The Prequel to “The Bells of Saint John”

Steven Moffat has done it again: He’s gone and created a wonderful prequel, this one for the second half of season seven — specifically the first story back, “The Bells of Saint John.” This piece has many things going for it: It’s short; it’s charming; and it provides another hint about the nature of Jenna-Louise Coleman’s Clara.

I love Matt Smith’s performance in this — all melancholy about “losing” Clara so soon after really losing Amy and Rory. And there’s just something about the way his 11th Doctor sparks with children; it’s a wonderful connection for a Doctor to have.

Don’t miss “The Bells of Saint John” this Saturday at  8 p.m. on BBC America.

Blood & Chrome Demoted to Web Series

Whatever happened to the promised BATTLESTAR GALACTICA prequel series, BLOOD & CHROME, set to follow a young Bill Adama’s adventures during the early years of the first Cylon War? Apparently, it’s been shot down.

Once envisioned for TV, the series pilot will now be seen online, and then aired on SyFy at a later date. In an effort to revive interest in the long-under-the-radar series, a trailer was released. And, frak me, what a trailer it is! It’s packed with pulse-quickening action that will leave any space opera fan drooling.

Unfortunately, NBC-Universal has been hunting down the trailer with the relentlessness of a cylon, so I have to link to the good people at GeekTyrant, who still have the clip up and running.
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The Thing is Coming!

I’m very excited to find a bona fide trailer for The Thing – no, not the 1982 John Carpenter film, but rather a new prequel to that particular horror classic. I know, it’s confusing to use the same title, but it could have been worse, had it been granted a typical Hollywood prequel title. Would you pay to see something called, say, “The Thing: The Freezing“?

This prequel is set just before Carpenter’s flick, and explains what happened at the Norwegian camp where the alien lifeform was actually discovered. (Carpenter fans will recall his movie opening with the Norwegian helicopter chasing the Thing in dog form.) The new film stars Mary Elizabeth Winstead (Death Proof) as American paleontologist Kate Lloyd, who is called in to consult when Norway’s Antarctic researchers find some…thing really strange in the icepack.

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