With Run The Series, The A.V. Club examines film franchises, studying how they change and evolve with each new installment. Star Trek is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year with a movie in theaters and a new TV show in production. All of this, alongside its seemingly permanent place in the pop-culture landscape, makes it easy to forget that in its original form, Star Trek was cut short. Contemporary replays of the original series practically advertise it after the fact, describing the “five-year mission” of the Starship Enterprise that wound up chronicled over only three seasons’ worth of adventures. Later iterations and spin-offs bolstered Star Trek’s presence on television starting in the late ’80s, but the real, official franchise revival came in 1979, when the original cast got back together for Star Trek: The Motion Picture, kicking off a film series that would endure for decades, logging nearly as many entries as the James Bond series over the … [Read more...] about The endless
Even if you don’t want to lug around the world’s bulkiest laptop ( A keyboard? Really? Yes. Apple’s “butterfly” keyboard was garbage and led to all sorts of issues and annoying warranty replacements, and the company has finally realized the error of its ways and gone back to a scissor-style keyboard in its brand-new 16-inch MacBook Pro, announced today to no fanfare whatsoever. Advertisement This move should sound familiar to anyone who clung to their 2015-era MacBook for its awesome keyboard, but that’s not all. Apple is also adding back in a physical “Escape” key instead of the virtual Touch Bar one Comparing the 16-inch MacBook Pro to its forgotten predecessor I’m also excited that Apple, in a strange move, has killed off the previous 15-inch MacBook Pro by introducing the 16-inch version, but didn’t bump up the price at all. Apple’s latest MacBook will set you back the same $2,399 as its predecessor (starting … [Read more...] about Should You Buy Apple’s New 16-Inch MacBook Pro?
It would be hard to overstate how resilient the theory of general relativity has been. In its hundred-plus-year history, it’s managed to predict things far beyond the capabilities of 1910s experiments, and it withstands every new test scientists throw at it. This time around, researchers flipped typical experiments on their head. Often, scientists look at how much an object bends the fabric of space itself to determine its mass. A new experiment reverses that idea, using an already-calculated mass to see whether the predictions of general relativity held up. Spoiler: They did. But interestingly, the finding could spell trouble for physicists hoping to solve certain other mysteries of the universe. Advertisement That mass can warp 1919 solar eclipse, during which the blacked-out sun appeared to have slightly shifted the position of background star. They continue to spot this phenomenon today, and now know that heavy foreground objects can warp light so much that background … [Read more...] about Einstein’s Theory of Gravity Passes Enormous Test on a Galaxy
This piece was originally published June 09, 2018 and is part of The A.V. Club’s favorite features of 2018 With its vibrant color scheme, superficially wacky characters, and Florida setting, Claws appeared to be the perfect summer show when it premiered in June 2017. But as its first season unfolded, the TNT drama revealed itself to be more Venus flytrap than Southern blossom. The uniformly great performances—including standout turns from Niecy Nash and Carrie Preston—along with the nimble shifting of tone from melodrama to comedy made Claws highly addictive. Occasionally, it looked like creator Eliot Laurence and showrunner Janine Sherman Barrois would lose their grip on the baroque storytelling, but the season-one finale filed down the extra layers, and Desna (Nash) and her crew emerged as tight-knit as ever. But even the notion of a summer show—something light and accessible, or maybe just not ready for the regular season—has changed over time. Series … [Read more...] about For the women of
Well, in what could be yet another seal of the apocalypse melting down and sloughing off like skin at Chernobyl, Arizona Representative Paul Gosar meticulously inserted a conspiracy theory about late financier and convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein into a Twitter thread on Wednesday. Even as Gosar—one of the most right-wing members of the House and known for dining with European ultranationalists and public pleas from six of his siblings disavowing his politics—watched the ongoing impeachment proceedings in the House against the president, he took over eight hours to write the phrase “Epstein didn’t kill himself” over the first two letters of 22 tweets. Advertisement At 7:21 a.m. ET, Gosar sent out the first tweet, beginning with the word F so that visiting his Twitter timeline spells out the phrase when one scrolls down from the final tweet beginning with “E” at 3:09 p.m. ET. Representative Gosar later feigned ignorance in another … [Read more...] about GOP Rep. Paul Gosar Inserts ‘Epstein Didn’t Kill Himself’ Conspiracy Theory Into Impeachment Tweets