Week of February 26, 2001
Babylon 5 on DVD at last!
Warner Bros. will release the first Babylon
5 DVD, containing The
Gathering (no word on whether this will be the original 1993 PTEN
premiere edition, the 1998 TNT re-cut, or perhaps even both) and In The Beginning, in July in
the U.S. According to a Usenet post from series creator J. Michael Straczynski, it is
also uncertain whether these two feature-length outings will be presented in
full-frame or widescreen, and as of this writing, there will be no bonus
features included. (Hey, if they're interested, I've got a buttload of the
original movie and series launch promos on tape.)
Source: J. Michael Straczynski
Galactica to be revived by X-Men director.
Bryan Singer, who directed last year's well-regarded feature film adaptation
of the X-Men comic, has signed to be one of two executive
producers of a new television revival of Battlestar Galactica. The
series will run both on the Sci-Fi Channel and its sister cable outlet, USA
Network. Glen Larson, the creator of the original Galactica series, is also
on board for the revival. (You may recall that Richard Hatch, who played
Apollo in the 1970s incarnation of the show - not the Survivor winner - has
been trying to launch a competing bid for a movie revisitation of Galactica
for some time.) Singer, who may also direct the pilot episode if his
pre-production schedule for X-Men II permits, confessed to
being a follower of the original show. No casting information or premiere
date plans have been announced at this time - nor has any word been heard on
whether or not the new series will follow popular fan sentiments in
disregarding the continuity of the lousy second season of the show, which
aired under the title Galactica
Source: Daily Variety
McGann returning for 2002 "season"
of Doctor Who audio plays.
Paul McGann, who, until last month, had only a solitary 1996 Doctor Who adventure under
his belt, is reclaiming the role with a vengeance next year. The first
four Audio Adventures of 2001 feature McGann's reprise as the Time Lord,
but now Big Finish Productions has announced that the actor has
returned to record six new adventures for release during the
first half of 2002. The titles of the six four-part audio stories are
Invaders From Mars (involving the Doctor in the extraordinary events
surrounding the Orson Welles broadcast of War Of The Worlds),
The Chimes Of Midnight (written by Robert Shearman), Seasons
Of Fear (co-written by popular New Adventures novelist Paul Cornell),
Embrace The Darkness, The Time Of The Daleks and NeverLand.
The last of these will take the eighth Doctor to Gallifrey for the first
time in audio form, and it will guest star former companion Lalla Ward as
Romana, who is now the Time Lords' President. Big Finish also
tantalizingly hints that NeverLand will involve a parallel
universe, and that "nothing will ever be the same" with the
series continuity after that story. (Then again, this is a claim that
various BBC Books titles have made with such regularity, fandom has
learned to take it with a grain of salt.) The last half of 2002 will
feature adventures with Peter Davison, Colin Baker and Sylvester McCoy
in the title role - and perhaps, if Big Finish can ever get him to sign
on the dotted line, Tom Baker as the fourth Doctor.
Source: Big Finish Productions
Next Trek spinoff rushing into production?
Perhaps they're hoping to beat that actors' strike. Word has it that
sets have already been built for the fifth Star Trek series on the
Paramount lot, pre-production is in full swing, and we can probably
expect casting speculation, if not announcements, soon. (But isn't it
telling that fan interest in the casting seems to be at a dismal low,
as compared to the sensational events surrounding the casting of
Voyager?) Keep an eye on our Star Trek: The Next Series LogBook, a
work in progress that will evolve as news of the new spinoff emerges.
Source: Sci-Fi Wire
Killer DVD of the week.
Having recently been reintroduced to the all-computer-animated series
ReBoot by my wife, I have to say I'm impressed. I remember the
first season which aired on ABC and later in syndication several years
ago, aimed squarely at a younger demographic and full of insufferable
puns. How the times change! The third season of ReBoot, which aired on
Cartoon Network in 1999, takes a much more adult slant, with real
live character development, romance, plot twists, and in-jokes on
everything from the Star Trek franchise
(with one particularly spoofy script written by D.C. Fontana herself) to The Prisoner - all while
maintaining a sense of humor. While animè fans are hailing such
shows as the Gundam series and Princess Mononoke as the high-water
mark of mature Japanese animation, the Canadian-produced ReBoot comes along
and snatches the innovation prize away from anything currently coming out
of any other North American animation studio.
The third season takes up four DVDs (or four VHS volumes), and the
third of those four volumes has just been released, with the climactic
fourth volume set for a March street date. And best of all? Mainframe
Productions, the creators of ReBoot, have announced that their plans
for a pair of made-for-TV ReBoot movies have been scrapped - in favor
of another full season of half-hour episodes. Long live ReBoot!
ReBoot - Season 3, Volume 3
Dirk the Daring dwindles drastically!
Capcom has unleashed a hitherto unthinkable Game Boy
you never thought you'd see: the complete original Dragon's Lair
arcade game - in full-motion color video! Best of all, since the
entire game is encoded into cartridge form, there's no irritating
seek time, making this version faster than either the recent DVD
remake or the original laserdisc coin-op. Though classic gaming
fans will doubtless be debating the merits of this translation of
Don Bluth's groundbreaking animated game for some time to come,
the Game Boy version is available now. We'll try to review this mind-boggling
bit of unearthed retro-gaming gold as soon as possible in Phosphor Dot Fossils.
Dragon's Lair for Game Boy Color
We're not quite Up yet.
Tired of waiting for Peter Gabriel's long-awaited next album, Up?
So are all of his other fans. Unless one counts OVO, the bizarre
"soundtrack" project for London's Millennium Dome, we've been waiting
nine years for the follow-up. But you're in good company - quite a few
reputable musicians around the world also admire Gabriel's unique sound, and
have assembled a tribute album called Dream In Red. Featuring new takes
on such Gabriel classics as Games Without Frontiers, Don't Give
Up, Mercy Street and Biko, this might just tide you over until
Pete finally gets Up on the shelves.
Dream In Red: The Music of Peter Gabriel
New Trek adventures in print.
Now available are two new novels set in the Next Generation era. In Keith R.A.
deCandido's Diplomatic Implausibility, Worf - now in his post-DS9 ambassadorial gig - must fight his
warrior instincts to preserve the peace. Tooth And Claw looks like it's
in the timeframe around Star Trek:
Star Trek: TNG - Diplomatic Implausibility
Star Trek: TNG - Tooth And Claw
Classic Who on video.
Just released in the
U.S. by Warner Bros. Home Video is the critically acclaimed but occasionaly gory
1985 Doctor Who adventure, Revelation of the Daleks
starring Colin Baker and Nicola Bryant. Though it's continuity-heavy and
features more of Davros than the Daleks, fans seemed to find the
hide-behind-the-sofa quality of this one appealing. For the first time,
American fans get to see Revelation in its original format of two
45-minute episodes (a short-lived experiment which only lasted one season).
Extra special thanks!
I want to take a moment to thank theLogBook.com staff writers Cindy Hill,
Dave Thomer, Mark Holtz, Nancy Rowland and newcomer Jeremy Benner
(now working hard to plug the vast gaps in the Doctor Who LogBook's
novel section) for all the work they've done during February. I work in
television, so the sweeps month of February is usually
heavy for me, and this time it's been murder due to a shortage of manpower at
work. This site's content would've been dead in the water without the efforts
of the above people, as I simply haven't had time to write new content (as last
week's lack of a news page attested). I can't express enough appreciation for
their help - nor for the patience of my wife, Jan, who stayed up late every
night waiting for me to come home. Thank God for small mercies - ratings are
almost over until May.
Another one bites the dust.
After much thought on the subject, I have decided to phase out
Blackstar as one of the site's sponsors. I've had some success with
them, which is remarkable in light of my primary complaint with them: their
link system doesn't work! It's amazing that I've gotten any sales at all
through them. Therefore, I've begun the arduous task of shifting overseas DVD
and videotape ordering links over to Amazon.co.uk's impressive video store.
There is another reason for this: with theLogBook.com's future so closely tied
to the continued existence of Amazon, I felt it foolish to divide up my
potential revenue streams abroad. I apologize for any inconvenience this
changeover may cause, but I feel it's in the best interests of both this site
and Amazon's U.K. operation - and I need links that work and generate revenue
to keep this site online.