As a long-time Dredd fan myself, I must partially disagree. Yes, things weren't as over-the-top as some Dredd stories (such as your excellent example), but they maintained a lot of the subversive tone in a many ways. In particular, Urban did an amazing job with Dredd's dry wit. Also, notice how in almost every violent… » 11/24/14 3:41pm Monday 3:41pm

It makes me wonder if we are on the edge of just another such "phase transition" in modern human culture. All the social tools we've built up for the last few thousand years were created to deal with a very different set of societies than the ones we have now. Even setting aside concepts like a technological… » 11/17/14 4:55pm 11/17/14 4:55pm

Funny thing is, I actually would be way more excited for a Captain America vs. the Serpent Society movie than a Civil War film. Civil War will be good, I'm sure, but it's going to be a lot of terse and turgid shouting and gritting of teeth and stuff, ending with the Joss Wedon finally killing Steve Rogers the way… » 11/03/14 6:01pm 11/03/14 6:01pm

I agree with your "Mad Scientist = Evil Wizard" reading of the use of scientific bad guys in genre fiction. However, I would like to go a bit further with that idea. Because we are now about a century to a century and a half in to the era when a writer could replace an evil wizard with a mad scientist, and this change… » 10/06/14 3:24pm 10/06/14 3:24pm

Television is one of the ideal places for continuity, because continuity is all about relieving or ameliorating cognitive dissonance, the uncomfortable feeling of holding two or more contradictory beliefs at once. All fictions are by definition untrue, but so long as they remain consistent we can accept them for what… » 9/12/14 5:05pm 9/12/14 5:05pm

Having recently watched Eliminators, the funny thing is that the Mandroid is also kind of the least effective. He doesn't even make it to the end of the movie, leaving it to the rest of our heroes to stop the mad scientist/cyborg/rome fetishist. If anything, Denise Crosby's scientist is the real hero. » 9/11/14 10:41am 9/11/14 10:41am

Did no one actually read the quote, or were we all blinded by the term "prequel" in the article title? From the quote, it sounds more like they're thinking about doing a sequel which explains how that world came to be while expanding that world. Most likely, they're talking about a movie version of this: » 9/08/14 5:05pm 9/08/14 5:05pm