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Sci-Fi Thursday: 16 Bit 'Star Wars VII' Trailer, 'Powers' Renewed, plus a 'D&D' play

By Steven Lloyd Wilson | Trade News | May 7, 2015 |


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Hail Thursday, full of sci-fi, blessed is this genre.

For those of you who have the Playstation Network, Powers just got picked up for a second season. That’s the ultra-low budget mutant/superhero/whatever show starring Sharlto Copley that TK thought had both problems and promise. TK was not immediately available for comment, mostly because I didn’t try, but I’m confident that if I asked him whether he had continued watching the pilot, and what his latest opinions were, that he would unleash profanity at me that would crack a hole in the universe. To be fair, that’s just boilerplate, and would not necessarily constitute an opinion on Powers

I’ve not seen the show, and it is doubtful I ever will, as I own neither a Playstation nor the slightest understanding of why one would plug a game console into a multiplayer network. There are people on there. If I wanted to socialize, I wouldn’t be training on a murder simulator.

(source: ScreenCrush)

In Aurora, Colorado, there’s a new play that’s been getting some press. It’s called She Kills Monsters and it’s a Dungeons and Dragons story, which has some genre interest to people in these parts. Says one reviewer:

“Our protagonist, Agnes, lost her entire family in a car crash and is grieving in particular the death of her sister, Tilly, who died at fifteen and whom Agnes felt she’d never had a chance to really know. She discovers Tilly’s notes for a game and takes the folder to Dragon Master Chuck, who initiates her into Tilly’s world. Tilly appears, clad in silver armor and wielding an impressive sword.”

The play sounds like a good story, is getting solid reviews, has an almost entirely female main cast, but there is no word yet on whether Black Leaf dies. I’d make some speculation about it expanding beyond the local production but I know less about theater than Little Boy knows about God. Pictures from the production are here.

Finally, here is the new Star Wars VII trailer redone entirely as a 16 bit video game. Because there is only one god and her name is nostalgia and the only thing we say to her is “I wish it were yesterday”.


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