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Posts by Sam Maggs

    Sam Maggs — Associate Editor

    Sam Maggs is a writer and televisioner, currently hailing from the Kingdom of the North (Toronto). Her first book, THE FANGIRL'S GUIDE TO THE GALAXY will be out soon from Quirk Books. Sam’s parents saw Star Wars: A New Hope 24 times when it first came out, so none of this is really her fault.

  1. EVERYONE STAY CALM We Have Our First Photo of Jeff Goldblum on the Independence Day 2 Set

    Or ID8. Or ID4ever. Or whatever.

    It's really happening for real. He could have been at a barbecue, but instead, he's on set with producer Dean Devlin rocking a sweet flight jacket which please let this mean he's going into space again with a garbage laptop.

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  2. Sailor Moon Newbie Recap: Episodes 77 & 78

    Man, I’m really gonna miss that breakup subplot—said no one ever.

    Juuban’s most famous power couple is back together, everyone’s health is falling apart, and Esmeraude continues to follow the Villain’s Handbook to the very letter. Admittedly not my favorite pair of episodes—while the central story of R is much stronger than that of the first season, I haven’t found a ton of R’s character episodes all that memorable, and that’s pretty much what we’re getting this week. Also, since when has Minako been Usagi 2.0?

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  3. iZombie recap: “Astroburger”

    This is Liv’s brain on brains on drugs.

    You’re not hallucinating. There are only two episodes of iZombie left for this season and it’s genuinely upsetting. Especially another great episode (“Astroburger”) hit us like a quality buzz last night.

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  4. Bill Nye Teams Up With Amy Schumer to Share a Totally Amazing Discovery About the Universe

    Also, he says "fuck" a bunch.

    Amy remains on point with a segment I'm convinced she made just for us here at The Mary Sue. Also making appearances are the Broad City gals and Amber Tamblyn, which is, like, totally a sign from the universe that we should be watching more Joan of Arcadia.

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  5. Review: Poltergeist Is the Definition of an Unnecessary Remake

    An homage turns ugly.

    The films being remade now aren’t being made because the filmmaker leading the charge sees an opportunity to improve, modernize, or take another view; they are remaking movies they love in order to pay homage to them. And Poltergeist may be guiltier of this than any film of this kind in recent years.

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  6. The Political Economy of the Mysteriously Missing Black Widow


    As readers of the Mary Sue, you’re probably familiar with the lack of equal representation in the comic world as well as film adaptations. There’s been a flurry of activity over the recently released Avengers: Age of Ultron and how Disney-Marvel has handled Black Widow merchandise, including an awesome takedown by a former Marvel employee on this very site. I, too, am upset by the lack of intertextual representation for Black Widow––but I’m not surprised.

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  7. LadyStar: Escape from Widow Island, Part Four

    Jessica's breath was stolen from her in a heart-pounding instant. She fought urgently to keep control as the arachnid horror obscured the moonlight. It's razor-sharp hair glinted. The gargantuan widow advanced like a striking snake, and Jessica smoothly danced back, holding Aria in the classic overhead defense stance she had practiced until she could deflect blades in her sleep.

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  8. Review: One-Time Oscar Hopeful Grace of Monaco Was Relegated to Lifetime for a Reason

    That time Nicole Kidman was in a Lifetime movie, and it was as bad as we all thought it would be.

    Don’t expect any awards for last night’s Grace of Monaco, because this former Oscar hopeful is bad. Really, really, really bad.

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  9. Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell Premiere Recap: “The Friends of English Magic”

    No, it isn’t a Terry Pratchett adaptation. Nor is Neil Gaiman anywhere to be found. But the series makes an excellent, brisk start nonetheless, since anything that begins with a man in a tricorn hat and frock coat works for me.

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  10. Pull Wisely: The Mary Sue’s Weekly Comic Counsel and Chat

    Lady Kate Bishop of 1602 takes from the rich and gives to the poor.

    It’s time for Pull Wisely (why yes, that is an Indiana Jones reference), where we give you short snippets of which comics we’re looking forward to each week—and then ask for your recommendations in the comments.

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  11. Better and Better: Agent Carter Returns with 10 Episodes in Season Two, Will Feature New Locale

    That's two more hours of Peggy!

    Peggy fans (AKA the entire world), rejoice! Agent Carter will be gracing our screens for a full ten episodes next season - that's two more than season one! Two more hours of soft lighting and pencil skirts! Two more hours of red lipstick! Two more hours of utter ass-kickery!

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  12. Bond Girl: Re-Watching and Re-Evaluating Diamonds Are Forever

    I'm going to miss Sean Connery's Bond showing up in the Eon Production films, but Diamonds Are Forever is basically the best movie on which to send him out. It exemplifies all the good and bad about Connery's Bond films and the franchise as a whole. I definitely lost track of how many times I watched the film, but it was definitely worth it.

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  13. Bad Gamer Part 8: What Happens If You Play Through Dragon Age: Inquisition Like A Total Jerk?

    The decorators are in and are starting to haul broken bits of wood, brick and other debris out onto carts. I pick past them and make off to meet this mysterious friend Varric wants me to meet.

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  14. Penny Dreadful Review: “Evil Spirits in Heavenly Places”

    In which Lily smacks down the patriarchy despite only being alive for like, a hot minute.

    This week's Penny Dreadful picks up right where we left off, with Vanessa finishing her witchy tale in front of the whole gang. Also, I want to apologize for the Patti LuPWN joke I clearly should have made last week, because she was amazing in that episode.

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  15. The X-Files Newbie Recap: “Gender Bender,” “Lazarus”

    Hello friends! After a week's break (during which my nation did something truly wonderful), our The X-Files newbie recaps are back. This week we have one great, properly weird episode and one that played a little like a tamer Criminal Minds. Let's proceed.

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  16. Things You Shouldn’t Ask Trans People, Even If You Want To

    Especially if you want to.

    This video from BBC Three's Free Speech tackles many of the questions that people tend to want to ask trans people, but really shouldn't—like "Have you had the op?" Paris Lees, Fox Fisher, Veronica Blades, Munroe Bergdorf, Dani Gibbison, Adeleh Sasansara, and Harry Taylor give some hilarious, intelligent, and direct responses.

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  17. Do You Feel Loki? Hypnosis, Brainwashing, and The Avengers

    “‘You have heart.’ Loki points the head of his spear at Barton's head. Barton's eyes suddenly glow BLACK. The ability to control Barton's mind is now in Loki's hand.”

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  18. Want To Get More Girls Into STEM? Get Them Into Tinker Bell.

    A "tinker fairy" is just Disney for "mechanical engineer."

    The Wonder Woman movie seems ages away. We know a Black Widow film isn’t happening. So when it comes to female icons carrying a mainstream franchise, what options do we have? Maybe, among the vigilantes with mutant powers dominating the big screen, we need to make room for an inventor yielding a T-Bar and Pixie Dust. You know, Tinker Bell.

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  19. Let’s Talk About Sex (in Video Games), Baby

    Don't be shy!

    We have sex on our phones. We have sex with our webcams. We have sex with only images and sex with nothing but walls of text. We fuck people we never smell, never suck. Digital sex is as everyday as physical sex, and what better art form to capture that than the most interactive kind: a video game?

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  20. Review: Güeros and Slow West Are Wonderful Blockbuster Alternatives This Weekend

    Youths hit the road in passionate search of... something.

    The road trip as a narrative device works so well in cinema because it provides the one thing so many small films lack: direction.

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