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Science Fiction’s Most Memorable Moments Of 2013 – Joelle & David’s Picks

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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!

ContinuumKiera Finally Tells Carlos The Truth (Continuum)
In season 2, Continuum found a more compelling and urgent narrative drive. My favorite moment was in the sixth episode, “Second Truths,” when Kiera finally tells Carlos who she is. By this point, Carlos has worked with Kiera for a season and a half, and although she’s an exceptional agent, he becomes increasingly concerned, especially given the VPD leadership’s blatant distrust of her. Carlos can’t fathom how Kiera can look at a crime scene or suspect and get scads of information immediately — more and more, she seems either unhinged, evil, or both.

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A Giant Freakin’ Thanksgiving 2013

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Brent’s Thankful For…

AHumanAlmost Human
Fringe may be dead and buried, but showrunner J.H. Wyman wasted no time getting back on the broadcasting horse with his new robo-buddy-cop series Almost Human. On the surface these two shows have little in common aside from their procedural nature and sci-fi leanings, but the two are similar in the way they approach the well-worn tropes of a cop drama and use speculative fiction to turn them on their head. We’re only three episodes into our relationship with Almost Human, and I don’t want to jump the gun, but guys, this could be the one. There’s a grim future, mismatched partners who push each other, sex ‘bots, mysterious criminal networks, and action. What else can you ask for? This year we’re definitely thankful that there’s good, gritty sci-fi on TV, and that we get to see Karl Urban (Dredd) on a weekly basis.

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Cross The Streams: Cabin In The Woods, Falling Skies, And John Dies At The End Are Now Streaming

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After taking a hiatus last week while the Internet decided to hold off on releasing anything worth a damn, I am now drowning in top-notch recent releases from all your favorite streaming sites. Let’s dive in!

The Cabin in the Woods
The Cabin in the Woods (Netflix and Amazon Prime)
Do I even need to talk about this movie? Chances are, you either got sick of hearing about it a few months ago, or you still have no idea what lurks inside of Joss Whedon and Drew Goddard’s titular cabin. And the less you know about it, the better. Just know that familiar horror tropes are turned on their heads, and there is a moment in this film that might turn your actual head around. We love The Cabin in the Woods around these parts. Join us, won’t you?

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Don Coscarelli’s John Dies At The End Hits Theaters This Week In Science Fiction

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John Dies at the End
In theaters Friday

With a name like John Dies at the End, the novel by Cracked.com’s Jason Pargin (writing as David Wong) was bound to get my attention the first time I saw it on the shelf at Border’s. I knew nothing about the book or its author, but it still earned a hope-for-the-best purchase from me, and that faith was rewarded. As much as I enjoyed the book, I was even more excited when I heard that the movie version was in the hands of Don Coscarelli, whose own Bubba Ho-Tep made him a perfect choice to capture the book’s tone and sense of humor. The story of two friends who reluctantly become paranormal investigators mashes up batshit-crazy sci-fi concepts, slacker comedy, and a dose of Lovecraft-style eldritch horror as John and Dave are tasked with saving the world…at least if they can’t find a way to get out of it.

John Dies at the End has been available on demand for several weeks now, and I’d be lying if I said it was perfect, either as a movie or as an adaptation of the book, and it’s that latter part that is the biggest problem. There are things I absolutely love about this movie, including the pitch-perfect opening and the casting of Paul Giamatti playing an incredulous reporter who is interviewing Dave about his far-fetched story. But the book itself is extremely episodic, with a throughline that doesn’t really make sense if you remove any of its parts…and, well, a movie doesn’t have time for that. So while John Dies at the End cruises along nicely for the two thirds or so, when it comes time to try and wrap things up in a satisfactory manner it makes some really bad decisions about what to keep and what to jettison. That being said, I’m really curious to see how it plays to anyone who hasn’t already read the book. If you’ve got a couple of hours to kill, check out John Dies at the End for yourself…and then go read the book. For now, you can check out the NSFW redband trailer below.

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Watch A Paul Giamatti Meltdown In This Redband Clip From John Dies At The End

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Few actors meltdown on screen quite as well as Paul Giamatti. The man loses his marbles in the most fun way you imagine. This ability is on full display in this new, red band clip from Phantasm director, Don Coscarelli’s new film, John Dies at the End. While the adaptation of David Wong’s novel is definitely more on the horror side, there should be more than enough sci-fi elements to pique your interest.

Definitely don’t watch this anywhere your boss might sneak up behind you, or anywhere the ears of an impressionable young child may hear. There’s some naughty language and startling images. It also shows just how fun John Dies at the End is going to be.

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Gory John Dies At The End Trailer Promises Bloody Doom To Movie Pirates

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There’s a really good chance that you’ve never even heard of the movie John Dies at the End, and probably even less that you’ve read the book it’s based on. Nevertheless, John Dies has been one of my most anticipated films of 2013, largely because of my unabashed love for David Wong’s book. Now the movie has become available via iTunes and On Demand, and they’ve provided a gory new redband trailer to entice you. But in the twisted tradition of the book, this trailer doesn’t just showcase footage from the movie; it also warns that you might explode if you pirate it. Here’s the NSFW video: