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Natalie Zutter

I Hope That Steven Moffat’s The Time Traveler’s Wife is Less Doctor Who and More Coupling

A young girl watches as a strange man materializes in front of her. There is no logical explanation as to where (or when) he came from, but she’s not scared. He’s charming, he knows impossible things about the future and her future, and, best of all, he seems invested in knowing her. But this man is not a Time Lord. Before the Tenth Doctor crawled through Reinette’s fireplace in the 2006 Doctor Who episode “The Girl in the Fireplace,” or the Eleventh Doctor crashed his TARDIS in Amy Pond’s yard in 2010’s “Eleventh Hour,” it was Henry DeTamble who appeared to little Clare Abshire in the 2003 novel The Time Traveler’s Wife.

When it was announced that Audrey Niffenegger’s romantic novel was being adapted for television with Moffat the helm, the former Doctor Who showrunner mentioned that he had written “Fireplace” as “a direct response” to the book. It’s one of those episodes of Nu Who that I had always put off watching, so held up by fans as one of the series’ classics that it demanded complete attention. Well, I finally watched the Doctor meet Reinette a.k.a. Madame de Pompadour, and… I really hope this isn’t an indicator of what to expect from Moffat’s take on The Time Traveler’s Wife.

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The Darkest Minds is a Grab-Bag YA Dystopia That Manages to Say Nothing Original

It’s difficult to pinpoint the exact moment that YA dystopia The Darkest Minds feels the most derivative. Honestly, my ennui starts in the first minutes of the movie, with the mysterious disease that kills 90% of the USA’s children and imbues the survivors with powers for reasons, with the suddenly-superpowered children herded into camps and/or experimented on à la The Maze Runner. Then there’s the headscratcher of a cameo in which Gwendoline Christie dons an awful brunette wig to play Lady Jane, a bounty hunter chasing mutants psychically-gifted kids through the woods—the requisite stunt casting like Diane Kruger in The Host, or Patricia Clarkson in Maze. And even the ending shot (bafflingly revealed in every trailer) of Special Girl Ruby (Amandla Stenberg) smearing orange paint across her forehead and raising a hand to the dozens of other kids—painted green, blue, gold—smacks of both Divergent’s color-coded caste systems and The Hunger Games’ rebellious salute.

Nearly every major beat of The Darkest Minds is directly reminiscent of a different dystopian movie that’s come before. And the sole element that could have set this movie apart—the notion of the government separating “dangerous” children from their parents and imprisoning them in detention camps—is squandered.

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Why I’m Obsessed with the Outlander Theme Song

Sing me a song of a lass that is gone
Say, could that lass be I?

The first time I saw the opening lyrics to Outlander’s theme song posted on a friend’s Facebook post, I thought it sounded ridiculous, way too on-the-nose to start every episode by acknowledging the series’ premise. YES WE GET IT CLAIRE YOU DISAPPEARED.

That was before I actually listened to it, and watched the title sequence—and then, like Claire at Craigh na Dun, I fell hard. Now, I forbid my husband from fast-forwarding through the credits every time we watch… and considering that we’ve been bingeing a season at a time, that means I’ve got it well memorized. But why do I find this particular TV opening so compelling?

The answer, I think, is that it presses all of my nerd buttons: it’s a remix of a mashup, with an excellent invocation of Rule 63. It is the platonic ideal of a TV theme song.

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Steven Moffat Developing The Time Traveler’s Wife Television Series for HBO

HBO has won the bidding war for a TV adaptation of Audrey Niffenegger’s The Time Traveler’s Wife, from former Doctor Who showrunner and Sherlock creator Steven Moffat. Other outlets, including Amazon Studios, were in the running to acquire the series about Henry DeTamble and Clare Abshire’s nonlinear love story, according to Deadline.

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The Godzilla: King of the Monsters Trailer is the Godzilla Movie We Deserve

So, um, did you ever think a Godzilla movie would make you tear up? Because there is something surprisingly powerful about the first trailer for Godzilla: King of the Monsters, screened at San Diego Comic-Con. Which is to say, they are going old school, tapping into the deep roots of Godzilla’s character as the hand of nature when humans take things too far.

But not just Godzilla—there’s Mothra, too, and Rodan, and King Ghidorah. This trailer is the real deal.

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Spider-Man: Into the Spider Verse Adds John Mulaney as Spider-Ham and Nicolas Cage as Spider-Man Noir

In new footage from animated film Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, screened at San Diego Comic-Con, Miles Morales, Peter Parker, and Gwen Stacy a.k.a. Spider-Gwen walk into a multiverse meeting of Spider-Folks and are in for quite a surprise. Upon being handed “Hello My Name Is” stickers, they discover even more iterations of themselves—namely, Spider-Man Noir and Spider-Ham. And here’s the best part: Those roles are being voiced by (respectively) Nicolas Cage and John Mulaney!

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Watch the First Teaser for the TV Adaptation of Thriller Podcast Homecoming

As part of the Amazon Prime Video showrunners panel at San Diego Comic-Con, Mr. Robot creator Sam Esmail was in attendance—not for his lauded series, but for a new project. Esmail is helming the television adaptation of Homecoming, based on the Gimlet Media podcast that was a hit upon its premiere in late 2016.

While the original podcast starred Catherine Keener as case worker Heidi Bergman, who strikes up a friendship with veteran Walter Cruz (Oscar Isaac) while helping him and other veterans readjust to civilian life as part of the mysterious “Homecoming” initiative, the TV version has Julia Roberts filling that starring role. Amazon shared the first teaser for the series at SDCC.

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Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger Renewed for Season 2

Fans of Marvel and Freeform’s new teenage superhero series Cloak & Dagger, which premiered earlier this year, were excited to learn at San Diego Comic-Con that the series will be returning for a second season. Tandy and Tyrone still have a long way to go in mastering their powers and discovering the truth behind how they got them, but they’ll get at least another 10 episodes to do so when the series returns in spring 2019!

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Joss Whedon is Rebooting Buffy the Vampire Slayer with a Black Lead

Big news out of San Diego Comic-Con for Joss Whedon: The creator of Buffy the Vampire Slayer is overseeing a reboot of his landmark television series, acting as executive producer while Monica Owusu-Breen (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.Midnight, Texas) will write the script and serve as showrunner. The most significant detail of the reboot news, which comes from The Hollywood Reporter, is that the new Slayer will be black.

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Watch a Behind-the-Scenes Look at The Tick Season 2

On the Amazon Prime Video showrunners panel at San Diego Comic-Con, The Tick creator Ben Edlund shared a sweet video for fans of the series: Stars Peter Serafinowicz and Griffin Newman running around on the set, comparing costumes between seasons 1 and 2, and introducing a bevy of new superheroes coming out of the woodwork when season 2 premieres sometime in 2019.

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The Expanse Season 4 to Return in 2019

While the Amazon Prime Video showrunners panel at San Diego Comic-Con didn’t have a shiny trailer ready for The Expanse season 4, they did share a sweet video from the cast and creators thanking fans for resurrecting the show. While Amazon picked up the series after it got cancelled by Syfy, it was due in large part to fans’ fervor to continue on the journey with the crew of the Roci and see the rest of James S.A. Corey’s space opera series play out on television.

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Watch the First Trailer for M. Night Shyamalan’s Glass

The first trailer for Glass, M. Night Shyamalan’s continuation of the superhero narrative begun with 2000’s Unbreakable and picked up (surprisingly) in 2016’s Split, brings together an indestructible man, a villain with bones of glass, and a man possessing two dozen identities, including the fearsome Beast, in a most interesting place: an asylum, where they are presided over by a psychiatrist who believes that they believe that they are superheroes.

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Gwen Stacy Lives at the Hands of Seanan McGuire in Spider-Gwen: Ghost Spider!

At San Diego Comic-Con, the magic word for Marvel Comics was Spider-Geddon—something of a sequel to the Spider-Verse, or perhaps even revenge on that multiverse crossover event. And one of the players in Spider-Geddon is none other than Wayward Children author Seanan McGuire, who will write Spider-Gwen: Ghost Spider!

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Pick Your Side in The Walking Dead Season 9 Trailer

The first trailer for The Walking Dead season 9 carried extra anticipation at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con, as star Andrew Lincoln, a.k.a. Rick Grimes, confirmed that he will indeed be leaving after this season. While there are no explicit hints as to Rick’s fate, it’s clear in this trailer that the core group, along with the new communities they’ve encountered and created over the years, are being drawn in different directions.

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