Although I ended up liking the recent live action Space Battleship Yamato movie many long suffering fans took an opposing view that it did not live up to expectations. Regardless, I don’t expect there to be another live action movie anytime soon yet Yamato fans should still be happy to know that 2012 will see the release of another anime series this time named Space Battleship Yamato 2199. However, don’t expect this to be a mythical season 4 continuation of the original show as the new series is essentially an updated re-telling of season 1 featuring the now famous journey to Iscandar and the main antagonists being the Gamelons.
After a successful transfer of the original series to Blu-Ray which not only drew rave reviews from long time fans but also critics who were floored by the pristine transfer was there any question that CBS was not going to proceed to do the same quality work on subsequent Star Trek series? At first glance one would think that transferring Star Trek The Next Generation to Blu-Ray would be an infinitely easier process merely because the show is much newer than the original series yet in reality the issues in doing so are remarkably different and just as steep.
As I began the process of exporting my old blogger site over here to WordPress I was struck at just how long ago it was that I began writing these entries and that I had started back then penning articles about the upcoming J.J. Abrams Star Trek (2009) reboot. Well, here we go again as we’re about a year away from Star Trek 12 or Abram’s Star Trek II if you prefer that nomenclature and this time around the hype machine is going to go into overdrive considering that the reboot went on to become the highest grossing Star Trek movie of all time even when taking into account inflation. Suffice to say, this next movie has the potential to really blow the doors open for Trek and blast the franchise back into the upper echelons of movie stardom. Of course, it could do a Matrix Revolutions and plunge the franchise back into the abyss but let’s hope all involved have the smarts to realize that the stakes are just as high on this sequel.
Heroes Season One, while it had some rough spots, was not only a shining example of science fiction done right but had enough thrills, chills and plot twists to rival the best TV has to offer. It deftly juggled a multitude of characters all the while infusing them with enough humanity and gumption to keep audiences enamored as fans lit up forums in an attempt to decipher all the show’s mysteries. In this sense it was a phenomenon very much like the first season of Lost, another science fiction ensemble show that premiered to great acclaim. Although the season ended with a rather clunky mishandling of the cliffhanger, hopes were high that Heroes would continue to present compelling storylines in its sophomore season.