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Tumbleweeds. Prairie Dogs. Yeah.

I'm off to Santa Fe for a conference -- and apparently some snow. (My brain insists on playing "You can drum a gentle drum, and I can seat guests as they come, chatting not about Heidegger but wine..." on continual loop. Silly brain.) But before I leave...

* Three brilliant and important science fiction novels appear to be headed to the small screen. Variety reports that SyFy will be adapting Philip K. Dick's The Man in the High Castle as a miniseries (with Ridley Scott and Frank Spotnitz at the helm, which rather eased my initial panic at the news), and Mary Doria Russell reports that her novels The Sparrow (one of my all-time favorites) and Children of God may become a full-fledged series for AMC.

* Not even Gabriel "You've Loved Me Since Excalibur" Byrne and his fantastic greying wig could salvage the shipwreck that was Vikings. I can't bear to watch another episode. Woe. At least I have Ripper Street for one more week. We may give the new shows Bates Motel and Orphan Black a test drive when they debut later this month.

* How is one supposed to choose among all of these competing versions of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey on DVD?

* Happy belated birthday to bluerocean and clara_posts, and happy early birthday to thewordoffred, lovefromgirl, artwhisperer, jasonbsizemore, dannyboy8406, and _snitchbitch. May all of you enjoy many happy returns of the day!


I just adore this still from the forthcoming Star Trek into Darkness. Admiral Pike/Bruce Greenwood FTW.

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litlover12
Mar. 6th, 2013 06:33 pm (UTC)
My Facebook friends and I have the most epic comment threads during "Ripper Street." It's become like a weekly party. :-)

(Which probably means I have no life, but oh well!)
eldritchhobbit
Mar. 6th, 2013 06:47 pm (UTC)
LOL! I love it.
whswhs
Mar. 6th, 2013 06:44 pm (UTC)
Not a problem for me about the Hobbit DVDs. I wouldn't take one as a gift.
eldritchhobbit
Mar. 6th, 2013 06:46 pm (UTC)
IDIC, that's the name of the game. ;)
syredronning
Mar. 6th, 2013 08:52 pm (UTC)
I just adore this still

YES, it's totally adorable :)) I put it up as my computer background here <3
eldritchhobbit
Mar. 13th, 2013 08:03 pm (UTC)
<3 <3 <3

I love your icon, BTW.
beledibabe
Mar. 6th, 2013 10:31 pm (UTC)
Bon voyage! Have a great time! Life is extra-super-crazy right now, but I'll be touching base (hopefully) by the end of the month.
eldritchhobbit
Mar. 13th, 2013 08:05 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much! :)

Best wishes with all the super-craziness. I'd love to touch base and catch up with you whenever!
ankh_hpl
Mar. 6th, 2013 10:48 pm (UTC)
Santa Fe? I'm so jealous -- it's one of my favorite road trip destinations. BTW, if you have never eaten at Maria's, DO. You can ask at any gas station, & the locals will tell you how to get there. Great New Mexican food & a whole margarita menu, at very reasonable prices. (I think I need a road trip now.)
eldritchhobbit
Mar. 13th, 2013 08:12 pm (UTC)
Thanks a million for this! The conference organizers had our dinners planned (three different restaurants for the three nights - all were fantastic), but I saw Maria's and noted your recommendation. Now I need to go back and eat there! Maybe next time I'm out that way will match up with your next road trip, and we can share some margaritas! :D It's a gorgeous city.
penfold_x
Mar. 6th, 2013 10:58 pm (UTC)
How is one supposed to choose among all of these competing versions of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey on DVD?

Been asking myself the same thing. I haven't bought a bluray player yet but for especially lush films like Hobbit I've been buying the combo packs for the inevitable day (I can't take the thought of a full transition as my DVD collection is... extensive). I think I might have to go Lego, due to the cute.

BTW, your icon is outstanding. Did you make it?
eldritchhobbit
Mar. 13th, 2013 08:15 pm (UTC)
Augh, it's such a tough choice! It's nice that so many include both the bluray and standard DVD formats. I'm leaning toward the Walmart version, due to the booklet, but it's difficult to choose.

I'm so tickled you like the icon! I wish I could claim it, but it's by the fabulous redscharlach (as is the one on my previous post before this).
sneezythesquid
Mar. 6th, 2013 11:13 pm (UTC)
I just love that Admiral Pike is getting to stick around and be a mentor/father figure for this Kirk, who desperately needs one. It's a much better fate for him, and I really enjoy watching Greenwood act.

He was a guide for Spock in the original timeline, I wonder if "Original" Spock is now serving in that capacity for "New" Spock now.
eldritchhobbit
Mar. 13th, 2013 08:21 pm (UTC)
I just love that Admiral Pike is getting to stick around and be a mentor/father figure for this Kirk, who desperately needs one. It's a much better fate for him, and I really enjoy watching Greenwood act.

YES! Yesyesyes. I agree wholeheartedly with everything you've said here, both about Pike and Greenwood. THIS!

He was a guide for Spock in the original timeline, I wonder if "Original" Spock is now serving in that capacity for "New" Spock now.

Oh, good point! That definitely makes sense. I also suspect that Spock will have a closer (if not particularly easier/warmer) relationship with Sarek, as I'm guessing they'll both have a hand in establishing "New Vulcan" somewhere.
witchcat07
Mar. 7th, 2013 01:16 am (UTC)
What, no extended edition? How special can it be then?
eldritchhobbit
Mar. 13th, 2013 08:23 pm (UTC)
LOL. Touché!

But why sell us one version when they can sell us two? I bet that extended edition is even now in the works.
witchcat07
Mar. 14th, 2013 12:00 am (UTC)
I can wait. It'll be difficult, but I am strong.
alivion
Mar. 7th, 2013 06:33 am (UTC)
It's a pity to hear Vikings is no good, but then it is from the History Channel and I should know better than to trust them to not mangle history.

Ripper Street is nothing short of brilliant and I'm really hoping for more seasons.
eldritchhobbit
Mar. 13th, 2013 08:26 pm (UTC)
Good point about the History Channel. I suppose the big surprise was that they didn't manage to work Hitler, ghosts, or ancient aliens into the show somehow. (Though I only watched the first episode. Who knows what happened next? Perhaps I'm speaking too soon.)

Isn't Ripper Street fantastic? I read that it has indeed been renewed for another season. I hope it's around a long time.
sittingduck1313
Mar. 7th, 2013 01:23 pm (UTC)
Sci Fi has generally done better with the minseries format. Their adaptation of Dune was IMO a huge improvement over what Lynch did. Frank Spotnitz is not a guarantee in my mind. I recall all too well how he mishandled the Kolchak remake back in 2005.

And speaking of upcoming TV, April 7 will see the debut of the second season of Nyarko-san (FTW a series about a guy whose girlfriend is the Crawling Chaos Nyarlathotep).
eldritchhobbit
Mar. 19th, 2013 07:33 pm (UTC)
Good point about SyFy and miniseries. You know, I'd completely repressed my memories of the Kolchak remake, including the fact Spotnitz was involved. ::headdesk::

Yay for more Nyarko-san! That's good news.
morfin
Mar. 7th, 2013 05:35 pm (UTC)
See? Didn't I tell you Michael Hirst was incapable of any historical accuracy? I think the thing that bugged me the most is them following this modern trend of showing anything set in a medieval or dark age time period having everyone wear brown and be covered in dirt (or something else if they're not king). I understand wanting to get away from that crisp starched whites look of 1950's medieval films, but do some research people. Vikings loved colors. We know they had lots of blues, reds, oranges, yellows. It's mainly green they were short on. And they had fantastic woven trim on their clothing. We won't mention Danes having no idea England was to their west, even though them and their southern neighbors made it over there in force in the 400-500's.
eldritchhobbit
Mar. 19th, 2013 07:36 pm (UTC)
YES! You told me so. *nods emphatically* And were you ever proven right! Do your research people, indeed! Great point about the colors, by the way. Yet another line on the List of FAIL!!! ;)
i_llbedammned
Mar. 13th, 2013 09:09 pm (UTC)
Not gonna lie, that song popped into my head too as soon as you said the city name Santa Fe.

I'm going to give Bates Motel a try. It has potential I think, I just have no clue what other tales they could tell there.

eldritchhobbit
Mar. 19th, 2013 07:49 pm (UTC)
Not gonna lie, that song popped into my head too as soon as you said the city name Santa Fe.

Ha! :D I'm glad to know I'm not the only one...

We've got the first episode of Bates Motel on the DVR. It will be a couple of days before we have a chance to watch it, but I'm looking forward to it. I agree with you, though, I'm not sure how far they can take the idea or what they can do with it. It will be interesting to see.
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