The 10 Most Shocking Bait-and-Switch Deaths of Major Characters

Killing off a major character is great way to up the stakes, create suspense, and show that this story isn't going where you expect. Sometimes, a movie or TV show will go further and cast a famous name or create marketing that implies that a character will be around for a while, only for them to die almost… »4/16/15 6:20pm4/16/15 6:20pm

What Character Did You Hate... Until They Turned Unexpectedly Badass?

Science fiction and fantasy are full of characters who seem useless, good only for weak comedy or weaker "audience identification." But it only takes one great "fuck yeah" moment to change a character from "waste of space" to "all-time favorite." Which character annoyed you, until they suddenly revealed how badass… »12/08/14 5:09pm12/08/14 5:09pm

10 TV Episodes That Everybody Pretends Never Happened

Science fiction and fantasy television has produced plenty of bizarre or terrible episodes. But sometimes, an episode isn't just bad, it's world-breaking — because it introduces plot holes or character traits that would kill a show. Here are 10 episodes that everybody had to pretend just didn't happen. (Two of which… »11/12/14 1:00pm11/12/14 1:00pm

Which TV show changed the most from its first episode to its last?

A new TV show is like a shiny toy, mint in the box: You can't wait to start breaking it and rebuilding it. Any show that stays on the air a few years will have cast changes, but also mission creep and radical status-quo alterations. Which science fiction or fantasy show changed the most from its first episode to its… »2/14/14 5:00pm2/14/14 5:00pm

Romance Fail: The Worst Fictional Pairings, and Why They Happen

Romance abounds in fiction — and science fiction and fantasy are full of epic romances too. But sometimes, it's just a bad idea. We see so many fictional couples that the writers clearly thought were a great idea, but are actually disasters. Here are the main signs that a fictional romance is a terrible, awful, bad… »2/14/14 3:00pm2/14/14 3:00pm

10 Major Franchises That Have Never Been Rebooted

Most heroes get a facelift every decade or so, to keep them from showing their age. The longer an epic saga goes on, the greater the chances you'll see everything start over from scratch. But not everybody succumbs to the Etch-a-Sketch urge. Here are 10 epic storylines that have never had a reboot. Ever. »1/30/14 1:01pm1/30/14 1:01pm

10 Heroic Prophecies That Didn't Turn Out The Way the Heroes Expected

Nothing says "epic destiny" like a huge prophecy. When a hero hears a mystical-ish person intoning that he or she is destined to set everything right, that's when adventure comes a-calling. But sometimes these things don't quite work out. Here are 10 heroic prophecies that weren't quite what people had hoped. »1/08/14 1:27pm1/08/14 1:27pm

James Marsters reveals the secrets of his dark new Spike comic

After Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel ended, there were persistent rumors that Director Joss Whedon was going to make a Spike movie with actor James Marsters reprising his role as the fan-favorite vampire. It never happened, but now the movie is taking new life as a comic book called Into the Light, written by… »11/20/13 3:05pm11/20/13 3:05pm