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Don't Look Away - The Case for Tarsus
 2019-07-08 15:16:14 ET by Diane E. Van Hook

Every day, I hear more and more networks and production companies talking about this show or that getting rebooted. As a lifelong nerd, there more than a few shows that I wished had more time on the air but had gotten screwed over by the network because they didn’t understand or care about the show. *Cough* Firefly *cough*. As far as the new Star Trek movies goes, so far the only I’m hearing about anywhere close to production is the one helmed by Tarantino and I’m dubious about his take. If the production studios are going to continue trying to resurrect everything that made them money and they still want to focus on Kirk for the movies, then this story allows for it while taking into account Chris Pine’s role in future movies. To be fair, most of my knowledge of the events of this story come from the episode “The Conscience of the King” and fan theories. I haven’t read the tie-in or comic books, but I’m aware of who possibly ended up on the planet in question in the alternate timeline.

In the first season of the original Star Trek series, we learn about the massacre of Tarsus IV that took place twenty years prior. Tarsus IV, an Earth colony with a population of about 8,000, was struck by a devastating fungus. Agriculture destroyed, rations running out and a supply ship that would arrive too late. Kodos, the governor of the colony decides that in order to save the colony by determining through an unspecified eugenics standard, who will live and who will die. Thus earning him the name of Kodos the Executioner.

The supply ship due to the planet arrives earlier than scheduled but too late to stop the genocide of 4,000 men, women, and children. By the time his body is found in the aftermath, Kodos is burned beyond recognition and no positive identification is made. Only nine people alive can identify Kodos and one happens to be our intrepid captain of the Enterprise. I won’t go over what happens in the rest of the episode as I want to focus on this part of the plot.

Nothing of Tarsus IV is depicted in the canon episode and again, I haven’t read any of the books. The time frame of events is left vague between when the fungus hits and the discovery of the governor's “body”. No mention is made of why Kirk was present on the planet. The only things we really know are: he was a teenager at the time, he memorized Kodos’ announcement, and he knows some of the others who’ve seen Kodos.

Now, we could have a mirror story, where the present mission is similar to Tarsus IV and we flip back and forth between them. Or we could have the entire movie dedicated to the decline of the colony. This would be something I’d want Robert Rodriguez, Taiki Waititi, or Kenneth Branagh to direct. (If I wanted gore and disease and people exploding, then I’d look to Tarantino). I want to watch the peeled back layers of this onion to gut punch me in the worst way and make me cry at the beauty. In the new Alternate Universe movies, we know Kirk was a juvenile delinquent and frequently in trouble. In a society that probably avoids incarceration, especially minors, it wouldn’t be out of the ordinary for courts to have reform for troubled youths like community service. And you can’t get more troubled than an adolescent genius James T. Kirk with PTSD. I’d feel like the alternate Kirk would end up on Tarsus IV as some sort of rehab.

We could also answer a lot of questions with this script: how did Jim end up on Tarsus; where’s his family during this time; what’s the timeline of events between the fungus and the arrival of the supply ship; and what was his experiences during all this and if he was among the “worthy”. Other questions remain as well, but they can be answered by building the world and creating the characters. Whomever ended up writing the script, I’d hope they’d reach out to former refugees or survivors of genocide as consultants or are amongst the writers themselves. This isn’t an easy topic or an easy story, but it is one that needs to be talked about, confronted and brought into the light.

As unlikely as my idea is to be picked, it isn’t outside the vein of storytelling that these networks keep going back to. Going back to the tried and true fictions that made bank for them is obvious from a business sense. Except for the fact that they miss so many other story possibilities when they only focus on the stuff they know. They need to stop trying to do over “the good ol’ days”. Nostalgia can only take them so far, and those that come to them for entertainment will only see the same things as before. The audience will see a familiar story, and if they like it enough are willing to relive it. But others in the face of the familiar turn away and dismiss it, continuing on to look for something new, something they haven’t seen before. You can only make new the old so much. My advice: boldly go where no one has gone before.

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The Game of Thrones Backlash
 2019-07-06 05:38:54 ET by Claire Cooper

It's been close to fifty days since Game of Thrones' series finale hit the screens and since then, the Internet became crazy. Simple as that.

On one hand, die-hard fans of the show demanded a new conclusion in the form of a petition that already gathered more than 1.6 million signatures.

Here is the description of the petition: "David Benioff and D.B. Weiss have proven themselves to be woefully incompetent writers when they have no source material (i.e. the books) to fall back on.
This series deserves a final season that makes sense."

Click here to see the petition.

On the other, many shared their utter frustration on various social media, to such a point that some members of the cast and crew had to address the situation.

Actress Sophie Turner (Sansa) said the following, while promoting her new film Dark Phoenix: "It’s disrespectful to the crew, and the writers, and the filmmakers who have worked tirelessly over 10 years, and for 11 months shooting the last season. Like 50-something night shoots."

Meanwhile, original author George R.R. Martin also addressed the controversy:
"The Internet is toxic in a way that old fanzine culture and fandoms—comics fans, science fiction fans—in those days, was not. There were disagreements. There were feuds, but nothing like the madness that you see on the internet."

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Trailer of Orange is the New Black Final Season
 2019-06-26 15:25:23 ET by Jack Anderson

Netflix released just a few hours ago the trailer of the seventh and final season from Orange is the New Black.
Get ready for a very emotional ending.

Watch it below:

Orange is the New Black's final season arrives July 26.

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Stranger Things 3 Final Trailer
 2019-06-21 16:00:35 ET by Claire Cooper

Netflix released today the final trailer from the third season of Stranger Things. The highly anticipated new season will start streaming on July 4, 13 days from now. Get ready!

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New Trailer of Veronica Mars
 2019-06-15 06:09:46 ET by Jack Anderson

After the announcement video and the first teaser, Hulu has now released the first lengthy trailer from the new exclusive season of Veronica Mars.

Watch it below:

Thanks to Syldana for the info.

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Jessica Jones Season 3 begins June 14th
 2019-05-29 04:04:29 ET by Gruic

Jessica Jones season 3, the last instalment of Marvel on Netflix, will be release on june 14th.

You can watch the date announcement teaser below:

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First Teaser of Star Trek: Picard
 2019-05-26 16:15:00 ET by Jack Anderson

Amazon Prime released this week the first teaser from Star Trek: Picard.

Watch it below:

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INTERVIEW: The X-Files Virtual Season Producer
 2019-05-25 11:46:33 ET by Gruic

The X-Files last season ended last year on FOX. While the two-seasons revival started with groundbreaking ratings, the anticipation faded away and the number of viewers decreased over time. Simultaneously, lead actress Gillian Anderson announced that the 11th season would be her last, after having spent more than two decades portraying FBI Special Agent Dana Scully.
While the series showrunner Chris Carter first said he would never continue the series without her, he then changed his mind and announced that he would be willing to continue the series without her, making her an "absent center", similar to when David Duchovny left the series but was still a major part of the story in the series' ninth season.

But since then, Disney acquired 20th Century Fox, including the FOX network and now owns The X-Files franchise. The X-Files no longer being the money machine it once was, it is unsure if there would be an appetite from the studio to continue the series at present. What may probably happen, years from now, is either a reboot or a soft reboot, a continuation of the series but with a brand new era, similar to Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

But in this situation, what do the admirers from the saga do? Do they simply rewatch endlessly their favorite episodes? Is there more? Is the truth still out there?
A small group of fans decided to fight the future and continue the search for the truth with the production and release of a virtual season. Simply titled "The X-Files: Virtual Season 12", the group published their virtual season in a rather original form of scripts.

Published on their site Virtualseasons.x-sites as well as tvore's fanfics section, the twelve episodes became a success in The X-Files fandom, with over thousands of readers across the globe.

Following this well-deserved success, we teamed up with Adam Silva, the leader of the project, for an exclusive interview.

How did the idea of producing a virtual season come to fruition? Can you briefly introduce yourself and the team ?

- My name is Adam Silva and I’m a long-time X-Files fan ever since I was eight-years-old and saw the Pilot when it first aired in 1993, so I really grew up with it. I got the idea for a “virtual season” from fans of Millennium who carried on the series after its sudden cancellation with what they called Virtual Season 4. They wrote their “episodes” in script format. That’s very unique to fan fiction, which normally hadn’t interested me. I thought it would be fun to do the same thing for The X-Files after season 11 ended, since it’s most likely the last season. Looking for other interested writers, I posted on the Facebook group for The X-Cast: An X-Files Podcast, which is the main fan discussion group I’m a part of. Luckily, there were a few that wanted in. Namely, Michael Little, Stephen Lovins, Valerie Kelly, and South Thompson. Paislie Hedley also volunteered to do art work for our episodes, which was great. I was the “executive producer” of sorts, but it became a very collaborative group where everyone had input. Though we live in different places we have all become friends.

Collectively, what was the feedback on The X-Files revival (seasons 10 and 11) in the team?

- I think our group is reflective of the larger fan base where we liked the revival seasons to varying degrees. None of us had an extremely negative opinion, which I don’t think would have been helpful to our project.

Regarding the content, I liked how you manage to introduce back the character of John Doggett. How difficult was it to integrate the character ?

- We all love him. He’s the main character we wanted to bring back because he didn’t get to appear in the revival due to Robert Patrick’s scheduling conflicts. I’m told he’s the best character I write for, actually. It’s easy for me to find his “voice.”

You made an interesting choice writing episodes exaclty like scripts. Seems very challenging. Readers has responded positively ?

- Yes, I think most readers enjoy it. Scripts make it feel like an actual episode, as opposed to the normal format of fan fiction. And I find it preferable as far as my own writing.

Following the success of the 12th season, do you plan to produce a new virtual season?

- We are in the very early stages of something. It’s not a continuation of season 12, but it’s X-Files related.

What are your favorite shows besides The X-Files?

- Current favorite shows would be Better Call Saul, Star Trek: Discovery, American Horror Story, and the new Twilight Zone. All-time favorites besides The X-Files would include Breaking Bad, Millennium, and Fringe.

If you haven't read The X-Files: Virtual Season 12, here are the links to each of the twelve episodes:
Episode 1: Resurgence
Episode 2: Moloch
Episode 3: Graceland
Episode 4: Julieta
Episode 5: Clown Car
Episode 6: Memoria
Episode 7: Y
Episode 8: Mauvaise Eau
Episode 9: Tik-Tik
Episode 10: The Plains
Episode 11: Even
Episode 12: Person or Persons Unknown
Episode 13: Reckoning

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TONIGHT! The Series Finale from Game of Thrones
 2019-05-19 06:36:25 ET by Jack Anderson

Winter has come. And while many admirers of the Game of Thrones series do not want it to end, tonight, on HBO, the most highly anticipated series finale of all time will mark the final chapter in an eight-seasons series filled with castles, sword fights, dragons, revenges, laughters, melodies and yes, sex.

Since many fans want to stay entirely spoiler-free, we will not say a word about what you can expect from tonight's groundbreaking episode. That is why we have also decided not to share any trailer of the series until the episodes are finally released and everyone has had the chance to watch them.

But similar to Breaking Bad, who left audience longing for more, Game of Thrones will not stop there. Already two separate spin-offs have been kick off. But if there is one rule, it is that most spin-offs fail to recapture the magic of the original series.

Also, if you want to continue immersing yourself into the realm of the Seven Kingdoms, the best thing to do is to jump on the outstanding original novels from author George R. R. Martin. He recently released a book describing what took place in Westeros 300 years before the events from the Game of Thrones series.

Finally, after this almost decade-long journey we could only say good bye to the series in a tavern, with an ale and a song. This is The Rains of Castamere.

Good bye, Game of Thrones. Valar Morghulis.

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The X-Files Quotes
 2019-05-17 06:17:11 ET by Jack Anderson

Thanks to X-Philes from all over the world, we are glad to announce the release of The X-Files Quotes.

In the last months, we have been working hard developing a new module to add individual quotes from The X-Files. Later on, we gathered many quotes from the saga. We then asked the X-Philes to provide us with their favorite quotes, ensuring we cover many of the most memorable quotes.

Not only that, but quotes are organized in multiple pages and you can sort those by likes or date added.

Now, the page is online and we cannot wait for you to access it! Also, by joining us, you'll be able to add likes to your favorite quotes.

Click here to visit The X-Files Quotes.

We use this opportunity to thank the following X-Philes for their quotes:
- Jas,
- Jane Riley,
- PatriMS,
- Faby,
- Lena,
- Katie,
- DS09,
- Patricia Carvalho,
- Tina M Nimitz,
- AnnMarie Petrizzo,
- Stephsmartgal,
- elianA Souza,
- Mandy,
- Janet Zahnd,
- Rachel L,
- Penny Evans,
- Soledad,
- Scienceblue,
- Melissa,
- Vicky Williams,
- 1013sds,
- Paula Thompson.

And remember, the truth is out there.

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