Features Archives


Every once in a while, we have things come through the Inter Galaxy Portal, space flotsam and jetsam if you will, that doesn’t quite “fit”. It might belong to several categories, or none at all. For instance, where would you put a piece on tried and true science fiction plots (yes, that one is in the pipeline)? That’s what the features page is for. Enjoy!

Trek in the Park: Space Seed

In the Portland area? Combine your love of all things geeky fresh air and theatre a la Trek in the Park.

Finding District 9 in Alive in Joburg

IGPNicki investigates the secrets of District 9 by checking out the short movie that it’s based on.

Is There No Original Thoughts Left in Hollywood?

IGPNicki ponders the growing trend in Hollywood to slap a familiar brand name on a movie rather than come up with something original. What she discovers is that there are at least 3 movie makers left in Hollywood that are still willing to try something new.

Star Trek: By Fans for Fans

Would rather stay home and watch TOS than the new JJ Abrams movie? Don’t worry, now you can watch new material created by Star Trek fans just like you.

Andy Hallett: It’s Not Easy Being Green

Andy Hallett was best known for playing Lorne, the lounge singing demon in Angel. The actor was one of the bright spots of the show. It’s hard to believe that this was Hallett’s first major role.

Dear Network Executive: Why a Wolverine Franchise Won’t Work

The new Wolverine movie is almost here and Editor Nicki is afraid, very afraid. See why…

Battlestar Galactica: A Military Infraction Hotlist

Webmonkey Rob and IGPNicki put their heads together to come up with a list of some of the best reasons why the crew of the Battlestar Galactica is the most unprofessional military on television.

J.J. Abrams: Blind Trust in a Name?

Before J.J. Abrams was asked to direct Star Trek, he wrote a script for Superman Returns which almost got made. The scripts had Lex Luthor as a CIA agent and ended with Superman returning to Krypton to rule over his people. And yet fans are still excited to hear about Abrams’ involvement in the Star Trek franchise. Editor Nicki wonders why…

Aliens the Board Game on Computer

Web Monkey Rob and Editor Nicki checks out the ultra fun computer version of the original Aliens board game, now available online for free.

Bob May: The Man behind the Curtain

Bob May played one of the most memorable characters in Lost in Space. IGP takes a look at the life of the man that played The Robot.

Patrick McGoohan: Be Seeing You

Patrick McGoohan, best known for TV’s The Prisoner, passed away on January 13th after a short illness. For many people, McGoohan will always be Number Six.

Majel Barrett-Roddenberry: The First Lady of Star trek

Majel Barrett-Roddenberry has acted as ambassador and first lady of Trekdom for over 40 years. We look at some of the ways that she has helped contribute to the show.

If You Liked Twilight You Might Like This

Let’s face it, right now; the world seems to have Twilight fever. If you’re left wondering what now, consider this: Before Bella and Edward, there were a few other vampire stories that are definitely worth checking out!

The best and Worst Tried and True Science Fiction Plots

You know the plots. You can even predict how it’ll turn out because you’ve seen it before. This is science fiction junk food for the brain. What follows is some of the best (or worst) of the tried and true (or tired and trodden) science fiction staples.

Dear Network Executive: Scott Peters V Re-Make or Why can’t Hollywood be a little more original?

Nicki here again, mouthing off as usual. This time due to a rumour flooding the internet that creator and executive producer of The 4400, Scott Peters is adapting a new version of the 1980’s lizard invasion series, V, for ABC.

Dear Network Executive: A Letter Regarding Cancelled Shows and Outdated Ratings Systems

As I’m writing this, Heroes premiered yesterday on NBC. As it happens, Sarah Connor Chronicles is on Fox at the same time. Hmm… what a conundrum….that would have been, many, many years ago. But today’s viewers are extremely savvy, and yet quality shows like the 4400 have been given the axe due to an outdated ratings system.

Team Portal Watches: Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles and Fringe

Well kids, it’s fall again, which means a lot of new shows to watch and some returning favourites, too. Nicki and Rob decided that this called for a special, fall season edition of Team portal Watches.

Women and Science Fiction

Science fiction as a genre has truly shown me what women are capable of. Women can be fighters as well as mothers; they can be world leaders; they can be intellectuals; they can be superheroes. So why do some women steer away from science fiction?

Team Portal Watches: Batman (1966)

This new regular feature has the newly formed Team portal, consisting of plucky young publisher Nicki and co-publisher, Rob watching, and for your reading pleasure, doing a running commentary of movies. What kinds of movies? All kinds. But for our first mission, with Dark Knight fever, we decided to check out the original Batman movie from 1966, starring Adam West and Burt Ward.

15 Dystopic Futures We Hope Won’t Happen

Here’s our list of the top 15 (technically 16) dystopic movies, in no particular order. Yes, we realise that there is a lot we haven’t mentioned, but most movies take at least their basic premise from these 15. Please note, SPOILERS ahead. You have been warned…