After weeks of rumors, J.J. Abrams has announced that Zachary Quinto, of Heroes will play Spock in the upcoming Star Trek movie. Leonard Nimoy will also make an appearance as an older Spock–I wonder if we’ll find out how those negotiations with the Romulans went. Recently there have been reports that William Shatner has said that Nimoy would appear but he would not. There has been speculation that Kirk’s death in Star Trek Generations prevented the movie from showing an older Kirk. in Abrams now says that Shatner will likely appear.
What if Trekies ruled the world? Worth 1000 has a series of pictures to show what it would be like.
Last week Doctor Who returned to New New York for the biggest traffic jam ever. The key moment at the end was when the Face of Boe informed The Doctor that he is not alone. By the way, anyone find any resemblance between Boe and another character? This week Doctor Who takes place in old New York as the Daleks invade Manhattan. It has also been announced that the third season DVD might be available as early as November. Torchwood, a spin off of Doctor Who, will be available on DVD in January, but will also air later this year on BBC America.
Howard Gordon, Executive Producer of 24, was interviewed by If Magazine. Previously I questioned the idea of having part of the show take place in Africa, wondering how Jack could travel between the United States and Africa without it taking up much of the 24 hours of the show. It turns out that they were going to break with the format and skip ahead twelve hours:
“We were going to do a time jump twelve hours ahead and have Jack Bauer in Africa for a couple of hours in real-time and then jump it forward long enough to get back to America,” says Gordon. “So we were going to defy the real-time thing.”
I would think that this would be a bad idea, unless the Africa story was really good. It turned out the story wasn’t that good and it was cut. i wouldn’t mind a change from the format of the entire show taking place in 24 hours, but it sounds like cheating to continue the format except for one gap. I’d like to see them try something different from the real time stories, such as have the show take place over 24 days or weeks instead of one day, which is very limiting to plot development. Another possibility would be to have each episode cover events in a single but different one day period.
The next season will be shot in Los Angeles but will be portrayed as occurring elsewhere, most likely Washington D.C. It will take place three years after the events of last season, leading to a contradiction with the real time idea:
“The show picks up roughly three plus years later,” says Gordon (even though technically, isn’t Bauer about 65 at this point?) “Time has a very metaphorical quality on 24. Even though it’s real time, the distance technically would be fifteen years older than when Kiefer started. We obviously don’t play it that way, it’s funny, even [Director/Executive Producer] Jon Cassar and I have a running argument that it’s actually 2015 on the show and that accounts for some of the science fiction conceits. But it really takes place in a nebulous, near future present. We have one of the most rigorously literal time things on a TV series, yet we are the most loose-jointed about it [in between seasons].”
Mary Lynn Rajskub will return as Chloe O’Brian. There will also be a female President, played by Cherry Jones. CTU is gone, but the old set may become the Washington FBI office.
There’s much more to say about Harry Potter, but I hear that there are a handful of people around the world who have not finished reading it yet. I’ll give them a little longer before writing a post full of spoilers on the conclusion of the series.