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Let’s Kill Carl: Sci-Fi’s 10 Most Annoying Characters

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NotSimplyIt’s happened countless times. You’ve got an otherwise great show or movie that’s firing on all cylinders…but there’s this one guy. This one bad apple who nearly spoils the whole bunch, simply by constantly doing stupid things or saying stupid things or hanging around looking at things with his stupid face. We’re not saying Carl from The Walking Dead is like that, but we are saying that if we had an awards show for that sort of thing, it would just be one long montage of Carl dying.

So, with The Walking Dead having returned in fine form even in spite of the presence of Carl, we decided to celebrate some of the absolute worst, the characters from science fiction television who constantly made us want to punch a wall, especially if their head was between our fist and said wall. We’ll be measuring them against the accepted international unit of measurement for terribleness, Jar Jar Binks. (For purposes of this article, five Jar Jars is equivalent to going full Jar Jar, meaning you should nuke the site from orbit, because it’s the only way to be sure.)

One last note: we didn’t set out trying to populate this piece with so many kids, but it just sort of worked out that way.

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Lost Producer Calls The Show’s Return Inevitable

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LostLost was a show full of wonder and mystery and polar bears and an ending that managed to piss off just about everyone who invested their time and energy into the series over the previous seasons (there is, admittedly, some debate on that front). But what if that wasn’t really the end? What if the show pulls off its biggest shocking surprise and comes back from the dead? That sounds bonkers, right? But according to one of the producers, however, he views it at a very real possibility.

Carlton Cuse executive produced and wrote for Lost from 2004 until it wrapped up in 2010, and in his eyes, it’s not only possible that we could see more episodes of the series in the future, but he even goes so far as to call it “inevitable.”

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Lost The Musical Gives Audiences A Chance To Choose Their Own Ending

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lostIn the world of TV fandom, some of the main arguments you hear are “Simpsons vs. Family Guy” and “Breaking Bad vs. The Wire,” but you’ll rarely hear people get more outspoken than they do when asked about Lost and its polarizing ending. (Ducks to avoid chair being thrown across the room.) It’s virtually a pop culture rite of passage to express your opinions on Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse’s faith-based wrap-up, and the parody stage show Lost the Musical: We Have to Go Back is giving fans of the show a chance to change history by picking a different conclusion for the series. This is the dream, people.

Lost the Musical officially opened last Monday—the 10th anniversary of the Lost pilot premiere—at the Lillian Theatre in Hollywood, and its unauthorized approach to one of TV’s most conversation-worthy series has earned favorable reviews all around. The show began life as a successful Kickstarter campaign last month, taking in $8,660 on a $8,150 goal. It was put together by Australian writer Steven Brandon, who wrote the lyrics to the show’s 16 musical numbers, and actor Steven Christopher Parker (Juno), who wrote the book.

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Gallery 1988 Show To Spotlight Little Golden Books Versions Of X-Files, Dredd, And More

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BTTFYou might not recognize the name “Joey Spiotto,” but there’s a good chance you’ve seen and admired his work at some point. We’ve featured his brilliant “Little Golden Book” riffs on pop-culture staples such as Alien and Shaun of the Dead several times here on GFR over the years, but he just keeps putting out more awesome stuff. Now a bunch of that awesome stuff is set to be gathered together under one roof for an art show beginning this Friday, August 1 at Gallery 1988 East in Los Angeles.

Spiotto’s “Little Golden Books” pieces are like artifacts from a far superior alternate universe, one where your children can thrill to the cheerful adventures of cartoon-ified alien facehuggers, or a day in the life of precocious, cuddly versions of Pulp Fiction’s hitmen Vincent and Jules. (Just don’t ask about the sign on the front of Jimmie’s house.) I mean, come on, who wouldn’t love to be kicked to death by Alex from A Clockwork Orange if he looked this adorable?

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Damon Lindelof Will Script A Lost-Themed Episode Of Phineas And Ferb

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phineas ferbIf you’ve been watching HBO’s hyper-depressing series The Leftovers, you might be under the impression that writer/producer Damon Lindelof has somehow completely lost track of what happiness is, and that maybe his Internet anti-fanbase had bored a hole inside his brain. Of course, that isn’t actually the case, and Lindelof is heading to one of the brightest and silliest places on TV for an upcoming project, as he’ll be writing a special episode of Disney Channel’s Phineas and Ferb. The really crazy part? It’ll be a tribute to Lost.

No air date has been set for the episode, but it will air this fall. Titled “Lost in Danville,” this story centers on the titular stepbrothers as they stumble upon a locked capsule that suddenly and inexplicably appears in their backyard. I’m sure they’ll just call in some authority figure and get things taken care of in a responsible manner. That’s the kind of plotline that has made the animated series a hit with both children and adults, right?

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Carlton Cuse Says It Would Have Been Impossible To Answer Lost’s Questions

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LostI’m pretty sure Carlton Cuse and Damon Lindelof will still be dealing with irate Lost even after they’re dead. They’ll show up in that tranquil, heavenly church, surrounded by friends once lost, and then Jack Shephard will stroll up, throat punch them, and yell, “That’s for season six, you assholes!” Love it, hate it, or somewhere in between, Lost is still one of those topics that can turn friend against friend, lover against lover, and everybody against Nikki and Paulo. So, even though Lost aired its final episode nearly four years ago, people are still asking the show’s writers and producers about it. If you’re one of those fans still stewing about all the unanswered questions the show left behind…well, this article probably isn’t going to make you any happier.

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