The new Netflix animated series puts a new spin on old tales.
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Ruth Wilson's character is the highlight of HBO's His Dark Materials.
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Ken Liu's new short story is about a mother and father who get harassed online when they advocate for gun control following their daughter's murder.
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The animated half-hour series is full of in-jokes and obscure references that will challenge even the most hardcore Trekkie.
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The show's third season jumps forward 1,000 years into the future. It helped the show not stay mired in old ideas.
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The first season of the Star Wars series was good. But in the second, the visuals and writing make the jump to lightspeed.
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The Hulu comedy riffs on the trope of reliving the same day over and over again.
Anyone who's seen David Lynch's 1984 film knows Frank Herbert's book doesn't translate easily to the screen.
The adaptation of the 1987 arcade game didn't get the credit it deserved—and would probably fare much better with modern audiences.
The doom of a cul-de-sac has long been a Hollywood staple.
Peter Jackson's trilogy is too long, the Rankin/Bass cartoon from the 1970s is too short. The proper length is somewhere in between.
Netflix's German science fiction series stuck the landing in its third and final season.
The Netflix animated series has been pretty solid for three seasons now. But does it have anything left to say?
Writer Sara Lynn Michener says it doesn’t help that a large chunk of the movie is wasted on a bombastic action sequence set aboard an exploding cargo plane.“I think there’s this idea with, especially, male directors where they get really excited about trying to top what’s been done before, but do it even bigger and better and more Michael Bay-ish,” Michener says in Episode 386 of the Geek’s Guide to the Galaxy podcast.Geek’s Guide to the Galaxy host David Barr Kirtley agrees that the cargo plane sequence was silly, and stands in sharp contrast to the sense of realism captured in the franchise’s best installments, The Terminator and Terminator 2: Judgment Day.“To my mind, the power of those movies comes from the juxtaposition of these creepy robots from the future set against this completely believable everyday reality,” he says.Screenwriter Rafael Jordan warns that needlessly bloated budgets are placing unrealistic expectations on sci-fi movies.Hollywood has to figure out a way to make $400 million a viable amount of money again.”
Netflix recently released The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance, a 10-episode prequel to Jim Henson’s classic 1982 feature film The Dark Crystal.Horror author Christopher M. Cevasco was impressed by the show’s visuals, which rely heavily on puppets and other practical effects.“There are moments, like in the Fellowship of the Ring movie, or movies like that, where you have these moments where you gasp because you’re astounded by something on the screen,” Cevasco says in Episode 379 of the Geek’s Guide to the Galaxy podcast.“And I feel like I was gasping from beginning to end of every one of these episodes.It was just constantly pushing my ‘sense of wonder’ button six times in every scene.”Geek’s Guide to the Galaxy host David Barr Kirtley also loved Age of Resistance, particularly its focus on politics.
Science fiction fans who grew up in the 1970s and ’80s have fond memories of movies such as Zardoz, Buck Rogers in the 25th Century, and The Ice Pirates.“There’s always that danger when you go back and rewatch something that you loved as a kid, and that you haven’t seen it a couple decades or more,” Kressel says in Episode 378 of the Geek’s Guide to the Galaxy podcast.Today humor writer Tom Gerencer finds Buck Rogers embarrassingly bad, but back in the ’70s science fiction films were so scarce that he was excited by any examples he could find.“I was 10 years old, so I was like, ‘Yeah cool, there’s lasers and stuff, and there’s pretty women, and it’s kind of like a James Bond movie.TV writer Andrea Kail remembers loving The Ice Pirates, but now finds that many of its plot points—such as the hero kidnapping an unconscious woman—are uncomfortable in light of modern sensibilities.Geek’s Guide to the Galaxy host David Barr Kirtley notes that it was common for movies to reuse footage from other films, such as a shot from Logan’s Run that appears in The Ice Pirates.
Love it or hate it, the Netflix series The OA is one of the most unusual and daring TV shows in years.Writer Sara Lynn Michener says that much of the show’s originality comes from series co-writer and star Brit Marling.“A lot of content creators—a lot of showrunners—are out there going, ‘OK, what’s the next big story?'” Michener says in Episode 376 of the Geek’s Guide to the Galaxy podcast.Geek’s Guide to the Galaxy host David Barr Kirtley had major misgivings about the season 2 finale, but is still disappointed that the show is ending.“I think it’s an absolute tragedy if we never find out the answer to that question.”
Science fiction author John Kessel thinks some of these films push things too far, especially in the case of a movie like Beyond the Black Rainbow.“It was almost impossible for me to watch,” Kessel says in Episode 373 of the Geek’s Guide to the Galaxy podcast.“It was so slow and so cryptic and so unmotivated.There’d be a long take of the camera watching the ceiling of a hallway as we move down it and the color changes from blue to red.If there’s a significant intellectual content to that, it missed me.”Geek’s Guide to the Galaxy host David Barr Kirtley agrees, noting that many of these films aspire to originality but end up relying on a familiar catalog of stylistic gimmicks.
The Netflix science fiction show Dark, a multi-generational saga set in small-town Germany, is one of the best shows on television.“It really might be the most challenging, ambitious narrative I’ve ever watched,” Jordan says in Episode 372 of the Geek’s Guide to the Galaxy podcast.But he thinks the second season is, if anything, even stronger than the first.“I was really concerned that there would be a sophomore slump, and that a lot of the mysteries from Season 1 would not have satisfying explanations, and it would be like the last episode of Lost or Battlestar Galactica,” he says.Fantasy author Erin Lindsey notes that even after 18 episodes, many of the show’s characters remain completely mysterious.“There are a lot of moving pieces to this, which makes me feel that it’s a mistake to commit to any particular theory at this point.”
“These are films that, for me, when I saw them for the first time, were just pure enjoyment,” Kressel says in Episode 371 of the Geek’s Guide to the Galaxy podcast.They’re not afraid to take risks, and that’s what makes them beautiful in my eyes.”Many of these movies feature heroes in loincloths.Geek’s Guide to the Galaxy host David Barr Kirtley blames Conan the Barbarian for popularizing this image, which also shows up in films like Masters of the Universe and The Beastmaster.“There’s a lot of Robert E. Howard rip-off stuff going on here.”The trend even extended to children’s shows like He-Man and the Masters of the Universe.
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