What The 12 Monkeys Showrunner Learned From Writing For Terminator: SCC

Creating a TV show based on 12 Monkeys is a daunting prospect. There's the closed-ended movie storyline, plus all that twisty time-travel. Luckily, the showrunner of 12 Monkeys, Natalie Chaidez, was a writer for Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles. She tells io9 what lessons from Terminator she brought to Monkeys. » 1/15/15 11:00am 1/15/15 11:00am

Forget Skynet: How Person Of Interest Depicts A Realistic A.I. Uprising

Tons of science fiction stories have shown artificial intelligence turning against us — but Person of Interest has broken new ground in showing an A.I. takeover that most people don't even know is happening. Creators Jonathan Nolan and Greg Plageman tell io9 why their show's take on A.I. revolt is subtler than Skynet. » 1/13/15 1:19pm 1/13/15 1:19pm

Terminator: Genisys Should Just Admit How Screwed Up Its Timeline Is

Okay, this isn't an Honest Trailer for Terminator: Genisys — it's way too early for the HT guys to do their thing — but the Auralnauts have made a much more honest trailer for the upcoming movie, one that fully acknowledges how completely insane the Terminator timeline/s is/are/have become. It's grand. » 12/29/14 4:00pm 12/29/14 4:00pm

Great Villains Whose Schemes Aren't Just Aimed At Destroying The Hero

Sometimes it seems like every villain is obsessed with murdering the hero of the story. (Or making the hero realize they're alike.) But it's not true — in fact, some of the best villains have their own goals, and the hero just happens to get in the way. Here are some great villains whose schemes don't revolve around… » 12/16/14 8:00am 12/16/14 8:00am

A Mind-Blowing Explanation Of Existentialism In The Terminator Films

It's no accident that Sarah Connor's famous dictum that there is "No fate but what we make" closely resembles Jean-Paul Sartre's first principle of existentialism, that "Man is nothing else but that which he makes of himself." As philosophy grad student Ro Smith explains in the above video (and accompanying essay),… » 12/15/14 5:30pm 12/15/14 5:30pm

Summer Glau Tells io9 About Her New Robot Best Friend, Jeff 1000

Summer Glau played one of our favorite robots in Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles. Now she's starring in a new webseries, Jeff 1000, about a former industrial robot who wants to break into acting. Here's your exclusive first look at the trailer. Plus Glau told us what she would have done in T:SCC season three. » 12/10/14 10:52am 12/10/14 10:52am

10 Nearly Perfect Movies, And What They Teach Us About Storytelling

Maybe there's no such thing as a perfect movie. It's usually enough of a miracle that a movie gets made. But every once in a while, a movie manages to tell a great story without a brush stroke noticeably out of place. Here are 10 nearly perfect movies, and what they teach us about storytelling. » 12/03/14 11:14am 12/03/14 11:14am

The 20 Most Revolting Special Effects Ever Created [NSFW]

Ever since Star Wars, the special effects industry has taken us to amazing new worlds and recharged our sense of wonder. It's also grossed us the frak out. Exploding heads, severed limbs, strange mutilations... Here are the 20 most disgusting special effects of all time. Warning: NSFW! » 11/27/14 10:00am 11/27/14 10:00am

James Cameron Explains How Terminator Genisys Deals With Aging Arnold

Even though Terminator creator James Cameron is not directly involved in the new film Terminator Genisys, he did give them some pretty plot-pivotal advice—specifically about how this new film could incorporate a 67-year-old Arnold Schwarzenegger into the new Terminator franchise. And this explains a lot. Spoilers. » 10/20/14 9:18am 10/20/14 9:18am

The 10 Types of Fictional Apocalypses (And What They Mean)

The Apocalypse rules pop culture. Half the biggest literary novels these days are apocalyptic, and meanwhile The Walking Dead is a huge hit. Post-apocalyptic stories are what space opera was in the Space Age. But what are they about? Here are 10 types of apocalypses, and what they each signify. » 10/07/14 10:05am 10/07/14 10:05am