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Thursday, June 30, 2005

Yesterday, I got to sit down and watch the classic Star Trek episode A Piece of the Action. For those who don't remember.... The Enterprise goes to the planet Iotia. The last starship to visit there was the SS Horizon some 100 years ago. This was before the Prime Directive, so the Enterprise is going to see if there's any contamination. And boy, is there! Seems that a Horizon crewman left behind a book called "Chicago Mobs of the 20s," and the Iotians based their whole society around it. Now, the whole planet is run like prohibition-era Chicago. Kirk, Spock, and Bones then try to correct the damage by setting up a more stable form of government. It ends with Bones making the realization that he left behind his communicator, and that if the Iotians are able to reverse-engineer it, it'd be deja vu all over again.

There'd long been rumours of a Next Generation sequel, where Picard and crew head to Iotia, only to discover that the Iotians did successfully reverse-engineer Bones's communicator, and now Iotia is planet just like the original series.

But, when the announcement of Enterprise came about, I always hoped that they'd do a prequel. You know, Capt. Archer and crew meet up with the SS Horizon, and we find that the Horizon's captain is a forgetful sort who's always forgetting where he left his stuff.

Also read little bits of movie news.

I think I've told you that David Goyer, the man who wrote all 3 Blade films and Batman Begins AND directed Blade: Trinity has signed with Warner Brothers to write and direct another classic DC character, The Flash.

The big question was always which incarnation of the Flash it would be. Goyer has revealed that the film will feature both the modern Wally West and the "Silver Age" Barry Allen. I think that's cool, as they kind of need to do that as West and Allen's origins are so closely tied together.

Cole's Notes version: Barry Allen was the Flash, and Wally West was originally his sidekick Kid Flash. Barry Allen died as part of the classic Crisis on Infinite Earths, and West stepped up to the plate to take the mantle of Flash.

Anyway, Goyer also says that he's consulting with physicists to see what kind of weird things would happen if someone could run as fast as the Flash. As my old prof Dr. Lotz used to point out, the closer you get to the speed of light, the more that physics as we know it starts to fall apart.

Hopefully, Goyer will do it justice.

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