Learn to evaluate the works of Joss Whedon with the Whedonic Calculus

This weekend, the brain of Joss Whedon rises again, as Much Ado About Nothing hits select theaters. Every single actor Joss has ever worked with is in this movie, including Spike's poker kittens playing the Duke of Florence. How can your mind comprehend it? Luckily, we have an excellent analytical tool: The Whedonic… » 6/05/13 1:09pm 6/05/13 1:09pm

More Famous Historical and Cultural Figures Who Could Become Monster…

This weekend, the grown-up versions of Hansel and Gretel become witch-hunters. They join Abraham Lincoln, who hunted vampires on the big screen a while back. But why stop there? Our historical and cultural landscape is crammed with amazing figures, who could be out there getting some monster fighting done. » 1/22/13 1:02pm 1/22/13 1:02pm

The Ultimate Recipe for a Dark Hero's Dark Journey into Darkness

This summer, everybody is going into a very dark place. Superman is growing an underwater beard and getting angsty, Iron Man is getting his soul crushed, and Star Trek wants you to know that it's going into darkness so badly, they put that in the title. So if you're planning to film an epic story about a legendary… » 1/15/13 1:03pm 1/15/13 1:03pm

What are the rules of magic in Magic Mike?

Magic Mike comes out this Friday, and no doubt you've seen the trailers. Channing Tatum and that guy from Beastly bopping around in little teeny outfits and struggling with being objectified. But the trailers don't answer the crucial question about this film — how exactly does magic work in the world of Magic Mike? * » 6/28/12 11:52am 6/28/12 11:52am

Which of Doctor Who's 11 Doctors is your boss?

You might think Doctor Who is a heroic, chaotic time-travel saga that's been going nearly 50 years — but it's actually a can't-fail key to understanding the modern workplace. That's because the show's hero has worn 11 very different bodies, with very different personalities. Those 11 Doctors, in turn, represent 11 very … » 6/14/12 1:33pm 6/14/12 1:33pm

More Movies That The CW Could Turn Into Teenage Soap Operas

Now that The Hunger Games is breaking box office records, one thing's for sure: The CW is going to be racing forward with its TV version of Hunger Games, called The Selection. We can only hope it goes as amazingly bonkers as The CW's answer to Twilight, The Vampire Diaries. Plus if you consider Arrow to be The CW's… » 3/26/12 3:32pm 3/26/12 3:32pm

What if every Doctor Who story ended like "Love and Monsters"?

Some people have criticized the ending of the latest Doctor Who Christmas special, for reasons we won't reveal until after the spoiler warning. And this started us thinking — what if "The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe" had ended more like Russell T. Davies' weirdest episode, "Love and Monsters"? You know, the one… » 12/30/11 11:40am 12/30/11 11:40am

Why Adding "In Space" to Any Concept Really Does Make It Better

Everybody always says that every story idea has been done before - which is totally not true, because nobody's done a "nuns raise an ostrich to be the perfect killer" story before. But even if a story idea has been done to death, you can always make it fresh and brilliant all over again, by adding just two little words:… » 12/12/11 12:27pm 12/12/11 12:27pm

If Television's Greatest Scientists Worked in Tech Support

Scientists are all-purpose miracle workers on television. Whether it's a rogue virus or a genocidal computer, there's nothing that a television scientist can't handle. Because they understand Science. But how would they handle the ultimate challenge: tech support? » 6/24/11 1:48pm 6/24/11 1:48pm

10 Reasons the Star Trek 2 Screenplay Still Isn't Done

Originally, the screenwriters promised the script for the Star Trek sequel would be done by Christmas 2009. Then it was Christmas 2010. Now it's still in the works. We have no idea why, so we made up some reasons. » 2/03/11 10:00am 2/03/11 10:00am

You Will Sweat Nanoblobs: Your Future Workplace!

Chances are, you're reading this blog at work. At the same time, you're pretending to be a cat princess in a bestiality-quest MMO with your left hand, making a new Lynyrd Skynyrd/MC Frontalot mashup with your right hand and denouncing Saxby Chambliss with both feet. And you're still bored. But fear not — the workplace… » 12/03/08 9:00am 12/03/08 9:00am

Are We Feeling Dehumanized Yet?

Now that we're living in a technological wonderland, you're in constant danger of losing your humanity. It's just a fact — every scientific or medical advance makes us that little bit less human, and every time you play with your Google Android or eat another stem-cell sex donut, a few cells of your body transform into … » 11/05/08 9:00am 11/05/08 9:00am

What If Everybody In Science Fiction Really Was Related?

It all started when Sarah Connor had a salty affair with the Master, the evil renegade time traveler from a lost civilization. They both knew it would never last: for one thing, the Master kept trying to hypnotize Sarah into having a threesome with one of the liquid-metal Terminators he'd "reprogrammed." But worse, the… » 10/01/08 9:00am 10/01/08 9:00am

We Can Make Trees The Awesome Villain They Were Meant To Be

Trees! Millions have trembled at the sound of their villainous name. And yet somehow, in spite of all their world-crushing power, you all voted trees the weakest recent villain in movies and TV. Blame M. Night Shyamalan, whose The Happening » 8/27/08 9:00am 8/27/08 9:00am failed to capture the true menace of these arboreal conquerors. Clearly, it's…

20 Things That Should Be Their Own Genres (But Aren't)

Click to view » 8/13/08 9:00am 8/13/08 9:00amOne of the great mysteries of the universe is why some types of story get to repeat, with endless variations, while others just don't. How is that space opera gets to be its own genre? Or the amnesiac detective story? Or time-travel romance? Who decides that these things are genres, but some other…

What Would The Ultimate Nerd Wish-Fulfillment Look Like?

Click to viewMovies just aren't doing a good enough job of pandering to our escapist wet dreams. A nerdy guy who turns into a green destructo-ape when you fuck with him? An MIT engineer who builds the ultimate super-armor? A clerk who turns super-killer? Bah! Hollywood could do a much, much better job than that of… » 7/02/08 10:01am 7/02/08 10:01am