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Trae is the tallest of the hosts, and he is certain it’s because he is the oldest. This is (at the very least) why he is the baldest. Trae co-founded Wisconsin’s longest running Anime convention No Brand Con and refuses to apologize for it. Which he probably should. Trae also writes the webcomics UnCONventional and The Chronicles of Crosarth, which leads many to ask when the hell he has time to actually do anything anymore. He says he has time because he “does it all quite poorly.”

The ‘Star Trek: Discovery’ Theme Goes Back to the Franchise’s Roots

It’s been a long road, getting from there to here for Star Trek: Discovery. Frankly, it’s been a long time since it was first announced, but its time is finally near. With the show premiering on September 24th, you can almost see CBS All Access’s dream come alive at last, as if the network could touch the sky. And, as with every Star Trek show, the theme song is a very important part. A bad theme can set the tone for a show all wrong, but thanks to a featurette on the official Youtube channel, we now know Discovery will go back to the franchise’s orchestral roots.

It won’t let a bad theme hold it down, no no. And the network won’t change its mind — the way UPN did with Enterprise.

We don’t get to hear the whole thing, but I’ve got faith in the part. I’m going where the composer takes me. I’ve got faith to believe that at the very least the show will musically sound right. By returning to Trek’s orchestral roots, it establishes a strength of the soul of the show. No one’s going to bend or break it. With a song like this, the show has the potential to reach any star. I mean, we still haven’t heard the whole thing or how the final show will end up, but I have faith.

I have faith.

Faith in this part.

JJ Abrams Will Direct and Co-Write Star Wars Epsiode IX

Major waves hit the Star Wars universe last week when director Colin Trevorrow was effectively fired from co-writing and directing Episode IX. There has been a lot of speculation about who the studio would tap to replace the him with for the ultimate entry in the Skywalker Saga, and it appears we have an answer. Earlier today, Lucasfilm announced that none other than Episode VII The Force Awakens director JJ Abrams would return to complete the trilogy he started.

Abrams will also co-write the film with Chris Terrio. Abrams co-wrote The Force Awakens alongside Lawrence Kasdan, so I’m not terribly worried there. Terrio on the other hand, while having an academy award for the screenplay for Argo, also co-wrote Batman v Superman. So… it’s a mixed bag? On the upside, if Kathleen Kennedy doesn’t like what he rights, she’ll just can him too.

Is it the most ideal outcome? Maybe not. Finishing a story has never been JJ Abrams’s strong suit. I mean, I literally made a big deal about that during last night’s podcast. That said, Abrams has made movies that I love, while Trevorrow made a couple “movies I’m okay with.”

So I’m choosing to be optimistic.

Star Wars Episode IX is due out May 24, 2019 December 20, 2019.

Via StarWars.com

The ‘Downsizing’ Trailer Sure is a Trip

Downsizing is a rather unique looking film. The basic premise is that to combat overpopulation, some of humanity have decided to shrink themselves to conserve resources. People who have been “downsized” live in a doll sized world where they live like millionaires… but, y’know, tiny ones.

It’s an interesting idea, and with a cast that includes Matt Damon, Kristen Wiig, and Jason Sudeikis it’s hard to see the film not being fairly entertaining. Honestly, it’s just nice to see a science fiction film centered around an idea I haven’t seen a million times before.

Downsizing comes out December 22, 2017.

Daniel Dae Kim in Talks to Replace Ed Skrein in ‘Hellboy’

So according to reports, actor Daniel Dae Kim is currently in talks to take over the role of Ben Daimio in the upcoming Hellboy reboot. This is, of course, the role that actor Ed Skrein exited a couple of weeks ago amidst whitewashing concerns.

Daniel Dae Kim is probably best known for his run on the rebooted Hawaii Five-O, but the actor is no stranger to genre ficiton, having played memorable roles in the Babylon 5 spinoff Crusade, Angel, and the miniseries adaptation of The Andromeda Strain. He also was on a little show called Lost that you might have heard of as well.

Assuming that the talks don’t fall apart, and this goes through, Daniel Dae Kim is a solid casting choice. He’s a good actor, and I guess my only real disappointment is that the studio didn’t go this way in the first place.

Via Variety

Episode 106 – Unceremonious Exits

On this episode we discuss a couple of notable exits — Colin Trevorrow getting canned from Star Wars Episode IX and Ed Skrein quitting the Hellboy film amidst whitewashing concerns. On a similar theme, Syfy has cancelled Blood Drive and Dark Matter, and the BBC has decided to not renew Doctor Who spinoff Class. We also tackle Joss Whedon getting a screenwriting credit on Justice League, and two people were injured when chairs were thrown from a balcony at Dragon Con. We start by touching on the recent losses of Len Wein and Jerry Pournelle.

Gen’s on vacation, so it’s just Trae and Nick — but hey, video is working again!

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Science Fiction Author Jerry Pournelle Has Died

We’re sad to report that legendary science fiction author Jerry Pournelle has passed away. The writer said in his blog last week that he’d come home from DragonCon feeling sick, and his son Alex confirmed his passing on Friday.

While I was never fond of his politics, it’s hard to imagine what military science fiction would look like without him. A prolific author, he notably collaborated with author Larry Niven on about a dozen books including Lucifer’s Hammer and The Mote in God’s Eye. Pournelle also famously was the first person to ever write a published novel on a personal computer, which he did so in 1977.

Jerry Pournelle was 84 years old.

Via File 770

Believe It or Not, They’re Still Trying to Remake ‘Greatest American Hero’

We last heard about an attempt to remake classic 80s superhero comedy Greatest American Hero back in 2015, but even though that version fell apart… they haven’t given up yet. Regardless of the fact that it’s a show most people under forty are only aware of having existed because of a reference in Seinfeld (which in itself is old enough where many under 25 may not remember that), they just seem to really want this to happen.

The latest news is that ABC has ordered a put-pilot for a reboot of the series. So yeah, this time around, whether it gets picked up or not, something will actually air no matter what.

There is a big difference this time around. In the new version, put together by Rachna Fruchbom and Nahnatchka Khan, rather than a white guy named Ralph, the central character will be an Indian-American woman named Meera. Meera is a fairly unremarkable woman (who apparently drinks a lot) that is handed a super suit by aliens so she can protect the planet.

It’s safe to assume hijinks of a humorous nature will ensue.

I honestly think the only reason this show has a shot is because it’s doing something slightly different with the premise. One has to ask though, was doing this show as a remake really necessary? I honestly don’t think the nostalgia is there to drive an audience. I guess the only upside is watching a bunch of racists and misogynists flip out of the race and gender swapping of the protagonist of a show they never actually watched or actually gave a crap about?

That’s getting less satisfying and more depressing these days though.

Via Deadline

Comics Legend Len Wein, Co-Creator of Wolverine and Swamp Thing, Has Passed Away

Yesterday it was confirmed in a tweet by DC Comics that legendary creator Len Wein had passed away. The cause of death has not been publicly released, but we do know (based off of his twitter account) that Wein had been in surgery just a few days prior.

Len Wein was a legendary comics writer who had a hand in creating a couple of modern comics most iconic characters. Most notably he co-created DC/Vertigo’s Swamp Thing with Bernie Wrightson (who also passed away earlier this year) and Marvel’s Wolverine with artist John Romita. Wein also worked extensively as an editor, notably on Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons’s Watchmen.

It’s a sad day for comics, and our hearts go out to his friends and family. Len Wein was only 69 years old.

Alan Ritchson and Minka Kelly Cast as Hawk and Dove in ‘Titans’

The cast for the upcoming Titans television series keeps rounding out. The latest news is that actors Alan Ritchson and Minka Kelly have been cast as superhero duo Hawk and Dove respectively.

Ritchson just came off of a run on Syfy’s recently cancelled series Blook Drive and played Raphael in the recent two live action Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles film. Honestly though, fans of DC based media probably know him best for his portrayal of Aquaman on The WB/CW’s Smallville. Kelly is best known for her work on Friday Night Lights, but has also appeared on shows like Parenthood, The Path, and (my personal favorite) the short lived Fox scifi series Almost Human.

Hawk and Dove are both recurring characters, with an option to become regulars if a second season is commissioned. They join a cast that already includes Brenton Thwaites as Dick Grayson, Anna Diop as Starfire, and Teagan Croft as Raven. Honestly, everything seems to be coming together well for this series… except that it’s going to be exclusive to a DC branded streaming service that no one really wants.

I mean, that’s still a problem.

Via Deadline

‘Doctor Who’ Spinoff ‘Class’ Officially Cancelled

Well, it’s official — the Doctor Who spinoff Class has been cancelled. The news comes to us from BBC Three controller Damian Kavanagh (via Doctor Who News), who said at a Broadcasting Press Guild:

No, [we’re not bringing it back]. There was nothing wrong with it – I thought Patrick did a great job, he explored an amazing world.

In honesty, it just didn’t really land for us on BBC Three. Things sometimes don’t, and I’ve got to make decisions about what we’re going to do from a drama point of view.

There are always times when you do something and you have to decide that it’s not going to come back. Class is just one of those things.

Honestly, this is too bad — if not unsurprising. Series creator and showrunner Patrick Ness announced that he wouldn’t return earlier this year… and honestly very few people watched the show in the UK. It’s too bad though, as I think it was a fundamentally positive addition to the Who-mythos.

We’ll miss you, Class.

Via Doctor Who News