An Underrated Portrayal of An Underrepresented Experience: B’Elanna Torres and Biracial Identity

One of the reasons I love science fiction, and why I think it’s such an enduringly popular genre, especially today, is that it can offer thoughtful explorations of real-life issues in an alien, but familiar, way.

Star Trek is perhaps the best-known example of this, regularly confronting issues involving various forms of prejudice and touching us on a personal level when we recognize ourselves in the strange and fantastical mirror that’s being held up. Episodes like “Let That Be Your Last Battlefield” or “The Outcast” examine race and gender, and audiences are still talking about them, still discussing and debating decades later.

But for me, as a half-Chinese, half-White person, one of the best and most underrated depictions of mixed-race experience I have ever seen was in Star Trek: Voyager’s B’Elanna Torres. For those who may not be familiar with one of the less-lauded Trek series, Torres is half-Klingon, half-Human.

Now, this may shock some readers, but I am not a Klingon. No one is. But this character did go on journeys that I recognized all the same.

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Robert Pattinson Gets Cloned in Bong Joon Ho’s Mickey 17—But Not Until 2024

It might be hard to follow Parasite. Bong Joon Ho’s last film won four Oscars, one of which was the first Best Picture Oscar won by a non-English language film. It broke international box office records and was the must-see film of 2019.

But Bong’s next film, which was announced early this year, looks more than promising. Mickey 17, based on a novel by Edward Ashton, stars professional weirdo Robert Pattinson (The Batman) and is about a clone, which is already enough to fully have my attention. And now we’ve got a date to mark on our calendars!

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Charming But Shallow: Darby and the Dead

After a near-death experience, Darby discovers she can see the dead. But Darby isn’t freaked out by all the ghosts, no, she decides to help them resolve their unfinished business so they can finally cross over. She devotes so much of her energy to who she calls the “deados” that she earns a reputation as a bit of a weirdo at school. At the beginning of junior year, two events throw her carefully curated life completely off the rails. First is the arrival of Alex, an odd boy new to her public school who Darby finds herself falling for in spite of her reservations. Second is the unexpected death of Capri, the most popular girl in school and Darby’s former bestie turned arch nemesis.

Capri’s spirit lingers, refusing to accept her fate. She strongarms Darby into becoming popular enough to put on Capri’s sweet 17 birthday bash anyway, a plot that backfires on both of them. The more popular Darby gets, the less time she has for the deados that need her or the boy who has a crush on her…and the more Capri resents Darby supplanting her in the social hierarchy. Soon enough, it’s medium versus ghost in this lighthearted YA supernatural romp.

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Charlie Cox Wants Foggy and Karen Back On Daredevil: Born Again Too

We’ve known that Charlie Cox and Vincent D’Onforio would be returning as Daredevil and Kingpin respectively in a new Disney+ series for about six months. Marvel Studios has been relatively quiet, however, about whether two core characters from the Netflix Daredevil series—Karen and Foggy, played by Deborah Ann Woll and Elden Henson respectively—would make the jump to Disney+ as well.

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Maybe Margot Robbie’s Pirates of the Caribbean Movie Isn’t Dead in the Water After All

Last month, Margot Robbie told Vanity Fair that the female-centric Pirates of the Caribbean movie that she’d been developing with Christina Hodson (Birds of Prey) had walked the plank. But that ship may not have sailed just yet, according to Jerry Bruckheimer (who’s produced all the Pirates films, including At World’s End, pictured above).

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Star Trek: Enterprise Rewatch: “First Flight”

“First Flight”
Written by John Shiban & Chris Black
Directed by LeVar Burton
Season 2, Episode 24
Production episode 050
Original air date: May 14, 2003
Date: unknown

Captain’s star log. Enterprise finds what may or may not be a dark-matter nebula. Archer and T’Pol’s good-natured argument on the subject is interrupted by Sato, who says that Forrest is calling. He has bad news: Captain A.G. Robinson has died in an accident while mountain climbing.

[Optimism doesn’t alter the laws of physics.]

Series: Star Trek: Enterprise Rewatch

Tor.com Reviewers’ Choice: The Best Books of 2022

Every year we’re blown away by the consistently amazing book releases in the genres of science fiction, fantasy, young adult, and beyond—and 2022 raised the bar even further. Our reviewers each picked their top contenders for the best books of the year, ranging from glittering alternate history to meditative hopepunk, and elegiac science fiction to apocalyptic horror. We’ve got blood magicians, multiverse prophets, elven detectives, and much more.

Below, Tor.com’s regular book reviewers talk about notable titles they read in 2022—leave your own additions in the comments!

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Before The Wolf Man: Werewolf of London

The 1941 film starring Lon Chaney, Jr is in many ways the origin of the werewolf genre. But there is an earlier example, from 1935. It’s not nearly as well known; its star, Henry Hull, never achieved the cult status that Chaney did.

It’s not a bad little film at all, and in some ways it’s closer to what we now regard as canon. The change (in the film it’s called “transvection”) happens monthly during the three nights of the full moon. It’s caused by the bite of a werewolf. According to the weighty tome the protagonist consults, “the werewolf must kill at least one human being each night of the full moon or become permanently afflicted.” It’s not totally clear whether this means he’ll be permanently relegated to werewolf form, or whether he’ll only be affected for three nights out of every lunar cycle. [Read more]

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