The biggest challenge for the new Star Wars was to make us love Rey and Finn as much as Luke and Han. Mission accomplished! But most of the time, when a venerable franchise introduces new characters, it’s a horrendous failure. Here are 10 long-running series that actually made us care about new characters.
It’s starting to be the saddest time of year. This fall saw a slew of new TV shows, but nowadays there’s just too much television to keep track of. And as winter comes, fall TV shows get mown down like wheat. Sometimes, cancelation is a mercy. But here are 11 shows that died just as they found their feet.
James T. Kirk owes a lot to his space opera forebears, characters like Buck Rogers, Flash Gordon and the Lensmen: He wears a cool uniform, has a fancy ray gun strapped to his hip, flies the fastest ship in the galaxy, and has a weird alien sidekick. Yet the character of Kirk has outstripped his predecessors.
It was never in the cards that the rebooted/reinvigorated Stargate movies would keep all of the continuity from the TV shows. And that’s a shame, since the TV franchise did a lot more with the premise than anyone could have expected.
Since 2009, Disney has dominated summer blockbusters with their Marvel Cinematic Universe. However, their project isn’t the first to play with stories across television and film: television shows such as Star Trek and Stargate helped to pave the way for complicated worlds with multiple ongoing narratives.
Great cons belong to that special category — along with heists — of things that are very fun in fiction but not something you want happening to you. And con artists in fiction are usually charming, smart, and have an abhorrence of violence. Here are the 10 greatest con artists in science fiction and fantasy
The first trailer for Stargate TV veterans Joseph Mallozzi and Paul Mullie's Dark Matter, based on their Dark Horse comic of the same name, is here and we're cautiously optimistic. Meet the enigmatic, dangerous, memory-deprived passengers in a mysterious spaceship drifting through the cosmos.
Stargate (the movie) is coming back not a sequel, but as a total reboot. Original movie director Roland Emmerich is on to produce and direct... again. And now the reboot has found writers.
Cosplayer Nyima-chan loses Stargate cosplay points for not dressing as James Spader. And...look, that's about the only negative I could find about this entire thing, which from the concept to the execution is just terrific.
Working, in that you can set the dials to rotate as you choose — not in that it will help you jump across the solar system. (Yet.)
Syfy's going to adapt Joseph Mallozzi and Paul Mullie's graphic novel Dark Matter into a series. The pair, who worked with the network back in the Stargate days, will be back to executive produce the show.
"Human" is a Stargate: Universe episode that revolves around mathematician Dr. Rush trying to crack a code. "I loved Rush's crazy scribbles of nonsense and the light code imagery," Meredith wrote in io9's original recap. Only it wasn't nonsense – it was real cryptography with consistent, breakable codes.
Science fiction loves itself some doppelgangers: Clones, alternate universes, robot replacements, possession... It's hard to come up with anything that hasn't resulted in new versions of familiar characters. Sometimes, they're a little too interesting, and they leave us wanting more. Here are the ten that should…
Was a brand new Star Wars character gender-swapped? Kevin Feige gives details on the futures of Guardians of the Galaxy, Ant-Man, and Doctor Strange. Dean Devlin explains why they're rebooting Stargate. And details about the new villains in Orphan Black and Teen Wolf. Spoilers now!
It looks like Stargate is about to lose its status as one of the major movie franchises that have never been rebooted. Roland Emmerich and Dean Devlin are officially returning to the world of Stargate with a "re-imagined" trilogy of films.
Stargate's approach to addressing climate change involves wormholes to a parallel universe. It sounds utterly bonkers, but that far-out science fiction plot contains sneaky, real science. I know, because I put it there.
HBO is teaming with director Ridley Scott to make Pharaoh, a show about aliens hanging out in ancient Egypt, making pyramids, and presumably getting worshipped as animal-headed gods by the local populace.
It feels like Heroes only just left, but now it's coming back again. And meanwhile, there are tons of other great TV shows that seem like they deserve a second chance at life. Which science fiction or fantasy show would you rather see get rebooted or relaunched, instead of Heroes?
Romance abounds in fiction — and science fiction and fantasy are full of epic romances too. But sometimes, it's just a bad idea. We see so many fictional couples that the writers clearly thought were a great idea, but are actually disasters. Here are the main signs that a fictional romance is a terrible, awful, bad…
Most heroes get a facelift every decade or so, to keep them from showing their age. The longer an epic saga goes on, the greater the chances you'll see everything start over from scratch. But not everybody succumbs to the Etch-a-Sketch urge. Here are 10 epic storylines that have never had a reboot. Ever.