The SciFi Diner Podcast
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Tonight’s Diners: Scott & Miles
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On the menu tonight:
On the menu for this Science Fiction podcast, we interrogate Star Trek novelist, written and all around Geek Dayton Ward. We also talk about Flash Forward, Who plays Hawkman in Smallville, Emenim sung in Klingon, Where the Wild Things Are Breaks Records (but also corrupts Young Minds, Awesome Captain America News, a new Avatar Trailer is out. We also chat about Hancock, Transformers: The 25th Anniversary Matrix of Leadership DVD set and of course Battlestar Galactica: The Plan.
We had an awesome interview with with Star Trek novelist and author Dayton Ward. We found out a little regarding who he is, how he got into writing, and what science fiction inspired him as he grew up from a wee little lad. He also discussed his love of Flash Forward, talked about some of his past novels and also some of the novels he is currently writing. We got on a tangent regarding Star Trek cannon and what is and is not considered cannon. We briefly readdressed Ron D. Moore’s comment on Tech. Where does one start if they never read any Star Trek novels? We talked about that too. If you want to find out more about Dayton Ward, please visit his website here.
This Week’s Promos
- News items: if you want our thoughts on something, you gotta let us know.
The Trivia Question from last Week:
Question: Ernie Hudson guest – starred in heroes this past week as the cop who arrested Sylar. Name two major genre movies he was in.
Prize: A signed Vanessa Angel print
Answer: Varied but a sampling of these answers could be “Ghostbusters 1 & 2 (He was the Fourth Ghostbuster)” and “The Crow”, Spacehunter: Adventures in the Forbidden Zone, and Congo.
Winner: Amanda Black
For our trivia question this week:
Question: What does Stargate Universe, Labamba, Young Guns 1 & 2 have in common?
Prize: Smallville Season 6
If you know the answer, call us at 1.888.508.4343, e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org, or contact @scifidiner on Twitter with your answers!
SciFi News: The 10, 10, and 10
Our First Course: Scifi TV:
Lets talk Flash Forward:
A Biblical reference in Flash Forward?
Peter preached his classic sermon “the last days” recorded in Acts 2 verse 17 in the the bible. In this sermon he makes specific reference of a terrible world event where , i quote:
“And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams.”
What if that’s actually more true than just a Bible reference?
The young (kids like Charlie) prophesize by seeing info about important events, people or things (“D. Gibbons is a bad man.” “I had a bad dream. I dreamt there were no more good days.”)
The bulk of us (older kids and younger adults) saw visions of our own futures at a fixed date 6 months from now.
Older men and very-older men saw their most heartfelt dreams or hopes come to life (Mark’s pal saw his very-much-dead daughter alive in a fire-lit out-of-focus afterlife-esque place – even though we know she’s buried).
SG-1‘s Michael Shanks has landed a role as Hawkman in an upcoming episode of The CW’s Smallville!
Shanks, whom you know as Dr. Daniel Jackson, is one of two actors cast in the fledgling Justice Society episode on the before-Clark-was-Superman series, according to IGN:
We’ve known since this summer that the Justice Society would be coming to Smallville, in an episode written by comic book writer Geoff Johns, but so far the exact characters who would be part of the team were not revealed. …
As it turns out, Hawkman and Doctor Fate will both be part of the Smallville incarnation of the Justice Society. This goes hand in hand with DC Comics, where both characters have notable histories with the team and its various incarnations, dating back to the 1940s.
Another Stargate player, Brent Stait, who guested on Atlantis and appeared in the Stargate SG-1: Children of the Gods video game, will play Doctor Fate, the site reported.
The episode is slated to air in January. Not clear whether Shanks will have to put on the beaked cowl/winged hat of the classic Hawkman, but we’d pay money to see it.
Wasn’t Hawkman in flash? That short lived series?
Our Second Course: SciFi Movies:
Warner Bros. Pictures’ Where the Wild Things Are has finished no.1 at the box office over the weekend, pulling in an estimated $32.5M in ticket sales.
Where the Wild Things Are, directed by Spike Jonze and adapted from Maurice Sendak’s best selling 1963 book of the same name, follows 11 year old Max Records as he creates his own fantasy world – a forest inhabited by wild creatures that crown him as their ruler.
The flick broke a record for Warner Bros., setting its biggest opening weekend ever for an October release.
Kid bites mom after seeing Where the Wild Things Are:
CNN has an interesting article about how kids have reacted to seeing Where the Wild Things Are. Some are bored, some are scared, and one kid turned into a wild thing herself and bit her mother.
Movie critics were, on the whole, approving of the PG-rated film, though the poor reviews were particularly scathing. “I have a vision of 8-year-olds leaving the movie in bewilderment. Why are the creatures so unhappy?” wrote The New Yorker’s David Denby.
The heavily publicized film, which opened in theaters last Friday and debuted on top of the weekend box office, seemed to do too much, said [James Griffioen of Detroit, Mich.]. He thought much of the problem lay in the script, by director Spike Jonze and author Dave Eggers, which expanded on the 10-sentence children’s book. …
For Devon Adams in Chandler, Arizona, the problem wasn’t keeping his 5-year-old daughter, Claire, interested—it was dealing with the aftermath of the violent scenes.
“She and her friend seemed to enjoy the film, but when she returned home, she threw her own tantrum, bit her mother very hard (something she does not do), and told her she was going to run away from home and go to where the wild things are,” Adams said.
Of course, we remember when the book itself was cause for concern among parents.
- Is this the K.I.S.S. syndrome of Music; the Grand Theft Auto of Games; The DiVinci Code of Books?
- Is this act more reflective of the parents or the movie?
Whilst attending his very own question-and-answer panel at a New York City-based convention, Marvel Comics editor-in-chief Joe Quesada has provided fans with a tease about Marvel’s upcoming feature film, The First Avenger: Captain America.
“I’ve seen a couple of outlines and an initial screenplay, and it’s going to rock everyone’s socks off,” he said. “It’s very unexpected, the kind of movie it is.”
Quesada also confirmed that the film’s story sets up the lead into The Avengers, adding that it does so in “a fantastic way.”
So far all we know about Captain America is that it takes place during World War 2 and is very Indiana Jones like in theme, with some sources claiming the sets are simply amazing.
Quesada also confirmed that they have a wish list of actors that they want to play Captain America, but the names on that list remain a mystery.
Captain America will be released July 22, 2011.
A New Avatar Trailer Due Out!
ComingSoon.net has confirmed that 20th Century Fox will debut a new 3-and-a-half-minute trailer for James Cameron’s Avatar in theaters this Friday and online Oct. 29; the movie opens in conventional 3-D theaters and IMAX 3-D on Dec. 18.
Are we looking forward to this movie? Other than Star Trek DVD, anything else we are looking forward to?
I finally saw Hancock.
3rd Course SciFi DVD/Video:
- Five retrospective featurettes including brand-new, in-depth interviews with those most responsible for the success of The Transformers franchise. Two of these featurettes are exclusive to this set including a conversation with comic writer Bob Budiansky and a voice cast reunion. The reunion features Jack Angel (Ramjet), Michael Bell (Prowl), Gregg Berger (Grimlock), Arthur Burghardt (Devastator), Corey Burton (Spike Witwicky), Richard Gautier (Rodimus Prime), Neil Ross (Slag), Frank Welker (Megatron).
* Two concept art galleries* Archival Hasbro toy commercials.
* All 98 episodes of dialogue scripts. Three full scripts, with original handwritten notes, include Transport To Oblivion, Starscreams Brigade and The Revenge of Bruticus.
Sells for $129 at our store. Saves you $40 bucks.
23 bucks Blu-ray; 17 buck DVD – saves you $15 dollars.