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Time Loops, Martians, And Groot: Here’s The Sci-Fi We’re Most Thankful For in 2014

Here in the States most of us are winding down a day spent eating too much, drinking too much, and likely experiencing more than a little family-related drama. Far be it from us here at GFR to play humbugs, so, as we’ve done in previous years, we sat down to ponder what science fiction developments we were most thankful for this year. So before you collapse back into a turkey-induced coma, take a moment to look back at the things that put the biggest smiles on our faces in 2014. And Happy Thanksgiving to all of you!

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How is it that a movie involving an alien invasion and a weird form of time travel joined forces with polarizing megastar Tom Cruise and became one of the year’s most guiltlessly enjoyable movies? Whether the credit for the sci-fi magic goes to director Doug Liman, screenwriters Jez and John-Henry Butterworth and Christopher McQuarrie, or even Cruise and co-star Emily Blunt, the film’s sense of sheer fun and darkly comedic whimsy are undeniable.

Based on the Japanese novel All You Need Is Kill, Edge of Tomorrow could have easily crumbled beneath the weight of its time-looping narrative, but manages to steer clear of weary repetition. By sticking Cruise back into a learning recruit role instead of having him start the film as the almighty hero, Edge of Tomorrow gives its lead one of the weirdest character arcs in all of fiction, which can’t be derailed by the likes of co-stars Bill Paxton and Brendan Gleeson. By far the airiest, funniest, and most exciting blockbuster of the year, Edge of Tomorrow is arguably the only must-see tentpole film of the year for sci-fi fans. (That’s right, Godzilla and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, I said it.) – Nick

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Here’s Why Getting Rescued By The Flash Would Actually Suck

FlashThe action in movies and on TV often neglects to obey the laws of physics that govern the natural world. It’s a big part of the suspension of disbelief that comes as part of the social contract of watching such productions. Rarely are the offenses so egregious as in the stories featuring those superheroes that are so ubiquitous in the modern entertainment landscape. We all know that the physics of a character like, say, DCs the Flash, wouldn’t work in reality (how could he turn so sharp going that fast?), but that’s part of the fun, setting aside our rational doubts and thinking, yeah, but what if you really could zip around saving people like that? Well, according to a new study, he would do more harm than good, and being rescued by the Flash would suck.

Physics students at the University of Leicester in Leicester, England, took issue with a scene in the CW’s popular new adaptation of The Flash where the titular superhero runs over a car and saves a biker who the vehicle just plowed into. According to their reckonings, this rescue, occurring as such high speeds, would actually do much more harm than good, far in excess of being hit by an automobile. They suggest that, should the Flash wish to continue to act as a superhero, he should adjust his approach somewhat.

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The Flash Runs Straight Up A Damn Building: This Week’s TV Picks

Growing up on a steady diet of comic books, there are certain things I waited a long time to see brought to life in live action. Wolverine popping out his claws. A truly terrifying vision of the Joker. And this:

Yep, that’s Barry running up the side of a building at superspeed. It’s one of those iconic Flash visuals that the character has been doing on the page for decades, and it’s just really cool to see him doing it for the first time in the show. Little moments like this show that the guys behind the show truly “get it,” and are operating out of a deep love for the source material. We can but hope Zack Snyder’s big-screen Justice League is half as cool.

The Flash airs a new episode, “Plastique,” this Tuesday night at 8/7c on The CW. Here’s the rest of this week’s TV picks!

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The Flash Might Feature A Fan-Favorite Time-Hopping Superhero

BoosterWarner Bros. may be busy setting up ambitious plans for a cinematic movie universe to compete with Marvel, but in the meantime I’m considerably more interested in the small-screen version being constructed by The CW’s Arrow and The Flash. In addition to the two title characters, the shows are introducing a steady stream of DC characters who have rarely (or never) been realized in live action, including Ray Palmer/The Atom, Wildcat, and Firestorm. Now it seems that another obscure but beloved DC staple may be time-warping his way onto your TV screen.

Greg Berlanti is one of the most important architects of DC’s TV invasion, serving as executive producer on Arrow and The Flash, as well as on CBS’ Supergirl pilot. (He also co-wrote the Green Lantern movie, but his CW series have redeemed him for that misstep in my opinion.) A few years before he helped make The Flash a huge hit for The CW, he was trying to get a series up and running focused on the semi-obscure DC character Booster Gold. Syfy passed on the project, and without any other takers it was shelved. Now, however, Booster might get a second chance at life courtesy of The Flash. DC Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns recently told MTV News:

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The Walking Dead Shuffles Back And The Flash Sprints In: This Week’s TV Picks

DeadBatWe’re hip-deep in the fall premiere season, and this week sees the return of one of the most buzzed-about shows on television, not to mention the series debut of one of my favorite superheroes ever. They couldn’t be more different in terms of style or tone, but I’m excited to see them both.

AMC’s The Walking Dead returns for its fifth season Sunday night, with the survivors in a bad way. After teasing the hope of “Sanctuary” all of last season, Rick and company finally arrived at the titular settlement, but they didn’t exactly get a warm welcome. More of the bullet-y kind. Things ended with Rick suggesting the Sanctuary folks picked the wrong people to fuck with; hopefully we’ll get more of the badass, throat-biting Rick this year and less of the mopey, dead-wife-seeing variety. The Walking Dead premieres Sunday night at 9/8c on AMC with “No Sanctuary.”

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The Flash May Be Messing Around With Time Travel In His New CW Series

FlashAs a huge fan of The CW’s Arrow, I was doing happy little jumps when word first came that a certain crime scene analyst named “Barry Allen” would be appearing on the show. If your Silver Age DC Hero bona fides aren’t quite bona fide, “Barry Allen” is the civilian identity of super-speedster The Flash. Sure, Arrow had introduced all manner of characters from the DC canon, but this was the first time another major top-tier hero was being hinted at. It was soon revealed that Allen’s appearance would set up his origin as The Flash and serve as a backdoor pilot for a Flash series. Having seen the Flash pilot, I can confirm that it’s great fun, and completely understands what makes the character work. But given how grounded Arrow has been for much of its run, I’d been wondering whether The Flash would dip its toe into one of the comic series’ regular staples: time travel. Based on a new extended synopsis for the show, all signs seem to be pointing toward “yes.”

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