Say Hello to The HUVr Board
If you never asked your parents, hat in hand, for a sweet-ass hoverboard after seeing Back to the Future: Part II for the first time, you’re either lying or you’re too young to know what the hell I’m talking about. Truthfully, all you need to know is that the hoverboard is an immaculate piece of fictional technology capable of doing just what its name describes: making you look insanely rad while hovering eleven inches in the air. Now, thanks to HUvr, you can own one, too.
Or, you could, if the whole thing wasn’t a complete hoax (and a mighty expensive one, at that). Carefully watching the video reveals that the celebrity riders (including Tony Hawk, Moby, Terrell Owens, and a guest appearance by the one and only
Doc Brown Christopher Lloyd) reveal the harnesses under their clothing, and shadows on the pavement occasionally betray the illusion by broadcasting the outlines of cranes.
Still, you have to admit, for something that isn’t necessarily real, the team at HUVr sure put a lot of work into this. As much as I wish it was all promotional material for Back to the Future 4, it’s been confirmed that this viral sensation was orchestrated by the website Funny Or Die. This doesn’t necessarily stop me from wanting one, of course, but it definitely made my Christmas list just a little bit shorter. Good thing Marty McFly’s power laces are still coming out, right?
The Night of the Doctor Takes Fans Back in Time
The 50th anniversary special of Doctor Who is almost upon us and, as the 23rd of November draws near, fans are chomping at the bit for any information regarding The Day of the Doctor, which sees David Tennant and Matt Smith teaming up to defend all of time and space from Zygons and Daleks alike.
Enter: The Night of the Doctor. Steven Moffat, lead writer for the series, penned a short segment that acts as a prelude for the upcoming special. The minisode features two very special guests, including the return of the Eighth Doctor, Paul McGann, and the resurgence of John Hurt as The War Doctor. McGann’s appearance acts as a monumental bridge between the Big Finish stories and the current series, making it officially apart of canon. What does this have to do with the upcoming special, you may ask? Well, no one knows just yet.
What I can tell you, however, is that McGann’s performance is utterly stunning, and a harrowing return to the morals of a Doctor at the edge of war. After his failed attempt to rescue the reluctant pilot of a crashing ship, Eight comes face to face with the Sisterhood of Karn, and we see him willingly regenerate into his ninth incarnation for a human who resented his mere existence. This is a Doctor that I would love to see more of, but it seems that his appearance in this prelude marks the tragic end of his saga, much to our collective dismay.
For as little as we learned about the upcoming feature, this minisode gave us a telling glimpse into the dangerous waters that Ten and Eleven will explore in the anniversary special. We’ll just have to wait with as much patience as we can muster until the mystery reveals itself to us at the end of the month. And as for what roles our heroes will play in the unfolding fate of a universe on the brink of destruction? Only time will tell.
First Footage of Gareth Edward’s Godzilla Does Not Disappoint
I’ve harbored a fascination with monster movies since I was small. There’s something both terrifying and awe-inspiring about creatures with the power to decimate entire cities in the blink of an eye. Godzilla, of course, is the king of such beasts, and has been one of the most well-known monsters to ever grace the silver screen since his original appearance in 1954.
Today, we finally witness the first footage from the newest iteration in Godzilla’s reign of terror. Gareth Edwards, director of the amazing film Monsters, is finally giving us the Godzilla that fans have been pining for, and I can hardly wait.
The trailer, brief as it may be, shows a city leveled by the destruction of, what appears to be, a tremendous battle. We’re treated to a glimpse of a kaiju corpse, strewn across a deserted street. To make matters more horrifying, J. Robert Oppenheimer’s infamous speech about the Atomic Bomb is draped over the trailer like a dark shadow. The line pulled from Hindu scripture sends a chill racing up the spine of any who hear it and, when paired with the striking visual of Godzilla rising triumphantly from a haze of smoke, it’s effectively one of the most promising and terrifying things I have ever witnessed.
Maybe the fan in me is blowing this severely out of proportion, but I’ll be damned if this isn’t the Godzilla film that I’ve always hoped for. Sure, this is merely a trailer, but the sheer sincerity with which Edwards is approaching this film gives me a kaiju-sized amount of hope.
Don’t just take my word for it, friends. Feast your eyes on the first trailer here.
I wanna go home.
This Week in Science Fiction
It’s been a long week, folks, and the internet has been positively rife with exciting science fiction news; so rife, in fact, that I’ve hardly been able to keep up with it all. Luckily for you, however, I have managed to boil down the most exciting stories of the week into a nice, boring list. No need to thank me, friends. Here’s this week in science fiction:
- The first trailer for the upcoming remake of Robocop has hit the web to a sea of wavering skepticism. The cast looks incredibly promising, but something about the trailer seems a little too straight forward on the action for my tastes. The original Robocop felt much darker, and it provided a sense of social commentary that this film doesn’t seem to have. On the other hand, this is only the trailer, and I have been pleasantly surprised by remakes before. Who knows? This could be absolutely incredible, but only time will tell.
- The winners of the 2013 Hugo Awards have finally been listed, featuring a number of incredible short stories, novels, and comic books. Take a gander at the list of nominees and recipients, folks; you may just find your new favorite author on there.
- Gather ye dollars while ye may, Whovians. The BBC is releasing all of Doctor Who (series 1 - 7) on Blu-Ray in an amazing collectors edition, set to hit stores on November 5th. Not only does the box set include every episode and television special in 1080p, but it also includes special features, original art cards featuring 9, 10, and 11, an exclusive Doctor Who comic, and (get this) a universal remote in the shape of a Sonic Screwdriver. Look, I’m not one to beg, but can someone please drop three hundred and fifty bones on this for me? Please?
- Roland Emmerich, co-creator of the Stargate movie circa 1994, has fans of the franchise dizzy with excitement. (Do you guys even have a name? Gaters? Gateheads?) Emmerich is currently in talks with MGM to reboot his vision as a trilogy of films. Some fans wonder whether rehashing the franchise is even necessary at all, considering the vast array of television series that branched off from the original film. Gateheads will have to wait a little while longer before anything is confirmed, however, considering that Mr. Emmerich is currently shooting Independence Day 2, and we all know how important that is.
- If you’ve been following this blog for some time now, you may know just how much I adore the television series Futurama. I’ve toted it as the wittiest animated series of our generation, and I don’t think I’m too far off in that assessment, if you ask me. And, while I knew this day would eventually come, I wasn’t truly prepared for the series to end. Like all good things, however, it has. I hesitate to link you to any reviews of the finale, as they are all heavily laden with spoilers, but I can tell you this — for a show that’s been on the air for almost fourteen years, I’d say it had a pretty good run. Farewell, Futurama. I’ll never forget you.
- Dark Horse Comics are gearing up for something spectacular. This image, depicting the legendary Serenity-class ship Firefly from the television series bearing the same name, with the words “#wheresserenity" across the front, has graced their blog, effectively hinting at the possibility of an upcoming return to the Firefly universe in comic form. So far, Dark Horse is keeping a tight lid on any facts surrounding the arrival of a new series, but all signs point to “hell yes”. Keep an eye out for everyone’s favorite “big damn heroes” returning to a comic book store near you.
The Side of Star Wars You’ve Never Seen
Chances are that, if you’re browsing this blog (or if you’re a human being with a pair of functioning eyes), you’ve probably see Star Wars. The series is as much of a science fiction staple as it is a commercial success, and while many fans have come to love the franchise as it stands, there’s another facet of the tale that many do not know. Friends, say hello to: The Star Wars.
Dark Horse Comics are publishing a short, eight-issue series dedicated to the original script that George Lucas created over thirty-five years ago, written by J. W. Rinzler with art by Mike Mayhew. The fundamentals of the story are almost entirely different, and the comic features a variety of new faces and locations that fans of the series will almost certainly enjoy. Character relationships, such as our protagonist Luke traveling with a fellow Jedi named Annikin, and role reversals, like R2D2 being able to speak while C3PO cannot, are littered throughout the story, and these elements laid the groundwork for the series as a whole.
The Star Wars launched yesterday, on September 4th, and you can pick up your copy here.
A Third X-Files Film, Featuring Simon Pegg?
I’ll be completely honest with you guys: when I first heard this news, I legitimately thought they were remaking The X-Files with Simon Pegg as the lead, and I’ll tell you something — I don’t think I’d mind that one bit. Well, I digress.
What we’re really here to discuss is the fact that Chris Carter, creator of the aforementioned X-Files, mentioned to Empire that he has high hopes for a third movie in the franchise, which is fantastic news considering that the last film was released over five years ago. The only hold up, says Carter, rests with Twentieth Century Fox and “whether they have the will to do it.”
He continues: “I think all of us are interested in putting the band back together. I have an idea for a third movie in my head[…] we want to go back to the mythology.”
As if the idea of a third X-Files film isn’t amazing enough, Carter went on to mention that Simon Pegg nearly made an appearance in the second film, I Want To Believe, “but there was no part for him.” Gillian Anderson, otherwise known as the illustrious Dana Scully, met the Shaun of the Dead star on the set of How To Lose Friends and Alienate People. After finding out that Pegg was a self-proclaimed fan of the series, Anderson passed along the information to Carter, who went on to say: “I certainly would think about him if we were to go forward in any way.”
It seems the only question that remains is the title, of course. Personally, I’m rooting for either “The X-Files: Trust No One”, or “The X-Files: Government Denies Knowledge”, but hey, maybe that’s just me.
I Want To Believe: CIA Confirms the Existence Area 51
Conspiracy theorists and X-Files enthusiasts, rejoice. After years of speculation, the redacted information surrounding the infamous Area 51 has been unveiled, revealing to the world once and for all that… well, it exists.
To the residents of Nevada, and anyone with access to Google Maps, this comes as no real surprise; Area 51’s existence has been well-documented for some time, with various signs littered across the state warning citizens to steer clear of the government sanctioned strip of land near Groom Lake. However, this is the first time that the CIA has officially acknowledged the existence of the base, leaving many to speculate over their motivation in doing so.
The information was released alongside a report stating that Area 51 was used primarily to test various spy planes and stealth equipment, but theorists maintain that such details only scratch the surface of what goes on behind closed doors. Does this declaration of validity mean that the location is no longer in possession of highly guarded government paraphernalia, effectively rendering it’s “top-secret” nature useless? Are they turning it into a science fiction themed amusement park/petting zoo? No one can say for sure, friends, and there’s no way to know if we ever will.
The 12th Doctor is In
It looks like the wait is over, friends. After today’s live broadcast, the BBC has finally confirmed that Peter Capaldi will play the Doctor’s twelfth regeneration, even though he is, regrettably, not a ginger.
Capaldi is no stranger to Doctor Who. Not only is he a self-proclaimed fan, having written letters about Doctor Who to the news broadcast Radio Times in his youth, but he has also made a previous appearance on the show as Caecilius in season four’s “The Fires of Pompeii”.
Jenna Louise-Coleman will stay on as the ever-engaging Clara, helping to gently ease fans into the newest season. I, for one, am highly intrigued to see what kind of direction the show will take once our newest Doctor encounters the barrage of obstacles that the universe has in store for him.
Now, I’ve already seen quite a few complaints cropping up about his age, and honestly, friends, that depresses me. While it’s true that Capaldi is the oldest actor to portray the Doctor since William Hartnell, I see no reason why he couldn’t take up the reigns and truly make the role his own, regardless of how old he is. Might I mentioned that far fewer complaints were cast when Matt Smith became the 11th incarnation at age 27, making him the youngest actor to ever accept the role? Regardless, I think it’s high time that fans took a step back from their misconceived perceptions and accepted the fact that we won’t know a thing about the 12th Doctor until we see him in action, whenever that may be.
Independent of all criticisms and praise, Capaldi is, more than anything, completely beside himself with joy. “Being asked to play the Doctor is an amazing privilege,” he said. “Like the Doctor himself I find myself in a state of utter terror and delight. I can’t wait to get started.”
Truly, I think my favorite part of this entire announcement is the way in which Capaldi first learned that he had received the role. He’d been shooting in Prague, filming the BBC’s Three Muskateers, and missed the original call informing him that he’d gotten the part. Finally, an assistant was able to deliver the good news to him, and the first thing she said was: “Hello, Doctor.”