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Star Wars Battlefront 2 - X-wing and Tie fighter

Star Wars Battlefront 2 Beta begins today

Battlefront 2 Electronics Arts Battlefront 2 has gone into Early Access beta today (October 4th). For those who pre-ordered the game early one will have exclusive access to play several of the game modes. On Friday (Oct 6th) the game will go into Open Access beta. That will allow even those who have not purchased a copy to test the game -at least until Monday when the beta closes. Star Wars Battlefront 2 is the sequel to the 2015 game that received only a lukewarm response. The first game got good remarks for its graphics, but the number of game...

Blade Runner 2049 Review Round Up – Denis manages to beat impossible expectations

Blade Runner 2049 Review Round Up The first Blade Runner 2049 reviews are in, and they give it glowing praise. Now, this is not a Blade Runner 2049 review. I won’t be seeing it until next Thursday (October 5th) and the general release is the day after. However, the movie has already been screened to journalists and reporters from the entertainment industry. Today their non-disclosure agreement ended. So here is what they have to say about Denis Villeneuve’s sequel to the original Blade Runner. The first review of note is from IGN – reviewer Scott Collura gave the movie a...

Jared Leto as Niander Wallace in Blade Runner 2049

Blade Runner 2049 International Trailer released by Sony

Blade Runner 2049 Sony Pictures today released the first international trailer for Blade Runner 2049, the sequel to Ridley Scott’s original dystopian movie. Blade Runner 2049 stars Ryan Gosling, Harrison Ford (as Deckard) and a slew of supporting cast. The new trailer reveals quite a lot about the story for the sequel – a SPOILER alert is this warranted. Watch the trailer below. Blade Runner 2049 is being directed by celebrated director Denis Villeneuve with movies Sicario, Arrival and the upcoming adaptation of Frank Herbert’s Dune. The original Blade Runner was released in 1982 as an adaptation of Phillip K....

Star Trek Discovery tie-in Comic and Novel arriving soon

Star Trek Discovery Tie-ins Comic and Novel Its been a busy few months for Star Trek Discovery. With trailers and panels Trek fans are slowly beginning to get an idea of what the series is about. Sadly not all fan reaction has been positive. For a show set 10 years before TOS, in possible yet another alternate reality, it looks suspiciously like BSG meets DS9. That along with the controversy surrounding cast diversity (its 2017!) and the way the Klingon’s look Discovery is limping along to its September 24th release date. But that day will come and I am at least...

Preview of The Girl who takes an Eye for an Eye by David Lagercrantz

The Girl who takes an Eye for an Eye Back in the summer 2015 the first new book in Stieg Larson’s Millennium series was released. I gave The Girl In The Spider’s Web a positive review. The novel was not written by Stieg Larson, he sadly passed away at 50 in 2004. Instead it was written by Swedish true-crime author David Lagercrantz – not without controversy I might add. Soon, a fifth novel, also written by Lagercrantz, will again spur on characters Lisbeth Salander and Mikael Blomkvist to uncover mysteries. The Girl who takes an Eye for an Eye set...

Inferno Squad Review

Inferno Squad Review – A Star Wars Battlefront 2 novel by Christie Golden

Inferno Squad Review Later this year Star Wars Battlefront 2 action shooter is set for release. For Disney this is a second chance after their 2015 reboot failed to deliver. Developer EA DICE have include a single player campaign besides the multiplayer. Earlier this year Disney showed a preview of what to expect. The campaign will focus on Inferno Squad, an elite ‘Imperial’ unit tasked with wiping out rebel cells. The trailer shows a confrontation between various Original Trilogy characters and Iden Versio, the leader of Inferno Squad. As a tie-in to the game, and The Last Jedi, author Christie...

Elysium Fire by Alastair Reynolds Review

The Maestro of SF Alastair Reynolds returns to Revelation Space with Elysium Fire

Elysium Fire Today celebrated author Alastair Reynolds announced the title for his next novel – Elysium Fire. Better yet, Reynolds announced the novel will be set in the Revelation Space universe. This will mark a departure from Poseidon’s Children and a return to the universe that made him famous. Elysium Fire will in fact be set in The Prefect sub-universe. For those unfamiliar with The Prefect, the 2007 novel takes place some time before events of Revelation Space, before the melding plague wreaked havoc to the Epsilon Eridani system. Elysium Fire won’t be a direct sequel to The Prefect, instead it will be...

The Fashion of Elementary Season 5

The Fashion of Elementary Season 5 Over a  year ago I wrote a short article on the fashion of Elementary, the modern retelling of Sherlock Holmes starring Jonny Lee Miller and Lucy Liu. That article has remained one of the most popular on this blog so I thought it time for a follow-up. In the old article I gave the wardrobe selected for both Sherlock and Joan a lot of praise. I also made some fun of the fact that Joan’s wardrobe consisted mostly of skimpy skirts. The wardrobe was put together by Rebecca Hofherr, who continues to make excellent choices. As...

Stargate Origins website teases the return of more wormholes

Stargate Origins teased For years there has been speculation that the 1994 movie Stargate might get a reboot. The reboot was likely to omit the subsequent series (SG-1, Atlantis and Universe) from its canon. Alas after the train wreck that was Independence Day Resurgence not much heard from the idea. the director of the original movie, Roland Emmerich, even admitted a reboot was unlikely. Yet, today, out of the blue, a teaser website has appeared for something called Stargate Origins. Origins is intended to be 10 part web-series that will focus on Catherine Langford. Yes, the elderly women (insert Titanic...

Spider-Man: Homecoming Review – Tom Holland manages to Wow!

Spider-Man: Homecoming Review Spider-Man: Homecoming has been a delight to watch, but it certainly didn’t look as though it would be a success when it was first announced. The Spider-Man movie franchise belongs to Sony, and after a series with Tobey Maguire starting in a 2002 and another with Andrew Garfield I think the franchise was dead. Yet Spider-Man also belongs to Marvel Comics. And so Spider-Man ended up in last year’s Captain America: Civil War. Now, Tom Holland is back for his second outing as Spider-Man in a full-fledged movie entitled Spider-Man: Homecoming. It is a movie that more...

Inferno Squad Review

Star Wars Inferno Squad Preview – Last Jedi tie-in novel arrives this month

Inferno Squad With episode 8, The Last Jedi, set for release this December things in the Star Wars universe are slowly heating up (see what I did there?). Electronic Arts is readying their fps shooter Battlefront 2 for a November release. Unlike last time the sequel will also have a single story campaign and get rid of DLCs that fracture the player base. During last months E3 a lot of the backstory for the single player campaign was shown. Though it is not certain if the entire campaign will focus on the tie-in it was certainly  The tie-in novel Star Wars...

Beyond Good & Evil 2

Ubisoft announces Beyond Good & Evil 2 at E3

Beyond Good & Evil 2 So far it has been a fantastic E3 convention. The Xbox One X looks fantastic as do the many games that have been announced at pre-E3 press meetings. With games such as Anthem, Spider-Man, Destiny 2 making huge waves. However, one of the biggest surprises so far has been Ubisoft’s announcement of Beyond Good & Evil 2. The developer showed a cinematic trailer of the upcoming action adventure game to wide acclaim. The trailer itself does not feature any in-game footage, but that did not appear to lessen the excitement of lead developer Michel Ancel....

Jurassic World 2

Jurassic World 2 Preview – Jeff Goldblum returns to the franchise

Jurassic World 2 While the sequel to Jurassic World is still over a year away, details are slowly starting to emerge. Over the past few weeks the first images emerged giving us a look at the new movie. Officially, the sequel does not yet have a title, but is generally referred to as Jurassic World 2. The sequel won’t be directed by Colin Treverrow as he is busy with directing Star Wars Episode 9. Instead J. A. Bayona will direct the movie, with Treverrow acting as executive producer. Bayona has so far only got two major movies to his credit: A Monster Calls...

Alien Covenant Review – Excellent gore but also too familiar

Alien Covenant Review Prometheus wasn’t as good as it could have been. Despite some reviewers saying they really enjoyed it (in the run up to Alien: Covenant) it cannot abscond its flaws. Prometheus had a fantastic Sci-Fi premise – life was injected into worlds by a species called The Engineers. Sadly the diabolically stupid characters dragged the movie down. To put it bluntly, there was nothing to like about them for the audience to be engrossed. Except perhaps the character development of Vickers (played by Charlize Theron) near the end. But as her character died (sorry for the spoiler) that leaves just the survival of...

Star Trek Discovery first trailer has death stalking the crew

Star Trek Discovery first trailer Finally after months of waiting the Star Trek Discovery first trailer has arrived. Trekkies finally have a glimpse of the characters, uniforms and ships in action. Discovery is a prequel series set before the original Star Trek series starring William Shatner. The series stars Michelle Yeoh as Captain Georgiou, Sonequah Martin-Green as first officer Michael Burnham, Jason Isaacs as Captain Lorca; Doug Jones as Lt. Saru; James Frain as Spock’s father; and Anthony Rapp as Lt. Stamets. The trailer flashes by quickly and an appearance of Captain Lorca can’t be confirmed. However, both Yeoh and Martin-Green’s characters are. The trailer shows a quick...

Ridley Scott creating new Sci-Fi programming for TNT

Ridley Scott Blastr.com reported today that famed movie director Ridley Scott is creating Sci-Fi shows for TNT. TNT is a cable channel that normally does not do Sci-Fi, but it did achieve some success with Falling Skies and The Librarians. Scott is set to help development of an entire evening block of programming. This ranges from hour long shows to shorter formats. Ridley Scott is not new to TV, he has had previous success producing The Man In The High Castle and Halo: Nightfall. Yet the announcement of developing an entire block comes as a surprise and appears reminiscent to the move SyFy...