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August 25, 2014
Animorphs: Why the Series Rocked and Why You Should Still Care
Sam Riedel
August 20, 2014
The Welcome Return of the Impatient and Cantankerous Doctor Who
David Cranmer
August 19, 2014
The Wheel of Time Reread Redux: Introductory Post
Leigh Butler
August 19, 2014
Whatever Happened to the Boy Wonder? Bring Robin Back to the Big Screen
Emily Asher-Perrin
August 15, 2014
“Perhaps It Was Only an Echo”: The Giver
Natalie Zutter
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Wed
Aug 27 2014 12:53pm

Oh Crap, Shadows That Eat People are Real and They’ve Been Protecting Our Books For Centuries

Vashta Nerada Doctor Who

No, you’re overreacting.

So, a few years ago Steven Moffat introduced a monster to Doctor Who called the Vashta Nerada who were basically a cloud of microscopic carnivores and who you could only tell were around because suddenly you had an extra shadow and oh crap they’re going to eat you they ARE eating you and there’s nothing you can do.

We find out that these critters actually live in books because their natural habitat is trees and book paper and oh look, this guy over at Scientific American is pointing out that there are REAL animals on Earth who are basically this annnnd they’re scorpions. Book scorpions.

[BOOK SCORPIONS, PEOPLE]

Wed
Aug 20 2014 10:00am

Rentable You: John Scalzi’s Lock In and the Terror Hiding in its Future

John Scalzi Lock In

Amongst the shoot-outs, robot fights, and political intrigue of John Scalzi’s new novel Lock In (yes, there are robot fights!) is the looming sense that even though this near-future is intimately comparable to modern day we are nevertheless seeing our initial lurch towards a truly science fiction society. A key worldbuilding aspect of Lock In’s future is the presence of hardware and software that can be installed within a person, thereby allowing them to extend their awareness into robots. Did your robot just get hit by a truck? Good thing you had the pain turned down and the auto-disconnect toggled on.

But this awareness goes both ways, and one of the squirrellier aspects of the capital-F FUTURE that Lock In explores are the beginnings of a world where you can be shoved out of your own mind. Where the last barrier of privacy is breached and you become rewritten.

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Thu
Aug 14 2014 11:30am

Peter Capaldi is the Doctor and You Should Be Worried. Doctor Who: “Deep Breath”

Doctor Who Deep Breath Peter Capaldi

By the end of “Deep Breath,” Peter Capaldi’s debut episode as the Doctor, you’re not going to know how to feel about the Doctor anymore. But that’s alright. Sort of. Because neither does he.

Capaldi’s casting as the Doctor made waves when it was announced in August 2013. The actor is a known quantity, utterly unafraid of depicting the rough edges of humanity, and a simultaneously inspired and insane choice for such a beloved character as the Doctor. As viewers we have become accustomed to the frivolity of Matt Smith and David Tennant, and the emergence of Capaldi in the role hinted at a dramatic shift away from Doctor Who’s lighter tone. Perhaps too much of a dramatic shift?

[Non-spoiler review of Doctor Who “Deep Breath”]

Mon
Aug 11 2014 4:15pm

Did Will Arnett Hide an Arrested Development Reference in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles?

Arrested Development easter egg Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

The new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle movie isn’t at its best when making pop culture references but it seems that Will Arnett still managed to sneak in a cheeky Arrested Development reference for eagle-eyed malcontents such as myself. Some spoilers ahead.

[The Arrested Development easter egg in TMNT]

Mon
Aug 11 2014 1:15pm

There is No Joy Left For You Here. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2014

When I was 11 I got into a fight with a kid down the street over accusations that I broke one of his Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle toys. I don’t remember if I did. I might have? The only thing I can legitimately recall is that we combined our toys, and that I was jealous that he had an April O’Neil and the turtle van, of which I had neither. His name was also Chris. We never hung out after that. He had a last name that included a biblical part of the body and middle school was going to do him no favors in that regard so he was probably already choosing his friends carefully.

[This is what it’s like to accept ninja turtles into your life]

Fri
Aug 8 2014 11:49am

The Mayor From Portlandia Revealed as Skye’s Father On Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

Kyle MacLachlan Agents of SHIELD Mayor Portlandia

Some people, not me, are reporting that Kyle MacLachlan has joined the cast of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. as Skye’s eventually-to-be-revealed father, which is a twist that I really did not see coming. I mean, I always suspected that Twin Peaks and Portlandia didn’t quite exist in our world but I had no idea that they were technically part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

The proof is below.

[Kyle MacLachlan joins Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.]

Tue
Aug 5 2014 7:00am

If Neil Armstrong Can Be the First to Land on a New World, So Can You

Neil Armstrong. Art by David A. JohnsonHistory remembers the now-departed Neil Armstrong fondly for being the first man to set foot on the moon. And it should. That first step was the culmination of millions of years of human exploration and ingenuity, taking us from the trees to an entirely new world. The importance of that can’t be overstated.

When we imagine taking a step this large as a species, it’s difficult not to imagine the person leading the way as being larger than life, of possessing exceptional qualities that allowed them to break through to this new frontier. They are our hero, our catalyst, something we can focus on and examine and emulate order to better ourselves.

Neil Armstrong is a particularly refreshing idol in this regard because there’s nothing particularly exceptional about him. Well...that’s not entirely true. He tended to crash planes. A lot.

[There’s more to this story]

Sat
Jul 26 2014 8:40pm

Avengers: Age of Ultron, Ant-Man, and Phase 3. SDCC Marvel Studios Panel

Marvel Studios San Diego Comic Con Avengers Age of Ultron

The main event is here! The Marvel Studios panel has begun at 2014 San Diego Comic Con and we are eagerly awaiting news about Avengers: Age of Ultron, Ant-Man, Doctor Strange, Marvel’s Phase 3, and anything else the studio might have squirrelled away far from rumor-spreading lips.

Readers, assemble!

[Marvel Studios at 2014 SDCC]

Sat
Jul 26 2014 7:40pm

These New Orphan Black Clones Sure Are Unexpected

Tatiana Maslany Orphan Black Muppets

Boy, Orphan Black season 3 is sure going to head off in some weird directions! How many Muppet clones of Tatiana Maslany are running around? How deep does the conspiracy go? Does Mr. Hooper know about this?!?

Oh...this is Maslany at Nerd HQ at San Diego Comic Con? Okay.

Wait, is Bert at Comic Con without Ernie?!? #scandal

Sat
Jul 26 2014 4:40pm

Guardians of the Galaxy 2 Assured by Marvel, James Gunn Already Talking Ideas

Guardians of the Galaxy sequel James Gunn

With still a week to go until Guardians of the Galaxy hits theaters in the U.S., Marvel Studios has decided that the early buzz on the film is so good that a Guardians of the Galaxy sequel is a definite green light, according to Variety.

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Sat
Jul 26 2014 2:30pm

Peter Capaldi’s Doctor is Seriously Weird

Doctor Who teaser Peter Capaldi Listen

There’s a new teaser out for the forthcoming season of Doctor Who, starring Peter Capaldi as...a pretty weird new Doctor.

The word he stresses in the teaser is also the title of one of the early episodes in the season. Perhaps this clip is from that?

[New Doctor Who teaser]

Fri
Jul 25 2014 6:10pm

What’s to Come From Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Agent Carter, and Marvel TV Next Year?

Agent Carter Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Marvel television San Diego Comic Con 2014

The cast and crew of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and the forthcoming Agent Carter took to the stage at San Diego Comic Con on Friday to reveal what’s next for my living captors Coulson’s plucky crew. Both shows are slated to fill the airwaves starting this fall, all the way up to the debut of Avengers: Age of Ultron. Will there be any crossover?

The initial Agent Carter panel included Marvel TV head Jeph Loeb, Agent Carter show runners Tara Butters and Michele Fazekas, pilot script writers Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, Marvel Studios co-president and Agent Carter pilot ep director Louis D’Esposito, and Agent Carter herself Hayley Atwell. The Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. cast and crew followed afterwards.

[Marvel TV at SDCC]

Fri
Jul 25 2014 5:17pm

Huge New Cast and Bloopers. Highlights from the San Diego Comic Con Game of Thrones Panel

Now that season four of Game of Thrones has concluded the show is beginning to enter uncharted territory. Sure, there are two books left to film, but how will HBO combine them? And what will they start sneaking in from as-yet-unpublished material?

Let’s see if the 2014 San Diego Comic Con GoT panel: featuring showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss, author George R.R. Martin, and cast members John Bradley, Gwendoline Christie, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Natalie Dormer, Kit Harington, Rose Leslie, Rory McCann, Pedro Pascal, Sophie Turner, and Maisie Williams...can tell us!

[Game of Thrones at SDCC 2014]

Fri
Jul 25 2014 3:37pm

What You’ll See in the First Mockingjay, Part 1 Trailer

Mockingjay trailer

The first trailer for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1 is being screened at the Samsung booth at San Diego Comic Con this weekend. It will be released online next week...UPDATE: It's live! Watch it below. Spoilers ahead.

[Mockingjay trailer]

Fri
Jul 25 2014 2:30pm

Real Life Batgirl Ziplines Over Gotham at SDCC

Batgirl over Gotham San Diego Comic Con Philiana Ng

Fox has a zipline at San Diego Comic Con set up that allows you to soar over the skyline of Gotham. So you know that at some point the Bat-Family cosplayers were going to show convention goers how it’s done.

Hollywood Reporter correspondent Philiana Ng caught this awesome shot of Batgirl plunging towards Gotham. Check out her Twitter for more of the Bat-Family in Gotham, including the big man himself.

All of our ongoing San Diego Comic Con 2014 coverage can be found here.

Thu
Jul 24 2014 8:00pm

George R. R. Martin Makes a Pretty Stunning Daenerys

George R. R. Martin Daenerys San Diego Comic Con

Ran into George R.R. Martin at comic-con... he really gets into his characters” said Reddit user justbeingfrank, who managed to snag a pic of the author at San Diego Comic Con, revealing his stunningly accurate Daenerys impression.

Don’t think it was really GRRM? It was. Everyone go home. justbeingfrank has won the Iron Throne.

All of our ongoing San Diego Comic Con 2014 coverage can be found here.

Thu
Jul 24 2014 6:41pm

Benedict Cumberbatch Really Can’t Tell Us If He’s Doctor Strange, Okay?

Benedict Cumberbatch Doctor Strange

Cheekboned Sherlock spirit vise Benedict Cumberbatch is at San Diego Comic Con this year to promote Penguins of Madagascar, the third Hobbit movie, and...Doctor Strange?

At least, that’s the rumor, and SDCC goers have wasted no time asking him flat out whether he’s going to be announced as Stephen Strange during Marvel’s Phase 3 panel on Saturday.

[How many ways can I say maybe?]

Thu
Jul 24 2014 5:18pm

Jack Black Dragged Away by R. L. Stine’s Monsters During Goosebumps Panel

Sony Goosebumps Jack Black San Diego Comic Con 2014

This year’s Sony panel at San Diego Comic Con was primarily a showcase for the forthcoming movie adaptation of R. L. Stine’s Goosebumps book series, starring Jack Black and debuting in August of 2015. (Chris Colombus also video’d in to apologize for not having any Pixels footage for anyone, especially after that awesome action shot with Peter Dinklage.)

Sony also headed off any Marvel Universe news at the pass by announcing the day before that Amazing Spider-Man 3 and Sinister Six were moving, prompting to Marvel Studios to immediately hoover up the vacated movie premiere dates.

But anyway, here’s what a Goosebumps movie could possibly be about!

[Sony and Goosebumps at San Diego Comic Con 2014]

Wed
Jul 23 2014 1:00pm

According to Lock In, How You Feel About the Internet Now is How You’ll Feel About Robots Later

Asimo robot Lock In John Scalzi

It’s funny, although John Scalzi’s Lock In is primarily a crime procedural thriller it features a very detailed future, with a complexity of worldbuilding that is normally reserved for high fantasy and hard sci-fi. You find out more than just how the tech works. You see how it has impacted our culture legally, socially, and financially. And most importantly you see how it would alter the mundane details of our day to day lives. This sense of the future is an extremely important aspect of Lock In. After all, you need to know what the future is like for there to be any stakes to the story. What dramatic use is there to saving something the reader doesn’t understand?

In essence, Lock In needs to make you care about the maintenance and existence of robots and the humans who require them. Scalzi bridges this gap by subtly evoking another technological leap that has shaped our lives in the present day: the internet.

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Tue
Jul 22 2014 2:06pm

Will Netflix’s Daredevil Merge Two Different NYCs?

Daredevil Netflix series gritty 1970s New York feel Steven S. DeKnight Matt Murdock Charlie Cox Iron Fist Luke Cage Jessica Jones The Defenders Marvel

At the Guardians of the Galaxy premiere red carpet, Daredevil showrunner Steven S. DeKnight dropped some hints for what we could expect of Netflix’s upcoming Marvel series. Though he couldn’t talk specifics, he and the other producers do have a clear idea of what the tone of the series will be.

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