From September 8, 1966 to May 13, 2005, the once humble, now-colossal "Star Trek" franchise produced six different television programs, with a sum total of 725 episodes, many of which are considered some of the best drama ever created for network television. Such classics as “The City on the Edge of Forever”, “The Best of Both Worlds”, “Tapestry”, “Chain of Command”, “Space Seed”, “The Sacrifice of Angels” and others often make “best episode” lists of many kinds, alongside the most-revered segments of "The Simpsons," "MASH," "The Twilight Zone," "I Love Lucy," "All in the Family," "Lost" and "The Wire." While any top ten list is difficult, choosing ten exemplary hours from 725 episodes is nearly an impossible task.
But Impossible is my middle name (Well, actually, it’s not, but, you know, whatever. It’s not Tiberius either. Let’s get on with this.).
It’s very apparent, to anyone who’s analyzed his work to any degree, that living comic book legend Grant Morrison loves the human race and wants us to be the greatest versions of ourselves that we can be. "The Invisibles" builds, over the course of three separate series, into a crescendo of salvation for the human spirit, creating not a technological but a spiritual singularity that would make Eckhart Tolle blush. "All-Star Superman" culminates with the titular Last Son of Krypton making the ultimate sacrifice – at least for now – as Lex Luthor realizes the value of the interconnectivity of the human race. "The Filth" wraps up as a reimagined millennial Gaia is approached by the desperate lead, who is literally clutching the “filth” his life has become, asking what to do with it. Telling him to turn lemons into lemonade, she tells him to “spread it on [his] flowers”.
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Does anyone remember "Hannibal Rising"? The 2007 film from director Peter Webber (based on a screenplay from the character's creator, Thomas Harris), was an origin story for the erudite, cannibalistc serial killer, giving us everything from Nazi nemeses to a tortured love story (and even an unfortunate visual callback to the iconic mask from "Silence of the Lambs" because how could they not).
"Hannibal Rising" represented all of the worst instincts of a prequel: the need to over-explain, the strip all mystery of mystique away from a character until you're left with the detailed scribblings in the margins of a writer's notebook ("and here's where the character learns to love fava beans"). It's the same instinct that gives us an unnecessary explanation for Superman's "S" shield and tortured noodling about in the first two-thirds of the "Halloween" remake where we learn that Michael Meyers had what could be called a troubled home life.
Which is what makes NBC's "Hannibal" not only refreshing, but quite smart: it never seeks to "explain" this enigmatic and charming monster--well, not directly, at least.
Over the past year, writer Bryan Q. Miller and a rotating team of artists have been slowly building the universe of "Smallville" into its own, far-reaching superhero continuity in the "Smallville Season 11" digital-first comics series.
In August, that reach will extend a little bit further. "Smallville Season 11" #16 will introduce one of the DC Universe's top-tier characters into the mix, and while she may not necessarily play the role she does in the New 52, she's sure to shake things up. I asked Miller what's in store, and just who this character, a princess from an island, if you were wondering, is.
On Monday May 6, our own Alex Zalben wondered if Hans Zimmer buried a subtle reference to John Williams' legendary score from the 1978 "Superman" film (and every "Superman" movie that followed, except "Man of Steel"). Well it seems Bobby Roberts at GeekRemixed was wondering the same thing and decided to put his geeky remixing talents to work by creating this stunning mash-up of both Williams' famous score and Zimmer's newly-release tunes from the Zack Snyder-directed "Man of Steel."
You can listen to the remix, "Last Sons" after the jump. Then you can cry for the rest of life because it's powerful stuff.
Avid DC readers have seen Batman and Superman thrown together in a lot of contexts, but most times, they're quite familiar with each other.
In writer Greg Pak and artist Jae Lee's new series "Batman/Superman," launching June 5, it won't be like that. Readers will see the first-ever meeting between the two heroes and, at least at first, they won't be super friendly.
I took a few minutes to chat with Pak about what's in store for the pair.
Actor John Noble has spent a good chunk of the past decade or so appearing in projects nerdy fans love. He was Denethor in the "Lord of the Rings" movies, Dr. Walter Bishop on "Fringe," even a Transformer. But he hadn't dipped into the world of superheroes until now.
In the new DC Animated Feature "Superman: Unbound," Noble takes on the role of Brainiac, the evil, alien-AI force that shrank the Kryptonian city of Kandor and put it in a bottle. Now that the movie is available on Blu-ray, DVD, on-demand, and as a digital download, I spent a few minutes on the phone with Noble to ask how he got involved in the movie, how he prepared to play such an evil character, and what science fiction means to him.
When 'Man of Steel' was first announced... And it was further announced that Hans Zimmer would be doing the score, geek music aficionados around the grabbed their Superman dolls with terror. Say what you want about the first five Superman movies, but John Williams theme is untouchable.
Then a bit of Zimmer's score was revealed in the most recent trailer, and we all breathed a sigh of relief; because his new theme is good. Very, very good. Except, on listening to the official, dialogue-less track, it seems Zimmer may be paying subtle reference to Williams' score after all!