Expanded Universes

I need to get this off my chance. I’ve been confronted by people who chew me out about things regarding expanded universes in franchises like Aliens and Terminator and Star Wars. People giving me crap about how what’s canon and what’s not, like how Disney threw out the original expanded universe or your theory is wrong because the novelization says this. If I’ve learned anything, it’s that expanded universes are never canon. The next movie will always retcon it. Studios don’t research every piece of medium of their franchise and say “we can’t do this totally awesome thing, because it contradicts this book that very little people have read” it doesn’t work that way.

I mean case and point, the Aliens comic books that were released after Aliens showed the further adventures of Newt, Hicks, and Ripley, which inspired my stories. But Alien3 came out said that Newt and Hicks died, and they reprinted the books with different names, Newt became Billie and Hicks became Wilks. Cheap. See, they didn’t research those comics and say “we can’t kill off Ripley, Newt, and Hicks because it contradicts these comic books.” See, they have never cared and never will, which is why expanded universes have never mattered and never will.

Not to say they’re bad stories, they’re all great stories, but you shouldn’t write them as canon, because once the next movie comes out, they’re gonna pretend they never happened.

One guy I knew threw a shit fit because Robert Rodriguez said he drew no inspiration from the Predator comic books when he produced Predators. Excuse him for only wanting to go by the movie, the only thing he felt anyone should draw inspiration from.

Continuity is subjective these days. Some people don’t like the new canon that Disney has established when they bought Star Wars. But guess what, I don’t care. I never read those books, I only go by the movies. I have a system, I only go by Good and Official. Expanded Universes can be Good, but they’re not movies, so they’re not Official. Only the movies are Official, but if they’re not Good, then I don’t consider them canon. Like Alien and Aliens, they’re Good and Official, Alien3 is a movie so it’s Official, but it sucks, so it’s not canon in my opinion.

And novelizations aren’t canon, they’re the reverse of movies based on books. They don’t sync with each other, if they’re not in sync, then how do you consider them in the same continuity. This just so irritates me about people bitch at me about things regarding continuity. I only go by the good movies, nothing else.

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Terminator Ideas

Lately I’ve been contemplating on how Terminator Salvation could’ve been improved. I mean, the story was conceived on the idea of protecting Kyle Reese in the future instead of protecting Sarah or John Connor in the past. But then it tried to be like Total Recall, about a spy who didn’t know he was a spy to bring down the Resistance.

One idea I had thought of was that, maybe Marcus could’ve have been advanced Terminator sent by John to find Kyle Reese, because Reese wouldn’t trust a Terminator, and Connor made him more humans to help find Kyle Reese. I said that before. But I was kinda wondering about another idea.

I had thought of this idea from a Batman cartoon and a Justice League (animated series) comic book, where an infiltrator: one a robot one a shapeshifting alien had been programmed so well at impersonating this person that they bought their own cover. In the Batman cartoon, it was a robot who was built to bring the end of the human race, like Skynet, but he was built so much like Batman that he thought he was Batman. And in the Justice League comic book, a shapeshifting alien had impersonated Martian Manhunter that he thought he was the Martian.

So I had thought of this idea for a Terminator, who was programmed to infiltrate the Resistance, but he did so well, that he thought he was human and just can’t grasp the concept that he’s not human. Like he’s under the impression that his mind was put in a robot’s body, even though there are inconsistencies in his memory, like his first kiss, his favorite song, or his last good meal. I mean, that must be really messed up. It’s like a Total Recall meets Blade Runner. It’s just a great concept. When he realizes why he was created, he has a chance to pull the trigger, but doesn’t because again, he’s been built so well to pass for a good man, he became one.

I mean, again, I like the concept that Salvation was conceived around the idea of protecting Kyle Reese. But I also like the idea that Marcus was a spy who didn’t know he was a spy in order to kill John Connor. But I don’t think you can do both, also how do you do it without it sounding convoluted. That’s what happened with Salvation. Again, how could Salvation could’ve been fixed? Again, how could it be made more like Total Recall, because Total Recall’s plan of a spy who didn’t know he was a spy was thought out. At least from my point of view. I mean, better thought out than Salvation, again, why Skynet didn’t just kill Kyle Reese just doesn’t work.

Star Fox: The Animated Series

I’m an uncle, I have a four year old nephew, his mother is my twin sister. I love that kid a lot. He is a little sweetheart. And I was thinking, I wanna make something animated for him, since all my stuff is for adults like Aliens or Friday the 13th. So I wanna make something for my little nephew to see. I think that’s how Robert Rodriguez thought when he made kids movies. So I remember something from my childhood that he would like, Star Fox. That was my Nintendo jam. I never really got into Mario, I love Zelda, but I prefer to watch my brother play that game, but Star Fox were the games I played. I think my first video game I enjoyed playing was Star Fox 64, one of my favorites. I love the characters and it’s such a great storyline, feels like a mix of Star Trek, Star Wars, and Firefly, with talking animals. So I thought, if I could do a Star Fox Series, I’d do it like this.

My pilot would tell the story of the Lylat System, governed by the Cornarian Republic, where the mad scientist, Andross, after being banished, forms his own Empire composed of criminals, pirates, and mercenaries. The Star Fox team, consisting of Peppy Hare, Pigma Dangar, and leader James McCloud fought in the war to stop the Andross Empire. But in the final invasion of the planet Venom, the Andross Empire capital, Pigma betrayed them, James was killed, and Peppy barely escaped. Finally an uneasy truce was made between the Cornarian Republic and the Andross Empire.

Years later, James McCloud’s son Fox lives on his father’s ship Great Fox with his friend Slippy Toad, his robot Rob64, and Peppy, who raised him since his father’s death. They do various odd jobs around the Lylat System like the Firefly crew, while his father’s Arwings are left to gather dust in the hangar. They decide to take on passengers: a blue fox Krystal, a bird Falco, and a chimp Andrew. Along the way, they discover that Andrew is a spy for the Andross Empire, even Andross’ nephew, who is after Krystal. After Andrew escapes, Krystal explains that she is a reader (psychic), and her planet was destroyed by the Andross Empire’s super weapon, and they’re planning to attack Cornaria, the Cornarian Capital. So Fox brings the Arwings out of retirement, and his friends defend Cornaria against the Andross fighters. When they discover Andross’ super weapon is actually Andross himself, who he converted his body into a giant head and hands. They fight him off and Krystal reads his mind to discover his weakness, and they fire a bomb into his mouth and blow him up.

Afterward, Cornaria thank Fox and his friends, General Pepper of the Cornarian Army and old friend of James McCloud offers him to join the Cornarian Army. But Fox turns him down saying “we prefer doing things are own way.” Little did they know, Andross’ brain is recovered by Andrew and brought back to Venom. Fox has now reestablished the Star Fox team and he and his friends travel the Lylat System looking for people in trouble to help. It’s like Firefly meets Disney’s Robin Hood.

And of course Star Wolf would be brought in as Andross’ anti-Star Fox team and I thought of other characters to bring in like Kat and the dinosaurs from Dinosaur Planet and the evil General Scales. Which I thought Scales would be a great character to bring in. I would also like to bring in Bill, but I need to find a model of him.

That’s what I got, I hope to make it someday before my nephew gets too old. But I got a job and fans hounding me for my next Aliens movies. As crazy as it sounds.

Friday the 13th The Game: Freddy vs. Jason DLC

Previously I mentioned how cool it would be to do a Jason X map for the Friday the 13th Game. I really want them to do the Freddy vs. Jason Jason, cause I love Freddy vs. Jason. But I got an idea of how they can do a DLC based on Freddy vs. Jason. What if you play at 1428 Elm Street or rundown Crystal Lake, most of the players play the characters, while two players play the killers, one plays Jason and the other plays Freddy. You two would be competing to see who can kill the most characters, and when the two killers meet, you can either team up, or fight each other, and you can get more points if you can kill the opposing killer. The only thing I can’t figure out, is how do you kill the killers? I mean, the only thing I can figure out, which fits on the idea of calling someone for help, the idea would be to bring in Ashley J. Williams to kill them both. Or, if you throw out the idea two opposing killers, you can call Freddy to kill Jason. But yeah, I don’t know if there are any characters from Freddy vs. Jason who the characters could call for help to finish them off. I mean, I love Lori in Freddy vs. Jason, but I don’t know if she would be that character who would be the heroine to finish them off.