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Star Trek Robes For That Special Trekkie

Star Trek Robes from The Next Generation series (pretty much one of the best ones of ALL the Star Trek series, by the way)? There are plenty of robes available online, but something about these Next generation color schemes are really setting this bunch apart?

These Star Trek Robes (The Next-Generation) feature comfortable, plush fabric and styling reminiscent of the early Next Generation Star Trek uniforms. (But without the..AHEM.. inconvenience!)

There are several of these being manufactured that all you to choose your color: Red (Command) Gold (Operations), or Blue (Sciences) so that you can be easily identified on your vacation, around the house, or when out on the curb, grabbing your mail or pulling the garbage bin in.

Product Specifications – Star Trek Robes

  • Officially-licensed Star Trek: The Next Generation merchandise
  • A ThinkGeek exclusive
  • Choose Blue (Science), Gold (Operations), or Red (Command)
  • Vinyl communicator badge on the chest
  • Star Trek communicator logo embroidered on the ends of the sash
  • Two pockets
  • One size fits most
  • Perfect for the overworked crew member who has 318 hours of shore leave saved up and can only roll over 80
  • Materials: 100% Polyester
  • Care Instructions: Machine washable. Tumble dry low.

And, really what it all comes down to when choosing your Star Trek robe is sure, who wouldn’t want to have the COMMAND robe (Captain Picard), but I sure did like Jordy, Data and Worf, soooooo…..

Right now, it looks like these are exclusive to THINK GEEK, so you’ll have to venture over there to check on the current pricing and availability of these.

Read Or Don’t Read The Martian Before Watching The Movie?

Literally just strolled out of the theater after having watched Ridley Scott’s film, The Martian, starring Matt Damon and Jessica Chastain, and it was fantastic. I had also just listened to book from which the movie was based on not a week earlier, written by Andy Weir. Also fantastic! So after having read the book and watched the movie adaptation, I can tell you there are pros and cons to this. But my question to you – what’s your opinion? Would you read The Martian before watching the movie, or not?

The Martian

In a nutshell, the film The Martian, Directed by Ridley Scott (the book, released in 2011 and written by Andy Weir) a is essentially a film of survival and determination by Astronaut Mark Watney.

When the Ares III manned mission to Mars is hit by an intense Martian storm, astronaut Mark Watney is lost and presumed dead. With the lives of her crew at stake, mission commander Melissa Lewis is forced to leave the planet, leaving Watney behind. Having survived the destruction of his communications equipment and now unable to contact NASA, he uses his knowledge as a botanist to grow food within the mission’s artificial habitat, anticipating that he will need to survive for at least three years before the next manned mission to Mars is sent. He keeps a series of video logs to maintain morale and then diligently (and with much humor, despite his predicament), sets upon the task of figuring out how to survive on Mars, how to communicate with NASA and Earth and how to stay alive to make it back.

The Martian Theatrical Trailer

Like any other space movie, what can go wrong will go wrong, and The Martian is not immune to this age old rule.

The film as a whole was fantastic. The characters and actors were stellar, from the astronauts and crew of the Hermes, to NASA personnel desperately trying to figure out a way to bring their stranded astronaut back to Matt Damon’s Mark Watney character, who despite severe hardships, manage to keep his spirits and humor sky high.

The author of the book, Andy Weir had mentioned in one of his past interviews that he had patterned Watney’s personality to his own. If that’s true, I would definitely LOVE to meet Mr. Weir, because in the darkest most hopeless moments and setbacks of the film, Astronaut Mark Watney maintained his lighthearted humor throughout.

How Close Was The Film to the Book?

the martian
Did the movie ‘differ’ from the book? Sure, as it’s nearly impossible to cram the full detail and depth of a novel into a two-hour film made to ‘entertain.’ However, that being said, of all the films I have seen that were either adapted or based on a book, The Martian really stayed ‘close’ to the story and much of the ‘main dialogue’ and important segments throughout.

Where the film lacked, was in the details, no surprise. For the moviegoer (who has NOT read the book), the movie may seem to flow nicely. For those who have read the book, it would feel like huge swaths of time were just skipped and trials and tribulations that Watney had to deal with, zipped up to barely a mention. It was unfortunate that such fine details had to be omitted or summed up, but by the same token, I am glad I was able to read the book and have that ‘background’ burned in, because I felt much more ‘informed’ than the audience as to the WHY, certain things had to be in the film.

The benefits of watching the film? I have a vivid imagination that can carry itself any day (just ask my mom), but it’s always great to see someone’s translation of the book into something cinematically beautiful.

The Martian landscape

Mark Watney’s sickly and malnutritioned body

It was just wonderful to see these and other elements from the book projected on to the big screen.

There were even ‘additional’ scenes added on to the ending which were very much welcomed.

To Read or NOT to Read?

the martian book
The question I ask, is in your opinion, is it better to read or not read a novel before seeing the film? I’ve seen similar questions to this raised in the past, for viewers of the hit television series, Game of Thrones, where fans seem to be split with those who have read the massive George R.R. Martin books and those that have only watched the TV show.

My feelings are mixed after having just watched The Martian and having just read the book a week earlier.

I would LOVE to hear your experiences with this below!

Star Wars R2 Unit USB Hub

If you’re like me, you’re always running out of USB ports to plug shit into on your laptop or MAC. Not to worry, though because you can always add a few extra USB port with the help of this awesomely crafted unit USB Hub on Amazon.com.

Cool Features:
When you first receive the R2 USB Hub and plug it into one of your computer’s USB ports, it swivels its star-wars-r2d2head about 20 degrees left, and then back across 20 degrees to the right, and does that 3 or 4 times when plugged in. At the same time it chirps the familiar Star Wars R2D2 beeping sounds, just as you might remember in the Star Wars films.

The only bad thing is, trying to concentrate on your work at the office or workplace without being taken in, just watching the R2 Hub do its thing! It’s THAT captivating.

Here are some additional more technical details on the device:

  • Item Weight: 14.1 ounces
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 6.2 x 6 inches
  • Color: Black
  • Pattern: USB 2.0 Hub

Get more information on the Star Wars R2 unit USB Hub on Amazon.com

Hot Star Wars Leggings Coming to a Galaxy Near You!

Star Wars is coming! And any and everything ‘Star Wars’ related is getting hotter and more popular each month as we draw closer and closer to the premier of Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens. So it’s no surprise that we’re seeing these hot leggings patterned after the world’s most famous droid, C-3PO from Star Wars films.

‘Protocol Leggings’ as they’re referred to, the pattern on these leggings are detailed in their design and look, from the VERY recognizable mechanical legs of C-3PO. The design is flawless both front and back and any Star Wars fan or sci-fi fan would recognize these from a mile away.

hot star wars leggings

A little more about these hot leggings!
– Made in the USA
– Model is wearing size Medium
– Height – 5’7″ | Waist – 25″ | Hip – 36″

Just released and now available for TeeFury. And if and when you get these let us know in the comments below how they look and more importantly, how many take notice!

SILLY AWESOME Visuals in the Sci-fi Short Film: The Leviathan

Amazing visuals and special effects in this short 3 minute sci-fi proof of concept by Academy Award-nominee Ruairi Robinson (Fifty Percent Grey, The Last Days on Mars).

You may recognize some of the ‘theme’ of this short being taken from such classics as Moby Dick and even DUNE, but engaged in more of a sci-fi type of environment and story line. Fingers crossed that this short becomes something more! With your help in spreading this video, I think it might. Check out the short below…

T-Shirt Tuesday: Get Your Star Wars Fix On! 10 MUST SEE Star Wars Shirts

Star Wars: The Force Awakens is right around the corner, so now would be a great time to start beefing up that wardrobe with a little Star Wars enthusiasm eh? Be the envy of you friends around town with these unique and hard to find Star Wars shirt designs.

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8 Obscure Sci-Fi Movies Added to My Weekend Binge List

Participated in a lengthy comment string on ScreeRant about week ago, started by a relatively controversial post titled – The New Sci-Fi Boom: 10 Best Sci-Fi Films of The Last 5 Years. Of course anytime you try to condense and choose 10 of anything over a relatively small amount of time, you are going to leave good shit out, and deeply offend someone with the choices you make. In any case, there were some really good and obscure (at least to me) sci-fi films listed that I decided to Netflix and view. Here is my weekend sci-fi binge list.

In a matter of minutes there were tens of comments in response to ScreenRant’s article. Many of which were healthy, civil discussions and debate, with a handful that nearly erupted into full scale warfare. But in the midst of all this, there were a lot of sci-fi movies listed that readers felt either should be removed from the list or added, with many listing their own, personal top 10 sci-fi movies over the last 5 years. Needless to say, I had seen a good 90% of the film listed but there were a few, some well-seen and others relatively obscure (at least to me) films that caught my attention. So with nothing planned for the weekend, I decided to reserve these on Netflix and make this weekend a sci-fi movie binge weekend!

Upside Down

Upside Down

Upside Down
Plot: The film starts with Adam telling the story of his planet, unique from other planets as it is the only one that has dual gravity. Two planets exist next to another. The gravity of the planets have 3 rules – (1) All matter is pulled by the gravity of the world that it comes from, and not the other; (2) An object’s weight can be offset by matter from the opposite world (inverse matter); (3) After some time in contact, matter in contact with inverse matter burns.

The two worlds are separated. While the upper world (Up) is rich and prosperous, the lower (Down) is poor. Up buys cheap oil from Down and sells electricity back to Down at higher prices. Going Up or having contact with anyone from Up is strictly forbidden and can be punishable by incarceration or the death penalty. The only connection linking the two worlds is through the company “TransWorld”, housed in a majestic building structure.

At the time of this writing I had I was, in fact, able to watch this and I must say I was mildly surprised how good it was. I will admit that I am not much of a ‘romantic film’ buff, which is what this film originally struck me as (the story is romantically-based), however, the science and sci-fi portions of the story and the environment in-which the story takes place is amazing. Definitely a must-see.

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Outlander

Outlander
Plot: A spacecraft crash lands in a large lake in Norway, circa 709 AD. From the wreckage emerges Kainan, a soldier, who was transporting an alien monster, a Moorwen. After Kainan buries his copilot he recovers a portable computer from the wreckage and uses it to find that he is on Earth (classified by his people as an “Abandoned Seed Colony”) and there are no other interstellar vessels detected nearby. Determined to track down the alien, Kainan soon finds himself engaged with the local Norseman tribe, whom he eventually befriends and helps to hunt the deadly beast.

Watched this one as well. I tried to really want to ‘like’ this film (I mean what’s NOT to like about barbarian Norseman hunting a dragon-like beast from beyond the stars, right?), but the story was bit odd, the acting not very good and there were many questionable holes throughout.

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Franklyn

Franklyn
Plot: Split between the parallel realities of contemporary London and the otherworldly metropolis of Meanwhile City, Franklyn follows the tales of four characters. Jonathan Preest (Ryan Phillippe) is a masked vigilante who will not rest until he finds his individual. Emilia (Eva Green) is a troubled young art student whose rebellion may turn out to be deadly. Milo (Sam Riley) is a heartbroken twenty something yearning for the purity of first love. Peter (Bernard Hill) is a man steeped in religion, searching desperately for his missing son amongst London’s homeless. Beginning in Meanwhile City, the film moves into contemporary London as the characters’ storylines intertwine for a fateful finale.

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Pandorum

Pandorum
Plot: In 2174 with Earth’s overpopulation crisis, humanity built what is described as a Noah’s Ark named Elysium. The mission was to send 60,000 people to colonize an Earth-like planet named Tanis to ensure humanity’s survival, which would take up to 123 years. Eight years into the mission the ship receives a transmission from earth in multiple languages before speaking in English “You’re all that’s left of us. Good luck, God Bless, and godspeed”. Some time later, two astronauts named Corporal Bower and Lieutenant Payton have awakened in a hyper-sleep chamber aboard a seemingly abandoned spacecraft. They can’t remember much of who they are nor of their mission. Bower ventures deep into the ship in an attempt to find his wife and jump-start the reactor and takes control of the ship before it dies, along with the passengers. However he encounters a group of intelligent tribal troglofauna-like hominids who practice both endocannibalism and exocannibalism have set booby traps over the ship. He founds allies in three other humans named Nadia, Manh, and Leland. The group then begins the trek to reach the reactor.

Disclaimer here – I have in fact, seen Pandorum before, however it had been some time so I decided to watch it again. This one I liked quite a bit, although it is an ‘acquired taste’ (no pun intended) and will more than likely put many off.

Other Sci-Fi movies that were highly touted within the ScreenRant comments that I intend on viewing very soon were:

Another Earth:

Europa Report:

Melancholia:

Primer:

Nothing better than relaxing and watching sci-fi on a lazy weekend sitting. Living the dream!