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Welcome Back to Discovery, Where It Always Feels Like There's Going to Be a Test Later Welcome Back to Discovery, Where It Always Feels Like There's Going to Be a Test Later

Previously on Discovery: A botched jump that Captain Lorca maybe caused on purpose caused the ship to end up in wreckage they don’t recognize. SurpriseIt’s the mirror universe, just like we all guessed after we were told ages ago this show was going to visit it. But of course, to everyone complaining about Discovery,…

Farewell, io9, It's Time for Me to Return to My Home Planet

Dearest io9ers, this is it: After many years and almost as many job titles, it is time for me to say goodbye.

Dear Beloved Nerd Actors: No More Hamlets, Please Dear Beloved Nerd Actors: No More Hamlets, Please

Listen, I give all the props in the world to genre fiction for its persistent casting of stage actors in its projects. That said, we need to have a talk about how, having catapulted to fame through one such franchise, everyone feels the need to go do Hamlet. Stop doing Hamlet.

Sonequa Martin-Green Thinks Discovery's Burnham Will Be Captain Someday... But How?  Sonequa Martin-Green Thinks Discovery's Burnham Will Be Captain Someday... But How? 

The star of Star Trek: Discovery has come out and said that her character, disgraced first officer Michael Burnham, will eventually rise from the depths of a lifelong prison sentence and captain her own ship. We have a question or two about this.

Last Night's Star Trek: Discovery Was a Great Climax to a Show We Never Got Last Night's Star Trek: Discovery Was a Great Climax to a Show We Never Got

The midseason finale of Star Trek: Discovery, “Into the Forest I Go,” finally got this show to the place it should have been all season. Of course, in the process, it had to jettison a lot of character development it has been working on—but since it was mostly stuff that was bad, I’m perfectly happy letting them get…

Author Tamora Pierce on Straightforward, Inclusive Fantasy Author Tamora Pierce on Straightforward, Inclusive Fantasy

Tamora Pierce is a prolific author of fantasy books, most of which feature young women as protagonists and many of which are set in her fictional land of Tortall. With Tortall: A Spy’s Guide out earlier this month, io9 spoke with the writer about details left out of the book, diversity in genre fiction, and what…

What Star Wars History May Tell Us About Rian Johnson's New Trilogy  What Star Wars History May Tell Us About Rian Johnson's New Trilogy 

Yesterday, the news dropped that Rian Johnson’s time in the Star Wars universe would not end with The Last Jedi. Instead, Disney CEO Bob Iger announced that Johnson would be working on a brand new trilogy of movies, separate from the main Saga films, that would “introduce new characters from a corner of the galaxy…

Riverdale's Jughead Is a Shitty Writer Riverdale's Jughead Is a Shitty Writer

Riverdale is a delightful mess of a show. Absolutely none of it should work, and yet season one was a confounding combination of high school soap opera theatrics and over-the-top drama, the likes of which we’ve never seen before. And yet, right up there with Archie’s music career, is the bewildering choice to frame…

Star Trek: Discovery Riffs on an Original Series Episode With Muddled Results Star Trek: Discovery Riffs on an Original Series Episode With Muddled Results

Last night’s “Si Vis Pacem, Para Bellum” ended on a cliffhanger that sets up a big showdown for next week’s finale. Meanwhile, everyone, save Burnham, is wandering around acting suspicious as hell. And for some reason, the show seems like it’s doing its own version of a classic Klingon-Federation moment from the…

'By the Sheen of the Foam, I Beheld Two Skelingtons Sitting in Their Coffins' 'By the Sheen of the Foam, I Beheld Two Skelingtons Sitting in Their Coffins'

Out on a walk by the beach at night, you look out into the sea and see... two skeletons surfing on their coffins.

Looking Back at Han Solo's Evil Twin, Lando's Wife Hunt, and the Insane Corellian Trilogy Books Looking Back at Han Solo's Evil Twin, Lando's Wife Hunt, and the Insane Corellian Trilogy Books

Hello, and welcome to another installment of “Oh god, why do I keep volunteering to re-read the worst Star Wars Expanded Universe novels, do I have some sort of Stockholm Syndrome?” I have picked Roger MacBride Allen’s Corellian Trilogy this time as it contains one of my all-time favorite twists.

io9 Is Stuck in a Time Loop of Explaining Star Trek: Discovery's Use of Harry Mudd io9 Is Stuck in a Time Loop of Explaining Star Trek: Discovery's Use of Harry Mudd

Harry Mudd (Rainn Wilson) reappeared this week in an episode that took a crack at one of scifi’s most venerable tropes: the time loop. In our livestream, we take a look at how well the show did with the opportunities presented by repeating the same 30 minutes over and over again (it’s pretty good!) as well as the…

Last Night Was Star Trek: Discovery's Best Episode Last Night Was Star Trek: Discovery's Best Episode

If you’ve been sitting around waiting for Discovery to find a balance between classic Trek storytelling and its commitment to serialized storytelling with a single main character, than “Magic to Make the Sanest Man Go Mad” is the best we’ve got so far.

What Change to Canon Do You Find the Most Infuriating? What Change to Canon Do You Find the Most Infuriating?

Something that Star Trek: Discovery has thrown up, once again, is all the questions that surround canon. How much of it is really canon canon, how much can be fudged, etc. And so we ask: what change to canon did you hate the most?

The Most Mind-Boggling 'Sexy' Costumes of Halloween 2017 The Most Mind-Boggling 'Sexy' Costumes of Halloween 2017

Halloween is one week away, and you know what that means: It’s time for the annual collection of utterly confusing Halloween costumes that are meant to be sexy, but are mostly just... confusing.

A Magic Wand Is a 'Nuclear Bomb' in the New Trailer for the Fantasy Cop Movie Bright A Magic Wand Is a 'Nuclear Bomb' in the New Trailer for the Fantasy Cop Movie Bright

The goal of Netflix’s Bright is clearly to slam together the tropes of the buddy cop movie with those of fantasy. So we’ve got a veteran cop in Will Smith’s Officer Ward and a newbie and first Orc officer in Joel Edgerton’s Jakoby. And then they stumble onto a magic wand that causes real problems.

io9 Tries to Figure Out How Star Trek: Discovery Can Ever Sync Up With the Rest of Timeline io9 Tries to Figure Out How Star Trek: Discovery Can Ever Sync Up With the Rest of Timeline

Episode six of Star Trek: Discovery brought back Spock’s dad Sarek in order to reveal more and more about the never-ending trauma of Burnham’s childhood. Speaking of trauma, Lorca also gets his past dissected and goes full sociopath to save his captaincy.

Stranger Things' Second Season Lives Up to Its Incredible Expectations Stranger Things' Second Season Lives Up to Its Incredible Expectations

Here’s the thing about Stranger Things season two: If you liked season one, and pretty much everyone did, then you’ll like this season just fine. Everything is turned up a bit, but the soul of Stranger Things remains what it was last season—a story about friendship, family, and giant piles of ‘80s nostalgia.

Star Trek: Discovery's Biggest Problem Is That It's a Prequel Star Trek: Discovery's Biggest Problem Is That It's a Prequel

“Lethe” was a character episode. It was fine. Well, it wasn’t. Every plot beat was fairly predictable and the emotional resonance got about halfway there at best. At least I didn’t loathe it. I just found it tedious. And instead of thinking about Sarek and Burnham’s past and Lorca’s future, I kept wondering why this…

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