Comic Review: Star Trek & Planet Of The Apes: The Primate Directive #1

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2014 was arguably The Year of the Crossover Event, with mash-ups happening all over the small screen with superheroes and animated comedies, as well as in the comic book world. And now we have the first issue of Star Trek/Planet of the Apes: The Primate Directive, the new series from the pop culture loving folks at IDW Publishing and BOOM! Studios. The best way that someone could describe this comic is “Planet of the Apes meets Star Trek…” and then just shrug and smile as if you’re the only one in the room.

But really, this is a Star Trek comic — a delightful one, mind you — that has some damned dirty apes right at the beginning and right at the end, in true Issue #1 fashion. That’s my only problem with this particular release, that it didn’t come out as either a double issue or that this story wasn’t told in graphic novel form. But considering my reasoning behind this is to get a lot more of this story, I guess I can’t fault it. I’m beamed up and whatnot.


TRON Infographic Explores The Evolution Of The Iconic Lightcycles

Joseph Kosinski’s TRON: Legacy may not have excellent in the script department, but it was a visual stunner with a badass propulsive soundtrack by Daft Punk. For many of us who grew up loving the original TRON, it was, if nothing else, a nostalgic trip that showed off an upgraded game grid and snazzy new versions of iconic vehicles such as the speedy light cycles and the airborne “recognizers.” You can check out the history and evolution of TRON’s vehicles below, courtesy of an infographic put together by — strangely enough — carinsurance.org. I wonder how much it costs to get full coverage on a light cycle, given how flimsy those can be…



Would You Kindly Check Out This Gorgeous BioShock Concept Art?

BioShockmainGore Verbinski’s BioShock movie will always be a one of the great “one that got away” Hollywood stories. First announced back in 2008, Universal Pictures’ adaptation of the critically acclaimed BioShock had all the promise to be one of the first truly great video-game movie adaptations. Universal hired Gore Verbinski (Pirates of the Caribbean franchise) and allotted a budget of $200 million to make an R-rated BioShock movie. Sadly, the project was eventually scuttled, which is why we love this gorgeous concept art from Verbinski’s aborted BioShock, but it also makes us want to smash up the place like an irate Big Daddy because we didn’t get to see any of this on the big screen. (You can click each of the images to see larger versions.)


[REC] 4: Apocalypse Brings Enjoyably Claustrophobic Terror To The High Seas

rec 4 apocalypseWhile most film franchises see a decrease in quality from one film to the next, the [REC] series was actually put back on track with [REC]4: Apocalypse, which brings director Jaume Balaguero back to the helm. Forgoing the found-footage approach that made the first two films so intrinsically frightening, this sequel—supposedly the last one—is still a tight thriller that mixes claustrophobic scares with gloriously gross special effects. And those monkeys…

[REC]4 marks the return of both Balaguero and actress Manuela Velasco, who wisely had nothing to do with the rather lackluster [REC]3: Genesis, which was a complete departure from the main story anyway. The movie immediately kicks off with a callback to the previous films, as soldiers are sent inside the plague-ridden apartment building to rescue newscaster Angela (Velasco). Then…we’re on a ship.


Zombified Short Film Super Zero Needs Its Own Series

Movies and TV are full of zombie-related fare, so it’s kind of silly to want more of it out there, but the short film Super Zero, released earlier this year, is an enjoyable romp with a limited scope that deserves broadening in a more mainstream fashion. Check it out below and see if you agree.


This Homemade Star Wars Landspeeder Pet Bed Is Totally The Cat’s Pajamas

star warsWhen I was a kid, I had a bunk bed and then a normal bed, and then my parents tossed their waterbed before I could step in and lay claim. (Like the 1970s pimp that I am?) Any trip to the furniture store always takes me back to childhood, seeing racecar beds and spaceship beds and the like. But in order to get the coolest bed of all, I apparently should have grown up as a cat instead of a human. May I jealously present the world’s first (I presume) homemade Star Wars Landspeeder cat bed.

Crafted by the amazingly creative minds at Roxy’s Dream, these guys make a ton of pet-related furniture and accessories, and this is easily the greatest bed they’ve made yet. Completely one of a kind, the Cat Speeder is going for around $600, to make up for all the work that went into it. As you can imagine, Roxy’s Dream isn’t a mass-production factory or anything.