The Sense8 finale is equally beautiful and incoherent—just like the show itself

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“We live in a world that distrusts feelings,” says Sense8, at the end, when it has the moment to say exactly what it wants to say. The words are spoken by Amanita, who, throughout the series has become the audience surrogate—the first “sapien” to be told of the sensates, and increasingly part of the fandom for the…

Killing above your weight class: 26 unexpected assassins

The Wire’s Omar Little (Michael K. Williams) earned his status as a fan favorite for his unique mix of competence and bravado, which allowed him to make a very successful living robbing Baltimore’s most dangerous drug dealers. Despite numerous attempts on his life, he survives until the fifth season when he goes to…

The end is the beginning: 17 characters who found a fresh start in the apocalypse

A pompous, awkward, acne-spotted 16-year-old, Harold Lauder is one of the few immune to the superflu that wipes out 98 percent of humanity in Stephen King’s post-apocalyptic masterwork. But while others mourn the dead, Harold revels in the demise of his bullies and naysayers. The end of the world means the end of his…

“Omar(s) comin’!”: 18 hyper-masculine gun-toting gay guys

Gay characters haven’t had a visibility problem in pop culture in years. But when it comes to minority representation, quality is more important than quantity, and there was a time when most gay male characters were portrayed as stereotypically effeminate nellies. If they weren’t obsessively coordinating weddings,…

Objects of their affection: 10 characters in love with the inanimate

The bubbling cauldron of obscure fetishes and exotic sexualities that is the internet has produced some pretty strange micro-communities over the years. One of the strangest and most difficult to understand is objectophilia, the inclination to form emotional and sexual bonds with inanimate objects. You know, like…

“Confound it!”: 11 pop-culture moments that needed batteries

If there’s one constant every holiday season, it’s that something somewhere is going to need batteries. Maybe it’s that Nintendo 3DS that your nephew was demanding and finally received, or possibly that stupid singing fish on the wall everyone thought it would be so funny to get Grandpa Jerry. (Grandpa Jerry is…

12 adaptation all-stars, from Benedict Cumberbatch to Maggie Smith

While it might seem daunting to most actors to play an established and beloved character, managing audience expectations while trying to turn in your best performance, certain thespians just seem to take to it, for whatever reason. They’re the adaptation all-stars, a team of (mostly British) actors who have conquered…

It’s not easy being a wampa: 18 Star Wars characters who deserve their own spin-off

Disney isn’t about to do something as simple as just make a new Star Wars trilogy. Spending billions to acquire one of the most beloved film franchises in the history of the medium (not to mention one of the most dedicated fan bases in the anything of ever) means the Mouse House is going to get its money’s worth.…

Beyond Goosebumps: How we’d bring 14 classic YA book series into 2015

God forbid that the most beloved (and profitable) YA series ever die. Sure, the Boxcar Children have been around since the ’20s, but add a few cell phones and recruit some new ghostwriters, and those kids can be just as fresh and timely as they were almost a century ago. And while R.L. Stine’s original Goosebumps

Micropics: 18 narrowly focused biopics that need to be made

The problem with biopics is that people’s lives don’t easily reduce to 120 minutes of film. While it’s not impossible for a “cradle to grave” biopic to work, it’s exceedingly difficult. That’s why some successful biopics have focused on a smaller part of their subjects’ lives. The biopic Steve Jobs—released this…

The late greats: 18-plus TV characters who buoyed shows midstream

Characters added in the middle of a TV show’s run get a bad rap. For every Cousin Oliver or Scrappy-Doo, there are characters who actually added something to their show, even rejuvenating a longrunning series’ later seasons. Some start as stand-ins for departed cast members, then take on expanded roles—others begin as…

Introducing Keith Hernandez: 20 athlete cameos that aren’t totally unwatchable

Given the sheer volume of professional comedians that appear in the film—the cast list includes Bill Hader, Vanessa Bayer, Mike Birbiglia, Randall Park, Colin Quinn, and of course star Amy Schumer—it comes as quite the surprise that the biggest laugh-getter in all of Trainwreck might actually be LeBron James. In his…

24 actors who played convincing siblings

Kelsey Grammer and David Hyde Pierce had more time than most to perfect their fraternal chemistry, spending 11 years together as snooty siblings Frasier and Niles Crane on NBC’s long-running Cheers spinoff. But the DNA of their relationship—which ranged over the years from bitter rivalry to giddy camaraderie, as…