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's The Best Season (Not Series) Finale Of All Time?

It's hard enough to end a TV show with grace and beauty — but it's even harder sometimes to craft a season finale that wraps up a ton of storylines in a wonderful, satisfying way — knowing you have to come back the next year. Including a cliffhanger sometimes! What's the best season finale of any SF or fantasy show? »3/31/14 5:19pm3/31/14 5:19pm

Xander explains why he's in charge in the Buffy season 10 comics

Non-super-powered sidekick no more! When Dark Horse releases Buffy the Vampire: Season 10 #1 in March, it's Xander who will be leading the Scooby Gang — or more accurately, Nicholas Brendon will. The actor has joined the comic's writing team, and we interviewed him to discuss the return of Dracula, Giles' new affinity… »2/21/14 3:40pm2/21/14 3:40pm

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

Who's the most unfairly maligned character of all time?

Today's discussion of Sansa Stark raised some good questions about why certain characters are or aren't hated, and how much that hate is actually warranted. Which character do you think gets way too much hate and grief from people? To start the Open Channel, let's take a look at the proto-Sansa — Dawn from Buffy the… »12/18/13 5:00pm12/18/13 5:00pm