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Star Trek Online Now on Xbox One and PS4

Last weekend was Star Trek Mission New York, a Star Trek convention held in New York City for the first time in years. We were lucky enough to attend and even got a few cool interviews for the Screen Heroes podcast. One of the bigger booths was Perfect World’s Star Trek Online area which boasted playable demos on PS4 and Xbox One. The game went live on those two platforms two days ago on September 6th, making the end to a 6 1\2 year PC exclusive.

The Star Trek Online MMO has been around for a long time, getting updates, new factions, new content, and new expansions on a regular basis. In fact, they released a major expansion “Agents of Yesterday” just this summer, allowing players to jump back in time to the era of Kirk and Spock and eventually become Temporal Agents in the distant future. Star Trek Online was excited to show the world what six years of experience looks like with an all-new engine and they did just that this weekend at Star Trek Mission New York. Let’s take a look at some detail. First, what is Star Trek Online?

Star Trek Online is a free-to-play massively multiplayer online game where players can pioneer their own destiny as Captain of a Federation starship, become a Klingon Warrior and champion the Empire through the far reaches of the galaxy, or rebuild the Romulan legacy as the commander of a Romulan Republic Warbird.Star Trek Online Odyssey at Starbase

Key Features

  • THE DEPTH OF STAR TREK
    Captains can explore the galaxy, visiting all 4 quadrants, including 100+ iconic Star Trek locations. During these missions, they will interact with original characters from the television show voiced by Trek actors, including Jeri Ryan, Michael Dorn, Tim Russ and more.
  • YOUR MISSIONS, YOUR WAY
    Players can choose from three classic Star Trek factions (Federation, Klingon and Romulan) to create their own Captain and customize their bridge crew and starships for a completely personalized Star Trek experience.
  • EXPANSIVE CONTENT
    Star Trek Online on PlayStation®4 and Xbox One will launch with over six years of content, including over 130 featured episodes. The game will receive regular updates to include new locations and characters straight from the Star Trek universe.
  • UPDATED GRAPHICS AND CONTROLS
    A brand new UI and control scheme has been added, allowing players to navigate both space and ground combat with ease. Modern lighting technologies have also been added to improve the overall visual quality of the game.

Brining Star Trek Online to consoles required an entirely new UI, replacing the free moving menus of the PC version. The image below shows an example of this new UI while in space mode.

Star Trek Online Console UI

Over the years, Star Trek Online has been able to leverage canon characters by bringing in veteran Star Trek actors from the likes of Leonard Nimoy, Denise Crosby, and Garrett Wang, among others.

Star Trek Online Canon Characters

Even bigger news broke during the convention as the Star Trek Online team announced that coming soon, you’ll be able to physically print 3D models of your custom starships from the game. This includes custom components, colors, names, etc. The ships are a decent size too, around 10-12″ and leverage the latest 3D printing technology. Below you can see three different examples including the Odyssey class starship used for the Enterprise F in-game (center).

Star Trek Online 3D Printed Models

For more information on Star Trek Online, its jump to Xbox One and PS4, UI changes, content comparisons, and details on the 3D ship printing, listen to this week’s Screen Heroes podcast episode where I interview Al Rivera, Lead Designer behind Star Trek Online, pictured below.

Derreck Interviewing Al Rivera of Star Trek Online

As always, Star Trek Online is free-to-play, even on Xbox One and PS4. You can download the game at no risk, even if you’re a Lifetime PC member like myself. Start up a new faction character just to check out the new UI features and how well these ships handle a controller.

Do you play Star Trek Online? Comment below and maybe we can team up for a mission or two! Live long and prosper.

Star Trek Online Now on Xbox One and PS4

American Gods Has a Teaser

A lot of amazing things came out of San Diego Comic Con this weekend, like every year. But one bit of news you might have missed was found in the American Gods panel on Friday.  While casting is still going on, the STARZ series now has a teaser trailer which you can watch here:

The Synopsis

Ricky Whittle (The 100) plays our hero, Shadow Moon, a felon who is released early from prison after his wife has died.  On his way home, Shadow comes across Mr. Wednesday, a modern looking Norse god Odin, who manages to talk Shadow into working for him.  Shadow then becomes entangled in a war between the old gods of mythology (Norse, Egyptian, Greek) and the new gods of media, technology, and drugs.  They all crave the worship of others and only some will survive.

Sounds silly, right?  Well, that’s what I thought too, before reading the book, that is.  I realized it was such a unique concept with an accurate portrayal of the mass populations of today.  We give the same attention to our smartphones that was once given to Apollo at a shrine.  We sacrifice our lives for sex and drugs when humans once sacrificed themselves for Huitzilopochtli. The poignancy of our human existence was subtly hidden between hilarious moments of Lucille Ball dropping the F-word and wanting to show Shadow “the goods.”  Author Neil Gaiman is known for his ability to interweave cruel reality with magic and a blunt humor that keeps a smile on the reader’s faces even during his darkest moments.  As a huge Neil Gaiman fan, I can easily say that this book is by far his best (as of now; I’d never say someone has peaked.)

The Series

What’s more exciting is that now, American Gods can shine on the silver screen too. While the idea to adapt the novel has been floating in cinematic limbo for years, STARZ was the network that was finally able to appease Neil Gaiman (see, he kept turning production studios down because they wanted to white-wash all the characters, including Shadow.) The series will debut in 2017 with a 10-episode run, a perfect amount for the lengthy novel, adapted by successful showrunner Bryan Fuller (who also has his hands full with Star Trek: Discovery) and Michael Green. Joining Whittle is Emily Browning as Laura Moon (Shadow’s wife), Ian McShane as Mr. Wednesday, Kristen Chenowith as Easter, Gillian Anderson as Media, Crispin Glover as Mr. World, and Orlando Jones as Mr. Nancy.

Are you excited for the American Gods? Comment below with your thoughts!

American Gods Has a Teaser

Mini Collector’s Edition NES from Nintendo

This morning, Nintendo announced a new video game console, but not one we were expecting. Instead, the iconic video game company announced the Mini Collector’s Edition NES. The new NES is small, fitting in the palm of your hand. It doesn’t use cartridges but instead has 30 built-in games. The console is scheduled for a November 11th release date.

It will include an HDMI cable to easy plug-in to modern TVs with a retail price of $59.99 USD. The box includes the wall AC adapter and one retro looking NES controller. They point out that some of the games, listed below, support two players, so additional controllers are available for $9.99 but you can also use a Classic Controller or Classic Controller Pro.

 

Additionally, the new NES Classic Controller is also supported on the Wii and Wii U for Virtual Console NES games when plugged into a Wii Remote controller. Check out more details below plus the whole game list:

EDMOND, Wash., July 14, 2016 – If you see a Nintendo Entertainment System on store shelves this holiday shopping season, you haven’t entered a time machine. (Unless everyone around you is wearing acid-washed jeans and neon leg warmers. If that’s the case, you may have unknowingly walked through a rift in the space-time continuum.) The most likely scenario is you are setting eyes on the Nintendo Entertainment System: NES Classic Edition, launching in stores on Nov. 11 at a suggested retail price of $59.99. That’s right: The NES is back! But this isn’t the same NES that you fondly remember. This new nostalgia-fueled system is a near-identical, mini replica of Nintendo’s original home console and plugs directly into your high-definition TV using an included HDMI cable. The console comes complete with 30 NES games built in, including beloved classics like Super Mario Bros., The Legend of Zelda, Metroid, Donkey Kong, PAC-MAN, and Kirby’s Adventure.

“We wanted to give fans of all ages the opportunity to revisit Nintendo’s original system and rediscover why they fell in love with Nintendo in the first place,” said Nintendo of America President and COO Reggie Fils-Aime. “The Nintendo Entertainment System: NES Classic Edition is ideal for anyone who remembers playing the NES, or who wants to pass on those nostalgic memories to the next generation of gamers.”

The system comes packaged with an HDMI cable, an AC adapter and one NES Classic Controller, which is patterned after the iconic design of the original NES controller. But you really just want to know the full list of 30 games, right? Feast your eyes on the fantastic collection of NES classics included with each and every system:

  • Balloon Fight
  • BUBBLE BOBBLE
  • Castlevania
  • Castlevania II: Simon’s Quest
  • Donkey Kong
  • Donkey Kong Jr.
  • DOUBLE DRAGON II: THE REVENGE
  • Dr. Mario
  • Excitebike
  • FINAL FANTASY®
  • Galaga
  • GHOSTS’N GOBLINS®
  • GRADIUS
  • Ice Climber
  • Kid Icarus
  • Kirby’s Adventure
  • Mario Bros.
  • MEGA MAN® 2
  • Metroid
  • NINJA GAIDEN
  • PAC-MAN
  • Punch-Out!! Featuring Mr. Dream
  • StarTropics
  • SUPER C
  • Super Mario Bros.
  • Super Mario Bros. 2
  • Super Mario Bros. 3
  • TECMO BOWL
  • The Legend of Zelda
  • Zelda II: The Adventure of Link

There’s a little something for everyone: a nice mix of timeless favorites, cult classics and maybe even some games that you never got around to playing. Each is sure to bring back memories and produce plenty of new ones. You can even enjoy playing several of these games with two players by attaching a second NES Classic Controller, which will be sold separately at a suggested retail price of $9.99. A Classic Controller or Classic Controller Pro can also be used (each sold separately).

When connected to a Wii Remote controller, the NES Classic Controller can also be used to play Virtual Console NES games on a Wii U or Wii system. Playing these retro games using a retro controller makes the experience that much more authentic. And if you ever need to step away from the NES Classic Edition in the middle of a tough level (or take a break to call one of Nintendo’s helpful Game Counselors*), don’t worry about losing any hard-earned progress. Each game has multiple suspend points, so you can start where you left off at a later time, no passwords needed.

What’s old is new again with the Nintendo Entertainment System: NES Classic Edition. Relive past glories. Finish off that boss you never beat. Save the galaxy and rescue the princess!

*Please only call if you have indeed entered a time machine. The Game Counselor program no longer exists in 2016.

NES Classic Edition in Hand
What do you think of Nintendo’s latest console release? Will you be picking one of these up or is your original NES or Retro Duo working just fine? Comment below!

Mini Collector’s Edition NES from Nintendo

Renegades Without the Trek

As many might know by now, CBS and Paramount finally released official fan film guidelines earlier this week. While this was something many Star Trek fans wanted for a long time, the guidelines we received appeared to take aim at the bigger productions currently in-progress. You can find out more about this in my analysis article here. Just this morning, the crew of Star Trek: Renegades announced that they will not stop production on their current project Star Trek: The Requiem, instead they will be dropping all references to the Star Trek universe all together, making a brand new and original universe.

We, at Renegades, have nothing but the utmost respect for Star Trek and its IP holders, CBS and Paramount. Everything we have done has been because of Gene Roddenberry’s vision and creativity. Star Trek is their property and we will absolutely abide by their rules and guidelines.

That being said, we do have an obligation to our donors and fans, and we have every intention of fulfilling it to the best of our ability. So, we will continue to make “The Requiem” as promised, but without any Star Trek elements.

As you know, we’ve already begun filming “The Requiem” so we cannot halt, suspend, or postpone production. Renegades, from the get go, was designed to be transformative… not derivative. Thus, with very minor changes to our script, we have eliminated all of the Star Trek references. The good news is that Renegades is now a completely original and ongoing series.

We would like to take this time to thank CBS and Paramount for letting us play in their proverbial sandbox for as long as they did. And we’d also like to thank our loyal, creative, and passionate fans for their unending support. We truly appreciate it.

For those who don’t know, Renegades was a Kickstarter that produced a feature length film staring many previous Star Trek actors including Tim Russ and Walter Koenig with many more veterans slated for the sequel including Robert Beltran and Nichelle Nicoles. Now, going to the production’s website brings you Renegades: The Series and a new URL. The crew has worked very quickly to step away from Star Trek and seems to have done so in the hopes of providing their donors with the experience they were hoping for as best as possible without provoking the legal brass at CBS or Paramount.

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So far, we have no official word on what other productions like Axanar or Star Trek Continues intend to do but the people behind Pacific 201 spoke out the other day with this to say:

The new fan film guidelines certainly limit exactly how we wanted to tell the Pacific 201 story, but we are committed to making this a virtue for our film. We’re confident that Pacific 201 will survive and thrive within these guidelines (even if it’s a little shorter and more to-the-point than we intended)!

What are your thoughts on how these productions are moving forward? Would you rather The Requiem cease production or are you glad to see something come from all of their effort? Comment below.

Renegades Without the Trek

Justice League Logo & Synopsis Released

(Updating as news comes in. Last updated: 6\21\2016 8:30AM CST)

The upcoming Justice League film from DC Entertainment officially has a logo and a plot synopsis. For those wondering, it has also been confirmed that the main villain for the movie is not Darkseid but instead one of the New Gods, Steppenwolf.

Additionally, it looks like we know who Willem Dafoe is going to be, Vulko, one of Aquaman’s main allies. Per Wikipedia:

Nuidis Vulko is a fictional DC Comics character and one of the most recurring members of the Aquaman supporting cast. He was created by Bob Haney and Howard Purcell in The Brave and the Bold #73 (August–September 1967).[1] His look was redesigned by Nick Cardy for Aquaman #35.

Here’s the Justice League film synopsis:

Fueled by his restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman’s selfless act, Bruce Wayne enlists the help of his newfound ally, Diana Prince, to face an even greater enemy.  Together, Batman and Wonder Woman work quickly to find and recruit a team of metahumans to stand against this newly awakened threat.  But despite the formation of this unprecedented league of heroes—Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Cyborg and The Flash—it may already be too late to save the planet from an assault of catastrophic proportions.

Directed by Zack Snyder, this marks the big screen debut of the Justice League, featuring an all-star lineup: Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Gal Gadot, Jason Momoa, Ezra Miller and Ray Fisher.

Two logos have been released, one black text on white and one the opposite of that. check them out below and let us know your thoughts.

Justice League Movie Logo Black Justice League Movie Logo White

Justice League hit theaters in November 2017.

Which logo do you like best? Are you excited for the film? Comment below!

Justice League Logo & Synopsis Released

Resident Evil 7 Playable Trailer – Who’s it for?

The first trailer for Resident Evil 7 dropped on 06/13/2016, showing a ton of new dynamics that only touch the tip of the iceberg of what we can expect from the franchise’s newest installment. Sony in partner with Capcom sweetened the deal by offering PSN members an exclusive playable trailer, much like what Konami did with failed project Silent Hills.

First impression – This trailer is terrifying, and the playable portions are incredibly good, however you can’t help asking yourself “why is this called Resident Evil, again?”. This game is not what Resident Evil fans would expect from the seventh installment of the franchise.

Here’s why:
1. It’s not third-person – since the very first Resident Evil game was released in 1996 the franchise has always been third-person.
2. There is no direct references to Resident Evil known characters or story lines (there was a picture of a helicopter that had an Umbrella symbol, and its speculated that the woman’s voice is Ada).
3. Resident Evil 6 was left open – At the very end of Jake’s campaign there are heavy implications that his story will continue.
4. Resident Evil has always been about Bio Terrorism – this playable trailer appeared to be an isolated supernatural occurrence (ghostly girl who randomly appears and disappears, creepy mannequins, isolated story on a family murder in Louisiana).

With all that aside, the actual game itself is intriguing offering everything a fan of the horror genre can ask for; including scary set pieces, various puzzles with hidden doors, and the overall tone set by the first person view. Resident Evil 7 is coming to PlayStation VR this year and will be fully playable inside the VR headset from beginning to end. I spent a good 2 hours exploring the many secrets to be unlocked, including alternative endings that are strictly based on the order in which you find items. As previously stated, there’s likely many more secrets left to be discovered, much like the Silent Hills playable teaser which took days, weeks, or even months for players to solve all the puzzles.

As a long time Resident Evil fan, you can trust me when I say this wasn’t Resident Evil. I can’t help but think Capcom wants to cash in on all the attention that Silent Hills received. It was a great beginning to a standalone horror game that felt like what Silent Hills could have been. Needless to say, this was just a demo and there is a strong possibility that Capcom can still redeem themselves and surprise us all.

Resident Evil 7 will be available on January 24th, 2017 for PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation VR, and Xbox One.

Take a look at the trailer from the official YouTube page here:

Resident Evil 7 Playable Trailer – Who’s it for?

Doodlespork Cosplay & Children’s Mercy with Big Slick

We’ve talked about cosplay before at The Grid Daily but usually in the context of conventions or movie premieres. While those are fun and enjoyable experiences, cosplayers also have the ability to do great things for the community, especially on a local level. That’s what we have with DoodleSpork, also known as Sloane Withers-Marney. She is working with Big Slick Celebrity weekend and Children’s Mercy to help fund raise. The fundraiser is specifically for the Children’s Mercy Hospital Foundation. In fact, the foundation has raised over $50,000 on crowdrise so far.

The Big Slick Celebrity Weekend is coming back to Kansas City for the 7th year in a row and is looking to continue its charitable tradition by working directly with local high school kids for an event called Red, White & Bowl Celebrity Bowling Tournament. The celebrities include Paul Rudd, Eric Stonestreet, Rob Riggle, and Jason Sudeikis!

DoodleSpork is one of the high schoolers involved in the fundraiser and is looking to make a splash in her first year participating in the charity event. You can find out all the details on her fundraiser page here: Sloane Withers-Marney’s Fundraiser

This is also just one of her charities she works with so be sure to check out her public Facebook page here: DoodleSpork Cosplay

DoodleSpork Cosplay - Super Snow White

Anyway, the Big Slick Children’s Mercy fundraiser ends late this week, so let’s do our best to help Sloane to her goal of $2,500 for the Children’s Mercy Hospital Foundation.

Doodlespork Cosplay & Children’s Mercy with Big Slick

Muhammad Ali Even Beat Superman

We don’t cover sports often on The Grid Daily but sometimes there are athletes who are so much more than competitors of their sport that they shatter into other universes. Muhammad Ali (Cassius Clay) is world known as the greatest boxer of all time. With a record of 56-5 including 37 KOs, Ali won nearly 92% of his fights. That number climbs even higher if you take out his final four fights. That’s right, in his first 57 fights, he lost twice. Twice. And one was to Joe Frazier, known as “The Fight of the Century”. Ali would go on to beat Frazier two more times.

Ali was fast, not just in his incredible “float like a butterfly” sense but also in his thinking, quickly calculating where to “sting like a bee”.  His fighting style, personality, and confidence made up just some of the aspects that the world loved or loved to hate about him.

In 1978, toward the end of his historic career, DC Comics published Superman vs. Muhammad Ali, written by Neil Adams and Dennis O’Neil. It wasn’t just a simple issue either. The story counted 72 pages and included not just a fight between the Man of Steel and the Black Superman, but them teaming up to fight off an alien invasion. Now, I’m sure you’re thinking, Ali couldn’t beat Superman, right? I mean, Superman is impervious to bullets, how could a punch hurt him? Well, Ali had become much more than just a boxer. He was an icon, a symbol for many people.

Superman vs Muhammad Ali

Sure, he was a boxer and that’s a violent sport but he was a man of peace, advocating against war, specifically the Vietnam War. Ali was even found guilty in 1967 for refusing to step up when drafted. “The New York State Athletic Commission suspended his boxing license and stripped him of his title. Other boxing commissions followed suit. Ali would not be able to obtain a license to box in any state for over three years.” Ali’s conviction was overturned about four years later due to “the Appeal Board [giving] no reason for the denial of a conscientious object exemption to Ali”.

Ali was always a man of conviction and continued to stand up for what he believed in. This inspired many people including Martin Luther King Jr. and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.

It was the Muhammad Ali symbol in the ring with the Man of Steel. It wasn’t Cassius Clay. It was the Black Superman.

How did the fight go? Ali won. It wasn’t quite that simple. The book portrays Ali as the superior boxer, which makes sense since Superman has been portrayed as a guy who just uses his strength and doesn’t usually have fight training like his peers Batman and Wonder Woman. With that context in mind, Ali was able to out maneuver Superman and Superman was able to take a lot of punishment from the Black Superman. In the end, Ali called for the fight to end. He feels that the fight is over and at this point it’s just him hitting Superman. Instead of taking the easy way out and calling a TKO for Ali, Superman ends up falling down, making it a KO for Ali. The story has a lot more to it and continues from there with the alien invasion. I encourage everyone to read the story which is available in digital form on Comixology and hardcover on Amazon.

Muhammad Ali

In the end, Muhammad Ali was many things. He was a boxer, an athlete, a world champion, a religious man and inspiration, a social inspiration, a protester, a husband, and a father. He was not perfect. Nor are any of us but he was an incredibly huge part of American culture and had additional impact throughout the world. He gave voice and hope to many who found themselves unable to speak up and at the same time, he took over a sport for two solid decades.

Muhammad Ali died on June 3rd, 2016 at the age of 74. We wish his family and friends well.

RIP Black Superman.

Sources:

Muhammad Ali Wikipedia Page

Superman vs. Muhammad Ali Wikipedia Page

Muhammad Ali Even Beat Superman

Beauty and the Beast Teaser Released

The first teaser for Disney’s live action Beauty and the Beast released today, starring Emma Watson in the titular role.  Set for a March 2017 debut, the filming has been kept very quiet since it began.  There has yet to be any major set or costume leaks whatsoever.  Today, we get our first look at the film. You can watch the first Beauty and the Beast teaser below, and for those who can’t watch can read my description beneath that.

For those unable to watch, it begins with the outside of the Beast’s castle, mimicking the familiar Disney logo, with a snowy trail of pixie dust arcing over it. A slowed version of the original trailer’s music begins to play, which I have to admit, excited me greatly. We get a beautifully dreary look at the Beast’s castle.  It’s an elegant time lapse depicting the castle in its glory days to its dismal, dusty present.  Cracks in the floors appear, cobwebs collects, and gorgeous candles melt to nothing.  A portrait of the royal family appear, king and queen included this time, and the prince depicted as a young man this time (correcting the oversight of his portrait as an adult from the cartoon). Then the infamous scratches across his face appear with a snarl echoing as it cuts to black.

Finally! We’re gonna get to see the Beauty, Belle.  The broken door to the castle creaks open and a shadow appears.  Lumiere and Cogsworth exclaim it’s a girl and she might be the one! Then we hear Emma Watson’s very melodic voice say, “Hello?”  Then the familiar “Tale as Old as Time” begins to play. The magic rose appears, and Belle’s eyes can be seen gazing upon it.

What did you think? As one of my all time favorite Disney movies, I am absolutely thrilled to see Beauty and the Beast come to life. Beauty and the Beast has done phenomenally well both in theaters as an animated feature, being the first to be nominated for Best Picture by the Academy, and won a Tony award while on Broadway.  While it’s hard to say what other deviations will be taken with the film at this point, I’d like to think that this will follow the footsteps of Maleficent and Cinderella and not feature any singing, but have the original score play in the background. I’m also sure this is when Disney will officially confirm the Beast has an actual name (fun fact: he did not in the animated film. Fans were bothered by this for years, and once a concept piece of the character appeared with the name “Adam” next to it, they ate it up. Fans have been calling him that ever since.)

The film stars Emma Watson, Luke Evans, Dan Stevens, and Ewan McGregor and is directed by Bill Condon. See it in theaters March 17, 2017.

Beauty and the Beast Teaser Released

How Supergirl Can Join the CW-Verse

It’s a bird. It’s a plane. It’s a young twenty-something girl who clearly doesn’t look like either of those things. CBS’ Supergirl is changing homes, moving to sister (or is it cousin) network The CW. For those who think that might be an odd move, you’re probably not aware that The CW is currently home to four different DC Comics TV shows: Arrow, The Flash, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, and iZombie. They even have a fifth show in the form of a web series on CW Seed, Vixen. The CW is no stranger to bringing the DC universe together either. In fact, they put the first live action Justice League together on Smallville ages ago. After NBC cancelled Constantine, Stephen Amell (Arrow), lobbied to get the character’s rights to The CW so they could do a crossover and not only did Matt Ryan show up on Arrow, he is lined up to be a recurring, if not regular character in the second season of DC’s Legends of Tomorrow.

So, The CW, it seems, is building its own DC Universe and with the exception of iZombie, it’s all deeply connected. Characters crossover all the time and the animated Vixen even showed up in live action form on Arrow already. Say what you want about the DCEU from a film perspective, The CW has pulled out all of the stops by introducing crazy characters, intense stories, and even the Multiverse in just the second season of The Flash. The network isn’t hesitant to go full comic book and I love that!

Alright, but what does that mean for our Girl of Steel? I, for one, love the show. It’s bright, fun, motivating, and hopeful. Now, there will be some spoilers after the image break pertaining to the March crossover with The Flash. You have been warned.

Supergirl - Kara Danvers - The CW

Still here? Cool. So, back in March CBS and The CW decided to join forces and bring Flash to Supergirl. This was perfect for two main reasons. First, the tones of the show are very similar. The Flash is bright and fun just like Supergirl and definitely not the depressing, teenage angst-filled soap opera Arrow has become in recent months. Second, Melissa Benoist and Grant Gustin are old friends from Glee and love working together. That is evident in their promotional photoshoot pairing the two characters together, spurring rumors of a crossover. While the writing for that particular episode may not have been the best either show has seen, the chemistry between Benoist and Gustin was clear and exciting. I wanted to see more of them together and the episode left me wishing Supergirl was a CW show because that network has earned my trust when it comes to DC shows.

The crossover was able to occur because Barry Allen can pass between universes and is specifically trying to do so at the time to defeat Zoom. The Barry Allen character has been able to do similar things in the comic books for decades and in the classic graphic novel Kingdom Come by Alex Ross, Flash has become so quick in his old age that he can literally walk between universes and dimensions.

Now the question The CW has to answer is, will Supergirl stay in its own universe or will something change? Options include keeping the show in its own universe, merging the two universes in a major cataclysmic event, or pulling Kara from her universe to The CW’s permanently. The safe, easy choice is the first one. Let things continue as they are and do a crossover when it’s convenient or organic. The third option would be difficult to pull off. Kara would never be okay with leaving her world behind, so they’d need a really good reason she sticks around. That leaves us with the middle option: major cataclysmic event. Now, these things have happened before… in the comic books. In fact, DC did something like this recently with their “Convergence” story line that spanned the entire DC universe and made basically anything published by them official canon. Now we have two different Superman characters from two different universe, for example.

The CW could do something basically unheard of in the TV world and go down the path of a universe merging event (yes I know this kind of happened in Fringe and I loved that show). Imagine if the Flarrow-verse’s National City was wiped out and replaced with Supergirl’s? It’d be epic. The consequences of such a disaster, dealing with a whole new population that might have doppelgangers around the world is complex, potentially dark, and definitely heavy. Now, something like this could easily be a season spanning arc or at least half a season between setting it up and coming to some kind of resolution. A man can dream but I doubt something like this will happen.

What I expect is that The CW will keep Supergirl in its current universe and provide more crossovers at times, maybe even with doppelganger characters with all the other actors being on the same lot now. We can see Supergirl’s Barry Allen and Oliver Queen pretty much any time now. Like we see Arrow and The Flash characters crossover frequently, we can now see those actors play different versions of themselves much like Earth-2. Does that make Supergirl Earth-3? Those who read the comic books know Earth-3 is not really a good place but The CW-verse is not the comic books.

One final possibility is the inclusive of Legends of Tomorrow crossovers. While the show centers around time travel in the first season, the sky is the limit with such a flexible cast and advanced technology. Crossing between Earths wouldn’t be too difficult to explain.

What would you like to see? Are you excited for the move? Comment below with your thoughts!

How Supergirl Can Join the CW-Verse

Warcraft – Blizzard’s First Feature Film & Fan First Event

(Updated: May 7th, 2016 to include Fan First Even details)

Warcraft. For those in the gaming world, the name has stood the test of time. The MMO World of Warcraft set the bar for the genre and now, Blizzard Entertainment along with Legendary and Universal are bringing the world to the live action big screen.

“From Legendary Pictures and Universal Pictures comes Warcraft, an epic adventure of world-colliding conflict based on Blizzard Entertainment’s global phenomenon.

The peaceful realm of Azeroth stands on the brink of war as its civilization faces a fearsome race of invaders: Orc warriors fleeing their dying home to colonize another.  As a portal opens to connect the two worlds, one army faces destruction and the other faces extinction.  From opposing sides, two heroes are set on a collision course that will decide the fate of their family, their people and their home.

So begins a spectacular saga of power and sacrifice in which war has many faces, and everyone fights for something.”

Warcraft Movie Poster

The film is directed by Duncan Jones (Moon, Source Code) and stars Travis Fimmel (Vikings), Paula Patton (Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol, Deja Vu), and Ben Foster (3:10 to Yuma, Lone Survivor).

Many, myself included, are excited to see an epic such as this from Blizzard. The company is internationally known for their incredible in-game cut scenes from games like Diablo III and even the animated short for the announcement of Overwatch, the company’s first FPS (first-person shooter) set to release on May 24th.

Warcraft is slated for a June 10th release which is good news since it was originally slated for March. The move to the summer puts it right in the spotlight of major blockbusters, especially with Independence Day: Resurgence and Star Trek Beyond set to hit shortly after.

AMC Theaters announced this week that there will be a special Wednesday, June 8th 7PM showing in IMAX 3D for their “Fan First Event”. This event will allow people to see the movie a full day before anyone else in the States. It includes about 10 minutes of behind the scenes footage plus red carpet premiere footage. In additional to extra footage, viewers will also receive a special lanyard and mini one sheet in celebration of the special event. It’s only playing in a handful of AMC’s around the country and prices do vary. My theater, for example, is $27.20 per ticket. Get details here.

Are you a WoW fan? Are you excited to see Warcraft on the big screen? Will you be attending the Fan First Event? Comment below with your thoughts.

Oh and FOR THE HORDE!

Warcraft – Blizzard’s First Feature Film & Fan First Event

Star Trek Online: Agents of Yesterday

With 2016 being the 50th anniversary of the famed Star Trek franchise, many fans are getting a taste of new content in the form of a new feature film, Star Trek Beyond, the announcement of a currently unnamed CBS All-Access TV series set to premiere in January 2017, the largest Star Trek Las Vegas convention to date, tons of new merchandise including the 3D chess set, and now a new major expansion to the Star Trek MMO, Star Trek Online. The game is in its 6th year and has evolved quite heavily since its inception. For those who don’t know, the game allows you to select a faction, the Federation (Starfleet), the Klingons, or the most recently added Romulans. You then get to move up through the ranks completing missions, getting more powerful ships, additional bridge crew, etc. It’s Star Trek’s attempt at World of Warcraft or EVE Online. It is free to play, by the way.

The new expansion, Agents of Yesterday, focuses on the classic era of Trek from The Original Series and will include voice work by the original Chekov, Walter Koenig and the son of Scotty, Chris Doohan, who has done work on Trek in the past. The expansion specifically takes place after the original show’s cancellation and focuses on the addition of new time travel aspects and Temporal Agents. Check out the details in the official press release below!

The 50th anniversary of Star Trek is here, and I couldn’t be more excited to announce our contribution to the celebration: Agents of Yesterday, the third full expansion to Star Trek Online!

Agents of Yesterday will allow players to create a new captain in Star Trek: The Original Series era and will set them on an adventure featuring classic story lines, locations, celebrities, and era-appropriate starships. In 2270, the year following the third season of the original series, the player will adventure with Walter Koenig, reprising his role of Chekov, and Chris Doohan, filling in for his father as Scotty. There is a new threat to the security of the Federation, and they are invading with hopes of overwhelming the past to destroy our future.

In addition to the ability to create a brand new Star Trek: The Original Series Starfleet captain, we will be introducing a new episode arc for players of every faction, the Temporal Initiative Resistance Reputation, a Temporal Operative Primary Specialization along with brand new Bridge Officer powers. Players who create their captains during the first six weeks of launch will also be able to participate in the new Temporal Agent Recruitment system for bonus personal and account-wide rewards, a new iteration of the popular Delta Recruitment system that released a year ago. This release is packed with content to keep you engaged in the classic Star Trek: The Original Series era – and beyond.

There isn’t a better way to continue to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Star Trek: The Original Series than by creating a Starfleet captain and engaging in some amazing adventures in that classic period.

This is only the first of many blog posts with detailed information on everything that’s shipping with Agents of Yesterday, so stay tuned and I’ll see you in game!

Stephen Ricossa
Executive Producer
Star Trek Online

Watch the official announcement trailer here:

Are you excited about the new expansion? Have you played Star Trek Online before? Comment below with your thoughts. Live long and prosper.

(Source: Arc Games)

Star Trek Online: Agents of Yesterday