In Memoriam: Ricardo Montalbán

I came across a folder full of these images while digging through data from the old site. Clearly I had intended to post a memorial, but back then I felt that it wasn’t a valid post until I had forced my readers to endure no less than ten thousand words. That feeling is responsible for a great many things that went undone, and it is why I failed to post a memorial to the actor I still believe to be the single best villain to appear in any version of Star Trek. Montalbán’s performance in Star Trek II set a standard for adversaries that has never been surpassed.

So, on what would have been his 100th birthday, I give to you this humble collection of images, most of which Past Chris collected elevenish years ago. Look them over, then go watch Star Trek II and enjoy one of the most masterful and menacing actors ever to grace a Star Trek sound stage. Montalbán’s Khan is flawless.

Ricardo Gonzalo Pedro Montalbán y Merino, November 25, 1920 – January 14, 2009

From The Archives: Ghostbusters Minimates Design Sheets And Prototypes

I must have been a busy boy back in 2009. I have so many folders of unpublished material from that year that it makes me wonder what the hell I was doing instead of writing. Come on in and check out these design sheets and prototype photos for Diamond Select Toys/Art Asylum’s then upcoming line of Ghostbusters Minimates!

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From The Archives: “World Of Tomorrow: School, Work And Play”

In “From The Archives,” we take bits and pieces of the old site, brush them off, and display them for historical interest. At least that’s what I’m telling people until I come up with something better.

The truth is I used to collect an INSANE amount of content for the site. More content than I could ever reasonably hope to post. Now that we’re getting back to business, I’m going through all this old stuff and realizing that I have no memory of the vast majority of it. I’m sure I had an article in mind for these images, but all I have is a folder full of unlabeled pictures. Past Chris left Future Chris precious few clues as to his motives. I really don’t know what I intended to write, but come on in and read it anyway.

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From The Archives: 2012

And that’s it, folks. That’s all the info I have left on the two measly posts that we had in 2012. The links exist, but it appears the content has been lost to time. After this began The Dark Times…

This Is Science Fact

To celebrate the 42nd anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon landing, I’m breaking my own rule and publishing something that isn’t about science fiction. It turned out, fortunately, to be science fiction, but when it was written its factuality was unknown. I’m referring to the beautiful, chilling speech written for President Nixon in the event the astronauts became stranded on the Moon. To be delivered to the nation while the astronauts were still alive and awaiting death by suffocation, they would have listened to a long range transmission of the President delivering this, their eulogy, from another planet, while their lives and final hours were helplessly mourned from a quarter of a million miles away.

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Chris reviews the Crayola Crayon Maker

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED AUGUST 29TH, 2006

It can’t be on the site if its not sci-fi or fantasy. That’s the rule. Its my rule. What kind of asshole goes around breaking his own rule? I can’t. I won’t. Somehow I will justify reviewing this damn thing. I can’t think of any way I can do it right now, but I’m hoping if I just keep writing, something will come to me. ‘Cause, damn, brother, this thing is CHOICE. 

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Episode 6 – “Warp 11″

The Sci-Fi Guys: Episode 6 – “Warp 11″ is finally completed. I just verified the finished DVD burn, and at a final running time of 28min, 48sec, we are ready for air! This is the first episode I have ever edited digitally (Quentin, if you ever stick me with editing again, I will KILL you), and is also the only episode to date that none of us are in; besides the opening montage there is not a single frame of footage of any of us anywhere in the episode.

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Episode Six and all others

Chris and I have gotten together and laid out a rough cut of Episode 6. There are a few more pieces of the show that need to be grabbed requiring the filming of the other Guys, but once that’s done it’ll be sent off to air.

I’ve also completed the first revision of the DVD Archives, by far the most exhaustive work I’ve done for a DVD. I’m in the process of cleaning up and tightening the menus and making them more generic for each volume set so that I don’t need perform a six-hour grudge-fest for every volume we complete. I expect Volume I: Episodes One and Two to be completed in two weeks. Talk to Chris about distribution, he’ll set you straight.