Love Conquers All, at Least When It Uses Our Special Valentine's Day Cards

Valentine’s Day is upon us, and—what?! You haven’t bought your loved one a valentine yet? Or, rather, you bought one and it sucked because it wasn’t from io9? Lucky for you, we’re here to help with our annual batch of super-special Valentine’s Day cards for all the nerds and geeks in your life. Because we just love…

Rian Johnson Explains #35: Here's Why Han's Funeral Never Made It Into The Last Jedi

When The Last Jedi’s official novelization comes out next month, it’ll include a few extra moments that weren’t just cut from the movie, but added specifically for the book. That list includes a glimpse at how Leia and the resistance marked the fall of a Star Wars hero—a moment that, the director says, he just…

The Fascinating Ways Star Wars and Star Trek Are Challenging Their Own Franchises

It’s very rare to see contemporary versions of Star Wars and Star Trek make similar creative choices. After all, part of what’s fueled the age-old Wars v. Trek debate are the series’ wildly different approaches to scifi. But with The Last Jedi in theaters and Discovery airing online, both franchises seem to be…

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The Painstaking Work The Last Jedi Put in Resurrecting a Classic Star Wars Character

For all that was rumored about The Last Jedi before its release, one of its greatest surprises was a brief, but special appearance by a very familiar Star Wars face. But bringing back such a beloved character was a daunting prospect for the team behind the film—not just for story reasons, but from a physical design…

Bringing One of Star Wars: The Last Jedi's Weirdest New Creatures to Life Sounds Like It Was a Nightmare

The Last Jedi gave the galaxy far, far away some wild new aliens, with everything from the loveable Porgs to the stunning Fathiers. But one of the weirdest has become a hot talking point after the release of the movie, despite a relatively brief appearance—and actually getting that appearance filmed seems like it was…