Four Bits of Science Fiction News

There’s a new Galactica series in the works, to take place between Caprica and BSG, featuring Ensign Bill Adama in the early years of the Cylon War.

bright-eyed Gary Mitchell

The next Star Trek movie will feature one of the following five original-series characters: Harry Mudd, Trelane, Gary Mitchell, the Talosians, or the Horta. I guess I’m hoping for and/or expecting Gary Mitchell, because: Mudd is too silly, Trelane is too much like Q, the Talosians are too entangled with a specific Christopher Pike plot thread that the last film seems to have averted, and the Horta strikes me as not having, um, legs beyond its original story. (But if Abrams does use Mitchell, it’ll be one more case of his channeling Of Gods and Men – the $150,000 libertarian fan film that featured the destruction of Vulcan and the creation of an alternate timeline stemming from the moment of Kirk’s birth, three years before Abrams’ film did all those same things.)

There might be some Star Wars sequels (CHT AICN) on the (fairly distant) horizon, but will probably “not have anything to do with the Skywalker Clan” and may take place “as far as 100 years or 1,000 years in the Star Wars universe future,” presumably to avoid conflicts with the Expanded Universe stories.

The good news is that The Hobbit will film in New Zealand after all. The bad news is that this result was achieved by government micromanaging industrial relations to keep a big corporation happy. (And no, if it’d been micromanaging industrial relations to keep a big union happy I wouldn’t have liked it either.)

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7 Responses to Four Bits of Science Fiction News

  1. dennis October 27, 2010 at 1:38 pm #

    Will Sally Kellerman be involved?

  2. Anon73 October 28, 2010 at 10:17 pm #

    I agree that Mitchell would be a good character to have, but Trelane might be good as well (they are both all-powerful superbeings after all). I’m assuming there won’t be a “Next Generation” series coming from JJ Abram’s movies, so this would be a good opportunity to explore the superbeing-juding-humanity theme that seems to be popular with the Star Trek writers.

    If there is a new Star Wars trilogy that is unconnected with the Skywalker clan, I don’t see any reason to go watch it. To paraphrase Nozick, such a movie would not be a “closest continuer” of the Star Wars movies presented thus far, which all featured a Skywalker as the main character.

    • Brandon October 29, 2010 at 8:09 am #

      Anakin was not the main character in the new trilogy. There was no main character.

  3. Anon73 October 29, 2010 at 12:59 pm #

    What do you mean there was no main character? I could maybe see II as being like that, but I and III basically revolved around Anakin Skywalker.

    • Brandon October 29, 2010 at 5:24 pm #

      Phantom Menace revolved around a little boy that did not come onscreen until 45 minutes into the picture?

      You must not have seen red letter media’s reviews of Ep 1 and 2.

  4. Sergio Méndez October 30, 2010 at 1:13 pm #

    “[…] so this would be a good opportunity to explore the superbeing-juding-humanity theme that seems to be popular with the Star Trek writers.”

    But that was already done, in very good way, in DS9.

  5. Anon73 October 30, 2010 at 7:52 pm #

    The attitude of the DS9 writers toward gods and religion was very different than what they displayed in the other series. Generally, powerful god-like beings were seen as a menace in the original series and as annoyances in TNG. In DS9 the attitude toward religion was much friendlier, with the main character Sisko embracing a role as a religious icon, questioning his faith, and exploring various religious issues in a way that I assume would make Gene Roddenberry gag. 🙂

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