The Play's The Thing (That Gets You Killed) In Trailer For The Gallows @ io9

On the heels of its jarring teaser from April, the full trailer for The Gallows — about a cursed high-school play — offers a lotta night vision and shaky-cam, a haunted VCR (?), a slowed-down version of “Smells Like Teen Spirit,” and a spirited prayer that found-footage horror still has one last breath in it.

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Newborn Baby Gorilla Enjoys A Nap While Its Mother Keeps Watch @ io9

Just six or seven days old, a baby Western lowland gorilla has a snooze in the arms of its proud mother, Frala, at Sydney’s Taronga Zoo. So far, mom and newborn have been hanging so tight that keepers haven’t been able to determine whether their newest charge is a male or a female.

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The Best Quotes From Kurt Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse-Five @ Omni Reboot

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Here are some of the best Slaughterhouse-Five quotes for fans young and old.

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Adam is an avid film watcher and self-annointed movie critic. Adam dreams of a world where Jodorowsky's Dune set the standard for sci-fi films, but realizes the public would not be capable of such a universe. Adam only enjoys modern movies inasmuch as he enjoys pointing out their flaws, but every now and then he is happily surprised.

Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut, one of the world's great anti-war books. Jumping through time with Billy Pilgrim, the book centers around the infamous fire-bombing of Dresden. Billy's odyssey through time reflects the mythic journey of our own fractured lives as we search for what we are afraid to know. Here are some quotes from the book that center on life, time, war, and the meaning of it all.

And so it goes...


You sound to me as if you don't believe in free will.
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All this happened, more or less.
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Everything was beautiful and nothing hurt.
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How nice, to feel nothing, and still get full credit for being alive.
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Dread told him when to stop. Lack of it told him when to move again.
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All these years, I've been opening the window and making love to the world.
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Billy Pilgrim has come unstuck in time.


All moments, past, present and future, always have existed, always will exist.
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Why you? Why anything? Because this moment simply is.
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It’s an illusion that moments are as beads on a string, that once it's gone, it's gone forever.
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All time is all time. It does not change. It does not lend itself to warnings or explanations.
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And so on to infinity.
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I asked myself about the present: how wide it was, how deep it was, how much was mine to keep.
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That is a very Earthling question.


She was trying to construct a life that made sense from things she found in gift shops.
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It was very exciting for her, taking his dignity away in the name of love.
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But she did look back, and I love her for that, because it was so human.
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The staff was devoted to the idea that nobody should die.
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Human beings believe many things that are obviously untrue.
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He never knows what part of life he is going to have to act in next.
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I have told my sons that they are not under any circumstances to take part in massacres.


Before you kill somebody, make absolutely sure he isn't well connected.
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Farewell, hello, farewell, hello.
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That's life, according to the medical profession. Isn't life wonderful?
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People would be surprised if they knew how much in this world was due to prayers.
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No art is possible without a dance with death.
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He was trying to prove to a deaf and blind enemy that he is interesting to hear and see.
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Frommer’s Guide To The Top 25 Wall Street Films @ Omni Reboot

Not available in stores, this nearly 50-hour program includes 25 required viewing classes, and it's free. That's right, you heard it, free. In fact, we will even offer a money back guaranteed satisfaction clause if you do not believe that these 25 films are part of any Wall Street education. This course is not available in stores, and you need to act now and take advantage of buying or renting these 25 films. Free if you torrent. You can do it, it just takes 50 hours of commitment. Again, if you act now, we will double the offer and give you access to 25 clips, one from each film, free for your viewing pleasure. Don't waste time on MBAs and accounting courses when all you need is 50 hours of non-stop commitment to Frommer's Guide to the top 25 Wall Street films. Life's a pitch, and then you buy.

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These Videos of Nuclear Weapon Tests Are Terrifying But Spectacular @ io9

It’s impossible to forget just how immense the destructive power of a nuclear weapon is, but there is nothing quite like watching an explosion to hit that point home. These videos capture the test detonations of various nuclear weapons, letting us witness the immediate effects safely behind our computer screens.

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Why Is The Vinegar On Your Salt And Vinegar Potato Chips A Powder? @ io9

If vinegar is a liquid, why are most salt and vinegar potato chips covered in a powder? Here’s a little food science to help you understand your weekend snacks.

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John Williams promises we'll hear familiar themes in Star Wars: The Force Awakens @ Blastr

What exactly does legendary composer John Williams have in store for us when his score for Star Wars: The Force Awakens rumbles out of theater speakers?

According to an interview he did with Vanity Fair (via Screenrant), the 83-year-old Williams -- whose music for movies like Jaws, Superman, the Indiana Jones films and, of course, all six previous Star Wars entries is nothing short of iconic -- guarantees that we'll hear some well-loved passages in Chapter VII:

There are some scenes where we do make reference to earlier thematic pieces. We haven’t done it yet, but we’re planning to do it. It’s something that I think will seem very natural and right in the moments for which we’ve chosen to do these kinds of quotes. There aren’t many of them, but there are a few that I think are important and will seem very much a part of the fabric of the piece in a positive and constructive way.

Williams didn't get specific, naturally, but it seems almost certain that he and director J.J. Abrams will start the movie with the traditional and still magnificent main theme. Beyond that, will the "Force Theme" make its return, or will we hear some new variation on the Imperial March for the rechristened First Order? We can only anticipate what favorites we'll hear again, along with what is sure to be majestic new music from the indefatigable Williams.

Speaking of favorites, the Oscar-winning composer was also asked if he had one among the now seven Star Wars scores he has done:

I really don’t. [Thinks about it for a moment anyway, then laughs] No. I’ve played so many of those pieces in concert over the year, and I think my affection for them, if I can put it that way, is pretty constant thing. If you pressed me, well, you could probably look up the concert programs over the years and say, You favored this one over that one. It’s possible, I don’t know, but I don’t think I can say I have any favorites.

Williams will also score Steven Spielberg’s new movie, The BFG, later this year, and will be doing a series of concerts over the summer. Even though he is advancing in age, we hope this brilliant, one-of-a-kind composer is up for a few more Star Wars movies as well.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens arrives in theaters Dec. 18, 2015.

Tour A Real, Abandoned Insane Asylum In This Creepy Short Video @ io9

Ghosts are implied but not actually filmed in this spectacularly eerie tour of a massive asylum, closed for 20 years. Elegant editing and camerawork, including some graceful aerial footage, capture graffiti-covered abandonment as well as what the narrator terms “a presence, as if something was still there.”

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Deadpool shows his softer side thanks to Make-A-Wish Foundation @ Blastr

<div id="file-184156" class="file file-image file-image-jpeg"> <div class="content"> <img src="http://www.blastr.com/sites/blastr/files/styles/media_thumbnail/public/Deadpool1_0.jpg?itok=qh-HOEcH" width="100" height="100" alt="" title="" /> </div> </div> <p>Deadpool may be a violent, sarcastic, unstable mercenary with a lot of unheroic qualities, but there is a heart beating under all those scars and leather.</p><p>That heart belongs these days to Ryan Reynolds, who is playing the Merc with a Mouth in the currently filming <em>Deadpool</em> movie. So, when a little boy named Tony Acevedo, a kind of superhero, himself, who is bravely battling Hodgkin's Disease, told the Make-A-Wish Foundation that he wanted to meet Deadpool, Reynolds was only too happy to make Tony's dream come true by having the boy visit him on the set.</p><p><blockquote class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned data-instgrm-version="4" style=" background:#FFF; border:0; border-radius:3px; box-shadow:0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width:658px; padding:0; width:99.375%; width:-webkit-calc(100% - 2px); width:calc(100% - 2px);"><div style="padding:8px;"> <div style=" background:#F8F8F8; line-height:0; margin-top:40px; padding:50% 0; text-align:center; width:100%;"> <div style=" background:url(data:image/png;base64,iVBORw0KGgoAAAANSUhEUgAAACwAAAAsCAMAAAApWqozAAAAGFBMVEUiIiI9PT0eHh4gIB4hIBkcHBwcHBwcHBydr+JQAAAACHRSTlMABA4YHyQsM5jtaMwAAADfSURBVDjL7ZVBEgMhCAQBAf//42xcNbpAqakcM0ftUmFAAIBE81IqBJdS3lS6zs3bIpB9WED3YYXFPmHRfT8sgyrCP1x8uEUxLMzNWElFOYCV6mHWWwMzdPEKHlhLw7NWJqkHc4uIZphavDzA2JPzUDsBZziNae2S6owH8xPmX8G7zzgKEOPUoYHvGz1TBCxMkd3kwNVbU0gKHkx+iZILf77IofhrY1nYFnB/lQPb79drWOyJVa/DAvg9B/rLB4cC+Nqgdz/TvBbBnr6GBReqn/nRmDgaQEej7WhonozjF+Y2I/fZou/qAAAAAElFTkSuQmCC); display:block; height:44px; margin:0 auto -44px; position:relative; top:-22px; width:44px;"></div></div> <p style=" margin:8px 0 0 0; padding:0 4px;"> <a href="https://instagram.com/p/2_Zye8N_m2/" style=" color:#000; font-family:Arial,sans-serif; font-size:14px; font-style:normal; font-weight:normal; line-height:17px; text-decoration:none; word-wrap:break-word;" target="_top">Tony Acevedo asked Make A Wish Foundation if he could meet Deadpool. I wasn&#39;t expecting him to sneak the mask, put on the gloves, smile... and then beat Deadpool about the face, arms and jugular with blazing speed. Tony&#39;s next fight is with Hodgkin&#39;s Disease. Hodgkin&#39;s Disease best be wearing its brown pants. Huge thanks to @makeawishamerica</a></p> <p style=" color:#c9c8cd; font-family:Arial,sans-serif; font-size:14px; line-height:17px; margin-bottom:0; margin-top:8px; overflow:hidden; padding:8px 0 7px; text-align:center; text-overflow:ellipsis; white-space:nowrap;">A photo posted by Ryan Reynolds (@vancityreynolds) on <time style=" font-family:Arial,sans-serif; font-size:14px; line-height:17px;" datetime="2015-05-22T16:19:48+00:00">May 22, 2015 at 9:19am PDT</time></p></div></blockquote> <script async defer src="//platform.instagram.com/en_US/embeds.js"></script></p><p>The images above really do all the talking here, and even though <em>Deadpool</em>, the movie may end up being a little too violent for Tony to see -- it is rated R, after all -- it's likely that he'll remember his day on the set for the rest of his life.</p><p>A 15-year-old girl named Calista King also got to come to the set, recently, where she was featured in a scene and even took home one of Deadpool's blades. No matter what else happens between now and the film's opening on February 12, 2016, Reynolds can finish the movie knowing that he's made at least two Deadpool fans very, very happy.&nbsp;</p><p>(via <a href="http://www.cinemablend.com/new/See-Ryan-Reynolds-Hang-Out-With-Sick-Kid-Deadpool-Set-71609.html" target="_blank">Cinemablend</a>)</p>

Watch the new trailer for Syfy’s ambitious Arthur C. Clarke miniseries, Childhood’s End @ Blastr

A new trailer for Syfy’s upcoming miniseries Childhood’s End has been released, showing off more of the creepy alien invasion drama from the mind of Arthur C. Clarke.

The six-episode project stars Charles Dance (Game of Thrones) and Mike Vogel (Under the Dome) and focuses on the aftermath of a peaceful alien invasion from creatures dubbed the “Overlords.” In Clarke’s 1953 novel that inspired the series, the otherworldly arrival begins decades of apparent utopia under indirect alien rule, though it comes at the cost of human identity and culture.

In the series adaptation, Dance will play Karellen, the ambassador for the Overlords. Vogel will take on the role of midwestern farmer Ricky Stormgren, whose life is "turned upside down" when he is named the  human ambassador for the aliens. The trailer shows off a lot more footage, and it doesn’t seem afraid to ask the big questions about freedom and who controls (and should control) our destiny.

On the creative side, Childhood’s End has Akiva Goldsman (Lone Survivor, I Am Legend) and Mike De Luca (Moneyball, The Social Network) attached as executive producers, with Matthew Graham (creator of BBC’s Life on Mars and Ashes to Ashes) signed on to adapt the book into a screenplay. Needless to say, that's a decent bit of talent behind the scenes.

Check out the new trailer below and let us know what you think:

Childhood’s End is set to premiere December 2015 on Syfy (Blastr's corporate owner -Ed).

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Watch this guy break the world record for the longest hoverboard flight ever @ Blastr

A guy just broke the world record for longest hoverboard ride ever — and yes, it does work over water.

Daredevil Catalina Alexandru Duru traveled 905 feet and 2 inches on a hoverboard, reaching peak heights of 16 feet along the way. The effort was enough to land him in the Guinness Book of World Records and create an insanely cool video of the stunt. Seriously, you need to watch this.

The prototype hoverboard is propeller-based and foot-controlled, and was built and designed by Duru. He’s also well aware of the Back to the Future II-related irony that the test flight was conducted over water. (He actually does that in case of a crash, so he’s not falling onto concrete. Smart move.) Despite the water test here, Duru stresses that the hoverboard can be used over any surface.

Check out the award-winning flight below:

(Via Sploid)

Here's why Russell T. Davies wants Steven Moffat to bring back River Song @ Blastr

While a lot of us may all be sitting here, wistfully hoping Steven Moffat is not entirely done with River Song — actress Alex Kingston recently said her story wasn’t over yet — the Doctor Who showrunner has admitted he had some reservations about the Doctor’s wife spending more time with our beloved Time Lord. Nonetheless, the Moff doesn’t rule out her return to the BBC series. At least, if it's done right:

"It entirely depends on whether we've got a good story. It's certainly not ruled out. I have a sort of worry about keeping anybody around in the Doctor's life for too long. Because he's the Man who Leaves. He's the man who outlives everybody: that's his story. In the end it's the boy in his box, and he's alone. In the end if we had a great story, we'd do it."

Could the man for the job be former Doctor Who showrunner Russell T. Davies? He really seems to be keen on seeing River with Peter Capaldi’s Twelfth incarnation of the Doctor, although he's currently busy with Channel 4’s drama series Cucumber, a show that is "really, really about sex" (Davies’ words, not mine). Here’s what Steven Moffat recently revealed about an interesting chat he had with Davies, who said a pairing between Alex Kingston and Peter Capaldi would be a "sex storm":

"I mentioned in passing to Russell that we were probably done with River.  He said, 'You can't be done with River! No, no, no. Capaldi and Kingston, it's a sex storm!' So if you see an episode called Sex Storm by Russell T Davies in his post-Cucumber years... [there will be] lots of editing from me saying 'We really can't do that, you've forgotten which show this is….'"

The last time we saw River Song, was in "The Name of the Doctor," in which Matt Smith’s Eleventh Doctor seemingly said goodbye forever (well, for Eleven, it probably was forever ...) to his wife’s digitally preserved consciousness. But hey, Doctor Who is all about time travel, is it not? What do you guys think about Russell T. Davies' argument to Steven Moffat for bringing back the woman formerly known as Melody Pond?

(via Radio Times)

A Handful Of Bronze-Age Men Could Have Fathered Two Thirds Of Europeans @ io9

Europe has surprisingly little genetic variety. Learning how and when the modern gene-pool came together has been a long journey. But thanks to new technological advances a picture is slowly coming together of repeated colonization by peoples from the east with more efficient lifestyles.

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Researcher photographs Leeuwenhoek’s ‘animalcules’ after 340 years @ Blastr

When Antonie van Leeuwenhoek, the father of microbiology, created the world's first microscope, he saw "animalcules," bacteria, blood cells and protozoa that spun and twirled across his lens. Now researcher Brian J. Ford has re-created the 17th century Dutch inventor's work of 340 years ago. And he has recorded exactly what Leeuwenhoek discovered all those years ago.

At first, Ford used one of Leeuwenhoek's original microscopes (the scientist had built over 500, with different designs) to get up close and personal with his own blood cells. Later, New Scientist writes, "he had a device built that effectively used the tiny lenses in authentic or replica Leeuwenhoek microscopes as the lenses for his own camera, and started to take photos."

As you can see from the photo, Leeuwenhoek was able to create lenses that can magnify up to 300 times, more than enough to see the tiny world that lives around us. Leeuwenhoek's microscope allowed him to discover, among other things, sperm and the process of fertilization.

It was quite a remarkable achievement, considering just how fiddly the microscopes were. According to New Scientist, "Leeuwenhoek microscopes contain a single tiny lens the size of a pinhead sandwiched in a hole between two flat rectangular sheets of brass." An observer then had to maneuver the observed object into place behind the lens.

Leeuwenhoek was a draper and a Delft city official who dabbled in lens grinding—specifically, magnifying lenses. Why would a draper want to build a better magnifying lens? They were used in the textile industry to count thread for quality control ... hence the term "thread count." 

NOTE: Above, blood cells. Below, head louse and an original microscope.

Via NewScientist.

May Blu-ray Roundup: The Strain, Chappie, Knights of Sidonia + 11 more hot HD releases @ Blastr

Welcome to the first installment of Blastr's Blu-ray Roundup, wherein we serve up an appetizing array of notable HD movies and TV shows from the realms of sci-fi, horror and fantasy.  Nothing will escape the expansive scope of our discriminating gaze.

In future episodes, we'll track down a tantalizing selection of brand-new Blu-ray box sets, upcoming blockbuster releases, special editions, collector series and obscure indie titles to sample and savor.  For May, the menu includes the first season of Guillermo del Toro's bloody-good The Strain, a radical Robot Jox remaster, Ray Milland horror classics like The Thing With Two Heads and X: The Man With the X-Ray Eyes, the Wachowskis' Jupiter Ascending, the A.I. attitude of Chappie, a deluxe edition of John Carpenter's Escape From New York, the creepy It Follows and many more.

Browse through this month's bountiful Blu-ray buffet and tell us which ones you're ready to devour.

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This Gorgeous Batman Figure Looks Like A 3-D Sketch @ io9

I’m a big fan of DC’s “Designer Series” figures , where the artstyle of a particular DC artist is painstakingly recreated on a poseable action figure. But this latest figure, based on the art of Batman: Hush artist Jim Lee, takes that design ethos to its most incredible extreme.

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What Is The Best Spooky Story To Tell Around The Campfire? @ io9

It’s Memorial Day weekend in the US, a time when many folks head out into nature to camp — and enjoy scary stories around a campfire. What story is even creepier when it’s told out in the woods, far from electric lights and civilization?

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Has Arrow lost its way? @ Blastr

I started watching Arrow because Netflix had been relentless in trying to sell me on the show, every day baiting me with the image of a shirtless Stephen Amell; his toned body wrought with battle scars and a quiver strapped across his back. Truthfully, I never cared all that much about Green Arrow, but after finding his character amusing in the video game Injustice: Gods Among Us (which I later learned was voiced by Amell) and being stuck home with a flu, I succumbed to Netflix's incessant persuading. After a few episodes into my binge-watch, I decided to give this showlationship a shot.

Season 1 did a good job of introducing Oliver Queen to viewers. We got to see Oliver struggle with reacclimating to his life after being presumed dead for so long, saw him deal with reconnecting to the relationships left behind while also trying to reconcile the duplicity of not just his alter ego, but how being The Arrow truly best served his city. Throw in some impressive fight scenes, and Arrow was off to a solid start. But the honeymoon phase was short-lived. Towards the end of the second season, what I thought were freshman kinks were still very much present, and by the third season's midway point it became all but impossible to ignore them. The series is promising a new, lighter tone and direction come Season 4, but it may be too late. Arrow  may have already lost its way.

Identity Crisis

Like most comic book supers, Green Arrow has a couple of different backstories. The archer became more than just an arrow-toting Batman wannabe when he evolved into his current comic book form as the playboy billionaire-turned-socially progressive politician that champions for the underprivileged both during the day and after hours. Initially, it seemed that this was the Arrow being brought to life on the show. Oliver's shipwreck story, along with his being the spoiled, rich party boy, lined up with the Oliver from the comics. TV Oliver also lost his fortune and experienced somewhat of an epiphany about his role as protector of Starling after losing his best friend, Tommy, at the end of the first season, much as he did in the comics. 

Genre fans love a good easter egg, and Arrow did not disappoint. But what started as a name drop in Season 1 ( with Moira Queen telling R'as Al Ghul about Merlyns "Undertaking" plans) graduated from paying homage to other DC properties to straight ripping them off by Season 2 when, suddenly, the League of Assassins went from merely an easter egg to becoming completely in play in Episode 5. We had already met Malcolm Merlyn, and fans of the comics knew his affiliation with the League, but it wouldn't be long before fans would experience deja vu.

At first, it made us hopeful that this was meant to connect Arrow to Batman, eventually leading to either the Caped Crusader appearing on the show or Batman existing within DC's TV verse. But both Guggenheim and series producer Andrew Kreisberg have reiterated DC's strict "No Bat" policy, subsequently dashing fans dreams. And, as time went on, the Arrow series seemed to not just discount Green Arrow's comic book origins, but began taking on Batman's story, instead. Adding insult to injury, the show was borrowing too heavily from Christopher Nolan's Dark Knight trilogy; now, Oliver was the one who had been trained by R'as Al Ghul and expected to destroy his city, a run in with Count Vertigo (Season 1, Episode 12) looked a lot like a scene with Scarecrow in Batman Begins, and then there was the shirtless fight scene between R'as and Arrow, which was pulled directly from the Batman comics as well as invoking similarities to a scene between R'as and Bruce in Begins.

It's feasible to think that Arrow has become the de facto center of DC's TV-verse since Batman and Supes are expected to stay on the big screen, which is fine; the Oliver Queen that exists in the comics has the perfect backstory for a modern-day super hero, whose life mission and ideologies fall in line with Arrow's key demographic. This progressive, political figure is the Arrow the show should have been spending more time developing, giving its prime 18-34 year old audience a relatable super hero that stood for some of the very things they believe in instead of one that is retelling Batman's story from Christopher Nolan's film series.

Too Many Moving Parts

Introducing numerous villains and heroes from within the DC Universe seemed like a good idea, at first. But what could have worked if it were done sparingly and slowly became too much, making it hard to keep track of the various plotlines. Further muddying the waters are the far-too-used flashback scenes, which, by the time we reached Season 3, weren't only no longer necessary (we should know enough about Oliver's backstory by now), but also hindered the story from moving forward. This attempt to tell two simultaneous stories about Oliver Queen at the same time felt like whiplash. The show kept interrupting itself, making it difficult to get too invested in anything that was happening in either versions of Oliver's life.

It's not just Oliver's storyline that's all over the place. Arrow's congested with so many characters at once that they've all but hijacked the show. Instead of this being Oliver Queen's story, Starling City has become little more than the most popular stopover for DC characters who may be on their way to their own spin-off. Both CW's president Mark Pedowitz and show runner Marc Guggenheim have admitted as much, themselves; Pedowitz boasted about being able to "test out" characters on both Arrow and The Flash, while Guggenheim isn't shy about admitting his willingness to develop a character's story in its own spin-off.

Considering the popularity of shared universes on the big screen, it's understandable that DC would hope to emulate that same formula on the TV landscape. It's not news to anyone that Marvel has dominated over DC in theaters. But as Warner Bros. moves to quickly expand its TV-verse by interjecting so many characters into the Arrow series, it starts to feel rushed and desperate, almost as if they're trying to make up for ground lost to Marvel's cinematic 'verse.

Underdeveloped Characters

Perhaps the most detrimental impact of the over-bloated roster on Arrow is how it's affecting the development of the show's core characters, who spend most of their time reacting to stuff that happens on a whim. There's little build-up to how any of the events came to be, or why the characters are reacting the way that they are. Two characters that have fast-forwarded to take on semi-super roles, Thea and Laurel, have also been somewhat flat. Thea went from hating her biological father, Malcolm Merlyn, a plot twist that still serves little purpose, to becoming a highly-skilled fighter under his brief tutelage. Laurel's clumsy transition to taking over the Black Canary mantle has left unsatisfied fans clamoring for Sara's return. 

I've already gone on the record as being anti-Olicity (still not a fan); the pairing came out of nowhere with minimal backing to justify their feelings for each other. Almost as quickly as that started and ended, Felicity was thrown into another unnecessary pairing that served as little more than a reason for Oliver to act unconvincingly jealous. That was also short lived, as writers found a very sloppy way to give Olicity shippers the very thing they demanded via an unlikely "relationship expert," R'as Al Ghul, who wouldn't have any reason to take time out of his precious villainy monologue in  Season 3's episode "The Fallen" to encourage Felicity to declare her love for Oliver. On the list of things that matter to a super villain, playing matchmaker isn't likely to be one of them. This led to a tacky love scene that was cut off by another trademark, poorly timed flashback scene.

It's this continued disservice to its characters that has resulted in a very messy third season for the series. Instead of focusing on developing the best possible storyline for its main characters, the show has been bogged down by trying to be all things at once, resting way too large of a responsibility on a less popular DC super that hasn't been well established to fans. Green Arrow is a lesser known comic book hero who's preexisting fanbase and following isn't large enough to make him the center of DC's television universe just yet.

Arrow has barely established itself, yet already has two spin-offs (The Flash, and the recently announced Legends of Tomorrow). Now, the show seems to be completely shedding its skin as Oliver Queen goes from Arrow to Green Arrow, only adding even more confusion. It's unclear why the show spent a scattered three seasons developing an "Arrow" persona, only to pull a bait and switch at the end of a flawed season. It'll take more than a new costume and monicker to get this show back on track.

There may still be a way to salvage the show, winning back the affections of those that are ready to jump ship, and create an impressive genre show that may even attract new fans, and it's as easy as staying closer to the source material. DC has always managed to successfully adapt their comic books both as animated shows and in video games, whereas their results in live action vary, almost unnecessarily. All Arrow, and any future DC live action shows, need do is bring these classic supers to life without completely deviating from the character's essence in the comics. Focus on one villain at a time, developing the core charcters, and only add/introduce more supers and villains if the story needs it, versus just for the hell of it. They've so far managed to do this with The Flash, which in its first go-round managed to nab bigger ratings than the more-established Arrow did this whole season. It's strange to say a show can learn a lesson from its own spin-off but, in this case, it might be just what the doctor ordered for Oliver Queen and company.

What do you think? Has Arrow lost you, or is it stil going strong? Let us know what you think in the comments!

io9 Book Club Reminder: Meet 6/2 to Discuss Station Eleven! @ io9

This month, the io9 Book Club is reading Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel. We’ll meet on June 2 to discuss it. Join us!

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See The New Fantastic Four's Powers And How @#$%ing Huge The Thing Is @ io9

MovieTickets.com scored the best look at the new Fantastic Four movie cast displaying their super-powers in their new commercial. It doesn’t have a particularly good look at the Thing, but don’t worry, you can see him after the jump. Just be ready for a shock.

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See The JLA In Action In This Incredible "Widevision" Comic Cover @ io9

We’re heading into a long weekend. Sometimes you don’t need anything to celebrate other than to gawp at a glorious, gorgeous piece of comic book art that shows the Justice League’s finest superheroes locked in an all out brawl with some evil aliens. Sit back, relax, and be amazed.

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Jack Kirby's legendary Argo art is hitting print this summer @ Blastr

Jack Kirby needs no introduction. He's the King of Comics, the co-creator of Captain America, a man who gave us masterpiece after masterpiece right up until his death in 1994, but his comics achievements aren't the whole story. In 1980, Kirby's art actually helped save the lives of six Americans in hiding in Iran, and now that art is headed to print in the August issue of Heavy Metal magazine.

If you haven't heard the backstory, here's a quick referesher: In the late '70s, Kirby was contacted by producer Barry Geller, who was hoping to adapt Roger Zelazny's novel Lord of Light for the screen, then follow it up with a Colorado theme park named Science Fiction Land. Geller had scraped together some development money and hired Kirby to draft concept art for the project. Kirby produced some incredible drawings, but production of the film eventually fell apart. In 1979, when the U.S. embassy in Iran was stormed and its occupants taken hostage, a CIA operative named Tony Mendez started looking for a cover that would allow him to smuggle six Americans who'd escaped the embassy (they were hiding out in the home of the Canadian ambassador) out of Iran. He found the Lord of Light script and concept, and "Operation: Argo" was born. The story eventually became the basis for the Oscar-winning film Argo, starring Ben Affleck as Mendez, and though Kirby's art resurfaced as a result of that adaptation, it's still not very widely known.

Now, Heavy Metal is changing that, by publishing Kirby's art in August complete with powerful new colors. 

"These Pieces by Geller & Kirby, mostly unseen before now, are part of American history as they were the artwork used by the CIA for OPERATION: ARGO, which helped free American embassy workers during the Iranian coup in 1979," Heavy Metal said in a press release. "Also featuring all-new, eye-scorching color by some of the best toners in the biz!"

We've seen this spectacular Kirby art before, but seeing it in color and in print will be a real treat, especially since Kirby didn't really work with Heavy Metal during his lifetime. To see the original pencils, click HERE, and look for Heavy Metal this August to see the final product.

(Via Bleeding Cool)

IDW's Zombies vs. Robots is heading to the big screen...with an all-new title @ Blastr

Fans of unique sci-fi clashes, rejoice! IDW’s sci-fi/action/horror/post-apocalyptic comic series Zombies vs. Robots is about to get a big-screen adaptation under a brand-new title: Inherit the Earth.

The Hollywood Reporter, well, reports the new movie will be helmed by Andrew Adamson, with a script by Craig Borten, who is coming on board to update a screenplay originally penned by Oren Uziel and J.T. Petty. Inherit the Earth will be quite the genre departure for Borten, who’s mostly written real-life dramas with Dallas Buyers Club and The 33, the upcoming movie about the trapped Chilean miners.

Michel Bay’s Platinum Dunes and Circle of Confusion are producing the project, which tells the story of a "team of robots who must clone a lone surviving human baby and protect it from intelligent zombies."

OK. If that concept isn't intriguing enough, here’s an official synopsis from IDW:

It’s tech prowess meets undead mayhem! Eisner Award-nominated team of artist Ashley Wood (Popbot) and writer Chris Ryall (The Great and Secret Show), a post-apocalyptic world overrun by zombies has only one chance at recovery – a team of robots that must protect and clone a lone surviving human baby. They just need to do this amidst the endless hordes of zombies who have been driven rabid by their frustration at inedible bots and their lust to eat the one living brain left on the planet.

There’s no release date or casting news yet, as it's very early days, but Sony’s Inherit the Earth sounds like it could be a boatload of zombie/robot fun, if done right. What do you think? Are you excited to see IDW’s Zombies vs. Robots heading to the big screen? 

(via THR)

Remembering Britain's Worst Rail Disaster Of The First World War @ io9

It’s the 100th anniversary of the Quintinshill Rail Disaster — a horrific three-train collision that resulted in hundreds of casualties, the vast majority of them soldiers en route to the war. Here’s what happened on that tragic day.

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Watch Matt Fraction talk Sex Criminals and Hawkeye on Late Night @ Blastr

Matt Fraction has been a pretty big deal in the comic-book world for a while, dating back to his Uncanny X-Men days and his Eisner-winning work on Invincible Iron Man at Marvel. By the end of 2013, though, he was an even bigger deal thanks to the dual successes of Hawkeye at Marvel (we're still waiting for that final issue!) and Sex Criminals at Image. The latter book absolutely exploded when it debuted. It was named the best comic of 2013 by Time magazine, it inspired a massive fandom known as "Brimpers," and sales of the series are still going very strong.

Thanks to that continued success, Fraction got to up his national attention level a little bit this week with an appearance on Late Night With Seth Meyers. Comic-book writers don't get to do talk shows much, but Meyers is a major comics fan. He had Brian Michael Bendis on his show a few months back to talk about everything from Miles Morales to Secret Wars, and last night it was Fraction's turn to chat about Sex CriminalsHawkeye and sex tips.

After explaining the premise of Sex Criminals (two people who can stop time when they have sex use this ability to rob a bank, then it gets much more complicated) to the studio audience, Fraction and Meyers dove into Hawkeye, and Fraction explained the appeal of the book all over again.

"The book was really about what Hawkeye does when he goes home to do his laundry," he said. "It’s like Hawkeye on his day off. To me, he’s like the human heart and soul of The Avengers, so it was fun to do a book like that about someone who kind of compulsively can’t stop helping people, even when he is a human c***sack.”

The main focus of the appearance, though, was Sex Criminals. The first omnibus collection of the series, Big Hard Sex Criminals, is out now, and after explaining the dynamics of the book, Fraction took a moment to tenderly read some sex tips from the series aloud to the audience.

"Our readers are amazing, and they started to write in and ask us for advice," he said. "So yeah, we wanted to do what we could to help out."

You can watch Fraction's full interview on the NBC website (click to about the 35:30 mark for just his stuff), and check out a clip (which includes the sex tips bit) below.

(Via YouTube)

 

New report hints at the long history of Wonder Woman in Dawn of Justice @ Blastr

The more we hear about Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, the more we get a sense of the portrayal of the two main characters. We're getting the gruff, worn, always-ready-for-battle Batman, and the Superman whose powers have placed him in a kind of idealistic tug of war among humanity. It feels like we know these guys before we even see them, but Wonder Woman is a different story. Her appearance in the film is a big development for the DC Cinematic Universe, and fans everywhere are still wondering if the Diana we see in the film will be the Diana we love. Now it seems we know at least a little bit more.

Now, I don't personally consider this a huge spoiler, but there's always the chance some of you might, so I'll go ahead and say there are SPOILERS AHEAD!

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Still here? OK then. This report comes courtesy of Umberto Gonzalez, who recently left Latino Review to launch his own venture, Heroic Hollywood. Here's his Wonder Woman scoop:

In #BatmanvSuperman, Wonder Woman is old. Very old. How old? In the movie there are pictures of her that date HUNDREDS OF YEARS!

So it seems Warner Bros. is not shying from Wonder Woman's immortality, and they're finding a way to fit it into Dawn of Justice even if Diana doesn't get that much screen time in the film. This could tie in to the rumors we heard last year that Wonder Woman's first solo film could turn out to be a period piece, set decades before Dawn of Justice. Of course, pictures of Diana could put the whole isolation on Themyscira angle of Wonder Woman's origin at risk, but it's hard to tell exactly how all this will come together at the moment. Personally, I dig the idea of Diana being this mysterious figure who's been in the background of human history for ages, until the Justice League comes along.

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice hits theaters March 25, 2016.

(Via Heroic Hollywood)

The fur flies in freaky, full trailer for Season 5 of supernatural hit Teen Wolf @ Blastr

We’re still more than a month away from the return of MTV’s Teen Wolf, but a new trailer shows this guilty pleasure is only getting juicier.

This show is the closest thing to a modern-day Buffy the Vampire Slayer (they’re both even spawned from cheesy movies!), and despite the humble beginnings, it has grown into one heck of a solid supernatural drama. It’s sexy, twisty, creepy and just insanely fun — and it looks like the next season is going even deeper off the deep end.

Here’s the network’s official description for Season 5:

On the eve of Senior Year, Scott and his friends find themselves facing the possibility of a future without each other, a next phase of their lives that might take them in different directions despite their best intentions. Little do they know that outside forces are already plotting to break the pack apart long before they ever see graduation. New villains that use a combination of science and the supernatural for a malevolent and mysterious purpose that will eventually pit Scott and his friends against their greatest enemy yet.

For a show built around the idea of teenage werewolves, it's come a long way with its mythology. Check out the trailer below and let us know what you think:

The fifth season of Teen Wolf premieres June 29 on MTV.

(Via Zap2it)

This Prehistoric Pocket Deer Has Fewer Chromosomes Than A Fruit Fly @ io9

Meet the muntjac — the most interesting deer in the world. It’s the size of a dog, it’s the oldest deer around, it has antlers but fights with tusks, and it even barks loudly at things that threaten it. But its most interesting quality is this — it gets by with fewer chromosomes than any other mammal on Earth.

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Michael Fassbender Is The Traitor King In The First Clips From Macbeth @ io9

The Scottish Play is headed for the big screen once again in Snowtown director Justin Kurzel’s Macbeth adaptation, starring Michael Fassbender as the treacherous lord-turned-king and Marion Cotillard as his scheming wife. These clips introduce the deadly pair and tease a big, beautiful battle scene.

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Mario Kart, Mad Max Mash Up Works Way Better Than It Should @ io9

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Wayward Pines' Second Episode Builds To A Jaw-Dropping Twist @ io9

Secret Service Agent Ethan Burke (Matt Dillon) continues to be baffled by the surreal pace of life in Wayward Pines, but he’s no longer completely clueless. That said, he’s still fully capable of putting disastrous events in motion, which he does in episode two: “Do Not Discuss Your Life Before.” Spoilers follow!

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Australian Awards News @ Locus Online

Judges for the 2015 Aurealis Awards, honoring excellence in Australian SF, fantasy, and horror work, have been empaneled.

Winners of the 2014 Australian Shadows Awards, presented by the Australian Horror Writers Association and honoring work by Australians and New Zealanders, have been announced.

Novel

Wolf Creek: Origin, Aaron Sterns & Greg McLean (Penguin Australia)

Short Fiction

‘‘Shadows of the Lonely Dead’’, Alan Baxter (Suspended in Dusk)

Edited Work

SQ Issue 14, Sophie Yorkston, ed.

Collected Work

Last Year When We Were Young, Andrew McKiernan (Satalyte Pty)

Paul Haines Award for Long Fiction

Dreams of Destruction, Shane Jiraiya Cummings (self-published).

Judges were Jay Caselberg, Bianca de Loryn, Christine Ferdinands, Lee Pletzers, Natalie Satakovski, and Kathy Williams-DeVries. For more: www.australianhorror.com.

We Still Don't Know What Jumpstarts Puberty @ io9

Maybe you grew so fast it left stretch marks on your legs. Or your voice started cracking every time you got on the phone. Or you hated needing to wear a bra. Growing up means going through puberty. It’s an integral part of becoming an adult. But we still don’t know how our bodies start the process.

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The CIA Is Shutting Down Its Secretive Climate Change Research Project @ io9

The Central Intelligence Agency has announced that it’s closing down MADEA, a decades-old research program that shared classified information with scientists to study how climate change might exacerbate global security risks.

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I Saw The Supergirl Pilot, And It’s Actually Pretty Super @ io9

The pilot for this fall’s Supergirl TV series has appeared online, and here’s our spoiler-free review! If you were put off by the show’s six-minute preview from last week, I can assure you the show is significantly better than that. It still some of the same issues, but it’s far more charming than problematic.

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These Are The Most Distinctive Popular Foods In Every State @ io9

What are they eating a lot of in each state, and only there? This map has the answers.

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The Groundbreaking History Of Star Wars Toys @ io9

When Star Wars released in 1977, the face of science fiction in popular culture was changed forever — but a year later, the movie helped transform the toy industry as well. Since then, Star Wars and the toys it inspired have been forever linked, a story that can just as easily be told through figures as it can the films.

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ID Network's First Scripted Drama Evokes Soap Operas And Ted Bundy @ io9

Investigation Discovery, or ID, is mostly known for its reenactment-heavy true-crime shows (including guilty-pleasure fodder like Wives With Knives, Momsters, and Frenemies: Loyalty Turned Lethal). The network’s first scripted series arrives in June with a suitably lurid title: Serial Thriller: Angel of Decay.

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The Brightest Galaxy Ever Discovered Shines Like 300 Trillion Suns @ io9

Using NASA’s Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE), astronomers have catalogued 20 previously undetected galaxies that are so bright they belong to an entirely new class of objects, including one that releases 10,000 times more energy than the Milky Way — even though it’s smaller.

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What It's Like To Fly In The Military's Crazy V-22 Osprey @ io9

“Oh yeah, they’re going to have an Osprey,” the NYPD K-9 unit policeman told me when I arrived at the Lower Manhattan Heliport at 4:30 AM. “Those things haven’t been too reliable. A lot of crashes lately. Good luck.” Two hours later, we were lifting off the ground.

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Image of the Day: Gorilla Grodd battles The Flash @ Blastr

Here's some amazing concept art for Gorilla Grodd's attack on the Scarlet Speedster that would make a sensational action sequence if the superintelligent telepathic ape returns in The Flash Season 2.  This artwork is a chest-beating take on Brian Bolland's 2002 cover for DC's The Flash #178, and gives Grodd a big toy to toss around.  Stop monkeying around and take a look.

(Via Comic Book Movie)

Scientists To Sequence Lil Bub's Genome @ io9

A team of geneticists is ready to unlock the secrets behind Internet celebrity cat Lil Bub’s unique appearance.

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Hybrid dino Indominus Rex lurks in the shadows in creepy new Jurassic World clip @ Blastr

Though Chris Pratt steals most of the attention, the latest Jurassic World clip is all about that freaky hybrid dinosaur.

The footage focuses on Jurassic World owner Simon Masrani (Irrfan Khan), who is hanging out with Claire Dearing (Bryce Dallas Howard) to check out the newly created dinosaur Indominus Rex. The creepy dino spends most of the scene creeping around in the shadows, though Masrani makes some very good (and very accurate) points.

Jurassic World picks up several years after the first Jurassic Park and finds the park reopened with significant upgrades. The park is a hit, but the scientists pulling the strings decide they need an even bigger attraction to keep the crowds coming — so they decide to tinker with DNA and create their own (ultra-super-deadly) new dinosaurs.

It goes about as well as you would think, and we'd imagine it adds up to double the trouble from the first film.

Check out the new clip below and let us know what you think:

The long-awaited Jurassic World opens June 12.

(Via The Quint)

Tomorrowland Is Baby-Boomer Nostalgia At Its Most Dreary @ io9

Lots of movies have a wonderful first half, followed by a blah second half. Setup is often easier than follow-through. But Tomorrowland, out today, might become the clearest example of this syndrome. And the reason Tomorrowland falls apart halfway through is because it sinks into Baby Boomer angst. Spoilers ahead...

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Bryan Hitch on the 'massive scale' of his new Justice League of America series @ Blastr

Bryan Hitch is known for big comics. I mean, really big comics. He's the guy who did The Authority with Warren Ellis, a comic famous for its "widescreen" approach to epic superhero action. He worked on JLA while no less a comics titan than Mark Waid was scripting it, and, of course, he co-created The Ultimates with writer Mark Millar, a comic that's still influencing the Marvel Cinematic Universe today, from the Chitauri to Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury.

Next month, Hitch brings that epic approach to Justice League of America, one of many post-Convergence series headed our way from DC Comics, which puts Hitch in the driver's seat as both writer and artist for DC's biggest superteam. The main Justice League book, led by writer Geoff Johns, will still be around, but Hitch will be going his own way with JLA, taking the team of Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Flash, Green Lantern, Aquaman and Cyborg to places they've hopefully never been before.

For Hitch, the book is "deeply personal," because it was the Justice League that got him into comics in the first place. The story will reportedly begin with a looming alien invasion in New York City, and then expand quite a bit from there. In fact, it'll expand so much, Hitch promises it's the biggest thing he's never done.

"There is some massive scale stuff here I've never tried to draw before. Given what I've done in my career, that's saying something."

If you don't know Hitch's work, trust me, that's really saying something. This guy's leveled whole cities and followed superteams through extra-dimensional space more than once in his career, so just hearing him make that claim is exciting. Simply by setting the story in New York instead of, say, Metropolis, Hitch is setting himself apart, but he promises plenty of other "ridiculously large ideas," including time travel, nonlinear plots and something that's often sorely missing from comics these days: new villains.

"I want to pit them against stuff you've never seen before," Hitch says. "If it's the same villain they've fought before, you know he's the bad guy, you know how he operates and you know the league's going to win."

Bryan Hitch's Justice League of America #1 hits comic-book stores June 17. To see more cover art for the series, head over to USA Today.

(Via USA Today)

Help this Star Trek: Captain Pike fan film to boldly go before Kirk's Enterprise @ Blastr

A group of Star Trek fans is trying to boldly go where no fan has gone before by making a movie featuring an iconic TOS character. That character? I give you Capt. Christopher Pike, who was the captain of the U.S.S. Enterprise before James T. Kirk got to sit in the captain’s chair.

Christopher Pike (Jeffrey Hunter) was featured in the original pilot episode of Star Trek: The Original Series (set in 2254), "The Cage." In it, we learned that Pike led a landing party on Rigel VII, where the away team was attacked by Kalar warriors. Three crewmen (probably all redshirts) were killed, while seven were injured, including Spock (Leonard Nimoy).

This particular event weighed heavily on Pike’s mind, and he thought about resigning as captain of the Enterprise. It was while they were en route to a hospital in the Vega colony that they intercepted an old-style radio-interference distress call carrying the call letters of the SS Columbia — a survey expedition from the American Continent Institute lost in the Talos star group nearly two decades before.

The fan group that wants to undertake Pike’s untold story calls itself Rigel 7 Productions, and they’ve created a Kickstarter page that aims to make a 45-minute feature called Star Trek: Captain Pike, followed by the 90-minute movie Star Trek: Encounter at Rigel. So far, they’ve raised almost $26,000 of their $112,000 goal, and the campaign will close on June 3. The funds will go toward building sets, filming, actors and makeup, with a small portion of the money going to charity. The site says about the events that took place before "The Cage" that:

"The incident filled Pike with so much guilt that he is considering resigning his commission. But that's all we know about Captain Pike, and we want to know so much more. Don't you? This is the story of Captain Pike when he first takes command of the Enterprise and his first mission aboard her, and with your help, it will lead into a 90-minute Captain Pike film or Web Series."

Rigel 7 Productions also claim they will answer three big questions: 1) What happened on Pike’s first mission with his female first officer and his science officer, Mr. Spock? 2) Did Pike ever go into battle? 3) What is the alien race he encountered before any other Starfleet captain, and what about his dad, Adm. Josh Pike? Okay, that last part was really two questions in one, but they're all very interesting questions.

Christopher Pike will be played by Todd Shawn Tei, who is also the producer of the show. The geektastic cast also includes a veritable who’s who of Star Trek actors, including TOS' Walter Koenig, who will co-write the series, Robert Picardo (Star Trek: Voyager), Bruce Davison (Star Trek: Voyager and Enterprise), Dwight Schultz (Star Trek: TNG), Linda Park (Star Trek: Enterprise) and Chase Masterson (Star Trek: Deep Space 9). Ray Wise will play Adm. Josh Pike, of the U.S.S. Constitution.

Head on over to Kickstarter to help with the project! Are you interested in having Capt. Christopher Pike’s story being finally told by fans, for fans?

(via Space)

Today's Best Media Deals: Early Mad Max, Grave of the Fireflies, More @ io9

Now that you’ve had a chance to see the shockingly great Mad Max: Fury Road, catch up on the first three films with today’s deals.

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Today's Best Deals: Retina iMac, Buried Treasure, and a Lot More @ io9

Here are the best of today’s deals. Get every great deal every day on Kinja Deals, follow us on Facebook and Twitter to never miss a deal, join us on Kinja Gear to read about great products, and on Kinja Co-Op to help us find the best.

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It's A GIF Party And Everyone Is Invited! @ io9

Gather up your sunscreen, wide-brimmed hats, and favorite GIFs, because this party is just getting started.

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Deadspin Let’s Take A Look At Andrew McCutchen’s Pay Stub | Gizmodo Boondoggle HQ: The $25 Million B @ io9

What These Strange Shapes Can Teach Us About Facial Recognition @ io9

We glance at children say they have their father’s nose and their mother’s eyes, or their grandmother’s ears. And perhaps they do. But if we didn’t know which child was related to which parent, we’d have trouble trying pick them out by their noses or their chins alone. The question is, why?

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These Cute Toys From Pacific Rim Are Now Actual Toys You Can Buy @ io9

During Pacific Rim’s opening montage, protagonist Raleigh Beckett briefly laments that Humanity has turned their fear of the monstrous Kaiju into the cute toys seen above. But now you can own these adorable little Vinyl figures, so honestly who cares what a fictional character thinks of them? Gimme Gimme Gimme.

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Start Building an In-Home Movie Theater With This Discounted Projector @ io9

Setting up a projector-based home theater might seem like a daunting task, but the payoffs are fantastic, and the projector you need to get started is down to $500 today, an all-time low on Amazon by nearly $200.

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Does An Ant-Man LEGO Set Reveal A Major Spoiler? @ io9

Get a new look at the Suicide Squad in videos from the set. An old Heroes alumni is coming back for Heroes Reborn. Peter Harness talks Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell. Plus, brief snippets of new footage from Terminator Genisys, casting for The Crow, and more. Spoilers Now!

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World War Z 2 has a release date of June 9, 2017. @ io9

World War Z 2 has a release date of June 9, 2017. That puts it up against the already-announced Fantastic Four 2. Z 2 vs Four 2 — which film is most likely to actually come out on that date? [Deadline]

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Moonrise Over Arches National Park @ io9

As the time for summer vacations comes upon us, let the beauty of Arches National Park inspire some nature outings.

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