That Time Stargate: Universe Hid Cryptographic Messages In Plain Sight

"Human" is a Stargate: Universe episode that revolves around mathematician Dr. Rush trying to crack a code. "I loved Rush's crazy scribbles of nonsense and the light code imagery," Meredith wrote in io9's original recap. Only it wasn't nonsense – it was real cryptography with consistent, breakable codes. » 9/14/14 11:14am 9/14/14 11:14am

10 Alternates That Should Have Replaced Their Originals Permanently

Science fiction loves itself some doppelgangers: Clones, alternate universes, robot replacements, possession... It's hard to come up with anything that hasn't resulted in new versions of familiar characters. Sometimes, they're a little too interesting, and they leave us wanting more. Here are the ten that should have… » 8/08/14 3:15am 8/08/14 3:15am

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 Major Franchises That Have Never Been Rebooted

Most heroes get a facelift every decade or so, to keep them from showing their age. The longer an epic saga goes on, the greater the chances you'll see everything start over from scratch. But not everybody succumbs to the Etch-a-Sketch urge. Here are 10 epic storylines that have never had a reboot. Ever. » 1/30/14 10:01am 1/30/14 10:01am

The Most Absurd Courtroom Scenes from Science Fiction and Fantasy TV

There's a reason so many science fiction and fantasy shows feature trials. Legal battles can be used as an allegory, or a way to expose important issues. But sometimes, these stories just go off the deep end. Here are the most ridiculous trials from science fiction and fantasy television. » 9/26/13 12:19pm 9/26/13 12:19pm

Genre Actors Who've Owned More Than One Iconic Role

When an actor takes on a huge, break-out role, he or she runs a huge risk of getting typecast. This is what leads to things like Leonard Nimoy writing I Am Not Spock. But occasionally, an actor won't just play one iconic, famous character – they'll play two, or three. Here's a list of the genre actors who were either… » 9/13/13 12:35pm 9/13/13 12:35pm

This Week's TV: An A.I. Revolution, From the Writers of Stargate!

Television loves you. How do we know? Because this week's offerings include the Ghost Shark TV movie. Plus a guide for alien invaders. And a special about the man with the 132-pound scrotum. And most of all, Seth Green is stopping the A.I. apocalypse. Check out clips and details for this week's TV! » 8/19/13 9:00am 8/19/13 9:00am

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

10 Shocking TV Deaths That Kept You on the Couch for Weeks

We're all still in shock from last Sunday's Game of Thrones. But maybe it'll help our grieving process to remember that we've been here before, and we survived. Plenty of TV series have damaged our psyche with startling character deaths. Here are 10 gut-wrenching deaths from past television shows, and how we coped. » 6/04/13 11:45am 6/04/13 11:45am

The Longest Running Gags in Science Fiction Movies and Television

Running gags can be the life blood of a decades-old movie or TV series. They pop up with great regularity, reminding us that some things always stay the same. "The Tardis is always going to be bigger on the inside, don't you worry," they say. So here are science fiction's most enduring running jokes. » 5/28/13 8:38am 5/28/13 8:38am

Stargate is re-opening for business (although possibly not in the way…

I know Stargate fans are desperately waiting to hear when and if a new Stargate series might be coming around. Well, I have good news and bad news: The good news is that the newest story in the Stargate universe will begin in March! The bad news is that it's going to be as a game for mobile phones and tablets. But at… » 2/07/13 2:30pm 2/07/13 2:30pm