It’s tough identifying as female and as a nerd. It’s especially tough when you have to be both together, at the same time. Over the years, being one of those two things has aged better than the other. If you’re here reading this in 2017, you know which one it is.
For many reasons, Cylons are people's favourite part of Battlestar Galactica. They make you question if the ‘bad guys’ really are the bad guys and if the good guys really are all that nice to begin with.
You've doubtless come across webcomics such as Cyanide and Happiness, or The Awkward Yeti, on your timeline at some point. The self-contained stories and gags, along with the simple, cute art make for easy sharing, and they're a great combination of hilarious and morbid. These comics, and several others like them, all rode the wave of a new kind of humour that was finding it's way on the internet. They tackled awkwardness, depression, and anxiety in self aware ways, with an absurdist layer that made them funny rather than depressing.
If my recent experience at Disneyland is any indication, the Disney formula added to Star Wars will mean churning out more movies and spin-offs for the sake of selling tons of merch and opening new rides until everyone has had just about enough.
Samurai Champloo creator Shinichiro Watanabe is a tour-de-force in Japanese anime circles. If Hayao Miyazaki is the beloved Steven Speilberg type then Watanabe is the genre-bending, pop-culture reference dropping manic Quentin Tarantino type. He seamlessly integrates anime and manga with music and influences from other worlds. Watanabe is best known for Cowboy Bebop, a free-flowing space opera inhabited by a gang of bounty hunters and the most atmospheric jazz you’ll ever hear.
The true attraction of any story is the strength of its characters. Our ability to empathise with a character comes from how well rounded he or she is, and whether you can understand and relate to the motivations that drive him or her. I want to take this time to talk a little about the Humans in Battlestar Galactica.
I’ve told this anecdote more than a few times, but my brother scarred me for life when he showed me Ridley Scott’s Alien when I was the wee age of 6.It didn’t really register with me that there was a hero to the story all along, and that she wasn't the traditional male Hollywood leading man type. Ellen Ripley was a complete badass.
The anime I’m talking about today is a great way to break down and analyse what makes this genre tick. Yowamushi Pedal is a cycling-themed anime, so if you are a fan of Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikandar, then you’ve come to the right place.
The capacity of sci-fi to shine a light on our everyday lives and make us think is truly amazing. The best sci-fi shows/books/comics always ask fundamental human questions and the most common theme is the question of “What truly makes us human?”
“This isn’t your parents’ Archie.” Variations of this sentence in many different articles have been used to describe Riverdale in the past few months since the show’s premiere, almost as a disclaimer. It doesn’t have very much in common with the classic sweater-vest-with-a-bowtie version of Archie, and by now, we ideally should be seeing that for the blessing that it actually is.
On the beloved occasion of Star Wars Day, where fans around the world display their affection for arguably the most celebrated franchise of all time, I decided to dive between the cracks of the Light and Dark, the fundamental reason why people flock the story of Star Wars. What goes beyond the story of family, beyond good and evil?
The Doctor will see you now. In the third and final chapter of this series we review the recent return of Doctor Who, with Series 10, and delve into what we can expect from the future (or past, or even present) of this epic franchise. Tell a friend! [Spoilers ahead]
Tejas deep dives into Telltale games unique format of gameplay, where choice and consequence substitute button mashers and first-person shooters.
After the success of Logan and Deadpool, Hollywood seems all set to dive into the trend of R-Rated superhero movies. DC is interested in exploring the idea (they did release an R-Rated cut of Batman V Sueprman), Sony has just announced a Venom movie that it has taken great pains to point out will be rated R, and Deadpool 2 looks like it will lean even harder into the sex and violence that was such a big part of the first movie.
Familiar with the Who-niverse (if not, read here), but can’t decide where to begin the long binge? Fear not, we’ve got you covered. In this, the second part of our Whovian guide to the galaxy, we’ll take you through the ideal ways to get that TARDIS off into the fourth dimension. Allons-y!
A legacy, a franchise, a legend without a permanent face; the Doctor has been in, around, and a purveyor of pop culture for more than half a century now. Here's a primer on the world of Dr. Who.
The movie revolves around this hero/sidekick dichotomy which segregates students based on, arguably, a trivial physical component. If you can turn into a 7-foot stone golem, you’re a hero, but if you shape-shift into a guinea pig, you’re a sidekick? Outrageous!
Netflix's BoJack Horseman has spent it's three seasons casually traipsing back and forth across the line that separates the absolutely hilarious and the profoundly sad. The setup sounds like your typical loopy animated show: Will Arnett's BoJack is a former sitcom star trying to recapture his fame. But before you realise it, the show has you deep in a world full of complex characters, massive emotional peaks and valleys, and tons of silly animal puns.
Guest writer and self proclaimed Pureblood Potterhead, Mehvash writes in about her dislike for The Cursed Child and how Fantastic Beasts renewed her love for the franchise...all within four months of each other.
We often associate the character of a super sleuth being someone who has upper class mannerisms, twirls in tweed jackets, plays the violin (I'm looking at you Hugh Laurie...and well, Sherlock) and quotes classical authors. Our local desi sleuth has no such qualms about him. Guest Writer Afza Shireen writes about the detective who stole her heart as young girl.