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Some Star Trek fans want your money for their Kickstarter project, Star Trek: Renegades

Posted on December 3, 2013 | comments | Bookmark and Share

So far, they’ve already got Walter Koenig, Tim Russ and Sean Young to take part and they’ve put together a couple of pretty impressive trailers. What do you think? Do you want to pay money to see more of this?

PS Is there something about Tim Russ's performance that suggests he's weary at life and the fact that he's never going to escape Star Trek or do much else?

PPS In case it sways your opinion, the same people made the feature-length Stark Trek: Of Gods and Men, which you can watch below.


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Review: Almost Human 1x1-1x2 (Fox)

Posted on November 19, 2013 | comments | Bookmark and Share

Almost Human

In the US: Mondays, 8/7c, Fox
In the UK: Not yet acquired
Find it in the schedules where you live

Visions of the future almost by definition have to fit into two camps: things are either going to have to go better or they’re going to have get worse. Whether it’s Robocop, Blade Runner, Minority Report, Logan’s Run, Planet of the Apes or any other piece of sci-fi, authors tend to veer towards either the utopian or the dystopian in their projections.

So to a certain extent you have to give Almost Human a good deal of credit for envisioning a future that is both worse and better. It’s 2048 and science and technology have advanced considerably. Unfortunately, gangs of criminals have access to that technology and the crime rate is increasing at 400%. So the police decide to pair every human detective with a police/combat android, capable of incredible acts of strength and analysis.

Detective John Kennex (Karl Urban from Dredd 3D, Star Trek, The Bourne Supremacy, Xena: Warrior Princess, et al) loses his leg in a police operation that goes badly wrong. When he comes back to duty over a year later, the android he’s paired with annoys him so much he destroys it. So the lab guy (Mackenzie Crook from The Office) gives him one of the older models (Michael Ealy from Common Law, The Good Wife, FlashForward and Sleeper Cell): the ‘crazy ones’ with 'synthetic souls’, capable of not just emulating but feeling human emotions, in addition to having natural robotic talents. Together, Kennex and ‘Dorian’ have to stop crime and learn to get on with one another, although is that even possible with an android?

And as you might expect from such a rundown, a good deal of imagination has gone into the science-fiction side of things, particularly as it relates to law enforcement, giving us everything from genetically targeted diseases to DNA bombs and robots capable of doing forensic analysis inside their bodies. The show also mines the obvious parallels with racial discrimination that having an underclass/slave population such a set-up gives us.

But as far as the human side of things goes, that’s where the imagination ran out. Here’s a trailer:

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The worst fight in TV history re-enacted for your benefit - Captain Kirk versus The Gorn

Posted on September 30, 2013 | Post a comment | Bookmark and Share

Possibly – indeed probably – the worst TV fight ever was in the Star Trek episode Arena, which featured Captain Kirk in the slowest hand-to-hand fight with anything, let alone a giant lizard-like Gorn, in recorded history.

Well, praise be! William Shatner and a Gorn were reunited earlier this year to re-enact that fight and it's even more awesomely bad now.

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