2015 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2015 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 17,000 times in 2015. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 6 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

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Big AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. Tie-In to Movie Universe? Uh, Not So Much…

SifSHIELDRemember all the hype about how Marvel’s AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. would be set in the same universe as the Marvel movies and we could expect events from the big and small screen to at least have an influence on each other? Well, Marvel is now backing away from that idea.

Take last week’s guest appearance on MAoS by the Lady Sif (Jaimie Alexander), a major player in Thor’s movie series. Like most people, I expected this to be a major event, not merely ratings-bait stunt casting — especially since Sif was to go up against Lorelei, the sister of the Enchantress, who is expected to be one of the baddies in the eventual Thor 3 movie.

Perhaps Enchantress might be angry about her little sister’s treatment on the TV show? Don’t hold your breath…
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Wow, Those ‘GoT’ Dragons Got Big!

This trailer for HBO’s GAME OF THRONES does a good job of making season four look exciting! (Oh, and Daenerys… sigh)

My favorite part is Cersei (Lena Heady) asking the eternal question, “What good is power if you cannot protect the ones you love?” That’s the problem classic Superman wrestled with in the comics. (In the movie Man of Steel? Not so much…)

Be watching on April 6!

S.H.I.E.L.D. Adding More Comic Book Characters

esatineQuick on the heels of announcing a guest shot by Lady Sif, Marvel has confirmed that AGENTS OF SHIELD will soon feature another Asgardian — the troublemaking sorceress Lorelei — and a homicidal cyborg known as Deathlok — who will have a familiar face.

You didn’t think that SHIELD went to the trouble of casting a recognizable face in the throwaway role of Mike Peterson in the AoS pilot for nothing, did you? J. August Richards — known to many as Gunn from ANGEL — will play Deathlok, a character created back in the 1970s, a half-human killing machine who just might herald the resurgent threat of Centipede.
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Is it Time to Dial the Stargate Once Again?

stargate941This is a classic “Good News, Bad News” scenario. The Good: Stargate is coming back. The Bad: It’s coming back as a rebooted movie trilogy from original director Roland Emmerich. Oh, and additional Bad News: Emmerich has been talking about a follow-up for years.

Emmerich told Digital Spy:

“We went to MGM, who has the rights, and proposed to them to do a sequel, but as a reboot… and reboot it as a movie and then do three parts. Pretty soon we’ll have to look for a writer and start.”

Now, I give Emmerich props for getting the whole Stargate thing off the ground with the original 1994 movie. Kurt Russell and James Spader were great in their roles and the flick was enjoyable enough, but ultimately did not come close to living up to the potential of the premise. (This will be a completely new version without Russell or Spader — Emmerich said, “The actors look completely totally different… it would not work.”)
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U.S. Government Admits Area 51 Exists

area51Who says the Obama Administration isn’t transparent? It has just released a formerly classified report that finally acknowledges that Area 51 actually exists! Or, to be more precise, did exist.

Everyone knows the place is there, just outside Las Vegas, but the government has always officially refused to acknowledge it is an official testing facility — for the U-2 spy plane, not the hiding and study of crashed UFOs and alien corpses. (Governments can only be so transparent!)
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