Saturday, February 28, 2009

Engine Repaired

So last week somebody on the staff managed to pick up a virus and pass it on to everyone else. Damage was kept to a minimum, we think. However, if anyone comes across any missing images or videos please let us know so we can correct it.

Bad news is we lost articles we were working on because stupid us, we hadn't wrote them on but in Microsoft Word instead. So give us sometime and we'll get you some new content.

Back To Space We Go, Hope To See You There!

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Check Out Our Squidoo Lenses

Howdy patrons, just wanted to let y'all know that we here at the Galaxy Junkyard haven't forgotten about you, we've just been a little busy working on our Squidoo lenses.

And since we've done all this hard work, we would appreciate it if you checked some of them out. Just click on the titles below to check them out.


The Greatest Sci-Fi Show Ever

The Best Weapon In Science Fiction

**Meet The Man That Started The Galaxy Junkyard**


Monday, February 9, 2009

Economy May Hurt Sci-Fi Entertainment

Okay so let's cut the scope of this article down to futuristic space operas/dramas are in trouble. (Science Fiction as a whole will be fine, mostly because of the sub-genres Horror and Fantasy.)

We all know it is very expensive to produce a TV show; sets have to be built, writers and actors to be paid, and advertising to be performed to draw a crowd. Unfortunately it costs a lot more to do a Science Fiction show based in outer space or in the future, because besides the normal sets (which are more extensive in themselves), a lot of computer graphics also come into play and that's where a lot of money ends up being spent.

Even before the economy down slide studios were cutting these shows because of cost. Some prime examples are Dark Angel, Space Above And Beyond, Futurama, and our favorite show all time FIREFLY.

Now unfortunately even shows that have made it two, three, even five years are looking at an end. Battlestar Galactica is in its final season, there are currently no new Star Trek TV series, and though FOX hasn't admitted it just yet, we are probably seeing the final season of The Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles.

The only gleam of hope at the moment for this brand of entertainment is the upcoming Stargate Universe series that will be airing on the SciFi Channel.

The effects of the economy are not only affecting the small screen, but the silver screen as well. As studios look into what should be cut back it's almost a guarantee that space operas are to be dropped, just for the simple fact that they do not produce the same results stupid fart joke movies do.

The much anticipated Halo movie has already become one such casualty in this time of economic crisis, and thus lays the foundation of many other movies to be shelved.

But we can always hope for a huge economic surge towards the better, one that will allow studios to go ahead with plans to make those shelved movies, someday we may yet get our Halo, along with others like Gears of War, Robotech, or any other space opera our minds can imagine.

And here's hoping. -GJ

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Foundation - The Movie

If you call yourself a fan of science fiction than Isaac Asimov's book "FOUNDATION" is a must read. Although if you're lazy and rather watch a movie based on a book then you just have to wait a couple more years.

Sony has announced that they have bought the rights to produce the movie and will turn the reigns over to director Roland Emmerich (2012).

Foundation, an excellent book, is probably one that shouldn't be made into a movie. For one thing, time moves very rapidly and each time time moves forward we get a whole new cast of characters, with the exception of Hari Seldon who appears in videos after the first act in the book.

The plus is if the conversion from print to film is a success, there is another six books to convert, but we won't hold our breath. - GJ

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Star Wars Finally For Adults

The Star Wars universe makes the jump into the horror genre this October with the release of "DEATHTROOPERS" by Joe Schreiber. The only other known detail at this time is that the book will be released in paperback.

Cover art alone makes us want it, but what about you?

Graphic Novels To Big Screen

So are you tired of seeing graphic novels on the big screen? We sure as heck are. Over the past few years studios have been pumping them out as fast as they could, and there just doesn't seem to be an end in sight.

Films like 300, Sin City, The Spirit, and soon to be released Watchmen are just a few that have been released. The problem here is all the movies are almost identical to one another. They're all filmed with a generic style, and in most cases are shot in a grey scale. There is nothing pleasant about watching these movies.

Yes we know the graphic novels were superb, in fact we enjoyed the novels for 300 and the Watchmen, but as movies they are not the same.

Because everyone has to be so P.C. in today's world the novels have been greatly edited for content. If they were to be filmed as they were wrote they would be given an NC17 rating, which would cause the studios producing them to lose money because there audience was limited.

Though in retrospect children should not be going to see R rated movies, especially those of 300 and Sin City. But that's a parental issue we will keep out of.

Even with numerous complaints being sent to the studios to stop making these movies it doesn't appear that there will be an end to this trend any time soon.

We however will be saving our money and avoiding anymore of these films. - GJ

Monday, February 2, 2009

Cowboy Bebop Live Action Movie

It has been announced that a Cowboy Bebop movie will soon see the light of day. As fans of the anime series, this is exciting news and we can't wait. However the announcement came with what may become a downside to the film.

Fox the studio with the rights to the film announced that they are pursuing Keanu Reeves (The Matrix) to play lead bounty hunter Spike Speigel. Don't get us wrong, we've enjoyed a lot of Reeves' work, but as far as him making the perfect Spike, we just don't see it. Though we could be wrong and this may turn out to be the perfect fit.

Our only suggestion is that either Vin Diesel (Riddick) or Ron Perlman (Hellboy) should be cast as Spike's partner Jet Black. Both just appear to fit Jet's persona so well.

Unfortunately we'll have to wait until 2011 to see how this turns out. - GJ

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Live Action Anime

We as fans of science fiction are all guilty of watching and enjoying anime, and nobody should feel ashamed by that fact. In fact because anime has become so popular around the world many movie studios are starting to transform them to appear on the big screen.

But is this a good idea?

Our response is a yes and no. As fans of giant robots and anime involving said robots, we start to foam at the mouth just thinking about seeing are favorite titans on the big screen. But as visually spectacular as they can be the no comes into play when you stop and think about what kind of story you'll end up with.

Anime series for the most part run approximately 26 episodes, unless its a Gundam series which most run about 45-52 episodes, or Dragonball and Naruto both well over two hundred episodes and several animated movies. Our fear is that these stories would just not have enough substance that we are accustomed too.

Already released are the Gundam movie G-Savior (2000) and Death Note 1 and 2 (2008).

In the next few years however we will see several live action anime movies; the first being Dragonball, while another, Cowboy Bebop, has already begun production.

If either of these movies happen to be a success, you can guarantee more live action anime will be on the way to the big screen, and if that happens well we have a wish list.

  • Martian Successor Nadesico
  • Outlaw Star
  • Tenchi
  • Code Geass
  • Robotech
  • Gundam (Yes we want another one)

Unfortunately with a downed economy a lot of movies may not see the figures the studios expect, so there is always a chance that live action anime movies may get scratched altogether; only time will tell. - GJ