We recently had a reveal of the new Red Tornado (August 1968) that will be appearing on the Supergirl TV show, airing on CBS soon. While they are both androids they are very different. For the new or casual viewer, that may be moot. All red skinned androids are the same to the non-geek public. I know, I am as shocked as you are that there are still some hold-outs to the Geek lifestyle. I can’t stress enough about the fact that this probably won’t be the final look for the Red Tornado. Pardon the pun but it just won’t fly with the community. The Vision (October 1968) was executed perfectly on the big screen, and while the screen may be smaller our expectations, as geeks, are not. Both have a long history, and both have a legacy that predates the characters themselves, one has been honored and we’ll soon see if the other follows suit.
Who else out there can’t wait to see this old/new character to take to the airwaves?
“Director J.J. Abrams, star John Boyega and the droid BB-8 are showcased in three new images from ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens.'”
I cannot wait to see this new droid and how he fits into the story. Seeing it for the first time, almost, was like seeing R2 when I was seven. Except, of course, I am a lot more used to seeing droids now than I was in 1977. Will BB-8 drive the story like the original droids did, or will he simply be the new comedy relief for those times when the tension gets too high? Time will tell. [D]
Source: BB-8 Rolls Out in New ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ Images – Spinoff Online – TV, Film, and Entertainment News DailySpinoff Online – TV, Film, and Entertainment News Daily
My wife and I had some old comics that were more fit for recycling than collecting. We recently discovered @JenniferLanda’s video on YouTube, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yqe2-hndN8I, and it inspired us. I found some old comic book advertisements in some 1978 comics, placed them on a an 8×10 mini mounted canvas and came up with a fun Decoupage. My wife took an over-sized issue of Star Wars #1 (NOT my near mint copy!) and came up with a 20¼x16¼ collage, soon to be decoupaged, piece of awesomeness. For a while we’ve really wanted to get into crafting more stuff for our Etsy shop ,https://www.etsy.com/shop/DarranAndMistysShop, and this just seemed like the perfect addition. It allows us to rescue/re-use/re-purpose old comics, plus gives us another outlet to exercise our creativity.
Here are a few that we have done so far:
A Clark Bar Advertisement (plus more), circa 1978.
Panels from an the over-sized #1 issue of Star Wars, circa 1976.
It’s no surprise that I watch a lot of Sci-Fi. Tonight I am watching an episode of Star Trek: Voyager that is focusing primarily on the character of Neelix. A Talaxian “Jack of all trades”, expertly portrayed by Ethan Phillips. It is actually the final episode that Neelix is in. I reflected on how the character has grown over the years and became an integral part of the crew. This character inspired me to create a Sci-Fi Dream Team. For my team I am going to be avoiding the easy choices such as Jedi Knight Luke Skywalker or Lt. Commander Worf and other absolute favorites of mine.
Who would you choose to man your ship or station, and at what position? You can be in command, part of the crew or just the geek who chooses the team. Any and all Sci-Fi/Fantasy is up for grabs, including TV, Movies, Old Radio, Books, Comics and Animation from any country. I went a bit nuts and took a while to flesh out my list. You don’t have to go into as many characters as I did 😉 The challenge here is to have fun!
There are a number of ships to choose from. All shapes and sizes from dozens of sources. I prefer small and fast ships. That rules out the Yamato/Argo (Space Battleship Yamato/Star Blazers), the Executor (Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back) and the SDF1 (Macross/Robotech). Long story short, I choose the U.S.S. Defiant from Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. It would have to be a bit larger to accommodate my fighter squadron of Valkyries/Veritech Alpha Electronic Attack VE-6 Fighters from Mospeada/Robotech and perhaps a few dozen Space Marines too.
A Veritech Alpha Fighter in all three of its modes.
My crew roster:
Firefly: First Officer, Zoë Alleyne Washburne. (Captain of my U.S.S. Defiant)
Star Wars~Jedi Knight II: Jedi Master, Kyle Katarn (First Officer)
Crusade: Technomage, Galen (Science Officer)
Star Trek~The Next Generation: Guinan (Chief of Security)
Star Blazers/Space Battleship Yamato: Chief Hikozaemon Tokugawa (Chief Engineer)
Farscape: Pa’u Zotoh Zhaan (Chief Medical Officer)
Star Trek~The Next Generation: K’mtar, a future version of Alexander, son of Worf (Tactical Officer)
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial: E.T. (Communications Officer)
Andromeda: Trance Gemini (Helmsman)
Robotech/Chōjikū Yōsai Macross: U.N. Spacey. Second Lieutenant Claudia LaSalle (Navigation Officer)
Battlestar Galactica: Lt. Boomer. (Fighter Squadron Flight Leader)
Star Trek~Deep Space Nine: Holodeck Character, Vic Fontaine (Ships A.I.)
Star Trek~Voyager: Ambassador Neelix. (Aide de Camp)
The Black Hole: V.I.N.C.E.N.T. (A.I. Systems Interpreter)
Star Trek~Deep Space Nine: Ensign Nog (Supply Officer)
Flash Gordon: Dr. Hans Zarkov (Theoretical Physicist)
Buck Rogers in the 25th Century: Hawk (Commander, Spec Ops/Away Team)
The Planet of the Apes: Zira (Xenobiological Anthropologist)
Seaquest DSV 2032: Ship’s Maintenance, Dagwood (Arsenal Master)
Space Rangers: Ranger Doc Kreuger (Chief Cook)
Smallville, JSA: Kent Nelson/Doctor Fate (Metaphysical Consultant)
Star Trek~The Animated Series: Starfleet Operations Division Officer, Lieutenant M’Ress (Forensics Officer)
Speed Racer/Mach GoGoGo: Pops Racer, Designer of the Mach 5 (Chief Flight Deck Mechanic)
Mystery in Space: Archaeologist (External Operations Officer)
Star Wars~The Empire Strikes Back: Lobot, Aide de Camp or Lando Calrissian (Linguistics Translation)
Ark II: Ruth (Crewman)
Doctor Who: Mickey Smith, the Tin Dog. (Crewman)
Space 1999: Moonbase Alpha’s Data Analist, Sandra Benes (Crewman)
Power Rangers~Ninja Storm: Green Samurai Ranger, Cam Watanabe (Crewman)
Uncanny X-Men: Shadowcat, Kitty Pryde & Lockheed
Star Wars~Return of the Jedi: Dressellian resistance fighter, Orrimaarko (Crewman)
Ultraman: Scientific Special Search Party/The Science Patrol, Marksman Daisuke Arashi (Crewman/Heavy Weapons Expert)
Macross~Do You Remember Love: Meltlandi Quimeliquola Queadluun-Rau Power Armor Pilot, Miriya Fallyna Jenius (Ace Fighter Pilot Miriya)
Stargate SG1: Corin Nemec (Crewman)
Star Wars~Return of the Jedi: Ewok – Deej, Father of Wicket (Crewman/Forest Survival Expert)
Kagaku Ninja Tai Gatchaman/Battle of the Planets: G-5, Ryu Nakanishi (Crewman/H.A.L.O. Expert)
The Man From Atlantis: Mark Harris (Crewman/Under Water Operations)
ROM: Space Knight, ROM. (External Operations Crewman)
The War In Space: Crew Member Jun Takigawa (Crewman)
Logan’s Run: Runner, Jessica (Crewman)
Battle Beyond the Stars: Group Consciousness Nestor Clones (Crewmen)
Metropolis: Maschinenmensch Maria (Protocol Droid)
Battle of the Planets: Computerized Coordinator, 7-Zark-7 (Computerized Librarian)
Star Wars~ A New Hope: WED-15 Treadwell (Maintenance/Repair Droid)
Silent Running: Drone, Dewey (Hydroponics Maintenance Droid)
So there we have it. My Sci-Fi Dream Team crew roster. It may grow a bit in the new few weeks. If you decide to make one of your own, I would LOVE to see it. Leave a comment with a link to your list. If you don’t have a blog, use Pinterest since it is free and easy to use. Check out my wife’s list here: https://www.pinterest.com/mistydawn7877/my-star-ship-crew/ plus I also decided to create a Pinterest list too: https://www.pinterest.com/Darran_Hight/sci-fi-dreamteam-challenge/ 🙂