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“You have sided against us in battle, and this we do not forgive. Or forget.”
    -- Chancellor Gowron


If there is a single episode when DS9 becomes the show people are always insisting, “No, seriously, this is the best Star Trek,” it’s this one, the fourth season premiere. The modern TV fan in me rebels at the idea of waiting three full seasons for “things to get good,” but I hope if these reviews do nothing else, they at least point out a lot of goodness lurking in the first three seasons of the show and establish that DS9’s quality was less a switch getting flipped and more a series of incremental improvements.

Famed comics writer Grant Morrison raised a small stink recently when talking about his long-awaited, forthcoming Wonder Woman: Earth One original graphic novel, which is beautifully illustrated by Yanick Paquette.  The OGN is part of a series of DC graphic novels offering "fresh," "modern" takes on some of their most iconic characters. Superman and Batman have already had the treatment, naturally. So much for ladies first, but I guess Morrison's tome is so epic that Rome, or in this case Paradise Island, wasn't built in a day.

Black Canary's solo title is part of DC Comics' mid-summer mini-relaunch. The book spins out of the Batgirl title and is written by Brendan Fletcher who also writes Batgirl. The stellar art is provided by Annie Wu with a poppingly pinktastic color palette provided by Lee Loughridge and fun letters by Steve Wands.

“You’re too late. We are everywhere.”
    -- The Changeling


My favorite movie of all time is John Carpenter’s The Thing. Not Citizen Kane. Not Casablanca. Not The Shawshank Redemption or Pulp Fiction. That’s right, the film I love above all others is about a group of men trapped on Antarctica with a shapeshifting alien who looks like someone turned a meat locker inside out. At the time of its release, The Thing was dismissed with the same sneering distaste leveled upon modern horror subgenres like torture porn or found footage and using some of the same language. Over time, it has come to be recognized as belonging in the pinnacle of the genre, somehow melding the deep psychological question of how well you can know anyone with practical gore effects that still look incredible over three decades later.

By now, we've all seen trailer for Batman V Superman which was revealed at San Diego Comic-Con. If you aren't one of the 23 million-plus views that happened over 2 days, consider yourself "spoiler" warned.

“What is a person but the sum of their memories?”
    -- Lela Dax


Identity is a tricky thing. Even for someone like me, who has a pretty self-explanatory setup. When you’re young, you try on different personae, different obsessions, different cliques. And then, there’s the stuff that might not be okay in the culture of the time. There are a lot of things that determine both one’s identity as presented to the world, and one’s identity as a concept held internally, and how these two faces interact. Certainly, a large portion of identity comes from experiences, filtered through memory. The most terrifying aspect of that is just how unreliable memory is, meaning one of the largest things shaping who we are is a bunch of s--t our brains made up.

*Please note that this article is an opinion-editorial.


This is the week that geeks all over have been waiting for. This is the week that Comic-Con takes over the San Diego Convention Center. Cosplayers will "cos," gamers will "game,"  SDCC Exclusives will "exclude"- yet very few actual comic books will be found at the biggest comic book convention in the country, but that's another story entirely.

#LoveWins Pride Cake

#TBT to last week, folks, because #LoveWins and we’re still excited.

“I didn’t fight the Cardassians for twenty-five years just so I can start shooting other Bajorans.”
     -- Shakaar Edon


In a long-running series, specific episodes are often thought of as “sequels” to earlier ones. While every episode coming after one is technically a sequel, these kinds of things draw clearer connections between them, uniting themes, events, characters, and ideas across seasons of distance. The writers intended this as a sequel to “Life Support,” which was the one where Winn and Bareil united like the Riggs and Murtaugh of diplomacy (so, you know, the exact opposite of Riggs and Murtaugh) to carve out the treaty with Cardassia. Bareil died, and his death is still felt here, with Kira praying for his soul. I saw a deeper connection with another episode, the first season hour “Progress,” when Kira had to move a cranky farmer off a moon before it was turned into a charred hellscape.

*Please note that this article is an opinion-editorial.


Welcome back to another exciting edition of Wonder Woman Wednesday! The 1981 cult classic, Mommie Dearest, starring Faye Dunaway as "not so Mother of the year Joan Crawford," has been on my mind lately, so I thought this week we would explore the extremely complex mother/daughter relationship between Diana and her mother, dead yet again Queen Hippolyta.

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