Reasons To Be Excited In 2017

By all accounts, 2016 was a rough year. Fortunately, 2017 promises to be a lot better – or at the very least that’s what people are saying and blind faith is currently preferable to painful realism.

At the very least, in our geeky, little bubble, there are plenty of reasons to be excited about the forthcoming year – so many, in fact, that narrowing it down to 17 was a challenge but that is what has happened. Here are 17 things to get excited about this year.

Wonder Woman (2 June)

This is the first time that I’ve truly been excited for a project by the DCEU and I’m really hoping that they don’t screw it up. Just give us a female hero and let her be as bad-ass as she was originally written to be.

Beauty & The Beast (17 March)

Disney classic, music from my childhood, Emma Watson: what isn’t there to love about this movie? Even Gaston looks good (in a he-seems-to-be-a-more-well-rounded-character kind of way, don’t worry – it looks like he’s still a total bastard).

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Sense8 (5 May)

After the Christmas special at the end of December, I’m absolutely buzzing for this new season. Sense8 is hope and light but it’s also painful and terribly, terribly sad at times. Essentially, it’s the best thing being broadcast at the moment.

Spider-Man: Homecoming (7 July)

Sure, it’s the third reboot of this hero’s franchise but he’s still my favourite and I still can’t wait to see him again.

Cars 3 (14 July)

Never in a million years would I have thought that any member of the Cars franchise would be making it onto a list like this but… never say never. The first teaser trailer got me hooked and now I absolutely have to see it.

Coco (8 December)

I can’t talk about Cars 3 and miss out the other Pixar release for this year. Not a lot of people are talking about Coco at the moment but it’s about the Mexican Day of the Dead and that alone has me very interested. Plus, it’s Pixar – it’s going to be fantastic.

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Orange Is The New Black, Season 5 (June)

The last two episodes of the most recent season of Orange Is The New Black were viewed behind a curtain of tears which is basically the highest praise from me. They ended on a cliffhanger that I couldn’t stop thinking about for days. Dammit, now I’m thinking about it again.

Star Trek: Discovery (May)

I am a part of a new generation of Star Trek fans that jumped onboard after the Pine movies. That huge market is probably one of the main reasons that they decided to launch a new series and I am very grateful for that.

The Oscars (26/2)

Th glitz, the glamour, the terrible jokes: I live for this award ceremony. It’s the one night of the year that I can successfully pull an all-nighter so that I can watch the entire show all the way from England.

Stranger Things (TBC)

I don’t know where they’re going to go from the first season but I am more than happy to find out.

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Justice League (17 November)

My hopes for this movie are slightly lower than those for Wonder Woman but I’m trying to stay optimistic. Most of the characters seem great (with the exception of Batfleck) and if Warner Bros. can get their act together, this could be something amazing.

Hamilton, London (21/11)

I’ve adored this musical for the last year and it is finally coming to London! I won’t be able to afford tickets but at least I’ll be able to walk past the theatre…

Iron Fist (17 March)

Judging by Daredevil, Jessica Jones, and Luke Cage, this show is going to be amazing. What’s more, it’s the final piece of the puzzle before we get to…

The Defenders (TBC)

I love what Marvel are doing with their Netflix series and this seems like it’s going to be beyond amazing.

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Star Wars VIII (15 December)

My appreciation for the Star Wars franchise is an even more recent development than my enjoyment of Star Trek. For the first time, I will be waiting with anticipation alongside the other fanboys and fangirls.

Fast & Furious 8 (14 April)

I’m not going to pretend that these movies mean anything more to me than 2 hours of ridiculous stunts and cheesy one-liners but sometimes the world needs crazy stunts and cheesy one-liners.

Logan (2 March)

Is it weird that I feel a little bit scared of this movie? Like I know it’s going to be brilliant but I think that if Logan dies, a little part of my heart may also die.

So those are the 17 things that I am most looking forward to in 2017.

What are you looking forward to? Is there anything on my list that has you pointedly unenthused? Let me know in the comments.

Wait. Reboots Can Be A Good Thing…?

There is a problem in cinema with reboots. Rather than taking a risk on new, fresh content, studios prefer to churn out endless sequels, prequels and further franchise installments.

Whilst there’s definitely a stigma attached to the idea of reboots and I personally let out a little sigh of disappointment whenever I hear that another thing that I love is being remade, (can we just let Peter Parker grow up? Please!) sometimes reboots are a good thing.

Star Trek Beyond arrived in cinemas last week and it is amazing. I have loved the franchise since the first film in 2009 (which I was incredibly reluctant to watch) and there was no question about whether I was going to see this latest movie.

The new film series is the extent of my knowledge of the Star Trek franchise: I have never seen any of the series, I haven’t watched the original movies and I have gone nowhere near any of the books. That’s the beauty of reboots: they can be vexing for established fans but they offer an introduction for new generations. They create a black slate within intimidatingly complex worlds.

I can shake my head at Total Recall or Terminator: Genisys but for a lot of people, that was their first experience of those worlds and they really enjoyed them. When you have no real point of comparison or loyalty to some original screenplay, it really is just a new film and there at least a few elements in there that made the original so great.

Basically: fans’ speedy dismissal of reboots or remakes can be just as short-sighted as studios’ dismissal of original stories. Also, Star Trek Beyond is awesome.

Sulu’s Gay And It’s Okay?

This week the world found out that John Cho’s Sulu in the new Star Trek franchise is gay, making him the first openly gay character in the Star Trek universe. Obviously I was seriously pissed off when I first heard about this. Spoiler warning, anybody? Seriously though, there were people that were genuinely upset (when aren’t there?) and that included the original actor behind the character, George Takei.

Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter, Takei came out and said:

“I’m delighted that there’s a gay character. Unfortunately, it’s a twisting of Gene [Rodberry]’s creation, to which he put in so much thought. I think it’s really unfortunate.”

Simon Pegg (who plays Scotty and co-wrote the film) spoke to The Guardian yesterday and very respectfully disagreed with Takei, saying:

“I don’t believe Gene Roddenberry’s decision to make the prime timeline’s Enterprise crew straight was an artistic one, more a necessity of the time.”…”The viewing audience weren’t open minded enough at the time and it must have forced Roddenberry to modulate his innovation. His mantra was always ‘infinite diversity in infinite combinations’. If he could have explored Sulu’s sexuality with George, he no doubt would have. Roddenberry was a visionary and a pioneer but we choose our battles carefully.”

As far as celebrity arguments go, this has been the most polite, respectful and best articulated ones that I’ve seen in a long time but who do you agree with?

There is no doubt that whilst the film industry is slowly moving towards more diverse characters and that the sci-fi genre has been lacking in that respect.This is particularly crazy when you consider the fact that science fiction brings forth the craziest of plots in unimaginable landscapes but two boys kissing is just too out there.

Fascinatingly, the two sides of this argument agree on this key point and the only issue that seems to divide them is Roddenberry – the creator of the show. Sadly Gene Roddenberry died nearly 15 years ago so he can’t speak for what he envisioned for the character of Sulu but neither can Takei or Pegg.

Would he have wanted the character to be heterosexual? Was the character’s sexuality ever supposed to be a defining characteristic? We’ll probably never know but we do know Star Trek. It was the most racially diverse show on television when it began and that was something that Roddenberry had to push for.

Personally, I can’t imagine that a man so progressive in his thinking would have been incredibly bogged down by the sexuality of his characters. When slash fan fiction stories of Kirk and Spock began to appear, Roddenberry didn’t try to shut them down or deny the possibility, he commented:

“We never suggested in the series… physical love between the two. But it’s the… we certainly had the feeling that the affection was sufficient for that, if that were the particular style of the 23rd century.” (He looks thoughtful.) “That’s very interesting. I never thought of that before.”

Even if he never thought of Sulu in that way, I would like to imagine that he would also find it interesting.

What do you make of the Sulu sexuality reveal? Do you think that it’s disrespectful to Gene Roddenberry? Let me know in the comments.

Weekly Round-Up || Geek News

Happy Sunday everybody, it’s been an interesting week so far: teasers, trailers, casting news. There’s a lot to talk about so let’s just get into it.

Best Piece Of News

This week we got the first trailer for the second season of Mr. Robot. I’ve said it before but I’ll say it again: nowhere near enough people have watched the first season of this show. It’s intelligent, intense and entirely brilliant so if you haven’t watched it, give it a try. If you have watched it, I hope that this season 2 trailer looks just as amazing to you as it does to me.

Worst Piece Of News

For once we didn’t get any terrible news this week so I’m scraping the bottom of the barrel here. Toby Jones has been cast as a villain in Season 4 of Sherlock. Toby Jones is fantastic, Sherlock is fantastic, so what’s the cloud to this gleaming silver lining? We still have no air date for the season. The BBC are being typically tight-lipped about the whole affair and simply saying that it will hit screens in 2017. Just some time in 2017…

Most Bizarre Piece Of News

X-Men: Apocalypse released another featurette this week to promote their movie but it was very different to what you normally see. We see the character Jubilee lead the most 80’s advert for Xavier’s School for Gifted Youngsters and it’s brilliant.

And Everything Else…

  • New The BFG Trailer
  • Petition To Move Agent Carter
  • Description Of Powerless
  • Star Trek Teaser
  • Star Trek Trailer
  • Thor 3 Casting
  • Cap Hits $1 Billion

If those headlines weren’t quite the informative nuggets that you were looking for then you can find out more about all of those stories right here but until next time:

Have you seen Mr. Robot season 1? When do you think Sherlock will air? Will you be calling up Xavier’s School for Gifted Youngsters? Let me know in the comments.

What’s New? || Geek News

Happy Saturday, I hope that you’re a trekky because we’ve got quite a bit of Star Trek news this morning.

Star Trek Teaser

This week all of the TV networks have been doing their Upfronts which basically means that we get to see lots of cool stuff. Top of that list is the teaser for the upcoming Star Trek TV series. They’re promising: new crews, new villains, new heroes, new worlds and they reveal their gorgeous new logo. Check it out below:

New Star Trek Trailer

From the TV series to the film (Star Trek turns 50 this year – there’s a lot of it around). The second official trailer for Star Trek: Beyond was released a few hours ago and in my very biased opinion it is amazing. I’m always going to be excited when I see anything to do with the Star Trek movies but this one seems to be trying for some heavier themes and we watch as Kirk tries to figure out who he is. You can watch that trailer right here:

Thor: Ragnarok Casting

Karl Urban (who just so happens to play Bones in Star Trek – there’s no getting away from it!) and Jeff Goldblum have been cast in Marvel’s Thor: Ragnarok. Urban will be playing Skurge and Goldblum will be playing Grandmaster. Filming will begin this year and in the UK the film will be hitting screens October 27th of next year (a week ahead of the US release date).

Captain America Hits $1 Billion

Captain America: Civil War has become the 25th film to pass the $1 billion mark in worldwide sales. Whilst this isn’t exactly surprising, it is deserved. Captain America: Civil War is potentially the best film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and was worth every penny people spent seeing it.

X-Men: Apocalypse Teaser Is Ad For Xavier’s School

Even if I have mixed feelings about the film, I cannot fault its marketing techniques. This week the X-Men: Apocalypse film released a wonderfully 80’s advert for Xavier’s School fot Gifted Youngsters. Check it out:

That’s all today but if you want more then come back tomorrow morning for a full round-up of this week’s news. Until then:

Are you more excited for the Star Trek movie or the film? Have you seen Captain America: Civil War? Will you be calling up to join Xavier’s School for Gifted Youngsters? Let me know in the comments.

Weekly Round-Up || Geek News

It’s Sunday so first of all: congratulations for making it through another week. Also it’s the day that we review all of the things that happened over the week so let’s get into it:

Best Piece Of News

Alden Ehrenreich has officially been cast in the role of the young Han Solo in the upcoming spin-off movie. His casting has been the source of controversy because everybody had their opinion on who should have been given the role. Over the last few months, practically every young actor in Hollywood was rumoured as being in the running for the role so I’m just happy that it’s over. Will Alden be a good fit? We’ll find out in a couple of years.

Worst Piece Of News

As the Power Rangers movie that nobody asked for moves along in its production process, we are getting more information about it. This week saw the release of images of the new Power Ranger suits. Generally, I’m not crazy about them but the production designer has said that it’s not a suit but something alien that actually grows on them. Maybe that explains the breast plates – maybe – but why the wedges on the female rangers?

Most Bizarre Piece Of News

The sequel to Space Jam is definitely a thing now and they even have a director. Justin Lin, director of three of the Fast & Furious franchise is now signed onto to direct Space Jam 2 which will star LeBron James.

And Everything Else…

  • New Now You See Me 2 Trailer
  • Angel Takes On Nightcrawler
  • Infinity War Re-Titled
  • More Mystery Roles On Wolverine 3
  • New Mutants Characters
  • Intro To Apocalypse
  • Star Trek In Toronto

If those headlines weren’t quite the informative nuggets that you were looking for then you can find out more about all of those stories right here but until next time:

How do you feel about our new Han Solo? Do you even care about the Power Rangers armour? Space Jam 2: yay or nay? Let me know in the comments.

What’s New? || Geek News

Merry Tuesday everybody, so far this week things have been pretty quiet but I have still have things to share with you, so let’s get into it:

Justin Lin To Direct Space Jam 2

1996’s Space Jam is a film that I adore despite the fact that I have no interest in sports and zero knowledge of basketball. You wouldn’t think that Michael Jordan and the Looney Tunes would be a winning combo but they were. There have been talks of a sequel starring LeBron James and now that sequel has a director in the form of Fast and Furious 6‘s Justin Lin. As much as I am a fan of Justin Lin’s work I don’t know why they’re making a sequel in the first place (money..) and I don’t think that it’ll be great. I mean, of course I’m still going to see it.

X-Men: Apocalypse Featurette

If it wasn’t obvious from the title, the main villain the upcoming X-Men movie is Apocalypse – not the end of worlds but an actual guy (who arguably could be the end of at the very least, this world). If you wanted to learn a little bit more about him, they just released a featurette talking about the character and his role in the film which you can watch below.

Star Trek To Shoot In Toronto

A new series of the television series, Star Trek, will be coming to our screens in January of next year and is set to begin filming this Autumn. Yesterday, CBS took to Twitter and confirmed that the new series would be shot in Toronto, Canada.

That’s everything for today but we’ll back with more on Thursday. Until then:

Do you want a Space Jam sequel? Are you a fan of Apocalypse as a villain? Will you be watching the new series of Star Trek? Let me know in the comments.