There's a weird problem that keeps popping up with Star Trek: Discovery and I can't tell whose fault it is. Is it journalists writing about the show who don't know its background? Is it that the people involved in the show are bad ambassadors for it? Is it the way the show's being promoted? Is it just the news cycle? Whatever the cause, the effect is that Discovery is constantly marketed as groundbreaking when it should be marketed as following in Star Trek's footsteps.
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I love Spider-Man. He's forever been my favourite superhero, so the thought of a new movie being out in less than a month, under the creative influence of Marvel itself, should have my excitement levels through the roof. But they aren't, and that's mainly because of the presence of a particular billionaire playboy genius.
Seriously, guys. Gotham has gone beyond an extremely fast-and-loose look at the years before Batman made his debut to a wacky soap opera with supervillains to a super-violent and insane Batman '66 prequel. But after this week's two-hour finale, I think there might be even more to it -- guys, I think there may suddenly be a method to Gotham's madness.
I feel like a lot of tie-in novels today aren't nearly as balls-to-the-wall crazy as they used to be. Corporations have an unbreakably tight grip on all their properties and everything associated with a successful property is carefully planned out and has the edges filed down. For example, the latest Young Adult X-Files books -- prequels starring teen Mulder and Scully -- are straightforward but well done. When I was young, however, the kid-targeted X-Files tie-in books were completely insane.
Finn Jones, star of Marvel and Netflix's Iron Fist, keeps blaming outside factors for the poor reviews of his show. He's already trotted out the old and rotted "this is for the fans not critics" argument, but now he's added an argument as baffling as it is new: Danny Rand is too much like Trump and that is why people don't like him. We are dead serious.
When Disney acquired Star Wars and Lucasfilm announced the all the stories of the Expanded Universe had been jettisoned, it seemed like a galaxy far, far away was getting a fresh start. But that hasn't totally been true, as pieces of the EU keep making their way back to the new canon. Now it seems like Star Wars may -- may -- be re-adding a certain idea that probably should never have existed in the first place.
It's been confirmed that Legendary's Godzilla-King Kong movie universe is called the "MonsterVerse." It's a name absolutely guaranteed to get confused with Universal's new universe based on its old horror monsters. But it's not that much better than Arrowverse. Or the DCEU. Or whatever Star Wars is using these days.
Star Trek: The Original Series has a lot of great episodes, running the gamut from the emotionally devastating ("The City on the Edge of Forever") to the comedic ("The Trouble With Tribbles"). And yet, for my money, no episode is a better example of everything the Original Series got right than "Journey to Babel".
Video: Sonic is a joke. That's what happens when something crafted by market research to be "cool" stumbles along for 25 years. But it's not just the irritating "Gotta go fast! Chilli dogs!" attitude that Sonic is supposed to convey that makes him an unsympathetic relic to the worst parts of the '90s. The franchise itself has painted itself into a corner of uncoolness, as this video from Innuendo Studios explains.
Recently, Sigourney Weaver said that Neill Blomkamp's still-in-the-ether Alien movie be a new sequel to Aliens, meaning that it would render the series' existing third and fourth films redundant. Alien 3 may be the most maligned film in the franchise, but it would be a shame to erase Ripley's adventure on Fury 161, and here's why.
The life cycle of a trend usually goes something like this: Manic obsession, backlash, backlash to the backlash, slow death. With the Pokemon GO craze, it seems that the "manic obsession" phase has just about run its course, which is lovely because that means we're one step closer to that slow, gentle death. (How sweetly she coos.)
One of the latest Marvel casting rumours making the rounds is that Michael Barbieri's Spider-Man: Homecoming character is based on Ganke Lee, who, in the comics, is the best friend of Miles Morales. Not regular Spider-Man, better known as Peter Parker. In the comics, Ganke Lee is a pudgy Korean-American.
If you watched the season premiere of Game of Thrones, you were treated with a brief return to Dorne, that south-most region of Westeros where last season's most boring storyline took place. And then, after seeing one of the show's greatest deviations from the books, you started wondering what the hell is happening here.
Two things became apparent after the end of the Autumn 2016 Smartphone Glut. One: Android is still a second-class citizen when it comes to gaming, and two: smartphones are in a ridiculously boring place.