No, not that kind of virgin. The kind that hasn't seen Star Wars. Entertainment Weekly found one in Michael Morrison, had him watch all six movies as they're aired consecutively on Cinemax, and then write-up his thoughts on the films.
The most notable question to arise from this is ... what is the correct order to watch the films in? Cinemax argues for sequentially, but as Morrison notes, watching them that way ruins all the surprises. Original trilogy preferences aside, I think for that reason the best order to watch the films in is the way they were originally released because you preserve the fun and the mystery of that is Star Wars.
Jericho, the series about the inhabitants of a Kansas town surviving a nuclear war, has been picked up for a full season by CBS. I find this astounding since I've never seen it, no one I know has ever seen it, and it's generated absolutely no buzz in my various science fiction orbits.
So who's watching this thing? I've got to figure that it's gaining traction with mainstream America, which really makes me curious as to what the show's about. We've been talking about what it'll take for science fiction to regain its popular attraction ...
SCI FI Wire is reporting that Heroes has been picked up for a full season by NBC. Apparently it's doing well with the 18-49 adult demographic, and managed to snag 13.5 million viewers. That's not enough to put it in the top 20 for any given week's viewing, but it's enough to keep the struggling NBC happy.
With the exception to LOST, broadcast TV hasn't been kind to speculative fiction. Science fiction series died by the bunch last year, with only Invasion surviving long enough to have a full season run … and not being renewed. Before LOST, Fox killed off Firefly, the most promising SF series in years without even trying to find it an audience.
And now we have Heroes, a superhero series that inherits almost a decades worth of superhero momentum, and tries to do something amazing with it. There are two big questions: is it any good … and will NBC let it survive long enough to thrive?
The net is abuzz with Joss Whedon's proclamation that there will be no Serenity sequel. Except ... that's not quite what he said. He said there's no movie in the works, and that in follow-up comments said it was unlikely unless a studio asked for it ... but that's a bit different from saying we'll never see Serenity again.
Personally, I've accepted this. Serenity was a good capstone for the series, and while there are still unanswered questions I'd love to see answered (what was the deal with Book anyway? And those blue-handed assassins?) I can live with the fact that I've got 13 episodes and one movie to remember the series by.
CNN/AP is reporting that an animated television series based during the "Clone Wars" time period of the Star Wars universe could be on the air as early as next year. It quotes George Lucas, who says that it would follow Anakin and Obi-Wan's adventures, as was the case with the earlier Clone Wars microseries on Cartoon Network.
Movie geeks can film their way to cinematic glory with the first-ever Dungeons & Dragons Fan Film Contest. The film contest is seeking 5-minute video segments dealing with D&D, with the winner receiving video editing equipment, a computer and a boatload of D&D stuff.
The deadline is September 1, 2006, which is unfortunate given that I only just heard about it in this month's Dragon, and I haven't heard a peep about it on any of the online forums, blogs and news sites I subscribe to. My friends and I have been kicking around some video projects tied to our group's 10th anniversary, and while I don't know if we'd enter anything, having a little more heads up would have been nice.
Wired looks at the men (and women) obsessed with Prince Leia's golden bikini from Return of the Jedi. Writer Philip Chien interviews the bikini's designer, Aggie Guerard Rodgers, who offers some advice to women thinking of crafting their own. You can find more fan takes on the famous desert swimwear at the fan site Leia's Metal Bikini.