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Review: Harlan Ellison’s “The City on the Edge of Forever”

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Review: Harlan Ellison’s “The City on the Edge of Forever”

Fans of Star Trek: The Original Series will remember the episode “The City on the Edge of Forever”. Fans of Harlan Ellison will probably remember that he wrote the teleplay, which was then altered by several writers. In 2014, IDW published a five-issue version of Ellison’s teleplay, adapted by Scott and David Tipton and with art by J.K. Woodward. My lucky find at this year’s San Diego’s Comic Con was a hardback graphic novel that collects all five issues, with forward and afterward by Ellison. This is an author who gives praise sparingly, so you know he means it when he says he’s “over the moon” with the adaptation.

I re-watched “The City on the Edge of Forever” so I could compare the TV version with the graphic novel. The episode is an amazing adventure, full of time-travel hijinks and romance and tragedy, definitely worthy of winning the Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation in 1968.

I think Harlan’s original teleplay is better.

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Two Geeks and a Podcast #Four – The Great Debate

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Two Geeks and a Podcast #Four – The Great Debate

We’ve been talking about it since our very first podast and now the day have finally come.  The two greatest space epics of cinema and the small screen have always been put at odds, it would seem there’s only enough room in all of the universe for one, the Trek or the Wars.  Who has the better statships? Who’s had the larger cultural impact?

It’s Star Wars vs. Star Trek in this week’s podcast as we’ve taken our sides and we’re ready to throw down in our first Great Debate of Two Geeks and a Podcast!

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Review: Spock’s World

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Review: Spock’s World

“Go maire tu’ I bhfad agus rath!”

 Old Irish wayfarer’s blessing: “Live long and prosper”

It occurred to me that I haven’t reviewed a Star Trek book in honor of Leonard Nimoy yet. No excuse for that, really, since I read a lot of Star Trek back in high school. Star Trek: TNG was my drug of choice, but I read several novels based on the original Star Trek series as well. By far my favorite of those – the one I’ve reread the most times – is Diane Duane’s epic story of Vulcan, Spock’s World. 

A Vulcan anti-human movement has been growing for decades, based on fears of the damage that illogical, emotional, and violent humanity can cause. Word comes to the Enterprise that several clandestine organizations on Spock’s homeworld have now pushed the government to hold a planet-wide vote to secede from the Federation. Faced with the threat of having to either give up all ties to the Earth, or live in exile, Spock and his father Sarek return to Vulcan with the crew of the Enterprise to argue against secession. The story alternates between the debates (and an investigation to find out who’s been working behind the scenes to push for the vote, and why) and stories of the planet Vulcan itself, with its history of a population even more illogical, emotional, and violent than the human race that the Vulcans are trying so desperately to banish.

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Movie Issues: Star Trek III: The Search for Spock

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Movie Issues: Star Trek III: The Search for Spock

The guys once again travel beyond the stars to hang out with the crew of The USS Enterprise as they watched Star Trek III: The Search for Spock. Where Captain Kirk and crew must travel back to the planet Genesis, retrieve the body of Spock, get the body and his mind, which is currently within Dr. McCoy’s back to Vulcan to save both of them before it’s to late. Of course they also need to deal with the Klingons lead by the evil Commander Kruge who wants the Genesis weapons all for his own. They guys also talk new movie news. So please download and enjoy another Movie Issues Podcast.   Read On

Comic Issues #216 – The Truth is (Sometimes?) Out There

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Comic Issues #216 – The Truth is (Sometimes?) Out There

It’s a rumor-filled podcast as the crew talks about the rumors of a new Star Trek show, a new Alien Nation, and a new X-Files mini series. (Spoilers: one of those is totally not a thing.)

After that they get into the newest Uncanny X-Men and Scott’s flip-flopping and Havok’s lack of flip-flopping. They they break down the awesomeness of Darth Vader #3 and the newest Rocket Raccoon, and how Anthony just loves reading long novels and Elizabeth loves Squirrel Girl. (Spoilers: a couple of those last ones are totally not a thing either.)

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Geeky Gift Guide

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Geeky Gift Guide

Christmas is drawing near and those of us who didn’t do ALL of our holiday shopping on Black Friday and Cyber Monday may still be looking for gift ideas for others, and of course ourselves. From Treks to Wars, Rings to Thrones, and Bats to Spiders we’ve found some of the coolest geeky gift ideas you could give or receive this year. You’ll want to jump on these items right away though as they’re sure to sell out before the Holiday’s end!

Happy Hunting!

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Movie Issues Geek Gift Guide for Shopping this Christmas

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Movie Issues Geek Gift Guide for Shopping this Christmas

It’s that time of year where the snow is falling and the air is filled with songs of merriment. Yup, it’s Christmas time. And as you go out into the wilds of retail or stay at home on your computer, you may be having trouble shopping for that impossible geek in your life. Well, you’re in luck, my friend. I. Leland, from the internationally popular Movie Issues podcast am here to walk you though the world of geek shopping and maybe give you some good gift suggestions to buy this holiday season.

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Movie Issues: Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home

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Movie Issues: Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home

This week the guys decided to once more go where no one has gone before. They travel back to the world of Star Trek, this time re-visiting Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, or as it is most commonly known as “the one with the whales”. The crew of the Enterprise must travel back to 1986 and find some humpback whales and return them to their time because of an alien probe is looking for them. Thus the crew out of time comedy ensues. Download and listen in as the guys try to understand how “time warp” works and discuss if they were to be brought to the future what would they do. Just another day at the office for them.  Read On

Review: Movie Novelizations

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Review: Movie Novelizations

We’ve all run into it at one time or another. As a literary genre it’s pretty much inescapable. There are a few gems here and there, but the quality is generally middling-to-poor: words churned out by writers who might not excel at anything else. Sometimes we find one that appeals to us, or that we’ve secretly been looking for. Maybe we’ve even written one ourselves.

I’m talking, of course, about movie and TV novelizations. (Okay, hands up anyone who thought this could also apply to fan fiction. Cool, thanks, I’m sure I’ll see all of you sometime over on Tumblr.)

Published quickly, and forgotten soon, you’re more likely to find “the novelization of the award-winning movie” than you are to find “the award-winning novelization”. And yet they’re everywhere, and I’m sure authors fight over the chance to write the studio-approved version.

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