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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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.)

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I bought the Apple Watch a year ago. I stopped wearing it two months ago, and I'm not sure if I'll ever wear it again. That's because it doesn't really do anything that anyone needs, and even when it does, it doesn't always work like it's supposed to.