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This Week in Geek 2/12/2010 - Sith TV, Smallville Poems and Twins on a Rampage

[Pic of the week from OddballComics]

Stan Lee must have read last week's TWiG and got scared of becoming irrelevant because he's teaming up with Archie comics to produce a comic book and television series called "Super Seven" with him playing a major role. The press release says, "It’s the story about seven aliens who find themselves stranded on planet Earth after their spaceship crashes, only to be befriended by none other than Lee himself.  Taking them under his care, Lee becomes their leader and enables them to resume their lives as superheroes on earth." How do aliens "resume their lives" on Earth as superheros? Does that mean they were superheroes in space? And how does being a geriatric comic book writer qualify one to be a leader to a bunch of aliens? I doubt these questions will be answered, but Excelsior true believers! On with the news...
  1. TOSSUP: Which home theater would you rather have: The bridge of the Star Trek Enterprise or Chancellor Palpatine’s office from Star Wars III: Revenge of the Sith? [GeekTyrant]
  2. I've expressed my doubts about Don Cheadle being able to play War Machine in Iron Man 2 and its nice to know I'm not alone. In an interview the director, Jon Favreau, said, "Don's a guy I understand, but he makes choices that I don't always understand. But now, just wrapping up a week ago and seeing how he finished off this performance and how he arced it through...He didn't allow Rhodey to be a two-dimensional supporting character." It made me realize Don could play the character against type, so now I'm excited about it. It's too bad he refuses to do a War Machine spin-off.
  3. Disney is so excited about Tron: Legacy, the sequel to the 80s computer film, that they've already started making plans for a Tron television series, called Warriors of Tron for 2011/2012. TOSSUP: Would you rather watch a Tron show if it was live-action or animated? [Geektyrant]
  4. Here's my Haiku review for Smallville Absolute Justice, about Clark meeting up with the members of the disbanded superhero group the "Justice Society of America":
    Bright lights bring smiles
    Cold villain and men bring yawns
    A poor man's Watchmen
    OVER\UNDER: Based on the success of this show, there will be five more Smallville specials in the next year.
  5. Tim Burton, when talking about the creepy twins Tweedledee and Tweedledum from his upcoming Alice in Wonderland film said, "...Any kind of twins. There's always something scary about them, in a way. Or there can be." I'm going to start a campaign to flood the premiere with twins so we can watch Tim Burton freak out. Email us at [email protected] if you're in.
  6. TOSSUP: Twilight werewolf star Taylor Lautner has signed on to star in the movie based on the 80s rubber toy "Stretch Armstrong." The plot is described as "an uptight spy who inadvertently exposes himself to a formula that allows him to physically stretch his body to great lengths. With his new found ability, the spy is forced to not only re-adjust to everyday life, but also to rethink his own crime-fighting tactics." Which is scarier: the casting or the plot? [SplashPage]
    ODDSMAKERS: What are the odds that the 18-year-old actor will still be playing a teenager at 33-year-old like Jason Earles on Hanna Montana?
Happy Anniversary:
  • Feb. 9, 1995 - Space Shuttle astronaut Bernard A. Harris, Jr. becomes the first African American to perform a space walk, thirty years after the first in 1965. In 2008, he appeared in Microsoft's "I'm a P.C." ad campaign.
  • Feb. 11, 1938 - BBC Television produces the world's first ever science fiction television program, a 35-minute adaptation of a section of the Karel Capek play R.U.R. (Rossum's Universal Robots) , which coined the term "robot" for its artificial biological humans enslaved by humanity. In 2009, the television show Dollhouse names the evil mega-corporation Rossum Corp.
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  1. 1. The Enterprise. Flying through space with a big-screen TV...it doesn't get better than that.
    2. I think Don Cheadle is going to surprise a lot of people. He's a more versatile actor than he appears.
    3. Meh. TOSSUP - Animated. It seems easier.
    4. Great haiku. Terrible show. UNDER: Maybe only two.
    5. I resent that. Although it's true, twins can be creepy. I'm in on that premeire deal.
    6. The plot. I mean, really, it's okay for what it is, but can't we just let it go? ODDS: 10%, movie will most likely flop.

  2. 1. The Cancellors office. That way if someone tries to change the channel you can,"Are you threatening me Jedi?" and whip out your lightsaber remote control.
    2. He would certainly surprise me.
    3. I would actually love to see it in live action.
    4. Over: One thing Smallville loves to do is bring in more guest stars.
    6. Taylor Lautner is probably the worst casting for an even worse film. Everyone knows if you're going to do Stretch Armstrong you need to cast Will Smith.
    90% Taylor will play a teenager for the rest of his life since he has those boyish features. He and Ricky Schroder will one day do a reunion tour.

  3. A friend of mine mentioned 2012 last night to me and it's the first I heard about it so I jumped on here out of curiosity. I think it's kind of sick and sounds like a bunch of skeptical jargon.
    I choose to live every day like it is the last because let's be real, WHO THE HELL KNOWS what is going to happen or when it's your time to go on. The past is history, the future is a mystery and now is a gift, thats why it's called the present. It's not healthy to sit around and trip out about when you will die. Stop wasting your time you have now.
    ]eschatology 2012
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  4. @Anonymous Thanks for your thoughts about 2012 and we agree with them. But, this post had nothing to do with the movie 2012 or the doomsday theories. Kind of an odd place to link drop.


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