Welp, they had me at “Buck,” but sure, let’s watch two-and-a-half minutes of the first trailer for Captain America: Civil War.
“You’ve spent more time in the friendzone than the Phantom Zone.”
I think we’ve found the best line on Supergirl thus far. It’s a gentle burn from Alex to Kara, about how the latter tries so hard to make everyone happy that she’ll let James Olsen talk to her about his gorgeous ex-girlfriend Lucy Lane, instead of presenting herself as a viable romantic option. But here’s the twist—Lucy is intimdated by Supergirl.
You can always count on Cards Against Humanity to come through during the holidays with some good cheer (or great trolling). But this year, in addition to unveiling special Hanukkah cards (last year it was Kwanzaa), CAH is also bringing real trolls, through its first-ever Fantasy Pack! And because the guys behind CAH don’t do anything half-assed, this year they called in the big guns: a crew of fantasy authors including Patrick Rothfuss, Neil Gaiman, Jacqueline Carey, and more to help write the cards.
Katniss Everdeen is dead. Or rather, Katniss dies at least twice during the course of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 2. Held aloft as the Mockingjay, symbol of the Panem rebellion, her image is manipulated by both District 13 and the Capitol for their respective gains.
Mockingjay, Part 1 was about building up the mythology of the Mockingjay, with Katniss’ propo (short for propaganda films) team staging TV spots getting her to rally the troops. But when she’s in the thick of it, getting hit by bullets in the districts and climbing through collapsing buildings in the Capitol, it’s no surprise that both sides would seize on such footage of her in danger: Turning her into a martyr or spinning it as cutting the head off of the rebellion, either way Presidents Coin and Snow have reasons to want the Mockingjay shot out of the sky.
It’s this realization that she’s become nothing but a political pawn that spurs Katniss to regain her agency, by striking out on a suicide mission to kill President Snow.
What happens when you assemble some of the greatest scientific minds of our time, add in a healthy dose of radiation/Chemical X/God knows what, then send them back in time? They become the Super Science Friends! Which is also the name of a wonderfully batty animated series from Brett Jubinville and Tinman Creative Studios. Successfully Kickstarted in 2014, Super Science Friends! has released its first episode for your viewing pleasure! (But be warned: In addition to being “just the right amount of smart, just the right amount of stupid,” as the studio boasts, it’s also a bit NSFW.)
“If it’s a fairy tale you’re looking for, prepare yourselves for so much more,” intones ice queen Freya (Emily Blunt doing her best impersonation of Galadriel), followed by some rumbling EDM in the first trailer for The Huntsman: Winter’s War. What you should prepare yourself for is to root for the fabulous duo of Freya and her resurrected sister Ravenna (Charlize Theron, gamely returning from Snow White and the Huntsman) and not for Freya’s huntsmen-gone-rogue.
The teaser for Marvel’s Agent Carter season 2 is very short, but just like the show, it packs a lot into a short amount of time. From these thirty seconds, we know that Peggy’s going to HOLLYWOOD to track down baddies, who seem to be swarming around the set of a certain film…
Due to the attacks in Paris, CBS swapped out a Supergirl episode about bombings this week for the Thanksgiving episode, with the former set to air next week. The swap likely won’t affect anything in the show’s narrative, aside from bringing mommy issues and heat-vision-cooked turkey a week early. But more importantly, this week saw Supergirl facing her first villain of her own making and Kara actually (gasp) bonding with her boss, Cat Grant.
Considering what a mess Snow White and the Huntsman turned out to be, the sequel is understandably cutting out its confused part-princess/part-Joan of Arc take on Snow and focusing on the more marketable character: Chris Hemsworth’s Huntsman. Surrounded by women, that is—Charlize Theron inexplicably reprising her role as Ravenna, plus Emily Blunt and Jessica Chastain as new characters in the wonderfully-titled The Huntsman: Winter’s War.
With every new development in virtual reality technology, our digital avatars are more and more becoming extensions of ourselves. The company AltspaceVR (with the motto “Be together, in person”) wants to capitalize on this with a notion that, so far, seems to have taken off: VR Dungeons & Dragons. Yep, that means your and your friends’ digital avatars sitting in a virtual room with a virtual D&D board in front of you, embarking on a virtual campaign.
An internship with Night Vale Community Radio is an incredibly rewarding, absolutely unforgettable experience… if you manage not to get killed, that is. The intern death toll has become the stuff of legends and one of the best recurring jokes on Welcome to Night Vale, yet people just keep signing up! And now, here’s your chance.
Game designer, writer, and podcaster Astrid Dalmady has created Investigative Journalism, a Twine game that casts you as a Night Vale intern on a portentous assignment: The News has gone missing, and it’s your job to track it down.
From page 1, you can’t read Rainbow Rowell’s Carry On without thinking of Harry Potter. At the start of the book, eighteen-year-old Simon Snow is leaving behind the Normal world for another school year at the Watford School of Magicks, reflecting on the Humdrum’s latest failed attempt to kill him and agonizing over the pressures of being the magical community’s Chosen One. It basically follows the blueprint for one of the world’s most famous book series.
And that’s OK! Rowell initially did use J.K. Rowling’s series and her Boy Who Lived as the background to explain Cath’s Simon Snow fanfiction in her 2013 YA novel Fangirl. This shorthand undoubtedly made the book more relatable for readers who may not have understood the culture of fanfic. When Rowell decided to delve deeper into Simon’s world for Carry On, the Potter canon was a baseline from which she made major deviations in order to say some wholly original things about Chosen One narratives, self-fulfilling prophecies, queerness, and modern magic. Reading Carry On makes me remember one of my absolute favorite aspects of early-2000s fanfic culture.
If the first full-length trailer for The Divergent Series: Allegiant seems to be any indicator, the second-to-last installment seems to be diverging (sigh) a bit from Veronica Roth’s book. The main plot points seem to be there: Tris (Shailene Woodley) and her band of fellow Divergents and other rebels decide to leave dystopian Chicago to search out the people who created their experiment in the first place. But the movie also looks much more sci-fi than the books, like a weird mashup of the Capitol-storming scenes we’ve glimpsed from The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 2 crossed with Tom Cruise’s ship from Oblivion crossed with the virtual-reality power grids from The Cabin in the Woods. With all these elements, is it still Allegiant?
Remember when someone reimagined David Bowie’s “Space Oddity” as “Space Weird Thing,” using only the 1,000 most common words in the English language? xkcd’s Randall Munroe has done the same thing, except this time he’s talking about getting to space in the first place, with a ton of help from Minute Physics. That makes sense, considering that he’s promoting his new book, Thing Explainer: Complicated Stuff in Simple Words. Even better is that the video is ridiculously charming, with explanations about
spaceships up-goers like “Actually, it pushes the up-goer away from where the fire comes out. If the fire end points toward space, you are having a bad problem and will not go to space today.”
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