The Toughest Science Fiction Characters Of All Time

Science fiction plays host to some of the toughest characters in all of fiction, so we’ve set out to put together a team of the toughest of that tough bunch.  Think of it like the Avengers, except with more bullets and a heavier focus on fighting aliens.

If you’ve got a job dismantling angry robots or shooting at things in outer space, or you need someone to travel back in time and kill your creepy Uncle before he’s born, we’ve got the ultimate team to do it.

These are the most unstoppable, gritty, hard-as-nails characters in all of science fiction. On their own each is fully capable of saving the universe. Together we suspect they’d literally be able to do anything.

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When you first met Sarah Connor, she was a meek, mild-mannered waitress just sort of floating aimlessly through her life. Encounters with a vicious, single-minded cyborg from the future, sent back to hunt you down so your son is never born, have a way of changing that. Over the course of the first two movies in the Terminator movies, Sarah transforms into a serious action star, teaching herself all manner of combat and survival skills, actively seeking out any and all knowledge that might help her in her one-woman war against Cyberdyne Systems and a future ruled by human-hunting machines. Basically, she’s a perfect addition to your team of mercs, and will always be working to improve her already ample skill set and add to the team.

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The Best And Worst Dads In Science Fiction

JorElKentGiven how much of an impact our fathers have on our lives — even if only by their absence — it’s no surprise that daddy issues extend all the way to the final frontier. So, we decided to take a closer look at some of science fiction’s most memorable dads, and the ways their teachings and legacies shaped their children.

As the bar against all others will be measured, we decided on a duo that represent both sides of the old “nature vs. nurture” debate: the Kryptonian Jor-El and the Kansasan Jonathan Kent. Jor-El gave Kal-El the genetic potential to do great things, and his final acts were to ensure his son’s survival even as his planet died. On the other hand, Jonathan Kent (along with Martha, of course) helped shape Clark into a true hero worthy of the name Superman. So, with Jor-El and Jonathan serving as two sides of our paternal ideal, here are our picks…

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Battlestar Galactica’s William Adama (Edward James Olmos) is a definite believer in tough love. This isn’t a man prone to expressing his feelings and emotions; it doesn’t mean he doesn’t have them, it’s just that he’s not entirely comfortable showing them off to those around him. You get that way when you’ve seen as many battles as he has, and watched many people die under your command. Though they have a relationship that can be quite contentious at times, the fact that Bill cares for his son Lee (Jamie Bamber) is never in question, and he never abandons him when the going gets tough.

In addition to being an actual, biological father, Adama also serves as a kind of father figure for the last remnants of humanity aboard the Galactica and the other ships in the armada. You can tell how he feels for them how much it pains him when something bad happens to one of the vessels under his protection.

If He Was Our Dad: Adama is the kind of father that you can certainly respect and be proud of. He has integrity, he’s a man of his word, and he has the courage to stand behind his convictions. That said, you can’t help but wish he was a little bit more open and available, both emotionally and from a practical standpoint.

Ideal Father’s Day Gift: Adama is the kind of guy who would appreciate a firm handshake, a stiff drink, and maybe a cigar. After that, he could always use a new model ship to build in his nonexistent down time.

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Faux-fanity: Ranking Science Fiction Swearing From Shuck To Shazbot

ParentalThe Maze Runner hit theaters this past week, and it turned out to be the rare YA adaptation that actually held our interest. But when we tried to come up with some clever feature to tie in with its release, we drew a blank. The more we thought about it, the more frustrated we became, and the more frustrated we became, the closer we inched to just throwing up our hands and exclaiming, “$#@%!”

Say, wait a minute…

See, The Maze Runner follows in a fine, upstanding tradition of many a creative universe to come before: making its own profanity. Because while science fiction teaches us that there may be no limits to how wondrous or strange our future may be, George Carlin teaches us that there are some things you just can’t say on television, or in polite company. Sci-fi creators have been skirting this issue for decades by conjuring up their own off-color vocabularies for the worlds of their imagination. Here at GFR, we think Deadwood is about as quotable as it gets, so in a spirit of shucking solidarity, we decided to embrace our inner ten-year-olds and look back at some of our favorite sci-fi swear words. First up, the movie that inspired the whole frelling article…

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Farscape: Everything You Need To Know About The Comics Before The Movie

FarscapeEaster weekend is all about death and resurrection for the Christians of the world, but even the secular Farscape fans had something to celebrate this past weekend. While doing a panel at Wondercon in Anaheim, creator Rockne S. O’Bannon said that a Farscape spinoff movie is indeed in the works. That confirmed rumors from earlier this year, when writer Justin Monjo revealed that he was writing a script for a Farscape movie. A smaller but important element is that it sounds like the events of the Farscape movie will follow those of the BOOM! Studios comics, with the movie picking up many years later, with John and Aeryn’s son D’Argo now 19 years old and all three living in hiding on Earth.

Both O’Bannon and Farscape novelist Keith R. A. DeCandido handled the writing duties on the comics, so it’s no surprise that they’ve got the official stamp as “canon.” However, we realize not every Farscape fan is a comic book fan. Maybe you just want the Cliffs Notes version without having to read through the Farscape comic series and its various spin-offs and tie-ins. Well don’t worry, ‘scapers, we’ve got your back. Here’s everything you need to know about the comics before eventually diving into the newly announced movie.

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Farscape Creator Confirms Movie Spin-Off Is In The Works

FarscapeWhile it might not have demonstrated as many lives as Futurama — not yet, at least — Farscape has definitely proven itself to be a hardier show than any of us could have guessed. Although the show was contracted to run five seasons on what was then still the Sci-Fi Channel, the network canceled it at the end of the fourth — leaving the show on a horribly cruel cliffhanger episode that bore the all too apt title of “Bad Timing.” Thankfully, the weeping, wailing, and blind rage of the fans earned the show a coda: the 2004 miniseries Farscape: The Peacekeeper Wars, which gave the story a proper (albeit occasionally tragic) wrap-up. And while it was awesome to see the show get a worthy ending, it was still sad to admit that the miniseries would likely be the last we’d see of Farscape on our screens. But, to borrow a quote from a different space franchise: never tell me the odds. It turns out the rumors are true: a Farscape movie is indeed in the works.



Comic(s) Relief: Are Farscape’s Comic-Book Adventures Worth The Trip?

FarscapeOne of the best science fiction series ever made just celebrated its 15th anniversary. Farscape originally premiered on March 19, 1999, on what was still called the Sci-Fi Channel at that point. With a motley crew of crazy characters, Muppet aliens, and a twisted sense of humor that often counterbalanced very dark storylines, Farscape was unlike anything we’d seen on television. And in spite of an unexpected cancellation that looked like it’d leave fans in the lurch, the show managed to get a second chance at closure in the form of the 2004 Peacekeeper Wars miniseries.

All these years later, comes the word that maybe, just maybe, we might get a new Farscape TV movie. And I hope so, because that would be awesome. But what you might not realize is that Crichton, Aeryn, Jothee, Chiana, and the rest actually didn’t just settle into a quiet retirement after The Peacekeeper Wars. I mean, they totally intended to — they’d earned their happy ending — but the story of Farscape actually picked up again in 2008, courtesy of comics from BOOM! Studios. Show creator Rockne S. O’Bannon worked with Farscape novelist Keith R.A. DeCandido to plot out the Moya crew’s further adventures through the Uncharted Territories, and the comics are considered official canon by the Jim Henson Company. So if we really might get a new Farscape movie at some point, now is the perfect time to catch up on where the story went after the Peacekeeper Wars reached their climactic end.

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