How have I never seen this glorious duel before?
Now I want to have someone re-enact the various duels from throughout the movies like that. Get on it, internet!
Onto other productions which may or may not be more entertaining. Amazon has purchased the rights to the late master science fiction writer Iain M. Banks’ Consider Phlebas, the first novel in his Culture series. This is exciting not just because Banks was a great author, but it’s an ambitious undertaking. This is space opera writ pretty darn large, with lots of high concept races, characters, and civilizations. The Culture is often branded as “communist” by glib critics, but that’s really not taking into account it’s a post-scarcity society that has a collective democracy allowing its citizens (augmented humans, sapient machines, just about anything that thinks therefore it is, etc.) to do whatever they want and live however (and often as whatever) they wish. The protagonists are from the Culture’s organizations that deal with threats to the Culture or to other civilizations.
I’m just sayin’ that’s going to take a lot of CGI.
Then we have a trailer trailer for a Netflix reboot of Lost in Space. I suppose with exoplanets being a more prevalent idea in popular culture, a ship with an FTL drive and no way to navigate back to Earth could work. I’m not sure why you’d send five people (and perhaps one stowaway?) as a colony starter, but maybe they’re bringing along a lot of embryonic colonists or something.
Finally, we have a rather confusing reboot of the old computer-generated TV series, Reboot. If you were hoping for an updated version of the original series, I’m afraid what you’ll get is a mixture of CG and live-action with a lot of inspiration from the Iron Man movies. The upvote-downvote counter on this one says a lot, since the trailer is pretty awful. It says something I’m more impressed at the realistically dirty keyboard seen in the opening sequence than I am at the “let me video blog the premise” thing that follows. I probably won’t watch this, which means it’ll go on for ten seasons and my kid will be a fan. 🙂