Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Mr. Spock quoted by Texas Court

In Texas, they're quoting Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan in a Supreme Court case.

Star Trek cited by Texas Supreme Court

The Texas Supreme Court when writing their opinion in Robinson v. Crown Cork and Seal cited Mr. Spock, effectively making him a legal authority for interpreting the Texas Constitution.
Appropriately weighty principles guide our course. First, we recognize that police power draws from the credo that “the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few.” Second, while this maxim rings utilitarian and Dickensian (not to mention Vulcan21), it is cabined by something contrarian and Texan: distrust of intrusive government and a belief that police power is justified only by urgency, not expediency.
See STAR TREK II: THE WRATH OF KHAN (Paramount Pictures 1982). The film references several works of classic literature, none more prominently than A Tale of Two Cities. Spock gives Admiral Kirk an antique copy as a birthday present, and the film itself is bookended with the book’s opening and closing passages. Most memorable, of course, is Spock’s famous line from his moment of sacrifice: “Don’t grieve, Admiral. It is logical. The needs of the many outweigh . . .” to which Kirk replies, “the needs of the few.”
"... or the needs of the one", Spock returns. This is almost as cool as the UN Galactica panel.


Monday, October 25, 2010

Blood & Chrome

More Battlestar Galactica is in the making. Syfy (I hate that name) has greenlit a pilot for a prequel series- Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome. This will be about young William Adama in the first Cylon War.
art by JbobW 

SYFY GREENLIGHTS BATTLESTAR GALACTICA: BLOOD & CHROME 2-Hour Pilot Chronicles Young William Adama's Adventures in First Cylon War

New York, NY - October 22, 2010 - Syfy is readying an exciting all-new chapter in the Battlestar Galactica saga with a greenlight for Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome from Executive Producer David Eick, it was announced today by Mark Stern, Executive Vice President of Original Programming, Syfy and Co-Head of Content for Universal Cable Productions. Universal Cable Productions will produce the 2-hour pilot with Syfy utilizing cutting edge CGI and virtual technology.
Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome takes place in the 10th year of the first Cylon war. As the battle between humans and their creation, a sentient robotic race, rages across the 12 colonial worlds, a brash rookie viper pilot enters the fray. Ensign William Adama, barely in his 20's and a recent Academy graduate, finds himself assigned to the newest battlestar in the Colonial fleet... the Galactica. The talented but hot-headed risk-taker soon finds himself leading a dangerous top secret mission that, if successful, will turn the tide of the decade long war in favor of the desperate fleet.
"The 'Galactica' universe as re-imagined by Ron Moore and David Eick is rich with possibilities and backstory," said Mark Stern. "We jumped at the chance to revisit the William Adama character and explore this exciting chapter in the BSG narrative which falls between the events of the original series and the prequel, 'Caprica,' currently airing on Syfy."
"While maintaining the themes of politics, social propaganda, and the timeless question: what does it mean to be human? - 'Blood & Chrome' will also return us to the authentic, relentless depiction of combat and the agony and ecstasy of human-Cylon war, which was the hallmark of 'Battlestar Galactica's' early seasons," said David Eick.
Michael Taylor wrote the teleplay from a story by Eick, Taylor and Bradley Thompson & David Weddle.

About Universal Cable Productions
Universal Cable Productions creates quality content across multiple media platforms for USA, Syfy and other networks. A leader in innovative and critically acclaimed programming, UCP is the studio behind USA's Royal Pains, Law & Order :Criminal IntentPsychIn Plain Sight, Covert Affairs and Fairly Legal, along with Syfy's Eureka,Warehouse 13 and Caprica. The studio also produced both long-running series Monkand Battlestar Galactica. UCP is a division of NBC Universal.
About Syfy
Syfy is a media destination for imagination-based entertainment. With year round acclaimed original series, events, blockbuster movies, classic science fiction and fantasy programming, a dynamic Web site (, and a portfolio of adjacent business (Syfy Ventures), Syfy is a passport to limitless possibilities. Originally launched in 1992 as SCI FI Channel, and currently in more than 98 million homes, Syfy is a network of NBC Universal, one of the world's leading media and entertainment companies.


Sunday, October 24, 2010

The Trader of Stories: Bell's Heart

Found an very nice game on the web this weekend. It's a relatively easy point-and-click escape game. These are usually relaxed graphical and somewhat interactive narratives. They tend to be hunt and click mixed with some puzzles. This one was much higher than most in it's presentation. The artist, Marek Rudowski, clearly is experienced in sequential storytelling and has a very classic style of art. This story appears to be one small part of perhaps a series, but also of some comic anthologies. Unfortunately for English speaking fans, a lot of this work appears to be in Polish. I hope we get to see more of the world of The Big Old Tree that Dreamed.

The Trader of Stories: Bell’s Heart – Flash Games – Overview
Play the role of Myosotis who is a trader of stories in this The Trader of Stories: Bell’s Heart adventure flash game. Myosotis is trading stories in hopes of finding her own story and name one day as she has forgotten them. The story starts when her cart broke down and she seeks help in a village.

Please check it out...

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Week of Khan

Last weekend I watched Star Trek the Motion Picture. Naturally, the next film would be Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan. I realized that I had never seen the original series episode that set up the foundation back story for the second film. So before I continued with the films I watched Star Trek: Space Seed....

Watched it Tuesday morning before work (while I had my breakfast).

A fantastic episode. Often considered one of the best.

I found it to be Star Trek's almost echo of Buck Rogers. Buck was a man of the 20th Century frozen or whatever for 500 years and revived. Khan was a genetically superior human who shipped out in cryogenically frozen sleep in 1996. Revived in the 23rd Century. That was 14 years ago. He's one of us. A bad Buck Rogers of sorts.

Wednesday morning I started watching Star Trek II (during breakfast) and enjoying it from a different perspective now having seen the back story.

Then, Thursday I make my way to The Source to take a look at what new comics came out and I see on the new release shelf - Star Trek: Khan Ruling in Hell issue 1 of 4, I believe. I had no intention of buying a Star Trek comic. I had considered it, true, as it obviously is currently on my obsession radar. But, come on! Khan?! Now?! I honestly had no idea that this comic was coming out. This week, none-the-less!

The story shows Khan and his people being set up and left by the Enterprise and her crew as per Kirk's decision in the TOS episode and they two parties part on rather good terms. The issue covers and highlights some of the main difficulties throughout the first six months of Khan's exile. Marla McGivers, former Lieutenant aboard the Enterprise was also exiled with Khan's people for betraying her crew (also in the episode) and Khan takes her as his wife. She burns her Starfleet uniform after the Enterprise leaves.

Six months pass and the end of the issue shows the Ceti Alpha VI blow up knocking the very lush Ceti Alpha V closer to the sun making it a desolate desert planet. This is portraying what Khan explained to Commander Chekov and Captain Terrel just before putting the awful worms in their ears. Very nicely made comic.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

David Tennant and Doctor Who

I really liked Matt Smith's Doctor. But I fell in love with Doctor Who while it was on David Tennant's watch. What he brought to the character was all good. The level of quality through him is what is making Smith's Doctor hard to accept. Here is how David feels about leaving the role behind...

David Tennant on leaving Doctor Who behind

Simon Brew

The former Time Lord, David Tennant, talks about watching his last episode of Doctor Who, his thoughts on leaving the role, and what he thinks of Matt Smith…

Published on Oct 6, 2010

In the piece, Tennant says, "It felt right to pass the baton on and for it to continue to thrive." Specifically chatting about the transmission of The End Of Time Part II at the start of the year, he added, "I was at home in London on New Year's Day when I watched my last episode. It felt emotional, a weird mixture of emotions, but above all I was proud to be going out with a bang."There's an interesting interview in the latest issue of the Radio Times in which David Tennant looks back on leaving Doctor Who, and insists that he has no regrets about doing so.
While conceding that there's a downside to leaving such a role behind, Tennant did say that "It created many, many more opportunities than it closed down. My life and career are in a very different place to where they were before Doctor Who and that is 90 percent positive."
And what's more, he's a fan of his successor, Matt Smith, too. "I've loved every second. It's a thrill to be watching as a viewer again. I knew Matt was going to be fantastic and he is. He's a great choice and he's knocked it out of the park," Tennant said.
The actor can currently be seen in the BBC drama Single Father, and you can read the full interview in this week's Radio Times. It's well worth picking up.

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