This is one of my favorite regions and periods in history! If you have a good University Library near you, you should go check out Aurel Stein's massive tome, Khotan. It documents his expedition through the Taklamakan in the early twentieth century, and is absolutely fascinating. He uncovered amazing works of art and… » 4/16/14 6:06am 4/16/14 6:06am

I've been reading io9 for about six years. I like the mix of serious science thought pieces and pop culture, sci-fi stuff. Postal Apocalypse is my new favorite entertaining waste of time. You guys do a great job curating the stuff you put here. Well done. » 4/14/14 9:40am 4/14/14 9:40am

I was so shocked by the Victoria Hand killing, especially the extra two shots, that I didn't even have it together enough to think that there's probably a double-triple cross going on. They'd better bring her back. With her frosty demeanor and those red streaks in her hair, you know she's made to kick serious ass.… » 4/09/14 10:58am 4/09/14 10:58am

I saw this at a double feature last night along with the first one. Seeing the two back to back like that definitely enhanced the pleasure of the second one. I really felt that The Winter Soldier, moreso than The Avengers, was our first real glimpse into what it must be like to be transported out of time.

The scene… » 4/04/14 10:06am 4/04/14 10:06am

This was an excellent episode. I liked all the same developments you mention in the recap, but occasionally the dialog is just glaringly bad or panders so much to the audience that you feel that the writers think we're too dumb to get it.

The instance that leapt out at me this time was when Simmons was packing up to go … » 4/02/14 12:55pm 4/02/14 12:55pm

If by fans we mean fans of the characters/world/story from a medium other than film, then no, I don't think fans will make or break a film.

But if by fans we mean fans of the characters/world/story as depicted in the film or prior films, then yes, they can make or break a film or a franchise. The final comment by… » 3/12/14 5:37pm 3/12/14 5:37pm

I really liked the shot of the Flash's head they put out last week, but now that I see the whole costume, I feel bad for the poor guy trying to run in it. It's probably heresy at this point, what with the aspirations to "realism" in super-hero film and t.v., but spandex would actually have made way more sense for this… » 3/12/14 6:12am 3/12/14 6:12am

Nicely conceived and written. Thanks for that.

I took a course once on narratology in which we were introduced to the concept of the fabula as distinct from the plot of a narrative. The fabula, roughly speaking, is the sum total of events in a narrative arranged in a standard linear chronology from earliest to latest.… » 3/07/14 12:10pm 3/07/14 12:10pm

This is also the speculation over at the AV Club. As soon as I read it, I felt almost certain that it must be the case. Or maybe I just want to redeem all of the flaws in this episode by believing it. I almost want to rewatch the episode believing it, in order to say that the indulgence in bad behavior was fostered by… » 3/05/14 5:39pm 3/05/14 5:39pm

Check your local listings. It is being replayed in some markets due to Oscar buzz. See this in the theater if you can. You will not regret it. I hope it becomes an IMAX staple, and we get to see it once a year from now on. The best use of 3D and IMAX in the service of the story of a film so far.

It's a disaster/survival … » 2/21/14 4:59pm 2/21/14 4:59pm

I've wondered this same thing all the times that they show Angel bruised or bleeding. Let's just say it works better for the story if they flub it sometimes. Nothing to see here. These are not the droids you are looking for. (Jed hand wave)

I don't really care for the overly complicated arcs myself. That's usually where … » 2/18/14 3:46pm 2/18/14 3:46pm

I think we can say all the same things about both vampires and zombies as tropes.

The question that still nags me is why vampires and zombies, in particular, have such a deep resonance in our culture today? I wonder if it's a byproduct of the information age, where personality is so ubiquitous that it has become almost … » 2/10/14 11:43am 2/10/14 11:43am