I’ve got so much catching up to do on all of the most amazing geek & pop culture news that has been revealed over the past few weeks. Also, who always manages to get sick during the warm months of the year? This blogger! I’m almost at 100% Full Healthy Physical Mode again – took long enough. I feel very, very bad for getting my new friends that I hung out with Denver sick too – hope you ladies & gents are feeling 100% too! New Mexico’s been hit by some random cold/flu thing going around, as well as reports of adults getting Whooping Cough. Stay healthy, folks!
Moving along from health-related boringness, there’s lots to catch up on and I’m delivering it all in this post. If you’re an X-Files fan, you’re going to be quite happy. Lost Girl fans, please no tears just yet. Fallout fans, our wait is FINALLY over! And many more cool bits of things that are geeky, nerdy, or to badass to pass up to share. This is the first of two-or-three more posts covering geeky news this weekend, so enjoy this first part.
Here’s a selection of stories that I’ve been geeking out about:
To A Legendary Actor – A Salute to You. Kind Sir!
Sad news came out yesterday that the well-respected, supremely talented – and one of the best actors of his and future generations – Sir Christopher Lee passed away at the age of 93 this past Sunday, June 7th. A very interesting gentleman who had done a lot in his life before becoming an actor, Lee would go on to becoming a huge genre favorite by tackling one of the most beloved horror characters of all time – Dracula – in a series of Hammer films (famous British film studio/production house) that came out in the 1960’s & 1970’s. Suave, dangerously sexy, handsome, and arguably the best portrayal of Dracula by an actor (sorry, Bela Lugosi, Frank Langella and Gary Oldman), Lee would later go on to act in many other Horror efforts. In his long and esteemed career, he also became a sci-fi and fantasy favorite, taking on the big roles of “Count Dooku,” a Sith Lord in the Star Wars prequels, and most memorably as “Saruman” from the Hobbit and Lord of the Rings films.
I will add a proper tribute to the actor here shortly, but I will never write anything as elegantly put as Sir Ian McKellan has written for his friend & fellow actor (McKellan was Gandalf to Lee’s Saruman). You can read his beautiful tribute below:
Orange is the New Black Season 3 – Now on Netflix!
So…are you watching it already? More than a few fans are already finished with this season, which saw an “early release” (heh, heh) on Thursday night and finished early this morning. Me? I’m holding off until I can binge it Saturday night/Sunday morning before the finale of Game of Thrones this Sunday. Now go see this, and bug your friends who have Netflix to let you watch it!
The X-Files Revival Series Starts Production;
Internet & Fans Lost Their Collective Minds
If you’ve been away from or avoiding all forms of communication over the past few months, then you may be unaware that The X-Files – that show that helped launch & influence many genre TV shows after its debut – will be returning to the small screen with a series of six brand-new episodes in January 2016. This limited-run six-episode season (technically the 10th) could be the jumping point for future season, depending on fan reception (which is huge, if you’ve been following all the social media sites). And series stars David Duchovny (Mulder) and Gillian Anderson (Scully) are open to more short seasons. As an X-Phile who got into the show when it first premiered, I have been the happiest camper ‘cause this show means so much to me for many reasons.
FOX officially released the first production still from the first new episode being shot up in the X-Files’ old stomping ground of Vancouver; the last four seasons were shot in Los Angeles. Fans have been taking shots from the set and sharing them, and I’ve been trying so hard to keep myself spoiler-free, but it ain’t happening.
With that being said, SPOILER WARNING for the production still below:
E3 2015 (Electronic Entertainment Expo) – June 16-18
The gaming industry’s biggest event of the year, E3 2015, is being held next week in Los Angeles. The biggest gaming news of the year can be found at this expo, which features many of the major gaming and technology companies presenting their ways to the public, as well as revealing new projects for the first time. One of the years I would love to be able to attend it and just bow down continuously in front of Nintendo’s exhibition area, as a long-time fangirl of the company.
Here’s a schedule of some of the livestreams from the presentations that are being held by the following companies:
San Diego Comic Con (SDCC) 2015 – July 9-12
The largest comic convention in the world returns once again next month with tons of geekiness for fans of all ages and fandoms. I have a few friends & a family member attending this year – assholes! Love you guys! SDCC will be four days of total madness from July 9th through July 12th, with plenty of cosplayers, panels, celebrities, artists, and much more representing all aspects of geek, nerd, and pop culture. I’d like to check it out one of these days just to see the mass chaos that is SDCC. On my Bucket List is to visit several big cons here in a few years (Fan Expo Canada and Denver Comic Con have been crossed off) like SDCC, New York Comic Con (NYCC – hopefully this year if all works out), Emerald City Comic Con, and DragonCon.
If you’re curious about what programming will be available (panels, etc.), guests, events, and so much more, click on the link below for more information.
Last Eight Episodes of Lost Girl Premieres On September 6
Wow – those are the words that I never expected to write so soon. I’m still not ready not prepared for the end of Lost Girl, which has become one of my favorite TV shows since I first caught it back in April 2012. It’s been such a crazy ride and I’ m sad to see it go so soon. I’ve gotten attached to all of the characters, have loved many episodes, and listened to the music from the show constantly. Hell, I even planned a whole trip around the oft-chance that I’d meet the cast of the show (I met most of them), because that’s how much it means to me. It has also been one of the queerest shows that’s aired over the last five years and has built quite the loyal fanbase that continues to be quite dedicated to the show.
The first of the last eight episodes ever of the series starts airing on Sunday, September 6th on the Canadian channel Showcase; it’s been the show’s home channel since its debut. The rest of the episodes for the rest of the world are still TBA, and SyFy here in the good ol’ U.S.A. won’t be airing the episodes until sometime next year. That’s one heck of a wait for U.S. fae-ns. While Showcase has not released a promo (or photos) for the last episodes just yet, SyFy aired a special promo that showed new scenes.
Click on the link below to check out the promo:
[SPOILER WARNING FOR THE REST OF SEASON FIVE!]
New SyFy Original Series Dark Matter Premieres Today
(Fridays on SyFy [US] & SPACE [Canada] –10/9 PM EST/CST)
Speaking of Lost Girl, two of its actors from the show have now entered the World of Epic Space Operas. Zoie Palmer (“Dr. Lauren Lewis”) and Anthony Lemke (“Dark Fae Ryan Lambert” from Season 2) join an incredible cast of actors like Roger Cross (24/Continuum), Jodelle Ferland (Silent Hill), and Marc Bendavid (Bitten), along with newer and up-and-coming talents like Alex Mallari Jr. and Melissa O’Neill. From the creators of the Stargate universe of shows and movies (Joseph Mallozzi, Paul Mullie), Dark Matter looks to be bringing some sci-fi fun back to TV, which has been sorely missing late.
The basic synopsis of the show: six strangers wake up from deep-space-sleep disoriented and unsure of who they are, what they’re doing, and if they’re the villains or heroes. There are six characters, each named One through Six, along with a peculiar cybernetic being simply named the “Android.” What (mis)adventures will our possible heroes/villains encounter as they try to discover their true identities? We have thirteen episodes to discover some truths during this summer series.
From the reviews that have been coming out about the pilot episode, one of the stand-out characters is Zoie Palmer’s “Android,” who is straightforward in technical jargon yet witty with human interactions. As a big fan of all things science fiction, I will definitely be checking this one out. And as a big fan of Palmer’s, I’m excited to be seeing her on another genre show so soon after the end of Lost Girl . Yeah – still not ready to talk about that yet.
Watch the promo trailer for the show below:
Fallout 4 Officially Announced; Release TBD (2015)
My fellow gamers: the game that we ‘e been waiting over 5+ years now has finally gotten a sequel. Yes, Fallout 4 IS COMING OUT THIS YEAR!!! ABOUT DAMN TIME!!! Bethesda Softworks will be releasing more info about the game when E3 (the big gaming/tech expo) starts next week: June 16th through June 18th. It looks to be a sequel to Fallout 3, which is one of my all-time favorite games, with virtual guidance from Fallout: New Vegas as well.
Check out the first trailer for the game below. It’s breathtaking, highly-detailed, and absolutely gorgeous. I really need to get a game console or new computer to play this. No – NEED to buy a new console/computer to play this. I predict this is already the most anticipated game of the year. ‘Cause it’s A NEW FALLOUT GAME!
*tries to control excitement, fails miserably*
Fear Factory’s Newest Record, Genexus, Coming in August
My favorite Industrial-Cyber Metal band Fear Factory returns with its newest effort Genexus, which will be released in stores on August 7th. A summer tour is getting ready to launch with co-headliners Coal Chamber (hello late 90’s!) and will be hitting the United States and international markets soon. Fear Factory will be hitting Albuquerque on Saturday, July 25th and I will be checking them out. The last million times they’ve been here I had something come up and lost the chance to see them (and losing out on the tickets I had already purchased) Million-and-one’s time the charm? Hoping to get the current band line-up to sign around my FF tribute tattoo so that I can have one hell of a story to tell.
Here is the album cover:
The album list is as follows:
01. “Autonomous Combat System”
04. “Soul Hacker”
07. “Church Of Execution”
09. “Battle For Utopia”
10. “Expiration Date”
BONUS DIGIPAK TRACKS
11. “Mandatory Sacrifice (‘Genexus’ Remix)”
12. “Enhanced Reality”
Fear Factory released an album trailer this week too, featuring a snipped of the song “Protomech.” The record sounds like it’s returned to the beefier Mechanize sound, which featured the reunion of Dino Cazares and Burton C. Bell, over the weaker sound that was prevalent through The Industrialist. The biggest complaint of that record (their last) was the drum programming, which felt really disjointed from the rest of the record. No matter what, a new Fear Factory release always makes me happy.