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Week in Geek | Gerry Anderson UFO Goes Viral as 'Real' Flying Saucer

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What We’re Looking At

An understated and super retro take on Jurassic Park’s douche Dennis Nedry by illustrator Derek Eads.

What We’re Talking About

A meme purporting to show a “UFO photographed on June 21, 2014 by the pilot from the cockpit of an F-16 military plane flying near Lackland Air Force Base of the United States located in San Antonio, Texas” actually shows one of the titular flying fiends from Gerry Anderson’s UFOAustin American-Statesman recently published a fact check – so far, so good – before concluding somberly “PolitiFact reached out to the show’s producer, Gerry Anderson, but we did not hear back.”

Yeah, that will be because Gerry Anderson died in 2012.

Building on the deets from last week, NBC’s Quantum Leap continuation has an official synopsis. (H/t Flickering Myth)

“It’s been nearly 30 years since Dr. Sam Beckett stepped into the Quantum Leap accelerator and vanished. Now, a new team, led by physicist Ben Song (Raymond Lee), has been assembled to restart the project in hope of understanding the mysteries behind the machine and the man who created it. Everything changes, however, when Ben makes an unauthorized leap into the past, leaving the team behind to solve the mystery of why he did it. At Ben’s side throughout his leaps is Addison (Caitlin Bassett), who appears in the form of a hologram only Ben can see and hear. She’s a decorated Army veteran who brings level-headed precision to her job.

“At the helm of the highly confidential operation is Herbert “Magic” Williams (Ernie Hudson), a no-nonsense career military man who has to answer to his bosses who won’t be happy once they learn about the breach of protocol. The rest of the team at headquarters includes Ian Wright (Mason Alexander Park), who runs the Artificial Intelligence unit “Ziggy,” and Jenn Chou (Nanrisa Lee), who heads up digital security for the project. As Ben leaps from life to life, putting right what once went wrong, it becomes clear that he and the team are on a thrilling journey. However, Addison, Magic, Ian, and Jenn know that if they are going to solve the mystery of Ben’s leap and bring him home, they must act fast or lose him forever.”

Apple TV’s unnamed Godzilla series has cast its puny humans. (H/t The Hollywood Reporter for the details)

Anna Sawai (Giri/Haji, Fast & Furious 9) will play Cate, a teacher and G-Day survivor who travels to Japan to settle family affairs but instead uncovers a secret.

Ren Watabe will play Kentaro, an intelligent, creative, and curious young man who wants to learn more about his revered yet mysterious father.

Kiersey Clemons (The Flash, Zack Snyder’s Justice League) will play May, an American expatriate who uses a roguish exterior to protect herself and others.

Joe Tippett (Mare of Easttown) will play Tim, an office worker who dreams of secret agent adventure.

Elisa Laswoski (Hyena, Versailles) plays Duvall, an expert agent with unwavering confidence in herself and her skillset.

Kyle MacLachlan (Twin Peaks, Dune), Aaron Moten (The Night Of…), and newcomer Xelia Mendes-Jones have been cast in Amazon Prime Video’s Fallout series. (H/t Variety). Bit of obscure Stargate trivia for you: a pre-O’Neill Richard Dean Anderson voiced Killian Darkwater in the original Fallout game.

Our friends at Dial the Gate are marking the 25th anniversary of Stargate SG-1‘s 1997 debut with a live rewatch of ‘Children of the Gods’ to launch their new show Workhole X-tremists, according to Gateworld. Sticking with the occasion, Pluto TV is marking the occasion with a two-day Marathon on July 27-28.

As if we needed more proof that Ncuti Gatwa’s Doctor Who casting is just the coolest thing ever, Ryan Gosling has been spotted wearing a bootleg T-shirt in his honor.

According to Variety, character actor Joel Turkel who played Dr. Eldon Tyrell in Blade Runner (and the 1997 videogame) passed away June 27 at the grand age of 94.

Prolific VFX model maker Greg Jein, who was nominated for an Oscar for Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977), died on May 22 at the age of 76 according to The Hollywood Reporter. Jein’s credits include Flesh Gordon (1974), John Carpenter’s Dark Star (1974), Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979), Batteries Not Included (1987), Star Trek V: The Final Frontier (1989), Star Trek: The Undiscovered Country (1991), Star Trek: Insurrection (1998), Serenity (2005), and series V, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, and Star Trek: Voyager. Production designer Michael Okuda paid tribute on Facebook, saying:

“Greg had a wry sense of humor and was endlessly inventive. He always seemed to find a way to provide us with spaceships, even when only a tiny budget was available. He genuinely loved Star Trek, and was always generous with his expertise and his experience, giving many top modelers their start in the business.

“Greg had been ill for some time, but his passing is nevertheless a gut punch. The world of Star Trek and of fantastic filmmaking has gotten a little smaller with the passing of our friend, Gregory Jein.”

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What We’re Watching

There’s a first teaser for Amazon Prime Video’s Stranger Things challenger, Paper Girls, based on the comic by Brian K. Vaughan and Cliff Chiang.

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.

Seven of Nine is the next up for the 1:6-scale treatment from EXO-6. Standing 30cm tall with 30 points of articulation, each of the ten interchangeable heads is hand-painted.

Pre-order yours for USD$220 (approx GBP£181).

Stop, hammer time. NED-B, the strong right arm of the Rebel Alliance in Obi-Wan Kenobi, brings his calming presence to Hasbro’s Black Series.

Pre-order yours from Hasbro Pulse for USD $33.99 or GBP£34.99.

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