SciFi Diner Podcast Ep. 121
Our Interview with K.C. Wayland
Creator of “We’re Alive!”
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- Interview with K.C. Wayland from “We’re Alive!”
- Trivia: Winners announced in this weeks Trivia
- TV News: Sanctuary signs off & more.
- Movie News: Hobbit Trailer out!
- This Week in Star Trek: Some JJ interviews about the new movie.
- SciFi Five in Five: Great Firefly quotes
- New Music from Meru Matu.
Answer: Pvt. Vasquez played by Jenette Goldstein in Aliens
Our Interview: K.C. Wayland
Kc won several awards while in the Media Arts program including the Award of Excellence ad Best Student Editor (KOCE Media Festival) in 2001. In this program Kc also worked as a cinematographer on a video poem titled Blue Doll. This short went to play at Sundance Film Festival in 2001.
Kc went on to work developing special effects on several short films including Return to Innsmouth. Kc graduated with top honors in three animation field classes from CCROP. In 2001 he was awarded an Academic scholarship and attended Chapman University’s Film Program.
There he continued to produce several short films including Love Lost, The Creature, Where Dolls Lie, Butterfly, and several others. In 2002 Casey enlisted in the US ARMY to assist with college finances. From there he was trained at the Defense Information School in Fort Meade Maryland.
He received two certifications in broadcast engineering and was awarded both Top Graduate and Distinguished Honor Graduate. In 2003 Kc returned to Chapman University to continue his degree, but was deployed to Iraq soon after.
He spent over a year being deployed, and returned back to Chapman University in 2005. He went on to complete a documentary about his journeys overseas entitled 365 Boots on Ground. This feature length documentary went onto win Best Documentary at Chapman University 2005. Kc continued to work and develop more shorts and scripts during his enrollment at Chapman. He graduated in May of 2008 with the Cheverton Award (Valedictorian).
Sanctuary signs off, Chuck has a baby and more!
Oh, and you thought there wasn’t going to be any original programming this week considering the Christmas and New Year’s of it all. Not so! Surprisingly we have a new Chuck, which involves a secret of Sarah’s, and the season finale of Sanctuary, in which it looks like the government vs. Abnormals and the Magnus vs. Will storylines are about to explode.Beyond that we’ll get a look at Syfy’s pilot for Three Inches and you can catch up via some of the marathons on The Twilight Zone, invasion movies and Once Upon a Time.Here’s what we have to look forward to this week on sci-fi, fantasy and paranormal TV.
Tuesday, Dec. 27
Take Me To Your Leader Movie Marathon (TMC) 8 p.m.
There’s some fun to be had as TMC offers up six movies involving aliens including: Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Earth vs. the Flying Saucers, The Man From Planet X, Daleks’ Invasion Earth: 2150 A.D., Unidentified Flying Objects: The Truth Story of Flying Saucers and War of the Planets.
Here’s the Close Encounters’ mashed potato scene:
Wednesday, Dec. 28
Trek Nation (Science) 9 p.m.
Repeat alert! Here’s another chance to catch this documentary narrated by Rod Roddenberry about his father, Gene Roddenberry, and the legacy left by Star Trek, which includes interviews with people connected to Trek or influenced by Roddenberry’s vision, including J.J. Abrams, Nichelle Nichols and George Lucas.
Here’s a preview:
Thursday, Dec. 29
Three Inches (Syfy) 9 p.m. – “Pilot”
In this potential series, daydreamer and underachiever, Walter Spackman (Noah Reid) develops a strange superpower when he’s struck by lightening. He can move any object using his mind, but only by three inches. Buffy’s James Marsters plays Troy Hamilton, an ex-government agent who tries to recruit Walter into a group of ordinary people with odd abilities who are working to battle evil. The pilot also stars Andrea Martin, Stephanie Jacobsen, Antony Del Rio, Naoko Mori, Kyle Schmid and Brandon Jay Mclaren.
Here’s a look:
Other Thursday shows of interest:
On Syfy, there’s a V: The Series Marathon (8 a.m.), to remind us just how much better the newest (and sadly canceled) V was as a series than the campy 1980s series version. Now mind you, we’re not talking about the excellent original miniseries. And HBO begins running the bloody good time that was season four of True Blood (8 p.m.) this week, beginning with “She’s Not There,” which follows a confused Sookie as she returns home to find out she’s been gone for a long time and presumed dead.
Friday, Dec. 30
Chuck (NBC) 8 p.m. – “Chuck Versus the Baby”
Cheryl Ladd alert! Former Charlies’ Angel Cheryl Ladd guest stars as Sarah’s mother, a woman who’s deeply involved in a secret from Sarah’s past. The beautiful spy heads off on a mission of her own involving that secret and runs into her original handler (Tom DeKay), who may be a threat to the people she loves. There’s only a few more original episodes until Chuck is done forever.
Here’s a preview:
Sanctuary (Syfy) 9 p.m. – “Sanctuary for None, Part 2”
Part two of the two-part season four finale! In the conclusion to the season finale, Henry and Tesla discover that the government has an evil plan for one of Tesla’s designs which involves the trapped Abnormals. Meanwhile, Bigfoot and Kate dig into Caleb’s leadership, and Will and Abby investigate Magnus. With no new season ordered, could this be the end of Sanctuary? Should it be?
Here’s a sneak peek:
Other Friday shows of interest:
On the Cartoon Network, there’s a new Generator Rex (6 p.m.), which follows Rex as he tries to retrieve his goggles that were lost in a fight in “Double Vision.”
Saturday, Dec. 31
The Twilight Zone Marathon (Syfy) 9 a.m.
Syfy kicks off two full days of The Twilight Zone, beginning with “Escape Clause,” which stars David Wayne as a man who sells his soul in exchange for immortality.
Here’s a clip of “Escape Clause”:
Other Saturday shows of interest:
TBS gives you the opportunity to ring the New Year in with a chuckle with The Big Bang Theory Marathon (7 p.m.), which runs until midnight.
Sunday, Jan. 1 – Happy New Year
Once Upon a Time Marathon (ABC) 7 p.m.
ABC airs the final four episodes of the season so far, which concludes with a big shocker. Once Upon a Time returns Sunday, Jan. 8.
Here’s a preview of the last original episode, “The Heart is a Lonely Hunter”:
Other Sunday shows of interest:
Syfy continues it’s The Twilight Zone Marathon until 6 a.m. Monday morning. And Spike is running the original Star Wars trilogy (9 a.m.) twice making for a full day of Star Wars goodness.
What are you going to watch?
Dwarves, Gollum and the green Shire in 1st trailer for The Hobbit!
It seems like we’ve been waiting ever since the end of The Return of the King to see it, and now the first trailer for Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is finally here! Prepare yourself for singing dwarves, beautiful visuals and a creature in a mountain who first hears the dreaded name Baggins.From the very beginning we get ties to The Lord of The Rings with hints of Howard Shore’s original score, plus appearances by both Elijah Wood and Ian Holm as old Bilbo lets young Frodo know that he didn’t tell him the whole story of how he got his hands on the One Ring after all.From there, we get a good look at Gandalf—staff, pipe and all—as he invites a band of dwarves into Bilbo’s pleasant little hobbit hole and offers him a chance to go on a strange journey to a mountain far away. The dwarves, led by Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage), sing their story for Bilbo, and the unexpected journey begins.Amid Jackson’s predictably stunning visuals are hints of trolls, Galadriel (Cate Blanchett), and of course the now-iconic voice of Gollum (Andy Serkis) as he meets Bilbo beneath the Misty Mountains for the first time. We knew we were excited for this, but until this trailer hit we didn’t know just how excited. Now begins the excruciating yearlong wait to see the full first film.
DVD/Movie Rental Reviews:
Rise of the Planet of the Apes
This Week in Star Trek
“Damon, Bob and Alex.. wrote the most amazing script,” Says J.J. About Star Trek 2
So, shooting for Star Trek XII (or Star Trek 2 as the kids on the interwebs are calling it) is set to begin next month. J.J. tells MTV News that the sets are almost complete and that “Damon, Bob and Alex — they wrote the most amazing script, and I’m thrilled to get a chance to direct it. It’s totally mine to screw up, so if you don’t like it, it’s completely on me.” We dig J.J’s self effacing humor. One thing that were not so keen on is post-production 3D. Everyone has heard that “2” will be 3D, but from what J.J. has mentioned, it won’t be shot in 3D.
“We’re shooting on film, 2-D, and then we’ll do a good high-end conversion like the ‘Harry Potter’ movie and all that. Luckily, with our release date now we have the months needed to do it right because if you rush it, it never looks good.”
Why not just skip 3D altogether? To me, it seems like more of a distraction than anything. Does it really get people in the seats? Anyway, J.J. also mentioned that he’s thinking about shooting in IMAX (which I DO love). Whether it’s all of the movie or just a few scenes (ala The Dark Knight & Mission Impossible – Ghost Protocol).
“We were talking about [shooting in IMAX] and I would love to do it. IMAX is my favorite format; I’m a huge fan,” he added.
JJ Abrams Talks on The Nerdist pod cast Star Trek, the Alternate Timeline, His Connection with Nick Meyer & More
Star Trek director J.J. Abrams was a guest on yesterday’s Nerdist podcast. During the interview, hosted by Chris Hardwick, Abrams discussed his love of sci-fi films, making LOST, plus plenty of Star Trek talk. Abrams discussed the prime vs. alternate timeline, making the 2009 Star Trek film and his childhood connection with “Wrath of Khan” director, Nick Meyer.
“I was never really a fan. I never really got it. Most of my friends who loved it were, without question, smarter than I was. I couldn’t get it. It felt stilted. It is ironic because a lot tone and techniques and some of the writers were from the Twilight Zone. When you watch it there is that same kind of melodramatic vibe.” said Abrams.
“I enjoyed the movies and the early films, but I never really looked forward to them. So when I was mixing Mission: Impossible: III, I was asked if I was interested in producing a Star Trek movie. When I said yes, I had never thought of it, but what occurred to me was that there was a version of it that I could see getting interested in. I couldn’t tell you what it was, but I knew that if Star Trek were done in a certain way, with an approach that let me in more. I was being given the opportunity to attempt what I wished had existed as a kid trying to get into it, which is an emotional way in. It wasn’t about the Enterprise or Starfleet or the Prime Directive or any of that stuff, but was completely emotional. If that had existed, I would have probably found a way in. Maybe I had seen the wrong episodes, maybe I wasn’t in the right frame of mind as a kid. I have since watched them and actually have come to really appreciate the show.”
JJ Abrams directing Star Trek (2009)
Abrams went on to talk about why he wanted to direct Star Trek.
“The reason I wanted to direct [Star Trek], was because I thought ‘when in the world ever am I going to get a chance to do a space movie…that’s cool.’ And I loved the script that Alex [Kurtzman] and Bob [Orci] wrote. I thought ‘there is a version of this movie that is surprising intimate and emotional and about these two men who are displaced and kind of orphans in a way and they find a family.’ And I thought that is kind of a cool story. It happens to be called “Star Trek” and it happens to be Kirk and Spock, but it’s cool.” said Abrams.
“The whole experience was kind of bizarre – working on something that I never thought in a million years I would be working on and doing it with people I would love to work with in any capacity. Getting to things that as a kid filmmaker cliché you want to do – spaceships and planets exploding. Stuff you could only dream of doing. It became a dream project.” he added.
He discussed his connection with another Star Trek director, Nick Meyer.
“The weirdest thing was that as a kid my parents knew Nick Meyer, who directed the best one – “Wrath of Khan.” And at my bar mitzvah, Nick Meyer came and I remember he came over for dinner. I used to make radio shows as a kid and Nick came to my room and did the show with me and he was the sweetest guy and I still have the annotated Sherlock Holmes book he gave me as a kid. Years later he directed a Star Trek movie and so did I. It is strange to see that movie and have this kind of sense “oh god, that was that guy.” The connection to me for Star Trek was always through appreciating that my friends loved it and knowing someone who had been involved in it, but never thinking of being involved in it.”
JJ Abrams & the cast of Star Trek (2009)
Abrams went on to talk about the alternate timeline.
“The notion that when this one character arrived – Nero – that basically the timeline is altered at that moment. So everything forward is essentially an alternative timeline. That is not to say that everything that happened in the original series doesn’t exist. I think as a fan the movies and shows, if someone told me that as a beloved thing for me was gone, I would be upset. But we didn’t do that. We are not saying that what happened in that original series wasn’t good, true, valid, righteous and real. We are not rejecting that. That to me would have been a big mistake. We are simply saying that from this moment in the opening scene of the movie, that everything people knew of Star Trek splits off into another timeline.”
Sci Fi 5 at 5
Mal: “Well, look at this! Appears we got here just in the nick of time. Whaddya suppose that makes us?”
Zoe: “Big damn heroes, sir.”
Mal: “Ain’t we just!”
From Our Mrs. Reynolds:
Mal in a wagon dressed as a woman to a bandit: “Now think real hard. You been bird-dogging this township a while now. They wouldn’t mind a corpse of you. Now you can luxuriate in a nice jail cell, but if your hand touches metal, I swear by my pretty floral bonnet: I will end you.”
From War Stories:
Zoe: “Preacher, don’t the Bible have some pretty specific things to say about killing?
Book: “Quite specific. It is, however, somewhat fuzzier on the subject of kneecaps.”
From Objects in Space:
Wash: “Psychic, though? That sounds like something out of science fiction.”
Zoe: “We live in a space ship, dear.”
From the Big Damn Movie:
Mal: “So no more runnin’. I aim to misbehave.”
Zoe: “It’s a fair bet the Alliance knows about Mr. Universe. They’re gonna see this comin’.”
Mal: “No. They’re not gonna see this comin’.”
Happy New Year!
Cape Cod Scott