Wormholes and Swords is a blog dedicated to Science Fiction and Fantasy, with a bit of real world technical stuff thrown in from time to time. It is managed by T.D. Wilson, author of the Science Fiction book series, The Epherium Chronicles.

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Star Wars: Rogue One Teaser Trailer

Disney released the first Teaser Trailer for Star Wars: Rogue One.  The effects even in the trailer are really good.  I am anxiously awaiting the next trailer that should have more Vader in it.

Monday, March 21, 2016

Villain Month

Beware the Ides of March.  A phrase so rich in the history of the world.  The ominous call of doom, the death of Julius Caesar.  What a better time tocelebrate this "dark" period than to officially dedicate the month of March as Villain Month.  That's right, a chance to celebrate all the really bad guys in literature, TV, movies, and yes, comic books.  The bad guys in stories provide the fan or reader a tremendous gift.  They could be the reason why our heroes rise to the challenge.  Saving the day, when no one else can.  Often we find that villains are created by the hero.  Several of my favorite stories are full of this last scenario, where a villain is created accidentally by the actions of our star hero.  The result creates a great enmity that can never be quenched.

Villains are fantastic drivers for story plots and the unexpected twist that catches we the fan at the perfect moment. Here are my picks for best villains and be sure to post your own.

TV:  I had several that I really liked.  The Governor from Walking Dead, Joffrey from Game of Thrones, The Master from Dr. Who, and even guys like J.R. Ewing from Dallas (yes, I admit that I watched it).  My pick is Ben Linus from Lost.  Devious, diabolical at times.  His motives and actions truly represented someone you could hate from a villain perspective.

Literature:  Wow..  So many good ones.  Norman Bates, Nicodemus (Dresden Files), Hannibal Lecter, Sauron, Saruman, The White Witch (from Narnia), and even the Wicked Witch of the West.  My favorite is the gentleman villain, Professor James Moriarty.  His character was different than the more recent versions on TV, but a true villain and a great template for me to pattern the bad guy persona.

Movies:  So many to choose from here too.  Vader, Palpatine, Sauron and Saruman (again), Khan (from Star Trek II - yes, I liked Ricardo Montalban better in the movie than the TV episode or Benedict Cumberbatch's character), The Evil Queen (Snow White), Pinhead (Hellraiser), and the list goes on.  My favorite has to be Agent Smith from the Matrix Trilogy.  Outstanding villain not just because of his role as an agent, but because he wanted more.  He wanted to get out, grow and wasn't going to let Neo or other agents get in his way.

Comics:  For me, I am going to stick with just DC and Marvel  That was my real focus in reading comics when I was younger.  There was Lex Luthor, the Joker, Kingpin, Loki, Ra's al Ghul, Ares, Sinestro, Dr. Doom, and so on.  For DC comics, I have to go with Darkseid.  Hands down big bad, diabolical nasty.  On the Marvel side, Thanos is my choice, but I'm going to add an anti-hero here.  Magneto.  He's bad, but he really has a cause (the safety and well being of mutants), unfortunately he doesn't care if he has to wipe out humanity and other mutants who stand against him to achieve that goal.

Well. there is my list.  In the next few posts, I will be sharing some villains choices from some of my favorite authors, but until then, please post your own choices.  There is no wrong answer.  They're all bad news.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

New updates about The Flash

Keeping up our favorite TV shows can be hard and I'm going to post some mid-season resets for everyone for some of my favorite shows.  There is some great news to announce about The Flash.  First, the long awaited appearance of Killer Frost (the dark side of Dr. Caitlyn Snow) is upon us.  In next week's episode, Barry and Cisco cross over to Earth 2 and encounter Caitlyn's other dimensional doppleganger.

Here is the preview:

Now for even bigger news.  Barry will make a trip to National City for a cross over event into an episode of Supergirl on CBS on March 28.  This crossover can be huge for all the DC TV series, but officially links Superman/Supergirl into the Flash/Arrow reality.  Personally, I can't wait for Hal Jordan to show up as Green Lantern (remember his disappearance was mentioned in The Flash when Barry did his initial test runs at Ferris Air's airstrip).

Here is the link to the news:

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Undercover Boss: Kylo Ren

Adam Driver has done some comic skits as his dark Kylo Ren character since the release of the new Star Wars movie.  A few were a bit painful, but this one was hilarious.

Monday, December 14, 2015

Star Trek: Beyond trailer

The first trailer for Star Trek: Beyond is out and will be showing in the trailer mix for the new Star Wars movie hitting theaters Dec 17/18.  Set in the middle of their 5 year mission, the Enterprise crew must survive on a planet after abandoning their ship.  I personally like the interlude between Spock and Bones.  Here's the trailer:

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Batman vs Superman Trailer #2

The second official trailer for the Batman vs. Superman movie is out and boy does it helped to clarify the plot.  More of battle is revealed between the two heroes, but Lex Luthor's mad genius comes to light.  And, enter Wonder Woman.  Check it out.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Captain America: Civil War Trailer is out!

The new Captain America: Civil War trailer is out and it is intense.  Lots of hero vs hero action.  Divided loyalties and a struggle by the Government to contain heroes abilities and actions.  This is going to be a good one, but us fans, I doubt there will be a great winner in this.  We love our heroes and like the comics, this movie could easily shatter our own faith in characters we idolize.

Here it the trailer: