At one time, Riddick (Vin Diesel) was so certain that he was destined to spend the remainder of his life in a prison so deep, with so little light, that he had a guy enhance his eyes so that he could see in the dark. Over the course of the so-called Furyan Chronicles — Pitch Black, The Chronicles of Riddick, and the upcoming Riddick — this particular survival skill has come in handy a time or two. And when he’s not seeing in the dark, he gets to wear cool sunglasses. Added bonus.
There can only be one…until there’s not.
Plus a little bit Guardians of the Galaxy and Doctor Who.
HBO cowboys up.
Jean-Claude Van Damme fighting aliens? That’s all you need to say to get me excited for Alien Uprising, his upcoming venture into science fiction. While that might be a horrendously generic title, Alien Uprising is better and more descriptive than the previous moniker, UFO. The film hits theaters in a few choice cities today, as well as VOD, and this new clip gives you a quick taste of what’s in store, should you embark on this particular adventure.
What do you get when you combine a charm quark, an anti-charm quark, an up quark, and an anti-down quark? One hell of a party! And, perhaps, a new state of matter.
Remember when you learned in grade school that matter comes in solid, liquid, or gas form (and maybe you got some extra credit for identifying plasma as the fourth state of matter)? The more advanced our science gets, the more we realize that those four states of matter are only the tip of the iceberg. Now scientists at the Belle Experiment in Japan and the Beijing Spectrometer Experiment (BESIII) in China believe they’ve seen a new state of matter.
At both Belle and BESIII, scientists use colliders, a specific type of particle accelerator, to cause collisions between electrons and positrons. The collisions cause explosions that convert the energy of the particles into new states of matter. I’m pretty sure this is what would happen if Superman and Bizarro Superman were to collide.
While it probably shouldn’t have, the news that current Doctor Matt Smith was going to be leaving Doctor Who after the upcoming 50th anniversary special caught many fans by surprise. It makes sense though, really. He’s played the role for three seasons, the same length former Doctor David Tennant stuck with the role. And while Smith has his share of detractors, he’s also won over a lot of us who were initially skeptical about the too-young, goofy-looking Doctor with the bow tie. And it’s the 50th anniversary…what better time to take a bow and leave them wanting more before a new Doctor is introduced? So while we’ll still get one adventure with Smith in the 50th anniversary special, the actor took some time to post a new video online thanking his fellow cast, crew, and fans.
One of the best ways to give a middling film franchise a kick in the pants is to add Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson to its cast. It worked for the Fast and The Furious and G.I. Joe franchises. Dwayne Johnson has a certain on-screen charisma and presence about him that translates into big box office receipts. Now it appears Johnson might join the cast of Terminator 5.
According to The Examiner, producer Megan Ellison wants to make the forthcoming Terminator 5 the largest Terminator film ever made. She’s looking to team up Dwayne Johnson with Arnold Schwarzenegger, who has already been confirmed for the upcoming Terminator sequel. In fact, Annapurna Films, Ellison’s production company, is writing a version of the film’s script tailor-made for Johnson.
The Examiner’s insider sources also passed along some plot details for Terminator 5, which looks to give the series an interesting (albeit dumb) twist. Terminator 5 might be a prequel film set in the 1940s or ’50s and follow the parents of Sarah Connor. Her parents would be targeted for termination before her birth, almost in a role reversal from the original Terminator film.
Science fiction hasn’t always gotten its due. In the past it’s been dismissed as “kid stuff” or somehow less worthy and noble than mainstream fiction. Thankfully we know better than that. At its best, science fiction can examine who we are by exploring who we were, or who we will become. Thankfully, SF has long since proven that it has the potential to tell stories just as exciting and insightful as those of any other genre, but franchises such as Star Trek has proven it can be big business as well. For the purposes of this story, however, we’re not concerned with crass commercialism, but rather the writing quality of some of the genre’s best TV outings.
The Writers Guild of America recently shared their picks for the “101 Best Written TV Series” of all time, and wouldn’t you know it, several iconic science fiction shows were included on the list. Granted, they only occupy six slots out of 101, so I’m thinking there are some serious oversights, but that’s a topic for another day. For now, let’s examine the SF shows the WGA folks did deem worthy or recognition.