The Great Science-Fiction/Fantasy TV Showdown!

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If there’s one thing science-fiction and fantasy fans like more than watching, reading and playing science-fiction and fantasy, it’s arguing about watching, reading and playing science-fiction and fantasy. Marvel vs. DC. Star Wars vs. Star Trek. Classic Who vs. NuWho. These debates may very well rage on for the rest of time.

But now, The Science Fiction and Fantasy Stack Exchange is going to what they can to help settle these debates. Every month or so (hopefully), we’ll host a bracket, where all members of the site will be able to vote in order to determine the best of the science-fiction and fantasy best.

This month, we’re doing science fiction and fantasy TV shows. I, with help from other members of site, have selected 48 science fiction and fantasy TV shows from across the decades. These 48 shows were chosen by popularity and notability, and range the full spectrum of sub-genres and fan-bases. I have arranged them to hopefully prevent any round one steam-rolling.

So without further ado, arranged in no particular order for the primary bracket, the shows!

  1. Trek Yourself Before You Wreck Yourself:
    Star Trek: The Original Series /
    Star Trek: The Next Generation

  2. Not Your Children’s’ Cartoons:
    Futurama /
    Rick and Morty

  3. Fun For All Ages:
    Adventure Time /
    My Little Pony Friendship is Magic

  4. The Family That Slays Together:
    Buffy the Vampire Slayer /
    Angel

  5. Who Are You? Who, Who, Who, Who?:
    Classic Doctor Who /
    Nu-Who

  6. The Element Of Surprise:
    Avatar: The Last Airbender /
    The Legend of Korra

  7. Mysteries And Stuff:
    LOST /
    X-Files

  8. Batman V Batman: Dawn of Batman:
    Batman (‘60s) /
    Batman: The Animated Series

  9. What A Twist!:
    The Twilight Zone (Original) /
    The Outer Limits (Original)

  10. Jedi Did Not See That Coming:
    Star Wars: The Clone Wars /
    Star Wars: Rebels

  11. Turtle Power!:
    TMNT (Original)  /
    TMNT (2012)

  12. No Spoilers!:
    Game of Thrones /
    The Walking Dead

  13. Space And Stuff:
    Battlestar Galactica (2004) /
    Babylon 5

  14. DC on CW:
    Arrow /
    The Flash (2014)

  15. This IS A Place For A Hero:
    The Spectacular Spider-Man /
    Justice League Unlimited

  16. Aussies and Brits:
    Farscape /
    Red Dwarf

  17. Simply Marvelous:
    Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D /
    Daredevil

  18. Currently Airing Fantasy:
    Supernatural /
    Once Upon a Time

  19. The Spin-Offs:
    Stargate: SG-1 /
    The Sarah Connor Chronicles

  20. The Classics:
    The Incredible Hulk (1978) /
    The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (TV series)

  21. Animation Across The Nation(s):
    Transformers (1984) /
    Gravity Falls

  22. Pretty Funny:
    Sabrina the Teenage Witch /
    ALF

  23. Time After Time:
    Quantum Leap /
    Torchwood

  24. There Are Two Left Over And I Can’t Think Of Any Connection But They Both Start With F, So Let’s Go With That:
    Firefly /
    Fringe

 

In addition to choosing the most popular series, there also a chance for you to win. During the first week of the event, everyone will have the opportunity to choose the show they think will be the most popular. After the winner is chosen, everyone who correctly guessed will go into a raffle, and a randomly chosen member will get a 100 Rep bounty.

 

To vote and predict, just click on this link!

 

 

Batman v. Superman: Not a Review

Spoiler-filled analysis from the point of view of one who reads comics, not who reviews movies.

This article originally ran on medium.com and was reposted here with the permission of Thaddeus Howze

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For the record. I hate writing reviews. Why? Because criticism is easy. Any idiot can sit in a theater and have an opinion. Any art critic can, with the weight of their degree in art literacy, define why a thing fails to deliver whatever THEY think it should deliver to an “audience.” As a writer who struggles to find that proper beat to put a story to while I am writing it, I am always reminded movies are a special breed of writing.

Movies are a collaboration. They are a story written by at least one person, massaged by two or three other people, edited by another person before being turned into a script which gets changed daily. As the shots are reviewed and then taken from different angles, all that work is gathered together and digitally enhanced, cinematic effects added, CGI constructs placed and then this beast is edited down to fit a designated time pattern.

This is one of the most important parts of a movie’s creation: No matter what vision a director might have, arbitrary decisions made as to what stays in and what goes out are often made by executives whose reasons for doing what they do are completely their own but presumably were meant to make the film more “profitable,” based on some movie-making algorithm only they understand.

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Highlights from 2016 – 1st Quarter

Top Stats:

Top Question

If Luke Skywalker didn’t want to be found, why did he leave a map? was asked by vs06, earning 132 votes, with the highest voted answer being from KutuluMike.


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Top Answer

Kasperd asked Was any character alive during all of the Star Wars episodes from I to VII? was answered (but not accepted) by Jorge Córdoba, to the tune of 200 votes. This answer beat out the accepted answer by David Banner by 93 votes.


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Most Viewed

Was any character alive during all of the Star Wars episodes from I to VII? was the most viewed, asked by kasperd and with a count of 23129. Close runner ups were Why was Darth Vader so careless? asked by Gaussler (22057) and If Luke Skywalker didn’t want to be found, why did he leave a map? asked by vs06 (21456).


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Doctor Who Series 9 Review – Part 1 of 2

After watching a few random episodes of Doctor Who over the previous several years (I saw the 2006 Christmas special live on TV, and then a selection of episodes from Series 4 and 5 around Christmas 2011), I started to get seriously into the franchise around Christmas 2014, and now consider myself a fully fledged Whovian, having watched over two-thirds of all New Who episodes in not much more than a year. Series 9, the most recently released, was the first Doctor Who I’ve watched week by week while it was coming out.

The series was largely well received, having been hailed by various critics as the best Moffat season yet, the best since Eccleston, or even the best season of New Who. Personally I think Series 4 is still my favourite New Who series, but I did very much enjoy this new one, and Capaldi could now give Tennant a run for his money as my favourite Doctor.

This series contained more multi-episode stories than any other for a long time. This allowed more time for each story to develop, mature, and conclude without feeling overly rushed; on the other hand, it detracted from the self-containedness that many of the best Doctor Who episodes have, and made it harder for casual viewers to ‘drop in’ for just a single episode.

Jenna Coleman secured the title of the longest-serving Companion of New Who towards the end of this series before her eventual departure. Peter Capaldi has now really settled into his role as the Doctor, bringing some of his own flair to the show and ensuring his place in the annals of Whovian history. In Series 8 he had to spend too much time acting grumpy and proving that he wasn’t Matt Smith, but now he’s been able to spread his wings, let his hair down a bit, and establish himself as (in my view) the best speech-making Doctor in all of New Who. Oh, and speaking of hair, was I really the only one to notice the swap in hair length between the two main characters?

Hair in series 8-9
Good hair day or bad hair day?

Now without further ado, let’s start on the episode-by-episode summaries. Naturally, SPOILER ALERT.

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