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?)


Star Trek: Voyager Fires All Its Photon Torpedoes, And Then Some

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The USS Voyager was in dire straights. After pursuing a Maquis vessel into a dangerous area of space, Captain Janeway, the crew of the Voyager, and the surviving Maquis find themselves stranded in the Delta quadrant and united in common purpose: trying to figure out how the hell to get home. They’ve got a 75-year journey ahead of them, through a hostile and unknown part of the galaxy. They even have to be careful about getting into fights, because their weaponry is limited — they’ve only got 38 photon torpedoes. Only 38! Er…give or take 85.


Before JJ Abrams Star Trek’s Prequel Was About Kirk’s Ancestor In An Earth-Romulan War

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TrekLogoOnly a few years ago, Star Trek was in bad shape. Nemesis had been a box office disappointment, bringing in only $67 million worldwide, against a production budget of $60 million. And with the cancellation of Enterprise, for the first time since 1987, there was no new Trek series on the air. Needless to say, it was time to try something different. We all know that this road eventually led to J.J. Abrams’ “alternate timeline” reboot films which have, in spite of a lot of vitriol from long-time fans, still mostly been a critical and financial success for Paramount. But speaking of alternate timelines, there are many different paths the franchise could have taken before Abrams landed the gig. One of those paths was Star Trek: The Beginning, the first of a proposed trilogy of films which would have been set between Enterprise and The Original Series and would have explored the war between humans and Romulans.

We recently found a copy of the Beginning script caught in the pattern buffer of our transporter and were able to give it a read. Sit back, get comfortable, and let GFR be your guide through a Trek that could have been…

KirkIt’s set in 2159 and involves mostly new characters, including an ancestor of Kirk.
The main protagonist of STTB is Tiberius Chase, a top-gun starfighter pilot in the United Earth Stellar Navy. This is the early days of the so-called Coalition of Planets, and the Earth military has yet to merge with Starfleet, which is still strictly an exploratory organization at this point. While most of the cast is brand-new characters, there are appearances from a couple of familiar faces, including the Andorian Commander Shran (played by Jeffrey Combs in Enterprise), and Vulcan Ambassador Skon, who is the father of Sarek (who is, of course, the father of Spock). Enterprise‘s Captain Archer (Scott Bakula) is referenced but not seen: once hostilities break out with the Romulans, it’s mentioned that the Enterprise is visiting Risa and too far away to be of any help.

The script opens with Chase competing in a sailboat race against several other UESN cadets, and we see Chase demonstrate both the leadership and the cunning refusal to lose that we know so well from one James Tiberius Kirk. Unfortunately, while Tiberius is a brilliant pilot, he’s being held back by his family: he grew up among some hardcore Earth-first xenophobes, and the brass of UESN don’t trust him or intend to let him forget it. We meet several of Chase’s friends and peers over the course of script, but Chase is by far the major player, and it’s his actions — and his disregard for the chain of command — that eventually turns the tide in the brewing war between Earth and the attacking Romulans. The script also has Chase romancing Penelope Gardner, the daughter of Chase’s commanding officer, and she is described as a “school teacher from Iowa.” You might recall Iowa as the home state of James Kirk…

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Star Trek Into Darkness Torn Apart Screen Cap By Screen Cap

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SpockWhen Star Trek Into Darkness hit theaters last summer, the film didn’t receive anywhere near the love from either fans or critics that the filmmakers were hoping for. Hell, fans at a recent convention voted it the worst film in the entire Trek oeuvre, a few spots below Galaxy Quest, which I live, but isn’t even a part of the freakin’ franchise. I don’t think it’s necessarily the most terrible film in all the world—it sure isn’t great and it was a huge disappointment for many fans out there—but I don’t think it will dwell in the basement forever. The wound was just too fresh and raw to ignore. As time goes buy the stance will likely soften. Maybe. Then again, I could be completely wrong in my assessment of the situation.

No matter how you feel about the movie, this take on Into Darkness is too damn funny to pass up. Australian Tumblr user Kira retells the story of the movie through tons of screen caps. Putting her own personal spin on the material, she just eviscerates each and every last of flaw, picking at every last scab on the film. And there are so, so many. Some of jokes are clever, some are obvious, but either way, there are lots.