Ward off the encroaching darkness with a photo of Patrick Stewart and his new Star Trek writers

The world continues to be a very dark place, as the ongoing discussion of what level of alleged sexual assault is tolerable for a Supreme Court nominee can attest. And let’s not forget that we’re on the verge of another government shutdown if Congress can’t pass a crucial spending bill by September 30, because the GOP…

Chris Pine and Chris Hemsworth are both threatening to walk away from Star Trek 4

It’s been a minute since we’d heard anything major about the upcoming fourth movie in the rebooted Star Trek franchise. (To be clear, we’re talking here about the one that’s reportedly being directed by S.J. Clarkson, not that bizarre Quentin Tarantino version that’s also in the works.) The assumption, though, was…

Patrick Stewart is bringing back Jean-Luc Picard for a new Star Trek series

There have been plenty of arguments over the years about the relative merits of the various Star Trek captains—Does Kathryn Janeway get a bad rap? Does Kirk’s blend of machismo and heart stand up? Why didn’t they let Sisko shave sooner?—but you’d be hard pressed to find a modern Trek fan without at least some…

Simon Pegg's career took him from playing himself to playing an alien junk trader

In the latest installment of GQ’s “Celebrities Break Down Their Iconic Roles” series, Simon Pegg takes a trip down his own IMDB page to discuss the biggest performances of his career. While the British-born actor is best known these days for his supporting roles in blockbuster sci-fi and action franchises, he found…

Another set of showrunners have now ditched out on Star Trek: Discovery

Poor ol’ Star Trek: Discovery: Despite moderately positive critical response to its first season, the CBS All Access series just can’t seem to get its production parents to stick around, with Variety reporting that showrunners Aaron Harberts and Gretchen J. Berg are now departing the series in the midst of filming for…

“Hyperspace” shows how science can inform science fiction

Welcome back to Pop Lexicon, The A.V. Club’s series with Kory Stamper, Merriam-Webster lexicographer and editor, where she reveals the origins of America’s favorite colloquialisms. Today, Kory explains not only how science can inform science fiction, but how science fiction can influence scientific discovery, starting…

Star Trek writer accurately predicted smartphones, also accurately predicted how fucking annoying they would be

Tech writers have been playing the tech prediction game—usually pretty poorly—for as long as people have been attaching sticks to rocks, and then getting jealous because someone else’s stick-and-rock was sleeker and had a nicer case. Among all this talk of microprocessors—or the laughable notion of a computer that…

Black Mirror beams into a familiar nightmare as season 4 begins

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“USS Callister” isn’t really about Star Trek. Oh sure, it has the trappings. There’s a ship crewed with people in colorful outfits, a paternalistic white guy captain, a fair amount of sci-fi jargon. The episode’s ultimate villain (aforementioned white male captain) gives a speech at one point outlining the ideals of …