J. Michael Straczynski Urges Fans To Get Babylon 5 Back On TV (Thanks To Breaking Bad)

Babylon 5Breaking Bad is already my favorite show, but Badger’s Star Trek spec script idea a few weeks ago coupled with Sunday night’s Babylon 5 reference has put it right over the top.


The last episode features a hunt for Jesse (Aaron Paul) after he douses Walter White’s (Bryan Cranston) house with gasoline but then mysteriously disappears before striking the flame. Walt and Saul (Bob Odenkirk) try to track Jesse down, going so far as to bug the homes of his sci-fi-loving friends. Sadly, the wire only picks up three hours of conversation “about something called Babylon 5.” Of course Badger and Skinny Pete watch B5. They may be meth-heads, but they have damn fine taste in television.

After the episode, Babylon 5 creator J. Michael Straczynski tweeted a challenge to fans:


New Walking Dead Season Deleted Scene Highlights Morgan’s Defeat

This powerful new deleted scene from the past season of The Walking Dead was just released. Cut from the “Clear,” this episode finds Rick (Andrew Lincoln) and Carl (Chandler Riggs) traveling back to their home in King County, Georgia, with Michonne (Danai Gurira) in tow. On a mission to find more weapons to protect themselves from The Governor (David Morrissey), the group comes across an obstacle course full of booby traps and other crude, hand-made weapons. Eventually meet up with Morgan Jones (Lennie James), the man who saved Rick at the beginning of the series. Over time he’s become a mad man setting up his last stand against the walkers.

Since he last saw Rick, Morgan’s son Duane died and turned into a walker like his mother. The implication is that that Morgan had to kill Duane, and it also hinted at that he had killed other living people that crossed his path. Rick feels a sense of guilt because he was supposed to come back for father and son, but instead got caught up being reunited with his wife and son, and joining a new group of people. This new scene is pretty great, and James gives an absolutely phenomenal performance as Morgan Jones. All Lincoln has to do is sit there and re-act.


Mad Max: Fury Road Brakes For Three Weeks Of Reshoots

mad-max-monster-800At the beginning of the year we were optimistic that, by the end of 2013, we could possibly see George Miller’s triumphant return to the high-octane, post-apocalyptic world he created with the long awaited Mad Max: Fury Road. As the months passed, that seemed like a less and less likely proposition, and all hope was lost. Now it sounds like we’re going to have to wait even longer, as the already troubled production is going back to film additional scenes.

Reshoots aren’t uncommon—World War Z spent more than seven weeks of additional filming and shot multiple endings—but in the case of Fury Road, it feels like another in a long line of setbacks. At times it has felt like God himself was pissed off at George Miller and on a personal vendetta against his movie. After wrapping up principle photography all the way back in December 2012, Miller and company—the cast includes big time stars Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron—will film additional scenes beginning in November.


Orphan Black’s Tatiana Maslany Talks Season 2 And An Emmy Snub

orphan blackWhile I assume that going through childbirth while being waterboarded would certainly be torturous, I think having to wait the eon between seasons of BBC America’s Orphan Black is nearly as bad. Mentally, at least. Physically, I’ll admit that childbirth is probably worse. The show’s award-winning star Tatiana Maslany recently sat down with TV Guide and reinvigorated my anticipation for the show to return, which isn’t going to happen for another eight months or so. Interestingly (or perhaps not, to some), she doesn’t give away any major spoilers for the second season, but it’s primarily because the show’s creators, Graeme Manson and John Fawcett, haven’t yet told her where they’re going with the story. There are a couple of spoilers for the first season, though, so you probably shouldn’t read on if you haven’t seen it all yet.

Incidentally, Maslany was on the set of NBC’s Parks and Recreation during the interview, as she’s guest starring in two episodes this season as Tom’s (Aziz Ansari) love interest. That’s pretty cool. I love that show. I think I’ve driven away anyone who hasn’t watched the show.


Outbreak Becoming NBC TV Pilot

outbreakIt seems like adapting sci-fi movies from the ’90s into TV shows is starting to become a new trend in Hollywood. We’ve heard that Syfy plans to adapt Terry Gilliam’s 1995 film 12 Monkeys into a new TV show, and now another sci-fi movie from 1995 is getting the same treatment, but for NBC.

According to Deadline, TV producer John Wells and writer Jack Orman are re-teaming for the first time since they left the hit TV series ER on NBC. They are working to adapt the sci-fi movie Outbreak for television, and for the same broadcast network. Wells and Orman describe the Outbreak TV series as, “a medical thriller that follows an ensemble of characters as they race to contain a lethal virus before it becomes a global pandemic.”

Do you remember Outbreak? It was a movie about a fictional deadly disease called the Motaba virus that migrated from Africa to cause an epidemic in a small town in northern California. While Outbreak was an okay movie, I’m hard pressed to see how it could be adapted as a TV show. It just seems that the story formula to find a cure would become tedious after a few episodes. A TV show just sounds like it would be something like The Walking Dead, only without the zombie action.


Violent Video Games Might Calm Down Vulnerable Kids

Grand Theft Auto 5Video games are awesome. They’re also controversial. The debate over whether video games contribute to violent behavior, especially in younger users, rages on, fueled by first person shoot-em-up games full of gore (and zombies). But a new study introduces a twist into the video game discussion: that violent video games don’t cause kids to act violently, and may actually have a calming effect on “vulnerable” players.

The link between video games and real-world violence has never been scientifically proven. Many people, including Donald Trump and Ralph Nader, conclude that there’s a causal connection between the two, but scientists have been looking for definitive proof for some time — there have been at least 25 studies conducted since the mid-1980s, and the results are conflicting.

Some studies, such as the University of Georgia’s 1984 work on “Video Games, Television, and Aggression in Teenagers,” linked video games and violence, but just a year later, the Albert Einstein College of Medicine concluded that video games allowed users to blow off steam. Since then, studies have become larger and more complex, but have carried the added weight of possible bias. Given that violence is such a hot-button issue, these studies often have foregone conclusions, and it’s tough to know when a study is gathering and analyzing good data and when researchers are looking to prove a connection or conclusion they’ve already reached.