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April 13, 2014
Game of Thrones, Season 4, Episode 2: “The Lion and the Rose”
Theresa DeLucci
April 11, 2014
This Week’s Game-Changing Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Was Exactly The Problem With The Show
Thom Dunn
April 8, 2014
Let’s Completely Reimagine Battlestar Galactica! Again. This Time as A Movie!
Emily Asher-Perrin
April 4, 2014
The Age of Heroes is Here. Captain America: The Winter Soldier
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April 3, 2014
A Spoonful of Music Makes the Nanny: Disney’s Mary Poppins
Mari Ness
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Fri
Feb 14 2014 11:00am

Though we know in our heart of hearts that the true meaning of Valentine’s Day is all about brutal martyrdom, it’s a little disheartening that the common reaction to the holiday is often kind of cynical and negative. While we’re not recommending that you go read a Nicholas Sparks novel or spend a bunch of money on bad chocolate or greeting cards, we do wonder: what’s so bad about romance? Or to put it another way, aren’t we allowed to love good love stories? In that spirit, here are eight love stories in science fiction or fantasy narratives that still make us weak in the knees (even if those knees are robotic).

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Thu
Feb 13 2014 3:00pm

In many ways the conception of Valentine’s Day feels a bit like a science fiction thing, or at the very least, an urban legend. Unlike Saint Patrick, who totally, for real, drove snakes out of Ireland (maybe), details about exactly what Saint Valentine did are dubiously muddled. The essential fact is this: at some point there was a Saint Valentine who was certainly a martyr, so it might as well be for love!

But when you stop to reflect on it, science fiction and fantasy is lousy with martyrs, and we probably know much more about them than we’ll ever know about Saint Valentine. Here are seven martyrs who keep sci-fi and fantasy going, mostly because they seem to always come back after they’ve died!

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Tue
Feb 11 2014 4:10pm

Captain America, Bob Hall, Kitty Pryde, Terry Dodson

In the world of comics art there are plenty of fans who take exception to the way most women are depicted artistically on the page. This is not difficult to understand: breasts are defying all forms of gravity, waist-to-hip ratios clock in at Barbie levels of discomfort, and everyone is usually fighting in heels.

The return argument is that the men in comics are depicted in an equally unrealistic capacity, though any good feminist will tell you that there’s a difference between female objectification and male power fantasies. But it goes well beyond that realm, too. In fact, it might just be plain unhealthy. Literally.

[An interesting study...]

Tue
Feb 11 2014 11:00am

Luke Skywalker, Return of the Jedi, Star Wars

I have this problem—because I’m not a kid anymore, I am expected to admit straight-up that Han Solo is far and away a better character than Luke Skywalker. And... he’s just not. Look, I love the guy: he is a scoundrel and that is sexy and his sarcasm is welcome among the many do-gooders in his universe. But I feel like his slingshot retorts blind people outright to what anyone else is doing in the Star Wars trilogy.

Like the fact that Luke Skywalker spends all of Return of the Jedi being a complete badass and we never talk about it.

[Don’t believe me?]

Mon
Feb 10 2014 11:00am

The LEGO Movie

I’ll be the first to admit that I’m really not the biggest Lego fan. Not in terms of the constructive toy, of course—but a while back it really started to disturb me that there was a Lego version of practically everything, and that Lego versions of popular media properties had their own separate fans. The fact that there are people who like Lego Indiana Jones completely apart from the filmed character is just plain odd to me.

That said, if you like fun, you’ll probably really enjoy The LEGO Movie. And then you’ll be terrified at what you just bought into.

Spoilers below for the film.

[You can be The Special too.]

Sat
Feb 8 2014 11:00am

Jules Verne, born today in 1828, is often called one of the “Fathers of Science Fiction.” But what was more impressive about him, as a person, was his inability to let anyone or anything stop him from writing.

Sent to Paris to study law, it wasn’t long before Verne began writing for the theater, but it was his flair for penning tales about travel that quickly came to the forefront. His father eventually found out about his son’s extracurriculars and withdrew all financial support from him. So Verne began to support himself, doing work he despised as a stockbroker, then marrying a woman who encouraged him to look for a publisher. He sent manuscripts to many who rejected his work, but eventually met Pierre-Jules Hetzel. The two became a stellar team, and Jules Verne was soon a name that few lovers of literature were likely to forget.

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Mon
Feb 3 2014 12:59am

Sherlock, His Last Vow, John, Mary

Sherlock. John. Mary. You guys.

Can we all hug now? It’s hug time. At least, once I’ve caught my breath.

Spoilers for “His Last Vow” and the entirety of Sherlock season three.

[The vaults below...]

Thu
Jan 30 2014 8:00am

Lloyd Alexander, David A. JohnsonOn January 30th in 1924 Lloyd Chudley Alexander was born in Pennsylvania to two parents who read newspapers... but never books. Though his family was hit hard by the Great Depression (his father was a stockbroker), his parents did have books on their shelves to fill space, and young Lloyd was all too happy to pick them up even if they would not.

And a good thing too, or he probably never would have decided to become a writer at the tender age of fifteen.

[The adventuring life of a writer...]

Wed
Jan 29 2014 11:00am

Star TrekL The Next Generation, Data, Datalore

For the past quarter of a century, Star Trek: The Next Generation has been regarded as a bastion of intellectual entertainment that approached how humanity would operate in its finest hour. It’s hardly surprising since the show was meant to encourage us, the viewers, to greatness—to a future where creator Gene Roddenberry envisioned we would never want for food, shelter, or material possessions. Where we would explore and philosophize and pursue creative endeavors to our hearts content. It sounds like a glorious future; it should be a glorious future.

But... there’s a problem with Data.

[Delete program...]

Tue
Jan 28 2014 5:05pm

Steven Moffat had some words for Vulture on Sherlock's best man speech in “The Sign of Three,” his need to write the scene since he was a child, and Sherlock's determination to convince the world that he's a sociopath. It's an encouraging breakdown that speaks well for the character and his particular set of flaws. Take a gander...

[“It does suggest that he must be very emotional...”]

Mon
Jan 27 2014 10:40am

Sherlock, The Sign of Three, John, Mary

Well. That might be the funniest and most heart-rending hour and half of television I’ve ever watched.

Seriously, I think I’m going to cry. But that is what happens at weddings, right?

Spoilers for “The Sign of Three.” Comments may also include spoilers for the rest of the season.

[Everyone hug now because things can only go downhill next week...]

Thu
Jan 23 2014 12:10pm

Luke Skywalker, Phil NotoThe one and only Mark Hamill had a Reddit AMA yesterday, and no, before you ask, there is no Episode VII news. (I’m pretty sure he would get fired for revealing that on Reddit, no matter how cool that would be.) So here are some of the best Q&A back-and-forths for those who are really curious about his opinion on lightsaber colors and whether older Luke should have a beard...

[“What is it with guys with secret identities who go out and fight crime?”]

Tue
Jan 21 2014 1:30pm

Sherlock, The Empty Hearse

I’ve been waiting two whole years to say it: Sherlock Lives!

And for those of you who #believeinsherlock, “The Empty Hearse” was sure to be a treat in more ways than one. So let’s talk...

Spoilers below for the episode. Comments may contain spoilers for the rest of the season.

[“What life? I've been away.”]

Wed
Jan 15 2014 11:00am

Ron Weasley, Harry Potter

So a little while back I was going on about Neville Longbottom, expounding on his virtues and heroics. And something sort of sinister cropped up in the process—I learned that a healthy slice of fandom harbors disdain or outright vitriol toward Ronald Weasley.

And... I really don’t understand that. Not in the slightest. But I do have a theory about why the waters might be growing even more unfriendly toward the less flashy member of the Potter trinity.

[ARE YOU A WITCH OR NOT?]

Mon
Jan 13 2014 10:30am

Sherlock, His Last Vow, John, Mary

Sherlock. John. Mary. You guys.

Can we all hug now? It’s hug time. At least, once I’ve caught my breath.

Spoilers for “His Last Vow.”

[The vaults below...]

Wed
Jan 8 2014 11:30am

Doctor Who, River Song, Alex Kingston

With the Eleventh Doctor now passed into Whovian memory, it would seem that the Era of River Song has ended as well. And while it should be bittersweet, it is also honestly something of a relief.

Let me be clear—I happen to love River Song. Well, let me be clearer... I love what River Song might have been. And it’s telling that what she became is a symptom of everything that fans are lately bemoaning about Doctor Who.

[Hello, Sweetie]

Mon
Jan 6 2014 10:00am

Sherlock, The Sign of Three, John, Mary

Well. That might be the funniest and most heart-rending hour and half of television I’ve ever watched.

Seriously, I think I’m going to cry. But that is what happens at weddings, right?

Spoilers for “The Sign of Three.” Comments may also include spoilers for the rest of the season.

[Everyone hug now because things can only go downhill next week...]

Fri
Jan 3 2014 2:48pm

Dark Empire 2 cover, Dave DormanNow that Disney owns Lucasfilm, they are continuing to make moves that shore them up for the release of the upcoming film trilogy. Because licensing is now up with Dark Horse, an announcement has been made that Star Wars comics are now moving to Marvel Comics (which Disney also owns). 2014 will be Star Wars’ last year with Dark Horse Comics.

[What does that mean?]

Fri
Jan 3 2014 10:00am

JRR TolkienIt’s January 3, which means that on this day, in 1892, John Ronald Reuel Tolkien was born. Undoubtedly one of the most influential authors of modern mythic literature, Tolkien spent his childhood as an avid reader and a lover of language. As a boy, he often preferred to invent new tongues himself or with friends. His youthful fancies informed his academic career, and Tolkien eventually became a professor of English Literature. In the 1930s, he wrote an article about the criticism of Beowulf that forever changed how the literary world academically viewed the poem.

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Thu
Jan 2 2014 1:30am

Sherlock, The Empty Hearse

I’ve been waiting two whole years to say it: Sherlock Lives!

And for those of you who #believeinsherlock, “The Empty Hearse” was sure to be a treat in more ways than one. It’s already aired in the U.K., so let’s talk...

Spoilers below for the episode. Possible spoilers for future episodes in the comments.

[“What life? I've been away.”]