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The Most Important Thing The Rise of Skywalker Reinforces From The Last Jedi

On the surface, it’s easy to see Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker as a rejection of the more subversive elements of The Last Jedi – it re-litigates the origins of our heroes, dredging up a past its predecessor was more than happy to move on from. It could, if you wanted to get a little bit conspiracy-brained, read as corporate skulduggery. But where it counts, Rise backs up one of The Last Jedi’s most fundamental themes. Read More >>

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Jean-Luc Picard Is Back, But Is the Star Trek He Left Behind?

He’s a little older. He’s not on a starship. He’s haunted by tragedies of years past. He’s drinking a lot more wine these days. But it would be fair to say that, deep down, Captain Jean-Luc Picard is not a man truly changed when we meet him again in the premiere of Star Trek: Picard. That’s not the question we should be asking, anyway: Is it the Federation that’s changed instead? Read More >>

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A Stunning New Star Wars Trailer Heralds the Final End of Clone Wars

After waiting years to wonder if it would ever get the conclusion it truly deserved, we finally have a look at the beginning of the Clone Wars’ end – and no one is prepared. Well, except Palpatine, probably. Read More >>

This Star Trek Online Ship Is Slowly Breaking My Brain

Star Trek Online is set in a future where, after a brief resurgence in conflict, the Federation and the Klingon Empire are once again in the path to peace. Co-operation doesn’t just come in accords and trade deals though, it also comes in ship design: like creating this Frankensteining of the best the Klingon Defense Force and Starfleet has to offer. Read More >>

Doctor Who’s Latest Champions Invention With a Collection of Old Ideas

Four episodes in, and so far this season of Doctor Who feels like a major pitch back to its past. Old faces, more monsters, stark messages. It’s all good and proper Doctor Who. But a commitment to bringing back the vibe of Doctor Who also brings with it a familiar problem: episodes that feel like something you’ve seen a million times before. Read More >>

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Star Trek Can Be Horny as Hell, But It’s Not as Simple as You Think

Science fiction is, in many ways, an extremely horny genre. The futures it depicts are ones where we have grown beyond the confines of our planet, reached into the stars, often met new civilisations...and promptly got the hots for them. So it should come to the surprise of no one that Star Trek, one of sci-fi’s most beloved bastions on TV, is much the same. Read More >>

There’s Another Warhammer 40,000 Show In the Works

Last year, Games Workshop took one of its biggest steps yet at trying to turn its tabletop wargaming world into a transmedia franchise with the announcement of Eisenhorn, the first live-action television series adaptation of the grim dark world of Warhammer 40,000. While that’s still a glimmer in an inquisitorial eye, there’s already another in early stages. Read More >>

Aardman Animation’s New Short is a Devastating Reminder of Humanity’s Impact on Ocean Life

Wallace & Gromit. Creature Comforts. Chicken Run. Shaun the Sheep. Aardman’s catalogue of animated works is filled with wonderful absurdities that can tug at your heartstrings and, more often than not, charm you into a chuckle or six. Its latest is a short, stark, kick right to the gut – and it needs to be. Read More >>

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The Rise of Skywalker and The Mandalorian’s Fascinating Approaches to Star Wars Fan Service

For better or worse, it is not unfair to describe either of Star Wars most recent major projects – at the box office, the climax of the saga, The Rise of Skywalker; and on streaming, the culmination of years of attempts to bring live-action Star Wars to the small screen, The Mandalorian – as stories that deeply engage in fan service. But what differentiates their use of it makes for some fascinating parallels and contrasts. Read More >>

Our First Look at the Discworld TV Show is Not What You Were Expecting

The Watch is here. But it’s not a version of Ankh-Morpork’s infamous guard that you might have been envisioning when news of a new Discworld show first popped up. Read More >>

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When, Exactly, Did Palpatine…You Know?

Someone in the galaxy far, far away, looked at a man named Sheev Palpatine – Chancellor of the Republic, walking prune, fascist ruler of the Galactic Empire, evil space wizard – and, in their best Lando Calrissian impression, went “Hello, what have we here?” Read More >>

The Witcher’s Timeline Won’t Be So Confusing in Season 2

There’s a lot to like about The Witcher’s first season. Kickarse magic! Henry Cavill in a bathtub! That banger of a song! Henry Cavill, in a bathtub! Cool fight scenes! Henry Cavill! In a bathtub! But one repeated source of confusion for some fans was how the series played with time – which will thankfully not be a problem coming into season two. Read More >>

There Are Even More Live-Action Star Trek Shows on the Way

Discovery’s third seasonPicard about to beginShort Treks underway. Even looking ahead beyond those, we know Michelle Yeoh’s Section 31 spinoff is coming, and that’s even before you get to Star Trek animation. But hold the phone: the engines can indeed take it, cap’n, because there’s even more Trek TV coming our way. Read More >>

That Was Doctor Who’s Starkest Lesson in Years

Doctor Who has been a morality play since its earliest days. Ever since the first Doctor picked up a couple of teachers and his young granddaughter for adventures in time and space, it has been a show seeking to educate as much as it does entertain. Last night’s episode carried on in a similar vein but had neither the time, nor the patience, to sugarcoat its message. Read More >>