a massive fanbase that would follow him into a sarlacc pit and back. (And if you hate him, you’ve clearly got too much negativity in your blood.) Unfortunately, that fanbase was not enough to convince Syfy execs that another season of The Wil Wheaton Project was worth getting into. Yet Warehouse 13 somehow made it to five seasons. (Not that I’m knocking that series.)
Wheaton announced the news himself via his blog at WilWheaton.net, and he was just as unapologetically thoughtful and kind about everything as one would expect. Maybe a little snarky, but not much, and nowhere near as blatantly rude as I’d have been. Maybe there’s a reason I’m not the former host of anything at this point in my life.