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Top 10 – Righteous Heroes

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The Righteous Hero is someone who has a rather strong sense of justice; to the point where you question how they can be so… Well… Righteous! They’re often overbearing, self-promoters who talk a big game. Worse still, typically these do-gooders know how to back themselves up.

But hey, you’re here to see who our favourite Righteous Heroes are – So buckle up, this is our latest Top 10!

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Review: Doctor Who RPG

I admit I was both curious and anxious when I read that there was a Doctor Who RPG. The child inside of me was gleeful that people had put the Doctor Who universe into a form that can be played by many and then the adult in me grew very cynical indeed. I wondered how they would deal with the Doctor as a character, will this be played by a player or is the Doctor like a super cool NPC.

Will there be references to the Doctors companions from the series? Which ones and indeed which Doctor/s are we going to interact with? There really was only one way to find out and so in a recent Humble Bundle sale, I picked up the RPG and some companion books to go with it. The following will only deal with the main rulebook and will try to look at it with a fresh pair of eyes with no expectations. This is going to be hard!

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Top 10 – Psychics

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We saw this one coming.

The mind is a strange and enigmatic thing, filled with mysteries and incredible powers of calculation, empathy, and moving stuff around. Alright, the last one is mostly fictitious, but the abilities of our super-advanced lightning-sponge just aren’t enough for most people, so we simply have to make stuff up.

Join us as we run through our picks for the movers and mind readers, future-seers and dead-speakers. Wrap your brain around our Top 10 psychics.

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Top 10 – Companions

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Ah yes, the companion. Unlike the sidekick, the companion is something that might not necessarily follow you because it believes in the same things as you do. Instead, a companion is there because it wants to be by your side, for whatever reason. (more…)


Top 10 Charming Villains

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Villains are often rather evil beings, capable of destroying their opponents through raw might, or cunning plans. However, not all villains are content with outright destruction. Some prefer to take a more manipulative, or vocal route. Some like to make people their personal pawns, mentally enthralled to them. In fact, it could be said that some villains are even more charming than their protagonist counterparts.

This week, we’re celebrating our personal Top 10 list of antagonists who happen to be pretty charming, for one reason or another. Now, I command you to read all of this article, then comment in the comments below, or over on Facebook and Twitter. After all, we could be the most charming villains of all… If we actually bothered to try.


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10. Lust – FMA

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If there was one character from anime that epitomised using her charms to win her enemies over, before going ahead and being brutal, then Lust would be at the top of the list. She only makes it in at number 10, as she’s not the most charming of all of the villains on this list, by a long way. But she doesn’t need to even say too much, for most men to have an aching, throbbing heart. What did you think I was going to say there?

She’s a beauty and as such, she is a real charmer to men who are most sinful to the deadly sin of Lust. Beautiful, yet deadly, she strikes out at Edward Elric and his brother Alphonse Elric with long, extending claw-like nails which can even pierce the toughest of metals. She’s often talking people into and out of things the homonculi don’t want to see happening, so Lust acts as their communicator for the most part, getting their message across… Sometimes even peacefully!

9. Bane – The Dark Knight Rises

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While the original version has unquestionable physical superiority, tactical brilliance and a certain amount of charisma to back it all up, Nolan’s adaption (played by Tom Hardy) possessed far more gravitas than his comic-book counterpart. Bereft of chemical augmentation and instead bound by a crippling deformity, Bane portrays so much in his body language, even the way he stands in a room shows a terror inspiring fearlessness and dominance.

Little wonder that the man who left the Pit commands a city, demands the allegiance of a criminal army, and put the fear into the Bat himself. In a few words he can make trained military men doubt even while he himself is bound at their feet. His allies quake in his presence and only one human being can instil fear in him, the daughter of the demon. Not even the Clown Prince can command such an audience without holding an entire TV station hostage.

8. Dr. Wallace Breen – Half Life 2

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Collaborator, but what hope have we to advance if we do not collaborate and work together?

Breen may only be a puppet to the Combine forces that seek to enslave humanity, but even under the illusion of leader of all humanity he still has a certain benevolent tone to his tyrannical propaganda lectures to his people as his masked police force beat down on the populous for throwing trash around. He seems oddly caring, forward thinking, and determined that humanity needs to advance despite what costs may come, and that those who fight against these changes are narrow minded fools who would drag the species into stagnation and extinction.

Or we could be food, slaves, or subjects of dangerous scientific experimentation to create highly powerful soldiers to protect and advance the terrible interdimensional empire Breen serves as a kind of traitorous maître-de.

7. Hans Gruber – Die Hard

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It’d be a cheap disservice to the memory of Alan Rickman to place him in a list where he does not belong, and to give him an unjustly high ranking in the process.

But there was no way we were letting Hans Gruber get away without a mention. Everyone’s favourite Christmas film features a criminal mastermind so thoroughly charismatic that he even has maverick action hero John McClane convinced he’s just an innocent victim in need of saving, if only briefly. Cold, cunning, exceedingly clever, he always has time for a polite chat with the people he’s going to kill, and has one of the most elegant back-and-forth villain to hero patters in cinema history, mocking, probing and funny as all hell.

Little wonder that McClane tries to keep Gruber alive at the end of the film, and so often the stunned look from the plummeting thief is the most memorable moment and not his quips, his glibness, and his classical education. Constructing a terrorist attack in order to execute an enormous heist is simple brilliance, and no one else could have done so with such theatrical aplomb.

6. The Master – Doctor Who

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The Master is a primary antagonist of the British classic Doctor Who, of which has seen countless fantastic iterations. When one thinks of The Doctor, it doesn’t take long for people to bring up The Master, who is not only an intellectual equal to The Doctor, but perhaps even a superior. When The Doctor and The Master were studying in Gallifrey, The Master would always outperform The Doctor. Whilst being out right brilliant, if there was one weakness to The Master, it is his thirst for dominance.

Forever engaging The Doctor in conversation, The Master is known for often being rather pleasant to chat to. Although this may be the case, it doesn’t stop him from being vile and pure evil, often with murderous intent. He’s talked people to kill themselves to be turned into robots, only for those robots to go back in time and then kill their former selves, to create some incredibly crazy time paradox. The Master might be intelligent, but if this is what intelligence does to you, then I’m going to remain blissfully unaware.

5. Jareth the Goblin King – Labyrinth

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“Your eyes can be so cruel, just as I can be so cruel” – Jareth

Yes, we’re feeling a little bit soppy about the passing of both David Bowie and Alan Rickman. Couple this with Lemmy of Motorhead and now the death of Glenn Frey of the Eagles. Oh, this has been a dreadful start to 2016, hasn’t it? However, let’s look past that right now and let’s look at why Jareth belongs on this list.

Labyrinth is a cult classic film; It’s one that many people in the world consider a great film, yet when it was released, critics didn’t think much of it. With his stunning good looks, even by attractive human standards, Jareth plays with protagonist Sarah’s heartstrings and knows how to wind her around his little finger. He knows what makes her twitch, he knows how to make her skin crawl at the right moments and how to get her to obey his commands. Jareth knows it, he knows he doesn’t need to resort to his minions to get to her. He knows in his mind that he can make her his bride, which would mean that all of his professions of love for Sarah would have been for something all along.

If you’re not charmed by Jareth and by extension David Bowie, I’m not sure what you are charmed by. Gender and sexuality knows no bounds when it comes to this great. Thank you, Bowie, for Labyrinth.

4. Kuja – Final Fantasy IX

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Now, a lot of people might turn around and suggest other antagonists from the Final Fantasy series, although I will immediately stop to point out that none of them were charming. They were usually very verbose and intelligent, such as Kefka and even Garland. With all this in mind, how could we single out Kuja to be the most charming of all of the villains from the franchise? He has some very defining features which make him so:

When we first meet him, we don’t have a clue who he is really. He’s just some guy who watches as you are beaten down by a very powerful foe. He points out who may be trouble to the Queen, who he seems to act as a kind of advisor for. As you play through, you find out that he has been a weapons dealer for Queen Brahne, but further to that, he’s also acted as an advisor of kinds. He would tell the Queen about what places are next to attack, instilling confidence in the Queen that she was doing this to make Alexandria the most powerful city in the world. He wasn’t lying, either, as they unleash ridiculous powers, before he finally turns on the Queen and kills her.

Manipulative, but all the time he acts charming. He tries to get Garnet to be his, as if they were in a play the whole time. He’s dashing and makes heads turn, but most important is his intellect, coupled with his incredibly dangerous sensibilities: Kuja is a charmingly destructive force to be reckoned with. Also, how many men do you know can pull that look off?! Very few.

3. Light Yagami – Death Note

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Hold your horses folks, you might need to understand a little bit about why we’re bundling Light as an antagonist in this list.

See, Light Yagami is indeed generally pretty much a good guy. He fights the good fight, but his methods are all wrong. He doesn’t do the honourable thing, more taking justice into his own hands, a vigilante. Whilst this isn’t so bad unto itself, he does literally go around killing people with the Death Note. Sure, it might be villains that he’s killing off, but he’s doing basically what the villains were doing in the first place, which basically makes him a bad guy.

Part of the joy of Light’s works is that he’s very manipulative, but it’s all for the perceived notion of ‘good’. Whilst a brilliant and highly intelligent mind, able to make people do whatever he wants them to, he’s also incredibly self-absorbed. He believes he cannot be wrong, but in going around murdering criminals, he’s only mimicking the criminals. Perhaps what he does is for the greater good over all, but it doesn’t stop him being a villain in his own right. What do you think? Villain or not?

2. Magneto – Marvel

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The Brotherhood. What a name, and what a leader. “Villainy” becomes a somewhat difficult term to apply to someone like Magneto, he’s a man that made it through a genocide and has vowed to never see another – at least not against his own kind. In his loathing of nazis he has in his way become very similar to them, despising the “lesser race” and making every effort to kill or convert them, and seeing the efforts of those mutants who would find peace as treacherous and abhorrent.

And yet there are times when even he concedes that there is a greater good worth fighting for, puts aside his hatred and his anger to join forces with the X-Men of Xavier’s Institute and fight for life itself and not the differences that divide it, before sliding back into his resentment. And the sad fact is that he is often absolutely right, his point is so often proven by fearful and fear-mongering humans that countless mutants can’t help but follow by his lead.

1. Hannibal Lecter – Silence of the Lambs

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Who else?

Here is a man who’s very brilliance lies, not in the counterplay of his intellectual brilliance and culture against his feral and primal crime, but in his personality. Something in Hopkins’ snake-like charm, at once threatening and beguiling and his mastery of conversation makes him no mere villain, but a nemesis. Locked within a cage he still presents a threat with only words and information as his weapon, and with that and only that he manages to walk from his glass box a free (but hunted) man.

I will, at some point, get around to watching the widely acclaimed series based on the original books, but for now I’m content to rewatch Silence, Hannibal, and yes even Red Dragon to an extent – the Tooth Fairy was a good concept worthy of recognition – but I needn’t have seen it to know that here is a monster born with a silver tongue.


Honourable Mentions

Amos Zelig – The Shivah

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Avid fans of GeekOut might remember a while back, when I started including galleries in video game posts where possible, I reviewed a game called The Shivah. It’s a game about a rather bitter Jewish Rabbi, who was sort of on the path to redemption for his actions. Along the way, there’s a murder mystery to be solved, along with trying to suss out what’s going on in the world of the synagogues. There’s a lot of deception and deceit in this game, which mostly comes from one man…

Amos Zelig, another rabbi for another synagogue, on the face of it is one of the most honest working rabbis around. People seem to agree with this too, as he runs a way more popular service than you do. However, he does this through lies and deceit. Amos is a cold blooded man, who talks people into a variety of different things. He doesn’t hesitate to kidnap, to murder, to do anything un-Jew like. Why? It’s true what they say; Money is power.

Gabe Newell – Steam

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Curse you Newell, you’ve got us all dancing to your merry tune, tempting us with trinkets and toys so that we forget the failings of your past, and your negligence! Where’s Half Life 3? Where’s Half Life 2, Episode 3? Something, anything? Why have you forsak- 50% off whatnow? All right, we’ll bite but you’re not getting away wi- Steam Machine? What’s that? Ohh, that looks pretty cool actually, I’m not a console person but I think I could get to grips with- HEY WAIT A MINUTE!

Now we’ve been loyal customers, and yes you’ve changed the way the PC gaming industry works, and no we wouldn’t have such platforms as Good Old Games or the Humble Bundle if it weren’t for Steam. Valve have produced masterpieces of games, the legendary Portal and Portal 2, the beloved Team Fortress 2, and the infamous saga Half Life, Half Life 2, Half Life 2: Episode 1, Half Life 2: Episode 2… AND THEN WHAT? Cliffhanger? Really? Nothing, after (counting – because you clearly can’t) nine years?!

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Charmed, I’m sure. But these villains have now had their say, from those romantic types, to the downright terrifyingly fearsome. You can’t help but at least listen to what they have to say for themselves and their plans. Regardless, they’ve said their piece now and we’re here to say they are our entries to this list, but the conversation needn’t end here!

As always, please remember to vote for next weeks’ Top 10 topic. If you want to get involved with one of our Top 10s like Murray did last week, please just get in contact with us. If you felt our list was good, let us know, but equally let us know if you disagree with any of our entries, or if we missed someone you feel deserves a space in the list that we just didn’t even put up here. As always, leave your comments below, or over on Facebook and Twitter. See you next week for another Top 10!


Inventive Uses For A Raspberry Pi

There’s no denying it, the Raspberry Pi has been an incredible success story. Some people have used them as a portable computer, but many more people have come up with some of the most inventive uses for this little device.

For those of you who haven’t heard about the clever device, the Raspberry Pi is a low-cost, tiny little machine which is capable of being a fully fledged computer. It’s impressive in that it comes with its own operating system (Raspbian is the default) and this machine is no bigger than a credit card in size. It has found its way to plenty of classrooms to teach children and students how to program, as well as being used in many different offices and departments across the world.

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Let’s not beat around the bush with this one, the Picade is a brilliant idea. A microcomputer that allows you to play all of the arcade classics in a really neat and well presented package, it’s a dream come true. It’s all very self explanatory, so it’s worth checking it out, although it does cost £180 for the kit.

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This is one of my personal favourite uses for the Raspberry Pi and it’s incredibly simple. Effective, oh hells yeah, but it certainly is simple. But the best projects usually are. This instructable allows you to create your very own Google Calendar wall screen. You mount the screen, power it up and boom, you’ve got yourself a Google Calendar on the wall!

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Yes, this is a homemade R2D2 that responds to voice commands and does quite a few neat little things. Whilst this is on the extremely advanced levels of what the Raspberry Pi can do, this is proof that if you’ve got an idea, a piece of kit like the Pi can really make a difference. The man who made this did it for his girlfriend, which is an adorable level of geeky affection.

If R2D2 isn’t your thing, check out this post about a Raspberry Pi powered K-9!

If you want to get a Raspberry Pi for yourself, the version 2 pi’s cost a little more than £30, making this a tinkerers ideal toy. It’s lightweight and portable, since it is only the size of a credit card, so it’s well worth the small investment if you’re looking to spice up your house with nifty little gadgets and do-dads. Have you seen any particularly clever uses for the Raspberry Pi or any microcomputers? Have you got one of these for yourself and have you done anything cool with yours? Let us know in the comments below, or over on Facebook and Twitter.


Firestorm Update – An Interview with Jamie Anderson

Further to GeekOut South-West’s coverage of the Firestorm Kickstarter, we were offered the opportunity to interview a member of the crew. I’m sure you can imagine my surprise when Jamie Anderson himself offered to chat to me through Skype about Firestorm, it’s past, present, some interesting revelations about it’s future, and Anderson Entertainment itself.


 

Q: First things first, what inspired you to revisit Firestorm as an idea?

A: Oooh! I think because I remember Dad talking about it when it was first thought about and first created and being really excited about it, and I hadn’t really seen him as excited about a project as he had been about this one before. He’d worked on things during my childhood like Space Precinct, which he’d been working on getting made for 8 years and I think the slog had killed his enthusiasm a bit, so even though they got that going, when they got the funding for it he said “Oh god, we’ve got to make it now.” which is not the response you want.

But with this, he was more excited about it. I always remember it not working out the way he wanted, not necessarily for a Japanese audience but for him, and for what he was after, so upon investigating the right situation, and realizing that this was another original Anderson property that we had a stake in. It felt like the most exciting one, and also it featured a design by Steve Begg –  one of the craft a double-hulled giant submarine called Ocean Storm, which was based on a previous design Steve did for an aborted Thunderbirds re-launch in the ’80s – so there were lots of elements about it that were really good, and there was scope for it to be redeveloped because it became quite a basic idea, and there was room to make it a bit more intricate.

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So it’s a lot of things coming together then?

Yeah, just a big stack of things coming together at the right time, in the right way.

Why Take Firestorm to Kickstarter?

Well, there’s all sorts of reasons, it was partly to repeat what we did with Gemini Force One. As a general rule – especially when you’re trying to start from scratch, or reinvigorate an existing brand – I hate the term brand, but for the purposes of this Gerry Anderson as a brand in the same way as Walt Disney – when you’re doing that there’s a bit of reluctance from those in the industry who have high pressure jobs, the people choosing to pump money into productions or those choosing to buy productions to show on channels or… whatever, any of those executives, they’re in a very difficult position because if they pick a show or get behind a show and it doesn’t do well then they’re at risk, so everyone’s in this horrible position of “Oh, I’m not really sure.” so if there’s anything that’s unconventional about a project that automatically makes it something that people don’t want to touch. In terms of Firestorm, puppets were the thing that made people not want to touch it, not because there’s anything inherently wrong with puppets but for two reasons:

The first being that Team America ruined puppets forever because they picked up on all the comedic/silly aspects of puppets they made a mockery of them really, and that’s what they meant to do and they did it extremely well, but now people think of marionettes and they think of these floaty malproportioned, weightless things; possibly two puppets having sex which I know Dad disapproved of enormously when he watched Team America, but they kind of spoilt it which made puppets a bit “Can we make something a bit more serious with puppets?”

And the other thing that made it more difficult for us was ITV’s decision to make the new Thunderbirds series with CGI characters rather than puppets and they’ve made that decision for a variety of reasons that I understand but don’t agree with.

Those two things got in the way, and with those two things in mind you go to investors, you go to distributors, and you say “Right I want to make a Gerry Anderson thing” and they go “Great! Tell us more.” and then you get to the bit about puppets and they go “Oh no, you see we can’t do that, because…” and normally Team America and/or the ITV decision will come into play there.

So with those problems it makes much more sense to go to the fans, the people who are actually going to watch it and say “Here’s what we want to do. What do you think?” We did the same thing with Gemini Force One and what happened there was people loved the idea, they got behind us, and that show of confidence was enough for Orion – the publishers – to go “Oh, people do want this!” and that gave them the kind of security to make a decision to get behind Gemini Force One which will now be a three book series with the first book coming out on the second of April. So I was hoping we could mimic that model, which is to gather the public support and say “Look, fifteen hundred people from all over the world have got behind this. They believe in it, people want it!” and it just gives that extra weight. That was the creative reasoning for going down the Kickstarter route.

What’s the next step for Firestorm itself?

There’s a lot of pressure obviously to get this right and it’s a very difficult thing to get spot-on, because we’re trying to take the best elements of a decade of Anderson puppet shows, combine them with maybe more modern storytelling and advances in technology, but without taking things too far. We’ve already had a great deal of difficulty deciding exactly how far we’re going to take the animatronics in the puppets, and the puppet development has already put us back by about seven weeks on the original schedule so far, and I’m sure those problems will continue to arise.

Past and future for Firestorm

Past and future for Firestorm

Right now we are trying to lock down the script for this pilot episode, and that has been quite difficult again to strike the right tone, but I think what we’ve got now is a story that has the darkness of a Captain Scarlet episode, and the positive world, and I guess the look and feel to an extent of a Thunderbirds episode.

Wow, that’s a really difficult balance to strike!

Haha! Well I’m glad you agree with that from my description, but yeah, it’s really really tough, but I think there’s a lot to love from Captain Scarlet, there’s some really thoughtful stuff. There’s an episode in particular that sticks in my mind where three guys pretend to be Mysterons in order to go and steal from a bank vault, and at the end of the episode Captain Black locks them in the bank and blows up the bank, and basically says “You are exactly what is wrong with mankind, and so here’s your fate.” and things like that are really dark, and really quite strong, but I just remember watching that as a kid and finding that really thought provoking and it then made it an episode that I want to go and rewatch now! I probably saw it the first time when I was 7, and 22… coming up to 23 years later I still want to go and watch it again because it had all the elements that made it enjoyable as a kid, but with something that could keep you thinking into adulthood.

Watch that Captain Scarlet episode here!

Something that’s missing now from a lot of ‘Kids TV’

Well precisely. This is the other thing we’re trying to include in the world building and also in the pilot. There’s a lot of kids TV around, and a lot of effort that goes into making it, but it’s all this obsession with demographic targeting, “We’re going to make this show for a 5-7 year old audience” which again is the thing to do, and it makes TV exec’s feel more comfortable but it makes me feel deeply uncomfortable. Part of the reason we have the longevity of something like Doctor Who, or Thunderbirds or Captain Scarlet or any of those shows is that there’re different levels at which you can enjoy it. I can’t see something – and absolutely no disrespect to the show at all – I can’t see something like Peppa Pig having the same longevity of Thunderbirds, it has nothing to do with the production values or anything else, but kids that watch it when they’re 5 years old may think when they’re 10 years old “Oh, I remember Peppa Pig, I’ll go and watch an episode on YouTube.” and they’ll watch it and they’ll think “Oh! It’s so childish” even at that point. Whereas with any of the Anderson shows, or certainly for the most part, you can watch them at 6 years old and enjoy elements, you can watch them at 10, 16, 26, 66 and still find something to enjoy.

So trying to incorporate that into a relatively short script that tells the story of the world, gives you the set up, shows off what we’re going to be able to do, is a bit of a tall order. That’s why that’s taking quite a while, the script isn’t locked down yet but I’m hoping that within the next ten days/two weeks it will be.

Something that would have been much easier had you got the [22 minute] pilot episode you were hoping for.

Well we are still looking at doing some top-up funding externally from Kickstarter because I figure now we’re putting the stuff together – we’re going to have a crew together, we’re going to have sets together – if we can make this a full story then that is what I would like to do, so as well as doing the script we’re looking for some external funding and I’m fairly hopeful that we may find enough to go up to at least 15 minutes plus.

That’s brilliant news. What does the future hold for Anderson Entertainment as a whole?

Whooooooo! Um…

Oh yes, straight for the jugular!

It’s a good jugular, it’s a pulsing jugular so it’s fine.

There’s so many different bits and pieces going on, so like I said April is a big month for the Anderson World in general, obviously ITVs new Thunderbirds is out in April, the first book of Gemini Force One is out on the second of April, the Terrahawks audio series which we’ve produced will be out mid-April. We are currently developing another sci-fi project which I have to keep entirely secret unfortunately. There’s an animated film that’s been in development that Dad wrote in 2006/2007 that’s been in development since then and is rapidly approaching a point where we could actually do something with it.

There’s lots and lots going on which is really exciting but I think the main focus right now, I’m passing notes to the editor for the Terrahawks audio series so we can get that polished off. We’re just prepping-up for the Gemini Force One launch, and in the mean-time the whole way we’ll be ploughing through pre-production for Firestorm. So there’s loads going on and I think that 2015 will be a big, big year in general for Gerry Anderson as a “brand” – again I’m doing air-quotes when I say brand.

It’s some really exciting stuff, and I’m really pleased to hear about it. Very last question then, what would you point to as your geekiest passion?

Hahahaha! Well, I’ve been a Doctor Who fan since I was about 4 years old, so probably my continuing Doctor Who. Behind me I have a replica Dematerialization Circuit, quite geeky isn’t it?

That’s definitely geeky. I’d say that puts you well within our demographic.

Perfect! Well, I’m pretty geeky like that, and I’m currently rewatching a load of Colin Baker, which some people might not agree with entirely, but I quite enjoy some of Colin Baker’s stuff. So yeah, I’m still a massive Doctor Who geek at heart.


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Past and future for Anderson Entertainment

Gerry Anderson has been a media giant for the latter half of the 20th century, and has made television history more than once. Jamie has one hell of a heritage and is determined to bring it to a new generation. Talking to him I got an incredible sense of his passion, his fervour, and his belief in what he is doing.

I want to thank Jamie for a fantastic interview. Keep your eyes peeled for major developments this April, and we look forward to bringing you more on Firestorm soon. I wish everyone at Anderson Entertainment all the best of luck, and a happy new year.

 


Christmas Specials 2014

Every year television likes to feature Christmas special content. Every year, we get the same things; EastEnders, Coronation Street – All of your favourite soap operas get their own Christmas specials. Generally…

However, with the growing trend of featuring geek culture on TV, more and more Christmas specials have started to show up. Check out this years specials in the upcoming week, all of which are my picks. Not all of them are incredibly geeky, but gosh darn it, we will get more geek culture on TV!


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Top 10 Alternative Santa’s

We’re all familiar with the man in the big red suit who comes down our chimneys baring gifts. Just recently, we spoke about all of the ways we can keep our beady little eyes on the fellow as he makes his way around the earth.

So in this weeks Top 10, our last one before Christmas, we thought we’d look at the Top 10 alternative Santa’s in the whole of geekdom. We’ve analysed many different aspects of each of these Santa’s and there’s even a controversial decision to put one only in an honourable mention – so do let us know your opinions on him being there. Here we go then with our Top 10 Alternative Santa’s in Geekdom.

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BristolCon 2014 Gallery

Last Saturday was BristolCon 2014 and it was an excellent day out for everyone involved. So many authors under one roof, as well as some amazing artwork from seriously great artists like Julian Quaye it’s no wonder this might have been one of the best BristolCons to date… But to make it even better, the cosplay element of BristolCon is now slowly getting there. Seriously, I think cosplay might have suddenly become a major part of the whole geek scene, which I find awesome.

So, why not have a look through our gallery and see what there was to see!?

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