When it comes to original programming, USA Network is a ham-and-cheese sandwich. Dependably non-different and perfectly fine if you like that sort of thing. (Plus, most of their shows center on two main characters: ham and cheese.) They’re potentially trying to alter that model with a few new additions to the line-up, and they’re returning to the sci-fi genre with a pilot order for Carlton Cuse’s extraterrestrial-filled drama Colony, which the network added to its development slate back in May.
Marvel’s latest doesn’t disappoint.
Brent and Nick break down Luc Besson’s latest.
Will they make a monkey out of Kirk?
Remember how Sharknado was a thing last year? It was perhaps the most high-profile yet of Syfy’s abundant array of cheesy original movies such as Stonados and Mega Shark vs. Mecha Shark. That classic piece of cinema starred Beverly Hills 90210 (the first one) alum Ian Ziering and Tara Reid as…well, let’s face it, their characters really aren’t important. It’s basically just Ian Ziering and Tara Reid fighting a tornado full of sharks. If you think that sounds preposterous, then Sharknado probably isn’t for you.
And sure, Syfy has been getting a lot of good press lately — from us, among others — for seemingly turning over a new leaf and greenlighting exciting sci-fi projects such as Ascension and The Expanse. But the Powers That Be clearly don’t want you Sharknado fans out there to think you’re being abandoned. No, dear friends, Syfy still has something for lovers of one dangerous thing being mashed up with another, unrelated dangerous thing. For proof, you need look no further than this week’s Sharknado 2: The Second One, which premieres on Syfy this Wednesday night at 9/8c. Once again, Ziering and Reid are teaming up to save the world from projectile sharks being flung about by high winds, but this time they’re trying to protect New York City instead of L.A. So it’s totally different.
Every few years a video game comes along that makes me wish I played video games. Red Dead: Redemption is like they went into my brain and pulled a sprawling western narrative directly out of my skull. But I played it for like five minutes before I handed the controller over to a friend. Alien: Isolation is the latest addition to this pantheon. Again, it’s like they made a game specifically with me in mind, and while I know that I’m not going to play it, I very much appreciate that it exists. And the fact that the original cast from Ridley Scott’s 1979 Alien got back together for some additional DLC missions only makes it that much more awesome. Check out this video of Ellen Ripley herself, Sigourney Weaver, and her shipmates on the Nostromo talking about their role in the game.
Set between Alien and James Cameron’s 1986 sequel Aliens, Isolation puts you in the point of view of Amanda Ripley, Ellen’s daughter who is first mentioned in the Aliens director’s cut. It’s 15 years after her mother’s disappearance, and Amanda works for the ubiquitous Weyland-Yutani Corporation. When they come across the flight recorder for the ill-fated Nostromo, her search for mommy dearest takes her to the planet Sevastopol, where she finds more than she’s looking for. And by that I mean aliens, nasty, acid-blooded aliens.
If you’ve been watching HBO’s hyper-depressing series The Leftovers, you might be under the impression that writer/producer Damon Lindelof has somehow completely lost track of what happiness is, and that maybe his Internet anti-fanbase had bored a hole inside his brain. Of course, that isn’t actually the case, and Lindelof is heading to one of the brightest and silliest places on TV for an upcoming project, as he’ll be writing a special episode of Disney Channel’s Phineas and Ferb. The really crazy part? It’ll be a tribute to Lost.
No air date has been set for the episode, but it will air this fall. Titled “Lost in Danville,” this story centers on the titular stepbrothers as they stumble upon a locked capsule that suddenly and inexplicably appears in their backyard. I’m sure they’ll just call in some authority figure and get things taken care of in a responsible manner. That’s the kind of plotline that has made the animated series a hit with both children and adults, right?
Quentin Tarantino is a busy man. Talk of his grim, dirty western, The Hateful Eight, has heated up again, and at San Diego Comic-Con he revealed plans for a crossover Django Unchained/Zorro comic, which could be fun. And while he has an affinity for kung-fu flicks, pop culture, and B-movies of all varieties, he’s never expressed much of an interest science fiction. Sure, he’s mentions genre films in his movies now and again, but he’s never talked much about making one of his own, at least until now.
During the Dynamite Comics panel that went down over the weekend at Comic-Con a fan asked the Pulp Fiction director about the possibility of making the jump from gritty westerns and crime pictures to something a little more otherworldly. Here is his response:
We just yesterday got our first look at George Miller’s long awaited, oft-delayed, post-apocalyptic joint Mad Max: Fury Road. The movie has been in the can for years by this point, and doesn’t even come out until May 15, 2015. That’s ten months away. You could get knocked up and give birth to a child, literally make an entire human, before you get the chance to see Tom Hardy take over the Max Rockatansky role from Mel Gibson. But Hollywood is a magical land of franchises, so it doesn’t surprise anyone that there has already been talk of future installments.
Talking at San Diego Comic-Con, the 67-year-old Miller, who first shared Max’s adventures with the world back in 1979, revealed his plans for the grim, functionally mute, fan favorite badass, which include a finished script and more. He said, “In order to tell this story, we came up with two others. We’ve written the screenplay of one and the novelization of another, but it’s a very rough novel…We kept working on them while we were working on other things.”