OK, he didn’t leap, he took the train, but I couldn’t resist. The movie Enoshima Prism takes place three years after the death of their friend, where Shuta boards a train at the Enoshima Station while dwelling on the loss. Instead of taking him to another station, the train lets him off in the same place but three years in the past, giving Shuta a very short time to figure out how to save Saku before history repeats itself and he dies again. That is actually the 8th out of 10 trailers they have released for the movie, with the film itself hitting the big screen in Japan in August. No word yet on when it will become available in the US, but it looks pretty interesting so I am hoping soon.
Beginning tomorrow Primeval New World hits the Syfy Channel. If it gets enough viewers in the US, they may make a season 2 after all. If you are not already aware, this spinoff from the UK program brings the time travel anomalies to North America, and the cast includes a few favorite folks from Eureka as well as a member or two of the original series, at least in guest spots. I followed what the Canadian fans had to say, and it was very positive, but there just wasn’t enough of them. I am hoping it picks up enough fans here that they decide another season would make the company some money.
If you don’t already know about it, there is a wonderful site dedicated to how the past saw the future called Paleofuture. The original site is at the first link, and started off being a project for a class that Matt Novak was taking back in 2007, which he figured would be taken down when the class ended a few months later. What he didn’t expect was that he would become addicted to learning about all the different stuff folks in the past thought about how the future would be. He continued to add new entries to the site until he finally graduated in 2011.
Then Matt got his first real job at the Smithsonian in September of 2011, which was also happy to host the Paleofuture new and improved site. It looks to me like he learned a lot from some of the Smithsonian team about how to both research his topic and present the results of that research. His entries went from being the isn’t this neat kind of postings he did in school to detailed analysis of not only what folks in the past were thinking about what the future would be like, but how and why they came to those conclusions. It was during this period that his site grew into the ideas powerhouse it is today, rich in understanding of the various previous eras and how they each perceived the times to come.
The site moved again this week, following Matt this past Thursday to his new job at Gizmodo to become Paleofuture in its 3rd incarnation. Mind, each of the previous sites still exist in archived form, they just aren’t having new articles added. Matt has a lot of good info and ideas to share, if you haven’t run across him before now I recommend you take some time to explore his sites.
Announced this past Saturday, Continuum has been renewed for a second season. Lots of other great announcements out of Fan Expo Canada, which ran in Toronto over the last weekend. For those of us who have been missing out because we live in the US, it was also announced Continuum will be coming to a major U.S. network, but no clues yet which one it is. Supposedly they will start with season one and dovetail straight into season two, which is kind of a clue that they won’t be hitting the screen any time too soon, since they just got the go-ahead to start production on season two. Still, I can’t wait!
This is going to be a Canadian remake of the UK series, with Niall Matter (he played Zane on Eureka) channeling Connor and Sara Canning (she was Jenna on The Vampire Diaries) doing the Abby type persona. Right now they have signed up channels to show it in Canada and England, and I am personally hoping someone in the US agrees to air it. Amanda Tapping, Martin Wood and Andy Mikita (Stargate SG1 veterans all) are all signed up to direct various episodes, and Andrew-Lee Potts (the original Connor) will be showing up as a guest star. Thanks to the Hollywood Reporter for the heads up on this one.
The Higgs Boson is often referred to as the God Particle for the simple reason that once they find and understand it, it could literally open the universe for us. The first video is Professor Michio Kaku giving a very brief introduction to the concept, and why the discovery is important. They came very close in December, and the actual discovery is expected, or at least hoped for, this year. The second video goes into a bit of additional detail on the concept of the Higgs Boson, which interacts with all but three other particles. Which means the discovery and direct observation of the Higgs could give us the key to the ToE (Theory of Everything) that Einstein spent his last 30 years working on, and pretty much every physicist since has taken a crack at. The key to time travel, FTL travel, as well as access to higher dimensions and parallel universes, this discovery could be the game changer that brings the future alive.