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Star Trek Retro Posters Are On An Errand Of Mercy Into The Deadly Years

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ErrandHere we are nearing the end of 2013 — which would have boggled the mind of my eight-year-old self, at least until he noticed there were no readily available flying cars and went off to sulk. We’ve just celebrated a holiday that’s ostensibly about family and thankfulness, but that’s usually overshadowed by Black Friday’s annual exploration of the worst impulses humanity has to offer. As you’re rushing about, trying to find the perfect gifts for that special someone, we here at GFR invite you to sit back, put your feet on the table, and relax for a few minutes while you drink in the awesome that is this latest batch of artist Juan Ortiz’s excellent Star Trek retro poster prints.

Last year Ortiz set a mammoth task before himself: creating a retro-style poster print for every single one of Star Trek: The Original Series’ episodes. (He even found time to whip up one for each of the Animated Series episodes.) It’s been a long trip, but Ortiz’ handiwork just keeps coming, and his designs are consistently creative and well-imagined, spanning a wide array of styles and concepts. We kind of love ‘em here at GFR. Now the latest batch has gone up and you can check out all four here, along with Ortiz’s commentary from StarTrek.com. Check it out below, and we’ll have info about where you can order copies of the prints at the bottom.

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Decorate Your Home With Trench Run Wall Tiles And A Transporter Shower Curtain

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Star-Wars-Home-Theater-Death-Star-Tiles-1Home decor is something that is highly important to a lot of folks, even those who spend so much time decorating that they never actually have people over to visit and look at their handiwork. But anybody with their own personal home theater is definitely going to have company on a regular basis, and it only makes sense to make it look as good as possible. Tom Spina Designs did just that, creating wall designs based on the look of the Death Star trench run from Star Wars, and they look freakin’ awesome. Since no theater is complete without a bathroom, we also have some sweet Star Trek decorations to accompany your tinkling and tooting.

For their unnamed client, the design company created “14 master tile sculptures, each 12″x12″ with a depth of 3″-4″,” and a total of 120 tiles were applied to the theater’s walls. Instead of just illustrations of all the details, they made them all stick out 3D style, recognizable from far away but really awesome once you get close and see the details they added.

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Mom Win: Posing With Lightsabers And Sonic Screwdrivers To Help Her Son Practice Photography

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Lightsaber1If you live in the States, there’s a good chance you’ve spent a lot of time with your family over the past couple of days. In some cases you’ll have spent so much time with your family that you’re now considering how much of a guilt trip your mom would hit you with if you found an excuse to skip Christmas. But even when they drive you nuts, family is still family. Family is there for you. Family loves you when the rest of the world is dumping on you. And, every once in a while, family makes funny poses with geeky props so you can practice your portrait photography.

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Almost Human Tackles A Hostage Situation: Today In Science & Science Fiction

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The science fiction landscape is pretty bare today, but that just means one thing: you’ve got no excuse to miss Fox’s excellent Almost Human. After last week’s double dose, the show is off to a cracking good start, with great chemistry between Karl Urban as gruff cop John Kennex and Michael Ealy as his android partner Dorian. The show looks to continue serving up interesting plots linked to near-future tech, and the whole thing has a distinctly “‘80s sci-fi” vibe that hits me right in the geek gland. Tonight’s episode, “Are You Receiving” has John and Dorian dealing with a hostage standoff.

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More Human Than Human: Our Picks For The Best Synthetic Partners To Watch Our Backs

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J.J. Abrams and former Fringe exec producer J.H. Wyman hit it out of the part with this week’s two-part Almost Human premiere, launching a show that already looked to have serious potential all the way to the top of our must-see-TV list. Karl Urban and Michael Ealy make a great pair as John Kennex and Dorian, a haunted cop distrustful of synthetics and his atypical android partner, respectively. Hopefully the show will beat the odds like Fringe did and settle in for a long and fruitful run.

But in the meantime, we got to thinking about what we would do if we were in Kennex’s position. If we had to pick an android partner, who would we want watching our back as we were out there protecting the world from dangerous cutting-edge tech and ruthless criminals? Here are our top picks.

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Sure, the Terminator series provides several options when it comes to pairing up with a capable and combat-ready synthetic partner, but our vote has to go to Summer Glau’s Cameron from Fox’s short-lived Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles. And not just because she looks like Summer Glau. Robert Patrick’s T-1000 has the versatility of that whole liquid metal thing, but frankly even if the IT department assured us he had been reprogrammed, we’d never feel comfortable turning our back on the thing. Arnold’s T-800 model proved that it could be just as good a protector as a killer, but he sort of stands out in a crowd. I mean, so does Summer Glau, but in a very different way. Arnold Schwarzenegger is many things, but “subtle” is not among them. Part of the advantage of having an android partner is the element of surprise, and if you were to ask a random person to describe what a murderous cyborg might look like, you’re likely to end up with a sketch of T2-era Arnold Schwarzenegger. On the other hand, the bad guys would never see it coming when Cameron lifted them over her head and tossed them out a window.

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J.J. Abrams Says CBS Isn’t Interested In A New Star Trek TV Series

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HHWhether you like J.J. Abrams’ take on the Star Trek universe or not, there’s no question that his two films have put Trek back in the pop culture conversation in a major way. Abrams stepped away from the upcoming Star Trek 3 to helm Episode VII, the first film in a major new Star Wars push in the aftermath of Disney’s purchase of George Lucas’ iconic franchise. There’s a new trilogy, new spin-off movies, and even new TV series. That’s the same approach Disney and Marvel have used to great success, building a cohesive movie universe that’s also expanding into the TV landscape. But what about Paramount and CBS’ space franchise? Given that Star Trek started on TV and has continued through four spin-offs, you’d think the big-screen success would have led to a new series on the small screen. But when asked about the subject J.J. Abrams’ response about why it hasn’t happened is sort of stunning: he says CBS isn’t interested.

The folks at Entertainment Weekly were grilling Abrams about his latest hit, Fox’s excellent Almost Human, when the subject turned toward Marvel’s hit-or-miss Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.. Given that both Marvel and DC are trying to conquer the TV landscape with multiple projects in development, EW asked the same question fans have been asking for ages now: when the hell are we getting a new TV series? Abrams said:

I have been hearing for as long as I can remember that CBS, who has the rights to the series, has just been saying they’re not interested. That’s the word I’ve been told. [A CBS Studios rep replied: "We love the Star Trek franchise, its fan base and the many possibilities for its future when the time is right.’]