Why do so many villains get caught on purpose?

The first official promo image for Star Trek Into Darkness shows Benedict Cumberbatch's mysterious villain John Harrison locked in a plexiglass brig. Which means that John Harrison is joining a long and proud tradition: villains who get caught in the middle of the story — often on purpose. From The Dark Knight to The… » 1/02/13 1:00pm 1/02/13 1:00pm

The Star Trek-Middleman Crossover You've Been Cautiously Excited For!

The last time Javier Grillo-Marxuach returned to the world of his gone-too-soon TV show and comic, The Middleman, it was for a bizarre crossover with Doctor Who. Now, a year later, he's bringing us an even more bizarre crossover with Star Trek... well, sort of. Let's just say if you can't decide whether Khan or Gary… » 12/20/12 4:52pm 12/20/12 4:52pm

What's the shortest time it took for you to fall in love with a TV show?

Over in the comments on our post about how to tell from a pilot whether you're going to like a TV show, Michael_GR has a great question: » 8/22/12 1:48pm 8/22/12 1:48pm

10 TV Episodes that Changed Television

We're going to be talking about this past weekend's episode of Game of Thrones for a long time — it was a war epic and a dramatic tour de force, filled with palpable ambition. But this isn't the first time a single episode of television has redefined what's possible in the medium. » 5/29/12 10:14am 5/29/12 10:14am

The Doctor Who Crossover We've All Been Waiting For!

There's an early holiday present waiting for you online. Javier Grillo-Marxuach, creator of The Middleman, has written a new story in which the Middleman and Wendy meet up with a mysterious traveler in a blue Police Box. The box is bigger on the inside, the traveler wears a bow tie, and there's a lovely B.T.R.S./sonic… » 11/28/11 4:30pm 11/28/11 4:30pm

It's hard to deny that Torchwood is treading water

The biggest criticism of Torchwood: Miracle Day, now that we're more than halfway through, has been its slow pacing. And after last night's clogged drain of an episode, it's hard not to feel like that's a valid critique. » 8/13/11 7:00am 8/13/11 7:00am

Video proof that Mark Sheppard is science fiction's ultimate badass

With his recent appearance on Doctor Who, Mark Sheppard cemented his place as science fiction's greatest character actor. But we've been loving Sheppard for years...and we assembled this video of every last one of his scifi roles to prove his awesomeness. » 4/28/11 1:37pm 4/28/11 1:37pm

The Cape does what no other TV show has managed in years: Tell a truly…

It's been the golden chalice of television scriptwriting since 9/11: Find something profound to say about terrorism 'n' stuff. Few shows have managed it, and as the years have gone by, it's gotten harder and harder. But The Cape made it look easy last night, with a spin on bioterror that I'm pretty sure nobody else… » 2/15/11 8:30am 2/15/11 8:30am

We need more vampire slayers — just not more Buffy

Warner Bros. had half the right idea with their Buffy the Vampire Slayer remake. It's about time somebody picked up the baton Joss Whedon dropped seven freaking years ago. But we don't need more Buffy, just more heroes like her. » 11/29/10 2:10pm 11/29/10 2:10pm

Is there any such a thing as being too paranoid when you work at…

Last night's Warehouse 13 was a Pete-centric episode, which could have been pretty horrifying. But it was actually a pretty fun episode — especially the first half, in which we got to see Pete being both paranoid and competent. Spoilers! » 8/11/10 6:23pm 8/11/10 6:23pm

Why we're glad Warehouse 13 is Syfy's biggest hit

Last night's season premiere of Warehouse 13 reminded us why we're glad Warehouse is Syfy's biggest success story right now. It's got heart. It's full of hope for our strange world. And it's in love with science fiction. Spoilers ahead... » 7/07/10 12:30pm 7/07/10 12:30pm

In praise of seat-of-the-pants storytelling

People act like the worst accusation you can hurl at storytellers is "They made it up as they went along." As if having a Master Plan is the same as good storytelling. In fact, it's frequently the other way around. » 6/09/10 3:55pm 6/09/10 3:55pm

Inside the writers room: Top scifi TV writers reveal tricks of the trade

Now that we know which shows we'll see during the 2010-2011 TV season, the real work can begin: writing them. Six genre-show pros — veterans of shows like Lost, BSG, and Fringe — reveal what happens behind closed doors. » 6/07/10 6:20am 6/07/10 6:20am

Which Trend Is To Blame For The Near-Death Of Science Fiction On…

Science fiction is an endangered species on the "big four" U.S. networks — Lost is ending, and pretty much every other show is in ratings freefall. Which trend should we blame for this turn of events? » 4/21/10 9:30am 4/21/10 9:30am

"The Middleman" DVD Set Will Make You Scream Like a Trout Zombie

The complete collection of The Middleman episodes is out on DVD, and now you can discover this tragically-canceled, brilliant show for the first or tenth time, along with tons of goofy extras and strange PSA messages. » 8/07/09 4:30pm 8/07/09 4:30pm

Discover The Final Fate Of The Middleman, With The Season Finale…

Where have all the great heroes gone? We got a chance to see the Middleman, ABC Family's gone-too-soon superhero, one more time at SDCC, as the cast read the script for the unfilmed season finale. And now the video's online. » 8/03/09 5:00pm 8/03/09 5:00pm

The Middleman Returned, And Our Heads Exploded!

The Middleman, one of the greatest and craziest shows ever to bludgeon television with awesomeness, finally got the finale it deserves. The cast read the unaired finale script, and it was like the greatest rock concert ever. » 7/23/09 12:30pm 7/23/09 12:30pm

The Middleman's Romance With Lacey Almost Didn't Happen

One of our favorite parts of superhero-adventure The Middleman is the on-again, off-again romance between the mysterious hero and Lacey, his sidekick's roommate. But Javier Grillo-Marxuach tells io9 he fought that storyline tooth and nail. So what happened? Spoilers ahead. » 7/09/09 10:00am 7/09/09 10:00am

The Middleman Is Part Of Day One's DNA

Javier Grillo-Marxuach created The Middleman, last year's best (and most upbeat) TV show. Now he's moving on to Day One, NBC's series about global Armageddon. Has his Middle-optimism deserted him? We asked him. Minor spoilers ahead. » 7/08/09 12:23pm 7/08/09 12:23pm

Middleman's Unmade Final Episode Comes To Life (Sort Of)

It's the announcement we've been hoping for since we learned that there would be a Middleman panel at San Diego Comic-Con - Mark Sheppard has confirmed rumors that the panel will include a cast reading of the unmade final episode. » 6/26/09 12:40pm 6/26/09 12:40pm