April 19, 2021

Mind Your Picard and Qs.

On the Sci-Fi edition, The Return of Picard’s favorite frenemy is coming soon! In addition to a realistic lightsaber that isn't long off either. We remember Robert Fletcher and James Hampton as well Felix Silla
All this and more on the scifi edition of Multiverse Tonight


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Tonight! The Return of Picard’s favorite frenemy, a realistic lightsaber isn’t long off and we remember Robert Fletcher, James Hampton and Felix Silla. All that and more on this edition of Multiverse Tonight!


Hello and welcome to episode 122...

Star Trek

Yes, Virginia,there will be another Star Trek movie apparently. Paramount announced it’s domestic slate from now to late 2023 and Untitled Star Trek appeared on the list for June ninth, 2023.There’s no other information on the movie other than that, no word on who’s directing, script, Kelvin timeline, original timeline, extra crispy timeline. Nothing. Most likely, it will be produced by JJ Abrams, since he has a stranglehold on the franchise for now. So, will it come to pass? Only time will tell.


Well anyway, if you remember last episode I remarked that we were expecting some announcements coming out of First Contact Day and we did. First up, there was a first look at Captain Kathryn Janeway. Apparently, The Voyager Captain will be a hologram version designed to train a crew in an emergency. It was also revealed that the series takes place in the year 2383. For reference that would be four years after the events of Star Trek Nemesis or about sixteen years before the events in Star Trek Picard.https://static0.cbrimages.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/prodigy-janeway-2.png?q=50&fit=crop&w=737&h=925


We also got a look at season two of Star Trek Lower Decks with a teaser trailer, the announcement that season two will drop on August twelfth and news that Season three has been greenlit.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TSLcErfzHuc


We also got a teaser for season two of Picard confirming that John DeLancie will be returning as Q, also joining the cast for season two will be Jonathan Frakes, Brent Spiner, Marina Sirtis and Whoopi Goldberg. Season two comes in 2022.


The Hollywood reporter sat down with Star Trek showrunner Akiva Goldsman and asked him about a variety of subjects, when asked how Strange New Worlds compares or contrasts with the other rtrek shows he said quote It's unlike the other shows in that it's really episodic. If you think back to The Original Series, it was a tonally more liberal — I don't mean in terms of politics, but it could sort of be more fluid. Like sometimes Robert Bloch would write a horror episode. Or Harlan Ellison would have "City on the Edge of Forever," which is hard sci-fi. Then there would be comedic episodes, like "Shore Leave'' or "The Trouble with Tribbles." So [co-showrunner] Henry Alonso Myers and myself are trying to serve that. We've all become very enamored, myself included, with serialized storytelling. And I'm talking to you from behind the stage where we're shooting Picard, which is deeply serialized. But Strange New Worlds is very much adventure-of-the-week but with serialized character arcs. Unquote ON Picard Akiva was asked about what he learned on season one that he’s brought to the production of season two, Aikiva said quote Figure out the end earlier. If you're going to do a serialized show that you have the whole story before you start shooting. It's more like a movie in that way – you better know the end of your third act before you start filming your first scene. Unquote When asked why bring Q to season two, he remarked on his connectedness to Picard’s life.  He was also asked about the status of the Section 31 spinoff, and he told them that he believed it was still a go. He was also asked if the current level of trek output has hit it’s natural maximum. He responded that he doesn’t think you can have enough trek.


Alex Kurtzman says that the former line between Star Trek movies and Star Trek TV shows is now gone. Speaking with Variety for a feature story on How Big IP is Driving the Streaming Wars, the Trek head said quote “I think vertical alignment has made it so that it’s impossible not to accept the reality that the line between movies and television is gone. It doesn’t mean that you can’t have a feature that is separate from television. But if they aren’t connected in some way, then you’re basically running two universes parallel as opposed to interconnected, and I think that those messages could potentially cancel each other out.” unquote This looks to mean that the Kelvin timeline is dead and that the new movie that has been scheduled will be in the Prime Universe instead.

Star Wars

Insight Editions is releasing a new Star Wars based cookbook just in time for Star Wars Day. Star Wars Galactic Baking is a 128 page hardback containing 30 recipes based on the saga. Enjoy recipes like Yoda's Rootleaf Rolls, Mustafarian Molten Lava Cakes, Cloud City Marshmallows, Life Day Cake, Rancor Claws, Loth-Cat Kibble, Keshian Spice Bread, Dagobah Bog Pie, and loads more. Vanessa Lopez, Vice President of Licensing and partnerships at insight told space dot come quote "We're fans as much as we are editors, so for us, the process of combining baking with 'Star Wars' started with finding ways to incorporate the lore into the recipes," Vanessa Lopez, vice president of licensing and partnerships at Insight, told Space.com. "Whether it's recipes like the Life Day Cake or the Loth-Cat Kibble, or in-world ingredients like Crait salt and falumpaset cheese, we imagined these recipes as opportunities for fans to feel as immersed in the "Star Wars" galaxy as possible without having to leave their homes." unquote I t will be out on May forth and costs 16.99.


According to reports, Disney has shown off a working lightsaber, at a press event dubbed A Special Look Inside Disney Parks, Josh D’Amaro, Chairman of Disney Parks, Experiences and Products reportedly pulled a lightsaber out of a small box stating “it’s real” The saber than self extended. This might be the culmination of a patent Disney filmed a few years ago that looked to be designed to create an energy sword effect. Most likely they’ll unveil it to the public on May the fourth.


The classic Star wars first person shooter Republic Commando is now available on Playstation 4 and Nintendo Switch. The game, originally released for the Xbox and PC back in 2005 allows players to play as clone commando RC-1338 who leads Delta Squad on a variety of tactical missions here’s the description quote eChaos has erupted throughout the galaxy. As leader of an elite squad of Republic Commandos, your mission is to infiltrate, dominate, and ultimately, annihilate the enemy. Boss, Fixer, Scorch, and Sev, better known as Delta Squad, are back! Your squad will follow your orders and your lead, working together as a team - instinctively, intelligently, instantly. Relive the legendary campaign.


Welcome to the Clone Wars: Chaos has erupted throughout the galaxy. As leader of an elite squad of Republic Commandos, your mission is to infiltrate, dominate, and ultimately annihilate the enemy.


Battle Relentless Enemies: Battle a variety of highly intelligent and deadly enemies—from brutal Trandoshan mercenaries to the flying insectoid warriors of Geonosis.


The Squad is Your Weapon: Your squad will follow your orders, performing complex commands and strategic maneuvers. You are their leader. They are your weapon. Unquote Download it now from the Nintendo eshop or PlayStation Store for 14.99.




The Emmy winning creator and star of Fleabag Phoebe Waller Bridge, is joining the cast of the new Indian Jones movie according to a Lucasfilm press release. She will join Harrison Ford for the as of yet untitled fifth film in the franchise. There will also a change in the directors chair as Steven Spielberg has bowed out and James Mangold has taken over. Mangold in a statement said quote I’m thrilled to be starting a new adventure, collaborating with a dream team of all-time great filmmakers,” Mangold said in a statement. “Steven, Harrison, Kathy, Frank, and John are all artistic heroes of mine. When you add Phoebe, a dazzling actor, brilliant creative voice and the chemistry she will undoubtedly bring to our set, I can’t help but feel as lucky as Indiana Jones himself.”


Another star has joined the cast as well. Deadline now reports that Mads Mikkelsen will also be joining Indiana Jones 5.


Chris McKay, director of the upcoming movie The Tomorrow War has been tapped to possibly direct and produce Renfield, a monster movie focused on Dracula’s unhinged acolyte. The character was a patient in an asylum with a penchant for eating living things in hopes of obtaining their life force. Making him a willing acolyte of Dracula, eventually Dracula kills him.

There’s no expected timeline for this movie.


Amazon Studios Lord of the Ring series is going to be costly. The Hollywood reporter has confirmed that Amazon will spend roughly 659 million New Zealand dollars, that’s 465 million US for just the first season. This is much more than originally estimated. It was estimated that it would cost 500 million for several seasons. The show is currently in production and should debut later this year.

Costume Designer Robert Fletcher has passed away. He had a sixty year career in screen and broadway including the first four Star Trek films, which earned him three Saturn Award nominations and one win for Star Trek IV, he is especially remembered for establishing the look and style for the Klingons and Vulcans.  His other credits include work on North and South: Book 2, Fright Night, The Last Starfighter, THe Dean Martin Show and more. He retired to Kansas City Missouri, where he died at the age of ninety five.


Actor James Hampton has also passed away. James might be best known for the roles of Private Hannibal Dobbs on F Troop, the Caretaker in the Burt Reynolds movie The Longest Yard and the father in the Michael J Fox movie Teen Wolf. James was born in Oklahoma City in July of 1936 and raised in Dallas, when he grew up, he signed up for the Army after a series of failed jobs. After he got out of the Army, he tried acting and found his career.  In addition to The Longest Yard and Teen Wolf, he acted in The China Syndrome, Teen Wolf Too, Police Academy 5: Assignment Miami Beach, Sling Blade, and more. His tv credits include Gunsmoke, Gomer Pyle, Rawhide, The Doris Day Show, The Wonderful World of Disney,  The Dukes of Hazzard, The Greatest ,American Hero, Matt Houston, Who’s The Boss, Murder She Wrote, The 1986 Teen Wolf Tv series, Superboy, Days of Our Lives, Full House and many more. James Hampton passed away from complications from Parkinson's Disease on april seventh at his home in Fort Worth, Texas. He was 84.


Felix Silla the actor behind The Addams Family’s Cousin It as well as Buck Rogers Twiki has died. Born in Roccacasale Italy in 1937, He grew up to only stand 3 foot eleven inches and he  trained as a circus performer before coming to the US in 1955. Here he joined the Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey Circus as a bareback rider, trapeze artist and tumbler, before finding work in Hollywood as a stuntman in 1962. A year later, he would do stunts in the movie A Ticklish Affair and get his first acting credits in tv series Grindl, Bonanza and Petticoat Junction and the original pilot of Star Trek “The Cage''. However his best known role was in the classic series The Addams Family as the giant hairdo known as Cousin Itt. Felix would play Cousin Itt seventeen times on the show, he would take up the Cousin Itt costume again in 1977’s Halloween with the New Addams Family tv movie. He also appeared1968’s Planet of The Apes, HR Pufnstuf, Bewitched, Night Gallery, Lidsville, The animated Lord of The Rings movie, the original Battlestar Galactica as Lucifer, Buck Rogers, Star Wars Return of the Jedi as an Ewok, Meatballs Part II, Spaceballs, Married with Children, Batman Returns as Emperor Penguin and more. Felix moved to Las Vegas in 2003 and enjoyed playing harmonica in a band and signing autographs at conventions all over the place. Felix Silla passed away after a battle with pancreatic cancer, He is survived by his wife of 56 years,  Sue and their children Bonnie and Michael. Felix Silla was 84. 


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