Here's a list of our hottest stories and best comments this week, in case you missed anything. (And man, did you all get heated up over Star Trek's Brannon Braga.) Think of this week-ending roundup as a DVR for SCI FI Wire.
Your best comment: Well, let`s just face some hard facts.....
The Apollo Astronauts, while sterling chaps, the lot of them, were all fairly BORING...virtually inter-changeable, cookie-cutter products of the U.S. Air Force.
They were everything that we have come to expect of Government Training.
Competant, but DRAB.
BUZZ LIGHTYEAR, on the other hand, is colorful....FUN.
People remember FUN.
I`m a great fan of Aviation and NASA...
But even I would almost prefer that BUZZ LIGHTYEAR had been the 1st ..'man'...on the Moon.
Him...or maybe ZAP BRANNIGAN...(or Phil Hartman, maybe if you insist upon a real person.)
But that`s life.... We gravitate towards Zaphod Beeblebrox, but have to make do with Arthur Dent.....(sigh)—PALADIN
Your best comment: No breast implants...okay. But must have an ample booty....YARRRRRRR!!!—I am Iron Fan
Your best comment: How about a really interesting reality show - Are You Smarter Than a Cylon?—ecgordon
Your best comment: Once again they are doing what I dread the most.
Making a movie where the characters meet for the first time, and say, oh, this is what I can do; hey that's cool. This is what I can do. Wow.
Oh no something bad happens and we must learn to use our powers together to win.
I know how the met, I know what their powers are. We've already seen it. They are about to make the same movie, except now they'll be teens. Which means they'll find a way to make Rouge even more pathetic.
I gave it the benefit of the doubt the first time because they made it for people that never heard of X-men. But it's been done now. Any one who still hasn't heard of it, doesn't deserve to have this movie catered to them.
Make the Frakin' movie, where they already know each other and the team is already established.
Stop treating the fan base like a bunch of idiots.
Bryan Singer makes Michael Bay, look like a genius.—scifi-ED
Your best comment: It's time for ALL the old hack writers of space opera to be retired. Braga, Whedon, RD Moore (the one with the clever stop animations on the dvd signatures of BSG which could only be somebody's coked up idea of humor) and the rest.
It's time that SyFy and these comment spaces be more than fanboy spew. Legend of the Seeker has the cat suit market now, so Braga's squeeze won't have a place in any new space operas.
The point here is that the hackneyed style of the new Star Trek (where the villain is just another tattooed white boy skinhead) or the old Trek franchise is worn thin to threadbare.
Speculative fiction has to be more than nymphets in hip huggers and boys (boys not men) in cargo pants and overpriced gym shoes playing with their cell phones.
Now to something relevant. There was one show which deserved a fan base which would demand that it not be abandoned to ratings fluctuations AND was an original idea fully developed with much to say about the society in which it takes place.
"Jericho" is that series. Not Caprica, not BSG and certainly not anything Whedon has done with or without nymphet hip huggers and cell phones.
And I hear notes of resignation here that the battle is already lost because Fox is what it is. Just so. Hardly worth discussing in that context.
But new speculative fiction is worth talking about. Maybe I should paraphrase Bakunin who said 'it is not that people get too much, it is that they demand so little.'—loninappleton
Your best comment: I remember those ads. Thats why I started watching, thought to myself....what, we here in Australia made a scifi show...its gonna be awful. Feel in love after the first ep. Was horrified when they took it off air after 4eps, even more horrified when they put it back on air, against the opening ceremony of the Sydney 2000 Olympics!!! Then 9 stated poor ratings and took it off air again. Got such bad treatment here in Australia that I had to get tape faries from the USA to hook me up with eps. Still, the best scifi ever, the best cast, best set, and best crew. Rewatching my box sets at the moment after attending an Aussie con with Ben and Claudia two weeks ago, 11 years.......seems like yesterday—OzDebP
Your best comment: Jack Kirby was a door mat. He was also a working class man that believed that hard work would yield rewards. He believed in the American dream. Over the course of several decades, multiple Marvel execs (and later, the execs that became Marvel's owners) made promise after to promise to Jack Kirby about royalties, return of his original art, pay increases, recognition of creation, and pretty much everything else a creator wants, whether its movies, books or comics. Jack Kirby was also infamous for taking people at their word. If a man shook on it, then to Kirby, that was that.
Few (if any) of the promises were held up. It was easier to keep Jack at his board drawing until the wee hours of the morning (the guy did more work in a week than most artists today do in years) if you just assured him everything was going according to plan. In short, Jack was lied to. A lot.
Meanwhile, Stan Lee, who was a fantastic front man for Marvel, was not only out there getting credit as the sole creator of the Marvel characters, but also being given cush positions that came with boatloads of money (to this day, he earns a $1,000,000 a year salary from Marvel despite not actually doing any work directly with Marvel as "chairman emeritus"). While Stan never really took sole credit himself for the creations, he didn't stop the larger public from making that claim.
Jack became quite bitter, left Marvel, went back to Marvel, left again and went back again until fleeing for good to work in animation. When he died, he was in the middle of a campaign to get the full recognition he deserved.
As an aside, the argument of "work for hire" is sketchy at best as there were no consistent definitions of it back when as far as comics and fictional characters went, so by and large, the publishers were allowed to set the rules as to what work for hire meant.
So here's where we stand. Jack Kirby was on record before his death as wanting some kind of compensation greater than what he got for creating a multi-billion dollar corporation from his ideas. Stan Lee gets paid a boatload of money to, essentially, not sue Marvel for ownership. Ditko could care less.
Jack Kirby DID create the Marvel universe. Jack Kirby WAS screwed over for decades. And based upon interpretation of the various laws from both that time and now, Jack Kirby's estate is very likely owed something for amassing so much for so many others.
And just to be clear, the facts I've just stated are easily researchable and I encourage any interested party to look deeper into this sad, sad tale.
As for the other people on here making comments to the effect of not wanting the heirs to sue because it might disrupt fan enjoyment of current story lines, for shame. You disgrace the memory of the man who birthed the characters you loved so much and show so little appreciation of what he did for you, and generations before and after you. I would rather Jack Kirby, even in death, receive his just rewards than to ever read a new issue of The Fantastic Four again.—RobotJesus
Your best comment: it is not that ring that i want it's the one he can use to summon scarlet johansson now that is impressive:)—tony
Your best comment: I can understand why he wouldn't make as much as money as the other actors since they only used him for about 5 minutes in the second and third movies. The other actors had a lot more screen time especially Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, and Tom Wilson, not so much Lea Thompson, but she still had a lot more time on screen than the George McFly character. Although the character may have had more screen time if Glover would have come back.—fanboy79
Your best comment: How were Sawyer and Juliet perfect together? The writers reduced a once great, enigmatic character to a weepy, insecure, suicidal mess...and all because she couldn't bear the thought of possibly losing her man to another woman. Give me a freakin' break. That's not perfect, that's not a trusting relationship, and that sure as hell isn't the Juliet I fell in love with. I'm glad the writers killed her off so that I was spared having to watch them ruin her any longer. Gah!—Diva
Your best comment: To everyone that's saying Chris Evans isn't big enough to play Captain America: I live in Hollywood and go to the same gym as Chris Evans, I see him there all the time. He's about 6' 3", 6' 4" and absolutely HUGE. Seeing him in person and on screen, I actually think they try to make him look smaller in the movies. (It's quite common for studios to make all the "stars" look the same height.) The man works out like a fiend and already has the Captain America body, no personal trainer required. The real problem would be making him look like the pre super soldier serum Steve Rodgers.—Wraithgod
Your best comment: You know, for those making such harsh and deragatory comments, I'm all for freedom of speech, opinion, and what not; however, I truly hope you DO NOT consider yourselfs now, or ever, Star Wars fans. Just because you watched A New Hope in '77 and enjoyed it 'does not' qualify you as a true fan.
I was there in Burbank, CA. on opening day in '77, and have been there ever since. I was there for the Midnight shows of Episode's 1-3, I was there when The Clone Wars premiered in Theaters, and I've savoured every bit of the EU.
The Celebrations? While I can't say I've been to everyone (missed the one in Japan) I've logged in my airplane hours to get to as many as possible. Some could say that these things clearly make me a Star Wars fan. But, acutally, they don't.
What makes me a 'True' fan is the fact that I look forward to 'anything' coming down the Pipe from GL, Lucasfilm, and Lucas Licensing in general. I look forward to anything that helps introduce Star Wars to a new generation of fans who can share the joy of the Galaxy Far Far away with thier own children and so and so forth.
Many of you say GL sold out? How did he sell out, exactly? What, because he endevoured to open the doors to Star Wars for younger generations in the 90s and early 'aughts? For those who were there, we were a very different generation back in the 70's to the generations we had in the 90's and early 21st. GL understood, and continues to understand this. As such, he is doing what he can to keep the doors open and have something for everyone, regardless of Age, gender, race, etc.
I often find it telling, and sad, that most of the people who complain about what GL is trying to improve upon with Star Wars are people who either consider A New Hope to be the 'only' Star Wars movie (rolls eyes) or people who wanted Star Wars to go in a certain direction and felt jaded when Star Wars proved to not belong to just them or adere to thier personel views.
A True fan embraces Star Wars in all it's forms, and tries to find the good in all of it. Because, this is the Star Wars Universe, and there is always some kind of magic to find in it, whether it be amazing characters, story, visuals, music, and so on.
So, do everyone a favor, and don't post comments like, "GL sold out," when all you're really saying is, "GL took 'my' Star Wars away," when in point of fact it wasn't 'your' Star Wars to begin with. Just like it's not my Star Wars. The Galaxy Far Far Away belongs to everyone who wants to enjoy it, and as long as GL and Lucasfilm do what they can to keep the Saga alive and fresh in the minds of one generation after another I will be there one hundred percent. As will my kids (who have enjoyed every Celebration and Star Wars event) and thier children, and so on.—ForceCasters27