SciFi Diner Podcast Ep. 119a
Robocop Patrols Star Trek, Get Your Guns for Christmas,
And The Worst Star Wars’ Lines EVER.
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TV THIS WEEK: It’s Christmas on Syfy for Eureka, Haven and more!
Ho, ho, ho … It’s Christmas on Syfy—or at least it’s the channel’s second annual Countdown to Christmas Week. There’s part two of Neverland, and then it’s on to special standalone holiday episodes of Eureka, Warehouse 13 and Haven.
Also this week, it’s the season finale of Ghost Hunters, Violet learns the house rules on American Horror Story, Zachary Levi takes the director’s chair on Chuck, Kate Freelander returns to Sanctuary, anomalies go wild on Primeval, a mystical snow globe shakes things up on Syfy’s original movie Snowmageddon, someone dies in Storybrooke on Once Upon a Time, and Pierce Brosnan goes all Stephen King in Bag of Bones.
Here’s what we have to look forward to this week on sci-fi, fantasy, paranormal and spy-fi TV
26 sci-fi weapon replicas that’ll make killer holiday gifts
One of the many, many reasons we love sci-fi and fantasy so much is watching our favorite heroes (and villains) kick ass with awesome weapons—but sometimes (and the holidays is one of those times) just watching it happen isn’t enough. Sometimes you want a mythic sword or high-tech blaster of your very own, and a plastic knockoff from the toy store just won’t do.
You want to get as close to the real thing as possible. In that spirit, we’ve gathered a collection of convincing weapon replicas from Star Wars, Star Trek, The Lord of the Rings and more. They’re all for sale, they’re all awesome, and they’re all ready to go under the tree.
NASA Finds An Earth-Like Planet That May Hold Life
Yes kiddies! You heard that right! NASA has discovered a planet that is the right temperature, the right location in its solar system, and possibly has the right amount of water to sustain life. I want to say “how cool is that!?!?” but I won’t do that to you this time…oh, wait… This Super-Earth sized planet is the first “confirmed” find of its kind in a habitable zone outside of our solar system.
Confirmation means that astronomers have seen it crossing in front of its star three times. But it doesn’t mean that astronomers know whether life actually exists there, simply that the conditions are right.
Such planets have the right distance from their star to support water, plus a suitable temperature and atmosphere to support life.
“We have now got good planet confirmation with Kepler-22b,” said Bill Borucki, Kepler principal investigator at NASA Ames Research Center.
“We are certain that it is in the habitable zone and if it has a surface, it ought to have a nice temperature,” he told reporters.
Spinning around its star some 600 light years away, Kepler-22b is 2.4 times the size of the Earth, putting it in class known as “super-Earths,” and orbits its Sun-like star every 290 days.
Its near-surface temperature is presumed to be about 72 degrees Fahrenheit (22 Celsius). Scientists do not know, however, whether the planet is rocky, gaseous or liquid.
Check out this video of Corey Powell (Editor-In-Chief of Discover Magazine), describing the planet and the methods of discovery. Just try your hardest to ignore the snarky news correspondent…ughh. Don’t let him ruin this super awesome bit of news…and it IS super awesome!
So, who do you think it’s going to turn out to be? The Vulcans? The Klingons? I vote for Andorians…and not just because the artist’s rendition of Kepler-22b is blue, but because if you’re going to have an ally, Shran is just about perfect.
Miles reviews of Trek Nation
Peter Weller In Abrams’s Next Installment Of Star Trek
Ok, so Peter Weller has already battled Lectroids from the 8th dimension (Planet 10, for you sticklers) and cleaned up the (future) streets of Detroit, making his adventuring days behind him, right? Not so! He has been announced the latest addition to the J.J. Abrams cast of Star Trek XII.
Variety has been kind enough to give all us hungry fans the poop.
J.J. Abrams has tapped veteran thesp Peter Weller for the ensemble cast of Paramount’s upcoming “Star Trek” sequel.
Specifics of Weller’s role are under wraps. His selection came on the heels of Abrams choosing Alice Eve as a character that’s believed to be new.
Benicio del Toro is Abrams’ choice to play the villain, as Variety first reported Nov. 4. Most of the cast from the previous installment is returning, including Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto. Abrams is directing from a script by Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci and Damon Lindelof. Abrams, Kurtzman, Orci, Lindelof, Bryan Burk, and David Ellison will produce through Bad Robot and Skydance Productions. Production is expected to start in early 2012 with Paramount planning to release the pic on May 17, 2013.
He’s already been a maniacal evil genius on Enterprise. Maybe next he’ll play a rock star, fighter pilot, cybernetic, brain surgeon, augment. I for one, can’t wait to see.
The SciFi Five in Five:
Scott’s Five Worse Star Wars’ Lines