School of Geek: Preserving the Continuum – Re-Makes and Re-Boots or Won’t Someone Please Think of the Children?
Which came first – Star Wars, Episode I or Star Wars, Episode IV? My apologies to the Jar-Jar lovers, but Lucasfilm Logic dictating that we go with The Phantom Menace really screwed the pooch on this one. It takes the magic away from that huge pivotal moment in The Empire Strikes Back when Darth Vader reveals he is Luke’s father when you’ve known for four movies ahead of time who Anakin Skywalker really was. How did this improve the franchise? It didn’t, and just confused an audience of kids about who were the bad guys and changed the context of how we look at the franchise.
What was better -Gene Roddenberry’s Star Trek or J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek re-boot? Maybe old George could’ve taken a lesson out of Abrams’ book and have simply re-written the whole continuum, but the problem here is that you have a whole generation of kids who now discount all of the TOS episodes. It’s not all bad: at least we got to see this iteration of Uhura in her underwear. How did this improve the franchise? Well, at least Abrams paid homage to the effort and talent of all those writers who came before him by stating that they still existed – just in another reality, but he still monkeyed around with the continuum enough that established Star Trek canon is completely buggered.
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Sorry Battlestar Glactica fans… Syfy has decided not to go forward with the prequel Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome as a regular TV series, reports Deadline. Just this past weekend, an unofficial trailer screened at WonderCon causing a fan frenzy, but the project will not be moving forward – at least as a TV series. Although the network has passed on the project as a regular series on television they are still looking to do it as a digital one. Syfy President Mark Stern said in a statement, “We are actively pursuing it as was originally intended: a groundbreaking digital series that will launch to audiences beyond the scope of a television screen. The 90-minute pilot movie will air on Syfy in its entirety at a future date.” The network announced in October 2010 the pickup of the two-hour pilot, which follows the early years of William Adama (played by Skins‘ Luke Pasqualino). CLICK HERE to watch the trailer that was screened at Wondercon.
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