As far as modestly budgeted YA sci-fi goes, Wes Ball’s The Maze Runner was a surprisingly exciting trip into a secluded and mysterious world. Still, it wasn’t perfect, and by the time the credits rolled, the curious part of the brain immediately went to work picking apart the most thinly conceived bits of the film. The following video created by the guys at How It Should Have Ended delves into an easy fix to make The Maze Runner a much shorter film. Obviously some SPOILERS abound.
The run on top-notch sci-fi lit continues.
He’s Batma–er, Birdman.
Even if you’ve got apocalypse fatigue, this one is worth your time.
After season 4 of AMC’s hit zombie drama The Walking Dead wrapped up on a massive cliffhanger, fans spent the ensuing months on the edge of their seats, waiting to see what happens next.. Last night that tension was finally unleashed in the form of a bloody, brutal, action heavy season 5 premiere, “No Sanctuary.” In the wake of those events there’s a lot to chew on, and the network released two new looks at next week’s episode, “Strangers,” a couple behind the scenes peeks at the debut, as well as two surprising scenes from last night.
The first promo is the one that was tacked onto the end of the episode as it aired and gives you a look at the action from next week in a standard fashion. Abraham (Michael Cudlitz) is still talking about getting to Washington DC, you get your first glimpse at another new character, Seth Gilliam’s Father Gabriel Stokes, who fans of Robert Kirkman’s comics know well, and Rick (Andrew Lincoln) tells Carl (Chandler Riggs) to never let his guard down. Sound advice after what they just experienced at Terminus.
We’ve got implants that allow people born deaf to hear, 3D printed organs, and kick-ass prosthetics, so it’s probably no surprise that bionic eyes have joined the ranks. While these first models are fairly rudimentary, generally allowing wearers to distinguish only between light and dark, now that this first step is achieved, they are poised to improve rapidly, granting sight to people who have lived without for years.
One of the first recipients of bionic eyes is Larry Hester, who in the video below gets his first glimpse at light in over 30 years. He’s understandably psyched to be able to discern the bright flashes of the light board. And now he can enjoy all the raves. The bionic eye is similar to a cochlear implant. Hester underwent a surgery to implant an electronic stimulator in his left retina. Then, when he wants to see, he puts on a glasses headset (don’t worry, it’s not nearly as douchey as Google Glass) whose camera detects light in front of it and converts it into an electrical signal. The retinal implant receives those signals, and then uses 60 electrodes attached to the optic nerve to transmit those images to the brain.
Well, that’s one way to start off a season. A couple of years ago, if I told you the biggest show on television would kick off its fifth season with cannibals, blood spurting from sliced-open throats, and one group of people preparing to gouge out the eyeballs of another group of people, you might not have believed me. But we live in a world where AMC’s The Walking Dead is more popular than we ever could have imagined, and that, and more, all happened within the first few minutes.
It should go without saying that if you haven’t watched the season 5 premiere, “No Sanctuary,” you might want to stop reading right now, as we’re going to get into all manner of spoiler type things, like spoilers.
We all know that San Diego Comic-Con has become the mecca in recent years, a giant beacon of all things pop cultural and nerdy. This year, however, New York Comic Con is giving it a good run for its money, showing off lots of funs stuff on the other coast. One of the latest offerings of the weekend is this new clip from Star Wars Rebels, the first post-Disney buyout of Lucasfilm addition to the canon.
Rebels is set in the dark days between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope, when the Galactic Empire tightens its grip on the galaxy. In this oppressive environment, pockets of rebellion arise, and the series follows the early days of what will ultimately become the Rebel Alliance in George Lucas’ original trilogy. The story follows a mismatched group of freedom fighters as they do their best to combat the growing evil.
Most of the time when we hear about a sequel to a movie we loved but that happened a long time ago—like say 23 years in this case—it makes us sad and we assume that they’re going to screw up something we hold near and dear. However, one of these that we’re actually pretty stoked about, whether it happens or not, is Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure 3. The idea has been kicked around for a long time, and it sounds like they have a solid script, as well as all the important players involved (they, to be honest, seem even more excited than any of us), and star Keanu Reeves recently shed even more light on what this could look like, if it happens.
Hyping up his latest, the revenge thriller John Wick, Reeves talked about the potential for Bill & Ted 3 with Coming Soon. One of the big draws is that all of the original creative team is on board. This includes writers and creators Chris Matheson and Ed Solomon. Reeves says: