Robert Vaux-

Robert Vaux

About Robert Vaux

A native Californian, Robert Vaux has spent over 20 years as a professional film and television critic: working for such outlets as Collider, Mania.com and The Sci-Fi Movie Page. His favorite superhero is Nightcrawler and his lucky numbers are 4, 9, 14, 16, 36, and 40.

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The MCU May Be Setting the Stage for a British Superhero Team

Captain Britain is rumored to be MCU-bound. The end of Secret Invasion suggests that a Thunderbolts-style UK super-team may be on the way as well.

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TNG Changed Star Trek With a Game of Cards

Star Trek: The Next Generation's poker games proved Gene Roddenberry's idea of Starfleet officers having personal lives - and shaped the franchise.

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Batman Becoming a Killer Isn't the Only Way He Can Lose Himself

Both The Flash and The DCEU reveal Batman variants who take lives. When it comes to the hero losing his path, it constitutes unnecessary overkill.

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Strange New Worlds Kicks off Its Musical Episode With a Surprisingly Subversive Song

Strange New Worlds' musical episode mostly uses original songs. But it starts with an old standby that's far more subversive than the show admits.

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Why One Twilight Zone Episode Was Banned for Decades

The Twilight Zone’s "The Encounter" was kept out of circulation for 50 years due to problematic content. Here’s why the classic episode went missing.

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Barbie's Godfather Joke Overlooks One Important Detail

The female blockbuster takes aim at fans of the classic crime saga. Ironically, The Godfather films share Barbie's distaste for toxic masculinity.

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Tim Burton's First Movie Is Still One of His Best

The late Paul Reubens picked the ex-Disney animator to direct his feature debut. It helped establish Tim Burton's visual style on a very low budget.

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These Unlikely Characters Have Become Star Trek's Resident Fighters

Every Star Trek crew has a doctor - and while they're figures of healing, Lower Decks and Strange New Worlds have taken them in a new direction.

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Paul Reubens Was the Best Thing About the Original Buffy

Paul Reubens is best known for the irrepressible Pee-Wee Herman. But he stole the show (and saved his career) in the first Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

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Napoleon Brings Ridley Scott Back to His First Movie

Ridley Scott's historical epic Napoleon may be his swan song. It's only fitting it comes full circle with his first movie about a similar subject.

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Strange New Worlds Takes a Page From an Iconic War Comedy Series

Star Trek: Strange New Worlds' exploration of the horrors of war draws strong inspiration from both the movie and TV versions of M*A*S*H.

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How Secret Invasion Sets Up Armor Wars

James "Rhodey" Rhodes emerged from Secret Invasion as a man alone. The impact of the Skrull Invasion and his response to it will lead to Armor Wars.

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Batman: The Animated Series Introduced Penguin's Weirdest Ally

Batman: TAS had its share of odd episodes and characters, including a very weird hench-bird that's indicative of the show's problems with the Penguin.

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Strange New Worlds' Dinner Party Echoes a Key Moment in the Star Trek Movies

Strange New Worlds explores the trauma of the Klingon War at an ill-fated dinner party. Decades later, a similar party exposes the exact same wounds.

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Which James Bond Actor Starred in the Most 007 Movies?

From Sean Connery to Daniel Craig, six actors have officially played 007, but which one of them played James Bond the most in the movies?

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Barbie Takes Fight Club's Most Important Message and Makes It Better

David Fincher's cult classic explored the dangers of toxic masculinity, but Barbie offers what Fight Club couldn't: a solution for its hapless hero.

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Oppenheimer's Albert Einstein Played a Pivotal Role in The Dark Knight Trilogy

Christopher Nolan knows the importance of casting. For Oppenheimer's Einstein, he chose someone who nailed a similar moment in The Dark Knight Rises.

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Lower Decks Season 4 Takes a Stab at Deep Space Nine's Most Controversial Episode

Deep Space Nine didn't have many misfires, owing to strong writing and careful plot arcs. Lower Decks Season 4 finds a very big exception to mock.

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10 Best Sci-Fi Shows of the 2010s, Ranked

Plenty of popular sci-fi TV shows hit fans' screens in the 2010s, from Netflix's Stranger Things to Falling Skies. Here's a round-up of the best.

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There's Only One MCU Villain Wade Wilson Should Face in Deadpool 3

Rumors abound of an MCU villain entering Deadpool 3, and while Josh Brolin's Thanos is an obvious choice, another Avengers baddie works much better.

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