What Are Slusho, Red Matter And Tattooed Romulans Doing In Star Trek?

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New videos and reviews give away loads of Star Trek details, including McCoy's catch-phrase. Plus our first look at District 9. And spoilers for Doctor Who, Dollhouse, Smallville, Heroes and Supernatural.

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Star Trek:

Here are a couple new TV spots, plus a German TV spot that shows you how swaggering and Teutonic the new Kirk will be in Germany:

Australian site SBS reviews Trek and gives some new details, plus a better idea of its structure. Kirk's mom gives birth fleeing the Romulan Nero's attack (as you'd probably gleaned.) James then grows up to be a "reckless borderline-drunk" living in Iowa, before Christopher Pike urges him to join Starfleet. There, he quickly comes into conflict with Spock, and his cocky act gets tiresome — at one point he eats an apple really loudly while he cheats on the Kobayashi Maru test. By the time Kirk, Spock, Bones, Uhura and Chekov are on the Enterprise, it's been a long time since the opening fight scene, and the one-note characters are starting to get old. (I'm paraphrasing the review.)

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Then Nero shows up and attacks Vulcan, and the movie roars back to life. There's an amazing 35-minute high-adrenaline sequence, involving Kirk, Sulu and a redshirt skydiving onto the drilling platform, and ending with Spock visiting the Vulcan landscape one last time. After that, the film runs out of momentum once again, with Spock kicking Kirk off the ship. Leonard Nimoy is brought in, in a slow-paced, exposition-heavy sequence. And then we meet the Cloverfield monster, and then Simon Pegg's Scotty shows up, acting like he's in a different film than everyone else. There's a lot of focus on "the convoluted machinations of an alternate-universe/matter-transportation subplot that is meant to conveniently explain away some illogical story threads (which it doesn't really do)."

And then the film sort of gets back on track for the final action sequence. Bones and Uhura get lots of set-up early in the film, but don't have much to do in the second half. And then there's a final "iconic shot" of the crew, ready to take up the mantle of the original cast. [SBS]

Dr. McCoy gets to say "I'm a doctor, not a physicist" at one point in this film. And Uhura gets an unexpected romantic storyline. [TVNZ]

And McCoy is fleeing from the wreckage of his painful divorce, which is referenced in the film. (The fact that McCoy also had to euthanasia-ize his own father, as shown in Trek V, is not mentioned, but Karl Urban says he kept it in mind.) McCoy is running away to join Starfleet, despite his terrible fear of space travel. [SciFiNow via TrekWeb]

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Says Obsessed With Film:

J.J. Abrams goes a bit nuts with time travel in his over-zealous attempts to comprehensively reboot the franchise, creating a story that occasionally tests the limits of believability - even allowing for artistic license. Wormholes from the future and alternate realities mess with worlds in many weird ways. Red matter is fired around willy nilly and black holes created inside planets by a moody miner.

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[Obsessed With Film]

Chekov has a giant race through the Enterprise at one point, and when we meet Scotty, he has a stone-clad Oompa Loompa comedy sidekick. And there's a Slusho drink "front and center" [Comic Book Resources]

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Spock actually invented the Kobayashi Maru no-win scenario test. (Really?) So he's really annoyed when the apple-chewing Kirk cheats on it. There are scenes when Kirk and Spock first meet up at Starfleet Academy, and Kirk's fellow cadets get up to all sorts of shenanigans. In one early scene, Kirk is about to go to bed with a beautiful woman, and then the lights go up and you realize she's green. It's "like The O.C. in space. But in a good way." Uhura's relationship with Spock is touching and surprising. But Chekov and Sulu are one-dimensional caricatures, and Simon Pegg is playing Simon Pegg. But the Kirk-Spock relationship is solid, and both lead actors bring it. And the film's second half is confusing and it's never entirely clear what Nero is up to. [IGN]

District 9:

Our first look at Neill Blomkamp's alien epic doesn't show any aliens, but rather Wikus (Sharlto Copley), who's a Multi-National United who gets infected with alien biotech. Wikus goes on the run from the repressive government, to District 9, an internment camp where the government has been keeping all the aliens locked up since they landed on Earth almost 30 years earlier. [Slashfilm]

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Dollhouse:

Everything comes to a head in the de facto season finale, "Omega":

ALPHA'S OBSESSION WITH ECHO GROWS MORE DANGEROUS ON THE SEASON FINALE OF "DOLLHOUSE" FRIDAY, MAY 8, ON FOX. Alpha's reign of terror continues as his obsession with Echo endangers Caroline's survival, and Ballard's search for the Dollhouse comes to an end, forcing him to make a life-changing decision. Meanwhile, one Doll is permanently deactivated while another's shocking past is revealed.

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[Whedon.Info]

We won't see any more of the Victor-Sierra relationship this season, says Dichen Lachman. But meanwhile, in the next episode, Topher follows in his boss' footsteps by becoming a Dollhouse client — he asks Boyd if he can hire a Doll, and Boyd suggests Sierra, who hasn't been active lately. Nothing sexual happens, but instead the lonely Topher turns Sierra into a friend he can bond about football and computers with. Topher's not going to be having any real romantic relationships any time soon, but he will develop an interesting relationship with Claire Saunders. And the Mellie/Paul Ballard relationship is "doomed" for obvious reasons. [E! Online]

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Doctor Who:

The show did some filming, involving David Tennant at the Wookey Hole Caves, which are where (I believe) a large chunk of "Revenge Of The Cybermen" was filmed some 35 years ago. (Yes, I'm a huge dork.) There were people in sort of monk tunics running around. [EmmaG892 via Planet Gallifrey]

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Supernatural:

Oh man. It's intervention time, in "When The Levee Breaks," airing May 7:

DEAN AND BOBBY TRAP SAM IN THE PANIC ROOM - Dean (Jensen Ackles) and Bobby (Jim Beaver) lock Sam (Jared Padalecki) in Bobby's panic room so he can detox from the demon blood. However, as Bobby sees more seals are being broken he tells Dean they should let Sam out to help them fight the impending apocalypse. Dean disagrees and goes to Castiel (Misha Collins) for help. Sam and Dean have a big blowout confrontation.

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[Oh No They Didn't]

Heroes:

We've already mentioned that Big Matt Parkman does something in the season finale that he'll regret forever. And, according to Greg Grunberg, it's something that sets up all of season four:

It's one of those things that, on the surface, everybody else is happy about, but how it was pulled off and the secret that he's going to carry with him is gonna be…it's gonna fuel Season 4. It's something that's gonna haunt him and he may have to fix, and there's no real easy way to fix it. I hate to be so vague, but you know how it is. It's the big season finale sort of cliffhanger thing that I'm involved in, and people are gonna be shocked, but they're gonna be shocked at what happens, at how it happens, and who pulls it off. Well, I'm obviously the guy who pulls it off, but you're gonna be, like, "Wow, unbelievable. I never thought he would do that."

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[The ODI]

Smallville:

Here's what happens in episode 8x21, "Injustice":

DC COMICS CHARACTER PLASTIQUE RETURNS WITH FRIENDS - Chloe (Allison Mack) returns and begs Clark (Tom Welling) to kill Davis (Sam Witwer), claiming he can no longer keep the beast under control. Tess (Cassidy Freeman) has assembled a team of meteor freaks, including Plastique (guest star Jessica Parker Kennedy), to track down Davis so Clark can kill him. However, things get out of hand once Tess' team discovers she is double-crossing them.

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[SpoilerTV]

Additional reporting by Alasdair Wilkins.

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ManchuCandidate
ManchuCandidate

I'm curious as to why Nero just didn't go back in time to save his planet? Or even go back in time to kill Sarak/Amanda a la Terminator? Why bother to go thru all this trouble to get back at Spock?