Yes, "The 4400" Was Partly About Scientology

I have long had a theory that bizarro conspiracy/time travel/mutant superpowers show The 4400 was partly about Scientology. There was the weird cult leader Jordan Collier, the sleekly expensive 4400 building, and the belief that everybody can become superpowered if they'd just donate money or time to the 4400 group.… » 7/27/09 1:47pm 7/27/09 1:47pm

Psychic Powers And Volcanic Conspiracies In New 4400 Book

Missing your summer fix of The 4400, the USA Network's canceled show about missing people who return with weird abilities? Pocket Books has your back, releasing the first original 4400 novel: The Vesuvius Prophecy. It takes place during the early run of the show, and has a suitably convoluted disaster plot. » 7/15/08 1:40pm 7/15/08 1:40pm

What Scifi Teaches Us About Lying, Deceitful Mentors

In two of this summer's biggest action movies, the hero's mentor turns out to be a lying, manipulative sack of villainy. And nobody in the audience is surprised, because it's a scifi fact of life: mentors lie to you. They feed you half-truths ("Darth Vader killed your dad") and outright lies, to get you to follow… » 7/01/08 4:00pm 7/01/08 4:00pm

Which Overexposed Scifi Actor Should Take A Nice Break?

You keep seeing the same faces over and over again in science fiction. At first it's like, "Oh, there's my old friend Summer Glau. I'm so glad she's getting work." And then, it slowly turns into, "How many maniacs of science can Jeffrey Combs play before he actually falls asleep in mid-speech and lights his hair on… » 2/20/08 12:00pm 2/20/08 12:00pm

5 Eras In Science Fiction TV Theme Tunes

Here's a catchy compilation of theme tunes from the late 70s and early 80s, featuring Shaft-esque guitars and stomping drum-beats. It's amazing how every science fiction TV show from a particular era features a similar-sounding opening theme tune. And the trends in theme music say something about the shows of the eras… » 2/19/08 6:30am 2/19/08 6:30am