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23 Weeks of Star Trek Reminded Me of the Simple Pleasure in a Job Well Done

For the past 23 weeks, every Thursday a new episode of Star Trek has appeared on CBS All Access, delivering us Lower Decks’ surprising debut season and the third, strongest chapter of Discovery. A lot happened in nearly half a year of boldly going, but looking back, all I can think about was how refreshing it was to…Read more...
Tags: Science, Star Trek, Animation, Streaming, Cbs, Cbs All Access, Star Trek Discovery, Star Trek Lower Decks, Io9 Features


So, A Discovery of Witches Is Now a Time-Travel Show

A Discovery of Witches—about a historian who also happens to be a powerful witch, and the ancient vampire who falls for her—is back for a second season of supernatural intrigue, spellcasting, and romance. But there’s a new element this season, as promised by that season-one cliffhanger: time travel!Read more...
Tags: Books, Science, Vampires, Streaming, Witches, Time Travel, Matthew Goode, Teresa Palmer, Sundance Now, Shudder, Deborah Harkness, A Discovery Of Witches, Time Travel Show, Io9 Features, Amcplus


All the Creative and Inspiring People We Lost in 2020

Losing folks you don’t personally know, but who have influenced your life in a major way thanks to their creative contributions, can be pretty upsetting. While 2020 was terrible for a whole host of reasons, io9 wants to take another look back at the losses in our community to pay tribute to all the wonderful moments…Read more...
Tags: Science, Rip, Year In Review, Io9 Year In Review, 2020 Year In Review, Io9 Features


The Lasso of Truth Is Wonder Woman 1984's Real Star

In Warner Bros.’ Wonder Woman 1984, princess Diana of Themyscira whips out a bevy of new, magical tricks to aid in her fight to save the world. She does battle with both Max Lord and Cheetah, two villains meant to embody all wanton greed and consumption that defined the decade. Though both her foes are armed in their…Read more...
Tags: Comics, Hbo, Science, Dc Comics, Streaming, Magic, Diana, Wonder Woman, Superheroes, Warner Bros, DC Entertainment, Gal Gadot, Lasso, Patty Jenkins, Superpowers, Lasso of Truth


The 12 Best (And 6 Worst) Genre Movies of 2020

Here’s how weird 2020 was for movies: Unless you saw something in January or February (like The Invisible Man, Birds of Prey, or Bloodshot), there’s a good chance you didn’t see a movie in a movie theater for the entire year. A whole year without going to the movies. Frankly, it’s hard to even fathom, even though we…Read more...
Tags: Science, Movies, Streaming, Birds Of Prey, Year In Review, Palm Springs, Relic, Bad Hair, Tenet, Dolittle, The Invisible Man, Antebellum, His House, Artemis Fowl, Bill and Ted Face The Music, Io9 Year In Review


The Expanse's Steven Strait on Holden's Evolution as a Leader

The Expanse is a show with an ensemble cast, but if you had to pick a “main character,” it would probably be James Holden. Played by Steven Strait, who’s also a producer on the show, Holden captains the Rocinante and has a unique connection to the dangerously mysterious protomolecule. Read more...
Tags: Books, Science, Interview, Streaming, The Expanse, Holden, James Sa Corey, Amazon Studios, James Holden, Steven Strait, Io9 Features


Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman Is a Trash Friend

Wonder Woman is supposed to be the best of women. This isn’t me starry-eyed about a fictional character and forcing her to be a defender and icon. William Moulton Marston created her to be the best of women. The character, besides being heavily rooted in Marston’s love of bondage, was also rooted in his love for women…Read more...
Tags: Science, Friendship, Dc Comics, Warner Bros, DC Entertainment, Gal Gadot, Marston, Cheetah, Patty Jenkins, William Moulton Marston, Etta Candy, Wonder Woman 1984, Io9 Features


Star Trek: Discovery's Doug Jones Unpacks Saru's Surprise This Week

A lot of our faves on Star Trek: Discovery have been through some weird, weird stuff in three seasons, but few have had quite the journey Lieutenant—now Captain—Saru has had. But this week’s episode, “Su’Kal,” throws one hell of a curveball to our Kelpien friend...and to Doug Jones, the actor behind the makeup who…Read more...
Tags: Science, Interview, Star Trek, Cbs, Prosthetics, Cbs All Access, Make Up, Saru, Doug Jones, Star Trek Discovery, Kelpien, Io9 Features, Doug Jones Unpacks Saru


The Best and Worst TV Moments of 2020

We’ve already counted up our best and worst TV shows of 2020. But now we’re getting micro-focused on those special (and not-so-special) TV moments that made us laugh, cry, shriek, recoil, rewind, and make memes. You know, the ones that remained burned in our memories long after the episode or season ended. Behold!Read more...
Tags: Science, Television, Evil, Doctor Who, Supernatural, Streaming, Harley Quinn, Westworld, The Expanse, Year In Review, What We Do In The Shadows, Legends Of Tomorrow, The 100, Rick And Morty, Lovecraft Country, Star Wars The Clone Wars


The Expanse Just Delivered an Explosive, Game-Changing Episode

The Expanse—one of the best sci-fi shows ever, and one of the best TV shows (full stop) of 2020—dropped the first three episodes of season five all at once last week. This week, we just got one as the Amazon series switches to a weekly release format. But damn, what an incredible episode.Read more...
Tags: Amazon, Science, Chad Coleman, Streaming, The Expanse, James Sa Corey, TV Recap, Amazon Studios, Steven Strait, Wes Chatham, Shohreh Aghdashloo, Dominique Tipper, Nadine Nicole, Keon Alexander, Expanse Recaps, Io9 Features


Lin-Manuel Miranda Tells Us What Sets Encanto Apart From Other Disney Musicals

Disney recently unveiled its slate of upcoming animated films, including a brand-new musical from Lin-Manuel Miranda, Charise Castro Smith, and Zootopia’s Jared Bush and Byron Howard. Encanto might be coming just a few years after Miranda’s previous work with Disney on Moana but it’s a whole new experience for him. Read more...
Tags: Science, Musicals, Interview, Disney, Animation, Exclusive, Miranda, Moana, Lin Manuel Miranda, Encanto, Jared Bush, Disney Animation, His Dark Materials, Io9 Features, Lin Manuel Miranda Charise Castro Smith, Byron Howard Encanto


So, What Is a Ranger of the New Republic Anyway?

Among the approximately 17 billion Star Wars streaming shows announced at Disney’s recent Investor Day panel, one of the most interesting was a Mandalorian spinoff series called Rangers of the New Republic. Which begs the question: what exactly is a Ranger of the New Republic?Read more...
Tags: Star Wars, Science, Disney, Explainer, Streaming, Lucasfilm, The Mandalorian, Disney Plus, Rangers of the New Republic, Io9 Features


The Mandalorian Isn't the Only Star Wars Finale This Month

One of the best Star Wars shows is ending its second season this week. A show filled with heart, passion, and incredible stories that illustrate why the franchise means so much to so many. A show made by Star Wars fans, for Star Wars fans, aiming to gives us the kind of feels the franchise has been delivering since…Read more...
Tags: Star Wars, Science, Interview, Documentary, Disney, Fans, Lucasfilm, Nostalgia, Fandom, Jordan Hembrough, Io9 Features, Our Star Wars Stories


New Marvel Sets Coming to Unmatched and Gen Con Makes 2021 Plans in the Latest Gaming News

Welcome back to , io9's column all about board games and tabletop roleplaying games. ‘Tis the holiday season, and with it comes an exciting set of Unmatched Marvel games, a brand-new Root expansion, and some possibly good news about Gen Con 2021.Read more...
Tags: Star Wars, Science, Marvel, Disney, Board Games, Conventions, RPG, Tabletop Games, Gen Con, Gaming Shelf, Star Wars Legion, Unmatched, Io9 Features


10 Disney+ Movies That'll Make You Feel Great

Holidays mean happiness. Whether that’s a chance to laugh with your friends and family in a normal year, or just be as safe and healthy as you can in 2020, everyone can use a little extra joy as we reach the end of any year. Movies can absolutely help with that, but sometimes it’s hard to pick one that hits the right…Read more...
Tags: Star Wars, Science, Holidays, Planes, Streaming, Guardians Of The Galaxy, The Princess Bride, The Muppets, Return Of The Jedi, Zootopia, Moana, Ratatouille, Disney Movies, The Muppet Christmas Carol, Disney Plus, Watch It Nerds


Characters Who Helped Us Make It Through 2020

Twenty-twenty has been a year of seeking comfort in media, both in the nostalgia of old favorites and the exciting discovery of new and excellent stories. This year, more than any recently, we’ve looked for new bonds and new characters to fall in love with. Here are the heroes who kept us going as this long, long year…Read more...
Tags: Science, Year In Review, What We Do In The Shadows, Legends Of Tomorrow, Palm Springs, Final Fantasy Vii Remake, Star Wars The Clone Wars, The Good Place, Locke and Key, Hades, Io9 Year In Review, The Last of Us Part II, She Ra And The Princesses Of Power, The Haunting of Bly Manor, 2020 Year In Review, Io9 Features


Robotech's Christmas Episode Is the Perfect Holiday Special for 2020

You don’t need to have seasonal affective disorder to be depressed this holiday season. There’s plenty to be bummed out about, first and foremost that most of us won’t be able to spend time with our friends and family thanks to the pandemic, but then there’s also [gestures at everything]. It sucks, but most Christmas…Read more...
Tags: Science, Holidays, Christmas, Animation, Anime, Nostalgia, Mecha, Robotech, 80s, Macross, Io9 Features


How The Mandalorian's Finale Reveal Fits Into Star Wars' Timeline

The Mandalorian’s season finale took Din Djarin’s small slice of the Star Wars universe and exploded it into smithereens—smithereens with much larger ties to the vast Skywalker Saga than any of us could’ve imagined when this show first started last year. But now that its adventures are inextricably linked, here’s some…Read more...
Tags: Star Wars, Science, Disney, Princess Leia, Streaming, Mark Hamill, The Force, Luke Skywalker, Jedi, The Mandalorian, Disney Plus, Baby Yoda, Din Djarin, Io9 Features


The Expanse's Cara Gee and Shohreh Aghdashloo on Playing Powerful Women in Sci-Fi

The Expanse’s Camina Drummer (Cara Gee) and Chrisjen Avasarala (Shohreh Aghdashloo) may never cross paths; Drummer captains a salvage crew in the Belt, while diplomat Avasarala watches out for Earth. But the characters have some crucial traits in common, like the fact that they’re both total badasses.Read more...
Tags: Books, Politics, Science, Interview, Streaming, Sci Fi, The Expanse, James Sa Corey, Amazon Studios, Shohreh Aghdashloo, Avasarala, Cara Gee, Io9 Features, Camina Drummer Cara Gee, Chrisjen Avasarala Shohreh Aghdashloo


8 Holiday Movies You've Totally Been Sleeping On

We all have our holiday staples, the movies we turn to time and time again. But before you break out Elf for the 42nd time, spend another week trying to convince people Die Hard is a holiday movie, or press your luck with NBC’s version of The Grinch musical (although I wouldn’t), maybe give some of these special…Read more...
Tags: Nbc, Holidays, Christmas, Netflix, Streaming, Lifehacks, Black Mirror, Klaus, Arthur Christmas, Black Christmas, Watch It Nerds, Jingle Jangle A Christmas Journey, 12 Dates of Christmas, Io9 Features, The Knight Before Christmas, The Mistle Tones


13 Christmas Movie Elves, From Naughty to Nice

Santa Claus runs a pretty tight ship up at the North Pole, so it’s reasonably safe to assume most of his elves belong on the nice list. But as Christmas movies over the years have shown us, sometimes the holidays bring out some awfully naughty behavior, too. Here’s how 13 of Santa’s cinematic elves stack up.Read more...
Tags: Science, Holidays, Christmas, Santa Claus, Nice, Santa, Krampus, North Pole, Elves, Bad Santa, Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer, Claus, Elf, Rankin Bass, Ranker, The Santa Clause


Spider-Man's Best Cartoons, Ranked

Spider-Man’s rich history transcends comic books—as one of the most popular superheroes of all time, he has swung out of the pages of his Marvel adventures into films, games, and television—and even there, transcended the barriers of live-action and animated formats. The latter of which has perhaps provided some of…Read more...
Tags: Science, Nbc, Superlist, Abc, Marvel, Mtv, Animation, The Cw, Marvel Comics, Nostalgia, Spider Man, Disney Xd, Fox Kids, Io9 Features


The Pop Culture Highlights and Lowlights of 2020

In a year full of all kinds of bad real-world news, pop culture still managed to poke its head up periodically to remind us that not everything sucks. Of course, this being 2020, that same realm also managed to leave a few steaming piles for us to step in, too. Here are our picks for the year’s highlights and…Read more...
Tags: Star Wars, Science, Nbc, Marvel, Disney, Star Trek, Netflix, Streaming, Harley Quinn, Warner Bros, Year In Review, Marvel Studios, DC Entertainment, John Boyega, Kate Mulgrew, Andrzej Sapkowski


Giancarlo Esposito's 10 Best Genre Roles (So Far)

Giancarlo Esposito is having a moment. The acclaimed television and film actor has recently starred in some of the biggest franchises around, including The Mandalorian, The Boys, and Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul. But with almost 200 acting credits to his name, there’s so much more to love. Read more...
Tags: Star Wars, Better Call Saul, Science, Sesame Street, Once Upon A Time, Harley Quinn, Westworld, Maze Runner, Giancarlo Esposito, Ducktales, The Mandalorian, Watch It Nerds, Io9 Features


Michelle Yeoh Delivers Star Trek: Discovery a High It Didn't Quite Earn

Last week’s Star Trek: Discovery laid the groundwork to a question that has lingered in the background since the climax of its first season. This week, it answers: albeit with a response that puts one hell of an onus on Michelle Yeoh more than it does with what Discovery has ever done with her character, the…Read more...
Tags: Science, Star Trek, Streaming, Cbs, Cbs All Access, Michelle Yeoh, TV Recap, Star Trek Discovery, Sonequa Martin Green, Star Trek Discovery Recaps, Star Trek The Original Series, Io9 Features


The High Republic's Writers on Bringing New Voices and Fresh Perspectives to the Star Wars Galaxy

The High Republic is one of the biggest gambles the publishing branch of the Star Wars galaxy has taken since Lucasfilm was sold to Disney and its entire canon was rebooted. As Star Wars begins to explore the pathways of streaming and lies waiting at the box office for a few years, it’s unequivocally a setting the…Read more...
Tags: Star Wars, Books, Comics, Science, Interview, Marvel, Disney, Lucasfilm, Marvel Comics, Daniel Jose Older, IDW, Del Rey, Claudia Gray, Charles Soule, Cavan Scott, Michael Siglain


Our Favorite Comic Moments of 2020

While 2020 posed more than its fair share of significant challenges for virtually everyone working within the entertainment industry, comics in particular stood as an example of creative teams adapting on the fly—and doing their damndest to keep telling compelling stories at a time when people needed them the most.Read more...
Tags: Star Wars, Comics, Science, Marvel, Dc Comics, Darth Vader, Marvel Comics, Year In Review, DC Entertainment, Marvel Entertainment, Image Comics, Gene Luen Yang, Charles Soule, Io9 Year In Review, Al Ewing, Will Sliney