All The Ways You Can Screw Up Your Own Timeline

Time travel and temporal anomalies can be messy and unpleasant. When time starts getting out of whack, anything can happen. People can be born over and over, meet themselves, relive the same day, or just screw up all their relationships. Here are all the ways people get tangled in their own timelines in science… » 4/14/14 10:00am Monday 10:00am

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

How AoS made me regain my appreciation for Star Trek: TNG

I've mentioned that Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has problems, and that it's not too late to take steps to fix those problems. Fixing those problems boils down to developing the characters and plot more beyond the standard "Monster of the Week" formula that many of the episodes so far have focused on. Conflicts with… » 1/10/14 11:19am 1/10/14 11:19am

What Science Fiction or Fantasy Show Should Come With a Warning Label?

Sometimes when you're trying to get your friends into a show for the first time, you have to pass along some wisdom. Like, which episodes to skip, or what stuff is worth sitting through. But which TV show do you wish you could add a warning label to, for everybody who watches it for the first time? » 10/16/13 2:20pm 10/16/13 2:20pm

Could a new Star Trek TV show about Worf actually happen?

There have been tons of ideas batted around for a new Star Trek show, including Bryan Fuller and Bryan Singer collaborating on a show tying in with the J.J. Abrams films. But apparently one idea has gotten as far as actual discussions: a show about Worf, the Klingon who appeared in TNG and DS9. » 8/21/13 2:09pm 8/21/13 2:09pm

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

What's the worst example of a badass who got wimpified?

This happens all the time. A character, or an entire civilization, are built up as being unstoppable and crushingly awesome. And then... the enwimpening. The most unstoppable force in the universe has a really simple weakness. Or the greatest fighter turns out to crumble under pressure. What's your least favorite… » 6/13/13 2:00pm 6/13/13 2:00pm

How to Tell if a TV Show is Going to Improve After a Weak First Season

We've all seen it a million times before: The TV show that limps out of the gate, and can't quite find its footing for an entire year. Or two. And then... something clicks, and the show picks up. See: Supernatural, Angel, Buffy, TNG and DS9. But how can you tell if a show's shitty first season is just the prologue to… » 5/28/13 11:00am 5/28/13 11:00am

Neil Gaiman gives Doctor Who's Cybermen what they need: a new legend

Doctor Who has been many television shows over the years, but for many people the show reached its perfect formula in the mid-1960s, with stories about a handful of people trying to withstand an army of Cybermen. Or Ice Warriors. Or Yeti. Neil Gaiman is one of those people, and he's created a perfect tribute to that… » 5/11/13 9:00pm 5/11/13 9:00pm

Quite Possibly the Most Indispensible Science Fiction Actor. Ever.

We love Patrick Stewart. We adore Mark Sheppard. But there's one actor who just owns science fiction. He made Patrick Stewart count the lights. He tormented Tron. He fled H.G. Wells into the 1970s. We're speaking, of course, of the one and only David Warner. Here's all the reasons we love him. » 4/24/13 3:47pm 4/24/13 3:47pm

io9's March TV Madness: Doctor Who vs. Star Trek: TNG! Buffy vs.

Which science fiction classic will our second Final Four match-up to take on the original Star Trek, in our March TV Madness championship? Will it be the show's much-lauded, long-running successor Star Trek: The Next Generation? Or will it be the beloved, ludicrously long-running British behemoth that is Doctor Who?… » 3/27/13 12:35pm 3/27/13 12:35pm

io9's March TV Madness: Vote Now for the Final Four Science Fiction and …

We've now reached the Elite Eight in our quest to find the great sci-fi and fantasy TV shows of all time. We've got some fierce match-ups for you to vote on today: Star Trek vs. Fringe! The X-Files vs. Game of Thrones! Doctor Who vs. the BSG reboot! The Twilight Zone vs. Star Trek: The Next Generation! The polls are… » 3/22/13 12:00pm 3/22/13 12:00pm

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