Reviews

Babylon 5 Is an Iconic, Groundbreaking Piece of TV Sci-Fi History

My exposure to Babylon 5 came many years after its original mid-’90s broadcast, when it aired nightly on SyFy (then Sci Fi) in the early 2000s. Initially, it was my father who became obsessed with the show and insisted my mother and I would love it just as much. He was right. We taped every episode and eagerly discussed the plot at dinner. As soon as the DVDs were released, we bought them. We stocked up on the books,...

24 More Romance Novels for Geeks of All Kinds

Hi, geeky readers! Last summer, I rounded up two dozen romance novels sure to appeal to all kinds of geeks. Well, it’s been a year, and I’ve combed through many, many more stories to find you 24 more geeky romances to read! Why should you read romance novels? Well, because they’re fun, and because there have been a lot more romance novels published with geeks in mind. As I did last time, I’ve put some information under the title...

Badass Braids Brings Bunches of Pop-Culture Hair Inspiration

Usually, the spark that makes a television series or movie compelling and memorable is great plotting or vivid characterization. Sometimes, though, the popularity of a work is helped by what the characters are wearing or, more specifically, how they are wearing their hair. Star Wars is great, but think about how many people over the years have attempted to wind their hair around their head in attempts to recreate some of the most iconic sci-fi styles of all time....

Teen Titans Go to the Movies with Goofs, References, and Childish Glee

If the DC Extended Universe is the snobby student shooting rickety rockets to the moon, the animated Teen Titans is the silly troublemaker shooting spitballs at the blackboard. It aims low with its farts and obnoxious body motions, but it’s hard to not snicker at a film so simultaneously smart with its satire of superheroes and daring enough to continuously use the word “poop.” Sure, that’s childish humor, but look at the film’s target demographic here. Adults have had...

Quake Champions Breathes Life Back into Arena Shooters

Quake has a special place in my memory. It’s one of the first video games I ever played; my dad had a PC with Quake and Doom installed. I was far too young to be playing either, but they got me hooked. Quake is one of the granddaddies of first-person shooters, popularizing old-school game terminology like “rocket jumping,” “telefrags,” and “strafe-jumping.” At its core, it is running and shooting—no time for frivolities such as sprint meters or reloading. You’ll find...

Supernatural Season 14 Is a Go, But Who Is Left to Fight?

This past May, Supernatural had its season 13 finale, and I was left thinking, “I love this show! However, what could be next? How many enemies can the brothers Winchester have left to fight?” To put it in perspective, We are about to go into season fourteen; think about that. Smallville, as much as I tended to like the show, lasted merely ten seasons and was often on the slower side in regards to story progression. The almost unanimously...

Free Chocolate Is a Sci-Fi Novel That May Cause Cravings

Disclaimer: Free Chocolate is a space opera by Amber Royer, not a promotion for sweet treats. The premise of the book is that in a futuristic world, chocolate is now one of Earth’s most valuable currencies, and it needs to be kept safe. One of the things that I loved is that the main character—a Latina woman named Bo—is highly capable and instigates a lot of action in the novel, from stealing a cacao pod to becoming a fugitive...

Chromera’s Peek Is a Strange Sci-Fi Adventure at Minneapolis’s Red Eye Theater

There is a new theater ensemble in town, and their first show is something to not be missed. Søren Olsen, formerly of 600 Whale, and Dolo McComb, formerly of the dance trio //CATHEDRAL\\, have teamed up to create the Lesser Lamps, which is, in their words, a “far-out dance theatre hybrid.” Combine their interests in sci fi, the occult, metaphysics, and fantasy along with their graphic novel obsessions and spiritual practices, and you get, as they describe it, the “bizarro...

Dark Souls Remastered Is No Game Changer, but It’s a Great Reason to Revisit a Modern Classic

In October 2011, I was innocently minding my own business playing some Deus Ex on my Xbox 360 when I saw an advertisement for a new game I had never heard of called Dark Souls. The next day I stopped at my local video-game store and blindly set myself on a path that has lasted to this day: the never-ending quest to “git gud.” After a handful of sequels, spin-offs, DLC, and copycats, the original Dark Souls has come...

The Amazing, High-Stakes World of My Hero Academia

One of my favorite recently released anime, My Hero Academia, returned for its third season in April, and it’s upping the ante. The stakes were high from the beginning for the characters of MHA, but this latest season seems poised to take them to heights and depths far beyond what we’ve seen for them before. If you haven’t checked out this series before, read on to learn about some of the things that make it so great and why it should...
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