Falling Skies's Villain Conference Is Today's Most Wonderful Cheesefest

They don't make villain conferences like this any more. One of the interchangeable aliens from this season of Falling Skies grabs a lump of coal and scrunches it into a red diamond, so he can have a teleconference with another alien, in a burning hellscape lifted from a Mortal Kombat game. » 7/14/14 5:36pm 7/14/14 5:36pm

Falling Skies finally gives us what we've been dying for

Last night's episode of Falling Skies was way better than the melodramatic "Hal's got an eyebug" showdown the previous week, although it still wasn't a landmark in television history or anything. In particular, last night's episode gave us what we've wanted from this show for ages: some development of the themes of… » 7/15/13 7:18pm 7/15/13 7:18pm

Dear Falling Skies: I just don't know what you're about any more

Seriously, I want to love Falling Skies, and I have a lot of affection for the show's characters and concept — but I don't understand what this show's storyline is about. Last night's episode, in particular left me wondering whether this show's storyline is just one colossal alien shaggy dog. » 7/08/13 5:46pm 7/08/13 5:46pm

When Falling Skies keeps its eye on the ball, it's a truly great show

In case you were wondering if Falling Skies is really just a grab-bag of aliens, soap-operatic plot twists and treacly "Hallmark movie" moments, then you really ought to check out last Sunday's episode. Because when this show actually focuses on its characters, it's suddenly a really great piece of television.… » 7/02/13 12:20pm 7/02/13 12:20pm

Spend Some Quality Time With The Manliest Version of Doctor Who

Is Matt Smith's Doctor a black belt at every martial art in the universe? Did David Tennant's best mate have an epic mustache? How many car chases did Eccleston have? Jon Pertwee may or may not have been the best star of Doctor Who, but he was clearly the manliest. And some new DVDs will let you get to know him way… » 6/21/13 3:55pm 6/21/13 3:55pm

Does the summer's biggest young adult novel live up to the hype?

The 5th Wave may be the summer’s most buzzed about YA book — but it really does deserve a lot of praise. Rick Yancey’s alien invasion novel plays around with more than a few tropes of the genre, elevating them with dashes of lyrical prose and a plot that just doesn’t stop. Spoilers ahead... » 5/30/13 4:42pm 5/30/13 4:42pm

Why would aliens come all this way just to invade Earth?

In movies, when aliens invade our planet, they usually have a ludicrous motivation. Like, they're after our water. Or our gold. (Hint: Asteroids have gold.) Space travel is incredibly difficult and expensive — so why would aliens actually bother to come and invade us? We asked some experts for reasons that actually… » 5/02/13 1:30pm 5/02/13 1:30pm