What do chupacabras, predators, sharktopi and NSFW videos have in common?

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Dec 14, 2012, 4:31 PM EST

Answer: They were some of our biggest stories this week!

Below are our hottest stories (careful of the NSFW links!) and best comments ("Landshark!") this week, in case you missed anything. Think of this roundup as a DVR for Blastr.


Our story: Chupacabra found? Officer kills it, claims: 'It wasn't normal'

Your best comment: It looks like a poor helpless dog that wasn't taken care of. My question is why was it killed? Was the animal charging someone or was it killed just because it was ugly. I have a dog that I found as a stray and because her mange was so bad, it took us weeks to realize she was a full blood min schnauzer. Its a possibility that this could been a sick dog that just needed vet attention and lived a full life. This just makes me mad, because people just like to take an easy way out and not do the right thing. — Ashlea

Our story: Darth Vader actor David Prowse BANNED from Star Wars cons

Your best comment: What happened is that Lucas blamed Prowse for leaking the surprise ending of Empire. Lucas was apparently furious but prowse always denied it was him. this grudge went on for the best part of 25 yrs or so with Lucas refusing to talk with prowse. The last i read a couple of yrs back was that Lucas had cooled a bit and he and prowse had a conversation at a con. Looks like Lucas has ended the truce for some reason !!— Russ

Our story: Hey kids, Predators does not suck!

Your best comment: It's a bit more "The Most Dangerous Game" than "Arena," though, since in the Trek episode (and the short story that inspired it, "Arena" by Fredric Brown), it's two aliens pitted against each other by even more-powerful "uber-aliens," while in Predators, I gather, it's just the Predators' game preserve with no big-conflict-of-civilizations overlay.— pumpkinshirt

Our story: First look at Ryan Reynolds in his Green Lantern costume!

Your best comment: I agree with some of the other posters. The costume is ok, but what is with the ribbing? What did they think was wrong with the simple green? he is not Tron or Automan, I definitely agree. He's the freaking Green Lantern! — jdmimic

Our story: Church to protest Comic-Con because of 'idol worship'

Your best comment: ...One last plea!... IGNORE THESE TROLLS!...nThey are very, very sure of what they are doing and hoping desparately for someone to confront them and preferably get physical with them....The worse loss for them is to return to Topeka with nothing to crack the law books again. You can't be sued for ignoringnsomeone. Lay a hand on them, there's gonna be trouble. I guarantee it!...ACT AS IF THEY ARE INVISIBLE.....Make their little trip a waste of time and money. You aren't going to upset them or change them but you sure as hell can do the worst thing to them. Not one glance...keep walking...===end of warning. — thomcat

Our story: The 10 most gorgeous blasters and ray guns in science fiction

Your best comment: The Zorg Industries ZF-1.
It's light; handle's adjustable for easy carrying; good for righties and lefties; breaks down into four parts; undetectable by X-ray; ideal for quick discreet interventions. A word on firepower. Titanium recharger; 3000-round clip with bursts of 3 to 300. With the replay button, another Zorg invention, it's even easier. One shot... and replay sends every following shot to the same location. And to finish the job, all the Zorg oldies but goodies. Rocket launcher... arrow launcher with exploding or poisonous gas heads, very practical... our famous net launcher... the always-efficient flamethrower, my favorite... and for the grand finale, the all-new 'Ice-cube System'.
— Adeptus

Our story: Image of the Day: Firefly's Mal Reynolds explains self-defense

Your best comment: Yep. Keeps getting better. Firefly, is how I guess thing will look like in 500 years. Not Star Trek. Joss and the writers did really great. Good scrips. Many great one liners. Reminds me a bit of Blakes 7 that way. So, some day, if we are really lucky, a great network, will pick it up, fund Joss, and give him and his crew enough freedom to just go with it, and carry on. Also, not to have to juggle 4 or 5 other TV series at the same time. — Chrome Plated

Our story: Image of the Day: Ratings for Shyamalan's movies over time

Your best comment: What data created the percentages? ticket sales? film revenue gross? average of critics rating?an opinion poll of office staff of a science fiction periodical?

I'm not a big fan of Shayamalan but if I knew how this graph was created, I will know whether or not Shayamalan is a complete and utter failure. Or is he a victim of his success, I get a sense he makes a decent living churning out these movies.— ROB

Our story: Twilight for Guys, the amusing (but NSFW) lesbian vampire parody

Your best comment: Great... I think my eyes just caught the clap.— Drew

Our story: U.K. develops unmanned, Cylon-style stealth fighter (for real)

Your best comment: Why does everyone always assume that the first thing a sentient computer would do is decide to kill us like the Terminator or the Cylons? Maybe it would decide to be nice to us, like Johnny Five?

Oh who am I kidding? It will probably kill us.— Gilveron

Our story: Original Predator remade with an all-girl cast (mildly NSFW)

Your best comment: As a fan of the movie I was reminded of the things I enjoyed as a fan. These ladies seem to know specific details that come fron repeated viewings, which indicate fan devotion. I think sci-fi could do with more female interest at all levels and this sort of activity should be encouraged. A big well done from me, and yeah I thought they were hot.— Peter Simms

Our story: Sharktopus trailer just may be the awesomest trailer EVER

Your best comment: You know, I normally avoid all these SyFy movies, mostly because the special effects are so bad. But this one is a B movie with some pretty good CGI. And mainly, it's played for laughs. It reminds me some of this crop of sci-fi B movies that were being churned out in the 50s. They were often comprised of a teen-aged cast, and it was always that the teenagers were aware of the problem before the adults. These movies sucked, and you can get some of those movies on these big collection discs, and they're packaged with irony. I was laughing as I watched this trailer, and I'll probably watch this if I happen to be home when it's aired. The scene with it walking on its tentacles reminded me -- not surprisingly -- of Doc Oc in SPIDER-MAN 2. Anyway, this looks like this was made with fun in mind, and it looks like they cared about the quality of the CGI.

And one more thing: "Land shark."— Ostrog

Our story: Welcome to Blastr, the next step in the evolution of SCI FI Wire

Your best comment: Oh, come on!

We all know that you people @ SciFi Wire changed your name to "Blastr" because you didn't want to see anymore "This isn't SciFi!" and "What does this have to do with science fiction?" posts.

You win this round, SciFi Wire. Just don't be surprised when you see the first "What does this have to do with energy weapons?" post. :P— Bruce F

Our story: Infographic: 120 fake sci-fi events on a real-world timeline


Our story: Edward Norton responds: Losing Hulk role "makes me sad"

Your best comment: Bolt. You obviously know nothing about this man to have such a negative opinion. nnEd Norton is an amazing and giving actor to work with. Not to mention the fact that he's a consummate professional and a truly nice guy. I worked with him on Fight Club some years back and I can say from my own personal experience that he would make any movie he's involved with 100% better. This only shows what a truly classy guy, Ed really is. And I will not watch the Avengers simply as a matter of principal. Plus the fact that it won't be as good a film without Ed Norton as Banner/The Hulk.nnTo say anything less simply would not be the truth. — Desi