It’s Thursday, which means it’s time for SciFi, but not SyFy, because days should end in y’s not genres. Except comedy. I’ve lost control of this joke.
First up, the worst music video I ever paid fifteen bucks to get a headache watching for two hours is getting a sequel. Tron 3 has been given a green light and will start filming in October. There are absolutely no further details, including cast, director, producers, or whether they’ll bother having a story this time around. Reactions are mixed. And by mixed I mean there are very excited people who will cut you for badmouthing Tron and there are the rest of us whose indifference is colored only by our puzzlement that the thing is getting a sequel.
Next up, we’ve got the trailer for a new sci-fi short called The Shaman. Marco Kalantari put it together, and it’s set to debut at some film festival or another at some point, but hopefully he’ll get something greenlit for the mass market. Maybe Disney can give him one of the dozen Star Wars movies floating around. TK’s excited about the C3PO erotic novels, so that might be a good start.
I know what some of you are thinking: “But Steven you beautiful tropical fish, the last time a director came out of the special effects ranks, producing incredible looking shorts, look what happened! Neill Blomkamp.” Exactly. Flawed or not, I’d put all three of his films on my nebulous list of my favorite movies of the last five years.
Here’s the plot synopsis, which is totally a tabletop roleplaying game I’d give a shot:
The dark year 2204, in a world that has seen 73 years of continuous war.
The face of conflict has changed. People kill people but they now rely on giant, intelligent battle machines to fight. Meanwhile, mankind has re-discovered the arts of magic and Shamanism and the Generals on both sides use well-trained spiritual warriors to face the threat of machines. Shamans have special senses; they are experts in all aspects of the “unseen” and the “beyond”. They believe that every person, animal, plant and object has a soul. When crossing the border to the Netherworld, the Shaman can find this soul and interact with it. That is what makes him such a deadly, highly effective weapon. They track and convert the souls of their enemies’ giant battle machines in a psychological soul-to-soul confrontation. But Shamans are not invulnerable. They are just people and can be killed like anyone else.
Shaman Joshua Van Kern and his squire Lene embark on a mission to convert a giant battle colossus and succeed where troops have failed.
Finally, NASA tested the largest and most powerful rocket in the world yesterday. The QM-1 rocket is expected to be ready for real launches in 2018, is anticipated to put people on Mars, and puts out 3.5 million pounds of thrust. Suck it Freud.
When contacted for a statement, Freud’s corpse pointed out that the rocket isn’t even half as powerful as the Saturn V’s our grandfathers built to land on the moon. Said Freud, “I doubt your generation could even get it up for its mother.”