When we think about the future these days, it can often look bleak. That's true of both reality and in fiction, since we tend to create futures that reflect the present, so they feel more real. But since there's more than enough uncertainty and darkness in real life currently, here are some worlds I turn to when I need to remember there's still hope for the future.
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The CW/DC Universe has already handled some of the weirdest sides of world of DC Comics — but you have to admire its gung-ho desire to bring some of its most bizarre concepts to the big screen. Arrow did Ragman, Flash got Grodd and now Supergirl is getting everyone's favourite wanderer of the fifth dimension, Mr Mxyzptlk.
Video: Poor Barry. First his best friends start calling him out for altering all of space-time, and then he has to deal with Oliver Queen making him look like a clown in front of all his superfriends.
Although news of Yeoh's casting first broke last week, CBS has now confirmed that she is among the first actors to join the next Star Trek TV show.
Video: We finally have our first good glimpse at the CW's take on the world of Archie Comics, and honestly, I shouldn't even have to tell you that this is from the CW. It has more teen drama than you can shake a Riverdale High cheerleader's pom-pom at — which might as well be a giant neon sign screaming, "HEY WE'RE ON THE CW." It looks great.
National Geographic's new TV miniseries Mars has a message for the people of Earth: Colonising the Red Planet is not a pipe dream. In fact, it's achievable within a generation. Unfortunately, in the first few episodes at least, that message smothers the show's ability to tell a good story. Mars is much more enjoyable when it's not trying to cram facts, figures and carefully scripted interviews down our throats.
Long before he became the Twelfth Doctor, Peter Capaldi was a diehard Doctor Who fan — so he knows his stuff when it comes to talking about why the show has worked so well for over 50 years. But this new nugget of Capaldian wisdom is maybe one of the best things we've ever heard said about the show.
Half a century has passed since the "Power of the Daleks" storyline aired on Doctor Who, arguably the series' boldest moment — the first test to see if the show's wild idea to rejuvenate its star with a new actor would work (spoilers: it did). But re-watching it this week has given me an altogether different appreciation for the story.
Video: Broadcast as part of the BBC's annual fundraising event for Children In Need, the clip is our first really extended look — beyond what was revealed at New York Comic-Con — at what is going to be our first proper episode of Doctor Who all year.
We have another brief glimpse at the big crossover between Arrow, Flash, Supergirl and Legends of Tomorrow, and unsurprisingly it is filled with the delights these shows have become known for. But it also gives us our first look at the big bad guys the heroes will be teaming up against: DC's Dominators.