powered_by.png, 1 kB
Home arrow Entertainment arrow Dark Gallery arrow Hardware & Bug-Eyed Monsters: Good Times for Space Opera Fans
Hardware & Bug-Eyed Monsters: Good Times for Space Opera Fans PDF Print E-mail
Written by Written by Joe Sherlock   
Apr 29, 2005 at 02:00 AM
Article Index
Hardware & Bug-Eyed Monsters: Good Times for Space Opera Fans
Page 2
I love sci-fi flicks - more specifically I like sci-fi adventure flicks - the kind of space operas that harken back to the Flash Gordon serials chock full of spaceships, weird alien worlds, weird aliens, robots and grand adventure. As a child of Star Wars (it came out when I was 9), I grew up loving the series and all manner of rip-offs and other space adventures riding the wave of success it created. Everything from Buck Rodgers in the 25th Century on NBC to Jason of Star Command on CBS Saturday mornings to the string of Roger Corman sci-fi flicks like Battle Beyond the Stars, Galaxy of Terror, Forbidden World and Space Raiders.

We're on the cusp of a great spring/summer to be a fan of such movies. Steven Spielberg, the man behind such science fiction classics as E.T. and Close Encounters of the Third Kind will be unleasing his take on H.G. Wells' WAR OF THE WORLDS. This time the star is Tom Cruise, playing some sort of blue collar worker unlike the scientist lead of the previous film. It's a full-scale invasion by alien beings and all of humanity is their target. At the time of this writing we have yet to see the aliens in full, but their sucker-tipped fingers can be seen gripping the planet earth in various teaser images. I have high hopes for some cool flying saucers and creepy monsters from another world! At this moment, the movie is scheduled to be released on June 29, 2005.

THE HITCHHIKER'S GUIDE TO THE GALAXY has long been a humorous pleasure for the sci-fi lover. It's a story that is at once absurd and yet contains a bizarre collecction of aliens, robots and ships while somehow managing to explore "big ideas" as many serious and daring science fiction tales have historically done. In Buena Vista Pictures' big screen version, Arthur Dent (Martin Freeman) realizes that his house is about to be demolished and learns from Ford Prefect (Mos Def), his friend (who is really an alien), that the whole Earth is going to be destroyed in order to build an intergalactic highway bypass. Luckily, they are able to escape by hitchhiking on a passing spaceship with their handy copy of the book The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. From there they meet a depressed robot, a 2-headed adventurer and all manner of weirdness. Author Douglas Adams passed away within the last couple of years, but he had been working on the screenplay for this, a long-awaited adaption of a sci-fi favorite. As of this moment, the movie is scheduled for a, April 29, 2005 release date.

Perhaps the longest-awaited sci-fi adventure flick ever is STAR WARS EPISODE III: REVENGE OF THE SITH. At last after years of speculation, tidbits of info, nerdy inferences based on careful triangulation of obscure details, etc. the true story of Anakin Skywalker's final transformation into Darth Vader will be shown on the big screen. Star Wars forever changed my life - I mean it. The wide-eyed wonder with which I watched that very first movie at the Eric II Theater in Pennsaukin, New Jersey with my family that hot summer day in 1977 made me a lifelong fan of space opera, especially ones populated with weird-looking aliens, robots and the like. Geeks will know well of the retitling of Return of the Jedi, initially called Revenge of the Jedi. A poster was even produced that went to fan club members before the title was changed. Those Revenge of the Jedi posters are a rare thing indeed. Apparently Lucas changed the title because he realised that Jedis don't take revenge. At least the 'good' ones don't. As of this moment, the movie is scheduled to open on May 19, 2005.

User Comments

Comment by Jennylee on 2016-04-15 04:00:33
Whoa, things just got a whole lot easire.

Comment by Chuck on 2016-04-16 11:22:16
This was so helpful and easy! Do you have any areiclts on rehab?

Comment by Morrie on 2016-04-16 17:29:01
This could not posblsiy have been more helpful! http://xsgkuhoqduj.com [url=http://tanbjpghz.com]tanbjpghz[/url] [link=http://zzdmflwyciq.com]zzdmflwyciq[/link]

Comment by Brenley on 2016-04-18 12:05:00
One or two to rebremem, that is.

Comment by Emberlynn on 2016-04-19 02:01:21
If you wrote an article about life we'd all reach eninghtenmelt. http://qcjdqdddx.com [url=http://zbppdwstd.com]zbppdwstd[/url] [link=http://gcxwjcpqp.com]gcxwjcpqp[/link]

Comment by JimmiXS on 2016-08-10 01:47:03
yIRL1z http://www.FyLitCl7Pf7kjQdDUOLQOuaxTXbj5iNG.com

Comment by Kendrick on 2016-08-30 18:15:10
Your account's overdrawn

Comment by Andrea on 2016-08-30 18:15:11
I'm a trainee

Comment by Irving on 2016-08-30 18:15:13
I'm retired

Comment by Marvin on 2016-08-30 18:15:14
A jiffy bag

Mambo is Free Software released under the GNU/GPL License.