What are the rules of time travel in the J.J. Abrams Universe?

This week, we return to the Star Trek universe that J.J. Abrams rebooted using time travel. And meanwhile, Abrams is adapting Stephen King's book 11/22/63. So it's a great time to ask: How does time travel work in the Abrams-verse? If you're in a J.J. Abrams story and you build a time machine, what should you expect… » 5/14/13 11:20am 5/14/13 11:20am

Who would win in a fight: J.K. Rowling, or J.J. Abrams?

What if the creator of Harry Potter met the originator of Alias and Lost, on the field of battle? Assume that Rowling gets to wield any item that's introduced in the Harry Potter books. Meanwhile, Abrams gets any device from his TV shows, but nothing from Mission Impossible, Star Trek or Star Wars. Who ya got? » 4/19/13 1:55pm 4/19/13 1:55pm

The Most Demented Episodes of Supposedly Realistic TV Shows

There's no secret as to why science fiction and fantasy are popular: Reality is boring. That's why even TV shows that supposedly have no fantasy elements wind up having episodes where they introduce clones, time travel, aliens or zombies. Here are nine TV shows (and one literary character) that suddenly went science… » 4/02/13 1:09pm 4/02/13 1:09pm

Can You Win The J.J. Abrams Board Game?

When Lost returns on Tuesday, the surprises will come thick and fast. How would you survive if you were trapped inside a twisty J.J. Abrams story? There's only one way to find out: by playing the J.J. Abrams board game. » 1/28/10 9:30am 1/28/10 9:30am

Is J.J. Abrams Really A Genius? You Decide

If you'd been watching Felicity eight years ago, and somebody had told you that show's producer would one day own science fiction, you'd have scoffed. And yet, J.J. Abrams may well be the most powerful creator in science fiction today. But is he any good? We've already stated our arguments for and against J.J.'s… » 3/06/08 1:00pm 3/06/08 1:00pm

J.J. Abrams: Genius Or Hack?

Here's the most awesome moment from Mission Impossible III, where Tom Cruise improvises a homemade defibrillator to deactivate the bomb in his brain, while teaching his fiancee how to shoot a gun. Since J.J. Abrams wrote and directed this instant classic, he's become one of science fiction's major creators, directing… » 3/06/08 12:17pm 3/06/08 12:17pm

Don't Pull A Wanker Star Trek Move

J.J. Abrams is tacking the teaser trailer for Star Trek onto the front of his monster movie Cloverfield, which opens in three weeks. The whole thing smells wanky. Does Cloverfield really need any more buzz to get people to go see it? Why not just film a better ending to Abrams' Alias series and tack that on as well,… » 12/28/07 12:30pm 12/28/07 12:30pm