This Week in Sci-Fi, February 22-28, 2015

color_nimoy_headshot[1]It’s a sad weekend for sci-fi fans. Leonard Nimoy has passed away, making him the third member of the Star Trek TOS cast to be lost after DeForest Kelley and James Doohan. His character of Spock has meant a great deal to me, and likely to you as well. He’s become a pop culture icon, one of the few figures to transcend genre and possess an almost universal popularity, due in no small part to Nimoy’s talents and contributions. And as we the fans mourn, let’s not forget the loved ones he left behind.

Still, there’s other news out there. So let’s continue on, heavy hearts or otherwise.

  • Minor spoilers in the Marvel section this week. New Avengers posters have been released pretty much every day this week, with one for each character (and a really ugly one for everyone). But the more interesting part is that Anthony Mackie’s name is at the bottom. Falcon confirmed for an appearance in Age of Ultron!
    • And over on Agents of SHIELD, which returns in just a few days, Marvel released a post detailing the plot elements of the March 17th episode. The main reveal here is that Skye’s Dad, Cal, has put together a team of superpowered villains to take out SHIELD once and for all. Given that will be only the third episode after the show’s return, it’s becoming quickly apparent that people with superpowers are coming out of the woodwork. It truly is the beginning of “the age of miracles.”
  • In further updates on the Neill Blomkamp Alien movie, he’s stated now that it will pick up where Aliens left off. That is to say, Alien 3 and Resurrection, the former of which the studio infamously fucked up and the latter of which killed the franchise for quite a while, are no longer canon. The world responded, “yeah, we were under the impression that was the case for years now.”
  • On to another movie series from the 80’s with 2 good installments and 2 crappy sequels, Terminator Genisys is set to be the start of a trilogy, which we’ve known for a long time now (at one point Terminator Salvation was going to be, too). What’s now been confirmed is that Arnold will be returning for the sequels, filming next year for a 2017/2018 release. Still not excited for this but maybe they’ll actually get the trilogy off the ground this time.
  • And the last 80’s sequel floating around, it’s now official that Harrison Ford will be returning to the world of Blade Runner. And on top of that, Ridley Scott has backed off as the director and handed the reins to Denis Villeneuve. Is this going to be a decent film, or yet another disappointment? I don’t have any experience with Villeneuve, so it’s hard to say if this is good news.
  • Some movies aren’t getting unnecessary sequel films, though. Some are just getting unnecessary sequel TV series, like Minority Report. According to the latest news, it seems that the show will follow the other two precogs, the “twins” who didn’t feature heavily in the film. All three precogs are released at the end of the film, so with a 10 year gap, it seems one of them, Dash, is now left looking for a purpose in life. As a setup for a boring procedural, that sounds like exactly what I’d expect out of this. It’ll be just like all those other shows with psychics helping to solve crimes, like Tru Calling or Medium. I guess the only hope is that the futuristic setting is employed properly.
  • Lastly, Chappie will be released next Friday. Still hearing mostly good things about it, so let’s hope that continues.

That’s all for this week. I’m gonna go back to being bummed about Nimoy.

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