Week of December 17, 2001
Andromeda fans in Stait of shock?
Remember the line "Follow the rats, that's good enough for me" from
Titanic? Looks like the ship isn't done sinking on the troubled
syndicated series Gene Roddenberry's
Andromeda. Brent Stait, who has become a fan favorite as enlightened
Magog priest Rev Bem, has left the show, according to a statement from Tribune
Entertainmet. Stait was apparently starting to experience major health issues
with his character's extensive prosthetic makeup, and the show's producers do
not anticipate recasting the character.
Source: Sci-Fi Wire
And so it begins.
Mere weeks after dropping hints that the future of Babylon 5 on DVD rested on public reaction
to the first volume (which was last week's featured title here at
News@theLogBook.com), series creator J. Michael Stracynzski has revealed
that work is already beginning on the next DVD of the series. In a recent
Usenet posting, Straczynski said "I checked with [Warner Bros.], and they
say they've finished conforming all but three season one episodes for DVD, and
are still intending to go ahead." What about full-season box sets, you
wonder? Nothing official has been said, though Straczynski dropped the
following tantalizing (if vague) hint: "Due to the response to the B5 movie
DVDs, it's my understanding that WB is almost there on deciding to release the
first few seasons."
submitted by Dave Thomer
Namco Museum PS2
Stay inside the ropes and keep your quarters in your
You'll need them for Namco's newest Namco Museum collection - though
this one is only for the Playstation 2. Not only are those arcade
chestnuts Pac-Man, Galaga, Dig Dug, Ms. Pac-Man, Galaxian, Pole Position and Pole Position II included,
but so too are the first-ever console versions of Pac-Man Arrangement,
Dig Dug Arrangement and Galaga Arrangement, just to make sure
you buy this version instead of just getting the original PS1 Namco
Museums 1 through 5. (Gamecube and Xbox owners need not fear - Namco is an
equal opportunity re-purposer-of-content and is readying Namco Museums
for those consoles for release in 2002.) Namco Museum PS2 is now
available from theLogBook.com.
Did Paramount handle Classic Trek wrong on DVD?
With the latest volume of Kirk-era
adventures having been released, Paramount Home Vidoe is admitting that
their handling of the original series on shiny round things may have fallen
short of the mark. The original Star Trek DVD collection takes up 40 discs,
with only two episodes and a few bonus features (mostly the same introductions
and interviews produced for the Sci-Fi Channel's airings of the series) per
disc. In a recent AP story on DVD box sets of television series, a Paramount
spokesperson said that the company would've tackled the job of putting Star Trek
on DVD differently had they seen the full-season box set trend coming; however,
that said, Paramount's making no plans to redo the original Star Trek as a box
set or series of sets, nor will the existing volumes be offered as an all-in-one
Source: Associated Press
Star Trek Volume 39
The Savage Curtain / All Our Yesterdays
Star Trek Volume 40|
Turnabout Intruder / The Cage
Retro collections arrive across the pond.
What's that, old chap? You live across the Atlantic but you're in
dire need of a classic video game fix?
It's a spot of bother when UK release dates lag months behind
US street dates, but the remedy is here at last: Infogrames' UK wing
has launched two multi-game Namco collections for the Game Boy
Advance, Namco Museum Advance and Pac-Man Collection,
both of which have gotten rave reviews in the States. And on both
sides of the pond, retro-gamers have another treat to look forward
to next year as Infogrames launches Atari Anniversary Advance,
a six-game collection including classics never before seen on a
handheld platform, including Tempest. Now how cool is
that? The two Namco collections are now available, while Atari
Anniversary Advance is slated for sometime in 2002.
Namco Museum Advance
There can be only one, but it'll take up eight.
Highlander: The Series will be arriving on DVD sometime soon. The entire first
season of the series which (at the time) starred Adrian Paul and Alexandra
Vandernoot will be spread out over an eight-disc box set. Each episode
will feature an introduction and commentary from executive producer Bill
Panzer, a "Watchers" feature with factoids on the show's
regular and guest characters, ways to jump directly to flashback and
quickening scenes, a behind-the-scenes feature, bloopers, and the
complete script to each episode. There's no word as yet on a release
schedule for future box sets.
Source: Official Highlander Fan Club
Star Wars: Obi-Wan
The digital padawan.
Worried that you're too old to pass the Jedi Council's rigorous
standards? Never fear. You, like Anakin Skywalker, can tag along
with Obi-Wan on his adventures as seen in Star Wars Episode
I - and a few capers that happened between scenes. The
first Star Wars
title for the Microsoft Xbox, Obi-Wan has gotten some rave
reviews (and we have to admit, it just looks impressive).
Obi-Wan is now available through theLogBook.com.
Atari 5200 Koffi: Yellow Kopter Development
The 5200's taking off again?!
If you thought the much-maligned Atari
5200 was a dead machine, think again - a new 5200 game is in
development right now by homebrew programmer Ron Lloyd, and if
there's enough interest in it, he plans to make it available in actual
cartridge form and not just as an emulator ROM sometime in 2002. Ron has a
development diary site up and running, and the screen shots he's leaked out
so far look very promising and very much in a classic game mold.
Click the link below to see the latest on Koffi: Yellow Kopter - and
make sure you express your interest and support so Ron will know
there's a market for the game as actual cartridges.
JPL - Project Galileo at Io
Eye on Io.
In August and October, JPL's Galileo space probe made the closest
flybys yet of Io, the volcanically hyperactive moon of Jupiter which
made headlines when Voyager scientists spotted an eruption in 1980.
The new images give the best view yet of Io's inhospitable surface,
including a volcanic crater, 47 miles across, named after the
Brazilian god of thunder, Tupan Patera. Take a look at these and
other recently-released Io images at the link to JPL's Galileo project
The Mists Of Avalon
TNT's summer miniseries adaptation of Marion Zimmer Bradley's The Mists
Of Avalon, a retelling of the Arthurian legend from the point of view
of the women taking place in the saga, was either loved or hated by those
who'd read Bradley's books - and in large part, bewildered those who
hadn't. Now the entire miniseries is available in DVD form, with additional
scenes and in anamorphic widescreen so you can take in a bit more of the
beautiful location work (most viewers did, at least, agree on that).
The Mists Of Avalon is now available through theLogBook.com.
Star Trek: Voyager Elite Force
Special forces, 24th century style.
Even in Gene
Roddenberry's perfect future, we're still going to need
special forces. The much-loved first-person shooter Star Trek:
Voyager Elite Force has arrived for the Playstation 2, with a
February release date slated for PS2 owners in the U.K.; if you're
curious about the game, check out our review
of the PC edition in Pixel Fiction.
Elite Force is now available through theLogBook.com.
Lynne Me Your Ears: A Tribute To ELO and Jeff Lynne
Light only travels so fast.
Whoops - looks like Lynne Me Your Ears, Not Lame Records' 2-CD all-star
tribute to the music of Jeff Lynne and ELO, has been delayed into January due to a
misprint in a critical portion of the CD booklet. However, pre-orders are still
being taken on the title. Not Lame Records has issued an apology to those who
pre-ordered the title in the hopes of wrapping it up (or opening it up) as a
Good Deal Games Publishing - New ColecoVision Cartridges
And don't forget the other next generation
platform. Who needs the Xbox/Gamecube wars when it looks like the original
next-generation video game rivalry - Atari
5200 vs. ColecoVision - is heating up
all over again? Late last week Good Deal Games announced the first new
ColecoVision titles in quite some while as their next self-published games -
and they're holding a contest to see who can name one of them. The game which
already has a name, Cosmo Fighter 3, bears an ever-so-slight resemblance
to a certain game whose name starts with
X, while the untitled game, featuring a giant killer snowman (!), is also in
the works. Whoever names the game gets a free finished copy of it.
UPN to be managed by CBS head.
The longtime head of the Paramount Television Group, Kerry McCluggage,
is resigning in late January 2002, and management of UPN will be
handed over to sometimes controversial CBS chief executive officer
Les Moonves. It is unknown if anyone will be appointed by Moonves to
head up UPN; the network's current president, Dean Valentine, is
embroiled in a lawsuit over claims of an unfulfilled promise of a
performance bonus. Despite the increasing closeness of CBS and UPN
since Viacom's acquisition of CBS, spokespeople for Viacom deny rumors
that we'll be seeing Buffy or Enterprise
on the Eye network anytime in the future.
Source: Electronic Media