How Actual Science Can Make Science Fiction Stories Cooler

How do the minds behind Battlestar Galactica, Prometheus, X-Men: First Class, and Torchwood go about juggling science fact and science fiction, to tell a believable story? Bad Astronomy's Phil Plait hosted a panel at San Diego Comic-Con yesterday to discuss this issue, along with the making and breaking canon in… » 7/13/12 8:40am 7/13/12 8:40am

Torchwood: Miracle Day ratings drifting into apocalyptic territory?

When Torchwood: Miracle Day premiered on Starz, the show was getting in the neighborhood of 1.5 million viewers, which was respectable but about the same as Starz' recently-cancelled Camelot. With the second episode, the show dipped to about 1.4 million, and Entertainment Weekly warned that if it dipped much further,… » 8/25/11 11:30am 8/25/11 11:30am

How Torchwood's Bill Pullman Learned to Play the World's Creepiest…

Perhaps the greatest miracle in Torchwood: Miracle Day is Bill Pullman's performance. The fact that they got the President from Independence Day — and the star of tons of other great movies — to play an unnerving pedophile murderer who becomes a sort of televangelist is mind-boggling. » 8/12/11 2:19pm 8/12/11 2:19pm

Torchwood ensures you'll never think about Death Panels the same way…

The latest episode of Torchwood twisted the knife so much, it practically got a wrist cramp. All of the discussions about healthcare in previous episodes culminated in a scene of almost unbearable horror, laced with irony. All of the theoretical conversations turned horribly concrete. » 8/07/11 2:00pm 8/07/11 2:00pm