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 Science Fiction TV Spin-offs That Are Great in their Own Right

Soon enough, we're going to be watching spin-offs of The Vampire Diaries and Once Upon a Time, proving that too much of a good thing is never enough. Spin-offs often seem like pointless cash grabs — but there have been some fantastic exceptions. Here are 10 science fiction and fantasy spin-offs that actually rule. » 7/11/13 9:02am 7/11/13 9:02am

What's the worst Star Trek episode of all time?

With over 700 episodes, Star Trek offers enough raw television to saturate your brain for months. Including some of the greatest moments in television history... and some of the worst. But what's the absolute WORST Star Trek episode ever made? » 6/19/13 2:40pm 6/19/13 2:40pm

io9's March TV Madness: Doctor Who vs. Lost, Game of Thrones vs. DS9,…

We've reached the Sweet Sixteen in our quest to find the greatest sci-fi and fantasy show of all time. It's time for you to vote and to determine the winners of fierce match-ups including Fringe vs. MST3K, The Twilight Zone vs. Quantum Leap, and Star Trek vs. The Walking Dead! » 3/20/13 1:02pm 3/20/13 1:02pm

io9's March TV Madness: Vote for the 16 Greatest Scifi Shows of All…

The first round of our tournament to determine the best sci-fi and fantasy show of them all is now in the books, and 32 teams are left to battle it out for the title. Vote now and decide the bracket fates of Doctor Who, The X-Files, Twilight Zone, Fringe, Lost, Game of Thrones, both Battlestar Galacticas, three Star… » 3/18/13 12:30pm 3/18/13 12:30pm

io9's March TV Madness: Pick the greatest science fiction TV show ever…

It's March, which means it's time once again for the most important tournament of our age: io9's March TV Madness. Yes, after crowning the best and worst sci-fi movies of all time, this year we turn our attention to television, as 64 of the best sci-fi and fantasy shows ever made square off in our bracket. It's time… » 3/12/13 12:09pm 3/12/13 12:09pm

How Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Helped to Invent Everything You Love

20 years ago today, the very first episode of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine aired on American television. And Star Trek would never be the same again — but Deep Space Nine also had a lasting impact on all genre television. The grittiest of Star Trek series helped to give us a lot of the things we take most for granted on… » 1/03/13 5:01pm 1/03/13 5:01pm

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine was literally darker than TNG

Deep Space Nine wasn't just a darker version of Star Trek in a metaphorical sense — it was also lit very differently. The Trek Companion podcast has an exclusive interview with Kris Krosskove, who was camera operator and often director of photography on both TNG and DS9. And there's a full transcript at TrekWeb. » 11/12/12 4:49pm 11/12/12 4:49pm

Why doesn't Syfy have a show like Battlestar Galactica any more?

Last week, the first two episodes of Battlestar Galactica: Blood and Chrome went online, and we all remembered our love affair with BSG. This show was thought-provoking, powerful, and obsessively mysterious. And we can't help wondering: Why hasn't Syfy had a show like that since? » 11/12/12 2:47pm 11/12/12 2:47pm

Doctor Who and the Downside of Turning People into Weapons

Doctor Who's quirky time traveler has often been accused of transforming human beings into weapons — most notably, Davros made this claim in "Journey's End." But last night's episode, "A Town Called Mercy," features another alien doctor who's literally made people into weapons — and meanwhile, it makes a strong case that… » 9/16/12 2:00pm 9/16/12 2:00pm

10 Things You Probably Didn't Know About Star Trek: Deep Space Nine

We're coming up on the 20th anniversary of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, but it's still amazing how ground-breaking that show feels. Deep Space Nine didn't just defy our expectations of what a Star Trek show could be — it also helped to transform our ideas about genre television, in general. To watch DS9 is to have an… » 8/24/12 10:14am 8/24/12 10:14am

Why doesn't anybody use social media on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine?

Like many people, I've been slowly rewatching Star Trek: Deep Space Nine ever since it popped up on Netflix. And one thing becomes clear: in many ways, 2012 has already overtaken DS9 as The Future goes — barring, of course, space travel and replicators. Culturally, at least, we've zoomed right past Star Trek's version… » 2/09/12 1:04pm 2/09/12 1:04pm

10 Great Love/Hate Relationships from Science Fiction and Fantasy

One reason we're addicted to science fiction and fantasy: the characters and their weird, conflicted relationships. And there's nothing more addictive than characters who can't decide whether to kill each other or run away together. Friends who sometimes hate each other, or enemies who secretly admire each other. » 1/03/12 10:00am 1/03/12 10:00am