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    Leonard Nimoy

    Episode 95 – Remembering Nimoy

    In a very special episode of Transmissions From Atlantis, JC, Rita, Dr. Scott Viguie and author Drew Leiter celebrate the life of the extraordinary actor Leonard Nimoy. We talk about his career as Star Trek’s Spock, his other acting endeavors, his singing, photographic and humanitarian impact. Join us for laughs and tears but be sure to bring your kleenex.

    Nimoy artwork by the amazing artist Rapsag

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    Star Mage – The First Series Trade Paperback

    JC De La Torre, author of the critically acclaimed novel Ancient Rising, gives us a new fusion of Science Fiction and Magic in Star Mage! Darien Connors discovers he’s not from Earth, has strange magical powers, and is the key in an ancient war between two alien races of necromancers. Star Mage offers wizard battles with a side of spaceship warfare, alien worlds, and weird creatures.

    All six issues of the first series of JC De La Torre’s Sci-Fi and Fantasy Epic Star Mage are collected in to one awesome trade paperback. Including the six issues, this collection also features a new Star Mage story written by White Chapel co-writer Martin Dunn with art from Derrick Fish, crests of the Houses of Lambdu Kishpu and concept art by Ray Dillon and Franco Cespedes.

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    Earth Station One Episode 256 – Cosplay / Crossplay and Cons

    Earth Station One Ep 256
    Conventions are billed as events where folks of all kinds can gather and celebrate something they love without judgement. However, is that always the case? Mike, Mike, Darren Nowell, and Sabrina Pandora take a personal look at sexual discrimination in fandom. We also chat with Marten Jallad talks about Joelanta and see if his vintage Action Man can save him from The Geek Seat! Plus, Edward Owen tells us about the new Con-GT for fans of Doctor Who. And Mark Maddox joins us for our reaction to the passing of a pop culture icon, Leonard Nimoy.

    Table of Contents
    0:00:00 Show Open / Rants & Raves
    0:17:52 Interview & Geek Seat w/ Marten Jallad of Joelanta
    0:41:35 LGBT IV – Cosplay / Crossplay and Cons
    1:23:70 Khan Report w/ Edward Owen of Con-GT
    1:42:49 Show Close

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    Mark Maddox

    Feb 5 – Mar 7 Battle Space Wars, Dad’s Garage (Little Five Points, GA)
    From the guys that brought you The Revengence and Effed Up Fairy Tales, here comes a sci-fi adventure that’ll knock your Cylon-loving socks off. In the writers’ signature, fast-paced, mash-em-up style – you’ll see our super talented actors weaving in and out of all sorts of characters and storylines that span time and space. From Starbuck to the sharks, nobody is safe from this Battlestar Galactica parody turned Sharknado spoof turned Armageddon send-up. Oh, and we’ve thrown in a little domestic spat about a threesome for good measure. What? Exactly. Don’t think about it too much, just give yourself over to the universe. And remember – in space, no one can hear you scream, but they can hear you laugh.

    ESO Network Appearances

    Mar 6-8 Marscon (Bloomington, MN)
    FLOP (KEVIN, KORNFLAKE)
    Kevin and Kornflake of The Flopcast will be at MarsCon, March 6-8 in Bloomington, Minnesota.
    Kornflake is teaching Dementia Water Aerobics on Saturday and Sunday morning.
    There will be a live Flopcast show Sunday at noon.
    Kevin’s band “The Sponge Awareness Foundation” is performing Sunday afternoon

    Mar 14-15 Joelanta (Atlanta, GA)
    ESO (MikeF, MikeG)
    NEEDLESS THINGS/ESW (Phantom Troublemaker)

    Mar 20 Speakeasy Electro Swing at Red Light Cafe (Atlanta, GA)
    RRETRO (Q)

    March 21-22 SC Comicon (Greenville, SC)
    ESO (Mike F, MikeG)

    May 22-24 TimeGate (Atlanta, GA)
    ESO (MikeF, MikeG)
    ESW/ESMCU (Jen)

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    Movie Review: Atlantis The Lost Empire

    1356I remember reading a bunch of articles in various movie magazines such as Cinescape and Cinefantasque a couple of months before ATLANTIS: THE LOST EMPIRE hit movie theatres.  Most of the articles were gushing on and on about the producers hiring the same linguist who created the Klingon language for Star Trek to create an Atlantean language for the movie. Now, you have to wonder why the producers went to all that trouble since the Atlantean language is heard on screen for maybe 30 seconds and written Atlantean is hardly seen.  And in any case, the main character translates it for the rest of the characters (and thereby for us, the audience as well), so what’s the point of going to all the trouble to invent a new language? After seeing ATLANTIS: THE LOST EMPIRE, I figured it out: the producers had to do something to justify the incredibly thin and tired story. After spending all that money on a brand new language and the animation, they probably didn’t have much left over to pay one good writer. Which may explain why there are six credited writers: my guess is that they were so bored with trying to write this story that they just passed the script around in a sort of round robin: whenever someone got tired of writing, they just passed it on to the next poor sucker in line.

    Milo Thatch is the grandson of the great archeologist Thaddeus Thatch and the old man has passed down his dream of finding Atlantis to Milo. However, Milo is stuck working as a janitor, frustrated beyond words because he can’t get anyone to believe his theory and finance an expedition. Maybe the fact that he has absolutely no evidence that Atlantis exists has something to do with it. And one day, outta nowhere, with no forewarning or setup, this crazy old millionaire shows up and drops into Milo’s lap a book that shows him where Atlantis is and has even built a submarine and hired a crew to help Milo find the Lost Empire. Now there are so many things wrong here that I audibly groaned when I saw this scene. But I digress….let’s just simply go on ahead with the rest of the story, okay?

    Atlantis the lost empire inside the subMilo meets Commander Rourke and his second-in-command, the beautiful and calculating Helga and a colorful assortment of multi-national specialists in various fields (doctor, communications expert, demolitionist, etc) that made me sit up and pay attention for a while since I thought that they were going to be a crew of goofy, eccentric but supremely skilled and capable sidekicks like Doc Savage’s Amazing Five or Buckaroo Banzai’s Hong Kong Cavaliers. No such luck. They’re on board mostly for comic relief, except for the black doctor and Latina teenage mechanic who actually have interesting back-stories.

    They get on board this way cool submarine that looks like a 19th Century prototype of The Seaview from Voyage To The Bottom Of The Sea and find Atlantis in record time, losing most of the crew and the way cool sub and from there the movie continues on a limp and predictable path as Milo finds that Commander Rourke and his crew are really out to steal the magnificent giant crystal that powers Atlantis. And I’m not giving anything away here because almost right from the first time we meet Rourke he’s whispering in ominous asides to Helga and we’re shown mysterious crates full of oversized guns being loaded on board the sub. And so Milo has to appeal to the better nature of the mercenaries to get them to change sides and help him save Atlantis from Rourke.

    The animation is absolutely spectacular, especially the opening sequences where we see Atlantis sink and the ending, which is a terrific action sequence, but that’s all I can recommend in ATLANTIS: THE LOST EMPIRE. At 95 minutes, it zips by in a bewildering daze. Atlantis is found in the first half-hour of the movie and there is absolutely no time to get to know the secondary characters and/or their motivations. In a desperate attempt to give the characters some dimension, the filmmakers stick in a scene where the characters sit around a campfire and actually tell Milo their back-stories. But by then, it’s too late. I wasn’t interested in what happened to any of these characters and was only in it for the eye candy of the outstanding animation work.

    PlotAtlantis05And it’s a shame because the voice work is also quite good. There’s a real problem when the bad guy of a movie is more charismatic and appealing than the good guy, but that’s what happens here. James Garner does such a good job as Rourke that I found myself hoping he’d pitch Milo off a cliff and actually get away with stealing the crystal. Michael J. Fox is his usual energetic self as Milo. Leonard Nimoy voices The Atlantean King and there’s other familiar voices such as Cree Summer, Phil Morris, John Mahoney, Claudia Christian, Jim Varney and Don Novello all of who no doubt jumped at the chance to collect a nice voiceover check while waiting for a live action movie or TV show guest spot.

    It’s not that there’s anything really wrong with ATLANTIS: THE LOST EMPIRE and I realize that I’m not the target audience for this movie, but I have a hard time believing that even kids would find this material exciting or thrilling.  And let’s face it…you don’t blow up a way cool sub like that in the first 30 minutes of your movie…any kid will tell you that.  And there’s just too much metaphysical New Age mumbo-jumbo involving crystals and mysterious life-force energies and all kinds of mystical double-talk that does nothing but try to make you think that there’s something going on here. ATLANTIS: THE LOST EMPIRE could have been a smashing Edgar Rice Burroughs/Jules Verne type of adventure and all the right elements are there. My advice to the producers is: next time, forget about creating new languages and tell a good adventure story.  My advice is to go Netflix George Pal’s “Atlantis: The Lost Continent” if you want to see a really good movie about Atlantis.
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    2001

    Walt Disney Pictures

    Directed by Gary Trousdale and Kirk Wise
    Produced by Don Hahn
    Associate Producer: Kendra Holland
    Written by Tab Murphy, Gary Trousdale, Joss Whedan, Kirk Wise, Bryce Zabel and Jackie Zabel

    95 minutes

    Rated PG and that’s a stretch. I’d have given it an outright G.

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