SciFi Friday: Robots Invade City Streets, Heroes Finale, and Mary Jane Watson

As we await Sunday’s finale, I already reported the news that Battlestar Galactica will have twenty-two episodes next season. We will have to wait until the fourth quarter for the two-hour episode and then January for the regular episodes. The third season had a number of elements we wouldn’t have predicted during season two in light of the occupation of New Caprica. Next year might also have a change in course of the show, possibly influenced by the identity of who ever is revealed to be a Cylon, and the fate of Kara Thrace. I would be quite surprised, and most fans would be very disappointed, if Starbuck doesn’t reappear in the finale.

While we might be terrified to see Cylons on our city’s streets, the United States Postal Service thought that placing R2-D2 in on the streets would be helpful to promote a new stamp. The New York Daily News Reports:

Coming to a Manhattan streetcorner near you – and a select few in the other four boroughs – a “Star Wars”-themed letter box in the form of lovable R2-D2.

Overnight, two dozen boxes were to get a robotic makeover as part of a gimmick to promote a new stamp out March 28.

In a news release, the Postal Service likened itself to the feisty little droid, boldly declaring that R2 “embodies the trust and dependability for which the Postal Service is so renowned.”

The R2-D2 boxes will pop up in 200 cities nationwide. In New York, most will be in high-traffic areas in Manhattan, like 43rd St. and Broadway, 58th St. and Fifth Ave., and 33rd St. and Seventh Ave.

The official announcement is scheduled for March 28. Until then we have this video for Star Wars fans.

More information has been released about the Heroes season finale:

Tim Kring, creator of NBC’s Heroes, revealed to SCI FI Wire that the first-season finale will comprise the last three episodes of the year, will bring all of the main characters together in New York—and will ultimately result in the death of one or more heroes. “The whole thing converges in New York, … and they’re all there, and all of them play a role,” Kring said in an interview at Wizard World in Los Angeles on March 17. “Even though some may feel like they’re less significant to the final event, when you analyze it, each one had to play that role in order for the final event to be solved, and so there really was a kind of destiny quality to them coming together and having each one fulfilling [one thing] and one specific role.”

Kring and company are completing the final draft of the season finale script—episode number 23, called “How to Stop an Exploding Man”—which goes into production in a week and is slated to air on May 23. Meanwhile, production has begun on the previous episode, “Landslide,” Kring said.

As for the deaths? All Kring will say is that people die, including main characters. “The thing is, people knew fairly early on [that they might not make it through the season],” Kring said of the cast members. “Everybody, every actor that we’ve spoken to. I mean, … we’ve spoken about this idea, that on this show the story is king and everybody is in service of that story. It’s not a star vehicle. No, the show does not live or die by any one character. And so every actor should realize that at some point their ticket might come up. It’s both sad and exciting at the same time.”



Kristin Dunst does not believe there will be a Spider-Man 4 in the near future:

At this year’s ShoWest in Las Vegas, Kirsten Dunst showed up to accept the ShoWest Female Star of the Year, and at the press conference that preceded the awards ceremony, the question on many minds was whether she would be willing to make another movie in the “Spider-Man” franchise.

“Well, I think Sam has dedicated so much of his life, like more than ten years, to the Spider-Man franchise with so much passion and love, the man is burnt out at this time,” she told reporters. “I think he needs a long vacation to put his creativity towards something else and then maybe we’ll revisit it. I told Sam that we should do a ‘Spider-Man 4’ that’s completely low budget–‘Evil Dead’ style–where Mary Jane has eight children with very little special effects and then we’ll get a whole new audience, we’d make a lot of money because it wouldn’t cost as much and everyone would go see it.”

When asked about the rumors that Sony is moving forward with a fourth movie with or without Raimi, Dunst was surprised that someone would even suggest it. “Do they want to give Sam Rami a heart attack? That’s evil. Sorry, that’s not happening any time soon. I would just say no for Sam’s sake so that he can have a break. We would all do it together because Sam, Tobey and I are a team now, but there’s no way it’s going to happen very soon. I just can’t imagine that. We don’t have the story to tell right now.”

After seeing Locke killing or destroying repeatedly in recent episodes, the latest episode of Lost had him destroy the sub which could have led to the freedom for at least one major character. The story line had him helping out Ben without realizing it, but ultimately JJ Abrams also needed to work out a plot twist to keep Jack from leaving.

Was anyone really surprised to see that it was Locke’s father behind that door? It should lead to some family reunion. At least this time Locke might have the upper hand in the relationship.

If you think all politicians sound the same, check out this web site. A Finnish member of parliament is running for reelection, and offers translation of his web site in Klingon. An English translation is also available, but what fun is that? That would be like reading Hamlet in English rather than the original Klingon. There were some problems in translating the site. For example, the Klingon language has no word for “tolerance.” At least they could still communicate with conservatives who have no need of such words.

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    mjr says:

    kirsten dunst is bellisima and great artist.

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