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Ladies First: The Best Female Characters Of Sci-Fi Film And Television

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RipleyLoaderOne of the reasons we love science fiction is because there’s no shortage of strong, dynamic, fascinating female characters kicking around the galaxy, a trait that isn’t always a given in other genres. Iconic characters like Ripley and Sarah Connor have become the bar by which most other female heroines are measured against, but thankfully sci-fi doesn’t limit its badass females strictly to the most obvious form of badassery. Our favorite sci-fi heroines might have what it takes to field-strip a pulse rifle, or they might have the fortitude to lead a desperate fleet of mankind’s remnants across the stars to a new home. They might be able to take down multiple murderous cyborgs, or they might have the courage to serve as inspiration for revolution against an oppressive government.

When it came time for us to pick out favorite female characters from science fiction film and television, the task was more than daunting. After several rounds of voting, arguing, throwing things, and threats of blackmail, we finally whittled our list down to 19, our picks for the very best, most interesting, most compelling, most badass female characters the genre has had to offer across film and TV. We’re listing them in alphabetical order by last name, but it’s strangely appropriate who wound up as number one regardless…

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The Matrix Re-Reloaded: A New Trilogy In The Works?

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the-matrix-revolutions-neo.jpgWith the popularity of the reboot trend, we’ve been seeing plenty of older film franchises getting a new coat of paint, including Star Trek, Planet of the Apes, Spider-Man, and X-Men. Now it looks like Warner Bros. is bringing a sci-fi classic back to bat that we never expected: rumor has it we’ll be traveling back into The Matrix once again.

According to Latino Review’s inside sources, Warner Bros. and Andy and Lana Wachowski are teaming up again for a new Matrix trilogy. While the last Matrix movie was released more than 10 years ago in 2003, Warner Bros. and the Wachowskis are allegedly looking to breathe new life into a franchise whose second and third installments left many fans cold. While Latino Review is usually a solid source when it comes to exclusives like this, I’d still take this with a grain of salt. Latino Review has been proven wrong from time to time.

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Ex-NASA Engineer Creates Matrix-Style Bullet-Time Effect

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If you’ve ever seen the Matrix (and honestly, who among you hasn’t?), you’ve likely marveled at the special effects, particularly when the Wachowskis appear to stop time during some of the fighting sequences. Mark Rober, who used to be a Jet Propulsion Laboratory engineer for NASA, figured out how to “stop time” using a ceiling fan, a couple of flashlights, and a camera. And while that setup worked pretty well, Rober thought he could do better. He recreated the effect with high-end equipment — namely, a Phantom camera. You can compare the results for yourself below — the first video shows the first setup, while the second shows the new setup with the high-tech camera.