Sci-Fi Happy Meals That Are Too Good To Be True

BladeRunnerWhy don’t adults get meals that come with prizes? Some of my favorite rituals from childhood involved being elbow-deep in a box of cereal, feeling around for the prize, or dumping all the food out of my Happy Meal just so I could get to the toy. So how come we don’t get a grown-up equivalent? After-dinner mints and fortune cookies don’t count, damn it. I want to be able to finish my snazzy, five-star meal, and then have the waiter bring me out a Rocket Raccoon action figure on a silver platter. Sadly, I will probably never live in such a world, but at least pretending is a little bit easier thanks to these faux Happy Meals that were ripped right out of my Happy Place.

These awesome fake Happy Meals are the work of Los Angeles digital artist Newt Clements. (He mostly comes out at night. Mostly.) His Pinterest is full of a wide variety of crazy projects, but his Happy Meals collection is one of the most extensive. He’s got over 100 of the things by my count, and they’re all incredibly well done. Designing Happy Meal boxes to tie into Doctor Who, Aliens, or Escape from New York would have been worthy of a story in and of itself, but Clements goes the extra mile by imagining what toys might be included with each meal as well. And I don’t care what bounty McDonald’s has on offer, there’s no way it’s cooler than an action figure of Firefly’s River standing atop a pile of Reaver corpses.

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Review: V Re-Invades Television On ABC

v on abcABC is resurrecting V and, on the surface, it doesn’t seem like a good decision. Sure V was a blockbuster miniseries back in the 80s but the subsequent spin-off television series never really went anywhere. Now ABC is skipping right over the miniseries, the component which worked best last time around, and going straight to the previously failed weekly one hour drama format. Not that they have any choice. The glory days of the made for television event is long over, with the miniseries’ relegated to barely watched deep cable.

So on the surface this may seem like an idea destined for failure but the truth is, having just watched the series premiere, I think they may be on to something.

The show’s one-hour format debut isn’t exactly inspired, but it’s economical and it gets right to the point. Within minutes the aliens have landed and from there it skips forward at a rapid pace which sets up the same intrigue fans of the first series are familiar with. The aliens, who call themselves Visitors and “Vs” for short, present themselves as human in appearance. Actually you might say they appear hyper-human. Imagine an entire ship full of mid-level runway models and you’ll have some idea of the hotness level they’ve brought into our atmosphere. The V’s loudly proclaim that they’ve come in peace and immediately set about curing all of mankind’s ills. This of course means they’re up to no good and if you’ve seen the original you already know what that no-good is.

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