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Disney’s Lion Guard

If you missed the 90’s, then you happened to miss one of Disney’s most glorious periods in animation.  Their movies were repeatedly nominated for Academy Awards; again, they were that good. You also missed Disney’s wave of rushed sequels which never met fans expectations, milking their glory for all it was worth.  No animated Disney film was exempt, Aladdin, The Lion King, Mulan, even The Little Mermaid.  Before I continue with the actual point of this article, just look at these shenanigans (for the sake of time, I omitted Cinderella, 101 Dalmatians, Bambi, and Fox and the Hound sequels. Ain’t nobody got time for that):

Disney's Animated Films with Sequels

Isn’t that a little over the top?  Well, with the release of 2009’s Princess and the Frog, Disney has entered again into an era where they can do no wrong.  Which can only mean that they’re going to try sequels again.  Cue The Lion Guard.THE LION GUARD - The epic storytelling of Disney's "The Lion King" continues with "The Lion Guard: Return of the Roar," a primetime television movie event starring Rob Lowe, Gabrielle Union and James Earl Jones, reprising his iconic role as Mufasa. Premiering this November on Disney Channel, the movie follows Kion, the second-born cub of Simba and Nala, as he assumes the role of leader of the Lion Guard, a team of animals tasked with preserving the Pride Lands. "The Lion Guard" television series will premiere in early 2016 on Disney Channels and Disney Junior channels around the globe. (Disney Junior) FULI, KION, ONO , BESHTE, BUNGA

This animated series will follow Simba and Nala’s youngest child, Kion, and his band of friends who form the Lion Guard, a protection group for the Pridelands. Featuring both new and returning characters (Mufasa?!), the series will highlight the values of friendship and diversity.  The series will introduce itself on November 22 with an hour-long special: The Lion Guard: Return of the Roar followed by the series on January 3, 2016 with standard half-hour episodes.  There are five children’s books also planned for a 2016 release: Kion, Pride of the Pridelands, Can’t Wait to be Queen, Bunga’s Big Adventure, Meet the New Guard, and Kion’s Animal Alphabet.  From the current information, The Lion Guard seems to takes place before The Lion King II: Simba’s Pride.

What do you think? Will you be watching The Lion Guard?

Disney’s Lion Guard

CBS Says ‘No’ to Star Trek: Renegades

Space might be the finale frontier but Star Trek is still trying to return to the small screen after the 2005 cancellation of Enterprise. Many have pitched show concepts and ideas but only a few have really made anything concrete. One of the biggest is Star Trek: Renegades, a crowd-funded fan film starring many Trek alum including Walter Koenig, Manu Intiraymi, Gary Graham, Robert Picardo, and Tim Russ who also directed the film\pilot. What is Star Trek: Renegades?

According to writer Ethan H. Calk:

It is nearly ten years after Voyager’s return from the Delta Quadrant, and the Federation is in a crisis. The Federation’s main suppliers of dilithium crystals are disappearing. Space and time have folded around several planets, effectively isolating them from any contact with outside worlds. And this phenomenon is not natural – someone or something is causing this to happen. This necessitates drastic measures; some of which are outside the Federation’s normal jurisdiction. For this, Admiral Pavel Chekov, head of Starfleet Intelligence, turns to Commander Tuvok, Voyager’s former security officer and current head of the newly reorganized Section 31. Tuvok must put together a new covert, renegade crew – mostly outcasts and rogues – even criminals. This new crew is tasked with finding out what is causing the folding of time and space, and stopping it – at all costs. But will they be able to put aside their differences and stop trying to kill one another in time to accomplish their mission?

So, the film takes place after the close of Star Trek: Voyager, leaving many of our Delta quadrant friends in the mix. The film disregards the semi-canon Star Trek Online video game and doesn’t really mess with the future prime timeline used in J.J. Abrams’ 2009 film. Instead, Star Trek: Renegades takes a darker, smaller look at Trek with a focus on a small group of outcasts who are the Federation’s only hope. It’s an attempt to bend and maybe even break the rules set by Gene Roddenberry. The Federation of Renegades is surely no utopia.

Star Trek: Renegades Props

How did the Kickstarter fare? Decently well, in fact. It managed to get funded with $242,483 with an initial goal of $200,000. It was definitely no major hit like LeVar Burton’s Reading Rainbow campaign which brought in over five times their original million dollar goal. But, reaching a goal is reaching a goal and the film\pilot for Renegades was funded and has been produced. Backers of the Kickstarter have even received their digital versions of the film over the last week with physical copies of DVDs and Blu-Rays going into production in the next couple of weeks.

Star Trek: Renegades DVD and Blu-Ray

Everything sounds like it’s been going well for the fan-made film. Well, everything is not holodeck credits and shore-leave for Renegades. The primary goal of the campaign was to produce a pilot strong enough to pitch to CBS, the owner of the Star Trek television rights. We now know how that went. CBS has decided to pass on Renegades for reasons we were not told by the production team. Trek rights are complicated due to Paramount and CBS sharing them along with the new JJ-verse and the love for the original Prime timeline. If I were to speculate, I’d say that CBS either can’t make a show in the Prime timeline due to Paramount’s newer movies (don’t forget that Star Trek Beyond is supposedly coming out in 2016 for the 50th anniversary of the franchise), or CBS already has plans to bring Star Trek back to TV in the near future and Renegades didn’t fit with those plans. Either way, we won’t be seeing Renegades on CBS or any official network.

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This is not the end though. The Renegades team announced to their Kickstarter Backers that all is not lost. Since CBS has passed on the pilot, they are going to turn the film into the pilot of a fan-made web series, or as they put it “an independently produced fan-supported Internet TV Series!” Their plan is to leverage the pilot\film as the first episode and produce a total of 12 episodes a year using a fairly normal TV series production schedule with episodes being produced in the span of a week or so. Walter Koenig has agreed to stay on through Episode 3 which will be the conclusion to the Episode 2 cliffhanger but after that, he plans to retire his Chekov character. According to the report, the Renegades team is actively writing the second and third episodes and a new crowd-funding effort is to be announced soon.

If you’re not familiar with the production, check out the trailers here.

Are you disappointed that Star Trek: Renegades will not be picked up by CBS? Are you glad it’s staying a fan-made production? Let us know in the comments and look for our review of the pilot in the coming weeks. Oh, and live long and prosper.

CBS Says ‘No’ to Star Trek: Renegades

Arrow Casting for Season 4

There’s no argument that the CW’s Arrow has been one of the most prolific shows in the last 5 years.  To date, it has spawned a dedicated fan base that have stuck through the highs and lows of the seasons, creative merchandise, and now two spinoff series that include the very successful The Flash and the highly anticipated Legends of Tomorrow.  It’s no surprise that the wide spectrum of fans are chomping at the bit for hints of what’s to come.

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We’ve compiled all of the recent Arrow news into one handy location for it right here.  Enjoy!

Between all of the hints that Mr. Amell has dropped and the beautiful picture above, it’s safe to say that the rumor of him being called Green Arrow is accurate.  While the costume is cool, you have to feel bad for all those Arrow cosplayers.

Neil McDonough has been tapped to play Damien Darhk, a character briefly mentioned in the last few episodes of season 3.  You may remember McDonough in his brief, but underrated, turn as DumDum Dugan in Captain America: The First Avenger. Darhk is rumored to be this season’s “Big Bad.”

Anarky to appear on Arrow Season 4

Alexander Calvert is lined up to play Anarky, a character primarily featured in Batman comics, he’s focused on using anarchism as a means to improve society.  One of those misguided youth types.  This character should create a small thorn in Team Arrow’s side, but ultimately, working with each other.

Echo Kellum, an upcoming television actor, has been cast as Mr. Terrific, a lesser-known member of the Justice Society of America.  The Michael Holt incarnation of the character holds 14 PhDs, an Olympic gold medal, and is a self-made millionaire.

Mister Terrific to appear on Arrow Season 4

Jeri Ryan has also been added to the Arrow cast as Jessica Danforth.  The CW describes the character as ” a friend of the Queen family…(her) political ambitions will place her in the crosshairs of a menacing antagonist.”  You may recognize Ryan from her popular stint on Star Trek: Voyager.

Lastly, Elysia Rotaru (the girl from the Diary of a Wimpy Kid movies) has been cast has an unnamed love interest for Oliver Queen.  Sorry, Olicity shippers!

We’ll be back with more Arrow, and all the other fun CW shows as the news comes rolling in!  Be sure to catch the season 4 premiere on October 4th.

What are you most looking forward to on Arrow? How about The Flash or Legends of Tomorrow? Comment below!

Arrow Casting for Season 4

DC v. Marvel – Merchandise Wars

With all the superhero movies, television shows, and comic books out there, finding merchandise that is geared to women is still absolutely a struggle in 2015. And it really shouldn’t be. I think it’s fair to say that as a woman and a geek all in one, I should be able to pick up an Avengers shirt with a female on it. Maybe a Guardians of the Galaxy poster featuring Gamora? Or how about a Justice League anything with Wonder Woman? Honestly, it’s a little insulting.
Lack of female-centric comic book merchandise

While Marvel has all but written off their leading ladies, DC is doing whatever they can to rectify that situation. By teaming up with Mattel, DC has rebranded some of their most iconic female characters, both heroes and villains, into accessible characterizations for both young and teenage girls. Beginning in Fall 2015, DC and Mattel will be launching DC Super Hero Girls, a multi-product effort to expand both on the characters themselves and the growing female market.

DC Super Hero Girls merchandise

Following in the footsteps of renowned young girls franchises as Monster High and My Little Pony, popular characters such as Wonder Woman and Batgirl will be featured at an adolescent age, discovering their individual identities and how their super powers grow. Each character will have her own story line, shedding light on both major and minor characters. While 2015 will see the release of a web series, dolls, and the first set of DC female only action figures, 2016 is already planned for the release of TV specials, books, apparel, and other merchandise. LEGO has also been brought in on the deal to create super heroine-centric building sets in order to help its brand also reach out to the widely ignored demographic: girls.

This, however, isn’t the only effort that DC is attempting in the next year to market to women. The new Gal Gadot incarnation of Wonder Woman, scheduled to make her first appearance in March’s Batman Vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice has been front and center in the last few weeks. We got to see her in action, finally, in the trailer, she was the focal point of the new Entertainment Weekly issue, and coming Spring 2016 will be her likeness in the form of a classic Barbie doll.

DC Comics Wonder Woman Barbie merchandise

Barbie has been attacked for many years because of her body, her professions, her outfits as being a poor role model for young girls. However, many neglect to remember just how important Barbie dolls have actually been to pop culture and women’s history in total. They were some of the first dolls to feature non-white women, incarnations of athletes, and social crusaders. For the new Wonder Woman to get the Barbie treatment is a huge step for DC, proving that they value the female market and can adapt to products that were already geared to them. I know I’ll be buying at least one.

Even more, DC is rolling out a new companion web series to their CW universe including Arrow, Flash, and Legends of Tomorrow featuring their first female lead: Vixen. A Justice League favorite among fans but mostly unrecognizable character to the public, Vixen is an African hero in possession of the Tantu totem, giving her the ability to call on various animal traits in battle. Megalyn Echikunwoke will voice the leading character and will be joined by CW favorites Stephen Amell and Grant Gustin. The series has yet to be given a definitive start date, but will most likely debut in the fall on CW Seed. Check out the trailer here.

DC CW Seed Vixen merchandise

They may still be quite behind in film numbers, but DC is dominating Marvel when it comes to marketing and merchandise. You can’t forget an entire half of the population! Where’s the Black Widow Barbie? Where’s the Gamora web series? DC’s efforts may not all be successful, but at least they’re trying. Get it together, Marvel.

 

DC v. Marvel – Merchandise Wars

Emmy Nominations 2015

The Emmy nominations were released on Thursday, which has given me plenty of time to reflect on whether or not they got it right. I love television. It has greatly impacted my life in a way that I feel has been most enriching. Because of such, I take these awards very seriously (as should you). Here’s the list of nominations and my thoughts on the matter:

Outstanding Drama Series

“Better Call Saul” (AMC)

“Downton Abbey” (PBS)

“Game Of Thrones” (HBO)

“Homeland” (Showtime)

“House Of Cards” (Netflix)

“Mad Men” (AMC)

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Likely Winner: Mad Men – It being a heavy favorite in the past at the awards as well just wrapping it’s last season, it will practically be handed to them.
Close Second: House of Cards – This show is recognized greatly for its brilliance by such a wide range in audience that it could easily take the award.
Snub: The Newsroom – While it hasn’t been completely forgotten this year, this Aaron Sorkin drama is often overlooked.

Outstanding Comedy Series

“Louie” (FX)

“Modern Family” (ABC)

“Parks And Recreation” (NBC)

“Silicon Valley” (HBO)

“Transparent” (Amazon)

“Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” (Netflix)

“Veep” (HBO)

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Likely Winner: Modern Family – This category pisses me off greatly. Every year this show wins when there are much, much, MUCH better shows out there. Harumph.
Close Second: Parks and Recreation – It’s a rare occasion where the entire world is satisfied with the ending of a show. This show did that and deserves the recognition.
Snub: Orange is The New Black – I know it’s nominated in Outstanding Drama Series, but they wanted to be nominated in the comedy category. Why? Because this show would easily win in THIS category.

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series

Kyle Chandler, “Bloodline”

Jeff Daniels, “The Newsroom”

Jon Hamm, “Mad Men”

Bob Odenkirk, “Better Call Saul”

Liev Schreiber, “Ray Donovan”

Kevin Spacey, “House of Cards”

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Likely Winner: Kevin Spacey – His dedication to the character and the large fan base behind it has garnered enough attention for the Emmys to take notice.
Close Second: Jon Hamm – Again, there’s nothing cooler than giving a talented actor their due once their iconic role has ended. Hence last year’s winner Bryan Cranston.
Snub: James Spader – Not even a nomination for Blacklist. Sad. That show’s awesome because of him.

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series

Claire Danes, “Homeland”

Viola Davis, “How to Get Away With Murder”

Taraji P. Henson, “Empire”

Tatiana Maslany, “Orphan Black”

Elisabeth Moss, “Mad Men”

Robin Wright, “House of Cards”

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Likely Winner: Robin Wright – It’s very fitting for actor/actress winners to come from the same show, and to be honest, her portrayal is just as dynamic as Spacey’s.
Close Second: Taraji P. Henson – First time nominations are always the best winners and Henson kills as Cookie.
Snub: Maggie Smith – She’s Maggie Smith. Enough said.

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series

Anthony Anderson, “black-ish”

Louis C.K., “Louie”

Don Cheadle, “House of Lies”

Will Forte, “Last Man on Earth”

Matt LeBlanc, “Episodes”

William H. Macy, “Shameless”

Jeffrey Tambor, “Transparent”

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Likely Winner: Jeffrey Tambor – This role has really put him on the map, helped shed a lot of light on the trans community, and actually made Amazon a player when it comes to television.
Close Second: Don Cheadle – This guy’s work surprises just about everyone and this just may be the year where it’s recognized.
Snub: Joel McHale – This is a huge long shot, but Community shouldn’t even be a cult favorite anymore. McHale is in his element on this show and the driving force behind it. Pop pop.

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series

Edie Falco, “Nurse Jackie”

Lisa Kudrow, “The Comeback”

Julia Louis-Dreyfus, “Veep”

Amy Poehler, “Parks and Recreation”

Amy Schumer, “Inside Amy Schumer”

Lily Tomlin, “Grace and Frankie”

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Likely Winner: Lily Tomlin – Her return to television in a leading role that is well-rounded, well written, and fun to watch should be rewarded. She never did get an Emmy for Ms. Frizzle.
Close Second: Lisa Kudrow – It’s obviously a tough call between her and Dreyfus, but Kudrow really pushed for this continuation and I think it’s even better than the first go around.
Snub: Ellie Kemper – Her adorable take as Kimmy Schmidt should at least have gotten her the nomination.

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series

Jonathan Banks, “Better Call Saul”

Ben Mendelsohn, “Bloodline”

Jim Carter, “Downton Abbey”

Peter Dinklage, “Game of Thrones”

Michael Kelly, “House of Cards”

Alan Cumming, “The Good Wife”

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Likely Winner: Peter Dinklage – Who doesn’t love him? Who doesn’t love everything about him? You? Well, you can leave. We’re all going to watch Game of Thrones without you.
Close Second: Alan Cumming – I’d love for this guy to win. I’m not the biggest fan of the show, but his acting on it is top notch.
Snub: Mandy Patinkin – This one is a little difficult because there’s a lot to choose from (Scandal, Empire), but I feel like Patinkin should get a nod for his ability to act through Danes’s intense crying scenes.

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series

Joanne Froggatt, “Downton Abbey”

Lena Headey, “Game of Thrones”

Emilia Clarke, “Game of Thrones”

Christina Hendricks, “Mad Men”

Uzo Aduba, “Orange Is the New Black”

Christine Baranski, “The Good Wife”

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Likely Winner: Lena Headey – Headey’s Cersei is a strong character going up against the rest of the pack here and an easy choice for the winner.
Close Second: Christine Baranski – Boy, do they love their network shows. While it would be nice for HBO, Netflix, and Amazon to stick it to the networks, there’s a good chance they won’t.
Snub: Lana Parilla – Parilla’s portrayal of Regina in Once Upon a Time is one of the few reasons to continually watch the shows. For all of its flaws, that woman is a force.

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series

Niecy Nash, “Getting On”

Julie Bowen, “Modern Family”

Allison Janney, “Mom”

Kate McKinnon, “Saturday Night Live”

Mayim Bialik, “The Big Bang Theory”

Gaby Hoffmann, “Transparent”

Jane Krakowski, “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”

Anna Chlumsky, “Veep”

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Likely Winner: Mayim Bialik – As much as I detest Chuck Lorre’s constant repackaging of the same sitcom, Bialik is adorable and everyone knows it. Plus, did you really think they’d leave Big Bang out?
Close Second: Gaby Hoffman – For very similar reasons as Tambor’s likely win, Hoffman could easily take it. Not to mention, she’s a reformed child actor and we love those.
Snub: Anyone from Girls – Seriously? What’s up with that?

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series

Andre Braugher, “Brooklyn Nine-Nine”

Adam Driver, “Girls”

Keegan-Michael Key, “Key & Peele”

Ty Burrell, “Modern Family”

Tituss Burgess, “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”

Tony Hale, “Veep”

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Likely Winner: Ty Burrell – Modern Family may not dominate this year, but it will walk away with more than one of these statues. Damn them,
Close Second: Tony Hale – With the rest of the nominations going to a few newbies, Hale’s longstanding performance on Veep could create an awesome upset. You go, Tony Hale.
Snub: Nick Offerman – How has he not won for every year he played Ron Swanson? It’s just criminal.

What do you guys think about my predictions? Who else was snubbed (the correct answer is a lot)? Let us know!  And for the rest of the Emmy nominations, check them out here!

Emmy Nominations 2015

Babylon 5 Rewatch – The Gathering

Looking back it feels like we owe a lot of the current trends in serialized storytelling on television to Babylon 5. It was one of the first shows that I remember watching that was telling a story much larger than single episodes, or even the occasional two or three parter. Every season had an overall story and theme, and all of the seasons taken together were part of this epic story that J. Michael Straczynski had created for our enjoyment.  

I’ve been enjoying various TV Rewatch article series over on Tor.com for a while now.  I kept hoping that eventually someone would put together a Babylon 5 Rewatch, but it finally occurred to me that with this site launching, it might be a better use of time to just start one here.

Let’s start with The Gathering, which aired in 1993, the 90 minute TV movie that ultimately led to the launch of the Babylon 5 TV series.

The Babylon 5 space station has recently come online and is operational, with most of the diplomats from the various governments who have an interest in the station are already aboard:

Delenn, Londo Mollari, and G'kar

Delenn, Londo Mollari, and G’kar

  • Delenn, the Minbari ambassador, played by Mira Furlan
  • Londo Mollari, the Centauri ambassador, played by Peter Jurasik
  • G’kar, the Narn ambassador, played by Andreas Katsulas

koshThe final alien representative, Kosh from the Vorlon Empire, is due to arrive shortly. In fact, his ship arrives two days earlier than expected, but within a minute of disembarking the ambassador mysteriously falls ill. The cause of the illness is eventually determined to be poison, and the commanding officer of Babylon 5, Commander Jeffrey Sinclair (played by Michael O’Hare), is fingered as a suspect in the attempted assassination. Ultimately Commander Sinclair is exonerated as he confronts the true assassin, who was using a device called a ‘changeling net’, which allowed him to take on the appearance of other people.

 

While these events unfold, some extremely dense world-building and a number of mysteries are set up that become recurring themes throughout the first season of the show and have repercussions throughout the series:

  • Ten years prior to the start of The Gathering, the Earth Alliance and Minbari Federation were at war with each other, with the Earth forces severely outmatched by the more advanced Minbari. The war culminated in what came to be known as ‘The Battle of the Line’, where every available Earth ship that was combat worthy was called in to defend Earth. As G’kar put it when discussing events with Delenn, the Minbari were “one stroke” away from defeated the humans completely. But for as yet unknown reasons, the Minbari suddenly surrendered to end the war.
  • There were 4 prior Babylon stations that were built for the same purpose to serve as a neutral place to foster diplomatic relations, and hopefully to prevent another war like the recently concluded Earth-Minbari war. Babylons 1-3 were all destroyed before they were completed, by acts of sabotage. Babylon 4 disappeared without a trace 24 hours after coming online.
  • The Earth Alliance knows next to nothing about the Vorlons. They’re extremely old, have extremely advanced technology, and are never seen outside of their encounter suits. No one knows what they look like, or anything about their culture. And the Vorlons like it that way.
  • Full blown telepaths have emerged among most races, including humans. Human telepaths are registered with, and monitored by, the Psi-Corps. The Psi-Corps has very strict rules regarding how telepaths are to act in the performance of their jobs. One specific proscription mentioned is that an unauthorized mind scan, performed without a court order or consent of family members, is illegal. (That’s not to say that such things don’t happen. After all, how would most people even know that a telepath had taken a look around?)
  • The Minbari are governed by a group known as the Grey Council.
  • The Minbari are divided in castes, but the only caste mentioned by name at this point is the Warrior caste.
  • The Narn were, until relatively recently, essentially enslaved by the Centauri. The Centauri occupied the Narn homeworld for 100 years, and were extremely brutal during that time.
  • The Narn are the only race specifically pointed out in the series that have no telepaths at all.
  • The Centauri Republic, once a significant military power in the sector, is now much diminished in power and dignity. Londo, the Centauri ambassador, wistfully describes how they were once a mighty power, and have now become little more than a tourist attraction.
  • Mars has been colonized by humans, but the relationship between Earth and Mars is strained, at best. At one point there were ‘Food Riots’ on Mars due to the unrest there.

In addition to the big world-building story points, there are also a variety of character specific storylines that are introduced (or at least alluded to) here:

  • Commander Sinclair fought in the Battle of the Line.  He was a squadron commander, and his entire squad was destroyed in the battle. He attempted to ram a Minbari cruiser, but something made him black out. He woke up 24 hours later in his ship, with no memory of the missing time, only to find that the Minbari had surrendered. That’s not suspicious at all.
  • In the recut version of The Gathering that was made after Babylon 5 moved to TNT, one line of dialogue was added to the scene where Kosh meets the disguised assassin (wearing the appearance of Commander Sinclair). Kosh says, “Entil’Zha Valen.” Why he says that is a mystery that will have to wait until Season 3 to be resolved.
  • In one of the final scenes of the movie, we’re introduced to Sinclair’s fondness for poetry. When asked by Delenn why the humans took such pains to build Babylon 5, after the first 4 stations were such disasters, he specifically quotes Tennyson: “To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield.”
  • Prior to the assassin killing himself with a bomb, he tells Sinclair that “there is a hole in your mind.” Sinclair makes the obvious connection that this is a reference to the 24 hour gap in his memory at the Battle of the Line. When mentioning this to Delenn, she plays it off as just an “old Minbari insult,” but the implication that the Minbari had something to do with what happened to Sinclair has already been made.
  • Michael Garibaldi, the station’s chief of security, has something of a checkered past when it comes to his job performance. While he is heading the investigation into the attempted assassination on Kosh, a Senator from Earth Gov questions if Garibaldi is the right person from the job, given his history.
  • Londo Mollari dreams of the glory days of the Centauri Republic, but is quite honest about the fact that his purpose on the station is to “grovel before your wonderful Earth Alliance in the hopes of attaching ourselves to your destiny.”  He later caves to blackmail against him by G’kar.  He desperately wants a restoration to glory, for the Republic and for himself as well.
  • G’kar is, in a word, angry. He orchestrates the assassination attempt and the framing of Commander Sinclair in order to upset the balance of power, hopefully in his favor. When all is said and done, Sinclair knows that G’kar is responsible for everything that has happened, but has no hard proof to act on.
  • Dr. Ben Kyle, the Chief Medical Officer of Babylon 5, breaches Kosh’s containment suit in order to treat him, and sees what he really looks like (though we as the audience are left to wonder on that point). Lyta Alexander, the recently arrived commercial telepath from Earth, reads Kosh’s mind in order to find out what happened to him. Neither character makes it into the Babylon 5 TV show, and we’re given the explanation that they were both reassigned due to their close and unprecedented contact with a Vorlon. Dr. Kyle never appears on the show again. Lyta will eventually return, at first as a recurring guest star, and eventually as a series regular.

babylon5I’ll admit to not being a fan of Babylon 5 when it first started. I was a die hard Star Trek fan at the time, and Babylon 5 was just so…different. The look of the show was so different when compared to the science fiction I was used to seeing on television. What won me over though was the realization that the entirety of the show would give me a complete story.

As much as I loved the Star Trek television series, I will also mock them mercilessly for their rampant use of the Universal Reset Button. No matter how big the problem may be in act 1, by the end of act 3 everything is back to the way it was at the top of the hour. No problem is too big to be resolved, and there are rarely lasting consequences.  Yes there are some rather exceptional, well, exceptions to that rule in Star Trek, but generally the reset button was standard fare there.)

There is no reset button in Babylon 5. The choices that the characters have to make will all have consequences that will ultimately need to be faced. Sometimes by the character that originally made that choice, sometimes by other characters entirely. It’s in the making of those decisions, and reacting to the consequences that emerged from them, that these characters begin to change. Some of them grow into the best possible versions of themselves. Some of them make horrific mistakes that they end up paying for for the rest of their lives. And both processes are extremely painful for the characters involved. That’s why I love this show.

Have you ever watched Babylon 5? What did you think of the movie pilot? Let us know in the comments.

Babylon 5 Rewatch – The Gathering

Watch All 201 X-Files Episodes Before the New Season

X-Files is returning and Fox recently released a trailer informing us that it will premiere all 201 episodes of The X-Files before the new season begins on January 24. So, if you’re interested in watching the show on TV, then you’re in luck. Of course, you can always buy all nine seasons or stream them on Netflix. Whatever floats your boat.

X-Files: 201 Days of The X-Files Trailer:

https://youtu.be/JoIRNja8pMc

Are you excited for the new X-Files season? Are you going to rewatch all of the episodes? Let us know in the comments.

Watch All 201 X-Files Episodes Before the New Season

Guardians of the Galaxy Cartoon Gets a Release Date

With the smash hit taken by Guardians of the Galaxy last summer at the box office, it comes as no surprise that an animated series was to follow. The show will premiere on Disney XD on September 26, 2015. Also, as expected, none of the original actors from the movie will reprise their roles. Nevertheless, a plethora of talented voice actors will lend their voices for the now iconic Guardians. Among them are Jeff Bennett (Star Wars: Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast), Will Friedle (Batman Beyond), Kevin Michael Richardson (Planet Hulk, Legend of Korra), Vanessa Marshall (Star Wars: Rebels), and James Arnold Taylor (Star Wars: Clone Wars), among others.

Guardians of the Galaxy cartoon poster

Disney released some test footage of the Guardians of the Galaxy cartoon, which looks fairly impressive and can be viewed below. With any luck, this show could be as good as Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes.

Guardians of the Galaxy Test Footage:

Are you excited for the new Guardians of the Galaxy series? What are you looking forward to on it? Let us know in the comments.

Guardians of the Galaxy Cartoon Gets a Release Date

Heroes Reborn Trailer is Here!

Heroes Reborn looks impressive.

I know what you’re thinking.  How can we trust this new series when the old one went downhill so fast?  Well, I’ve got five reasons why you should give Heroes Reborn a chance.

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5. The plotline sounds amazing. Based on the summary alone, I can tell they’ve realized the mistakes of the first series and have done their best to rectify them. Check out the official NBC synopsis:

A year ago, a terrorist attack in Odessa, Texas, left the city decimated. Blamed for the tragic event, those with extraordinary abilities are in hiding or on the run from those with nefarious motives.

Two such vigilantes include Luke (Zachary Levi, “Chuck”) and Joanne (Judith Shekoni, “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2“), who are seeking to avenge a tragic loss.

Noah Bennet, aka H.R.G. (Jack Coleman, “Heroes”), has gone off the grid but conspiracy theorist Quentin Frady (Henry Zebrowski, “A to Z”) finds him and opens his eyes to the truth behind the Odessa tragedy.

While in hiding, some are discovering their newfound skills. Awkward teen Tommy (Robbie Kay, “Once Upon a Time”) just wants to be normal and win the girl of his dreams, Emily (Gatlin Green, “Criminal Minds”), but normalcy is virtually impossible after learning of a new ability that terrifies him. Coming from a very sheltered upbringing, a bold and ethereal teenager, Malina (Danika Yarosh, “Shameless”), has been told she is destined for greatness. In Tokyo, a quiet and unique young woman, Miko (Kiki Sukezane, “Death Yankee 3”), is trying to track down her missing father while hiding an extraordinary secret that will make her a force to be reckoned with. Elsewhere, a different type of hero is emerging through former soldier Carlos (Ryan Guzman, “The Boy Next Door“).

Meanwhile, Erica (Rya Kihlstedt, “Masters of Sex”), the head of the highly successful tech conglomerate Renautas, has an agenda of her own.

For better or for worse, some are fated to cross paths with assorted heroes of the past, including Hiro Nakamura (Masi Oka), Matt Parkman (Greg Grunberg), Mohinder Suresh (Sendhil Ramamurthy) and the Haitian (Jimmy Jean-Louis), among others. Yet, together, their ultimate destiny is nothing less than saving the world and mankind.

Joining Kring are executive producers James Middleton (“Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles”) and Peter Elkoff (“Sons of Anarchy”). “Heroes Reborn” is produced by Imperative Entertainment, in association with Universal Television.

11194536_10153368273958189_8431127769755967874_o4. The cast is really well thought out. It takes a lot to run a well-done ensemble show and most shows do not get it right (insert obligatory nod to Joss Whedon here), including Heroes. What they have done with Heroes Reborn, though is incredibly smart.  They have taken characters from the first series with the most interesting powers, backgrounds, and storylines and continued them here.  We’re getting Parkman, Suresh, The Haitian, Noah, and Hiro back!  These characters were all connected to other favorites, so we know that while they may not appear, there’s a chance we’ll still get to know what happened to Claire and Peter.  The majority of the cast are all newcomers to this world, but enormously talented.  You can’t go wrong when your show’s main character is played by Zachary Levi.

3. The shortened season gives way for tighter storytelling and better action. Gone are the days of 22 episodes per season and time-waste fillers – or at least they should be. The shows that have tried this “mini-series” approach have been wildly successful, including The Walking Dead and Sleepy Hollow. It’s a way for the studios to test fan waters without drowning themselves in overwhelmingly awful TV decisions.  In no way does this mean we won’t see more.  In fact, if the pilot episode’s numbers are even remotely high, they’ll greenlight a second season soon after.  If you feel like you’re missing anything from it (a character didn’t get the attention it deserved or what have you), don’t fret; there’s also a companion web series on NBC.com and a comic set to debut as well.

2. Tim Kring is back! The creator of the original series was a driving force in its success and will be a huge part in this series. While the WGA writers’ strike killed the second season, it was Kring and his creative team that got season three back on track. His involvement in this continuation leads me to believe that the 13 episodes will be some of the best TV this fall.

1. That trailer! That music! Those scenes! I just… watch it for yourself and tell me you don’t want to see this show!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BHClJhC8Wfs

 

Heroes Reborn debuts on NBC September 24, 2015.

 

Heroes Reborn Trailer is Here!