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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. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. Orphan Black Science Recap: “Scarred by Many Past Frustrations”

    What's up with gene therapy?

    Welcome to our Orphan Black science recaps, where Casey, a graduate student in genetics and developmental biology, and Nina, a professional science communicator, examine the science in each episode of OB and talk you through it in (mostly) easy-to-digest terms. Check out our regular OB recap for this episode here. If you haven’t watched the latest […]

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  9. The Rock at Age 15 Was Probably Frequently Mistaken for His School’s Gym Teacher

    How is this even possible? According to The Rock on Fallon, girls wouldn't even go out with him because they thought he was a 30-year-old narc. At age 15 in Nashville, Dwayne Johnson probably told people he wanted to be a pro wrestler, and everyone was like "well... yeah."

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  10. Chris Pratt Gets Drunk And Gives You Acting Lessons, Is Adorable

    Jurassically adorable.

    Ever wanted to know how to act appropriately scared of a T-Rex while also preposterously drunk on Fireball whiskey? Chris Pratt is here to teach you his ways!

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  11. Things We Saw Today: GWENPOOL

    Marvel's Spider-Gwen variants keep getting better and better. This one is for Deadpool's Secret Secret Wars #2, by Bobby Rubio. (via Newsarama)

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  12. DC Tries Make Us Believe It Cares About Expanding Diversity in Comics With New DCYou Campaign

    DC Comics is trying to get in good with the current push towards diversity in comics—not, you know, by actually expanding diversity in their comics, but by running an ad campaign called DCYou that talks a big game about diverse stories in comics.

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  13. Sailor Moon Newbie Recap: Episodes 75 & 76

    A wild Time Lord appears!

    The story moves forward a bit and then settles into its next mini-aRc as new (surprisingly likeable) villains take the stage and Chibiusa’s mysterious helper at last introduces herself. Also, cake! And really, what’s not to love about that?

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  14. iZombie Recap: “Mr. Beserk”

    This Rager ain’t any Fun Fun at all.

    Get juiced up, iZombie fans! This week’s episode is all about energy drinks!

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  15. #Occupotty 2: Return of Occupotty, The Debate That Never Ends

    #Occupotty 2: Return of Occupotty

    The bathroom debate won’t go away. I’m scrolling though Twitter, tea in one hand, warm cat on my lap, and I read another piece describing awful transphobia toward a seven-year-old girl in Canada. Cisgender people somehow think that trans people are a danger to them in bathrooms; it’s an idea that drives past ignorance and into the desert of bigotry, but it’s an idea uninformed politicians don’t want to shake.

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  16. Coping With Anxiety and Depression Through Fiction

    or, “How Rocket Raccoon Fixed My Mental Illness” (haha, not really.)

    Everyone experiences anxiety and depression differently.

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  17. Things We Saw Today: BATMAN THE RIDE

    DARKNESSSSSSSSS

    "MY PARENTS ARE DEEEEEEeeeeeaaaaadddddd!" (via Neatorama)

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  18. LadyStar: Escape from Widow Island, Part Three

    In this new multi-part serialized fiction story for The Mary Sue, LadyStar: Escape from Widow’s Island tells the story of Jessica and her team of fighters pitted against their teacher during the last phase of their training as Ajan Warriors.

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  19. The Honest Trailer for Jupiter Ascending Has All Your Hybrid Sad Space Dad Bee Marine Needs

    Jupiter Ascending is flawless, and we all know it.

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  20. Nathan Fillion Goes All Don Draper in New Online Short Film Man on the Moon

    Nostalgia!

    This new Tyler Shields short for The Andrew Weiss Gallery is part of their new Historical Fiction display, and stars our fave, Nathan Fillion. Set the day of the moon landing (that's July 24, 1969), Fillion gets all Mad Men and comes way closer to the DB Cooper ending we wanted than Draper ever did.

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