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  • in reply to: MST3K Retro Sign!!!! #6640

    And now MST3K is going on tour, in the tradition of Cinematic Titanic and Rifftrax Live. [LINK]

    Of all the times to no longer be living a few blocks away from the Weidner Center in Green Bay. 😥

    in reply to: The Tenth Doctor returns in audio form #8244

    And he’s back again this November…

    …this time with Rose. [LINK]

    Executive producer Jason Haigh-Ellery says: “Getting David and Billie back together was definitely on my bucket list – two wonderful actors who created an era of Doctor Who which is so fondly remembered and brought a different aspect of the relationship between the Doctor and his companion to the fore – love, both platonic and unrequited. It’s great to have the Tenth Doctor and Rose back again!”

    Doctor Who: The Tenth Doctor Adventures – Volume 2, to be released in November 2017, is comprised of three thrilling hour-long full-cast audio adventures.

    The set opens with Attack of the Zaross by John Dorney, in which an alien invasion of Earth isn’t quite what it appears to be – Camille Coduri guest stars as Jackie Tyler.

    In the second adventure, Sword of the Chevalier by Guy Adams, the Doctor and Rose arrive in Slough in 1791 and encounter Chevalier D’Eon, an enigmatic ex-spy who has lived his life as a woman. Together they must fend off alien slavers, who have come to Earth to abduct valuable humans.

    Finally, in Cold Vengeance by Matt Fitton, the TARDIS arrives on Coldstar, a vast frozen food asteroid in deep space. But there is something sinister defrosting in the network of storage units… the Doctor’s old enemies the Ice Warriors! Nicholas Briggs plays Ice Lord Hasskor and Warrior Slaan.

    “It was such a special time for me, working with Billie and David on the TV show,” says Nicholas Briggs, who is the Voice of the Daleks on TV and for Big Finish, “and it is such an honour to revisit it with them on audio.”

    Doctor Who: The Tenth Doctor Adventures – Volume 2 is produced by David Richardson, script edited by Matt Fitton and John Dorney, and directed by Nicholas Briggs. Executive producers are Jason Haigh-Ellery and Nicholas Briggs.

    “We were thrilled by the response to the first volume,’ says David Richardson. “David Tennant and Catherine Tate were on fantastic form, and it’s so exciting to reunite David with Billie Piper, playing the Doctor and Rose together again after nine years! Their time in the series transformed Doctor Who into a prime-time and international hit, and we’ve worked very hard to live up to the incredible standards of Russell T Davies.”

    A friend of mine published an article on how, at least in this country, white nationalists and so-called “men’s rights activists” are actively recruiting through online gaming.

    The fact that both groups went after her with great gusto after the article was published leaves me inclined to think that she wasn’t even remotely wrong.

    I’ve been occasionally horrified by what I see in chat windows on simple online games like slither.io, which I watch E playing from time to time. Online gaming has become a forum for giving unlimited vent to prepubescent frustration and rage. I already wasn’t that interested in online play before; I’m even less interested in it now.

    in reply to: WGA strike imminent? #9826

    No boom today. [LINK]

    After seven weeks of keeping the town on edge in fear of a writers strike, negotiators for the Writers Guild of America and the conglomerates reached a three-year deal early Tuesday without fanfare.

    The sides came to terms shortly after midnight after a marathon day of negotiations that began around 11 a.m. PT. The talks were rocky for most of the day, with sources reporting pessimism about the prospect of the sides reaching a deal just two hours before the midnight PT deadline of the previous contract.

    First word of a deal emerged shortly after midnight, but no official announcement came until after 1 a.m. Instead, a steady stream of smiling negotiators and reps for both sides had begun leaving the offices of the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers at the Sherman Oaks Galleria at about 12:45 a.m.

    A clearly exhausted WGA West executive director David Young told Variety, “The deal that we made is the art of the possible. We did the best we could. It’s got some important new things in it, and an important old thing: the health plan has been taken care of.”

    WGA West president Howard Rodman would not comment other than saying, “I’m looking forward to going to sleep.

    Looks like the producers’ guild heeded this word of warning from Twitter:

    The last time the Writer’s Guild went on strike, we got The Apprentice. For the love of Christ, pay them whatever they want.


    in reply to: Cassini’s Last view of Earth #9839

    In the meantime, however, Cassini is managing to out-Juno Juno. [LINK]

    NASA’s Cassini spacecraft is back in contact with Earth after its successful first-ever dive through the narrow gap between the planet Saturn and its rings on April 26, 2017. The spacecraft is in the process of beaming back science and engineering data collected during its passage, via NASA’s Deep Space Network Goldstone Complex in California’s Mojave Desert.

    As it dove through the gap, Cassini came within about 1,900 miles (3,000 kilometers) of Saturn’s cloud tops (where the air pressure is 1 bar — comparable to the atmospheric pressure of Earth at sea level) and within about 200 miles (300 kilometers) of the innermost visible edge of the rings.

    The gap between the rings and the top of Saturn’s atmosphere is about 1,500 miles (2,000 kilometers) wide. The best models for the region suggested that if there were ring particles in the area where Cassini crossed the ring plane, they would be tiny, on the scale of smoke particles. The spacecraft zipped through this region at speeds of about 77,000 mph (124,000 kph) relative to the planet, so small particles hitting a sensitive area could potentially have disabled the spacecraft.

    The raw pictures that have come back…well…they’re almost incomprehensibly close looks at Saturn’s atmosphere. Wow.

    in reply to: Dawn at Ceres #7474

    Dawn has broken. [LINK]

    While preparing for this observation, one of Dawn’s two remaining reaction wheels stopped functioning on April 23. By electrically changing the speed at which these gyroscope-like devices spin, Dawn controls its orientation in the zero-gravity, frictionless conditions of space.

    The team discovered the situation during a scheduled communications session on April 24, diagnosed the problem, and returned the spacecraft to its standard flight configuration, still with hydrazine control, on April 25. The failure occurred after Dawn completed its five-hour segment of ion thrusting on April 22 to adjust its orbit, but before the shorter maneuver scheduled for April 23-24. The orbit will still allow Dawn to perform its opposition measurements. The reaction wheel’s malfunctioning will not significantly impact the rest of the extended mission at Ceres.

    I suppose they can’t all be Voyager 1. 🙁

    in reply to: Star Trek: Discovery – it’s another prequel #9307

    I’m trying to be optimistic. I’m one of those crazy folks who feels that we need a Star Trek on TV right now, like we haven’t needed one in years. It’s a unique property in its built-in inclusiveness and optimism.

    I understand it’s also uniquely difficult to do because there’s a huge amount of history that has to be acknowledged and utilized, or its own built-in fandom will tear it apart very noisily.

    I want the show to succeed. I’m just not sure that network suits who wouldn’t blink over chasing someone like Bryan Fuller off are network suits who could possibly understand any of the above.

    At the end of the day, I’d rather Star Trek was allowed to lie fallow, and let the fans make their own shows out of it, than for it to arrive in a form that just flat out sucks.

    in reply to: Star Trek: Discovery – it’s another prequel #9305

    Um…you know, I’m still wondering if we will ever see this show actually hit the air. Or the interwebs. [LINK]

    Whatever else CBS has done with Star Trek in the last couple of years, they’ve managed to turn Discovery into a joke. In the comments here on io9, in conversations with other fans, and in conversations with my coworkers, the most said phrase is, “We are never going to see that show.” It’s like a myth: we’ve all heard about it and have been told it’s wonderful, but no one has any actual proof it exists.

    And even if it’s good, who is going to see it? CBS has burned through so much good will at this point that they’ve done the impossible and managed to make Star Trek fans unenthusiastic. The recent story about how little they offered The Next Generation’s Michael Dorn to play Worf’s ancestor is not helping, either. It’s hard to imagine Trek fans paying for All Access to see the show—not with the way CBS rushed the show into production, lost a showrunner because of it, and then still delayed it over and over again.

    I want it to be good. We both deserve and need Star Trek right now. The world is horrifying. Genre television is taking over, but is bleak as hell. Star Trek, with its constant affirmations that human beings can get through the worst and overcome our baser instincts, belongs on TV right now. But, at this point, the show is going to have to be iconic in its own right to clear all the hurdles CBS has needlessly shoved in its path. If Discovery goes badly, there’s only one entity to blame: CBS.

    What was the Dorn story? Glad you asked. I didn’t know this either: he was apparently asked to play an ancestor of Worf. [LINK]

    It’s a little disconcerting that CBS and Paramount would reportedly offer Dorn, one of the most iconic actors in the entire series, 0.65 percent of what he’d previously made on Star Trek (seriously). That would suggest they either don’t value the original characters enough to make it worth the actors’ while, or the pockets on this thing are way too shallow to turn out something solid. Given all the other crazy updates and rumors surrounding this production, it’s cause for even more concern.

    You know, if they’d just instead said “Hey, we’re going to make Star Trek Continues official and make it part of CBS All Access!”, this thing would be a roaring success. Instead…I’m still getting that 1970s revival vaporware vibe off of this.

    in reply to: Cassini’s Last view of Earth #9838

    I am having a hard time emotionally with Cassini entering the last leg of its mission. I will miss my fresh views of the hexagonal storm on top of Saturn. 🙁

    in reply to: Hallmark U.S.S. Franklin #9369

    I was a weak-willed pathetic human and pre-ordered it. It was expensive. I just liked the Franklin that much. The JJverse finally produced a ship I really loved.

    in reply to: iHeartMedia Efforts May Not Be Enough to Avoid Bankruptcy #9837

    @Steve W wrote:

    And maybe the government can toss out the deregulation that caused companies like them to go on a murder spree of buying up stations nationwide, changing their formats, and dumbing them down.

    I vote SteveW for head of the FCC.

    in reply to: Downtime this Sunday (Apr. 23) #9824

    Looks like we’re back up. That took a few hours longer than expected. Telling a database server that you want it to SQL like a pig doesn’t always produce the desired result.

    in reply to: New Log Book Logo #9834

    I’m glad it’s been warmly received…it probably should’ve changed 10-15 years ago. 😳 Just thought it was time to apply some of the graphic design stuff I do for a living to my own site, and come up with something that actually hints at what the site’s about. I’m pretty happy with it myself.

    But it might not happen. [LINK]

    Roker threw Quinto a question asking if he had any “insight as to what is coming up” for the next Star Trek movie. Like his co-star Chris Pine’s recent comments, Qunito too seems in the dark as to the current status, although he does indicate there had been work done on a script, saying:

    I don’t know Al. We are waiting. I know they were working on a script for another one and we will see how that all plays out. I’m hopeful that we will do another [Star Trek film], but there [are] no guarantees.

    in reply to: FOX is in Discussions to Revive The X-Files #7512


    After the cliffhanger ending of the last season, it should come as little surprise that Fox has ordered a new “event series” season of The X-Files for the 2017-2018 season, probably airing in the first half of 2018. According to Deadline, Fox made it official that a new 10-episode run of the show — technically season 11 — featuring original stars Gillian Anderson and David Duchovny, is set to start production this summer. Series creator Chris Carter is also expected to return. The previous return season consisted of only six episodes, and was a pretty big ratings success for the network.

    The previous six episode run of The X-Files was met with something of a mixed response from the fans. Coming back to television after fourteen years, expectations were high for the big return of Mulder and Scully, especially after so many fans felt let down by the second big screen X-Files outing from 2008. Also, season 10 featured quite a significant retcon to the overall mythology of the series in the six part event series that didn’t sit well with a lot of the fanbase.

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