These days, so many movies and TV shows are sequels, or new versions of things we loved in the past. And they tie themselves in knots trying to live up to the legacy of what's gone before. Which franchise movie or TV show would be better if it was just a brand new standalone thing?
During the second to last episode of Battlestar Galactica, we learned that, before the destruction of the Twelve Colonies, Laura Roslin lost her father and her sisters in a car accident. How horrible, I remember thinking. This explains so much about her emotional armor, how slow she is to grow close to anyone. It also…
Last week, the first two episodes of Battlestar Galactica: Blood and Chrome went online, and we all remembered our love affair with BSG. This show was thought-provoking, powerful, and obsessively mysterious. And we can't help wondering: Why hasn't Syfy had a show like that since?
The second installment of the Atlas Shrugged movie trilogy is out today, just a few weeks before the presidential election. And in the proud tradition of sequels, this film ramps up the action. The government mandates are crazier. The political speechifying is more intense. And the principled statements about freedom…
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…
When you've got amazing technologies or strong magical powers, death doesn't have to have the final word. But is bringing the dead back to life always a good idea? We look the reasons it's better to say no to resurrection.
With Star Wars Episode I hitting theaters all over again, there's been a whole new wave of interest in George Lucas' biggest letdown. And we've been remembering some of the other prequels that have tried to fill in backstory over the years.
Thought-provoking science fiction is in short supply on network TV in the U.S. — so it's a hopeful sign that NBC has ordered a pilot for Beautiful People. In this near-future-set show, human-appearing robots live among us, as the perfect slaves. What could possibly go wrong?
We still miss Caprica for its explorations of artificial intelligence and grief, in the context of a very different society. So it could be excellent news that Syfy's sister network, NBC, is apparently serious about making a new show that explores some of the same ideas. We heard a while ago that NBC was pursuing a…
We expect a lot from Syfy, because it's the only cable channel devoted to science fiction. So it's inevitable that the network formerly known as the Sci-Fi Channel will disappoint us occasionally. And sometimes people blame Syfy unfairly — like when Syfy pulls the plug on a low-rated show.
It's almost fall TV season, which means just one thing — it's time to start second guessing the TV networks. Many new shows will be introduced, and most of them will die an ignominious death.
No new Battlestar Galactica on your television screens? That's a possibility, according to AOL TV's Maureen Ryan. Syfy is considering turning its latest Battlestar Galactica prequel, Blood and Chrome, back into a webseries.
Everybody knows that villains are cooler than heroes — it's just the way things are. But if a villain hangs around long enough, sometimes he or she gets reformed and joins the good guys. Usually, this results in a tragic loss of coolness.
If Caprica had gotten a second season, Zoe Graystone's journey would have taken a much more interesting turn than her "trapped in V-world" stories of season one. An interview with executive producer Kevin Murphy reveals what might have been.
The death of Osama bin Laden doesn't mean the end of terrorism. But it will mean less lazy storytelling about terrorism, for a while at least.
Here's your exclusive first look at a new star-map of Battlestar Galactica's Twelve Colonies, designed by writer Jane Espenson and science advisor Kevin Grazier. And Espenson and Grazier explained to us how twelve colonies can fit in one star system.
When we heard Caprica was being replaced with a different Battlestar Galactica prequel, a gritty war drama set during the first Cylon War, we were skeptical. But now we've read some Blood and Chrome script pages, and we're more pumped.