Lies, damned lies, Top Gear stunts, a dancing Iron Man and loads more in our weekly awards for sci-fi weirdness
BIG FAT FIB OF THE WEEK
“Every story has a beginning, but ours doesn’t start the way you might think,” erstwhile The Thing Michael Chikliss tells us right at the start of ABC’s new sci-fi comedy/drama No Ordinary Family . Right, so what do we think? Well, it’s about an “ordinary” family who gain superpowers. So we think it’ll start like any other superhero story with the characters getting their powers through some freak accident, and then they’ll slowly discover them, and then they’ll have fun using their new powers (though one will problem think of them as a curse), and decide to fight crime. Oh, and their powers will probably somehow reflect their characters. How are we doing so far on the cliché-o-meter? Strangely, exactly as well as No Ordinary Family is doing. What Chikliss meant to say was, “Every story has a beginning, and you've seen this one about a zillion times.”
FILM REVIEW OF THE WEEK(opens in new tab)
Bridgette Dubois, Medium , on 2001: A Space Odyssey : “It’s pretty boring. First there were these monkeys and then we’re in space. I’ve gotta be honest, I’ve seen a lot better movies about monkeys in space.”
VAMPIRE BIOLOGY LESSON OF THE WEEK(opens in new tab)
They do sweat.
TOP GEAR STUNT OF THE WEEK(opens in new tab)
Jeremy Clarkson makes guest appearance in The Event .
KITCHEN SINK AND ALL TRAILER OF THE WEEK
Must. See. This.
MOST UNEXPECTED ’80S REBOOT (BY MOST UNEXPECTED COMPANY) OF THE WEEK(opens in new tab)
OPEN AIR PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEK
Suck on that, Robert Webb.
DECORATION OF THE WEEK(opens in new tab)
Last week we gave you instructions on how to make a Cylon Halloween pumpkin. But SFX .co.uk reader Professoryard (opens in new tab) was one step ahead of us. Here’s the Cyberman pumpkin he had (in true Blue Peter style) made earlier. I think we’ve started a new craze here.
CARTOON CHARACTER OF THE WEEK
George Lucas made a cameo appearance in The Clone Wars this week… well, sort of. In case you didn’t know, Lucas actually appeared in Revenge Of The Sith , where he slapped on some blue face paint to briefly appear as Pantoran Chairman Papanoida. And now that character has turned up in the latest episode of Clone Wars (he’s the one with the beard, in case you needed telling). It’s post-modernism gone mad, we tell you.
ACTION FIGURE OF THE WEEK(opens in new tab) (opens in new tab)
When Being Human ’s Russell Tovey revealed to his cast and crewmates that his dream was to have his very own action figure, the show’s costumer designer made his dream come true. Can’t fault the George likeness, but come on, that werewolf is far too realistic. More photos and the full story on the Being Human blog (opens in new tab) .