SciFi Diner Podcast Ep. 141
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- Interview: David Gadali and Itay Gross (Secular Quarter 3 and Europa)
- Trivia: Who won Michael Hogan?
- Special Interest: Firefly’s Browncoats + 15 more sci-fi freedom fighting forces, Firefly’s Mal and Jayne + 9 more unlikely sci-fi friendships
- Movie News: Rumor of the Day: John Rhys-Davies’ Gimli returning for The Hobbit
- PodioBook Review: 7th Son Series by JC Hutchins
- TWIST: William Shatner’s new docuementary, Robert Picardo says he would guest star in a new Star Trek movie.
- SciFi Five in Five: Iconic Movie Music Movie Scores
Question: Name an actor on BSG who played 2 different characters. Clue. Not a cylon.
Prize: A Michael Hogan signed print.
Winner: Scott Chandler
Here is Scott’s e-mail to us with his answer:
“Hi Guys….so, is this a trick question? Because you don’t mention whether BSG means just the 2003 reimagined series or BSG the original and the 2003 version. So, here we go….if it’s both series, then the obvious answer is Richard Hatch as Apollo and Thomas Zarek. And if it’s just the 2003 version, then there’s a list of several: James Ashcroft as “Spectator #1″ and “Security Officer”, Eric Breker as the “Captain of Gemenon” and “George Chu”, Biski Gugushe as “Pilot #1″ and “Sekou Hamilton”, John Mann as “Major Jackson “Dipper” Spencer” and “Linden”, and Ryan Robbins as “Armistice Officer” and “Charlie Conner”. I’m guessing the answer you’re looking for is Richard Hatch. But I included all the others just in case. Thanks as always, and as always………Good Night, and Good Luck!”
Well Scott, the answer we were looking for was Ryan Robbins, but we obviously didn’t do your homework.
With Independence Day nearly upon us, it’s a great time to remember all the freedom fighters who battled (fictional) baddies in sci-fi movies and on TV. From battles against aliens to foreign forces, the quest for freedom has been a part of sci-fi for decades.
Considering that everyone loves a good underdog, most of these sci-fi fighters are overmatched from time to time, but they all share the one trait that’s worth remembering this week—a quest for freedom, regardless of the potential consequences.
So from recent hits like Falling Skies to classics like Star Wars, here’s to you, fearless heroes.
Rumor of the Day: John Rhys-Davies’ Gimli returning for The Hobbit
Another Lord of the Rings favorite could be dusting off his costume for The Hobbit. We already know that Elijah Wood (Frodo), Orlando Bloom (Legolas), Cate Blanchett (Galadriel) and Andy Serkis (Gollum) are set to return. But what about John Rhys-Davies’ Gimli?
A while ago, Rhys-Davies was spotted in New Zealand visiting the Hobbit set. It led fans to believe he was on official business, perhaps reprising his role from the previous Lord of the Rings films. To add fuel to the fire, the actor attended a recent convention where he was asked point-blank if he’d appear in the movie.
A fan revealed:
At first he denied it, but after a little pressing he smiled really big, laughed, winked, and said that maybe it was possible. His smile… his laugh… I’m taking this as a pretty big indicator that he will be involved in some small way. Can’t wait to see it!
Rhys-Davies also provided the voice of Treebeard in LOTR, so if he doesn’t reprise Gimli, maybe he could do a voice cameo? What other character could he play?
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey hits theaters Dec. 14.
Do you think Rhys-Davies will reprise his role for The Hobbit?
7th Son: 7 Days (Prequel)
7th Son: 7 Days cover7th Son: 7 Days is a free audio prequel anthology to J.C.’s thriller novel, 7th Son: Descent. Set two weeks before Descent’s extraordinary events, the series reveals the lives of seven seemingly unrelated men, and their everyday challenges.
In the world of 7th Son, “everyday” challenges are far from ordinary. Each of these seven stories stars a unique John Michael Smith. Witness criminal profiler Dr. Mike’s quest to hunt an unstoppable serial killer. Watch blue-collar musician John realize a lifelong dream. Ride shotgun with USMC captain Michael on a dangerous black ops mission in the Middle East. Behold the worldwide influence of deranged computer hacker Kilroy2.0 … and more.
7th Son: 7 Days represents the creative reboot of the popular 7th Son thriller series. Designed to tightly integrate with 7th Son: Descent’s print novel storyline, 7 Days is a perfect introduction to the 7th Son universe. Meet the Beta clones … before they knew they were clones.
This week in Star Trek:
WATCH: William Shatner’s “Get A Life” Preview
As we first reported last month, William Shatner’s Get A Life! is set to premier at San Diego Comic Con on July 14th and later on EPIX and EpixHD.com on July 28th.
Robert Picardo Says He Could Appear in Abrams’ Next Star Trek Film
Robert Picardo, who played the Doctor in Star Trek: Voyager, recently praised Star Trek director J.J. Abrams and crew’s handling of the franchise, during an interview with the UK Press Association. Picardo noted that there’s a possibility that he and other former Star Trek actors could appear in an upcoming film, as Leonard Nimoy did in the 2009 movie.
“Well, it’s always possible that they’ll use one of us. I’ve met JJ, he was very kind and complimentary to me, and I know he watched the show because he’s a fan of Star Trek. Nothing is impossible.”
Picardo went on to discuss how the new films have boosted interest in some of the old Star Trek series.
“What’s wonderful about Star Trek having been rebooted so successfully by the JJ Abrams movie franchise, is that the corollary effect is that it creates a new generation of fans, and they’re interested in all of it.
“They don’t just sit around and wait for the next movie to come out, they’ll go back and re-examine episodes.
Five Top Five Music Scores
4. Superman Richard Donner Films
2. Star Wars
1. Star Trek