Does a renewed world still have a place for those who only know how to destroy? While defending a tea-growing commune in the wilds of the Pacific Northwest, one person seeks an answer.
The comparison I keep seeing on social media is that “Nosedive,” the first episode of Netflix’s Black Mirror, resembles the insane dystopia of Community‘s MeowMeowBeenz episode, where the ability to rate each other on a scale of 1 to 5 devolves into a dystopia where the Fours and Fives rule and exile the Ones. The fact that Parks and Recreation creator and star Michael Schur and Rashida Jones co-wrote it (from an outline by Charlie Brooker) strengthens the ties to that American sitcom. But where MeowMeowBeenz satirizes the disaster of “Yelp for people” while skewering The Hunger Games and the entire dystopian genre, “Nosedive” opts for a subtler horror that gets under your skin.
This week on Westworld, several characters are introduced to the mystery of the Maze and fan theories about Arthur, the Man in Black, and Bernard get some excellent fodder. This is the kind of debate I actually enjoy.
How detailed is Ford getting with his new narrative project and how soon will all of the hosts be as keyed in as poor Maeve, who is seriously losing her mind from the trauma?
The only way this show could make my head hurt more was if it had a crossover episode with The Walking Dead.
[The girl with the snake tattoo…]
That’s it. I’m done. Tap me the hell out. Pack my bags and send me home. The season 7 premiere was an hour of sadism, misery, and over the top violence stitched together by padding and shouting. I don’t care what happens next, where Carol and Morgan are, or even how that damn tiger from the commercials will come into play. I. Don’t. Care. There are better ways to spend Sunday night.
Been meaning to check out this Brandon Sanderson guy? Now’s your chance!
On November 22, Arcanum Unbounded arrives on shelves, collecting short stories from the many worlds of epic fantasy author Brandon Sanderson. What is a “mistborn”? And why do your friends light up with excitement at the thought of another glimpse into the Stormlight Archive? And…what are these secretive whispers that it’s all connected?
The ARCANUM can tell you. Just open its pages. Every story functions as an introduction to that world, with no need to study up beforehand.
You can begin right now with THE EMPEROR’S SOUL, Brandon Sanderson’s Hugo Award-winning novella. On the world of Sel, Shai is given an impossible task: create—Forge—a new soul for the emperor in less than one hundred days….
We’re not sure if we’ve mentioned this, but HALLOWEEN IS THE BEST. And it’s because of stuff like this. Inspired madman Michael Irvine built a Dementor Drone and flew it around his neighborhood, most likely scaring the Patronuses out of everyone who happened to glance up.
This is an excellent use of a drone, Harry Potter fan! We salute you. Go check out more shots of the Dementor, plus some videos of it in terrifying action, over at Nerd Approved!
We want to send you a copy of George Mann and Justin Richards’s Doctor Who: The Whoniverse, available October 25th from Harper Design! Each winner will also receive a nifty blue tote—all the better to carry around this timey-wimey tome.
Doctor Who: The Whoniverse is a never-before-seen history of the Human Race—from the formation of the Earth around the Racnoss eggs, and the creation of life by the destruction of the last Jagaroth spaceship, through to the eventual expansion of the sun and end of the world and beyond to the New Earth, and Utopia.
Along the way, the book explores the untold histories of other planets and other lifeforms as they have interacted with humanity. We examine the Daleks and Cybermen, the Time Lords and the Sontarans, the Ice Warriors, Silurians, Weeping Angels, and many, many more. Additionally, we visit Gallifrey and Skaro, Mondas and Telos, Mars and Sontar.
Filled with full-color illustrations, maps, charts, and artifacts throughout, Doctor Who: The Whoniverse is a treasury of accumulated knowledge, scholarly erudition and accumulated folk wisdom from the worlds of Doctor Who.
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We have a new Lando! And it’s Donald Glover! StarWars.com has just announced that Donald Glover, late of Community and Atlanta, will play young Lando Calrissian in the still-untitled Han Solo Star Wars film, which will be directed by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller. He’ll be joining young Han Solo Alden Ehrenreich for a story that will cover their formative years as “scoundrels on the rise in the galaxy’s underworld” which sounds promising to us.
The directors enthused over Glover’s casting, saying: “We’re so lucky to have an artist as talented as Donald join us. These are big shoes to fill, and an even bigger cape, and this one fits him perfectly, which will save us money on alterations. Also, we’d like to publicly apologize to Donald for ruining Comic-Con for him forever.”
In addition to Community and Atlanta, Glover has also appeared in The Martian, will star in Spider-Man: Homecoming, and has a longstanding rap career under the name Childish Gambino. What does everyone think of the news? Personally, I can’t wait to see him rock a floor-length cape.
On this very day, Wonder Woman turns 75 years old! Which is an amazing landmark all in itself, for all that she means to the superhero genre, and to women the world over. In fact, the United Nations has named October 21st Wonder Woman Day–so if you’re looking for a reason to celebrate, you now have a pretty great one. Raise a glass to a character who is strength, wisdom, and kindness incarnate because we are truly lucky to have her.
But don’t stop there–because Diana also happens to have the same birthday as two more incredible women.
This week, The Flash gets another good metahuman (or two?); Arrow accepts responsibility (for now); and the Legends get into a tussle with the Justice Society of America. C’mon, kids: Why can’t we all just get along?
Spoilers for all three shows below!
“King Tut’s Coup” / “Batman’s Waterloo”
Written by Leo & Pauline Townsend and Stanley Ralph Ross
Directed by James B. Clark
Season 2, Episodes 53 and 54
Production code 9755
Original air dates: March 8 and 9, 1967
The Bat-signal: At Yale University, a professor of Egyptology is talking to two students who ask about his past as the criminal King Tut. The professor sighs and with a muttered grumble about the damn school newspaper, explains his suffering from a case of amnesia and identity transference. Since it’s prompted by cranial trauma, he wears a bowler hat with heavy lining. He shows that lining to the students just as a klutzy window washer knocks three potted plants off a ledge. Two hit the students, one hits Tut, and we suddenly not only have Tut back, but he’s got two lackeys who pledge allegiance to him.
Series: Holy Rewatch Batman!
We want to send you a copy of Jay Bonansinga’s Robert Kirkman’s The Walking Dead: Search and Destroy, available now from Thomas Dunne Books!
What could possibly go wrong?
For one brief moment, it seems Lilly and her plague-weary band of survivors might just engineer a better tomorrow. Banding together with other small town settlements, they begin a massive project to refurbish the railroad between Woodbury and Atlanta. The safer travel will begin a new post-apocalyptic era of trade, progress, and democracy.
Little do they know, however, that trouble is brewing back home …
Out of nowhere, a brutal new faction has attacked Woodbury while Lilly and the others have been off repairing the railroad. Now the barricades are burning. Adults have been murdered, children kidnapped. But why? Why subject innocent survivors to such a random, unprovoked assault?
Lilly Caul and her ragtag posse of rescuers will soon discover the chilling answers to these questions and more as they launch a desperate mission to save the kidnapped children. But along the way, the dark odyssey will take them into a nightmarish series of traps and hellish encounters with incomprehensible swarms of undead.
And as always, in the world of the Walking Dead, the walkers will prove to be the least of Lilly’s problems. It’s what the human adversaries have in store for her that will provide Lilly’s greatest challenge yet.
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Crooked Kingdom is Leigh Bardugo’s fifth novel. It’s also the second volume of the Six of Crows duology, following on from last year’s well-received Six of Crows. Six of Crows was part travelogue and part caper—in its travelogue, reminiscent of Jacqueline Carey’s Kushiel books, albeit without the sex; in its caper, a more murderous Leverage or Hustle.
Crooked Kingdom ditches the travelogue in favour of locating itself firmly within the city of Ketterdam, an analogue of Early Modern Amsterdam where commerce is quite literally the highest god, and where criminality is just as common among the wealthy as among the poor. Kaz Brekker and his crew have just pulled off the heist of their lives, but they were double-crossed by their employer, who’s only one of many people who want to get their hands on the boy Brekker’s crew kidnapped/rescued—and the knowledge in his head.
Gugu Mbatha-Raw, perhaps best known as Martha Jones’ sister Tish on Doctor Who but also appearing in the new season of Black Mirror, has signed on to join Disney’s A Wrinkle in Time. In the adaptation of Madeleine L’Engle’s novel—written by Jennifer Lee and directed by Ava DuVernary—Mbatha-Raw plays Meg Murry’s (Storm Reid) mother, the brilliant scientist Dr. Murry.
DuVernay tweeted the news late yesterday:
— Ava DuVernay (@AVAETC) October 20, 2016
Rocky Horror Picture Show is a strange masterpiece. But can you improve on a masterpiece, particularly one that is such a product of its time? Can you update its themes, can you extract its meaning and polish it anew?
Doesn’t look like it.