Spain Will Get A Star Trek Theme Park In 2015

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Star TrekDo you have plans for your next big vacation? Well, if you’re looking for an international getaway with some serious geek overtones, we have a destination that you definitely have to consider. We’re talking about a new Star Trek-centric theme park in Spain that is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2015.

According to StarTrek.com, Plaza Futura will be a part of Paramount Park Murcia, which is located approximately 270 miles southeast of Madrid on the Mediterranean coast at Alhama de Murcia. From the description this is going to be one hell of a destination. Broken up into a bunch of different sections, the new addition is going to have a little bit of everything. It will feature everything from condos, hotels, and offices, to shopping centers, restaurants, a casino and nightclubs, and even a convention center. And then there’s the actual theme park.


Star Trek Retro Posters Give Captain Pike And Balok Their Moment In The Spotlight

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It’s hard to believe we’re almost at the finish line. Back in August 2012, artist Juan Ortiz was a man on a mission: to create an original, retro-style poster for every single one of Star Trek’s Original Series episodes. Over the ensuing year and a half, Ortiz has experimented with style, color, and visual shorthand to present a truly remarkable collection of art that any Trekker should be proud to wallpaper their home with. Now StarTrek.com has posted the latest batch, along with sad news…it’s the next to last group of the posters, meaning the project will reach its end in March.

Still, we came to praise Ortiz, not to bury him, so let’s all dry our eyes and check out his latest four posters, representing the episodes “The Corbomite Maneuver,” “Friday’s Child,” “The Cage,” and “Who Mourns for Adonais?” As is SOP around here, we’ll include info about how you can order copies of the prints down at the bottom of the story. Engage! (Wait, wrong Trek.)



Controversial Coke Ad Gets A Sci-Fi Makeover

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There have always been a fair number of viewers that tune into the Super Bowl specifically to see companies unveil their latest and greatest commercials. Advertisers like Bud Light even spend weeks building up to the day, teasing their new ads (this year it was those commercials with Arnold Schwarzenegger in short shorts and a wig playing ping pong). During the game on February 2, soft-drink giant Coca-Cola unveiled the ad that has garnered the most public attention this year, though not for the reasons they initially hoped. More on that later. The spot features people singing “America the Beautiful” in a variety of different languages. This new video imagines some of proposed tongues that didn’t quite make the cut.

This video originated at Garlic Jackson Comedy, which is a suitably wacky name for what we can assume is a wacky bunch of folks. Who else starts a comedy troupe? Some of the languages that they think the Coca-Cola executives summarily rejected are things like pig latin, dolphin, morse code, and my personal favorite, bear attack. Who knew bear attack was a recognized language? You can’t really blame them for passing on most of these, after all, there aren’t that may people who are fluent in hieroglyphics, and the whole thing sounds significantly less warm and fuzzy in Klingon or Dothraki.


40 Villainous Hideouts In One Convenient Infographic

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Which Villain Has The Best Hideout?
Bad guys always have the coolest stuff. That’s just a well known fact. We don’t necessarily want to be them, because, you know, they’re evil and all of that. They’re usually trying to do terrible things, kill lots of people, take over the universe, or just do a bunch of unsavory stuff. But at the same time we root against them, there’s a part of us that always feels a little twinge of jealousy. They get to wear black, all their toys cool and sinister, and, perhaps most importantly, they have the best hideouts. The Bat Cave is, admittedly, pretty sweet, but the Fortress of Solitude? That shit is just cold. This new infographic charts some of the all time great villainous lairs from movies and television.

All told, there are 40 of the most iconic dens, haunts, and hangouts where nefarious evildoers hang their hats. There are some recent additions, like Candyland, the plantation in Django Unchained, as well as classics like the Bates Motel from Psycho. Being that our focus here is on the science fiction side of things, you’ll be happy to note that the genre is well represented. After all, sci-fi villains tend to hang out in spooky, awesome places.


Star Trek Online Celebrates Fourth Anniversary With Voyager’s Tim Russ

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TuvokStar Trek Online had a lot of expectations hung on it when it launched back in 2010. After all the notion of a massively multiplayer game that would let you captain your own starship and set out to boldly go where no one has gone before is a dream close to the heart of pretty much every Trekker out there. Unfortunately, as with many a high-profile game, it got off to a rocky start. But thankfully the folks at Cryptic Studios listened to player comments and complaints, learned from their mistakes, and set about the work of making the game better. Now, four years in, STO may not have set the world on fire, but it’s still chugging along quite well, with a devoted player base and tons of improvements. With the game celebrating an anniversary, they’re bringing another Trek veteran into the game world: Voyager actor Tim Russ, who is reprising his role as Tuvok within the game. But these days it’s Admiral Tuvok.

That’s one thing about STO that appeals to longtime players: it continues to unfold in the original Trek timeline, rather than the rebooted universe of J.J. Abrams’ films. While Paramount has shifted the focus back to young, different incarnations of James T. Kirk and company, Star Trek Online keeps right on exploring the state of the original Star Trek universe in the years after Nemesis. That’s afforded the developers the chance to bring in several Trek veterans to voice their characters again, including Leonard Nimoy as Spock, Denise Crosby as Tasha Yar and Sela, Michael Dorn as Worf, and now Russ. (They even got the new Spock, Zachary Qunto, to voice an emergency medical hologram.)


These Sci-Fi Home Conversions Are Making Me Drool

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DivorceVisit the home of any self-respecting science fiction fan and the telltale signs will be there. The shelves packed to bursting with books about strange new worlds. Full runs of Star Trek, Farscape, and Babylon 5 tucked away in the TV room. Perhaps even some prop replicas from the genre’s most memorable outings given a place of honor up on the wall. But for fans whose passion is equaled by their disposable income, things must be taken to the next level. Because why have a boring old basic media room when you could instead have the command deck of the Enterprise, complete with comfy chairs?

Just about a year ago we reported the story of Tony Alleyne, a British chap who had spent years converting his apartment into something straight out of Star Trek, only to have it become a sticking point in his divorce. (That’s him up top.) See, the apartment actually belonged to his ex, and now that they were divorcing, she wanted to sell it as a “conventional property.” Ouch. Hopefully the rest of these folks are either single, happily together in a stable relationship, or packing an ironclad pre-nup. It’d be a damn shame if the lawyers had to get involved in this gorgeous TARDIS control room replica, which Jayman White spent a year making. He even put in the round things! (What are the round things?)