Archive for March, 2022


Review by C.J. Bunce

Spider-Man: No Way Home is coming to DVD, Blu-ray, and 4K in two weeks, arriving April 12, and now available on “Early Access” Vudu, Movies Anywhere, and Prime Video.  The movie trailers last year already revealed the return of the best of the Spidey villains (including arguably the best of all Marvel Comics villains) with the incorporation of earlier Spider-Man movies’ Willem Dafoe as Green Goblin, Alfred Molina as Doctor Otto Octavius, Thomas Haden Church as Sandman, Jamie Foxx as Electro, and Rhys Ifans as Lizard.  But there are plenty more reasons to get this movie for home viewing–it’s available for pre-order on physical media now here at Amazon.

So for those who haven’t seen it yet (it didn’t approach the Avengers: Endgame box office so we know they’re out there), is it worth seeing, and how about the special features on digital, Blu-ray, and 4K?

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It seemed like a different world back then.  Waaaay back in July 2019 at San Diego Comic-Con we saw the first images of an unpredicted, unthinkable sequel to the 1986 classic Top Gun.  Top Gun: Maverick carries forward with Tom Cruise as Captain Pete Mitchell, call sign Maverick, still flying, and still with the same attitude.  Despite Cruise’s efforts to do his own stunts, Cruise didn’t get permission to fly the military’s jets in the new film, but the filmmakers appear to have done nice work splicing Cruise flying some other craft into the footage.

Directed by Joseph Kosinski (Oblivion), the film co-stars Jon Hamm (Baby Driver, Mad Men) and Jennifer Connelly (Labyrinth, Alita: Battle Angel).  The plot finds Maverick still training at fly school Top Gun, watching over his old pal Goose’s kid.

Wall Val Kilmer get any bigger appearance than in a photo on the wall?  Check out the new trailer for Top Gun: Maverick:

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Tekken is a fighting video arcade game franchise from Bandai Namco that premiered in 1994–one of the first fighting games to use 3D animation.  The game has gone through seven main games over the years, Tekken 3 (the one that gets named-dropped in Shaun of the Dead) notable as the third best-selling fighting game of all time behind two Super Smash Bros. games.  Tekken has seen several spinoff games, as well as movie adaptations, both in animated (Tekken: The Motion Picture and Tekken: Blood Vengeance) and live action (Tekken), form, and in comic book adaptations.  Netflix is bringing the next iteration of the franchise to life in the animated series Tekken: Bloodline–fans of the games will understand the “bloodline” reference.  Check out the first trailer for the series below.

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Review by C.J. Bunce

I’ve reviewed all six Firefly novels here at borg, all by but the fourth by James Lovegrove (Firefly: Big Damn Hero reviewed here, Firefly: The Magnificent Nine reviewed here, Firefly: The Ghost Machine reviewed here, and Firefly: Life Signs reviewed here, with the fourth by Tim Lebbon, Firefly: Generations reviewed here).  All make a good starting trajectory for Firefly to develop its own expanded universe beyond the first season.  British writer Una McCormack has created the latest novel in the series, Firefly: Carnival (available now here at Amazon).  Marking the sixth novel in the series, it seems like it’s time to find a way to up the stakes for these characters.

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All the multiverses of all the franchises continue to spread like wildfire this year.  It’s like every superhero and genre sensation have a new way to change their stars.  The next is Red Sonja, who is headed to her fifty-year anniversary in 2023.  Thanks to the world-altering events of Sonjaversal, Sonja turns to historical Japanese culture and lore in the pages of this summer’s Samurai SonjaEnter the Sengoku period of Japanese history in a time of near-constant war.  A new Sonja rises as the daughter of a slain samurai who takes on his sword and sets out to prove herself worthy of her family’s legacy.

Check out the first cover variants and character designs below, courtesy of Dynamite Entertainment.

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Star Trek: Discovery–Adventures in the 32nd Century is a new comic book series from IDW Publishing spotlighting the characters of Star Trek Discovery.  As seems quite appropriate the first issue begins with a first-person perspective of Grudge, Book’s large fluffy cat.  What is life like as a cat aboard the Discovery?  Frequent Star Trek writer Mike Johnson offers a perfectly crafted introduction to this very opinionated star of the series with artist Angel Hernandez bringing her to life on each page.

Take a look inside at a preview of the first issue of Star Trek: Discovery–Adventures in the 32nd Century below.

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Review by C.J. Bunce

At $6.5 billion in sales, Halo, the 77th biggest media franchise, is nothing to sneeze at.  So what took the video game franchise so long to make it to a major live-action production?  It was just stuck in development stages.  But for both those who never played the games and those who have, Halo is now a live-action series joining sci-fi’s Star Trek franchise on Paramount+.  The series opener is full of all the pew-pew action you’d expect of a first-person shooter game.  Neither a continuation, adaptation, or prequel to the games, the show is meant to be a standalone world.  It’s Lost in Space meets Ender’s Game and Star Wars: The Clone Wars, with similar plotting to Dune and Gears of War, a non-human threat like Ender’s Game and Starship Troopers, a 26th century mad scientist’s super squad with Edge of Tomorrow armor and guys in them that talk and stomp around like Jayne in Firefly.

Fortunately the pilot comes together like the short mini-series that touched off the successful Battlestar Galactica reboot.  Yes, this is a military sci-fi genre series to check out, and one you’ll likely return for next week.

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Review by C.J. Bunce

Star Wars: The Clone Wars movie and the series that followed is the subject of a new episode guide and look behind the scenes from the creators that made it happen.  Star Wars: The Clone Wars–The Official Collectors Edition chronicles the original six seasons of the animated series, the final 2020 seventh season, and it features interviews about the creation of characters by George Lucas and his team that continue to get fleshed out in live-action series and movies.  Take a look inside this new book below–it’s available for pre-order now here at Amazon.

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Review by C.J. Bunce

It’s been 16 years since we last saw the Serenity crew on the big screen.  If you’re like me, you’ve been enjoying every new Firefly tie-in novel since the first debuted in 2018, including Big Damn Hero (reviewed here), The Magnificent Nine (reviewed here), The Ghost Machine, reviewed here–all by James Lovegrove–and earlier this year Tim Lebbon’s Generations (reviewed here).  Lovegrove is back again with the fifth novel in the series, Firefly: Life Signs, now available here at Amazon.  Each novel in essence is a new hour-long episode of sorts that continues the story of Mal Reynolds and his crew after that first–and only–season of the TV series.  Just like a TV series, Firefly: Life Signs is a play on tropes from decades sci-fi history.

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Review by C.J. Bunce

We knew Steve Martin was funny from his stand-up comedy, comedy LPs, and Saturday Night Live before his long career as comedic actor.  But he stands apart for that unique physical comedy that made films like The Jerk, Roxanne, and Housesitter comedy hits.  Why bring up Steve Martin?  Because nobody has done that kind of humor as well until Alan Tudyk found his role of a lifetime as the title character in Resident Alien Tudyk may have acquired his sci-fi street cred by co-starring in fan favorite mega-hits like Firefly and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, but Resident Alien is really his first starring role, and his first chance to truly shine.

But it’s not just Tudyk that makes Resident Alien a series that’s here to stay.

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