Jurassic Park Enters The Third Dimension: This Week In Science Fiction


Jurassic Park 3D
In theaters Friday

I’m generally disinterested when it comes to 3D, but I have to admit that there are some movies that are perfectly suited for the format. A huge summer blockbuster like Jurassic Park fits that description to a T. If you’ve got to throw down the cash for a pricey 3D ticket, you could damn well do worse than Jurassic Park 3D, which hits theaters for a one-week engagement this Friday. I got to see a short preview of the 3D release this past weekend, and one of the movie’s most unforgettable scenes — the water-rippling, pants-shitting encounter with the Tyrannosaurus — is genuinely stunning on a huge IMAX screen. 3D lends itself best to movies with a large scale, so a movie about dinosaurs? Pretty much a no-brainer.

Even better, it’s a genuinely good movie that is rightly considered a classic, and this is the first time in a long time that many of us will have to see it on the big screen again, which is where it really demands to be seen. I may be a 3D skeptic, but I’ll still see you in the theater this weekend.


In Case Of Zombies, Break Glass

Zombie Weapon BoxZombies are everywhere. Not only is AMC’s drama The Walking Dead a major ratings monster, the undead are shilling everything from candy to deodorant to multiple major automobiles. It’s a thing. Walking corpses are even being used to promote public safety and disaster preparedness (though one Oregon middle school won’t offer a “zombie survival skills” class for students). If you’re seriously worried about the dead rising and trying to devour your frontal lobe, or if you just like cool stuff, check out these zombie emergency boxes.


Pacific Rim Art From Prequel Graphic Novel And Trading Cards

Pacific Rim Comic Cover

The July 12th release date for Guillermo del Toro’s monsters-versus-mechs epic Pacific Rim can’t come soon enough for most of us. Just the thought of watching massive droids and skyscraper-tall creatures duke it out is enough to make sci-fi fans gurgle like Homer Simpson looking at a donut.

WonderCon has been going on, and Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures took the opportunity to release the cover art for the Pacific Rim prequel graphic novel, as well as images of trading cards for the Jaegers, the aforementioned giant mechs.


The Walking Dead Post-Game: Welcome To The Tombs

David Morrissey as the Governor

Season three of AMC’s hit zombie drama The Walking Dead has been a bumpy ride. It started off strong, introducing new characters, new arenas, pushing together groups of survivors, and generally establishing other humans as the most dangerous enemy of all. The first half of the season pushed the pace, the show was more consistent week to week, and things actually happened, which addressed one of the biggest complaints about the series: that you could skip an entire episode and not miss anything important. Up to the midway point, season three wasn’t great, but it was moving in the right direction, and things were looking up.

After returning from a mid-season hiatus, ugly old problems arose once again. The quality of episodes fluctuated wildly. “Clear” was a high point, not only for season three, but for The Walking Dead as a whole, and may go down the best episode since the pilot. But for every “Clear,” there are weeks like “Suicide King” and “Arrow on the Doorpost,” which are almost physically painful to watch and that left me yelling at my television like a crazy person. They’re filler, plain and simple. This season clocks in at 16 episodes, the most in the franchise thus far, and there are weeks where the struggle to fill that space is obvious.

So now, after a tumultuous journey, we’ve come to the end of the third season of The Walking Dead. Last week’s episode, “This Sorrowful Life,” didn’t move the plot as far forward as you expected going in, leaving a ton for the finale, “Welcome to the Tombs,” to tie up. With lots of work to do, and after and up-and-down season, does the conclusion deliver? Read on to find out.



Doctor Who Post-Game: The Bells of Saint John

The Doctor is back! After three months of thumb-twiddling, the beloved British series returned in style last night with an episode that showcased many of the things that make Doctor Who so much fun. The Doctor was out of his post-Ponds funk, new companion Clara (Jenna-Louise Coleman) was clever and charming, and the both of them were facing off against mobile robotic internet platforms that can download your brain out of your body. Heck, we even (almost) got to see the TARDIS’ garage!




Star Wars Throughout History (If Star Wars Was Real)

Droids on Pearl Harbor

It’s common knowledge that the events of Star Wars unfolded a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away. Or at least that’s what they’d like us to believe. But what if the whole thing, the Jedi and the Sith and the droids and the bad feelings about this, was all happening here on Earth? A secret history, hidden in the corners of photographs and flickering by in your peripheral vision.

That’s the bonkers concept behind If Star Wars Was Real, a site dedicated to exposing the secret Star Wars history that’s been happening all along. They’ve got plenty of evidence, with elements from George Lucas’ movie series — obviously based on real events — appearing alongside some of the most iconic moments of our species’ history. For instance, remember that mysterious guy on the grassy knoll during the assassination of JFK? Turns out he was wearing Mandalorian battle armor.