Spurious Awards Of The Week

Terra Nova on ice, Being Human mongrels, Heroes reborn, Skyrim basket cases and loads more spurious nonsense

UNEXPECTED GUEST STAR OF THE WEEK

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IN-JOKE OF THE WEEK

Greg Grunberg, aka Matt Parkman from Heroes , had a guest slot on this week’s Hawaii Five-O . One of the regular characters on Hawaii Five-O , of course, is his former Heroes co-star Masi Oka. Seems the writers couldn't resist a shout-out in a scene that would have completely flummoxed any viewer who had no idea of their history...

Max (Oka): “Do I know you?”
Jeff (Grunberg): “I don’t think so.”
Max: “Yes, I think we’ve met before.”
Jeff: “No, I think I would’ve remembered a guy like you.”
Max: “I’m rarely wrong about previous human encounters. You are...” [Thinks really hard]
Jeff: “Jeff Morrison.”
Max: [Looks baffled] “Oh.”
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PORTAL 2 AWARD OF THE WEEK

NEW DAMIEN HIRST INSTALLATION OF THE WEEK

Tate Modern hosts the new Sanctuary -inspired piece, “Werewolf In Amber.”
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MOST CREATIVE USE OF POWERS OF THE WEEK

We have to admire Rebecca’s style in The Vampire Diaries , glamouring a bunch of girls just so she can decide which dress to wear to whatever the social-function-of-the-week is this week on the show.
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(ALMOST) PERFECT MUSICAL

ACCOMPANIMENT OF THE WEEK

Though our games geek… er, pedant… er, expert on the Awards committee (Jordan) points out that Mario Kart music would be better than Super Mario Bros .
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BEST EPISODE OF TERRA NOVA OF THE WEEK

Denver Museum of Science "Dino" from Smoke & Mirrors on Vimeo .
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STAR WARS SPECIAL EDITION OF THE WEEK

Star Wars in four minutes, with a new soundtrack by AC/DC. “Just as it was always meant to be in my head,” says Mr Lucas.

MORE SPURIOUS AWARDS ON THE NEXT PAGE

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PORTRAITS OF THE WEEK

An artist called Wolf has created literally dozens of sci-fi-themed watercolour portraits that are simply downright glorious. See if you can work out what these ones are (they’re all games characters) before you go to his site (where they’re all labelled). But we’ll give you the one below for free… it’s Doctor Horrible. Thanks to Unreality Magazine for starting on us on the path to discovering this guy.


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SAFETY ITEM OF THE WEEK

Look cool on the slopes with this R2-D2 snowboarding helmet . Though be warned: if you’re more than slightly portly, you could end look up looking more like Tron guy.
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ORIGIN STORY OF THE WEEK

College Humor strikes again with the true story of Batman came up with his “distinctive” voice… NSFW.

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SOB STORY OF THE WEEK

We’ll leave the intro to Blastr : “Remember how, way back in the pilot, Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) gave a walkie-talkie to a guy named Morgan (Lennie James) and told him he'd get in touch to let him know how to catch up? Well, Grimes has been broadcasting ever since, but as the following video shows, he’s forgotten one very important technical matter.”

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PAPERCRAFT CREATION OF THE WEEK

This video takes a little while to get going, but give it 30 seconds – once you realise he’s not making an Airfix Spitfire or something – and we'd be surprised if your jaw wasn’t heading floorwards. The man behind it is Taras Lesko, and you can discover a lot, lor more about this project here .

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X-FACTOR OF THE WEEK

It was Neil Gaiman’s birthday this week, so we’ll indulge him, and let you experience this performance of “Google You”, performed with his wife Amanda Palmer in San Francisco earlier this month.

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BASKET CASE OF THE WEEK

It’s only been out a day, but gamers are already discovering some of the extra fun you can have playing Skyrim . Via The Daily What?