0

Futurama, Transformers, And 41 Other Classic Cartoon Themes Get Orchestral

fb share tweet share


Do you guys remember the trend of string or orchestral tributes to music artists, with rock bands getting the bulk of the attention? I loved that stuff — and am equally interested in this Twinkle Twinkle Little Rock Star series of lullaby tributes — and it is a solid basis for my adoration of the video seen above, in which Carnegie Hall’s Ensemble AJCW performs 43 cartoon themes that cross the decades, from the xylophone hijinks of Looney Tunes to the magical flute of Adventure Time. (It’s actually 47 if you count the doubled-up bits.) If I can get comfortable with this entire thing as a ringtone, I’m pretty sure my journey through this life will have been for a reason.

0

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

fb share tweet share

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…

Pages [ 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 ]
0

Mad Science Is The Best Science: Our 14 Favorite Crackpot Geniuses

fb share tweet share

WalterDr. Walter Bishop (Fringe)
By most, if not all definitions, Fringe’s Dr. Walter Bishop (John Noble) is a mad scientist. He experimented with sensory deprivation and LSD, spent decades in a mental institution, and even had pieces of his brain cut out at his own request. Oh, and he managed to tear a hole between two universes and generally disrupt the very fabric of reality as we know it. If that doesn’t earn him a place at the all-star table, I don’t know what does.

Walter has something that sets him apart from many of his mad kin, especially those who fall in the evil camp. Over the five years where Walter, his son Peter (Joshua Jackson), and FBI Agent Olivia Dunham (Anna Torv) ran all over the globe, hopping dimensions left and right, saving the world more times than you can count, the elderly scientist formed the emotional core of the series. At times driven, power hungry, and neck-deep in a serious god complex, he is also fragile, sweet, loving, and afraid. The notion that he may be responsible for the end of multiple worlds, that he was once so blinded by ambition that he performed medical experiments on terrified children, absolutely haunts him. How do you cope with the fact that you may be responsible for the end of existence? That’s not an easy one to wrap your mind around, no matter how brilliant or crazy you may be.

Pages [ 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 ]
0

Nearly Every Futurama Character All In One Amazing Picture

fb share tweet share

FUTURAMAWe’ve taken Comedy Central’s cancellation of Futurama personally. Primetime science fiction cartoons are pretty much nonexistent at this point, and losing this one hit home in a major way. There are healthy ways to show reverence to the genius of this neo-classic show, such as remembering favorite moments, and quoting it with your friends while eating pizza that you ordered under the name “I.C. Weiner.” What probably isn’t the most impressive way to spend ones time is to sit here staring for hours at this new picture, which features damn near every single character that ever appeared in a meaningful context on the series. There are even different versions of the main cast, as seen by Fry/Shaggy and Robot Professor Farnsworth. That said, it’s nearly impossible not to stare at this thing for eons on end. So. Many. Characters.

Created by DeviantArt user Urellius, this drawing took around 14 months to complete, and he (or she, we don’t really know, and don’t want to presume anything) went right on adding characters up until the show’s finale. I’m not quite sure how it was done, but I assume a lot of screencaps and Photoshop went into this. Possibly a pickup truck full of Adderall as well, since we know Bender is prone to hogging all the booze.

0

Doctor Who, Twilight Zone Marathons Commence: Today In Science & Science Fiction

fb share tweet share

TimeDoctorMany of our readers are getting ready to ring in the New Year in style tonight, whether that means hanging with friends while downing champagne, dancing the night away with a signifcant other, or something even crazier. But if you’ve got the day off and nothing to do in the meantime, we’ve got some viable TV alternatives to twiddiling your thumbs for the next 12 hours. New Year’s marathons are a long-standing tradition in the TV world, and today you’ve got three excellent options to choose from.

First up, BBC America kicked off a Doctor Who marathon earlier this morning. They began with several Who specials, and as I write this they’re in the middle of the 2008 Christmas episode “Voyage of the Damned,” with “The Next Doctor” due at the top of the hour. If you missed the big Who events of the past few months, they’ll be airing “The Day of the Doctor” and “The Time of the Doctor” back-to-back tonight beginning at 9/7c.

0

Science Fiction’s Most Memorable Moments Of 2013 – Nick’s Picks

fb share tweet share

With 2013 in its final hours, we decided to look back on the year that was, and remember the moments from science fiction TV and television that really stuck with us, that we’ll still be thinking of years from now. Needless to say…

SPOILERS BELOW!

OBlackOrphan Black’s “Variations Under Domestication”
From the very first scene, BBC America’s clone-centered Orphan Black instilled almost every moment of the series with mystery and suspense, with a healthy portion of dark wit sprinkled all around. It’s one of the most stellar first seasons of any series I’ve ever seen, and it definitely shined the brightest in the hilariously tense sixth episode, “Variations Under Domestication,” in which actress Tatiana Maslany solidified her position as one of the strongest performers of the year.

Pages [ 1 2 3 4 5 6 ]