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French illustrator Julien Rico Jr pays tribute to E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial (1982) on its 40th anniversary.

What We’re Talking About

The latest in “When Will Amazon Make a New Stargate Series?” is not promising. The Federal Trade Commission, tasked with ensuring the media landscape remains competitive, has Amazon back in its crosshairs.

According to Bloomberg, FTC chair Lina Khan – who wrote a 2017 essay on how antitrust (anti-monopoly) legislation should be applied to Amazon – was forced to let the MGM acquisition through because the Democrats lacked a majority on the FTC due to the departure of one of the five-member commission.

Last month, the Democrats appointed a replacement and Khan described it as “a huge missed opportunity” if the FTC didn’t go after existing monopolies before the midterm elections in November 2022.

Meanwhile, alt-right Redditors have just discovered that The Boys is heavy-handed satire.

Paramount+ is kicking off its UK and Ireland launch with plenty of Star Trek. P.S. Shooting has officially begun on Star Trek: Discovery Season 5. 

Doctor Who has confirmed comedian and musical theater heavyweight Neil Patrick Harris for the show’s 2023 60th-anniversary special. Based on his Gepetto-like attire, smart money is on him playing the latest incarnation of ‘60s foe the Toymaker.

Sticking with the swinging 60s, Dmitri and Sergei Subtosky, the sons of Amicus Productions founder Milton Subotsky, revealed at a recent BFI event for the 4K restoration of Dr. Who and the Daleks (1965) and Daleks – Invasion Earth: 2150 A.D. (1966), that their father wrote a script for a third Peter Cushing movie called Doctor Who’s Greatest Adventure that would have featured two Doctors.

Nirrti actor Jacqueline Samuda loved our article on the Stargate SG-1 episode ‘Rite of Passage’ so you should probably read it too.

What We’re Watching

It’s been a two-year wait for Westworld Season 4, but the first full trailer is here to scratch that mechanical mobster itch you didn’t know you had.

What We’re Buying*

*These aren’t sponsored, we don’t get a cut, and nobody sends us freebies. It’s just some cool stuff we’re lusting over hard.

Wyvern’s eagerly awaited Stargate SG-1 Roleplaying Game is now available to pre-order through Modiphius for GBP£44 and USD$54.04.

ICYMI, we spoke to Wyvern’s Brad Ellis about the game back in September 2021.

Of all the ecologically-themed cartoons spun off from adult movies, Toxic Crusaders had hands down the greatest character design.

Pre-order the giant green geek himself for USD$55 (approx GBP£45) from Super7.

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