Daily Archives: 02/10/2012

“Space:1999” gets an update – “2099”, anyone?

If you live to be old enough, the odds are fairly good that you’ll get to see the tv shows of your childhood remade for a newer audience.

Today’s example of this phenomenon – “Thunderbirds” creator Gerry Anderson’s late seventies, live action sci-fi drama “Space: 1999”, which is due for the creative respray treatment by Jace Hall’s HDFilms outfit, whose most recent project was the reboot of 80’s sci-fi drama, “V”.

A few things, obviously.

Spaceships + Outer Space Nerdery = Super Win on this blog...

If you’re going to remake things, make sure that you’re rebooting something which was a bit rubbish but had potential.  So, that’s “Space:1999” in summation – Quite dated, a wee bit too soap opera in tone, but with hard SF underpinnings to mitigate the cheese – we’re off to a good start.

If you’re going to remake things, get good people to do it and make sure that they have cool ideas and can execute things well.  Here’s where there’s a slight issue, in that the recent “V” remake was bloody awful in pretty much every respect and was an object lesson in how NOT to make a tv series.

This one could go either way – all I know is that I’ll watch almost any SF show on principle, even if it turns out to be a bit duff, so I’ll probably be giving this remake a look, should it make it to our screens.

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A Friday moment of (Metal) Zen…

Who doesn't love a good pun?

Via the Metal Hammer magazine Facebook page…


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“Star Wars: Episode One – The Phantom Menace” – 3D or not 3D?

Man, it almost looks like a good movie when you see that poster...

So, the re-release of “Star Wars: Episode One – The Phantom Menace” is nearly with us and comes with fashionable 3D for maximum generational division down the old multiplex.

The kids will love it – anybody born in the seventies will very possibly see it as a work of pure evil and the general populace will probably not let it bother them for a second.

Behold - a marvel of effects, sound and editing!

This review of the new 3D re-release at Den of Geek gave me pause – are we being too hard on what was always intended as a kid’s movie?   Is our relationship and feeling of ownership over the original trilogy blinding us the merits of the prequels?

I’ve previously come out of the closet and admitted to enjoying the other two prequels, even with the obvious flaws like Hayden Christensen’s work as Anakin – he’s done good work in other movies, so I really don’t think that the problem with the emo, proto-Vader is all down to him.  He’s not the one who wrote all that guff about sand, coarseness and Padme – so the prospect of those flicks getting a digital nip-and-tuck has me more psyched than the prospect of seeing Jar Jar effing Binks stereotype his merry Gungan way across the screen.

Jedi. Bad. Assery.

So, to view – or not to view?  Do I take one for the nerdy team just to ‘enjoy’ the first prequel movie on the big screen again? If nothing else, there’s some awesome sound mixing action to check out – but that’s not really enough of a reason to pay the 3D premium, armed with the foreknowledge that you’re really not going to dig the movie that you’ve paid to see.

It’s the equivalent, really, of having to eat your greens when you really fancy cutting straight to the more attractive dessert also on offer…




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