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My Hopes for Stargate: Origins, an Editorial

5 Aug

stargate originsBy Ed Sum (The Vintage Tempest)

The news arrived a few weeks ago during San Diego Comic-con (SDCC) about a prequel series for the Stargate franchise. Afterwards, I had to rewatch the movie, read the novels, see the entire television series to find clues to answer myself about what I loved from the franchise which defines the experience and maybe answer where Origins may go.

In the episode “Torment of Tantalus,” Catherine Langford (Elizabeth Hoffman) revealed how the science team managed to activate the wormhole transportation tube. She lost her fiancée, Ernest Littlefield (Paul McGillion) in those early experiments and I can see how the 10 episode series can expand on this central plot. No details were offered at SDCC other than Mark Ilvedson and Justin Michael Terry are attached to writing this pilot season. The only detail revealed is that it will revolve around the daughter of archaeologist Paul Langford (who discovered the mysterious metallic ring). The timeline is tight. Filming is supposedly starting in August.

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Where’s the Resurgence in Independence Day?

24 Jun

Independence-Day-2-posterBy Ed Sum (The Vintage Tempest)

* Spoiler Alert

Independence Day: Resurgence might be a lot more fun if Will Smith was back, or if Brent Spiner was given a larger role. As Dr. Brackish Okun, the kooky scientist, this character is very likeable. Unfortunately, he spent the last twenty years in a coma after he was freed from the tendrils of the alien, and in what he learned when the two mind-linked most likely could have helped develop better technology to fend off from the alien re-invasion. The governments who banded together to create a new defence force was ill prepared for anticipating what the next wave could do to their planet and they could have benefited from Okun’s knowledge.

They knew one year, they would come back. The planet Earth is rich with resources and is a target for any alien force. Whether their intentions are good or bad, only how this planet’s leaders react decides the fate for many instead of all. Unfortunately, one wrong call was enough to get the rest of the galaxy to notice.

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What Independence Day: Resurgence Means to Nerds, A Trailer Analysis

15 Dec

By Ed Sum (The Vintage Tempest)


Yes, the first Independence Day (ID4) is essentially a cheesy popcorn film extolling the virtues of what defines the American holiday. When looking at it in a broader perspective, it’s a story about bringing hope for the planet Earth. When aliens are out to pillage it for the resources and to exterminate the human race, humanity must gather to fight it. Enter Will Smith. He made this first movie a fun watch.

In Independence Day: Resurgence (ID42), he’s nowhere to be found. The story takes place 20 years later, and the explanation comes by way of a slickly made website, Warof1996.com, giving all the back story that’s needed before audiences flock to theatres to see what’s to happen next. I wonder when this trailer hits theatres, if this site will be well advertised?

A big deal fans of ID4 will ask is where is Smith’s character? The website reports:

While test piloting the ESD’s first alien hybrid fighter, an unknown malfunction causes the untimely death of Col. Hiller. Hiller’s valor in the War of ‘96 made him a beloved global icon whose selfless assault against the alien mothership lead directly to the enemy’s defeat. He is survived by his wife Jasmine and son Dylan.

Thankfully, stars Jeff Goldblum, Bill Pullman, Judd Hirsch, and Brent Spiner are back. Dylan will appear as a young man (now played by Jessie Usher) but his role is still to be determined. The trailer suggests he’s military at least.

Producer / director Roland Emmerich says this movie is a “reboot” of the franchise. If this new film does well, my hope is for spin-off products to emerge to fill out the back story in new ways. I’d love to see IDW Publishing print comic books, a video game company like Electronic Arts to create new flight simulators to recreate some of the epic air battles (or for Star Wars: Battlefront fans, combat scenarios) and maybe Palladium Books produce RPG material so fans can partake in reclaiming the Earth or taking on the next invasion!

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