Spurious Awards

Batcat, an unexpected RoboCop sequel, teatime fetishism in Merlin and a whole load more nonsense…

A bit of a cutdown Spurious Awards this week ’cos we’re off to the London Expo tomorrow, but the best things come in small packages. Apparently.

UNEXPECTED SEQUEL OF THE WEEK

While the rest of the internet was reporting that Steven Spielberg was set to direct a new sci-fi epic called Robopocalypse , The Hollywood Reporter seemed convinced he was making the latest sequel in another franchise altogether. ED-209 got very excited for a moment there.

MERLIN SLASH FICTION PHOTO OPPORTUNITY OF THE WEEK AWARD

Honestly, this show is doing it on purpose now, surely?

iPAD APPLICATION OF THE WEEK

If the overpriced Etch-A-Sketches could do this (as seen in Chuck ), we might actually think of investing in one.

STUPIDEST PARENTS OF THE WEEK

The main reason the family in No Ordinary Family aren’t ordinary has less to do with their superpowers than their abnormal stupidity. Family of four, all involved in the same accident in the pilot episode that gives them all special powers. Well, apart from the son, allegedly. He keeps telling mom and dad that he has no special powers. And yet suddenly he’s a genius and a whiz on the football field, despite having the build of a hamster. And it’s taken his parents five episodes to put two and two together. And even then it’s mom’s lab technician who has to tell them. And she clicks on in about five seconds. Maybe the kid’s power isn’t actually super intelligence – maybe he’s some kind of mutant Sponge Boy who’s sucking his parents’ brains out. Which feels similar to the effect the show’s having on us.

COMEDY GOLD OF THE WEEK

And there’s loads more where that came from

FASHION TIPS OF THE WEEK
Various stars revealed to TV Guide their very own favourite Halloween costumes, including these SF&F luminaries:

Nathan Fillion: “For a number of years I kept expanding a costume I made of a nine foot tall Grim Reaper with mechanical hands and eyes that lit up with a button. I was just about to add a big set of bat wings that would open up when I realized I was getting a little older and if I ever fell down while on these stilts I would probably never get up.”

David Boreanaz: “In college, I dressed as The Riddler — all green with question marks all over my body.”

William Shatner: “The mask from the Halloween movie that was (modeled after my) face. I wore it myself and scared more people when I took it off.”

David Duchovny: “I’ve gone as the Burger King the last couple years because the mask completely covers my face. His expressionless face appeals to me, yet he has a gleam in his eye. It’s a little hot in there and plastic smelling, but I can go trick or treating with my children and go unrecognised.”

Alyson Hannigan: “Last year my husband and I went as a family of kangaroos with my baby daughter sticking out of my pouch.”

Nina Dobrev: “Last year I was Mrs Willy Wonka with a purple jacket and top hat, but I accidentally left my giant lollipop in my car.”

Paul Wesley: “I always end up as a guy in a wifebeater, with a mullet and a beer can. Not entirely original, but for some reason I enjoy the hell out of being that guy.”

Ian Somerhalder: “Once in New Orleans, we found these antique masks from the 1800s. We put them on and I remember feeling this ancient magical energy rush through me.”

CHRISTIAN BALE IMPERSONATION OF THE WEEK

It’s Batcat. Or Catbat. Or Batcatman. Or something. What it definitely is, is a work of warped genius from the esoteric Twitterfeed of TheFagCasanova .

TEDDY BEAR CARNAGE OF THE WEEK
And last, but most certainly not least, a little treat ahead of Halloween. Teddy bears are cute. Zombies are not. Together, they make an incredible short film.