See What The Walking Dead Has In Store Next Week In These Promos

Thus far, the young season 5 of AMC’s hit zombie drama The Walking Dead has been, not necessarily a nice surprise—the final 8 episodes of season 4 were the strongest of the series, so I was hoping for high quality—but a solid showing. The action-heavy season premiere, “No Sanctuary,” was a hell of an attention grabber, and they followed that up with last night’s quieter, more pensive episode, “Strangers.” This introduced a new character—Father Gabriel Stokes (Seth Gilliam), who fans of the comics know well—and a nasty group of new survivors, all building up to what is sure to be a vicious, nasty time on the show. We’ve got a promo and new clip from next week’s episode, “Four Walls and a Roof,” and some additional looks at “Strangers.”

In “Strangers,” the group of survivors, recently reunited after the mayhem at the prison and Terminus, encounter Father Gabriel, and while they’re more than glad to take refuge under his roof, they’re not about to trust him yet. He’s obviously hiding something, they just don’t know what, and how dangerous. Is he alone, does he have friends, does he know who is watching them? There are a lot of questions to be answered, and they’ll be keeping an eye on their new friend, as you can see in the promo tacked on to last night’s chapter.


Doctor Who Comics Mini-series Will See The Return Of A Beloved Doctor & Companion

WhoControlRoomSince landing the Doctor Who comics license earlier this year, Titan Comics have been anything but idle. They’ve already launched ongoing comics series focusing on the Tenth and Eleventh Doctors (David Tennant and Matt Smith, respectively), and just last week they launched a Twelfth Doctor series as well. Well, their commitment to spinning new tales of Doctors both old and new continues with the news that an upcoming mini-series will focus on a previously untold adventure of the Ninth Doctor (Christopher Eccleston) and fan-favorite companion Rose Tyler (Billie Piper).

Bleeding Cool’s Hannah Means-Shannon live-blogged the Diamond Retailer Appreciation Breakfast at New York Comic Con earlier this month, and among the various announcements were the first details about Titan’s Ninth Doctor mini-series. Scheduled to hit shelves in March 2015, the miniseries will be timed to celebrate the tenth anniversary of Doctor Who’s modern revamp, which premiered on March 17, 2006 with the episode “Rose.” According to ScienceFiction.com, the series will be set somewhere sometime around the events of the episode “Boomtown” and will also feature another popular character from the Russell T Davies era: Captain Jack Harkness (played on the show by John Barrowman).


Star Wars Rebels Ignites A Legacy In These New Clips And Featurettes

Star Wars Rebels is the first new addition to the canon since Disney bought Lucasfilm a few years back, and it certainly appears that people were hungry for new adventures in that far, far away galaxy. Along with positive reviews, the series debut garnered record ratings, and in advance of tonight’s new episode, we’ve got a couple of new clips and two new behind the scenes videos to fill the time between now and then.

Rebels actually premiered a few weeks back with the hour-long “movie” episode “Spark of Rebellion,” but the series proper didn’t truly start until last Monday with “Droids in Distress.” The episode scored 1.03 million viewers, making it Disney XD’s highest rated series debut since the network began back in 1999. Half of these viewers fell in the target 6-14 demographic, but there were quite a few older folks watching as well, as one of the things Rebels has been praised for is capturing not only the look, but the feel of the original trilogy.


The Walking Dead Post-Game: Strangers Carves Off A Significant Chunk

Despite having drastic ups and downs over the course of the series, the last half of season 4 of AMC’s The Walking Dead was, by far, the best run in the series, giving me hope, guarded as it was, going into season 5. And thus far the young season hasn’t let me down. After starting with last week’s high-paced, action-centric season premiere, “No Sanctuary,” the massively popular zombie drama returns with “Strangers,” a quiet, moody, contemplative episode that continues to ratchet up the tension and build towards something even bigger.

If you haven’t watched the episode, stop reading now, because we’re going to talk about it, in depth, and this will include a great many SPOILERS.

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Giant Freakin’ Bookshelf: Week of October 20, 2014

As much as we love science fiction on TV, on the big screen, on the comics page, and in video game form, there’s just something irreplaceable about digging into a good book. There’s no shortage of new sci-fi adventures hitting shelves on a regular basis, but GFR is your one-stop shop to keep up with what’s hitting shelves in a given week. Here’s what’s new on the Giant Freakin’ Bookshelf!

AbyssBeyond“The Abyss Beyond Dreams: A Novel of the Commonwealth” by Peter F. Hamilton

The wait is over. Bestselling science fiction master Peter F. Hamilton is back with the first of a new two-book saga set in his popular Commonwealth universe. Distinguished by deft plotting, a teeming cast of characters, dazzling scientific speculation, and imagination that brings the truly alien to life, The Abyss Beyond Dreams reveals Hamilton as a storyteller of astonishing ingenuity and power.

The year is 3326. Nigel Sheldon, one of the founders of the Commonwealth, receives a visit from the Raiel — self-appointed guardians of the Void, the enigmatic construct at the core of the galaxy that threatens the existence of all that lives. The Raiel convince Nigel to participate in a desperate scheme to infiltrate the Void.


Extraterrestrial: You’ve Seen This Alien Thriller A Million Times Before

extraterrestrialWatching Extraterrestrial, the latest horror offering from the Vicious Brothers, I found myself at one point debating whether or not this movie looked good for a low-budget sci-fi thriller. It certainly looks more polished—if you can call it that—than other films in a similar subject vein, but the camerawork is too frenetic to make proper use of the sets. It was around this point in my train of thought that I noticed a scene had changed without my realizing it. But I spent not a moment feeling like I’d missed anything, since Extraterrestrial tells a story that falls somewhere close to The Smurfs: A Christmas Carol on the originality scale.

I don’t even know where to start with this thing. The beginning? Okay. Extraterrestrial starts off with a distressed woman getting turned away from a convenience store by a complete douchebag, only to get zapped up into a spaceship. It’s vaguely atrocious, but not so much so that it felt like an immediate waste of time. It quickly gets to that point, however, by the time the main story kicks in and the group of generic young wastes-of-space enters the picture.