I Aim To Misbehave

The best sci-fi universe out there can be found in the pages of The Erratic Sun. Don’t believe me? Purchase a copy and see for yourself. For those of you who say I’m biased, that I should pick something not of my own creation, I suppose I could pick one that’s a close second.

And that close second would be a galaxy far, far away.

Though not everything in the Star Wars universe has been great, some the movies, novels, and video games set within it have been among the best things I’ve ever watched/read/played. It is a vast landscape full of possibilities. Even the worst of it is better than a lot of things that are out there.

However, while reading something set in a different sci-fi universe, I realized that while Star Wars may be my favorite universe as a whole, it doesn’t contain my favorite sci-fi movie. It was a weird experience because up until then, I didn’t even realize that it was my favorite sci-fi movie. I knew I liked it, but until I actually thought about it, I didn’t realize how much I liked it.

That movie is Serenity.

Joss Whedon has done a lot of good things in his career, but as far as I’m concerned, Serenity is the best, by far. I know, I know. Avengers. I’m right there with you. I love The Avengers. I still think Serenity is his crowning achievement, however.

Serenity took everything that was good about Firefly (which is a great show) and made it even better. The story is better. The interaction between the characters is better. The “villain” is better. Now, I’m not going to say that it’s perfect, but I can’t think of a single flaw in it.

Now I’m going to have to go watch it again.

What about you? What’s your favorite sci-fi movie? Is it set in your favorite sci-fi universe?

The Terminator Question

At my new job, pretty much everyone there is a comic book/sci-fi nerd. That’s fine with me, cause I can be fit into that category as well. We were talking about sci-fi movies when I posed a question to one of my fellow workers about the Terminator series.

In the first movie, set in 1984, the Terminator failed it’s mission, which led to them sending a new one in the second movie. My question is this: Why send the second one against John Conner? If they really wanted to get rid of him, it would have been more beneficial to send it against a different target. Sarah Conner got pregnant in 1984, which means she had John in either late 84 or early 85 (I don’t know if they ever actually said his birthday in the movies, and I don’t feel like looking it up). The machines know when he was born, however. At that point in time, the only person who knows about the machines is Sarah Conner, so she is the only one who would be able to stop them. Why didn’t the machines wait until Sarah was in labor (when she’d be unable to help), then send a Terminator to kill Kyle Reese’s (John’s father)┬áparents?

At first, he said that it wouldn’t work because the machines didn’t know who John’s father was. I pointed out that in Terminator Salvation, they knew who he was. The guy at work said that if the machines did what I suggested, and pulled it off, it wouldn’t change anything. Nothing would change in the machine’s reality, it would just create another reality in which the machines win. What do you think? What would happen if the machines killed Kyle’s parents?