Wonderfully Illogical Star Trek Headphones, and More of the Most Fascinating Merchandise of the Week

Welcome back to Toy Aisle, io9's weekly roundup of the nifty little tchotchkes tempting our wallets lately. This week: Lego rides its chibi-style figurines all the way to the future, Hot Toys unleashes its take on a very beardy Captain America, and a weirdly cute Deadpool. Take a look!

Zachary Quinto Hints at the Future of the Star Trek Movieverse

There’s more rumors about a major villain in Venom. The Russo brothers tease a reason to fear Avengers 4. Joaquin Phoenix talks about the prospect of joining the standalone Joker movie. Plus, what’s to come on Legion and The Expanse, and new footage from Avengers: Infinity War and the Legends of Tomorrow season…

This New Star Trek Book Is a Remarkably Intimate Look at the People Making the Show, as They Made It

The making of the original Star Trek television series, has been well documented at this point. But a new book examines some of the rarest artifacts from the cast and crew and their time making the series, through behind-the-scenes photos, letters to fans and producers alike, and much more—and we’ve got a wonderful…

Mission to Zyxx Is the Best Scifi Podcast You're Probably Not Listening to... Yet

Every time I try to explain what Audioboom’s podcast Mission to Zyxx is, there’s this moment where I realize that on paper, it sounds like the kind of thing that would normally drive me insane. It’s an improv comedy podcast parodying Star Trek and Star Wars and a bunch of other genre fiction. It’s... a lot.

Spielberg Knows When He's Going to Start Shooting Indiana Jones 5

We have a mysterious (of course) clue to Westworld’s second season. The fate of Ash is revealed is Ash vs Evil Dead doesn’t get renewed. Someone working on the Bumblebee movie has high praise for the Bumblebee movie. Plus, DC’s New Gods movie has a writer, Rocket Raccoon does not care for the Avengers, and more.…

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To Boldly Stay: How Deep Space Nine Upended Star Trek by Exposing Utopia's Dark Side

If you could condense Star Trek into one core principle, you’d probably choose “to boldly go,” the grand quest that has been the mandate of all Star Trek TV shows—except one. Riding the warp-trail of the groundbreaking Next Generation, Deep Space Nine first premiered 25 years ago, and the new show chose not to boldly…

Fake Research Paper Based on Star Trek: Voyager's Worst Episode Was Published by a Scientific Journal

“Threshold” is one of the most infamous Star Trek episodes ever. You know what’ we’re talking about—the one with Warp 10 and the weird evolved amphibians. Well, it was also the recent subject of a fake scientific research paper submitted in a test to expose the ever-growing problem of “predatory” scientific journals.