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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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[Editorial] Star Trek: In Defense of J.J. Abrams

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[Editorial] Star Trek: In Defense of J.J. Abrams

On May 16 of 2013 Star Trek: Into Darkness released in theaters. The film was well-received by critics and went on to score the largest box office returns in the franchise’s history. (On a more personal note, Into Darkness was reviewed favorably by our own Leland Pierce.) But less than three months later at the One Trek Mind Live panel in Las Vegas, Into Darkness was hailed as the worst Star Trek film in a live voting poll – worse even than the much-lamented The Final Frontier and notorious stinker Nemesis, and placing significantly below 1999 Star Trek send-up Galaxy Quest – which is not even a Star Trek film. 

To be completely fair, as One Trek Mind specifically states in the link:

“Now, just because something has to come in last doesn’t make it a bad film. Somebody has to bring up the rear! But others in the press (see Hollywood Reporter) felt the need to stir up some controversy.”

I’m not criticizing One Trek Mind in any way, shape, or form. I’m aiming at the the vocal element that seems to hold the Abrams-verse up as the worst thing that has ever happened to science fiction.

I raised a good old-fashioned Spock eyebrow to that one; the kind of people who vote in a poll at the Star Trek 2013 convention conjure a very specific mental image. I’ll leave that image to your own personal imagination, but I can imagine they wouldn’t be the kind of audience that would look favorably upon any creative license taken with the Holy Grail of the Star Trek canon: The Wrath of Khan.

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To Timidly Go: Are Sci-Fi Film Tropes Holding Back Sci-Fi Gaming?

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To Timidly Go: Are Sci-Fi Film Tropes Holding Back Sci-Fi Gaming?

With souped-up graphics and processing power, Playstation 4 and Xbox One will bring us one step closer to truly “cinematic” video games. But could game developers’ long quest to emulate silver-screen cool actually limit the creative potential of next-generation console titles?

This question came to mind after the recent burst of publicity for Destiny and Titanfall, two of the “most anticipated” next-gen games. They are also both science fiction titles — a gaming genre that leans especially heavily on Hollywood-derived tropes.

A quick glance at the current console era shows just how often such games mimic cinematic sci-fi — and how limiting that approach can be when designers with a blank virtual slate fall back on the constrained conventions of film.

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Movie Issues: Star Trek Into Darkness

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Movie Issues: Star Trek Into Darkness

Star Trek Into Darkness is the twelfth installment in the Star Trek franchise and the sequel to 2009’s Star Trek. J.J. Abrams once again directs with a screenplay written by Roberto Orci, Alex Kurtzman and Damon Lindelof.

This new adventure brings back all of our favorite crew members, adds some new ones, and gives us one hell of a ride from start to finish. The movie is reverential, faithful, and steeped in “Trek” mythology. Good or bad, this is a damn fun movie that Trekkies new and old can enjoy.

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Movie Issues: Star Trek: Nemesis

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Movie Issues: Star Trek: Nemesis

In honor of the new Star Trek film, we’re taking a small break from comic book movies this week to yet again boldly go where no one has gone before. This week we watched 2002s Star Trek: Nemesis. The last adventure with the Next Generation crew as they have to deal with a threat from a Reman clone of Captain Picard, who has taken control of the Romulan Empire.  Please download and enjoy as Leland listens to non-Trek-fan Spooky not understand anything going on in this flick.  

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