Thursday, February 26, 2015

Star Blazers Fan Casting

On the most recent episode of Anime Freaks, we discussed casting an American Live Action Star Blazers. We had some goofy moments, but the idea got in my head so I thought I'd take a look at it here. I decided to go the "anyone living or dead" route, but I'm sure we could revisit it with actors that are of the proper age (and actually alive).

Captain Avatar = Richard Basehart

Anyone that has seen "Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea" will know that Richard Basehart can pull off a ship's commander. He tends to be quiet, but when he gets angry I can see him doing the full Avatar.

Derek Wildstar = Dennis Quiad

Obviously we're talking about a young Dennis Quaid here, but he most definitely has the acting chops to carry the main role of the movie.

Mark Venture = Jeff Bridges

I don't know what it is, but when I think of Venture (and not Venture Gump), I think of Flynn from Tron. He can be easy going or can have a huge flare of anger, and Jeff Bridges has shown that he can go between those extremes.


Nova = Danielle Panabaker

There are three things that define Nova in my mind. Smart, Pretty, and Skinny. That equates to Danielle Panabaker. With what she's shown us on The Flash, she can be the female lead in Star Blazers VERY easily.


Orion = Sorrell Booke

Sorrell Booke had a long acting career, although most people know him as Boss Hogg from "The Dukes of Hazard", and I thin he would have been an interesting counter-point to the young crew. The fact that he had the look of the character (minus the beard) is a definite plus.


Sandor = Johnny Galecki

Maybe it's his portrayal of Leonard on Big Bang Theory, but I can believe Johnny Galecki as a scientist. I think Sandor would allow him to be more of the "Man of Action" scientist, and I'm pretty sure he'd do well in the role.


Eager = Matthew McConaughey

OK, I'll admit that this is one that came out of the show, but McConaughey can play the fresh faced, everything's new kind of character that I think Eager requires.

Dash = Randy Quaid

This is, more or less, stunt casting on my part. I think that Randy Quaid is a great actor, but I'm more playing up the fact that Wildstar and Dash look alike with this one.


Conroy = Val Kilmer

I know that there are people out there who hate, and I mean HATE, Top Gun. I'm not one of them, and I happen to really like Val Kilmer in it. Of course, I like his range as an actor and I think he could bring equal parts humor and Ice Man to Conroy.


Homer = Courtney B. Vance

Homer has some great episodes, but he can also be quite under used. I think that Courtney Vance could take that part and run with it, as anyone who has seen "The Hunt for Red October" can attest. He's the kind of actor that takes over any scene he's in, even if he doesn't say much.


Dr. Sane = Peter Scolari

We had Paul Spataro ask us on whether Dr. Sane was human, and he definitely is drawn different due to his comedic nature, Someone who could have stradled that line between over the top comedy and some all too serious moments would be Peter Scolari.


IQ-9 = Jim Parsons

I was thinking of going with some kind of imposing voice for IQ, but that just doesn't work for the character. Jim Parsons is goofy enough, but can bring the emotion when needed.


Desslok = Tommy Lee Jones

I joked about having Jones as Avatar on the episode, but I think he'd be much better as the soft spoken, quietly intense, big bad guy. Of course, I also love Jones as a villain, like in "Under Siege" and "Blown Away."


Lysis = Henry Simmons

Henry Simmons has been one of my favorite actors since NYPD Blue. He's just an imposing presence, due to his height and build, but he can chew some scenery when necessary. I think he'd make a great foe for the Star Force to face.


Starsha = Keira Knightley

Yeah, I know that Starsha is supposed to look just like Nova, but I think I'd rather have a slightly more exotic princess. Kiera Knightley has shown that she can pull of the regal bearing that this role would require.

Yes, I know that there are more characters that could be cast, such as Alex Wildstar, but if we're talking about a movie then I think this cast would work well. Would you do anything different? I'd like to know.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Two True Freaks at AC Boardwalk Con

So, you might have noticed a little bit about this whole AC Boardwalk Con thing in the past week, especially that nifty banner at the top of the site. Well, here's the skinny. Two True Freaks is trying to expand our listener base, and to do that we need to do some promotion. So, we've gone ahead and gotten a table to ACBC, which is the next step up from just wandering around there and hoping to meet people.

So, if you want to meet me or any of the other hosts that are going, head on over to our Facebook event. We'll be posting all of the latest news there.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

My Star Wars Story

Have you been listening to "My Star Wars Story"? If not, I think you should. It's a simple premise for a show, Scott Ryfun asks different people what Star Wars meant to them growing up and as an adult, and you get to hear their story. I find it fascinating how many different takes there can be on one property. So far, I haven't heard anyone who has the same story as I do, even those that are around my age. Really great stuff.

And don't forget to like them on Facebook as well.

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Star Wars: Rebels

I wasn't huge into the second Clone Wars series, partially because I loved the Micro Series by Genndy Tartakovsky, and partially because I wasn't a huge fan of the prequels. However, being the huge Star Wars geek that I am, I had to give Rebels a try. I have to say, I really enjoy this series.

The main reason that I like it so much is that my daughter likes it so much. She actually bugs me every week to watch the new episodes, even if we're in a break. The fact that she's getting into a version of Star Wars, especially one that so close to the original movies, just makes me smile.

And that's another reason I like it so much, the fact that it is so close to the originals. Part of it is due to the Ralph Mcquarrie influence on the design of the show's look. Mainly, though, is that it reminds me of a group of characters from the Star Wars Role-Playing Game that I used to play. Not any specific characters, but I just get the vibe that this is a group of Player Characters on their own modified freighter fighting for the Rebellion.

If anyone hasn't seen this show, go dig it up. I highly recommend it.