BY MACK VELTMAN Fear not: Ranger, Barbarian, Magician, Thief, Cavalier, and Acrobat. That was Venger, the force of evil. I am Dungeon Master, your guide in the realm of Dungeons … Continue reading Forgotten TV Gems: Dungeons and Dragons: The Animated Series
Can you imagine a time when people were actually sick to death of superheroes? It’s not a concept that’s too hard to grasp, considering the oversaturation of superhero movies in … Continue reading Obscure Comic Book Superheroes: The Blonde Phantom
BY MACK VELTMAN Dr. Katherine Pulaski is a name that leaves some fans of Star Trek going “huh?” while others respond with indifference or delight at Diana Mulder’s one season … Continue reading In Defense of Star Trek TNG Dr. Pulaski
BY MACK VELTMAN Warning: this post contains slight spoilers for the new episode of The Mandalorian which you can stream on Disney Plus. Fans of the expansive pantheon of Star … Continue reading The Mandalorian Season 2: Let’s Talk About the Krayt Dragon
Just in time for Halloween, StarWars.com released concept art and new details surrounding the villains set to appear in the upcoming Star Wars: High Republic series of novels and comic … Continue reading Star Wars: High Republic Villains Revealed
We’ve all heard the stories before. The Blood Countess, Elizabeth Bathory, bathing in virgin blood to retain her youth and beauty, savagely torturing, mutilating, and killing over 600 young women, … Continue reading Debunking the myth of the Blood Countess
If you open up the science and you allow diverse groups to participate, it could really stimulate innovation. -Ellen Jorgenson founder of Genspace DNA code sequencing is getting easier, cheaper, … Continue reading Biohacking- It’s Not About Creating Frankenstein
Apparently Pizza Hut is a fan of Black Mirror. Earlier this week, Pizza Hut announced its plans for a fleet of driverless delivery vans–an announcement which caught me off guard as … Continue reading Pizza Hut and Driverless Delivery
Before we begin, I’d like to issue a spoiler warning. I won’t be discussing some of the major spoilers of the The Last Jedi but if you haven’t seen the … Continue reading The Last Jedi: Making Sense of Fan Backlash
The male gaze has once again made its presence known in Hollywood, though is anyone really surprised? For all the films boasting strong female leads, there are a slew of … Continue reading Women Warriors and the (Unfortunate) Male Gaze
For all of the utopian visions of the future, with robots and spaceships and holodecks, there is an underlying fear of technology which often drives stories and films in the … Continue reading Technophobia and Fear of the Corporation
Western science fiction often presents fantastical ideas of the future, with robots and spaceships and groups of people living and working together in harmony. Yet for all of the ideas … Continue reading Stereotypes Among the Stars
Written by: Eric Schucht Recently it was announced that the Cartoon Network hit show Adventure Time would end on its 9th season, wrapping up the series sometime next year. Fans … Continue reading End of an Era: Farewell to Adventure Time
After an uneven first few episodes, Riverdale offers an entertaining and chilling season conclusion. I didn’t actually think I would be that interested in Riverdale, a mature CW adaptation of the popular Archie … Continue reading Season’s End: Riverdale
It’s a world where you can be an sneak assassin who shoots fireballs from your hands and collects gems to adorn to a spacious mansion overlooking a quiet lake, which … Continue reading Skyrim: The Art of Creative Storytelling
Imagine scientists can turn your genetic clock back in time to cure diseases like Parkinson’s and Huntington’s. This seems like an idea straight from the Twilight Zone, but as I … Continue reading Genes and Time Travel
Published on Front Line Genomics: http://www.frontlinegenomics.com/blog/11167/gattaca-genetically-enhanced-humans-fact-fiction/ The ability to alter a human genome to influence eye color, height and strength was a major plot point in the 1997 science fiction film, … Continue reading GATTACA and Genetically Enhanced Humans: Fact or Fiction?
CONTENT WARNING: THIS POST DISCUSSES GRAPHIC AND SEXUAL VIOLENCE AND CONTAINS SPOILERS FOR GAME OF THRONES. When season six of the wildly popular fantasy show Game of Thrones premiered, one … Continue reading All Men Must Die: The Rise of Women in Game of Thrones
This evening I was catching up on one of my favorite television shows, Arrow, and just finished an episode which dealt with the aftermath of a mass shooting and touchy subject of gun control. Arrow, which is currently in its fifth season, is a modern take on DC’s Green Arrow, and tells the story of a rich playboy, Oliver Queen, who, after five years of being stranded on an island, returns home to Star City to fight crime with a bow and arrows.
The “Jaguar Pitch” scene that appears in a season 5 episode of Mad Men, is a perfect example of Laura Mulvey’s concept of the “male gaze”, a masculine point of … Continue reading “Mad Men” and the Male Gaze
Cocktails with clients, glamorous parties, and behind the scenes manipulation are common practices implemented by public relations agents in movies and television. Shows like Scandal, Ray Donovan, Mad Men and … Continue reading It’s Handled: How Public Relations is Portrayed in the Media
“One of the key characteristics of the comic book medium is that it is not brought to life by just one voice”. -Jim Lee, artist for DC Comics DC Comics … Continue reading The History of DC Comics
Why has American society responded so well to the television anti-hero? Shows like Breaking Bad, Hannibal, The Sopranos, Bates Motel, and Dexter, have dominated our screens and have catapulted their … Continue reading Batman, Hero or Villain?
Everyone in our society is familiar in some way with Star Trek, a franchise that has become a staple in popular culture and that has “warped” its way into the … Continue reading Star Trek: The New Frontier: Spaceships, Nebulas, and Inclusion