Week In Geek: ‘Battlestar Galactica’ Prequel Debuts, Marvel Unveils New Universe, and More

By: Jase Peeples

These are the nerdy bits of news that had us geeking out this week.


Battlestar Galactica: Blood and Chrome Debuts
The prequel to Battlestar Galactica, Battlestar Galactica: Blood and Chrome may have not been picked up as a series, but the two-hour pilot will air as a stand-alone movie on the Syfy network in early 2013 with the inevitable DVD release following soon after. However, you don’t have to wait that long to begin watching the adventures of a hot young William Adama (Luke Pasqualino). Blood and Chrome is being presented as a series of 7-10 minute webisodes through Machinima’s YouTube channel with the first episode available today, November 9, and the rest premiering over the next four weeks. Not exactly the debut fans have been hoping for, but any new Battlestar is better than none – so say we all.

Check out the first webisode below:


Disney In Talks To Buy Hasbro
Obviously, Disney is finally enacting its plan for total domination of the universe. The company has successfully moved both the superheroes of Marvel Comics and the Jedi Order into the Magical Kingdom. Now it appears our favorite robots in disguise could be next. According to MTV Geek, Disney and Hasbro are in “serious discussions” to fold the biggest toy and game company on Earth into the Mouse House. If the deal goes through, this would mean the ranks of the Disney Princess roster could include the 80s animated pop princess Jem, G.I. Joe’s Scarlett, and the fabulous female Autobot Arcee.


A New Beginning for Marvel Comics
14 months after DC rebooted its entire universe of comics with all-new origins, costumes, and no. 1 issues, Marvel is following suit with the arrival of the ‘Marvel Now’ universe. A fresh start for several of the company’s most popular characters – including Spider-Man, Iron Man, and the Fantastic Four – began earlier this week when new no. 1 issues hit store shelves around the world. As you might imagine, the geeksphere hasn’t exactly been silent about the new direction for Marvel. (Check out CNN’s comparison of Marvel then and ‘Marvel Now’ for the basics headed our way from the House of Ideas.)


Krypton Really Exists?
Prominent astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson has found a real location for Superman’s home planet of Krypton at the request of DC Comics. His real-world discovery was incorporated into the pages of Action Comics #14 which dropped earlier this week. Could this be the dawn of a new type of crossover in comics?

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Angry Birds: Star Wars Arrives In Our Galaxy
The video game designed to derail your life (I’ll only play one more level!) just got a whole lot more addictive. Angry Birds: Star Wars is now available to consume every free moment you have. May the birds be with you.


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