Whatever your religious affiliation (or lack thereof), I wish all of you Geeks OUT readers a happy holiday season. Even amidst all our travel and get-togethers, there was still some noteworthy news this week:
- The first trailer for next year's long-gestating sequel Blade Runner 2049 tells us almost nothing about the film's plot, but does feature some nifty apocalyptic visuals (courtesy of Arrival director Denis Villeneuve and cinematographer Roger Deakins) and new lead Ryan Gosling coming face-to-face with Harrison Ford's Rick Deckard.
- Controversy is brewing over DC Comics' cancellation of the acclaimed comic The Legend of Wonder Woman, over what the company says was a "challenging relationship" with the husband/wife creative team writer/artist Renae De Liz and colorist Ray Dillon.
- The lesbian romance storyline on TV's Supergirl has prompted a touching real-life coming-out story.
- The week ended with the worrying news that Star Wars star Carrie Fisher had been hospitalized in intensive care following a heart attack suffered on a plane. I wish Fisher the best, and offer up this classic clip from 1978's ultra-campy The Star Wars Holiday Special, with Leia singing an inspirational holiday melody to the tune of the Star Wars theme. It's corny as hell, but in light of everything that's happened this year, her introductory words take on some added resonance:
I hope that this day will always be a day of joy, in which we can reconfirm our dedication and our courage. And more than anything else, our love for one another. This is the promise of the Tree of Life.
May the Force be with her, indeed.