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Defiance: The Bride Wore Black Review by Chuck Francisco, Columnist and Critic
(June 27, 2013)
One hallmark of proficient story telling is found in the setup. That infrequently commented on ability to put an element into play in a way which makes it seem self contained, when in actuality it has far reaching connections. Commander McClintock's tragic

In Memoriam: Richard Matheson by Rob Vaux, Writer
(June 26, 2013)
The late Richard Matheson isn’t a household word like many of the writers and filmmakers he inspired. Science fiction fans always perk up at his name, but run-of-the-mill folks don’t recognize him like they do, say, Stephen King, Steven Spielberg, Rod

Warehouse 13: Lost and Found Review by Chuck Francisco, Columnist and Critic
(June 26, 2013)
Oh plot episodes! This show produced such a run of episodes devoted to the overarching narrative of the series back in the first half of the season that this half has been very quiet by comparison. So when an episode comes along that is as wrapped up in th

Mania Announces an SDCC Convention Exclusive from Entertainment Earth! by Tim Janson, Columnist and Critic
(June 25, 2013)
Mania is proud to partner with Entertainment Earth to announce their latest SDCC exclusive collectible. From the intriguing The Twilight Zone episode "Time Enough at Last," this marvelous replica includes a stack of Henry Bemis' precious books and his sig

True Blood: The Sun Review by Joel Rickenbach, Columnist and Critic
(June 25, 2013)
Speaking of roads, on a dark, misty night, a vortex opens above a lonely back road bridge, and out steps a vampiric member of ZZ Top. Who or what could this menacing figure be? It turns out the answer is quite simple- He’s Warlow, the fabled vampire that

Under the Dome: Pilot Review by Michael Henley, Contributing Writer
(June 25, 2013)
Under the Dome, CBS’ new supernatural mystery/suspense drama, has the best pedigree that network television can buy. Based on the 1,000+ page novel by Stephen King (unread by me), executive produced by King and Steven Spielberg, and adapted for televisio

Richard Matheson Has Passed by Robert T. Trate, News Editor
(June 24, 2013)
The sad news arrived on Monday that one of the true great writers of our age has passed. For reasons still unknown, Richard Matheson, passed away in his family home on Sunday night. His daughter Ali wrote the following:

Dexter Season 8: Next on Episode 1 by Robert T. Trate, News Editor
(June 24, 2013)
Showtime has posted the new Season 8 premiere trailer for Dexter. Six months have passed since LaGuerta's death and Dexter believes that all his problems may be solved.

TV Wasteland: Under the Dome by Rob Vaux, Writer
(June 24, 2013)
CBS returns to well-worn territory this week with a new Stephen King series Under the Dome. King has proven irresistible to network programmers over the years, with over thirty television adaptations in various forms. Most of them appear as miniseries, but

Continuum: Second Thoughts Review by Chuck Francisco, Columnist and Critic
(June 24, 2013)
The splintering of Liber8 takes the spotlight this week on Continuum. As they diverge down radically different extremes, Sonya strives for the idealistic high ground, to which Kagami claimed to aspire, until Lucas is forced to remind her that you get more

Lost Doctor Who Episodes Found?! by Robert T. Trate, News Editor
(June 20, 2013)
If you are not a Whovian, they you may not understand the ramification of this rumor. See initially it has long been believed that 106 episodes of the original Doctor Who series had been lost. They were aired and then the tapes were wiped clean for other p

James Gandolfini 1961 to 2013 by Robert T. Trate, News Editor
(June 20, 2013)
Yesterday, the sad news arrived that Sopranos’ star James Gandolfini had suffered a heart attack while on vacation in Italy. His 13 year old son, Michael, found him. An autopsy will be performed to find out the exact causes of said heart attack.

Warehouse 13: What Matters Most Review by Chuck Francisco, Columnist and Critic
(June 20, 2013)
When taken in conjunction with the preceding episode of Defiance, Monday night on SyFy was a veritable one-two punch of melancholia. This doesn't reflect badly on either show; it's excellent that they both successfully leverage weighty emotional issues. Th

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. NBA FINALS Spot by Robert T. Trate, News Editor
(June 19, 2013)
Sorry I missed this one Maniacs. There is, at times, so much news that a little thing like a S.H.I.E.L.D. NBA Finals TV spot gets missed. Perhaps it is because I believe that the NBA is fixed and really don’t care about basketball? Or that there are hund

Defiance: If I Ever Leave This World Alive Review by Chuck Francisco, Columnist and Critic
(June 19, 2013)
Political infighting and plot elements from the Defiance game command the foreground of this week's scifi power hour. The much touted plague being teased in trailers over the past week has been an in game event for the last several, and has made its way ea

True Blood: Who Are You, Really? Reivew by Joel Rickenbach, Columnist and Critic
(June 18, 2013)
Welcome back to Bon Temps, once a sleepy southern town with a supernatural twist, now the epicenter for Vampire politics, high tech armed militias, invisible Faerie nightclubs, and home to every vein of creature you can pull out of your Dungeons & Dragons

Tuesday Terrors: Dark Skies and Beautiful Creatures Reviews by Tim Janson, Columnist and Critic
(June 18, 2013)
Here is all your TERRIFYING NEWS from Mania’s Tuesday Terrors!

Continuum: Split Second Review by Chuck Francisco, Columnist and Critic
(June 17, 2013)
Last week's Continuum unsatisfyingly appeared to have reset the board to season one status quo levels. This felt like a major misstep because the relationship dynamics established in the first half of the episode gave great hints of promise. Reassuringly t

TV Wasteland: June Gloom by Rob Vaux, Writer
(June 17, 2013)
A comparatively quiet week this week, as summer shows settle into their routine and the networks by and large bow out. Here’s what’s coming the next seven days.

True Blood: Weeks Ahead Trailer by Robert T. Trate, News Editor
(June 16, 2013)
HBO has posted a Season 6 Look Ahead Trailer for the this year’s True Blood. Mania will have it’s review up soon. What did you think Maniacs? Are you back in for another season or have you have the Vampires, Werewolves, and Fairies behind?

New Sleepy Hollow Promo by Robert T. Trate, News Editor
(June 14, 2013)
Fox has posted the latest promo for their new TV series Sleepy Hollow. This one looks better than the original promo. A shift in focus towards the modern detectives may be a good move. I still don’t think this one will last.

Top 10 Superman Cartoon Episodes by Tim Janson, Columnist and Critic
(June 14, 2013)
In our timeline of Superman history in media we talked about the Man of Steel’s long run of success in animation dating back to the 1940s. Today we look at those animated series a little bit closer as we pick ten of the best Superman cartoons ever made.

Warehouse 13: Runaway Review by Chuck Francisco , Columnist and Critic
(June 13, 2013)
Ratings on Warehouse 13 had been in a steady decline throughout the majority of season four. Despite several high peaks near two million viewers (episodes Fractures and No Pain, No Gain), if the trend continued the show would have dipped below one million

A Timeline History of Superman: Part 4 by Tim Janson, Columnist and Critic
(June 13, 2013)
Superman was not off TV for very long.  Just a year after Superboy ended in 1992, Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman premiered in ABC.  It was a series that polarized its fan base.  While many comic book fans were put off by the fact that

Defiance: I Just Wasnt Made for These Times Review by Chuck Francisco, Columnist and Critic
(June 12, 2013)
I am an absolute sucker for man out of time stories. Time travel or cryonics, there's something about a character trying to adapt to our present as history and technology that's unfamiliar which I find compellingly appealing.

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