Thoughts on the Heroes Mid-Season Finale

Last night was the writers’ strike-imposed mid-season finale of Heroes. And I have to say…meh.

I still maintain that, overall, Heroes season 2 has sucked. There was one shining moments two weeks ago (with the episode “Cautionary Tales”) where it looked like there might have been a turnaround since some moments recaptured all that was good about season one. But that turned out to be an exception, because last week’s episode (“Truth & Consequences”) was just as bad, with characters doing things that made no sense other tan being shortcuts to move the plot to here the writers wanted to go.

Here are some ***spoilery*** thoughts on last night’s mid-season finale episode, “Powerless”:

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Tube Bits For 12/04/2007

  • The Mercury News reviews Tin Man and says it’s ‘more dour than dark, lacking the sense of humor and witty references to the original that are part of both versions of “Wicked.”’ They also criticize the mis-casting of the actors. I’m not sure I necessarily agree. I’m not sure what they were expecting, but I was pleasantly surprised with Tin Man (after only seeing Sunday’s part). Great SF it isn’t, but it didn’t reach the depths of lameness that Flash Gordon does so I’ll keep watching. Faint praise perhaps, but praise nonetheless. Oh, and The Mercury News loves Torchwood, so make of that what you will.
  • Speaking of Tin Man, did you know it has an online comic? Apparently, now you need a comic to help flesh the story out. Tin Man‘s focuses on Azkadelia’s assumption of power over Central City, so you get some more backstory that isn’t necessarily in the show. Sadly, the comic version of Azka-D isn’t as….alluring as Kathleen Robertson. Flying Batmonkey tattoos FTW!
  • Michael Emerson, who plays one of the best/creepiest villains ever on TV as Ben Linus on LOST, speaks to Buddy TV about Season 4 (no worries, very mild spoilers at best). It seems there will be a lot of blood and violence in the opener as both the Others’ and the Losties’ camps are in disarray. Also, it seems that past characters will play a large role in this season. Does this mean that Charlie will make more appearances? February can’t get here fast enough.
  • Dynamic Subspace has an in-depth look at the classic British TV series, Blake’s 7. I’m sad to say I’ve never seen Blake’s 7, but I’ve hear a lot of good things about it. If you’ve seen it, what do you think about it? How does it compare to the new British SF show Hyperdrive?

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Who’s the Best Joker?

In this week’s blue scifi babe poll, some have already requested a little sci-fi beefcake. Perhaps I could interest you in some fruit cake?

Pictures are starting to emerge from the filming of The Dark Knight, in which our caped crusading hero fights the clown prince of crime, The Joker, played by Heath Ledger.

Here’s a quick glimpse at some of the more famous Jokers:

Who’s your favorite…Cesar Romero, Jack Nicholson, Mark Hamill or Heath Ledger?

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Longtime science fiction fans remember the Ace Doubles books that included two stories in one mass-market paperback binding. Decades later, Tor had a series of Tor Doubles that included two award-winning novellas in the same format. More recently, Gollancz published something similar under the Millennium imprint and called the books Binary and, like the Ace Doubles, each title is flipped 180 degrees, so you get what appear to be two books slapped together with no back cover.

Binary 2 includes two stories: “The Vaccinator” by Michael Marshall Smith and “Andy Warhol’s Dracula” by Kim Newman.

Reviews after the jump…

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SF Tidbits for 12/04/07

  • The latest Tor newsletter features the story behind Philip K. Dick’s previously unpublished novel, Voices From the Street, by the book’s Editor, David G. Hartwell, who says: “Over the next two decades, the posthumous film career of Philip K. Dick really took off and is still flying. And Vintage published everything, in the end, but the mainstream novels. So I have been able to fulfill one of my last personal goals by publishing trade editions of some of the mainstream novels at Tor, and indeed bringing the last unpublished one, Voices from the Street, out for the first time ever.” (Tor has an book excerpt.)
  • The Tor newsletter also interviews Richard Matheson, author of I Am Legend. “Yes, Stephen King has said that I Am Legend was one of his main influences – it got him thinking the way he does…”
  • Green Man Review looks back at 20 years of The Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror anthology.
  • Solaris publishing sent a press release announcing publication of a new anthology from Nick Gevers: Extraordinary Engines: The Definitive Steampunk Anthology.
  • In a new ShatnerVision video, William Shatner talks about his writing, specifically his Star Trek: Academy book series he co-wrote with Judith and Garfield Reeves-Stevens. [via Trek Today]
  • IllusionTV interviews Laurell K. Hamilton, author of the Anita Blake: Vampire Hunter series.
  • New at ManyBooks.net: “The Circle of Zero” by Stanley G. Weinbaum, “Summit” by D.M. Reynolds, and “Old Man” by Daniel Keys Moran.
  • Matthew Jarpe talks about sequelitis and how, no, Radio Freefall won’t have a sequel despite its ending.
  • Remember those old science fiction books that had cigarette advertisements in them? Here’s a New York Times article that talks about them. [via BookNinja]
  • Blog@Nesarama has video of Al Roker visiting the set of The Dark Knight and interviewinmg stars Christian Bale (Batman/Bruce Wayne), Aaron Eckhart (Harvey Dent/Two Face) and Director Christopher Nolan.
  • SciFi Catholic rounds up a bushel of Golden Compass links.
  • SFX interviews George Takei (Star Trek, Heroes). “[Gene Rodenberry's] philosophy was that television is a rich, wonderful medium that was being wasted. It can be certainly entertaining but it can also be informative.”
  • Cynical-C points us to this damn, dirty Planet of the Apes Timeline.

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This somehow seems fitting today, seeing as how it’s my first day in a cube.

[via Beam me Up]

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SF Tidbits for 12/03/07

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From the Star Wars documentary available on the DVD box set.

[via Cynical-C]

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Here are the results of the latest SF Signal poll.

QUESTION
When did Star Wars Jump the Shark?

RESULTS

(142 total votes)

Comments this week:

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SF Tidbits for 12/02/07

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[via Boing^2]

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Top 10 SF Signal Posts for November 2007

As per Google Analytics, here are The Top 10 SF Signal Posts for November 2007:

  1. Heroes Season 2 Officially Sucks
  2. Battlestar Galactica: Razor – To Watch Or Not?
  3. New Posters for The Sarah Connor Chronicles
  4. SFWA Supports WGA Strike…Do You?
  5. REVIEW: The Dragon’s Nine Sons by Chris Roberson
  6. Has Heroes Redeemed Itself?
  7. Friday YouTube: Death Star Canteen
  8. The Most Eagerly Awaited and Long Overdue SF/F Books
  9. The End Of Heroes Season 2
  10. Kindling

Looking at the top overall hits, while ignoring those listed above, we get these stats for older posts that were popular in November…

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Saturday YouTube: White & Nerdy

This is worth watching if only for the part near the end when he makes his ‘buy’ in the alley. Classic.

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TOC: Baen’s Universe 2.4, December 2007

Volume 2, Issue 4 (December 2007) of Baen’s Universe has been posted. Here are the contents:

Science Fiction Stories:

  • “Laws of Survival” by Nancy Kress
  • “Darwin’s Suitcase” by Elizabeth Malartre
  • “Double Secret Weapon” by Tony Frazier
  • “Misfits” by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller

Fantasy Stories:

  • “Christmas Eve at Harvey Wallbanger’s” by Mike Resnick
  • “Fossilized Gods” by J. Simon
  • “Second Banana” by Way Jeng
  • “The Art of Memory” by Barry N. Malzberg and Jack Dann

Serials:

  • “Countdown to Armageddon, Episode Two” by Edward M. Lerner
  • “Fish Story, Episode Ten” by Dave Freer, Eric Flint and Andrew Dennis

Introducing Stories:

  • “Inheritance” by David Wesley
  • “Queen’s Mask” by Barbara Tarbox

Nonfiction:

  • “Rubber Sciences” by Norman Spinrad
  • “Title” by Stephen Euin Cobb

Classic:

  • “A Holy Terror” by Ambrose Bierce

Columns:

  • “Breeding like Rabbits — or Hugos” by Mike Resnick
  • “Pleistocene Park” by Mike Resnick
  • “The Pig in A Poke Factor” by Eric Flint
  • “From the Catacombs” by Barry N. Malzberg
  • “December 2007″ by Stephen Euin Cobb

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SF Tidbits for 12/01/07

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Even Still Yet More Free Fiction

ManyBooks.net had a free online science fiction explosion today:

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Tube Bits For 12/01/2007

  • The Jalopnik recently got an exclusive look at the new KITT, and fans of the old series, or 3rd Gen Pontiac Trans Am, won’t be happy. You see, the new KITT is a Ford Shelby Cobra Mustang. As cool as a Shelby Mustang is, it isn’t cheesy enough to be KITT. If they had wanted real muscle in the original series, they wouldn’t have used a Trans Am, or David Hasselhoff. (Ba dum crash!)
  • What do you do when the writers’ strike starts impinging on your SF TV? If you’re Jason Birdsall, you start your own production company and shoot your on show. Birdsall has enlisted engineering students from Stevens Institute of Technology to work on his show, Venus Risies, with Birdsall as the writer. The show will be released on the internet for all to see, which, I think, is the future of TV and it will be shown on Illusion TV. The website says its supposed to air in November 2007. Looks like they better hurry to reach that goal…
  • To further emphasize my point about the Internet and SF TV, Sci-Fi Storm points us to a website created to foster interest in a Sci Fi idea for a television show called Barrier. Regardless of what you think about this particular story, I suspect you’ll see more of this type of thing, and actual episodes, in the near future.
  • For all you American Torchwood fans, good news. BBC America will air the second season starting January 29th, at 9PM ET. Considering the writers’ strike will most likely still be going strong, here is your chance to watch some real SF on television. To our British readers, will you be watching the second season?
  • Looks like NBC has replaced iTunes with Netflix? Episodes of The Office, 30 Rock and Friday Night Lights will all be available for Netflix subscribers to view the day after airing. This appears, to me, to be a way of pushing the season DVDs for those shows as that will be the only way to catch up with them. I’m not sure how successful this will be.

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I Am Legend Worldwide Banners

The new Will Smith film, I Am Legend debuts here in the States on Dec. 14th. I was unsure about seeing this movie, until I saw the latest trailer, which looks rather cool. And now Filmonic shows us the I Am Legend Global Banners for the film. Each banner shows a different city in the aftermath of the virus that destroys humanity. You can see the city of Tokyo in the banner at the top of this post. Filmonic has a few more, as does MoviesOnHK, with Seoul and Taipei here.

I don’t know about you, but I really like these images. I think WB has done a great job here promoting the movie, while still being interesting. I am no actually thinking I’ll see this movie in the theater sometime over the Christmas holiday.

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And the whole time, Robin is watching from the Batmobile. Holy Voyeuristic Perv, Batman!

[via Poe TV]

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TOC: The Del Rey Book of Science Fiction and Fantasy

Ellen Datlow shows off the cover of her upcoming (April 2008) original anthology The Del Rey Book of Science Fiction and Fantasy.

Elizabeth Bear posts these contents:

  1. “The Elephant Ironclads” by Jason Stoddard.
  2. “Ardent Clouds” by Lucy Sussex.
  3. “Gather” by Christopher Rowe.
  4. “Sonny Liston Takes the Fall” by Elizabeth Bear.
  5. “North American Lake Monsters” by Nathan Ballingrud.
  6. “All Washed Up While Looking for a Better World” by Carol Emshwiller.
  7. “Special Economics” by Maureen McHugh.
  8. “Aka Saint Marks Place” by Richard Bowes.
  9. “The Goosle” by Margo Lanagan.
  10. “Shira” by Lavie Tidhar.
  11. “The Passion of Azazel” by Barry N. Malzberg.
  12. “The Lagerst├Ątte” by Laird Barron.
  13. “Gladiolus Exposed” by Anna Tambour.
  14. “Daltharee” by Jeffrey Ford.
  15. “Jimmy” by Pat Cadigan.
  16. “Prisoners of the Action” by Paul McAuley and Kim Newman.

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