What is the First Order doing in the Unknown Regions on Star Wars Resistance? @ Syfy Wire

In “The Core Problem,” Poe Dameron arrives on the platform to swap BB-8 out for a different droid — after all, he has orders from General Organa to make his way to Jakku. Before that happens, though, he and Kaz head out to the Unknown Regions and find a surprise. Planets have been completely destroyed, and the First Order must be to blame.

Preeti: This felt like a big episode, or at the very least, the episode before a BIG episode. We got a mention of Jakku, Poe and Kaz going on a very tense mission, and a reference to a temple of some sort. And then that droid!

The Walking Dead: Lydia's history is revealed, and we meet Alpha @ Syfy Wire

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The Next Great Walking Dead Villain Is Here, and She Wants to Kill Civilization @ io9

After almost nine seasons, it’s pretty rare for a brand new character to get their very own episode of The Walking Dead and yet that’s exactly what happened Sunday night. The episode, called “Omega,” introduced Samantha Morton as Alpha, the eventual leader of the Whisperers and mother to Lydia, the young woman Daryl…

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Watch Ava DuVernay in Conversation With the Directors of Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse @ io9

Some of the best directors in the business, talking one of the best films of last year.

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Objects in Space 2/17/19: We didn't read that in any book @ Syfy Wire

Welcome to day two of your late-night Objects in Space round-up brought to you by a writer on semi-vacation mode before returning to her normal schedule on Monday.

As such, this assembly of links is being put together way way way in advance, so fingers crossed nothing ginormous or huge breaks while I'm gone, but in the meantime: here are some semi-new reads that I found pretty fascinating lately and hope you will too.

The Star Wars Twitter Posted a Weird Tweet, and Fans Are Freaking Out @ io9

Ah, promotional Twitters, a regular source of both great joy and great consternation to fandom everywhere. Sometimes they bring trailers, exclusive clips, interviews, all the joys the excited fan demands. Sometimes, they bring a bounty like today’s: tweets that don’t make any sense.

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This Video Explores Starship Troopers’ Messy Satirical Relationship With Fascism @ io9

Starship Troopers is a seductive satire. Let’s dig into why, and how.

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ICYMI: The top 10 posts on FANGRRLS 02/17 @ Syfy Wire

Valentine's Day has come and gone, and whether you're a sucker for romance or a loveless heathen, we hope you had a lovely week. FANGRRLS are celebrating this momentus occasion and the rest of February by dedicating the entire month to the topic of sex and genre. We've got something for everyone and we've had an absolute ball diving into the strange worlds of sex in some of our favorite pieces of pop culture. And so have you, dear readers. Here are the top ten most read pieces on FANGRRLS from the past seven days.

Every Fake Game In Kingdom Hearts 3, Reviewed @ io9

Inside the Toy Story world in Kingdom Hearts 3, players can find a video game store. This store is filled with games that presumably exist in the Toy Story universe. These games also need to be reviewed.

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Congratulations, Morphing Nerds: The Power Rangers are Going on Tour @ io9

When Hasbro got the Power Rangers license, as a lifelong fan, I started wondering what they’d do. A cartoon? Closer collaboration with the show’s Japanese counterparts? More movies? Perhaps the Power Rangers heyday of the 1990s would return.

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Five of the most sizzling video game sex scenes @ Syfy Wire

When's the last time you sat back and enjoyed a video game sex scene? Probably not recently, since so few games take the plunge or put the effort into creating something romantic or sexy enough to remember (beyond visual novels, at least). That's why, for this oh-so romantic month of February, we're bringing you five saucy sex scenes that go the extra mile to bring us sultry, mature, and erotic moments that you just don't see that often in gaming.

Look of the Week: Russian Doll serves up repeat outfits to die for @ Syfy Wire

Welcome back to Look of the Week! Celebrating the best in TV and film sartorial excellence, past and present across sci-fi, horror, fantasy, and other genre classics!

Devilman Crybaby, My Hero Academia, and Attack on Titan win big at Crunchyroll's 3rd Annual Anime Awards @ Syfy Wire

Last night, Crunchyroll (a subscription service for anime fans) announced the winners of its third annual Anime Awards, which were presented by Devil May Cry 5.

President's Day box office: Alita takes $41.7 million in slow weekend; Happy Death Day 2U disappoints with $11.5M @ Syfy Wire

James Cameron (Avatar) is back in the box office game with Alita: Battle Angel, which will take in $41.7 million over the course of the four-day President's Day weekend from 3,790 domestic theaters.

Wow, Evil Dead 2 Looks Incredible in 4K [Updated] @ io9

All the campy horror delight in the world isn’t quite as fun if it’s grainy and washed out. But now, hey, Evil Dead 2 has never looked better.

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Sunday's Best Deals: LEGO Star Wars Sets, Gloomhaven, Kindle eBooks, Furniture, and More @ io9

Here are Toy Fair 2019's coolest comics and video game-inspired toys @ Syfy Wire

This year's Toy Fair kicked off this weekend with a huge number of reveals and announcements that showcased the best of what major companies like Hasbro, NECA, LEGO, Mezco, and so many more have to offer. We scoured the floor to find you the everything cool we could find.

Here are Toy Fair 2019's coolest film and TV-inspired toys @ Syfy Wire

We are currently in a peak timeline for amazing television and cinematic experiences. Pop culture has reached a zenith that has exploded from the screen to the shelves, and there's arguably been no better time to be a collector than these past few years.

Report: Writer Ned Benson Has Been Brought in to Rewrite the Black Widow Movie @ io9

Marvel’s Black Widow movie is still in development, now with a new writer working on the script.

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Exclusive: Writer Jonathan Goff plugs into Dynamite's new video game series, Crackdown @ Syfy Wire

Video game-based comic adaptations are becoming a popular way to provide sweet tie-in synergy, with name-brand franchises getting the full funny book treatment, like next week's Anthem from Dark Horse. Now SYFY WIRE has another exclusive peek at a dynamic new series stemming from the Xbox-exclusive Crackdown property.

Objects in Space 2/16/19: This time it's coming after all of us @ Syfy Wire

You may not know this, but today's Objects in Space is brought to you even earlier than normal — first thing in the morning, in fact. This is what happens when you leave for a tiny vacation and realize, "Oh, but what about the people who need links?" Well, don't worry, because I woke up bright and early to assemble this one with love. Don't say I never did anything for you.

Disney sets yet another trailer-watching record with first teaser for Frozen 2 @ Syfy Wire

Following on the heels of the first teasers for The Lion King and Avengers: Endgame, Disney has set yet another trailer-viewing record with the initial glimpse at Frozen 2.

Report: Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn Might Return for Suicide Squad 2 After All @ io9

Recently, rumors surfaced suggesting some shakeups for the Joker-ific side of the DC cinematic world, particularly indicating that Jared Leto would not be returning as the Joker. The report also said, according to inside sources, that Margot Robbie would not be returning for Suicide Squad 2, instead focusing on Birds

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C'mon, people, let's leave poor Jar Jar out of this @ io9

First, a word of reassurance to anybody who woke up this morning and saw that Star Wars’ least-favorite Gungan was trending on Twitter: Jar Jar Binks isn’t dead. (It’s not his birthday, either. Or hatch-day? We’re sure someone out there knows if Jar Jars do live birth, and if they could do us a favor and never, ever @…

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New Funko figures could confirm full Shazam family for movie @ Syfy Wire

It looks like it might to be a family affair in the new Shazam! movie. As part of a rollout of announcements at Toy Fair this weekend, Funko revealed a new line of Pop figures tied to the upcoming DC Comics movie starring Zachary Levi.

Dave Smith, the Founder and First Head of the Walt Disney Archives, Has Passed Away @ io9

Archiving is one of the most important jobs in the entertainment industry. Without the work of archivists, generations’ worth of entertainment artifacts can be easily lost amidst the fervor of the market and its incessant drive to the future.

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After Latest Minecraft Update, Fans Are Creating In-Game TVs @ io9

Minecraft’s latest snapshot update, 19w07a, changed the way paintings work which has allowed some crafty players to create in-game TVs. The new update, which also added adorable foxes into the game, breaks paintings into multiple textures. Before this update, paintings in Minecraft were created using a single texture.…

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Disney’s Villain Kids Return in Descendants 3 This Summer @ io9

If you’ve never heard about Descendants, oh do I have a lot to tell you about.

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The love life of May Parker @ Syfy Wire

Long before everyone was fawning over the younger Aunt May in Spider-Man: Homecoming or wondering if the Aunt May from Into the Spider-Verse knew Doc Ock more intimately, Aunt May of the Amazing Spider-Man series was keeping the cobwebs awa

WATCH: The Umbrella Academy cast reacts to the first two episodes @ Syfy Wire

It’s been a long strange road for The Umbrella Academy’s new live-action TV series on Netflix. But it’s appropriate, because it’s a very strange comic book series! Gerard Way and Gabriel Bá’s initial Umbrella Academy story, "Apocalypse Suite," debuted in 2007, and it took over a decade to get an adaptation made. Now that it’s here, SYFY WIRE took the opportunity to talk to The Umbrella Academy cast about the first two episodes of the series.

Exclusive cover reveal: Spider-Man: Far From Home: Peter and Ned’s Ultimate Travel Journal @ Syfy Wire

We’re excited to exclusively reveal the cover to an upcoming tie-in novel for Marvel's Spider-Man: Far From Home! SYFY FANGRRLS' very own Preeti Chhibber is penning a travel journal, written by Peter Parker and his best bud Ned as they traverse Europe on a school trip. 

Mortal Kombat 11 Jade reveal, Neill Blomkamp's Anthem short and this week's Gamegrrl news @ Syfy Wire

As we head into a three-day weekend (at least for some of us), you might be wondering what to do with it. You know you’re going to want to sit down and play some games. You might want to just work on Monday anyway, because you’re going to need to take some personal days in the next two months to play all the goodies that are coming your way. Between Anthem, Mortal Kombat 11 and a whole lot of Nintendo games, your job is just talking up valuable couch time.

Pokémon GO Lawsuit Settlement Might Lead To Some Pokéstops And Gyms Being Removed @ io9

Pokémon GO creator Niantic is looking to end a lawsuit that was first started back in 2016, during the height of Pokémon GO’s popularity. The suit was filed by numerous homeowners who believed the company had caused players to trespass onto their property to catch Pokémon or activate Pokéstops.

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Development news: Junkie XL scoring Sonic, Bond 25 pushed back, Dune gets release date @ Syfy Wire

This morning's roundup of genre development news includes updates on Sonic the Hedgehog, James Bond 25, and Denis Villeneuve's star-studded Dune.


Junkie XL, the DJ and composer known for his work on Mad Max: Fury Road, DeadpoolWonder Woman, Mortal Engines, and Alita: Battle Angel, is scoring the live-action Sonic the Hedgehog movie.

Daisy Ridley Got John Boyega a Strangely Spider-Man Related Gift to Celebrate Wrapping Star Wars Episode IX @ io9

Because when I think Star Wars, I think… Oscorp?

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Saturday's Best Deals: Rakuten Sitewide Sale, Instant Pot, Slime Gold Box, and More @ io9

Rakuten's Sitewide Sale Means Tons of Rare Gaming and Gadget Deals @ io9

Rakuten’s running another of its popular sitewide sales during Presidents’ Day weekend, with 15% off all orders, with a $60 maximum discount with the promo code SAVE15. You can check out their promo page to scan all of the deals, but the beauty of this sale is you can “force” a sale on super new or rarely discounted…

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Objects in Space 2/15/19: Happy annual candy sale day @ Syfy Wire

That's right. You know you're going to be heading to the grocery store today and checking out those shelves to see what kind of deals you can score on any sweets that might be for sale. What better time to enjoy Valentine's candy than when you can get it at half price?

While you're at it, you can check out some links too:

Exclusive: Suit up for our early look at Dark Horse's prequel comic for Bioware's sci-fi shooter, Anthem @ Syfy Wire

You might already be charged up over BioWare's awesome new Anthem video game ads featuring a posse of mech-suited soldiers amped for battle as Ozzy's "Crazy Train" plays, but now prep yourself for a tie-in Anthem prequel comic from 

Dune Is Coming to Spice Up Thanksgiving 2020 @ io9

With seemingly every actor in Hollywood lining up to be in Denis Villeneuve’s Dune, it makes sense Warner Bros. would finally line up a release date. And so it has.

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Amazon's First Hanna Trailer Is a Brutal Introduction to Her Dark Childhood @ io9

If you for some reason slept on Joe Wright’s excellent 2011 thriller Hanna, a film about a young girl trained from birth to murder those who want to see her dead, Amazon would like to have a word.

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A bot wrote a believable Lord of the Rings scene, and now developers are scared of its power @ Syfy Wire

So flummoxed are researchers by the uncanny, human-like brain power of the machine-learning technology they’ve created that they’re censoring the AI’s open-source material from other tech pros after their wordsmithing bot dashed off convincing, totally made-up stories for The Lord of the Rings, newspaper articles, and a speech by John F. Kennedy, among other writings.

Gilead becomes even more frighteningly real as The Handmaid's Tale films in Washington, D.C. @ Syfy Wire

The dystopian future depicted in The Handmaid's Tale on Hulu can feel terribly real at times, with many observers drawing prescient allusions to current political headlines. Today, the show filmed on the National Mall of Washington, D.C., and it was insanely creepy, to say the least.

The Heroes in This Week's Best New Comics Are Trying to Thrive in Mutated Worlds @ io9

For many heroes, being able to survive in apocalyptic futures and perhaps turn the course of history for the better ultimately boils down to being some sort of chosen one who just happens to be blessed with special, otherworldly gifts. For others like the heroes in this week’s best new comics though, their strength…

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67 thoughts we had while watching I Bought a Vampire Motorcycle @ Syfy Wire

I blame Cher Martinetti.

We were discussing the possibility of me writing for the very site upon which you now feast your ravenous peepers. As we kicked around ideas for things I could easily accomplish while high on Michigan’s newly legalized cannabis, she mentioned a 1990 horror movie she’d recently heard of: I Bought a Vampire Motorcycle.

Indie Comics Spotlight: Robert Jeffrey II is creating the characters he never saw growing up @ Syfy Wire

This month, Indie Comics Spotlight is dedicated to African-American creators and publishers in the indie comic book space in honor of Black History Month.

Journey to the Center of the Earth? Newly discovered subterranean mountains rival Everest @ Syfy Wire

Even after dodging ball lightning, encountering live dinosaurs and something that could very well be Bigfoot, and getting spewed out by a monster volcano, there is one thing even Jules Verne’s Professor Lidenbrock didn’t see when he ventured toward our planet’s core.

Yes, you need these hyper-realistic skulls from Australia @ Syfy Wire

In his quiet little studio in Australia, 32-year-old Andrew Firth is hard at work crafting imaginative, gorgeous sculptures of skulls by hand. His two staffers assist on production, and together they ship their artwork all over the world, united under the brand name Jack of the Dust.

Casting: Neil Gaiman to appear in Good Omens, Penny Dreadful sequel's cast grows @ Syfy Wire

First up in this short but sweet casting news twofer, after lending his voice to an episode of Lucifer, Neil Gaiman will be gracing viewers with his presence in Good Omens, the upcoming series based on the novel by Gaiman and the late Terry Pratchett.

After spoiling Infinity War, Mark Ruffalo pumped Josh Gad for Frozen 2 intel @ Syfy Wire

Mark Ruffalo's need to spoil MCU films has grown so much that Marvel properties no longer satiate him. Now he must look to other Disney movies in order to satisfy his spoiler-based hunger. The latest victim? Frozen 2, whose first animated teaser dropped earlier in the week.

Horrified Board Game Brings All the Classic Universal Monsters Out to Play @ io9

Universal’s plan for a “Dark Universe” of films connecting all its monsters may be kaput, but there’s new life in the franchise with Leigh Whannell’s recently-announced Invisible Man project. And thanks to a new board game, you can soon build your own shared universe of monsters on your coffee table.

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Comics: Detective Comics #1000 full lineup revealed, Batman and TMNT team up again, Marvel launches Avengers: No Road Home @ Syfy Wire

In today's comic book news, DC reveals its massive full list of creators and stories for Detective Comics #1000, Batman and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are teaming up again, the next big Avengers event is underway with a new launch trailer, and more.

Gotham finally reveals the Joker in new trailer as final season winds down @ Syfy Wire

Fans that have been following Gotham news closely might be surprised to remember that oh, yes, the show hasn’t actually ever shown that Cameron Monaghan’s Jerome-then-Jeremiah Valeska is in fact Batman’s greatest foe, the Joker. Everyone just knew.

Star Trek: Discovery's Stars Reveal More About Last Night's Big Surprise @ io9

Star Trek: Discovery’s stars finally got a chance to talk more in depth about a big plot kept secret for a while.

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The 10 Best Deals of February 15, 2019 @ io9

We see a lot of deals around the web over on Kinja Deals, but these were our ten favorites today.

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Horror anthology Are You Afraid of the Dark? returning as miniseries at Nickelodeon @ Syfy Wire

To celebrate the upcoming Are You Afraid of the Dark? movie from Paramount Pictures, Nickelodeon is bringing back the classic horror anthology back to TV as a miniseries this fall. The miniseries will air on Nick in October, just in time for Halloween.

Loki's Disney+ Show Now Has a Showrunner and Early Details Have Emerged @ io9

The upcoming Loki show for Disney+ has its showrunner, and he’s from the world of Rick and Morty.

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Development news: Loki series bags Rick and Morty writer, Bo Peep saves the day in Toy Story 4 clip, more @ Syfy Wire

Just when we thought the genre developments were out, they keep pulling us back in!

This afternoon's roundup tackles Loki on Disney+, Toy Story 4 from Pixar, and Carmen Sandiego on Netflix


 

Launching this year, Disney+ is recruiting the best of the best for its original programming.

WATCH: The Umbrella Academy cast on creating chimps and honoring comics @ Syfy Wire

What do you get when you have six superpowered kids born under mysterious circumstances, a seventh whose violin skills might as well be a superpower, a talking chimp and a world on the edge of destruction?

Exclusive: Stake your claim on Tim Seeley's new vampire series for AfterShock, Dark Red @ Syfy Wire

As the aftermath of Valentine's Day bleeds into the weekend, AfterShock Comics is sweet on one of its most anticipated titles of the new year starring blood-guzzling vampires aplenty and SYFY WIRE is sinking its fangs into an exclusive preview of March's premiere issue.

WATCH: The Siren cast tells us how Mermaids mate @ Syfy Wire

Long before Siren premiered on Freeform, fantasy fans had to wonder: how exactly do mermaids mate? Within water, all of their necessary parts appear to be, shall we say, fishy. On this week's episode of Siren, we got our first real glimpse at how the undersea mating is supposed to work.

One of the funniest moments in the episode came when Ben (Alex Roe) asked Levi (Sedale Threatt Jr.) about mermaid mating rituals. Levi wasn't shy about demonstrating the way males of his species attract a mate.

Everyone Will Fight Over Who Gets to Play the Shark in This New Jaws Board Game @ io9

Is it even possible to go for a swim without at some point humming the two-note Jaws theme in your head as you approach other swimmers? The stalking/hunting mentality of our ancestors is still buried deep in our brains, which means that you and your friends are going to fight over who gets to play the shark in…

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Ranking the deaths of Saga @ Syfy Wire

It's easy to fall for Saga. The celebrated space opera comic-series penned by Brian K. Vaughan and illustrated by Fiona Staples takes readers into an awe-inspiring array of peculiar planets filled with raging wars, colorful characters, and story threads that snarl in romance, humor, and tragedy. Since, March of 2012, Saga has had us in a swoon. But like love, Saga can be spiked by heartbreak.

Why Alita: Battle Angel was set in Latin America and used so many 3D printers @ Syfy Wire

Over the course its five-year run in the early '90s on the pages of Business Jump magazine, Yukito Kishiro's Battle Angel Alita became one of Japan's definitive cyberpunk manga. Along with comics and shows such as Akira and Cowboy Bebop, Alita (know locally as Gunnm) was at the center of a wave of stories that reached audiences worldwide but were uniquely Japanese.

Episode IX's Shoot Comes to a Close as J.J. Abrams Posts an Emotional Cast Photo @ io9

Star Wars: Episode IX is in the can and we’re all crying about it.

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At $200, This Fire TV-Powered Insignia Set is a Steal @ io9

Look, it ain’t fancy, but this 43" 4K Insignia TV is worth every penny at $200. It has Fire TV smarts and Alexa voice-control built-in. And it’ll likely perform as well as any budget TV, so its perfect for a guest or child’s bedroom. This current price is about $50 less than usual, so it’s as good a time as any.

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Oxford study finds no link between video games and real-world teen violence @ Syfy Wire

Games may make you sad. They may even make you mad, competitive, or more likely to throw down some grade-A trash talk you end up feeling bad about later. But if you’re a British teenager, they’re no more likely than other activities to make you downright violent, according to the findings of a new study from Oxford University’s Internet Institute.

How Metro Exodus envisions a different post-apocalypse than Fallout and The Last of Us @ Syfy Wire

Metro Exodus, the third entry in Ukraine-founded studio 4A Games' Metro series, doesn't exactly have a novel premise. The world has been decimated by nuclear warfare. Survivors huddle in the ruins of Moscow's subway system, forging a makeshift society out of the ruins of the old world. There are mutant animals and homicidal bandits. Everyone wears gas masks and crafts ammunition and pipe bombs from scrap metal while smoking cigarettes rolled from newspaper pages.

Get an Exclusive Sneak Peek of the New Steven Universe: Fusion Frenzy Comic @ io9

Though each of Steven Universe’s Crystal Gems are powerful heroes all on their own, there are times when situations call for them to come together and fuse with one another in order to create new beings especially suited to handle the task at hand. Steven Universe’s fusion-centric plots have always been some of the…

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Presidents' Day Sales, Ranked @ io9

Even if you don’t particularly want to celebrate the president or the presidency, you can just treat this as a weekend (possibly even a three day weekend!) where a bunch of retailers colluded to offer a ton of great sales. Here are our favorites, ranked from best to very good. Hail to the deals.

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Celebrating the sci-fi/fantasy nominees ahead of the 21st Costume Designers Guild Awards @ Syfy Wire

Award season isn’t just about Best Actor or Best Picture; no matter what the Academy Awards are suggesting by airing certain presentations during commercial breaks, each department and job role is vital. Without editing, films would be a mess, while the hair and makeup team unquestionably transform an actor into the character they are inhabiting.

Who Won the Week Episode 167: Alita: Battle Angel, Happy Death Day 2U, Will Smith's Genie in Aladdin @ Syfy Wire

Welcome to the latest episode of Who Won the Week, a weekly podcast in which SYFY WIRE's Adam Swiderski, Dany Roth, and Karama Horne look back at the week that was and the stories that are blowing up the geek-o-sphere.

Behind the Panel: Garth Ennis tells us about The Punisher and Preacher @ Syfy Wire

Although Garth Ennis may not be widely known outside of comic book circles, his work is getting incredible exposure outside of the industry. Ennis' Preacher will return to AMC for a fourth season, while The Boys is set to debut on Amazon Prime later this year.

Amazon's LotR Series Won't Arrive for a While But Here's Something Cool They Gave Fans in the Meantime @ io9

“I wisely started with a map.” So said Lord of the Rings author J.R.R. Tolkien about creating his epic world and now Amazon has done the same thing to hype us for their upcoming series.

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A Mismatched Couple Saves the Galaxy in Polaris Rising @ Barnes & Noble: Sci-Fi & Fantasy

Ada von Hasenberg is kinda having a bad day. She’s been captured by mercenaries who’d be happy to inspect the merchandise, her intended husband wants to kidnap her, and she’s sharing a cell with the galaxy’s most wanted criminal.

But Ada, whose relentless forward momentum drives Jessie Mihalik’s debut novel Polaris Rising, is a woman of seemingly infinite resources, including the uncanny ability to discern what others want while keeping what she wants under wraps—skills learned from growing up among the galaxy’s most powerful families.

That leaves her with a few options in her potential captivity:

Albrecht Von Hasenberg was nothing if not thorough. When his security team couldn’t find me and drag me back for my engagement party, he went above and beyond by posting an enormous bounty for my safe return. Of course, he told the news, he was devastated that I was “missing.” He failed to mention that I had left of my own volition. Or that I’d been gone for two years.

“Can I get you some wine? Or perhaps brandy?” the captain asked.

“Wine would be lovely, thank you,” I said. I knew where this road led. I’d been playing this game since I could talk. The captain wanted something and he thought—rightly—that House von Hasenberg could help him get it. As patriarch of one of the three high houses, very few people in the universe welded more power than my father.

As for that most-wanted criminal? Marcus, the enemy of her enemy, is a potential ally—a far more useful one than a befuddled captain mixed up in matters way above his pay grade. And, this being a space opera, the “criminal” Marcus is more than the “evil, traitorous former soldier” he’s been painted as.

As Ada seeks to outrun and outsmart her enemies who include, at one point, her father, her intended, and anyone out for her ransom, the story unfolds at a blistering pace. It’s told entirely through her point of view, but filled with great supporting characters, including Marcus; Veronica the fence, who becomes key to Marcus and Ada’s escape; Rhys, an arms dealer who turns out to an old ally of Marcus’s; and Ada’s sister, who has aided and abetted her sibling’s escape, agreeing that Ada’s intended is not to be trusted.

There are some finely drawn settings, including the smuggler’s world where Marcus and Ada land after their joint escape, a place where everyone is happy to stab one another in the back—sometimes literally. Another world is divided by levels, with the uppermost populated by the literal higher-ups, the only ones who have access to the sun. Of course, a space opera wouldn’t be complete without a space battle and a chase, and there’s at least two of each.

But, and here’s where Polaris Rising takes a turn: it is also a satisfying romance.

I know, I know. Some sci-fi readers run from the word “romance,” but the genre is full of them, under one label or another, from Lois McMaster Bujold’s wonderful A Civil Campaign to the Liadan Universe novels of Sharon Lee and Steve Miller. And there’s one famous ultra-famous SF couple that bears a striking resemblance to Ada and Marcus: Leia Organa and Han Solo.

Like Leia, Ada is from a powerful galactic family. Like Leia, she has a driving need to see justice done and protect people. Like Han, Marcus is a rogue living at the edges of society. Like Han, he’s not always willing on the surface to help, but he makes the right choices when the chips are down.

The archetypes are there, though Polaris Rising is far from a Star Wars clone.

The romance helps hold the story together, lending emotional depth to the whiz-bang adventure. Neither Ada nor Marcus is certain they can trust the other, especially due to class differences. It’s only by the choices they each make throughout that trust is established. At the same time, Ada realizes how few people in her former life she can truly rely on, up to and including her intended husband, who’s hiding a secret that could gain his family ultimate domination of the galaxy.

Polaris Rising is a self-contained story, but a sequel is already arriving before the end of the year. There’s plenty of galaxy left to explore.

Polaris Rising is available now. You can read an excerpt here.

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Development: Amazon drops Lord of the Rings map; first look at Shudder's Creepshow; Episode IX wraps production @ Syfy Wire

Today’s development news is here to pique the interest of aspiring conspiracy theorists and others who relish poring over small amounts of data with the finest-toothed comb. From horror revivals to Lord of the Rings, there's plenty to study.

Gaming: Hollow Knight sequel; Mortal Kombat 11 adds Jade; Gritty crashes Overwatch @ Syfy Wire

Gaming news today ranges from the microscopic indie to the legendary mega-franchise — with a few weirdo odds and ends thrown in for good measure.

First up, indie favorite Hollow Knight is getting a sequel. The game won fans with its unique art style and tight, Metroidvania-esque gameplay

In an announcement trailer released by developer Team Cherry, Hollow Knight: Silksong promises a “vast, haunted kingdom” for players to explore as Hornet.

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10 films we can't wait to see this spring @ Syfy Wire

Do you feel that? Underneath the paper-thin crisp of cold, spring is in the air! With a new season comes a fresh slate of science-fiction, fantasy, and horror films rolling into theaters — and we're here to guide you through the showers and flowers to find the very best genre movies this spring has to offer. 

Netflix's Umbrella Academy Lacks the Batshit Whimsy of Its Source Material @ io9

While you could always see flashes of the X-Men and other comics that inspired writer Gerard Way and artist Gabriel Bá in their Eisner award-winning limited series The Umbrella Academy, the book always felt like its own unique animal. It drew on classic cape tropes to tell a fresh story about the struggles that’d come…

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If You Have a Switch, Buy Undertale For $10 Right Now @ io9

Undertale is one of Kotaku’s 12 best games for the Switch, and the love letter to/subversion of Earthbound is down to $10 on Amazon. That’s only $5 off the usual price, but honestly, you should buy this game at any price.

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Buy Two Nerdy Shirts, Get a Third Free @ io9

Let your geek flag fly and wear your nerdom on your sleeve with this buy two get one free t-shirt code from ThinkGeek. Captain Marvel fans, Rick and Morty assholes, and Dragon Ball diehards can use the B2G1TEE, to pick and choose from over a dozen designs. Most shirts are about $22, but there are a few for $15 and $10.

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As NASA says goodbye, what will Opportunity’s afterlife on Mars look like? @ Syfy Wire

After a battery fail it could not be resuscitated from, NASA’s Opportunity Rover gasped its last breath on the Red Planet (thanks in large part to an epic dust storm). But what will happen to its metal corpse?

An Open Letter To Game Developers From America's Largest Labor Organization @ io9

Editors note: Given ongoing issues in the games industry, the AFL-CIO recently reached out to Kotaku about addressing the people who make games. The AFL-CIO represents more than 12 million workers in the United States across more than 50 labor unions (including the Writers Guild of America, of which Kotaku and its

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The Week in Geek: Frozen gets dark, Will Smith goes blue, and Trek fixes a mistake @ Syfy Wire

What a great week! Truly, just a wonderful week all the way around. Nintendo put out a free Battle Royale Tetris game, Doom Patrol dropped as did The Umbrella Academy. Happy Death Day 2 U and Alita: Battle Angel are in theaters. It's a huge week.

Ben Affleck on Why He Hung Up Batman's Cowl: 'Couldn't Crack It' @ io9

Rumors of Ben Affleck’s exit from Warner Bros.’ DCEU have been swirling for years, but were finally confirmed to be true last month when the actor announced that while Matt Reeves The Batman is now scheduled to hit theaters in 2021, he won’t be the one wearing the cowl.

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Development: LEGO announces Jurassic World miniseries; Jumanji 3 starts shooting; and more @ Syfy Wire

Another day, another genre development news roundup. Just before you take your lunch break, take a look at updates in the world of LEGO, Transformers, and Jumanji.

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