RevolutionSF Newsblast is a look at the week in sci-fi dork news. Wear a red jumpsuit while reading.
Kicked In The Baltar
The good news if you're into the Battlestar Galactica
: The fourth season will be 22 episodes instead of 13. There'll be a two-hour movie which will air on Sci Fi and be on DVD in the "fourth quarter" of 2007. For normal humans who don't speak TV, that means between September and December. So there's that, but there won't be new episodes until "early 2008."
To tide you over, you could whomp yourself up some of your own Battlestar with the help of Videomaker Toolkit. So if you're fed up with the show, whoo-hoo! Now you can catch up on How I Met Your Mother. Seriously. It's awesome.
If not, you have at least nine long months, not counting the movie, to stew about it. I mean, dwell on it for like a month. Make yourself crazy.
We Can Rebuild It
Society has finally come around to noticing that shows with bionic people in them can move us in slow motion, with a funky sound.
We already knew about a Bionic Woman series for fall 2007. Katee Sackhoff from Battlestar Galactica will play an evil bionic chick in that show. Miguel Ferrer is on the series too. I think he'd rather I didn't link to a review of the never-aired Justice League pilot he was in.
Jamie Kennedy will co-star in Lee and Me, a sitcom with Lee Majors. The original non-wrestling Steve Austin, Lee Majors from Six Million Dollar Man. From Fall Guyj, where he never spent much time in school, but he taught ladies plenty. He plays himself. He gives Jamie bionics when he visits Lee, who he thinks is a doctor. This sounds like the nonsensical ravings of me, inventing a show off the top of my head. If by some random cosmic chance it gets on the air, I must watch. I fear that I will not be able to turn away.
And the non-bionic Steve Austin the wrestler is in Condemned. Every movie and TV show needs one pro wrestler. At least.
The Aggie of Defeat
A mess of RevolutionSF writers is at AggieCon
March 22 through 25, 2007. Contributing editors Mark Finn, Rick Klaw, Jayme Blaschke, and comics editor Alan Porter are set to attend. RevolutionSF fiction contributors there include Bill Crider, Lou Antonelli, Scott Cupp, and Joe R. Lansdale. Jayme is reading a pirate story, and most of the gaggle will be on panels and such. Tell them Joe Crowe wants his Kim Carnes records back.
Also there: Richard Hatch and James O'Barr. It's Texas, so I understand they have toast.
Over in Britain, the third season of Doctor Who begins at the end of March. No word on if David Tennant will be the Doctor again. But the Doctor is bumping right up on the last of his regenerations. That, of course, would mean that the show would have to be cancelled once and for all, never to return, because of some decades-old plot point.
In other words, if and when it comes to the last one, I think they'll let it slide. Creator Russell Davies announced that a fourth season is set for 2008. In the U.S., we will get to see it at approximately whenever they feel like it.
Shanks For the Memories
MacGyver, known to some as Richard Dean Anderson, will return to Stargate
for a straight to DVD movie, Stargate: Continuum
. Another one, The Ark of Truth
, is also being filmed. The entire cast Ben Browder, Claudia Black, Chris Judge, Amanda Tapping, Michael Shanks, and Beau Bridges will appear. I bet the first 672 hours of it will be mind-blowing.
Your Best Is An Idiot!
As if the universe could feel the disorder in the existence of new Stargate
movies: Futurama returns! We'd heard it was coming back, but an IF Magazine interview has details from the big shot himself Matt Groening.
He says the first one is Bender's Big Score, set for December 2007. That's this year! There will be four movies, which will be made into 16 episodes and shown on Comedy Central. Groening says the DVDs will contain new stuff including an entire episode called "Everybody Loves HypnoToad." He says there's a giant octopus that mates with everyone on Earth, and Al Gore returns.
Excellent. The balance has been restored.
Shatnermania Running Wild
William Shatner will induct pro wrestler Jerry "the King" Lawler into the WWE Hall of Fame the night before Wrestlemania.
It's Shatner. He could do nothing less Shatnistic than that. Lawler is the wrestler who had coffee thrown upon him on Letterman by Andy Kaufman. They actually have a past. Years ago Shatner had a TV series based on his magnum opus TekWar books. It came on USA after WWE's Monday Night Raw, and Shatner appeared to plug it. Lawler got all up in his business, and Shatner put the monkey flip and the Kirk judo chop on him.
Let us all remember Wrestlemania Sunday and keep it holy.
Beep Boop Thbbbbpppptt
The U.S. postal service, that Empire-like organization that handles the things we lick, is apparently in league with the Star Wars folks. There's a brief trailer
on the post office site that tells us nothing. (Thanks to tigrrbaby for the linkage.)
From what I can gather, it appears that we'll be allowed to drop mail off in R2-D2 shaped mailboxes. If it's just a regular mailbox with an R2-D2 cutout taped around it, I'm going to call a party foul, because that's lame.
If, however, it's a hollowed-out R2-D2 shell, I'm in. I can't decide which I like better: Ripping open R2's droid innards, hollowing him out and putting mail in him, or ripping open the R2 suit and chasing Kenny Baker with a stick.
Suddenly everyone loves Green Hornet, which earned a press release when someone bought the rights to do a movie. The old TV series had Bruce Lee in it, but I doubt many people have seen it. It's only been on one DVD, and that DVD had episodes with endings lopped off, and a featurette about the car where the wind-noise from wind and passing cars was picked up on the microphone. It was like, "The car VROOOOOOOOOOM made in a WHOOOOOOOSHHH."
Suresh And So Clean
's online comic
will continue after the show ends its season May 8. Hooray for computers! Wait. How much of it will be just Suresh talking?