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Tricia Helfer Ascension

Tricia Helfer joins the cast of Syfy’s Ascension

Last time I write about Tricia Helfer was back in December when I wrote a piece about her 2014 Acting Outlaws calendar with Katee Sackhoff. Though Tricia is mostly famous for Battlestar Galactica, her frequent guest appearances and voice over work she doesn’t have much planned for on the horizon. A few weeks a interview with Tricia suggested that was about to change and now Syfy channel (cross your fingers) has announced she will have a lead real in their upcoming Science Fiction event series Ascension. The last time I wrote anything remotely optimistic about Syfy Channel was last year when they announced they...

Enterprise season 4 Blu ray review - Jolene Blalock in skirt uniform as T'Pol

Enterprise Season 4 Blu-Ray Review

As the series finale of Star Trek The Next Generation tells us ‘All good things come to an end’. And so has the last Star Trek series, after only 4 seasons it was cancelled in 2005. The show had a fantastic last 2 season but viewer fatigue and a lack of innovation meant it got cut short just when things started to get interesting. Star Trek had been steadily dropping in ratings since DS9 and Voyager which makes the course that was set with Enterprise all the more ludicrous. Nonetheless, I have enjoyed rewatching the series on Blu-ray, the 1080p visual do add to...

Almost Human - Karl Urban and Michael Ealy - www.scifiempire.net

Almost Human cancelled by Fox

In news that has taken me a little bit by surprise I am sad to inform readers of this blog that Almost Human has been cancelled after just one season. I am surprised the news came so suddenly because despite lower than expected ratings they did not seem desperate. I really liked this show, Karl Urban and Michael Ealy had very good chemistry together as John Kennex and Dorian. The special effects were also top notch and the show wasn’t afraid to tackle difficult topics such as sex-trafficking and pointless violence. Nonetheless the first half dozen episodes felt rushed, there were no overall story arc to connect...

Agents of SHIELD season 2 sneak peek trailer

Agents of SHIELD S1Ep20 Nothing Personal Review

It is a strange sensation to actually look forward to a new episode of Agents of SHIELD. During the first ten episodes of this season that rarely happened. The show has improved considerably and I am actually sad that after this weeks episode there are only two until the season is concluded. This week sees the return of Cobie Smulders as former agent Maria Hill. You may remember from the movie Captain America 2: The Winter Soldier that she actively voted for SHIELD to be disbanded after the HYDRA reveal. She now works for Stark Industries but is pressured by the government into revealing what...

Star Wars Tarkin by James Luceno

Disney announces new ‘Canon’ Star Wars literature

This morning the Walt Disney Company announced that the Star Wars literature and comic-books know as the Expanded Universe is not canon. Fans have been dreading the announcement ever since the first rumors started about Episode 7 some 10 years ago. Now it would seem that all those novels and comics are ready for the trashcan as Disney announces it will release 4 new ‘Canon’ novels as a tie-in for next years new Star Wars movie. I myself won’t mourn the Expanded Universe much, ever since the Yuuzhan Vong invasion it has been little more than junk. The amount of derivative work was just...

Jurassic World set picture - Bryce Dallas Howard

Jurassic World first set pictures from next years summer blockbuster

Finally we have the first set pictures of Jurassic World, the fourth dinosaur movie intended to reboot the series. Jurassic World is scheduled for release in June 2015 and will be directed by Colin Trevorrow. If you are going to ask whether you should know him the answer is no because he has only made 3 low-budget movies so far. We can only hope that it won’t affect the quality. Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard and Vincent D’Onofrio are among those confirmed to have an acting role in the movie. Today, fresh from EW we got the first on-set pictures. Jurassic World has...

Agents of SHIELD season 2 sneak peek trailer

Agents of SHIELD S1Ep19 The Only Light in the Darkness Review

Agents of SHIELD has finally managed to get itself into higher gear with the Captain America story tie-in. Ever since episode 17 ‘Turn, turn, turn’ fans have been casually positive about what they perceive as a reboot. Before the tie-in I had an opportunity to rewatch all the episodes and I must say that I found some of my own criticism of the show unfounded. There are many subtle points I missed the first time watching and the writing staff deserve more credit. That said, the show is better than ever now that SHIELD has its back to the wall after Garret and Ward (Brett Dalton) were...

The Blacklist Season 1 Finale - Berlin (No. 8) Conclusion Review

The Blacklist S1Ep19 The Pavlovich Brothers (No. 119–122) Review

Now for something completely different. Ever since late September last year we have wowed by James Spader’s diabolical performance of master criminal Raymond Reddington on The Blacklist. The show appears in many ways rather conventional. FBI Special Agent Elizabeth Keen (Megan Boone) is tasked to extract information from Raymond Reddington after he has turned himself in. Instead he gives her leads on the most dangerous criminals he has worked with ever since fall to the dark-side some 20 years back. Raymond Reddington sold classified information and is being hunted ever since. The series get interesting because of its uncompromising attitude towards killing off those that the...

Farscape principal cast

Farscape movie in early stages of production!

In a surprising twist it was announced by Farscape creator Rockne O’Bannon at WonderCon that a Farscape movie is in the works. It appears however that the movie is still in the early stages of development. Rockne O’Bannon is of course also known for creating the TV-show Defiance which will have its second season air this summer. The original Farscape series ran from 1999 to 2003 for 4 seasons. Certainly the first season was noted for its poor special effects that reminded me a lot of early 90’s show such as The X-Files. Nonetheless the off-beat humor and the chemistry between Claudia Black and Ben Bowder...

Hannibal Season 2 Episode 8 Su-zakana - Will and Hannibal with a gun

Hannibal Season 2 Episode 8 Su-zakana Review

Hannibal is a show that likes to play with its audience. Ever since the first scene of season 2 the audience has had to deal with the fact that they know how it will all end. Instead of slowly tightening the noose around Dr. Hannibal Lecter (Mads Mikkelsen) we are instead shown how he manipulates the situation to frame others. In the last two episodes that acted as mid-season cliffhangers Dr. Chilton was eventually charged with being the Chesapeake Ripper because of the sound of his voice alone. To top it off , the only person who could recognize the voice...

Defiance Season 2 Preview

Defiance Season 2 Preview

Defiance Season 2 Preview On June 22nd (or 19th) Defiance will be back for its second season. Last year Syfy touted the show as a new direction, a first taste of many new science fiction shows to come. However, Defiance only partially lived up to expectations. The pilot episode was a dud and so a were a few others but towards the end the show found more solid footing with its organized crime theme. Defiance tries to strongly focus on the characters which at times comes at the expense of the science fiction. The influence of Farscape is all too often felt and no...

Hannibal S2Ep6 Futamono Review - Hannibal's latest victim

Hannibal S2Ep6 Futamono Review!

Ever since Hannibal started airing last year viewers have had the pleasure of seeing how show creator Brian Fuller manages to keep Hannibal Lecter at the forefront without conclusively revealing him as the cannibal everybody has been searching for. Hannibal Lecter almost resembles Superman, in that he is gifted beyond just luck and wields his alternate persona without having to go to any great lengths to change himself. Slowly however, the show is moving to the point where Hannibal will be revealed as the mass murdering serial killer with a taste for the finer people. Brian Fuller isn’t one to endlessly deny the audience the...

Elementary S2E19 The Many Mouths of Aaron Colville - Sherlock with sign help me catch a murderer

Elementary S2E19 The Many Mouths of Aaron Colville Review

Sherlock and Watson are back after a three-week hiatus with the episode ‘The Many Mouths of Aaron Colville’. So far season 2 of Elementary has not disappointed, the tension between Sherlock and detective Bell and his difficult relationship with his brother is always palpable. For her own part Lucy Liu plays Joan Watson to a tee, her character now brings her own not inconsiderable detecting skills to the show. However, with both Sherlock and Watson I sometimes have the feeling that their backgrounds are only used when absolutely necessary and even then the details are only relevant for that particular episode....

Mentats of Dune cover

Mentats Of Dune Free Giveaway!

The last two days have ben kind of hell for me as sadly my laptop decided that it was time to keel over. My old laptop is dead, long live my new laptop. Anyway, as such I had no way to write reviews of either Person of Interest, Agents of SHIELD and Revolution. So I will give a short recap to convince you to watch those episodes regardless. Person of Interest; Vigilance finally manage to get ahead of the curve by eluding The Machine, they manage to get their hands on documents proofing the existence of The Machine and the CIA...

The Walking Dead season 4 finale -Daryl and Rick talk about the attack

The Walking Dead Season 4 Finale ‘A’ Review

The Walking Dead has just ended its fantastic fourth season. There were many deaths, and none were without controversy among fans. The Governor had a slightly less of a role than in season 3 but when he was there he was center stage in all his evilness. The Governor of course died in Episode 8 as did Hershel. Some fans disliked the second half of the season because of the way it split the entire gang up. I didn’t mind as each had a very powerful story and some characters such as Tyreese and Carol had such powerful character moments that...

Helix season 1 finale - Billy Campbell as Dr. Alan Farragut in Paris

Helix season 1 finale Dans L’ombre Review

For the most part I have fond memories of Helix. Both the mystery of the NARVIK pathogen and the suspense it created reminded me a lot of Lost. Certainly the first 4 episodes used both the suspense and character drama deftly to let us get to know Dr. Alan Farragut, his estranged ex-wife Julia, Dr. Sarah Jordan, Hatake and Aerov. Then the show changed, I felt for the better, with introducing a wider world outside the base by introducing characters such as Anana and fleshing out the character of Major Balleseros. Last but not least Jeri Ryan made an explosive entrance as...