Feb. 9, 2021

Do Droids Need Droid Stamps?

Do Droids Need Droid Stamps?
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On the sci-fi edition, Spinner fictionalizes himself, Stamps for droids, award nominations and we remember Christopher Plummer and Cloris Leachman.
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Tonight!. Spinner fictionalizes himself, Stamps for droids, award nominations and we remember Christopher Plummer and Cloris Leachman. All that and more on the Scifi edition of Multiverse Tonight!

Hello and welcome to episode 112…. 

Star Trek

Discovery Season Four is deep in production now and some tidbits about what season four will be have come out in a panel with showrunners Alex Kurtzman and Michelle Paradise and star Sonequa Martin Green. Kurtzman’s tidbits were cryptic, saying quote We’re actually exploring – we’re diving deep into science – in the fourth season, in a kind of new and interesting way. Unquote And saying that season four’s main adversary might not be a living thing.  He also said that season four will see the Return of the Federation in some way. I...I...I don’t know if I can give them another season, we will see.

Brent Spiner is writing his memoirs...sort of. His book, titled Fan Fiction: A Mem-Noir: Inspired by true events, has Brent creating another character that happens to share his name and much of his experiences. This version of him, however, takes the reader back to 1991 and throws the character into a dark comedic adventure full of mystery, intrigue and humor. IN an interview with Syfy Wire Mr. Spiner said about the book  quote “It’s a little bit of this and a little bit of that, but it's primarily fiction,” “There are slices of my own life in it, and then there are also people I have known…it's a mashup: It's a thriller, it's a comedy, it's a dark comedy. And it's partially a memoir, but none of it's real, really, even though a lot of things actually happened." unquote. So why write the memoir this way? Brent said quote "I thought, maybe I can write something else, because I have a story I'd like to tell. Maybe I can combine the two and do a sort of hybrid," unquote He ran the idea passed Jonathan Ames, creator of Bored to Death and he connected Brent with Jeanne Darst, who collaborated with him on the book. Fan Fiction: A Mem-Noir: Inspired by True Events comes out Oct. 5, 2021.

Star Trek Online is celebrating it’s eleventh year with it’s latest update entitled “House Reborn” Which has two new episodes finishing off the current Klingon Civil War. Along with the episodes with new voice work from Mary Chieffo and Sam Witwer, Captains will also discover a brand new Klingon Recruitment System, a Special Anniversary Event to earn the new Alliance Temer Rader and a complete revamp of the Klingon experience, including remastered environments, missions, stories and more. Plus for the first time ever, Star Trek Online will allow players of all factions to command any ship. “House Reborn,” is available today on PC and will release on PS4 and Xbox One at a later date.

Star Wars

Daisy Ridley was emotionally spent after filming wrapped on the Rise of Skywalker. IN a conversation with people magazine, the actress said quote "When we wrapped [The Rise of Skywalker] I wept all day," she explained. "I felt like I was going to pop a vein because I was crying so much… Obviously not to say that it was like grieving, but it was grieving something. I'll always have it, and we're all bonded by this incredible thing." unquote the other actors have expressed similar feelings after completing their stint in the Star Wars franchise.

Life Day celebrations across the galaxy are showcased in a new book from authors Cavan Scott And George Mann, with art from Grant Griffin.  Cavan told star wars dot com about the book, quote “Winter festivals are all about hope in the darkest times, about being surrounded by family and friends,” “What is more Star Wars than that?”“When I made the original pitch for the book, [Lucasfilm Publishing creative director] Mike Siglain suggested that we bring George on board as he had already produced two wonderful books of Star Wars folklore, Myths and Fables and Dark Legends. Teaming up made total sense, especially as George and I have a long history of working together,” he says. “Who wouldn’t want to make up Christmas stories with one of their best mates? Of course, our friendship was severely tested when I insisted on playing ‘Christmas In the Stars,’ the galaxy’s greatest festive album, on loop during our work sessions.” unquote the tales range from the High Republic Era to the Ewoks on Endor. Life Day Treasury: Holiday Stories From A Galaxy Far, Far Away arrives on September seventh and is out for pre order now.

The next season of The Mandalorian is set to get in front of a camera this April. According to the Film & television Industry Alliance, according to the site, the first day of shooting is April fifth in Los Angeles.Of course, with current pandemic restrictions, it may or may not get pushed back.

The United Postal Service is bringing the droids of Star wars onto stamps. The new set of 10 stamps includes droids IG-11, R2-D2, K-2SO, D-O, L3-37, BB-8, C-3PO, a gonk droid, 2-1B surgical droid, and Chopper. The droids are intended to be a nod to Lucasfilm and Disney’s effort to promote Science, Technology, engineering, and math or STEM education through the continuing collaboration between Star wars Force for change and global pre K 12 nonprofit organization FIRST. The stamps should cost 5.50 cents for the set.

The Mandalorians Creator Jon Favreau hadn’t initially planned on using Luke Skywalker in the season finale. Favreau told the Writers Guild of America about the use of the Jedi if that penned him in narratively speaking, he said quote We have a tremendous amount of freedom afforded to us because of the gap in time between the films. Dave Filoni and I are in constant discussion regarding how each story choice is impacted by, and would impact, existing Star Wars material. Unquote Who knows what Season three will be.

Lego Star Wars The Skywalker Saga will have a playable cast of at least 300 characters, Just about every character is available to play including minor franchise characters like Babu Frik. According to game lead hub designer Dawn McDiarmid, TT Games has packed around 800 characters  in the game which spans all nine main films. McDiarmid also teased quote an "in-depth quest system which features not only more elaborate and ridiculous quest chains, but a whole new tracking system on your datapad with which to engage with the quests, and the ability to do multiple quests simultaneously." unquote Lego Star Wars The Skywalker Saga will be released this spring via the PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S, PC, and Nintendo Switch.


A mint Black Lotus card from Magic the Gathering’s original set has been sold on eBay for a winning bid of 511, 100.00 beating the previous record price set back in 2019 when one sold for 166,000. The Black Lotus card was found to be too powerful in it’s initial release and was never reprinted in subsequent editions of the game, leading to it’s ever increasing value.

The Willow Disney Plus series has found a new director following the departure of Jon M Chu. John Entwistle, who’s previous director credits include the Netflix shows the End of the F’ing world and I Am Not Okay With This will run the pilot episode, as well as serve as an executive producer. He will join fellow EPs and co-showrunners Jonathan Kasdan  and Wendy Mericle. Entwistle told the Hollywood Reporter quote “With its epic world of swords, sorcery and adventure, Willow captivated and influenced so many,” “I’m excited to be going on this journey and working with Jon and Wendy to create something that is both deeply rooted in that original film and also a fresh, funny and charming addition to the beloved story. To be able to play within the world so painstakingly crafted by Ron back in '88 is a dream come true for me." Unquote Filming is expected to begin this spring in Wales. No premiere date has been revealed yet.

George Clooney has joined the Buck Rogers Reboot Series. Clooney will produce and maybe star in the revival from Legendary productions. The current plan is to first develop it as a comic book miniseries from Brian K Vaughan and then a movie and an animated spinoff.

The 32nd Annual GLAAD Media Awards nominees have been announced. Up for Outstanding Film Wide release are The Craft Legacy and the Old Guard. Outstanding Drama Series include Killing Eve (BBC America)

Star Trek: Discovery (CBS All Access)

Supergirl (The CW) 

The Umbrella Academy (Netflix)

Wyonna Earp (Syfy)

Outstanding Comedy series Big Mouth (Netflix)

Harley Quinn (HBO Max)

Saved by the Bell (Peacock)

Schitt's Creek (Pop)

Superstore (NBC)

Outstanding Video Game

Assassin’s Creed Valhalla (Ubisoft)

Borderlands 3: Guns, Love, and Tentacles (2K Games)

Bugsnax (Young Horses)

Hades (Supergiant Games)

If Found… (Annapurna Interactive)

Ikenfell (Humble Games)

Immortals Fenyx Rising (Ubisoft)

The Last of Us Part II (Sony Interactive Entertainment)

Tell Me Why (Xbox Game Studios)

World of Warcraft: Shadowlands (Blizzard Entertainment)

Outstanding Comic Book

Empyre, Lords of Empyre: Emperor Hulkling, Empyre: Aftermath Avengers, by Al Ewing, Dan Slott, Chip Zdarsky, Anthony Oliveira, Valerio Schiti, Manuel Garcia, Cam Smith, Marte Gracia, Triona Farrell, Joe Caramagna, Ariana Maher, Travis Lanham (Marvel Comics)

Far Sector, by N.K. Jemisin, Jamal Campbell, Deron Bennett (DC Comics)

Guardians of the Galaxy, by Al Ewing, Juann Cabal, Nina Vakueva, Chris Sprouse, Belén Ortega, Marcio Takara, Karl Story, Federico Blee, Guru-eFX, Cory Petit (Marvel Comics)

Juliet Takes a Breath, by Gabby Rivera, Celia Moscote, James Fenner, DC Hopkins (Boom! Studios)

Lois Lane, by Greg Rucka, Mike Perkins, Gabe Eltaeb, Andy Troy, Simon Bowland (DC Comics)

The Magic Fish, by Trung Le Nguyen (Random House Graphic)

Suicide Squad, by Tom Taylor, Bruno Redondo, Daniel Sampere, Juan Albarran, Adriano Lucas, Wes Abbott (DC Comics)

Wynd, by James Tynion IV, Michael Dialynas, Aditya Bidikar (Boom! Studios)

X-Factor, by Leah Williams, David Baldeon, Carlos Gomez, Israel Silva, Joe Caramagna (Marvel Comics)

You Brought Me the Ocean, by Alex Sanchez, Julie Maroh, Deron Bennett (DC Comics)

A direct sequel to JJ Abrams produced 2008 movie Cloverfield is in the works, Abrams’ Bad robot and Paramount Pictures have picked rising British writer Joe Barton to pen the script which will not be made as a “found footage '' movie. Abrams will produce along with Bad robot’s head of film Hanna Minghella.

Animal Crossing New Horizons has sold 31.18 million units worldwide according to Nintendo and is approaching Mario Kart 8 Deluxes throne as the best selling game on the Nintendo Switch, Mario Kart still has a lead of about 2 million copies.

The Golden Globe nominations are out. Best Television Series - Drama

The Crown

Lovecraft Country

The Mandalorian



Best Animated Film

The Croods: A New Age


Over the Moon



Best Original Score

Alexandre Desplat, The Midnight Sky

Ludwig Göransson, Tenet

James Newton Howard, News of the World

Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross and Jon Batiste, Soul

Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, Mank

Star Wars actress Trsha Noble has passed away. The actress best known for playing Jobal Naberrie, the mother of Padme Amidala, passed away from complications from Mesothelioma, which is a type of cancer caused by inhalation of asbestos fibers. A teenage pop star in the 1960’s in Australia, she also acted in shows like The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Colombo and Buck Rogers. She was seventy six years old.

Christopher Plummer has passed away, the Canadian actor was born on December thirteenth, 1929. He had an acting carrer spanning seven decades, manking his film debut in 1958 in the movie Stage Struck, soon afterwards he got the role that wouldl make him famous, that of Captain Georg von Trapp in 1965’s The Sound of Music, he acted in a total of 119 movies in his life, including The Return of the Pink Panther, The man Who Would be King, Murder by Decree, Somewhere in Time, Dreamscape, An Americal Tail, Dragnet, Where the Hear it, Rock-a-Doodle, the Shakespeare quoting Klingon General Chang in Star Trek VI the Undiscovered Country, Malcolm X, Dolores Claiborne, 12 Monkeys, Dracula 2000, A Beautiful Mind, National treasure, Inside Man, The voice of the villain in Up, the voice of 1 in the animated movie 9, The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, The Girl in the Dragon Tattoo, All the Money in The World, the victim Harlan Thrombey in Knives Out and many more. He has an upcoming voice over role in the Animated movie Heroes of the Golden Masks, which will be released this year.  He also made appearances in tv, mainly tv movies and tv miniseries like The Thorn Birds. He did play the role of Alexander Addington in the 90’s tv series Counterstrike, as well as the Narrator for the animated Madeline series. He won twenty five awards in his career, including an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor, A Golden Globe Award, A BAFTA  and more for the movie Beginners, two Primetime Emmy Awards and two Tonys. He was also named to the Order of Canada. Mister Plummer was married three times and had one child, actress Amanda Plummer. Christopher died at his home in Connecticut after suffering complications from a fall. His longtime friend and manager said about him quote  Chris was an extraordinary man who deeply loved and respected his profession with great old fashion manners, self-deprecating humor and the music of words. He was a national treasure who deeply relished his Canadian roots. Through his art and humanity, he touched all of our hearts and his legendary life will endure for all generations to come. He will forever be with us.” unquote Christopher Plummer was ninety one years old.

And Finally tonight, we remember actress Cloris Leachman. Cloris might be best known to fans like us as Frau Blucher *sound effect* in Mel Brooks Young Frankenstien as well as Madame Defarge in Brooks History of the World Part 1. Cloris was Born in Des Moines Iowa on April thirtieth 1920, she began appearing in local plays as a teenager and went to Northwestern University. After competing in the 1946 Miss America pageant, she secured a scholarship to study at the Actors Studio in New York and made her professional debut in 1947. Over her carrer she has appeared in such movies as Butch Cassidy and the SunDance Kid, the Last Picutre Show, for which she won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress, Mel Brooks High Anxiety as Nurse Diesel, The Muppet Movie, Herbie Goes Bababas, My Little Pony The Movie, Hansel and Gretel, Prancer, The Beverly Hillbillies, A Troll in Central Park, Bevis and Butthead Do America, The Iron Giant, The Longest Yard, Sky High, Scary Movie 4, Beerfest, The Croods and The Croods A New Age, and many more she has two postumus movie releases Hight Holiday and Not to Forget do out this year. She has television credits just as long including Alfred Hitchcock Presents, Gunsmoke, Lassie,Rawhide, The Twilight Zone, Wagon Train, Perry Mason, The Virginian, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Night Gallery, Rhoda, Wonder Woman, The Love Boat, The Facts of Life, The Simpsons, The Nanny, Touch by an Angel, Malcolm in the Middle, the Ellen Show,  Family Guy, Phineas and Ferb, Dancing with the Stars, Raising Hope, Adventure time, Girl Meets World, Bob’s Burgers Justice League Action, American Gods and Mad About You. She is a multi award winner winning the previously mentioned Academy Award,Bafta Award, Daytime emmy, Golden Globe and 8 primetime emmys. Cloris was inducted into the Television academy hall of fame in 2011 and published her autobiography in 2009. She is survived by her Sons Adam, George Jr, and Morgan and daughter Dinah. Cloris Leachman died of natural causes on January 26th, Cloris was ninety four years old. 

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