The third episode of The Orville pays homage to Star Trek's love of addressing ethical issues — this time, about whether an alien society should be able to reassign a child's gender. The episode tries to be sincere, and sometimes succeeds, but it ultimately becomes more about gender stereotypes than actual identity.
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Earlier this week, an episode of Netflix's children cartoon Maya the Bee was pulled after a hidden phallus was discovered by an angry parent. Now, the studio behind the cartoon looks to be pursuing charges against the penis-drawing artist. But in truth, sneaking dicks and other sex jokes into cartoons is weirdly long-standing animation tradition.
Not all of Game of Thrones season seven's secrets and surprises have been revealed. Now that the latest season has finally aired, the visual effects studios responsible for bringing the fantasy world to life have started releasing their behind-the-scenes reels of the show's real magic: its movie-calibre special effects, especially when it comes to Westeros' tiniest Faceless Man.
Despite being pirated to the dickens, Aussie Kiah Rouche-Turner's Wyrmwood appears to be back for seconds, with a new trailer declaring a TV series based on the Raimi-esque zombie film is on its way.
Video: The opening for HBO's Game of Thrones is one of the few title sequences you don't want to skip past during a binge-watching session. But Claus-Marc Hah might be a bigger fan of those opening credits than the show itself, having built a massive animated version of Red Keep using nothing but LEGO bricks and Mindstorms.
After spending the week slowly eking out casting news for its Inhumans TV show, Marvel has finally announced the rest of the cast for the new series on US channel ABC. But it also buried the lede a bit, because right under that new cast list was the reveal that beloved Inhuman pooch Lockjaw will be in the series.
Star Wars Rebels has never shied away from emotion — and the latest episode, Legacy of Mandalore, offers up an extra-large serving. It puts us smack in the middle of a rare Star Wars conflict, a mother versus daughter, then hits us with a very big shake-up. If you haven't seen the episode, here's your spoiler warning.
Every so often, two wildly different franchises come together to form a perfect, hilarious whole. In this case, we have Westworld, a sci-fi TV show set in a wild-west theme park populated by androids, combined with City Slickers, a 1991 comedy western where three city-dwelling friends venture from the big smoke to discover themselves. Funny Or Die decided to mix them together, gathering cast members from both properties and it works amazingly well.
As many know, the heroes of Power Rangers aren't a wholly western creation — they're really the stars of Super Sentai, a Japanese kid's franchise that's over four decades old. Since Power Rangers began, nearly every Super Sentai series since has been adapted for the show, but not all of them have made it over. These are the Power Ranger shows that could have been.
The Expanse is returning soon and Syfy is ramping up the hype with its promos — including one simply titled "Why Fans Love The Expanse" and a recap of season one performed by cats. Most recently, "The Powerful Women of The Expanse" offers a reminder of how badass the show's female characters really are.
Apple is preparing to film its own original scripted TV shows and potentially movies, according to a new Wall Street Journal report. Apple executives are reportedly already in discussion with industry veterans about how to create shows comparable to Netflix's Stranger Things or HBO's Westworld. If all goes according to plan, the company will begin offering its original TV shows on its $11.99-per-month streaming service Apple Music by the end of 2017. Sadly, it looks like Apple is going to half-arse the enterprise.
I get a huge kick out of fiction within fiction. I particularly love it when fake games are included to further flesh out a world.
We see this in video games a fair bit — particularly card games that players can use to make bank. Gwent is a strong example, being so popular that it's being released as a standalone. And let's not forget the likes of Pazaak and Wicked Grace.
It's a brand-new day in a brand-new year, and there's a lot to be excited about in 2017. We've got the big Consumer Electronic Show (CES) this week.
We're getting a brand-new Star Wars movie, Game of Thrones comes back with its penultimate season, and Marvel's got not one, not two, but three major films debuting this year. Plus, you've got a ton of books and comic books. What isn't there to love?
Video: Do you want to take a look back at 2016? Yeah, me neither. I've blocked out so much of what happened this year that I'm not even sure if it was a memorable year for movies and TV shows. If I squeeze my brain really hard to remember: Spider-Man was fun in Captain America: Civil War, the trailer for Arrival looked great (I haven't watched the actual movie yet), Game of Thrones ruled this season, Westworld was a show people like to talk about way too much and that's about it. I've forgotten everything else.