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 3:20pm 4/16/15 3:20pm

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 2:09pm 12/08/14 2:09pm

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 10:00am 11/12/14 10:00am

It's a full-blown Whedon-palooza at Amazon this weekend

Just a heads up: Amazon's got a nice lineup of stuff on sale this week from Joss Whedon's television oeuvre, with box sets of Buffy, Firefly, and more available in DVD and Blu-Ray offerings. (Firefly and Dollhouse season 1 Blu-rays are region-free, too, which is always nice.) Fans looking to flesh out their… » 3/09/14 11:27am 3/09/14 11:27am

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 2:00pm 2/14/14 2:00pm

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 12:00pm 2/14/14 12:00pm

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 10:01am 1/30/14 10:01am

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 10:27am 1/08/14 10:27am

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 12:05pm 11/20/13 12:05pm

The Most Ridiculous Mystical Pregnancies in Fiction

The magic pregnancy is a staple science fiction and fantasy fiction. Whether it's the impending birth of a savior, the coming of some form of Antichrist, or some kind of experiment, speculative fiction has been the home of a lot of ridiculous stories of pregnancy and birth. Here are the most absurd ones. » 10/13/13 10:00am 10/13/13 10:00am