Comic-Con Episode IV Documents Geek Culture This Week in Science Fiction

By David Wharton | 9 years ago

Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan’s Hope
In Theaters and On Demand Friday

Morgan Spurlock, the documentary filmmaker known for Super Size Me and FX’s 30 Days teams up with Joss Whedon and Stan Lee to document Nerd Mecca: the annual San Diego Comic-Con. Will they be able to do it justice? Anyone who’s ever been to Comic-Con knows that it almost defies description. It’s a seething melting pot of fanboys/girls, aspiring creative types, Hollywood stars pimping their latest wares, bored-looking models in scanty garb, squinting collectors scanning dealer’s booths, wide-eyed dreamers, exhausted journalists, and every type of costume you can possible imagine (and then some). So-called “geek culture” has taken over much of the pop-culture landscape at the moment, so it’s about time it received a high-profile documentary. With Joss on board, this flick might just have a shot of honestly chronicling the insanity of Comic-Con, without belittling those who love it or seeming too inside-baseball for the uninitiated to care. It’s only opening in limited this Friday, but it will also be available through many On Demand providers. Check out the website for more info. Here’s the trailer for our TWiSF Pick of the Week: Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan’s Hope.


Alien Diplomacy” by Gini Koch
The fifth book in Koch’s “Alien” series, Alien Diplomacy continues the adventures of Kitty and Jeff Martini: new parents, new heads of the Centaurion Diplomatic Corps, and frequent exterminators of Alien Super-Beings. This time they’re confronting an assassination plot and anti-alien conspirators (all with tongue firmly in cheek, no doubt).

Kinect Star Wars (Xbox 360)
I don’t own a Kinect for my 360, and even if I did I’m a long way from sold on this one. Sure, there’s bound to be a little giddy thrill from practicing your lightsaber skills in your living room and seeing them reenacted on the screen in front of you, but I question how long it’ll take before that gets old. If you need me, I’ll be playing The Old Republic instead.

The Road of Danger” by David Drake
Drake returns to his RCN space adventure series for a ninth outing. Here’s the synopsis from Amazon:

Captain Daniel Leary with his friend–and spy–Officer Adele Mundy are sent to a quiet sector to carry out an easy task: helping the local admiral put down a coup before it takes place. But then the jealous admiral gets rid of them by sending them off on a wild goose chase to a sector where commerce is king and business is carried out by extortion and gunfights. With anarchy and rebellion in the air, a rogue intelligence officer plots the war that will destroy civilization and enlists the help of a brute whom even torturers couldn’t stomach. And, of course, it’s up to Leary and Mundy to put a stop to the madness.

Star Wars: The Essential Guide to Warfare” by Jason Fry, Paul R. Urquhart
This tome takes a look at “the facts, figures, and fascinating backstories of major clashes and combatants in the vast Star Wars universe.” Sounds like the perfect gift for that military history nut who also happens to be a Star Wars fan. According to Amazon, The Essential Guide to Warfare:

  • explores notable military units and groups
  • traces the development of significant armaments and technologies
  • profiles key warship classes, ground units, and manufacturers\
  • provides capsule biographies of great military leaders
  • presents eyewitness troopers’ accounts of combat
  • plus—enough additional profiles, intel, history, and lore to span the cosmos!

Torchwood: Miracle Day (Blu-Ray/DVD)
With the future of Torchwood in question and the cast moving on to other things, Miracle Day may be the final adventure for Captain Jack Harkness and company. That’s a shame, given how uneven and poorly paced Miracle Day is. Still, it did rally a bit towards the end, so I’m betting die-hard Torchwood fans will still want to add this to their collections.

Triggers” by Robert J. Sawyer
Canadian author Robert J. Sawyer, amongst other things, wrote the book Flashforward, which was eventually adapted into the one-season ABC series. In Triggers an assassin’s bullet strikes down the American president. While he’s being operated on, a string of events involving a terrorist bomb and a cutting-edge memory experiment result in a group of people suddenly gaining access to each other’s memories. Now one of those people has the President’s memories in his head…including top-secret information that could cost many lives in the wrong hands.

wednesday sci-fi

Nova (PBS, 10/9c) — “Hunting the Elements”
Where do the elements come from? Nova explores the world of chemistry, from mundane elements to bizarre substances that only flicker to life inside atom smashers.

Awake (NBC, 19/9c) — “That’s Not My Penguin”
Britten’s sleepless nights begin to catch up with him at the very worst time: as he’s attempting to negotiate a hostage crisis in a mental hospital. And no, I don’t know where the penguin figures in. Maybe it’s his spirit animal?

Person of Interest (CBS, 8/8c) — “Flesh and Blood”
The Machine turns out five different numbers which seem to connect to New York’s crime families. Sounds like somebody’s going to the matresses.

Touch (Fox, 9/8c) — “Kite Strings”
Tonight’s line-up of seemingly unrelated people includes a teenage heavy metal fan in Baghdad, an American soldier, a lottery winner, a depressed pastor, and a man who knew Martin’s wife before she died. That’s a bingo!

friday sci-fi

Fringe (Fox, 9/8c) — “Everything in Its Right Place”
Lincoln takes a trip to the Mirror Universe (sorry, wrong franchise) and teams up with Fauxlivia to investigate more shenanigans involving the shapeshifters.

Green Lantern: The Animated Series (Cartoon Network, 10/9c) — “Lost Planet”
“Hal and the team visit a mysterious planet.” Seriously, that’s the entire synopsis. Writing a synopsis that vague must have required incredible amounts of willpower.

Young Justice (Cartoon Network, 10:30/9:30c) — “Performance”
The team goes undercover in a circus to smoke out a thief who’s been ganking weapons across Europe. This show continues to put a big, stupid grin on my face thanks to solid characterization, exciting episodes, and tons of little Easter eggs (did you catch the Rita Farr reference last week?).

Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes! (11:15/10:15c) — “Alone Against A.I.M.”
Tony Stark fights for his life without the one thing that would be most useful in that situation: his armor. Or a nice, stiff drink, whichever is available.

MythBusters (Discovery, 9/8c) — “Square Wheels”
We’ve all heard the old adage about square pegs and round holes, but what about square wheels? The team investigates if slapping square wheels on your ride will result in anything other than severe jostling and possible spinal compression.

Ultimate Spider-Man (Disney XD, 11/10c) — “Doomed”
Spider-Man tries to capture Doctor Doom, but Doom shall not be captured! And also refers to himself in the third person! And with lots of exclamation points! Otherwise people can’t understand him! Because of the mask!

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