News from the frontier, 4/6/2007 (Tholians, Ep. II riffs, Superman DVDs)

How the web was unwound

Enough already folks, you can stop sending e-mails asking why I haven’t reviewed “The Tholian Web” yet. I’ve received over 503 messages so far. You’re clogging up my inbox.

Okay, it was more like five e-mails.

Well, actually, nobody wrote, but in case you are one of the two people out there wondering what happened, I have a very simple explanation. My VCR played an April Fools’ joke on me. Yeah, yeah, I still use a VCR for recording TV shows. That’s not supposed to be the funny part, though.

The Guardian of Forever decided to change daylight savings time this year, but my VCR apparently didn’t get the message and advanced the time forward an additional hour on my behalf overnight between Saturday and Sunday.

Star Trek: Remastered comes on in the wee hours of the morning here. The net result was that it only recorded the first half-hour of “The Tholian Web.” I actually thought about reviewing half the episode and abruptly halting in the middle with no explanation, as sort of an April Fools’ joke of my own.

I try not to get involved in that whole April Fools’ bit on the Web, though. It gets too messy. However, I must say,’s April 1 digs against washed-up Trek cast/crew taking part in fan films and Berman & Braga were pretty funny.

I just hope the poor person who wrote and posted it didn’t lose his or her job. Though it has been removed from, there are still copies of it floating around out there. Some highlights (remember, this was an April Fools’ joke, these aren’t real quotes):

“Like ‘Nemesis,’ we have no intention to make money here. This is strictly a love letter to the fans,” says Berman. […] Neither mentioned any of the casting surprises that have marked other fan films, although Berman left open the opportunity for anyone involved with the original series — later clarified to “the ones since 1987.”

Anyway, now that April Fools’ is over, I should have the VCR problems worked out, and I’ll hopefully be able to review “The Immunity Syndrome,” this week’s episode of Star Trek: Remastered.

Who riffs the riffers?

2002’s Star Wars: Episode II-Attack of the Clones has joined the ever-growing list of titles available over at Mike Nelson’s RiffTrax. In the style of Mystery Science Theater 3000, the downloadable MP3 file contains audio-only riffs to be played at the same time as your DVD of the movie.

Apparently, the Star Wars and Star Trek titles have been selling well, as Star Wars: Episode I-The Phantom Menace, Star Trek V: The Final Frontier, and Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country are among the previously available titles.

Joining Mike for Episode II is fellow MST3k alum Kevin Murphy. There is also newcomer Chad Vader, billed as “Darth Vader’s little brother.” Does this mean RiffTrax is about to jump the shark? I hope not.

The tin of steel returns

Unless you purchased it within days of release, the odds are you’ve been having a hard time finding Superman: The Ultimate Collector’s Edition. The 14-disc Superman movie collection, housed in a shiny metal tin, went on sale November 28 and rapidly disappeared from store shelves. Warner Home Video reports that the set was sold out nationwide within a month.

The good news is, the set has gone back for a second pressing and will be available again starting May 29. That means you do not have to pay exorbitant prices on eBay or Amazon marketplace to get one.

Each set contains loads of bonus features and all of the modern Superman movies: Superman, Superman II, Superman III, Superman IV: The Quest for Peace, Superman Returns, and Superman II: The Richard Donner Cut. Even 1951’s Superman and the Mole Men and the 1941-1943 theatrical cartoons are included as extras.

By the time it is re-released, I should finally be finished watching and reviewing this set. Only three more discs to go! I don’t think it would be much of a spoiler, though, if I told you this is pretty much the best DVD collection I have ever had the pleasure of owning. I cannot imagine anything on the remaining three discs would change that persepctive.

Have a great weekend and a happy Easter!