Month: August 2010

17 Days to Dragon*Con: Robots that Look Like People

Behold, a survey of robots that look like hot people (as in, hawt people):

Six, from Battlestar Galactica, Caprica Six to be exact

Tricia Helfer as Cylon model Six, from the great great great series (until the finale which we do not discuss) Battlestar Galactica.  She sort of epitomizes the hot robot discussion.

Cylon Model 3, D'Anna Biers

Oh, ‘sup Lucy Lawless.  What?  You’re a Cylon too?  Rockin’.

So I know I have posted no male Cylons yet, and this is because the only hot (hawt) male Cylon is part of the final five, and I don’t want to spoil those who have not yet watched this series.

So instead, we jump to Star Trek: Voyager, which I think sort of started the hot robot trend:

Jeri Ryan as Seven of Nine

Okay, okay, I know a Borg isn’t technically a robot but come on; this is such an obvious pandering to the adolescent male fan base of Star Trek, and borgs are part robots, so they (mostly) count.

Rachel

Rachel (Sean Young, failure of a career) and Pris (Daryl Hannah, better career) as hot replicants (robots that look like people!) in Bladerunner.  Rachel is more of the femme fatale, Pris is more of the psycho makeup, thigh-lock around your neck type.

Pris

All right, I know, there aren’t any men on this list, but I really think that the list of hot robots that are men is sort of limited.  And most of them involve spoilers (although if you haven’t seen Bladerunner then that is your problem.  Harrison Ford is attractive AND A REPLICANT.  Sorry.)

Okay, to make my point, here are the two robot men that came to mind immediately, neither particularly attractive:

The Cyborg of Cloud City

Data, obviously, played by Brent Spiner

Yep.

So at this point one could maybe conjecture that the fact that most attractive robots that look like people are women says something about how women are still viewed as property blah blah etc. but this is not a feminist theory blog y’all.  So if you want to go into gender politics regarding robots that resemble people then please, be my guest.  For now, I’m going to ponder the theoretical marvel that is Six’s red dress.

18 Days to Dragon*Con: Cthulhu

Well, y’all knew this was coming.  One really can’t do a Dragon*Con countdown without paying homage to one of the Lovecraftian Great Old Ones.

Cthulhu, Lord of Your Mom

H.P. Lovecraft created this cuddly little fellow in 1926, in the story “The Call of Cthulhu.”  Basically he is a big evil giant squid looking thinger with a doomsday cult located somewhere in the Middle East (go figure).  I can’t say much else about it because I’ve never actually made it through the story, because H.P. Lovecraft writes like this (my favorite is the Caramel Chew), but basically nerds in popular culture love him and he is used in song and funny pictures and the like.  Such as this:

One Nation, Under Cthulhu

This is evidently a spoof of some dumb painting that shows Jesus delivering the Constitution to America (um, no, but that’s all I’ll say since the Countdown is not the place for politics of gender/religion/race/your mom).  Obviously, when Cthulhu brings the Constitution to America a bit more blood is shed.

Evidently that is the chant of his cult.

So that’s pretty funny.  I couldn’t pronounce that either, follows of the Cult of Cthulhu.

Also, some folks have been all: “Wow, merchandising, we’d make tons of money if we made adorable little Cthulhus, ’cause that’d be ironic!”  So we have the following:

KITTY

And, of course, this little guy I got a last year’s Dragon*Con:

Aw.  Now isn’t that cute.

19 Days to Dragon*Con: David Bowie

I really wanted to have David Bowie on this countdown, because he likes costumery and fun, and I enjoy him as a musician and a spectacle of humanity.  I cannot, however, arbitrarily slap down a David Bowie post.  There has to be some connection to the wide theme of nerd-dom and Dragon*Con and fan-ocity.

And then it occurred to me: Labyrinth, duh.

Oh yes.

This is David Bowie as Jareth, The Goblin King, from Jim Henson’s 1986 film Labyrinth.  The film was about a young girl, played by Jennifer Connelly and her as-yet-untamed eyebrows, who wishes that goblins kidnap her baby brother, and when they do she has to travel Jareth’s scary maze to save her brother.  Some crazy puppets happen.  Also, awesome songs, courtesy of David Bowie:

Um, so, basically David Bowie spends most of the movie strutting around in high boots and high wigs and tight pants that may or may not show off his package.  Also, eye makeup.  Also, his fantastic sneer.  Also, this great number (probably my favorite in the movie) where he enchants Jennifer Connelly and her eyebrows during a really macabre super-awesome masquerade ball:

We’re not going to talk about OSCAR WINNER Jennifer Connelly’s not-so-Oscar worthy acting.  She was super young, her eyebrows were working against her, and I imagine that being in the presence of DAVID BOWIE would make anyone look shock- and-awed.

Allright, mission accomplished, Bowie has been utilized.  And just for fun, here’s a clip from Flight of the Conchords! Labyrinth AND space.  Double trouble.


21 Days to Dragon*Con: Game of Thrones

Three weeks to Dragon*Con!  Dance!  Glory!

Today’s treat is the teaser trailer for HBO’s series, Game of Thrones.  The show is based on George R.R. Martin’s incredible Song of Ice and Fire series: four books of sheer utter awesomeness that has been, unfortunately, stalled for something like five years.  You see, the series is far from finished, and George R.R. Martin is, how shall we say, an older gentleman, and as far as I can tell the fifth book, A Dance of Dragons, is no where near being published.  I really cannot express how sad this makes me.

Anyhow, Song of Ice and Fire takes place in a Medieval-ish space called Westland that is composed of seven different regions united under one king.  There is also a land across the ocean but as in most might and magic series that land is presented super-mysteriously and like a combination of all the stereotypes of Asia and Africa.  Also, it must be noted, this series is much more might than magic thought there is a magical component that seems like it will be more fully detailed IF THE SERIES IS EVER FINISHED GRRARRRR.

So naturally, the series more or less deals with the turmoil in Westland according to kings and thrones and inheritance and there is a lot of blood and death and oh yes, twincest.

So here’s the teaser trailer.  Supposedly this will happen sometime in 2011.  The cast is fairly rockin’, especially Peter Dinklage as the dwarf Tyrion Lannister.  Roxor.

Oh P.S. I’ll be in Boston for the next few days but hopefully this won’t effect my posting.  Word.