Fans were chomping at the bit when it was revealed that Ridley Scott’s Prometheus was indeed a prequel set in the world of the Alien films. And while Prometheus disappointed many due to script problems and lunk-headed characters, it was still gorgeous, full of ideas, and a voyage that left us craving more of one of cinema’s most compelling science fiction settings. While a Prometheus sequel is in the works, fans won’t have to wait until it hits theaters to explore more of that universe. Dark Horse is launching Fire and Stone, an interconnected set of comic miniseries this fall, exploring and further uniting the worlds of the Prometheus, Aliens, and Predator films. Whatever revelations await us, one thing is clear: the cover art is bloody gorgeous.
One of the reasons we love science fiction is because there’s no shortage of strong, dynamic, fascinating female characters kicking around the galaxy, a trait that isn’t always a given in other genres. Iconic characters like Ripley and Sarah Connor have become the bar by which most other female heroines are measured against, but thankfully sci-fi doesn’t limit its badass females strictly to the most obvious form of badassery. Our favorite sci-fi heroines might have what it takes to field-strip a pulse rifle, or they might have the fortitude to lead a desperate fleet of mankind’s remnants across the stars to a new home. They might be able to take down multiple murderous cyborgs, or they might have the courage to serve as inspiration for revolution against an oppressive government.
When it came time for us to pick out favorite female characters from science fiction film and television, the task was more than daunting. After several rounds of voting, arguing, throwing things, and threats of blackmail, we finally whittled our list down to 19, our picks for the very best, most interesting, most compelling, most badass female characters the genre has had to offer across film and TV. We’re listing them in alphabetical order by last name, but it’s strangely appropriate who wound up as number one regardless…
We’ve bemoaned the state of modern movie posters a lot here on GFR (this very day, in fact). Go to your local theater and just look at the walls. Oh look, there’s a collection of giant heads! Hark, it’s somebody with his back to the camera! And brace yourself, because here comes a picture of the two leads standing back-to-back in wacky fashion! Thankfully, the folks of Mondo are on hand to give more creative makeovers not only to modern films, but to older classics. Their latest exhibit features lovely limited-run posters for the first two Alien films, Ridley Scott’s disappointing Prometheus, and even good old Flash Gordon. You can click the images for a larger version.
Why buy a robot when you can wear one? Especially if wearing one makes you into an alien-fighting superhero. The “body extender” exoskeleton made by engineers at Italy’s Perceptual Robotics Laboratory is just that, and is touted as the most advanced wearable robot out there.
This exoskeleton is very flexible, and it essentially tracks a user’s movements — if the wearer squats or bends to pick something up, the exoskeleton goes with him, albeit slowing down his actions just a little bit. This is how it gets the name “body extender,” as it integrates with the wearer seamlessly enough that it functions as an extension of his body, rather than as a separate apparatus.
We’re not going to get to the chance to play Alien: Isolation, the new video game set in the Alien universe, until later this year, but we’re going to be seeing a hell of a lot from the game over the course of the next week. The developers, Creative Assembly, have had so much success, so much positive response, with all of their previous reveals that they decided that this week they’re going to unveil a new teaser for the highly-anticipated game each and every day. And Monday’s has arrived in the form of a short, but spooky video.
The Vine phenomenon has largely passed me by because I’m lazy, hate being that dick with his phone out all the time, and I haven’t really figured out how to do much with it besides check Twitter at work. That said, it’s been put to good use on occasion, like with that eerie video David Lynch released, and this promo is another instance of that. The choppy footage is full of creepy images of the alien, looming shadows, and a slightly out of focus hallway that makes you feel like you’re right there, about to torn apart by a xenomorph.
Here’s a novel idea. A show about aliens threatening the Earth’s population. But it needs a really catchy title…something that’s never been used before. I’ve got it: The Visitors! And let’s put somebody behind it who’s never worked on an alien project before, like maybe Steven Spielberg. All of this unfunny sarcasm adds up to ABC’s upcoming drama from Amblin Entertainment, with Spielberg as executive producer. Announced a couple of weeks ago, the show has attracted a few cast members, including Heroes alum Milo Ventimiglia and Revenge star Barry Sloane, both of whom join the sci-fi friendly actor Derek Webster (Stargate). At least they didn’t just import the entire cast of the 2009 reboot of V, though that in and of itself is kind of an original idea.
The Visitors is ostensibly about aliens who want to destroy the planet, using children as their weapon, but that kind of plot probably can’t hold steam from week to week. Ventimiglia will play a man named Drew Brannigan, only he doesn’t realize that’s his name. He wakes up on the streets of Washington D.C. without his memory. He finds a series of tattoos on his body that lead him to his name, but that’s it. It turns out he has a wife named Claire, and he must fight to “regain his memory or cross over to the enemy’s side.” I’m not sure exactly who the enemy is here, unless they’re talking about the aliens, who are almost certainly behind his memory loss. Sloane plays a D.O.D. investigator who stumbles upon some huge discovery. There’s no word on whom Webster will be playing.