1 (321) 872-TREK
Hours: 10am-7pm EST Monday-Saturday

Away Mission, LLC

The Away Mission Blog

Your one stop for news on Away Mission and the world of sci-fi entertainment!

  • The Rebirth of Elegant Horror

    Posted on March 10, 2014 by Kathy Nappier

    Nappier Away Mission Hannibal Photo: Robert Trachtenberg/NBC

    The Rebirth of Elegant Horror

    Does "elegant horror" seem like an oxymoron to you? It shouldn't. There was a time when horror shared the same literary and theatrical heights as classical romances or tragedies. Then somewhere on the timeline of intelligent entertainment history, mainstream horror veered. Went not so much the way of erotica as porn, if you will.

    Now, for me, particularly cinematically speaking, one of the great harbingers of the return to elegant horror was actually billed as a sci-fi flick. Bet you know which one I mean: Ridley Scott's Alien. Some may argue that The Exorcist holds the honor of beginning the rebirth, but I see that classic as being a hallowed outlier, a rebel in a rising age of schlocky living deads, shocky chainsaw massacres and scream-queening slasher nightmares that still, of course, rule a considerable kingdom of gruesome.

    Is it weird, then, that I -an author often billed as a horror writer- never learned to love the likes of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, A Nightmare on Elm Street, Halloween or Saw? Well, not really, when you consider that my early influences were Edgar Allan Poe and Rod Serling. It's true that the morés of Poe's and Serling's times repressed the grotesque. But I believe, even if that were not the case, they still would have insisted that the gore serve the story. Not the other way around.

    Which brings me back to our modern times and why I feel we are enjoying a new age of elegant horror. Literarily speaking, it's been coming for a while now. Consider Guillermo del Toro (whether in books or movies, dude kicks elegant horror ass), Thomas Harris, Anne Rice and Peter Straub. Now, don't be snippy because I didn't include Stephen King. I am a great admirer of Stephen King. He is legendary. But I don't believe his work can be defined as elegant horror, even though some very elegant horror movies have been made based on his novels.

    Cinematically speaking, today's return to elegant horror occurs more often on the small screen  than the great, silver one (if you can call today's t.v. screens small these days): The Walking Dead, American Horror Story, my personal favorite Hannibal and even the Netflix yawner Hemlock Grove fits the mold. Were you a fan of Dexter? I can see that.

    So. What's my point? My point is that there is, and always has been, a large audience enthralled with the kind of horror that cuts deeper than a meat clever or a chainsaw; that probes softer, more vulnerable parts of our humanity than mere muscle tissue and organs. The old masters understood how to do that. So do the contemporary masters, and I am in absolute and bizarrely chilling heaven to see the literary and cinematic worlds come to their senses and embrace them.

    * * * *

    Think you might be a closet elegant horror fan? Here's some of my favorites to cut your teeth on...or deeply into your soul:

    Movies: The Exorcist, Alien, The Shining, Rosemary's Baby, Pumpkinhead (much ignored and underrated), Let the Right One In (the original Swedish flick), Let Me In (the British/American version of Let the Right One In), The Silence of the Lambs, The Sixth Sense, The Others

    TV series: Hannibal, The Walking Dead, American Horror Story

    Authors: Thomas Harris, Anne Rice (particularly her earlier works), Peter Straub

    * * * *

    K.L. Nappier is the author of "The Full Wolf Moon Trilogy", "Voyagers", "Strange Eight" and other supernatural thrillers and dark fiction. For more information, go to www.KLNappier.com


    This post was posted in General - Movies, General - TV and was tagged with guillermo del toro, american horror story, nappier, edgar allan poe, the walking dead, hannibal, thomas harris, anne rice, horror, away mission

  • Farewell to Warehouse 13

    Posted on March 10, 2014 by Rose Marie Rose

    Many fans of sci-fi have a love/hate relationship with the Syfy Channel.  The channel that gave the cylons a plan in the re-imagined  "Battlestar Galactica" and introduced us to the quirky town of "Eureka", also has a nasty little habit of cancelling these brilliant shows before their time.  Last Summer, we cringed again when Syfy continued their tradition by announcing that "Warehouse 13" 's shortened, Fifth Season will be its last.

    "Warehouse 13" is a rare gem of a fantasy show that mixes drama with comedy.  The series originally premiered in July 2009 in which two Secret Service Agents:   one a buttoned-up, by-the-book beauty by the name of Myka Berning, the other an impulsive, intuitive fellow by the name of Pete Lattimer, were recruited by the enigmatic Mrs. Frederick to work for Artie Nielsen,  the custodian of Warehouse 13.  Their mission was to  collect enchanted artifacts before they can cause damage to the people around them.  Sometimes people would inadvertently use these objects without knowing the problems they could cause, but many times, unsavory individuals would seek out the objects to use for their own personal gain.

     

    warehouse 13 The end is near as Warehouse 13 airs its final episodes on Syfy.

    As the series progressed, the show gained two new agents:  a tech-savvy but troubled young woman named Claudia, and Steve Jinks, an ATF recruit who detects when someone is lying.  They all lived at Leena's Bed & Breakfast, and Leena also helped to organize the Warehouse.  Among many of the artifacts they have located have been Jimi Hendrick's guitars, one that can cause electrical storms and Lewis Carroll's Looking Glass, which can trap people inside and let others out.  Members of the team have be trapped in a 1940's murder mystery film, traveled into the bodies of 1960's Warehouse agents, have been possessed, brought back from the dead, and have stopped the world from being destroyed on more than one occasion.

    In addition to the original story lines, one of the things that sets the series apart from other genre shows has been the caliber of its guest stars.  Lindsey Wagner, "The Bionic Woman" has guest starred as Artie's love interest.   "Star Trek:  Voyager" alum Jeri Ryan has had a recurring role as Pete Lattimer's ex-wife and Kate Mulgrew portrayed Pete's mother.   Brent Spiner from "Star Trek:  The Next Generation" carried an entire story arc.  "Firefly" actors Jewel Staite and Sean Maher teamed up for an episode.  Most recently "Buffy The Vampire Slayer" actors James Marsters and Anthony Stewart Head have had recurring roles.

    Warehouse Pete Eddie McClintock will be at Away Mission in April.

     

    Beginning Monday, April 14th, "Warehouse 13" will start airing its final episodes.  However, you can meet Eddie McClintock, "Pete Lattimer" himself at The Away Mission in Tampa the weekend of April 11- 13th.  Eddie McClintock will be available for autographs and photo ops Saturday and Sunday.


    This post was posted in General - TV, Trivial Matters, Whedon-verse and was tagged with Mrs. Frederick, Artie Nielsen, Myka Berning, Pete Latimer, Eddie McClintock, Warehouse 13, Jeri Ryan, Syfy, away mission

  • Spotlight on Kevin Sorbo

    Posted on February 26, 2014 by Rose Marie Rose

    In the mid 1990s, two television series, "Hercules:  The Legendary Journeys" and "Xena: Warrior Princess", which were  filmed in New Zealand and syndicated by Universal Studios,  became a national ratings success and a world wide phenomena.  A blend of action adventure, drama and comedy, both series had a wide range of fans from children to adults.  At that time, the internet was starting to become popular, and many tech savvy fans of both series created message boards and web sites dedicated to the shows and other fans wrote articles for fanzines and had viewing parties.

    On July 10, 1997, I experienced a once in a lifetime event at Universal Studios, Florida.  I, among many thousands of fans attended the opening of a new attraction entitled "Hercules and Xena:  Wizards of the Screen".   In attendance were the half-god and Warrior Princess themselves - Kevin Sorbo and Lucy Lawless.   Throughout the day, Kevin Sorbo was out and about enjoying the attractions in between his appearances for the studio, always smiling and waving at the crowds of people when he walked past.  During  "The Terminator 2 Ride", I thought I heard his voice and looked back to find him sitting directly behind me.  Later that day, I was able to attend an outdoor press conference, where Kevin Sorbo and Lucy Lawless spoke about the opening of the attraction and their respective television series.

    Kevin Sorbo at Universal Studios Florida, July 1997 Kevin Sorbo at Universal Studios Florida, July 1997

    A few months later, Universal Studios announced that Kevin Sorbo suffered an aneurysm in his shoulder, which kept him from filming "Hercules" for a while.  During that time, the studio wrote around his character and had several guest stars fill in.  Kevin Sorbo then made a triumph return to the series, which lasted five seasons.  It was not made public until many years later that not only did Kevin Sorbo have an aneurysm in his shoulder, but he also suffered a series a of strokes as a result, which nearly cost him his life at the age of 37.  In 2011, Kevin Sorbo wrote about his health ordeal and how he overcame it in his autobiography, "True Strength:  My Journey from Hercules to Mere Mortal and How Nearly Dying Saved My Life."

    Kevin Sorbo as Captain Dylan Hunt on "Andromeda"

    A year after "Hercules" finished its run, Kevin Sorbo returned to television as Captain Dylan Hunt on "Andromeda", which was a series that was based on a concept by the late Gene Roddenberry that his wife, Majel Barrett Roddenberry helped to produce.  "Andromeda" had a successful five year run both in syndication and later on the Sci-Fi Channel.  Since then, Kevin Sorbo has acted in over forty films from comedies like "Meet the Spartans" to heart-felt dramas like "Soul Surfer".  In 2011, he has even guest starred as himself in Felicia Day's web series, "The Guild", as a guest at a Game Convention.  He is currently filming a series of fantasy movies entitled "Mythica".

    Off screen, Kevin Sorbo  created a charity organization, "A World Fit For Kids", which encourages children to be active, eat healthy, and to graduate from high school.  He is also an avid golfer and has organized an annual golf tournament to benefit his charity.  He has also been a keynote speaker at the National Stroke Association.

    Kevin Sorbo will be a guest for the upcoming "Away Mission" in Tampa, from April 11 -13, 2014.


    This post was posted in Trivial Matters

  • Star Trek technology is here today

    Posted on January 27, 2014 by Chris Berman

    “Tea, earl grey, hot.” How many times have we heard Captain Picard place his order with the Enterprise’s food synthesizer, or for that matter Captain Kirk? But like many of fictional devices portrayed in Star Trek, the food synthesizer is poised to become reality. Enter the 3-D printer, now capable of printing you a meal. Taking the lead in this new technology is Natural Machines, based in Barcelona, Spain. The 3D printing kitchen appliance can be used for printing different types of ingredients, such as chocolate and pasta.

    Speaking of the Enterprise and Space, NASA in cooperation with a Texas based company, is working on the design of a 3D food printer for deep space missions. NASA's Advanced Food Technology program is interested in developing methods that will provide food to meet safety, acceptability, variety, and nutritional stability requirements for long exploration missions, while using the least amount of spacecraft resources and crew time. Closer to LEO (Low Earth Orbit) NASA is also funding research to place a 3D pizza printer for the International Space Station. Continue reading

    This post was posted in Trivial Matters

  • Haters Gotta Hate...but on Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.? Really?

    Posted on January 23, 2014 by Kathy Nappier

    download

    What is up with that? From the beginning, something about S.H.I.E.L.D. has rubbed pop critics the wrong way. Even before I had the series DVR'd, I heard the murmurs:

    "UK scientists Fitz (Iain De Caestecker) and Simmons (Elizabeth Henstridge) barely even qualify as characters." Source: The HitFix

    "Are there any compelling characters? This is the big one, and may ultimately be irreparable without ditching the bulk of the cast and starting over." Source: The HitFix

    "The series was constructed with the relatively low ambition of Not Being Terrible... And the SHIELD pilot overachieved like crazy." Source: PopWatch/Entertainment Weekly

    "SHIELD is…well, mulch. It’s a show about characters who go everywhere and seem to have limitless resources, but their actual purpose isn’t particularly defined." Source: PopWatch/Entertainment Weekly

    I'll be the first to agree with the naysayers that SHIELD is not in the same league with, say, "The Walking Dead" or "Game of Thrones". Be that as it may, I find it stylish and adventuresome. It's fun and nicely flavored with a clearly intended touch of camp and good-natured self-awareness. SHIELD brings to the small(er) screens in our living rooms the same wink-and-nudge action as the theatre blockbusters.

    The overall team chemistry between the characters, from Phil Coulson to Fitz and Simmons, works great. And, unlike some critics, I like a series that takes its time developing characters. Series developers that have no faith in viewers' attention spans fall into a particular Pet Peeve category of mine, anyway.

    I also disagree with critics about the special effects. They're among the best you'll find on the made-for-tv shows. Right on par, in my opinion, with the likes of "Game of Thrones" and far above what is offered to us by "Once Upon a Time" or "Grimm". And, hey, I like those shows, too!

    In acting, effects and plotting quality, it's equal to Next Generation (which I thoroughly enjoyed). Oh My Dog, how I hear you gasping out there! Yes. I said it and I'm sticking to it.

    SHIELD is obviously intended to be fun and flighty, an adventuresome romp. So relax, haters! Give that hyper-vigilance a rest. Grab a favorite beverage, kick back and enjoy the easy ride. You just might find yourself watching with a small, Agent Coulson-esque smile on your lips.


    This post was posted in General - TV, Whedon-verse and was tagged with Marvel, Marvel's Agents of SHIELD, sci-fi, science fiction, whedon

  • Syfy's "Helix" Is Contagious

    Posted on January 17, 2014 by Rose Marie Rose

    Ronald D. Moore, well known for his work as a writer and producer on Star Trek: The Next Generation and Executive Producer of Battlestar Galactica has created a new series which premiered on the Syfy channel on  Friday, January 10th entitled Helix.  The series stars Billy Campbell, (The Rocketeer, The 4400), who plays Dr. Alan Farragut, a scientist from the CDC who is asked to travel to Arctic Biosystems to investigate, what is first believed to be a retro viral outbreak at their private research facility.  Continue reading

    This post was posted in General - TV, Trivial Matters and was tagged with Battlestar Galactica, Jeri Ryan, Ronald D. Moore, Billy Campbell, Helix, Syfy, star trek

  • Book Review: Devil's Bargain by Tony Daniel

    Posted on January 17, 2014 by Rose Marie Rose

    Over the holidays, in between shopping and spending time with family, I took the opportunity to read "Star Trek:  Devil's Bargain" by award winning author Tony Daniel.  The novel was released in 2013 and is based on the continuing voyages of the original series.  The story is a follow-up to  "The Devil in the Dark", which was the 26th episode of Season One.  In the episode, Kirk and Spock travel to the mining colony on Janus VI to investigate the mysterious deaths of  fifty miners by a mysterious creature.   Continue reading

    This post was posted in In Print, Star Trek and was tagged with Devil's Bargin, Janus VI, Horta, The Devil in the Dark, Tony Daniel, Spock, Kirk, star trek

  • A Shatner-Mental Journey

    Posted on January 1, 2014 by Rose Marie Rose

    A very long time ago, a little girl sat on a blanket in front of a television in her one bedroom house and was transported to worlds of wonder and discovery every afternoon.  A valiant crew dressed in gold, red and blue traveled in an amazing space craft called the U.S.S. Enterprise, which was led by a very handsome and decisive leader named James T. Kirk.  Little did she realize at the time, but that man, played by actor William Shatner, would be a part of of the rest of her life. Continue reading

    This post was posted in Star Trek, Trivial Matters and was tagged with Twilight Zone, Operation Annihilate, The Captains Close Up, James T. Kirk, Captain Kirk, William Shatner, star trek

  • My Choice of True Science Shows for Sci-Fi Lovers and Why

    Posted on December 18, 2013 by Kathy Nappier

    So. What kind of science fiction lover are you? Are you an avid old-schooler, content to climb the core branches of the sci-fi family tree: Hard SF, Soft SF, SF/Fantasy? Or do you like clambering along the newer limbs: Apocalyptic, Bio Punk, Superhero, Steampunk, Space Opera?

    No shame in being one or the other, or a combo of several fan bases. I'm a bit of a mix, myself. I grew up in the era of Asimov and Clarke. But I also adore the deep, mythological themes that are mined via Star Trek and Star Wars or the dystopia of The Handmaid's Tale, The Hunger Games, Divergent or The Walking Dead.

    Continue reading

    This post was posted in Cool Science, General - TV and was tagged with science channel, sci-fi, science fiction

  • Star Trek: Re-Animated

    Posted on December 7, 2013 by Rose Marie Rose

    Every time I read a rumor on the internet about a new "Star Trek" television series in the works, I get all excited.  Since the untimely demise of "Star Trek:  Enterprise" in 2005, the fans have been waiting for another series to fill the void.  "Star Trek" has  been an innovative and thought provoking franchise throughout the years and its episodes have portrayed the human condition in such a way that no other television series ever has or probably ever will.  The overall meaning of "Star Trek"  is hope, hope for humankind and hope for our future, which is lacking so much on television today.    Continue reading

    This post was posted in Star Trek and was tagged with Walter Koenig, Tim Russ, Klingon, Renegades, Worf, Michael Dorn, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Enterprise, star trek

Items 1 to 10 of 55 total

Page:
  1. 1
  2. 2
  3. 3
  4. 4
  5. 5
  6. 6