Big Bang Belt Buckles

Stylin' & Profilyn'

Stylin' & Profilyn'

I suppose I owe some credit to CBS’s sophomore comedy “The Big Bang Theory’ for my latest geeky pop-culture grab at youth.

Belt Buckles.

If you get the chance to ever watch this brilliantly funny show for all comic and sci-fi fanboys, the character Howard Wolowitz (Simon Helberg) sports some interesting attire (as does Sheldon…love his T’s).  In addition to his regular clothing, if you pay attention to his accessories, you’ll note that he has quite a variety of superhero belt buckles, generally DC based.

The more and more I watch this show I noticed that I am becoming enamored with the belt buckles, and thus decided I needed to buy me some.

Amongst one of my favorite 80’s properties, G.I. Joe, I discovered a sweet looking Cobra emblem buckle on a black background.  I was more surprised to find many on line stores that sell novelty buckles were currently out-of-stock on this item, so I paid a premium of $18 for this gem (cheapest I found was $14.99).

The other one I purchased was also directly from the show, the metallic and stylized ‘S’ from Superman Returns.  I was also surprised to find how many Superman belt buckles there actually are, and it was hard to remain with my original choice but I did. 

Cobra!!

Cobra!!

I purchased them both from styleonline.com who have quite a few fanboy properties to choose apparel and accessories from.  They probably have the biggest selection I’ve come across so far, but they kill you on the shipping.  I was a little bummed to discover that the cheapest method on two belt buckles was going to be $9.  I don’t understand that seeing that Amazon can ship for free on anything over $25, and other stores shipping are 1/2 that.  Oh well….Anyway, I can’t wait to sport my new buckles at work and around the neighborhood.  I’m sure my wife will raise her eyebrows and shake her head, but who cares…..she watches The Real Housewives of O.C., so she has no room to talk.

One to beam up – Majel Barrett-Roddenberry returns

Majel Barrett-Roddenberry

Majel Barrett-Roddenberry

Star Trek fans will recognize a familiar voice this May when Star Trek beams back onto the silver screen.

Majel Barrett-Roddenberry (wife of the last Gene) will reprise her infamous off-camera role as the voice of the Starship Enterprise computer.  In the past her voice can be heard as the standard for Federation systems in four of the television series and in many of the films as well.

In the original series, Majel did appear onscreen as Dr. McCoy’s assistant Nurse Chapel, and Deanna Troi’s mother Lwaxana on The Next Generation and Deep Space Nine.

Knight Rider Reboot

Knight Rider 2.5?

Knight Rider 2.5?

Credit to Garth Franklin n thsi story:

NBC will reboot “Knight Rider” yet again as the critically-panned new incarnation fails to bring in viewers.

Despite the unanimously woeful reviews, the mini-series remake of the classic 1982 show early in the year was successful enough to green light a weekly series. That show premiered in September with only a modest audience of around 10 million, and over the subsequent six episodes the show has lost half its audience.

Yet three weeks ago NBC gave the series a full season order of 22 episodes, leading many to ask the simple question – why? Well now its been revealed.

According to Reuters actors Bruce Davison, Sydney Tamiia Poitier and Yancey Arias did not see their contracts renewed for the ‘back nine’ episodes and in fact a mid-season two-parter will retool the series which aims to bring the show back in line with the original series.

Showrunner Gary Scott Thompson says “We’re moving away from the terrorist-of-the-week formula and closer to the original, making it a show about a man and his car going out and helping more regular people, everymen.”

That, along with cost-cutting, means the show will go on with only five regulars – Mike (Justin Bruening), Sarah (Deanna Russo), Billy (Paul Campbell), Zoe (Smith Cho) and of course the car itself – KITT (voiced by Val Kilmer).

Hasselhoff and original KITT back?

Back in Black

Back in Black

David Hasselhoff–who starred in the original Knight Rider TV series–is making final arrangements for an appearance on the new show–maybe with a surprising car, executive producer Gary Scott Thompson told SCI FI Wire during an exclusive set visit on Aug. 20. That’s the first time the show’s producers have confirmed that they are considering inviting Hasselhoff onto the new series.

“He may make an appearance later this season,” Thompson said.  “He is talking to NBC next week, and we are working out everyone’s schedule … I don’t want to put him in just for the sake of having him drop by; I want there to be a good reason for him being there and have it be part of the story. I talked to David about a way of doing that, and so far he likes it. It’s a cool idea.”

Thompson added that he has a dream scenario: Teaming Hasselhoff’s Michael Knight with Justin Bruening’s Mike Tracer, with both K.I.T.T.s: The original Pontiac Trans Am, originally voiced by William Daniels, and the Ford Mustang GT500KR, voiced by Val Kilmer. “I don’t know if it will happen,” Thompson said. “It’s all about timing.”

As recently as early summer, Hasselhoff was quoted as saying that he didn’t think the recent NBC reboot and update of the series would work without him or his input. (Hasselhoff had a cameo in the two-hour pilot telefilm that aired earlier this year, reprising his original role.)

“Those were old quotes,” Thompson said. “He doesn’t feel that way anymore. … I just talked with David the other day over breakfast at the Beverly Hills Hotel and explained to him in great detail what we had planned for the show, and he said he liked it and gave his approval.”

Knight Rider picks up the story from the pilot movie and centers on a high-tech crime-fighting team that operates the intelligent car, called K.I.T.T.

Justin Bruening is reprising his role as Knight’s son, Mike Tracer. Thompson, who wasn’t involved in the TV movie, said he is planning to make the weekly show even more action-packed and fast-paced.

It is currently filming the seventh of 13 episodes that are already written, Thompson said.

Hasselhoff is “still a big fan of the show obviously,” Thompson said. “He has known Bruce [Davison] for a long time, and when I met with him, he basically gave me his blessing, and I told him everything I wanted to do. And he said ‘That’s awesome.’ I do not want to get the fans’ hopes up or anything, but I’m talking to NBC, and he’s talking to NBC and it’s all a matter of timing.” Knight Rider premieres Sept. 24 and will air Wednesdays at 8 p.m.

 

 

Battlestar Galactica & Hulk come to Xbox

This past week, XBox Live announced that episodes of the late 1970 series “The Incredible Hulk” starring both Bill Bixby (Dr. Bruce Banner) and Lou Ferrigno as his alter ego (The Hulk) have been made available for download.

In similar fashion XBox Live has also stated that the original episodes of Battlestar Galactica (1978) have been available as well as well as the more recent Sci-Fi channel re-imagining of the series currently filming its final season.  The newer series is said to be available in both SD and HD flavors.  It is unclear if the dreaded Galactica 1980 is or weill be made available.  One can only assume the final season will be made available as well at a future date and the one-shot movie: Razor which featured the crew and adventures of the Battlestar Pegasus.