What do Istanbul and Deep Space Nine have in common?

Well, I'll tell you. Istanbul and Deep Space Nine have two things in common: 1) they both have alternate names — in Istanbul's case, it used to be called Constantinople, while in Deep Space Nine's case, it originally happened to be called Terok Nor — and 2) they both have songs about these name changes, the first… » 1/02/13 10:35am 1/02/13 10:35am

How Battlestar Copied (And Improved On) Star Trek: Deep Space Nine

Tonight's the last episode of Battlestar Galactica until the "first quarter of 2009" (which could mean March!), but don't go into withdrawal symptoms yet. There's an obscure 1990s show called Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, which is currently in heavy rotation on Spike. It shares a lot of the same ideas and themes as BSG » 6/13/08 5:21pm 6/13/08 5:21pm

21 Ways To Eradicate Campiness From Science Fiction

Click to viewEver since the first cheesy monster or goofy robot leered out from the cover of a pulpy magazine, science fiction has struggled to shake off a certain tinge of campiness. No matter how hard creators may try to tell cool stories, that slightly ironic silliness is always lurking just outside the frame. And… » 5/05/08 4:00pm 5/05/08 4:00pm

What's The Most Overrated Classic Scifi TV Show?

We've all had the experience of looking back at a movie or TV show that rocked our worlds a few decades ago, and going, "Oh." Suddenly, the awesome classic of the 1970s or 1980s looks kind of cheesy and silly. The robot pets, the speechifying, the Klingons in cowboy hats. You expect the special effects not to be that… » 4/07/08 1:14pm 4/07/08 1:14pm

Do Real-World Politics Affect Star Trek's Prime Directive?

The cardinal rule in the Star Trek universe is the Prime Directive, which forbids the super-advanced Federation from interfering with the development of less-advanced cultures. Of course every crew breaks it regularly, but some crews have broken it more than others. Since Star Trek often tries to make reference to… » 3/28/08 11:12am 3/28/08 11:12am

Welcome Back Starbuck! Every Leak, Hint, Rumor or Spoiler There Is to…

Starbuck and Boomer clown around on a recent episode of Canadian scifi show Hypaspace — and show a bit of new footage from the next season of Battlestar Galactica, airing April 4. With two weeks still to go, a surprising amount of information and footage from the new season has already leaked out or been officially… » 3/24/08 12:00pm 3/24/08 12:00pm

How To Improve Your Starship's Feng Shui

When you're cruising across the galaxy at faster-than-light speeds and battling super-intelligent crystaline beings, the slightest mistake can spell disaster. So it's vital to have good feng shui on your starship's bridge. Just look at this flight deck from the movie Red Planet: cramped, ugly and angular, with no way… » 3/05/08 10:00am 3/05/08 10:00am