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Star Trek: 10 Wrath Of Khan Storylines That Were Never Resolved

When we’re talking about iconic movies that defined a whole franchise, we have to talk about Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan. The second movie to feature the cast from Star Trek: The Original Series, this film redeemed a series that got off to a rocky start. It’s got ample fanservice for fans of the show to connect with while providing enough backstory to welcome new viewers.

The famous scenes of Spock’s death and the infamous scream of Kirk into the communication link are moments that will last forever, and thanks to the internet will provide endless fodder for a million more memes. However, as with all complex stories with a long history, there are several storylines related to Wrath of Khan that were never resolved. Here are ten of them, and luckily they don’t make much of a difference in a stellar film.

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10 Lieutenant Marla MacGuyvers

In the Star Trek: The Original Series, “Space Seed” the historian that joins the away team to the USS Botany Bay grows rather fond of Khan despite his aggressive nature. There’s even some hint of a love triangle here. Kirk seems to be trying too hard to forget her name and patronizes her constantly about her position and her interest in the crew of the SS Botany Bay.

In fact, Kirk seems really preoccupied with her attraction to Khan but we never really find out what’s going on there. At the end of the episode, she joins Khan on the doomed planet, but we never find out what happens to her. Khan makes a reference to “my beloved wife” in Wrath of Khan but never says her name so we can’t be sure.

9 Carol Marcus

Carol is a big part of the plot and storyline in Wrath of Khan. She built and designed the Genesis project, which is no mean feat. In the next film, The Search for Spock, she disappears entirely. Not just from the screen, but entirely. The way David talks about building Genesis, it’s almost as if Carol had nothing to do with it. She must have known he used unstable protomatter to fill in some pesky gaps.

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How could she not know that? And what was her opinion of it? She seemed pretty ethical as a scientist, and she was stubborn and determined enough to hide the original experiment underground on an abandoned planet, so that’s not likely given her character. We also never find out how or when she found out about David’s murder. Considering how important she was it’s disappointing not to know her fate.

8 The SS Botany Bay

When Chekov sees the name “Botany Bay” while he’s exploring what’s left of Ceti Alpha V, he finally puts two and two together. However, he finds the name on cargo carriers, not the actual ship. Chekov’s companion, Captain Terell, asks what happened to the ship that the carriers came from, but the question just hangs in the air and is never answered.

Why were only the containers left? Was that a convenient way of taking away their communication devices and seeing to it they were stranded? It’s hinted at that the SS Botany Bay crashed, but there was no indication that there was any crash in the “Space Seed,” and why would they have crashed? And if they had, wouldn’t the Enterprise have noticed?

7 Ceti Alpha VI

According to the plot of Wrath of Khan, the orbit of the planets changed only a few months after Khan and his crew were left there because Ceti Alpha VI, a neighboring planet, exploded. Just exploded, deal with it. How would that even happen? It could have been a meteorite, a cataclysmic geological event or a weapon being used by a malevolent alien race, but we never find out.

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And how could the USS Enterprise, with all of its modern technology and brilliant scientific minds, not have been able to predict this cataclysmic event in “Space Seed?” To make this even more confusing, when Chekov returns to the system, he gets the planets mixed up and thinks they’re on Ceti Alpha VI, the planet that blew up as if he wasn’t on the Enterprise when Khan was there.

6 Marooned

Considering who Khan and his crew are, why didn’t Kirk tell anyone that they had been found and where they were? There were records of Khan being sent into exile in space, so why was that information not updated, especially in light of the chaos Khan caused on the USS Enterprise? If Khan and his crew are so brilliant, how come they never figured out a way to contact passing ships from Ceti Alpha V?

This leads back to the other dropped storyline of what happened to the SS Botany Bay. In “Space Seed,” Captain Kirk enters the incident into his log, so how come Starfleet didn’t know they were there? Or maybe they did and deliberately left them, which seems against Starfleet protocols. Then again, the Federation has done some nefarious things. If we were Khan, we would think Kirk marooned me on a doomed planet on purpose, too.

5 Khan’s Children

There is a son in this scenario. Well, sort of. He’s really quiet, has virtually no lines and isn’t even named. Is this really Khan’s son, or a younger crew member that he took under his wing? Since his mother is left out of the picture, and we don’t know exactly when she died so we never find out for sure. His age is hard to pin down and that’s never clarified either.

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Apparently, it’s only been 15 years since Kirk left Khan on Ceti Alpha V and the young man in question looks to be older than that. Khan has aged considerably but is surrounded by young crew members. Who are they? He didn’t have any children with him in the “Space Seed” episode, and the boy dies on the doomed USS Reliant. We never find out any more about him or his siblings, including if they ever even existed.

4 The Genesis Cave

“Can I cook, or what?” Carol Marcus

We get some hint of the power of Genesis to destroy at the end of Wrath of Khan and it’s an essential part of the plot in The Search for Spock. We get a hint that protomatter might be responsible, whatever the heck that is, but wouldn’t that also have been present in the experimental Genesis cave that Carol and David built in the heart of a dead planet?

That seemed to be progressing along just fine, and we never find out what happened to it. Was this experiment different, conducted without the addition of protomatter? The cave was simply forgotten and we never find out if it suffered the same fate as the planet in The Search for Spock. 

3 Eel Mind Control

Isn’t it convenient that these vicious little eels were the only living thing left on Ceti Alpha V, and that they can be used to control minds? How did they survive and why didn’t the USS Reliant find them? We could also ask why a ship would send two of its most important officers, with all the pertinent security codes and Starfleet access, to personally inspect a harsh environment on what seems like a dead planet.

To be fair, that’s a problem a lot of Star Trek stories seem to have, but moving on, an explanation of where these things came from and how they survived the planet’s change in orbit would have been nice. It’s also convenient that they left Chekov’s brain totally intact afterward.

2 The Genesis Bomb

How did a benevolent device intended to create life be made into an interstellar bomb just because Khan decides he needs one? And how could Carol Marcus be unaware of this capability? It’s never explained as to how this happened. Khan might have modified it, or it might have had an internal flaw.

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It’s not explained why they can’t beam it aboard the USS Enterprise and stop it, David simply says that they can’t but doesn’t say why. This is hinted at in The Search for Spock when David mentioned protomatter but scientific technobabble can’t pick up a dropped storyline.

1 The Journey of the USS Reliant

This is connected to how the USS Enterprise couldn’t see the destruction of Ceti Alpha V coming, but it also has several of its own dropped threads. Chekov was part of the crew during the “Space Seed” episode. How can he not remember that Khan is on Ceti Alpha V? How come his Captain doesn’t know?

He has access to all the Enterprise records, doesn’t he? Or was something classified? If so, why? How come the USS Reliant couldn’t detect life on the planet, even those weird little eels? It’s too bad this story remained unfinished, as it seems like something significant happened between the USS Enterprise leaving the planet and the USS Reliant returning 15 years later.

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2019-07-12 05:07:35

Kristy Ambrose

Family Matters: 10 Storylines That Were Never Resolved

The mid-’90s was something of a golden period for family-centered sitcoms, with programs like Full House, Home Improvement, and Step by Step focusing on the trials and tribulations of large, rowdy broods with hapless fathers, angsty teens, and wacky neighbors. Family Matters, which aired on ABC from 1989 until 1997 (and then on CBS from ’97-’98) was centered nicely into the niche left by The Cosby Show, and just to the right of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.

It focused on policeman Carl Winslow, his wife Harriette (a character from Perfect Strangers), their three children, her mother, and the irrepressible Steve Urkel. “Urkel” and his many zany catchphrases and geeky oddness became the focus of the series as time went on, allowing for more bizarre storylines like cloning and possessed puppets. Over the course of nine seasons, many of the plot points introduced were never touched on again, to varying degrees of absurdity (like completely forgetting about the third Winslow child). Perhaps certain storylines might have been resolved in Season 10, but we never got it.

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10 WHATEVER HAPPENED TO JUDY WINSLOW?

In the first season of Family Matters, Carl and Harriette Winslow are shown to have three children; Eddie (the eldest), Laura (the middle child), and Judy (the youngest daughter). Halfway through the first season, Steve Urkel appears, and while he wasn’t supposed to be a main character, takes over much more screen time, relegating Judy to being a background character.

By season four, she’s seen walking upstairs, but we never hear her speak. By season five she’s gone altogether, with no explanation, at age 13. Harriette and Carl act as though she never existed and they only had two children, with Urkel taking her place in the household since he almost never seems to leave.

9 STEVE URKEL’S RELATIONSHIP WITH HIS FAMILY

Amidst all the antics and hijinks that Urkel gets up to bothering the Winslows, it’s sometimes easy to forget why he’s over at their house so much in the first place. In later seasons it’s hinted at that he doesn’t have the best relationship with his family, who he indicates actively dislike him. His parents are never seen, and we’re introduced to his cousin Myrtle Urkel who doesn’t live in the state.

At one point during the series, Steve’s parents up and move to Russia, causing the Winslows to take pity on him and move him into their household. We can imagine that was beyond difficult for Carl and Laura, but what about Steve? His feelings and reactions to being abandoned are never really explored.

8 URKEL’S ABILITY TO BE “COOL”

One of the most blatant running gags in Family Matters is that Steve Urkel isn’t considered “cool”. With his dorky clothes, annoyingly high pitched voice, and ability to make a bad situation ten times worse, it’s reasonable to see why Eddie, Carl, and Laura wouldn’t want him around. But there’s a few members of the Winslow Family that like Steve, and these members happen to be people unconcerned with Steve’s popularity status.

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In the episode “Higher Anxiety”, while consoling Eddie about his two-timing girlfriend, Steve actually gets invited to a cool kid’s party, and later in the series, he saves his high school’s basketball team from losing by busting out some insane Michael Jordan type moves. You’d think instances like that would remind people that Steve wasn’t just a dorky loser.

7 HARRIETTE WINSLOW’S POLICE EXPERIENCE

An interesting fact about Family Matters is that it was actually a spin-off of Perfect Strangers, and based around the character of Harriette Winslow, an elevator operator at The Chicago Chronicle. She operated the elevator for the third and fourth seasons of the show before becoming the matriarch on its spin-off Family Matters and being fired from her job at the Chronicle.

A graduate from the Chicago Police Academy, Harriette had extensive police experience, having only quit the force because she became pregnant with Eddie. Yet soon after she was fired from the position of elevator operator, she becomes the director of security for the Chronicle. The series never explains why, with all her qualification, she didn’t get that position to begin with, rather than a much less lucrative one.

6 STEVE’S OTHER COUSIN

Few may remember that ’90s television was the Avengers of sit-coms, with characters regularly engaging in crossover episodes. Sabrina the Teenage Witch had a crossover with Boy Meets World, and Family Matters had a crossover with both Step by Step and Full House. In the Full House case, Steve is bothering his cousin while attending a science fair in San Francisco.

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It’s not really explained how Steve is in San Francisco from Chicago, as no episode of Family Members aired that night to set it up. This cousin of his is also never mentioned again, but the only cousin that ever appears in Family Matters is the Southern belle Mrytle Urkel (also played by Jaleel White) who falls in love with Eddie.

5 URKEL’S ISETTA

Steve Urkel’s car is as quirky as he is, and the little Isetta is called everything from a “hunk of junk” by Eddie to a toy car that Laura would crush if Steve ever asked her to get in it. For all its mechanical faults, however, the show couldn’t seem to decide whether it was going to operate like a perilous bucket of bolts or actually drive like a smooth cruising dream machine.

For instance, in one episode he explains he paid four dollars for a sunroof he purchased used, but in another, it’s his uncle that paid him fifty dollars to take it away. In one episode it has a speedometer that only goes up to 30 mph, in another 60mph, while in another it simply has…a chalkboard. It also drove just fine in “Driving Carl Crazy” and “Hot Rods To Heck”.

4 STEVE AND LAURA’S WEDDING

Throughout Family Matters, Steve Urkel’s unrequited love for Laura Winslow provided some of its most comedic and heartfelt moments. Laura viewed Steve as a complete geek, and he viewed her as a goddess, who no matter what he did (even transforming himself into the epitome of “cool” to take her on a date) she would never feel the same way about him.

That is, until the last few seasons of the show, which resulted in them dating and eventually getting engaged. While this may have seemed odd to some viewers, it was a nightmare for Carl Winslow. He must have been the happiest that their storyline wasn’t taken to its eventual conclusion; marriage in Season 10. The show ended with nine seasons before this travesty could ever happen.

3 LAURA GETTING PREGNANT

Season 10 of Family Matters was going to be full of a lot of surprises; some expected, some definitely not. While it was clear that with the engagement of Steve and Laura in Season 9 wedding bells weren’t far off, it would have been certainly a surprise to fans to find out Laura was also pregnant soon after her nuptials. But that was definitely the plan for Season 10’s grand finale.

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Perhaps it makes sense – the conclusion of one of America’s favorite sitcoms about the bonds of family ends with another little family being started. Just imagine a baby crying with the same annoying pitch of Steve Urkel’s laugh and be happy that this storyline never made it to airing.

2 CARL’S MYSTERIOUS BROTHER

Carl often talked about his brothers, which viewers knew as Frank, Calvin, and Daryl. He actually had four brothers, but the fourth brother mysteriously never received a name and never received a backstory. Only one brother actually appeared on the show (Frank), and only in one episode, leaving viewers to speculate as to the identities of the others.

It’s been said by producers that they weren’t that interested in exploring Carl’s family, preferring instead to keep the focus of Family Matters on his role as the breadwinner of the family, his wife (who took some umbrage with his position as lofty patriarch), and his children. Some speculate his other brother was named Walter.

1 THE TROUBLE WITH STEVIL

In the infamous Halloween episode “Stevil”, Steve purchases a dummy to practice ventriloquism. Two tragedies occur in the episode; Steve annoys everyone with his dummy routine, and the dummy tries to kill the entire Winslow family. Based on the Chucky franchise, the dummy comes to life and brutally murders Steve’s neighbors, though it’s later revealed this is all a dream.

A second episode, “Stevil II” included Stevil and a Carl dummy, Carlsbad, coming to life and trying to steal the souls of Steve and Carl Winslow in their dreams. A third installment, in which Stevil would try one last time for Steve’s soul was planned for Season 10, with his wife Laurotten wanting to go after Laura’s soul but it never aired.

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2019-07-10 05:07:47

Kayleena Pierce-Bohen

10 Storylines Once Upon A Time Didn’t Resolve

Once Upon a Time began as an incredible new show depicting twists on our favorite fairy tales, first in a way that only adults could truly appreciate. While occasionally the show dipped into saccharine territory, borrowing from Disney and sagging beneath the weight of trite tone, it mostly gave us inventive and even ground-breaking stories with characters we loved immediately or grew to love later.

That’s why it’s such a bummer that the show is over with so many loose ends left hanging. We’re glad that it was put to rest before it got too stale, but we’d love to have witnessed some closure regarding a few key storylines that were left unresolved.

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10 How Did Rumpelstiltskin Get Mjolnir?

A few episodes prior to the season 2 finale of Once Upon a Time, we saw Thor’s famous hammer, Mjolnir, in Rumpelstiltskin’s castle. How is this just left unaddressed every season since?

Perhaps while including the Disney princesses, the Once Upon a Time team thought it might be fun to later include some Marvel stories. Then again, we’ve had mythology featured on the show a few times, including a season featuring Hades as a villain, so maybe it was just a plot bunny that was never followed. Either way, we demand a Thor episode the way the God of Thunder demands coffee, and we don’t care that the show’s over. Another!

9 What Happened To Several Characters

Once Upon a Time had a lengthy cast of characters that was nearly impossible to keep up with, so it’s no wonder that we ended up with several characters with loose ends, unresolved romances or even simply dropped storylines. There are plenty of characters whom we met for a brief moment only to forget about them later as well.

Whatever happened to Glinda the Good Witch and Oz, Ruby or Kathyrn, for example? Grumpy and Nova, also known as Leroy and Astrid, also never really resolved their story. Perhaps they’re simply not meant to be, but if so many other characters were deserving of their happy endings, why not them? While there is a DVD extra that wraps them up called “Good Morning Storybrooke,” it was never addressed on an aired episode.

8 Donna And Stephen Remain Puppets

Among the many residents of Storybrooke who miss out on the whole Happily Ever After thing are the parents of Geppetto, Donna and Stephen. The two are puppets in Rumpelstiltskin’s shop for years, appearing in multiple seasons. This seems like a clue alluding to a possible eventual rescue or transformation, but neither Geppetto nor Jiminy/Archie ever even notice that they exist in the shop.

Later Donna even turns up as a piece of evidence in the Hyperion Heights 42nd Precinct Police Station, yet again through unclear means that keep the fate of her and her poor husband a mystery. If anyone deserves a happy ending, it’s these two.

7 Zelena’s First Time Spell

A lot of emphasis was placed on Zelena’s first time traveling spell, and it seemed as if we might learn not only about what happened but maybe even witness it as another storyline in the show. Even the Scarecrow alluded to it significantly enough to make it become a major plot point. Whether that was intentional or meant to be just another rabbit trail that would eventually lead nowhere, we will never know, since it was never fully addressed on the show.

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Watching Zelena hunt for the means of the spell we witnessed, we realized that it took some dark deeds to fully bring the spell to fruition. So just what did she do before she did all of the terrible things we witnessed over the years?

6 What Does Regina Do With Everyone’s Hearts?

As the Evil Queen, Regina holds a lot of people’s hearts hostage. She even crushes a great many of them, prompting many fans to question whether or not she (or any of the other baddies on the show, really) truly deserves a happy ending. She’s robbed so many people not only of their happy endings but of their very lives, both before creating Storybrooke as well as afterward, so why on earth should she escape a lifetime of imprisonment?

Once she does join Team Good, what does Regina even do with all of those hearts that she keeps in her vault? Do their owners get them back?

5 Mulan’s Happy Ending

Why on Earth did poor Mulan not get a happy ending? Not only did her love for Aurora go unrequited, but when it seemed as if she and Ruby might be falling for one another (a pairing that fans even gave a name, dubbing it Mulan Rouge), bam, Ruby fell for Dorothy instead. And we haven’t really heard from Mulan ever since.

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Some actors didn’t want to return for a final episode to resolve their stories and receive happily ever afters, but even if Jamie Chung was one of them, she certainly deserved a larger arc than a quick wrap-up at the end anyway. Some fans have even theorized that she would make a cute couple with Marion.

4 What Happened To Emma’s Lie Detector Skills?

In the first season of Once Upon a Time, Emma’s insistence that her secret power is the ability to detect lies is a huge deal. She says this several times and even proves it over and over again… until she doesn’t anymore. Somewhere on the show, Emma either loses this ability or it’s just discarded as one of her characteristics, but it’s never explained why.

We also never learn whether or not this was truly some sort of supernatural power that Emma had based on her fairy tale heritage or if it’s just a helpful skill she was able to hone over the years of her troubled youth.

3 What Happened To Snow’s Darkened Heart?

In season two of the show, we witness Snow White’s heart darken after she helps ensure that Cora is taken out. It’s such a surprising moment that it should have been addressed later, especially when Snow and Charming do other acts in the name of their own selfishness, like condemn Maleficent’s daughter, Lily, in order to save Emma.

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But the issue is never even spoken of again. The True Love between Snow and Charming remains a central focus of the show and their own dark deeds go not only unpunished, as many of the characters’ terrible acts are, but completely ignored.

2 What Happened Between Will And Anastasia?

While Once Upon a Time in Wonderland had too many flaws to make it as addictive as a show as the original, it definitely still had some interesting plots and characters–namely Will Scarlet and his love, Anastasia, better known as both the Red Queen and the White Queen.

While these two technically get some resolution, becoming the White King and Queen and benevolently ruling over Wonderland together, there are too many holes regarding not only what happened between the end of the spin-off to the original series finale but Will’s time in Storybrooke. There are huge plot gaps between Alice’s wedding, season four of Once Upon a Time and the end of the series itself that were never explained.

1 What Happened To Lily?

While we can assume Lily and her mother, Maleficent, enjoyed their complicated reunion, doesn’t Lily deserve much more than the tiny arc she received? Showrunners also promised a big reveal regarding Lily’s mysterious father over the years but in the end, they tossed it in at the end as a casual line where it was mentioned that Zorro, of all people, was Lily’s dad. No.

Not only is this a stupid haphazard way to wrap these characters up, but it’s also a waste of excellent material. Lily should’ve not only had a more important father but her own arcs–the show has a terrible history of under-using its dragons–and happy ending as well. Instead, the last time we see her she’s morose and wondering who her dad is.

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2019-04-25 09:04:01

Sara Schmidt

Glee: 10 Storylines That Make No Sense (And 10 That Hurt The Show)

For six seasons, Glee was considered to be one of the most positive and progressive shows on television. Through their ability to tackle social issues, it became a beacon of light for fans to enjoy through tough times. Through a combination of song, dance, and story-telling, Ryan Murphy was able to create a world where younger fans could relate to various characters as they navigated high school. When the show began in 2009, it was a fresh concept full of new faces which spawned millions of “Gleeks” worldwide.

Unfortunately, as the show went on, it began to lose the sparkle that it began with. What were initially fresh stories turned in to over-the-top parodies and over-saturated episodes. When Glee was on its game, it was fantastic. Unfortunately, when it was bad it was also very poor and difficult to endure. Later seasons of the show seemed to be trying everything to reclaim its former glory and wound up putting out some very poor storylines. Some of the storylines that were produced made very little sense, and only served to damage the credibility of the show.

Others were actually so poorly received that they should wind up in a trophy case of their own for other students at McKinley High School to throw slushies at.

While Glee’s greatest episodes and stories will live on as great television, its very poor ones will live in infamy forever. Here are 10 Glee Storylines That Make No Sense (And 10 That Hurt The Show):

20 Hurt: Adam Lambert & Demi Lovato

By the time Glee hit its fifth season, it was clear that the show was running out of steam. Rather than having engaging stories for their characters, the show was relying on cheap gimmicks and guest stars to garner interest. This fully explains the cameos of both Adam Lambert and Demi Lovato during this season.

Introduced as members of Kurt’s cover band, Lambert and Lovato were brought in for several episodes. While the show has experienced great success with guest stars before, these two were not given meaningful characters or story arcs. In fact, the show did not seem to have a definitive plan for them, and they were phased out without explanation during the season. Had Glee focused more on their development, this may have been successful. Unfortunately, it was just used as a cheap tactic to garner ratings.

19 No Sense: Rachel Leaves Broadway

Two things about Glee were definitive – that Rachel would always get a solo, and that she was determined to make it on Broadway. While she would continue to receive multiple solos throughout the series, Rachel’s Broadway dreams were also poised to come true during season five. Following being cast in a production of Funny Girl, she was finally set to achieve her dreams. However, being offered her own television pilot out of the blue changed her entire career trajectory.

While Glee enjoyed being a fantastical show, the entire premise of Rachel’s career arc was ridiculous.

Without a single television or professional stage credit to her name, it is highly unlikely that a casting director would pluck her from obscurity for her own television show. Fans are conditioned to suspend disbelief, but this was too farfetched, even for Ryan Murphy.

18 Hurt: Quinn In A Wheelchair

If there is one thing that Glee knew how to do, it was tug on their audience’s heartstrings. By establishing such a connection between their fans and characters, it was truly heartbreaking when something harmed them. During her senior year at McKinley, Quinn was hospitalized following a car accident. Ultimately, the accident left her bound to a wheelchair and unable to walk.

Initially, fans were devastated for Quinn following her accident. However, the devastation quickly faded away to confusion. After only three episodes, Quinn would “magically” be out of her chair after healing from her injuries. While recovery was not impossible, it happened far too quickly for fans to comprehend. Had Quinn remained injured for longer, the storyline may have had the desired impact. Instead, it just became a punchline.

17 No Sense: Brittany Is A Genius

Many of the comedic highlights of Glee‘s early seasons focused on Brittany’s one-liners. Her dim-witted responses made for some hysterical moments and made her a must-see character. Unfortunately, the show decided to undo all of the work that had been put into her character towards the end of the series.

The charm of Brittany S. Pierce was that she rarely understood any situation she was in. However, it turns out that she was actually a mathematical genius the entire time. Instead of following through on her character, the show swerved fans by revealing that she was recruited by MIT to solve complex equations. The show had spent numerous episodes dedicated to her lack of intelligence, but then decided to flip the script? This move came out of left field and just left fans confused.

16 Hurt: The Major Event

When a show “jumps the shark,” it goes too far with a storyline and begins to lose popularity. Following so much work through their first seasons, it appeared that by season four, the team was grasping at straws for their storylines. After tackling teenage issues of pregnancy, substance abuse, and harm, the show resorted to gun issues.

While certainly a prevalent issue, the episode Shooting Star was poorly timed.

Airing only four months following the event at Sandy Hook Elementary School, families involved in the incident were not pleased. In fact, with so many parallels to the real-life incident, fans were upset they were not notified of the intensity of the episode beforehand. While Glee always did a great job of tackling social issues, this one warranted a warning.

15 No Sense: Blaine Hurting Kurt

When it comes to the most beloved Glee couples, Klaine is always near the top. The trials that these two went through in order to find love was nothing short of amazing. However, each of those situations made them grow stronger together because they relied on each other. This is why when it was revealed that Blaine had left Kurt for someone fans had never met before, it was very confusing.

While Kurt and Blaine had their share of issues – just like all couples – Blaine’s ideas came out of nowhere. If the showrunners wanted to make a big statement about this couple, they should have put much more thought into it. Having Blaine harm Kurt just for the sake of it made the storyline fall flat since it had no further meaning behind it.

14 Hurt: Lauren Zizes Disappears

Glee‘s secondary characters were incredibly under-rated parts of the show. With so many one-liners and hilarious moments to choose from, some of the background characters had better moments than the main cast. Just based on Lauren Zizes’ brief appearances in the early seasons of the show, she became a fan favorite. So when she became a member of the New Directions during season three, fans were overjoyed.

Unfortunately, that joy would be short lived as Lauren would vanish without a trace. Following a brief relationship with Puck and performances at Regionals, Lauren would fade into obscurity at McKinley. This would become a theme with Glee over the years, and Lauren would not be the first victim. Yet, Lauren would be the one that is missed the most.

13 No Sense: Sue Married Herself

Glee would see a lot of weddings through their short run. While each would end in happiness for everyone, there is one that sticks out as nonsensical among them all. Weddings for Emma and Will, Blaine and Kurt, and Brittany and Santana were fantastic affairs, but Sue Sylvester’s still makes fans scratch their heads.

Most of the things Sue was involved in confuse fans, but her marriage to herself is at the top of the list.

During season two, Sue announced that she had plans to marry her most compatible mate – herself. Following a stint on a dating service, she determined that she is her most ideal relationship. The idea was very strange, unexplored and so poorly executed that it did not fit in with the rest of the show. Furthermore, it was never referenced again throughout the series. So ultimately, what was the point?

12 Hurt: Artie’s Magic Legs

The focus that Glee had on love, hope, and happiness was a great message for viewers. When the rest of the world was focused on negativity, Glee knew how to make things positive again. However, sometimes their suspension of disbelief went a little too far and made things difficult to watch.

Artie’s unfortunate childhood accident left him unable to walk and bound to a wheelchair. Kevin McCale’s portrayal of a handicapable student was met with praise from the community as a positive showing of for those with disabilities. However, Artie receives a ReWalk which allows him to walk with assistance. Other than this brief appearance, the machine is never seen again and is revealed to have broken quickly. Instead of furthering their stance on positivity, the show took a step backward with this strange addition.

11 No Sense: Tina Woke Up As Rachel

As the show began to press on, the search for fresh episode ideas seemed to get bleaker. Rather than being treated to fresh ideas, fans were given strange episodes like Props. Instead of diving in further to characters and providing fresh storylines, one-off episodes were created that had little substance to the overall plot.

Props focused on Tina hitting her head and dreaming of a world where all New Directions members swapped bodies. Tina saw herself as Rachel, Kurt was acting like Finn, and Puck became Blaine. While there were some funny moments, the episode did not serve to move any plots forward. Much more effort could have been placed on what made the show great, but instead, fans were given this strange episode.

10 Hurt: Ryder Quits The Glee Club

Introducing new characters into the New Directions is always a big gamble. New faces either have the opportunity to become fan favorites or unlikable additions. When all of the new Glee underclassmen became part of the show during season four, fans were indifferent to the group. In an effort to create a connection, these students were given prime placement on several episodes.

While characters like Ryder showed great promise, it seems that the showrunners eventually regretted their decision.

In his biggest storyline, Ryder wound up quitting the Glee Club in emotional fashion following being “catfished” by Unique. For those fans that were invested in his storyline, they were surprised to see that the writers essentially forgot about his story. Instead of being apart from the club the next season, he had returned like nothing had happened. Not addressing storylines like this hurt the credibility of the show in a way that it never recovered from.

9 No Sense: Rachel Had A Crush On Will

Just a little crush? More like just a little annoying episode. Fans were heavily invested in the pairing of Rachel and Finn during the early seasons of the show. Any deviation from that relationship was not met with approval. So imagine how fans reacted when Rachel developed a crush on her teacher, Mr. Schuester?

While the escapade only lasted one episode, it was a very strange development. Rachel had only shown contempt for Will in the past, but she suddenly fell head-over-heels for him after singing a song together. This took place early on in the show, so perhaps the writers were just experimenting. Either way, it is a storyline that is best forgotten about when thinking about the show’s past.

8 Hurt: Terri False Pregnancy

While Terri Schuester may be one of Glee’s most notorious villains, her storyline is very strange to think about in retrospect. In an effort to keep her husband, she fakes a pregnancy and plans to “purchase” Quinn’s baby as her own. It is surprising that a story like this was allowed to make the air, but it was one of the main focuses of the first season.

Terri serves as a reminder of just how ugly the world can be, and that is not what Glee is about.

If Glee were to return to the air, it is unlikely that something like this would make the screen again. The premise of Terri’s pregnancy could be considered hurtful to many audience members, and could certainly be seen in poor taste.

7 No Sense: Blaine Dates Karofsky

Dave Karofsky’s story arc is one of the most powerful moments of the show. Dave’s growth over multiple seasons elicits so many reactions and shows the power of being yourself. Prior to his redemption, Dave is one of the most disliked villains due to how he treats Kurt. His treatment of Kurt earns him his hatred, particularly from those closest to Kurt. This is what makes his relationship with Blaine so strange when it randomly occurs later in the series.

Blaine is fully aware of how poorly Karofsky treated Kurt, so it seems very unlikely that they would find a romantic connection. While Dave certainly becomes a changed man, some of the things he said and did to Kurt were just unforgivable. Not only was Kurt confused at their relationship, but so were the fans.

6 Hurt: Rachel Is A Choir Director

Perhaps someone should be doing reference checks on the employees that McKinley High School hires. While teachers like Will and Emma are reputable, there are some seriously questionable decisions made about the faculty. The strangest of all is when Rachel Berry herself ends up on the payroll as choir director.

There is no denying Rachel’s talent on the stage, but how does this make her qualified to teach and lead students?

Particularly considering that she has zero qualifications towards teaching, it makes little sense that she would be allowed to direct a school program. It seems like there is a disconnect on exactly what makes a good teacher in the state of Ohio.

5 No Sense: The Acafellas

When Glee would take the time to focus on the adult characters, it was normally a breath of fresh air. In fact, storylines featuring Mr. Schue, Emma, and Coach Beiste were very well received. However, this early “gem” of an episode is not remembered very fondly.

The Acafellas was Will Schuester’s attempt to regain his glory days as a performer, however, there was one issue – not a single fan asked for an episode like this. During Season One, fans were heavily invested in storylines featuring Finn, Rachel, Puck, and Quinn. Unfortunately for Will and the rest of The Acafellas, fans were not interested in seeing this group. In fact, this episode is among the lowest rated of the entire first season. Perhaps this would have been better left unexplored as a story arc.

4 Hurt: Anything With Myron

It is no secret that Glee’s later seasons were not amongst the strongest of the series. In fact, the entire final season did not have many strong episodes at all. The worst trend of them all began when Myron Musovitz was introduced as a new member of the group.

Widely considered to be the worst addition to the show, Myron was a loud-mouthed, young child who was forced into the group. Instead of being entertaining, Myron only came off as annoying to audiences and was heavily criticized. Thankfully the actress was only included in four episodes, otherwise, her mark on the series would have been much more negative.

3 No Sense: Kurt’s Internship

Glee was at its best when it focused on the New Direction’s pursuit of show-choir glory. It was only when the show began to deviate from this that fans began to question the show’s viability and strength. This was no more apparent than when Kurt moved to New York and pursued a career outside of performing arts.

Kurt’s internship at Vogue alongside Sarah Jessica Parker is a strange black mark on Glee’s history.

While Sarah Jessica Parker is delightful in her role, the entire internship storyline makes little sense. Given Kurt’s limited experience in the world outside of Ohio, how was he able to land such a sweet gig? Particularly when he was not actually enrolled at school during that time. The entire premise makes little sense, but it was entertaining enough for fans to enjoy.

2 Hurt: Artie Playing Football

Suspending disbelief for entertainment purposes is one thing. But believing that a high school football program would allow a student in a wheelchair to compete in a contact sport? That is just insulting to the audience’s intelligence.

While Glee‘s message of inclusion was always refreshing to witness, allowing Artie to compete on the gridiron is a step too far. High schools have a responsibility to keep their students safe, and football is not exactly a safe sport. For someone in Artie’s condition to be allowed to play, there would be numerous rules being broken. Perhaps this one should have been thought through a little bit more because it only served to damage the show’s credibility in the eyes of their fans.

1 No Sense: Blaine And The Puppets

Introducing experimental ideas into a stale show can sometimes have a great payoff. However, this requires that the idea is well-executed and well-received by fans. Unfortunately, season five’s Puppet Master did not check off either of those requirements.

It seems that someone on the writing team decided that including puppets in the show was going to be a good idea. The only explanation they could muster up – that there was a gas leak in the auditorium that was causing hallucinations. Looking at this episode in a microscope, it is one of the strangest things to occur on the show. Particularly because the puppets are never seen again.

Are there any other storylines that should be on this list? Let us know in the comments!


2019-04-25 07:04:09

Chris Lalonde

Star Trek: 10 Storylines That Hurt TNG (And 10 That Saved It)

Star Trek: The Next Generation is regarded by many to be the best of the Star Trek TV shows. The fact that The Original Series had helped to propel the franchise to an iconic status helped The Next Generation immensely, as the show was able to run for seven seasons without being canceled, which gave the cast and the writers the time they needed to mold the show into the epic that it became.

It wasn’t easy for The Next Generation to find its feet, as the first season of the show was notoriously terrible compared to everything that came after it, with the triple threat of “The [Bare] Now,” “Code of Honor,” and “The Last Outpost” almost sinking the show before it could find its audience.

The Next Generation improved a great deal with each following season, but there were still clunkers hidden among the classics. There were a lot of long-running storylines in The Next Generation that took place over the course of seasons and these had the potential to be either incredible or terrible.

We are here today to determine which storylines helped The Next Generation to become one of the greatest TV shows of all time and which ones almost sank the show before it could find its footing – from the original Ferengi and their rodent combat style, to the arrival of one of the most feared enemies of the Federation.

Here are Ten Storylines That Hurt Star Trek: The Next Generation (And Ten That Saved It)

20 The Original Ferengi (Hurt)

Star Trek: The Next Generation was originally planned to exclude all of the notable races from Star Trek: The Original Series, which meant that we wouldn’t see any Klingons, Romulans, or Vulcans on the show. These plans were swiftly dropped, but the writers decided to introduce new races to act as villains on the show, with the Ferengi originally intended to replace the Klingons as enemies of the Federation.

The original Ferengi were impossible to take seriously, as their debut episode involved them bouncing around like animals. The idea of the militaristic Ferengi also failed to work and they were gradually downplayed as villains of the show before they were reimagined in Deep Space Nine as a commerce-obsessed race, which was a far better fit for them.

19 Worf Losing & Regaining His Honor (Saved)

Star Trek: The Next Generation brought the viewers closer to the Klingon Empire than ever before, which was mostly due to the prominence of Worf, who became even more important to the show when Denise Crosby left.

Worf was a Klingon with an outsider’s perspective of his native culture, as he spent most of his life living in the Federation. It’s through Worf’s eyes that the viewer learns the truth about the “honor” of Klingons and how truly deceptive and underhanded they could be in the pursuit of power.

The story of Worf losing his honor due to the plots of the Duras family and later regaining his honor when siding with Gowron offered some of the most insightful looks into Klingon society in the history of the franchise. It was these storylines that helped to make the Klingons so popular with the fans, to the point where there are many who root for the Empire over Starfleet.

18 Sela Going Nowhere (Hurt)

Denise Crosby asked to be written out of Star Trek: The Next Generation, due to how unhappy she was working on the show. Crosby’s departure led to Tasha Yar meeting her fate during the first season of the show.

Tasha Yar would return in the form of alternate realities and time travel plots, one of which involved an alternate version of Tasha appearing in the past of the Star Trek universe and giving birth to a half-Romulan daughter named Sela, who would also be played by Denise Crosby.

The debut of Sela was used a cliffhanger ending of the fourth season of Star Trek: The Next Generation, yet her role in the story was minimal and could have been performed by any other Romulan character on the show. Sela only made four appearances in the show and was never treated as a major character within the story.

17 Moriarty Redeems The Holodeck Episode (Saved)

The holodeck episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation were a mixed bag, as they mainly existed to offer temporary genre shifts for the show (such as allowing the crew to experience gangster or western storylines) and their quality varied. The recurring element of the “holodeck malfunction” that caused the games to become deadly also quickly grated on the fans.

The exception to the bad holodeck episodes was “Elementary, Dear Data” and “Ship in a Bottle”, which introduced the hologrammatic version of Professor James Moriarty from the Sherlock Holmes novels.

The Enterprise computer created a version of Moriarty that was meant to be smart enough to challenge Data, yet Moriarty grew sentient and he learned the truth about his artificial status. The story of Moriarty’s redemption (yet still being wicked enough to oppose the Enterprise crew) was one of The Next Generation’s best.

16 Pulaski Messing With Data (Hurt)

Gates McFadden left Star Trek: The Next Generation after the first season, which led to her being replaced by Diana Muldaur, who played Dr. Katherine Pulaski.

Dr. Pulaski became the new chief medical officer aboard the Enterprise, but the fans didn’t readily accept her replacing Dr. Crusher, which led to an outpouring of support for Gates McFadden and her eventual return to the show.

The main reason why Dr. Pulaski didn’t work as a character was due to a running storyline of her belittling Data due to him being an android. The idea of Dr. Pulaski slowly warming up to Data worked on paper, but Data was already becoming one of the most popular characters on the show and Dr. Pulaski’s attitude towards him only vilified her in the eyes of the fans.

15 Barclay Isn’t Perfect (Saved)

The Federation is meant to be an idealized version of human society, which can make it difficult for TV show writers to come up with dramatic tension between different characters.

The crew of the Enterprise is made up of the best and brightest that Starfleet has to offer, which can make it hard for the audience to feel akin to the characters on the show, as everyone is a genius in their field.

Reginald Barclay proved that everyone serving on the Enterprise wasn’t perfect and that there were still interpersonal issues happening in the future. Barclay was one of the best engineers aboard the Enterprise, yet his nervous disposition and lack of confidence held him back for many years. It took the help of the other members of the Enterprise crew to bring Barclay out of his shell, which resulted in one of the most engaging and human storylines in The Next Generation. 

14 Worf & Troi’s Romance (Hurt)

There are TV shows that use a long-running “will they won’t they” romance between two characters to build tension and increase audience interest, like Rachel and Ross in Friends, or Daphne and Niles in Frasier. One way to keep these storylines interesting is by bringing in other romantic interests to act as roadblocks to the coupling that the audience wants to see.

It was obvious from “Encounter at Farpoint” that a romance between Riker and Troi was on the cards, yet the writers felt that she should be in a relationship with Worf, despite the two being so incompatible that no one bought it.

Marina Sirtis has been openly critical of the choice to put Troi and Worf together, as she felt that the writers ignored the personalities of both characters in order to make the relationship fit.

13 The Betrayal Of Ensign Ro (Saved)

The story of the planet Bajor and its occupation by the Cardassians was a major plotline in Star Trek that dominated Deep Space Nine, but the seeds of those episodes were planted with Ensign Ro’s presence on The Next Generation.

Ro Laren was a Bajoran who joined Starfleet and rose up through the ranks, until earning a spot on the Enterprise. It seemed as if Ro was loyal to the crew, but her experiences on Bajor during the occupation led to her betraying Starfleet and joining the Maquis Resistance movement.

Star Trek often portrayed the members of Starfleet as always holding on to their ideals, yet Ro Laren was an example of someone who saw those ideals challenged and chose a different path. It’s just a shame that Ro never appeared again (and was effectively replaced by Kira on Deep Space Nine), as a reunion between her and Picard following her defection would have made for an incredible episode.

12 Wesley’s Starfleet Career (Hurt)

Wesley Crusher rose through the ranks of Starfleet in an unconventional way, as he was able to gain firsthand experience from the crew of the Enterprise due to the fact that his mother was serving on the ship, which presented him with several annoying opportunities to save the day.

The fans were briefly saved from Wesley’s antics when he entered Starfleet Academy, but he just kept coming back to check-in with the audience about how his career was doing.

The rise of Wesley Crusher’s career, coupled with the fact that it went nowhere, was one of the most disliked storylines in the history of Star Trek. 

11 Q Loves To Mess With The Enterprise (Saved)

Star Trek: The Next Generation opened with a visit from Q, who was a wicked creature with godlike powers, yet he seemed more interested in messing around with the Enterprise crew than he was with destroying them. Q was the trickster god who loved to put mortals through the wringer for his own amusement, in the same manner as the likes of Loki.

The bookended story of The Next Generation and the final revelation about the meaning of the trial in the first episode is part of what made the show so special and it made the audience examine Q and his actions in a different light. Was Q really out to harm the Enterprise or was it all an act to prepare the Federation for the horrors that awaited them in space?

10 Hugh & The Borg Nuke (Hurt)

Hugh was a Borg drone who slowly began to form a new identity of his own after being separated from the Collective.

The issue with the Hugh storyline is due to the concept of the Federation developing an invasive program that could wipe out the Borg once and for all, but Picard refuses to use it on moral grounds.

Captain Picard might be too kind to commit that level of harm on the Borg, but there are plenty of other people in Starfleet who lack such scruples, most notably the members of Section 31, who would have no problem wiping out the Borg when given the chance. The idea of there being an easy way to annihilate the Borg that never gets used is something that had to be ignored with Star Trek going forward.

9 Data’s Family (Saved)

Data was originally believed to be the only Soong-type android left in existence until it was revealed that he had a brother named Lore, who was found in pieces in Soong’s lab.

The idea of there being an evil version of Data who used his brilliant mind to further his own goals was a great one and it turned him into one of the best recurring villains in the show.

Data’s family also briefly expanded in “The Offspring,” when he created a daughter named Lal. The story of the brief life of Lal was one of The Next Generation’s best of all time and is still one of the saddest episodes in the history of the franchise.

It’s just a shame that the planned episode involving Lore reviving Lal never came to pass, as it would have briefly brought Data’s family together.

8 Vash’s Whirlwind Romance (Hurt)

“Captain’s Holiday” was created because Patrick Stewart wanted to include a bit more intensity in The Next Generation. It seems that the short shorts he wore in the episode were effective, as the woman who played his love interest would go on to become his fiance for a time.

Captain Picard met a feisty archeologist named Vash during the events of “Captain’s Holiday” and the two began a love affair that lasted until the end of the episode, which was later briefly rekindled in “Qpid.”

The character of a duplicitous archeologist who is also a gorgeous woman would have felt more appropriate in an Indiana Jones or spy show, yet Vash felt out of place in The Next Generation and her presence seemed more like a hamfisted attempt to inject some romance into the show than anything else.

7 Tomalak’s Rivalry With Picard (Saved)

The Romulans were a recurring enemy throughout The Next Generation, before entering an uneasy alliance with Starfleet and the Klingon Empire in Deep Space Nine in order to face the Dominion. Captain Picard often had to deal with Romulan schemes, especially those involving the Neutral Zone.

One of the recurring foes of the Enterprise in The Next Generation was Commander Tomalak, who represented every conniving and duplicitous aspect of the Romulans. Tomalak was a great foil to Captain Picard and Riker, as he tried to lure them into various traps in order to further his schemes and elevate his own position among the Romulan military.

It’s a shame that we didn’t see more of Tomalak, as it felt as if his position on the show was usurped by Sela, who was another wasted opportunity of a character.

6 Worf’s Son Keeps Coming Back (Hurt)

Kid characters on TV shows usually only work when they are the focus of the series. You couldn’t remove the kids from Malcolm in the Middle, but adding kids to shows like Married… with Children and The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air only made them worse.

It was revealed in “Reunion” that Worf had a son with K’Ehleyr, named Alexander, who he had never met before. When K’Ehleyr is slain by Duras, Worf became Alexander’s guardian and he lived on the Enterprise along with the families of other crew members.

Alexander was a recurring character in The Next Generation and his episodes were usually terrible, partly because he suffered from the Anakin Skywalker syndrome of being a little too young (in terms of the actor’s age) to be engaged in the events taking place on the show.

5 Sarek’s Decline (Saved)

Sarek was one of the few characters from Star Trek: The Original Series to appear in Star Trek: The Next Generation, which was possible due to the fact that Vulcans have an incredibly long lifespan.

The storyline of Sarek in The Next Generation deals with the ravages of time and of how a powerful Vulcan could have all of his control stripped away by the effects of age.

Mark Lenard reprised the role of Sarek in Star Trek: The Next Generation and it was his incredible performance that helped to cement the legacy of the character, as Lenard gave us a tragic glimpse into the life of a great man who was brought low by a neurological condition over which he had no control and was forced to lose his grip over the emotions that he had fought so hard to hide.

4 Lwaxana Troi (Hurt)

There were times when Star Trek would fall back on the tropes and stereotypes of regular TV shows in the search for episode ideas, which is partly why Harry Mudd was created, as the writers wanted the Enterprise crew to face an interstellar con man.

Lwaxana Troi seemingly only existed to be every overbearing mother stereotype rolled into one. Why would you want to watch a science fiction show when you could see Lwaxana complaining about how her daughter isn’t married yet? These episodes were often accompanied by her insatiable grandmother routine, where she tried to get together with the likes of Captain Picard in nauseating ways.

The real reason why Lwaxana Troi existed was so that Gene Roddenberry could put his wife in the show, which is a sweet gesture that the audience had to pay for.

3 Data’s Quest For Emotions (Saved)

It didn’t take long for Data to become one of the most popular characters on The Next Generation. The idea of an android being the most capable and intelligent member of the crew, yet lacking in any emotions was an intriguing variation of Spock’s story in The Original Series. Spock had to constantly keep his raging emotions in check, while Data was incapable of feeling them at all.

The story of Data’s emotional development, his love life, and the questions over whether he was even classed as a sentient being made for some of the best episodes of The Next Generation.

It’s just a shame that Data become so obnoxious when he finally had his emotion chip put in. It might have been for the best if his quest to become a real boy had never ended.

2 The Traveler Loves Wesley (Hurt)

Wesley Crusher was one of the most disliked characters in Star Trek: The Next Generation, with many people referring to him as Gene Roddenberry’s very own Mary Sue, with intelligence far beyond his years and everyone around him seemingly greasing him up for the incredible destiny that he surely had ahead of him.

The most overt of Wesley’s admirers was the interdimensional being known as the Traveler, who treated Wesley as if he was some kind of space messiah in training and appeared in several episodes in order to guide Wesley to his reality-hopping destiny.

The Traveler did end up taking Wesley out of The Next Generation until the movies, so he did do at least one good thing during his time on the show.

1 The Borg Threat (Saved)

Star Trek: The Next Generation had a notably rocky first season, with many people on the cast convinced that the show would be canceled at the earliest opportunity.

The second season of Star Trek: The Next Generation was when the show started to improve and the moment that really helped separate the show from its predecessor happened in “Q Who,” with the introduction of the Borg.

The Borg were like no other villain in the history of Star Trek. They could not be reasoned with and they possessed no emotions at all, save for the desire to assimilate all life.

The Borg represented a new kind of threat for the Federation and it was one that the Enterprise was ill-equipped to deal with, which helped to define the story of The Next Generation going forward, as all of the rules of engagement had to be thrown out of the window in the face of assimilation.


2019-04-22 04:04:46

Scott Baird

10 Storylines In Justice League Canon We’d Like To See In The DCEU

The DC Extended Universe is a baby compared to how long countless other DC universes have been around. Having started in 2013, the DCEU seems to now be very slowly picking up the pace with the well-received films of Shazam! and Aquaman. Due to this upturn in both critical and commercial success, it’s time the universe sees more stories from established universes.

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Since all these universes are set in separate canons, none of them can be considered as non-canon unless explicitly stated by DC themselves. Thus, all the storylines we saw in TV shows, comics and animated media apply. Let’s see 10 of these storylines and characters we’d like to see introduced in the DCEU.

10 AMAZO Vs The Justice League

AMAZO was an android who had the ability to duplicate any superhero’s attributes – it didn’t matter if those powers were intrinsic or a weapon of the hero. This made AMAZO impossible to beat since he replicated every hero’s abilities and held them all in tandem.

He was best seen in an episode of the DC Animated Universe, where he duplicated the powers of the entire Justice League. After being manipulated by Lex Luthor, AMAZO went on a vendetta against him, and despite every member of the entire Justice League Unlimited going against him, AMAZO wasn’t fazed. This would make for an awesome story in the DCEU since it would feature every hero in that universe, and provide more of the manipulative Lex Luthor as opposed to the clown Luthor we saw in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.

9 Tower Of Babel

Batman’s contingency plans mean he’s the most dangerous Justice League member. We saw in the 2017 Justice League film that his “Big Gun” plan was Lois Lane, but this contingency was nothing compared to the “Tower of Babel” from the comics.

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In this story, Ra’s Al Ghul got his hands on the contingency plans of Batman against every Justice League hero, and he used them to completely annihilate the faction. This storyline saw the League’s trust in Batman destroyed, before which they were all shown on their knees against Ra’s. The DCEU Justice League were handily defeated by a confused Superman, but imagine them all being beaten by someone as less powerful as Ra’s, especially all due to Batman.

8 Legion Of Doom

Unfortunately for us, since Justice League was far from a critical success, we won’t be seeing a Legion of Doom story in the DCEU. The end of the film obviously was indicating toward the Legion, as Lex Luthor called Deathstroke over and had plans for others, but it won’t be happening now.

What we could’ve seen in the proposed Justice League Part Two would be the Legion of Doom – a team generally comprising Lex, Joker, and all of the archenemies of the other superheroes. This would’ve blown away all disappointments from Justice League as the chance to see all these incredible supervillains going up against the Justice League would’ve been an instant sell.

7 Crisis On Infinite Earths

When the DCEU reaches that rich variety of characters the MCU has, then the “Crisis on Infinite Earths” storyline will definitely need to be greenlit. In this comic issue, the DC Multiverse was turned upside down and the same characters interacted with different versions of themselves.

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The main universe heroes of the DC comics had to team up with different universe versions to save the complete Multiverse. By bringing this into the DCEU, we’ll have the opportunity to see multiple versions of Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, and everyone else. It’ll be a wonderful opportunity to mix stories up and maybe keep different universe versions in the DCEU on a permanent basis.

6 Flashpoint

This storyline has had an enormous impact on the comics in that it completely changed the timeline established for decades and led into the “New 52” series for DC – basically, every story was rebooted.

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The plot had to do with The Flash traveling to an alternate timeline where every established status quo was in disarray. For instance, Thomas Wayne was Batman. With many critics calling the DCEU a mess, the “Flashpoint” story is the perfect way to fix everything up. There are hundreds of more possibilities with this story, and they can all be used to change the dynamic of the DCEU. Plus, we might get to see Jeffrey Dean Morgan as Batman.

5 CADMUS

This was the most political storyline from the DCAU, and probably the best. The CADMUS arc had Amanda Waller and the government pitted against Justice League – mainly Superman – as they believed the League would go rogue and take over the world. Lex Luthor masterminded events that led to Superman being greatly discredited and even ostracized by his fellow superheroes.

With the DCEU set to be expanded in the coming years, an inevitable confrontation between the government and the League would be the perfect story to cap off every new superhero’s introduction. This would also give the DCEU a very quality plot.

4 President Luthor

Lex Luthor has been elected as president a number of times across various mediums, so there’s not one specific plot the DCEU can pick from. In the comics, Luthor looked to discredit Superman once more and pinned blame on him for a Kryptonite asteroid heading toward Earth, despite Superman not being responsible for it – leading to Superman and Batman opposing him.

Jesse Eisenberg’s Lex has never been taken seriously in the DCEU. A story that forces him to at least pretend to be a sane man will be welcomed by everyone who want the devious and clever Lex to be part of the films.

3 Evil Superman

This was where Zack Snyder was initially heading toward with his vision for the DCEU before he was fired from his role. To be fair, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice was an awful film to sit through, so you can’t blame viewers for hating it. However, it was supposed to be part of a bigger picture and we saw the evil Superman in Bruce’s nightmare.

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If used right, this story could come back. In one canon from DC storylines, Superman became evil after Lois Lane was killed. Some stories have her being killed by the Joker, while some have Lex Luthor carry it out; whatever way, Superman being evil will open up many possibilities for the rest of the Justice League heroes to shine.

2 Darkseid’s Invasion

The endgame for the Justice League stories in the DCEU was meant to be the invasion of Earth by Darkseid. Steppenwolf was generic to the bone, but that was because they were saving up for the real big bad, Darkseid, to take over the reins.

There’s still potential for Darkseid to arrive as people still love Superman, and the rest of the League’s individual films have so far been well received to warrant more appearances from them. Darkseid has invaded Earth in so many different stories that it’s impossible to just choose one. But the best choice would be where the heroes’ backs are against the wall and for them to use their wits to outsmart Darkseid.

1 The Justice Lords

In this story from the DCAU, the Justice League were pushed too far by Lex Luthor and resulted in the death of Flash, prompting Superman to incinerate Luthor in revenge. This led to them beginning a totalitarian regime on Earth and they became both feared and hated. It turned out these “Justice Lords” were an alternate reality version, and they crossed over to the main universe; they defeated the Justice League, following which our heroes had to rally and figure out how to beat this evil “Justice Lords” faction.

The DCEU will benefit from this as it’ll give us a story where the league will need to put up a united front. This will bring out the best in the characterization of all heroes and convey the dangers of going in too deep with good intentions.

NEXT: DC Are Making A Mistake Leaving Superman Behind


2019-04-21 01:04:08

Saim Cheeda

Dragon Ball: 10 Storylines That Hurt The Series (And 10 That Saved It)

Dragon Ball, as we know, is one of the longest-running and most popular franchises around. Whether as a manga, an anime, a movie series, a collection of video games, or anything else than has carried the Dragon Ball name over the years, it’s just unstoppable.

Consistently popular, yes, but that doesn’t mean it gets a free pass. Sometimes, all that renown and international cachet can work against you. All eyes are on you, and if you slip up (even ever-so-slightly), your legions of fans are going to unleash the full fury of their snark on internet message boards and comment sections everywhere.

The Simpsons knows these pressures all too well.  As the show enters its third decade and approaches its 660th episode, things are getting more than a little strained. There are only so many absurd situations Homer can find himself in before they really start trying irredeemably hard, if that hasn’t happened already. The golden years of The Simpsons, even the most dedicated fans will probably tell you, are far behind it now.

The Dragon Ball series is even older (having been originally created by Akira Toriyama in 1984), and has experienced its own peaks and troughs. That’s just inevitable with any established franchise. Among them have been some major missteps like the Great Saiyaman saga and Society Survival saga, more than balanced out by fantastic storylines like the Trunks saga and original Frieza saga.

Let’s take a look at some of the lowest lows and highest highs the franchise has ever taken us to. Buckle up, it’s going to be a bumpy ride.

20 HURT THE SERIES: The Garlic Jr. Saga

Now, it’s never a good sign when a particular Saga is completely absent from the source material (that is, the manga). Sadly, this is exactly the case with the whole Garlic Jr. storyline, which takes place in the anime between the Sagas of Frieza and Trunks.

This isn’t unusual in anime, as fans will know, but that doesn’t make this sort of thing any easier to swallow. All of this Garlic Jr. business draws on the plot of the movie Dragon Ball Z: Dead Zone, and centers around the titular villain seeking revenge on Goku for sending him to said Zone.

There’s just something off about this whole thing. The fact that the two-bit villain of the piece (in the grand scheme of Dragon Ball) was defeated by the four-year-old Gohan, for starters.

19 SAVED THE SERIES: The Black Star Dragon Ball Saga

Now, stick with us here, because this one’s going to be a controversial pick for sure. The Black Star Dragon Ball Saga was the first slice of Dragon Ball GT most of us got; it proved incredibly divisive as a result.

The issue here is that GT wanted to reboot everything about the series. Dragon Ball Z was an intense, dramatic, super serious affair, while GT was all about returning to the sillier, more comedic leanings the show had prior to that.

Naturally, this move proved controversial, to the extent that Funimation cut 16 of the 17 episodes and threw in a flashback in their stead. It wasn’t until later that these lost episodes were released (literally titled The Lost Episodes).

Come on, Dragon Ball. You can’t hide them under the couch because you were ashamed of them and then later claim they were lost. Who do you think you are, Square Enix with Final Fantasy VIII?

18 HURT THE SERIES: The Society Survival Saga

We’ve all been suckered in by a good April Fools joke. Don’t be ashamed to admit it, it happens to the best of us. Back in the day, it was all about saran wrap on the toilet seat and that sort of thing, but the advent of the internet has made it simple for ever-more sophisticated jokes to reach all the way around the world in an instant. No website is safe on April 1, friends.

Embarrassing as being fooled can be, it’s always great to see otherwise po-faced companies getting in on the action and having a little fun themselves. For April Fools 2017, Toei Animation released the snarky Society Survival Saga, which saw Goku and Vegeta getting jobs at DB Commercial Affairs.

Office shenanigans, of course, couldn’t be further removed from Dragon Ball’s usual fare, although they did still manage to shoehorn a battle with Frieza in there.

17 SAVED THE SERIES: Whis’ Cheesy Deus Ex Machina

Now, this one’s a bit of a grey area. Did it save the show in a positive sense? Well, no, but it certainly did in a literal one.

Frieza is probably the most popular and prolific villain in all of Dragon Ball. Yes, he’s been defeated the most times too, but that’s more out of plot necessity most of the time. The big plus we do have to point out is that he actually did succeed in destroying the Earth, which could’ve been curtains for the franchise (what with Goku living there and all).

As we’ve reported before, though, this calamity was quickly and super-conveniently reversed by Whis, who simply reversed time a little and repaired the whole mess. While he did state that this wasn’t a simple deus ex machina, the fact remains that it… well, totally was.

16 HURT THE SERIES: The Namek Saga

Ah, yes. The Namek Saga. As with another other story arcs, this one has sparked a whole lot of debate among fans. Here’s the issue: the whole thing kicks off after the Vegeta Saga, which ended with a series of climactic battles that left just about everybody exhausted and barely capable of moving (if even that).

Unlike many such shows, Dragon Ball isn’t afraid to really (as in, really really) mess with its most significant characters. As such, Goku was incapable of fighting (or doing much of anything at all) when the Namek Saga kicked off.

This is no surprise, after that Great Ape business, but it still raises the question: what is Dragon Ball without Goku? Or, indeed, without the Dragon Balls?

As we’ve already argued over on The Gamer, perhaps not very much at all.

15 SAVED THE SERIES: The Saiyan Saga

Well, dang. Try saying Saved the Series: the Saiyan Saga with a mouthful of Dragon Balls.

Tongue twisters aside, the Saiyan Saga really was the business, wasn’t it? It consists of both the Raditz and Vegeta Sagas (such is the twisted and confusing nature of Dragon Ball story arc naming) and brought us the Saiyans doing what they do best.

Intense, protracted (and more than a little hammy, which makes them all the better) fight sequences, every more powerful forms being taken, emotionally resonant moments by the bucketload… when they said that Dragon Ball Z was going to put the silliness and humor aside and ramp up the battles and superpowers, they were not kidding.

What an introduction to this new style of Dragon Ball action.

14 HURT THE SERIES: Goku’s Handy Get-Out-Of-Jail-Free Card

As was the case with Whis’ convenient timey-wimey tricks (Doctor Who fans will understand), this next entry isn’t about a specific Saga in Dragon Ball history. It’s just another surprising little storyline moment that just reeks of cheapness.

As fans will know, Zeno is one of the most powerful beings in Dragon Ball history. He’s been known as Grand Zeno, Grand King Zeno and Grand Zeno the Omni-King, but all of these names boil down to the same thing: he can do whatever the heck he wants, so don’t mess with him.

When Goku meets this odd little blue/purple dude, he makes the wise decision to befriend him. As a result, Zeno gives him a curious artifact: a little button to push. On pressing it, he’s told, Zeno will appear and fix whichever mess Goku has gotten himself into.

As we’ve reported before, the prideful Saiyan isn’t the kind of guy who’d want to use such a thing often. Still, what a ridiculous backup plan to have in your back pocket!

13 SAVED THE SERIES: The Tournament Saga

The Tournament Saga is one of the earliest in the series (only the second in the anime, in fact). While it’s hardly a festival of character development and convoluted, plot-twist-ridden, Da Vinci Code-esque storylines, it proved pivotal to the anime and everything it would become.

As the name suggests, the Tournament Saga is all about Goku’s training with Master Roshi and participation in the twenty-first World Martial Arts Tournament. There’s a lot of the early Dragon Ball humor on display here (particularly in Roshi’s training methods), but this was the arc that first presented fighting as a focus for the story.

More than this, it introduced Bacterian, the most hilariously awful ‘villain’ the series has ever produced. A huge, powerful martial artist who never bathes or brushes his teeth to give himself an edge in battle (his opponents have to fight with one hand because they’re using the other to hold their nose). Sure, why not? Let’s not forget Krillin’s introduction either.

12 HURT THE SERIES: The Great Saiyaman Saga

You might know this one better as The High School Saga, which… probably tells a lot of you all you need to know.

This whole sorry affair is set seven years after the Cell Games, presenting Gohan as a teenager. Deciding to study rather than continue his training, he’s attending Orange Star High School. Vegeta is now married to Bulma, Goten has been born… it’s a wild time to be alive.

The trouble with all of this faux superhero business is that it’s all a little odd. Granted, oddness isn’t anything that anime series will ever really shy away from, but it’s all a bit too Persona and not enough Dragon Ball for a lot of fans. Still, some people are into that, and that’s totally fine too.

11 SAVED THE SERIES: The King Piccolo Saga

We’re only at the halfway point in this little rundown of Dragon Ball’s best and worst storylines, but we’ve seen a real mixed bag already. Powerful storylines, emotionally charged moments, and Sagas that eschew all of that for some pure martial arts action.

Then, of course, there were the shonkier storylines that didn’t manage to capture any of this.

The King Piccolo Saga certainly did, though, bringing us some of the most intense action Dragon Ball had seen up to this point.

The first grim demise of a major character, some incredibly gripping action, and a super strong villain made this Dragon Ball gold.

RELATED: Dragon Ball Super: Everything To Know About Goku’s New Form – Ultra Instinct

Heck, this was an excellent era for the anime in general, and King Piccolo’s Saga certainly played a big part in that.

10 HURT THE SERIES: When In Doubt, Throw In An Android Or Twenty

Now, we can totally appreciate the role that the Androids played in Dragon Ball history. They were formidable opponents, they tested our heroes and proved that all kinds of forces were being brought to face, they were just downright vicious. They also paved the way for Cell, and that’s a whole different level of threat right there.

Having said that, though, this sort of thing tends to give diminishing returns. As villains, the various Androids of Dr. Gero’s design really did vary in strength, threat level and impact on the series as a whole. They were a little generic at times, and that’s not really something that you can say of a lot of Dragon Ball’s villains.  The Android production line just went on a little too long.

9 SAVED THE SERIES: The Frieza Saga

As we know, then, Dragon Ball Z was the series that took everything into a more action-oriented direction. Yes, that silliness that defined the early installments of Dragon Ball Z was all well and good, but in this era of the franchise, it’s all about dramatic action.

Frieza can always be counted on to bring dramatic action to the table. Probably the best-known and most popular villain in Dragon Ball history, this malevolent mutant just could not and would not be stopped. Well, he certainly could, but not permanently.

The action of the Frieza Saga mostly takes place on the planet Namek, and the highlight is the absurdly long battle between Frieza and Goku. That’s what we all came for, after all, and there’s no doubt that they milked every ounce of hype out of it. What a showdown.

8 HURT THE SERIES: The Babidi Saga

Unsurprisingly, the Tournament Saga was a popular concept, and the team went on to revisit it. The more combat-oriented Dragon Ball Z was the ideal place to do so, and so the World Tournament Saga was created. Sadly, the arc itself only showed half of the tournament action, with everything being wrapped up in the far less engaging arc that followed.

As a way of buying time until the whole Majin Buu thing kicked in, the Babidi Saga was a bit transparent. Babidi himself was powerful enough, but totally forgettable as a villain in the grand scheme of things. Perhaps it wouldn’t have been so bad if he wasn’t arriving immediately before a Big Bad that absolutely eclipses him.

Still, those are the breaks sometimes.

7 SAVED THE SERIES: The Trunks Saga

Dragon Ball has never been afraid to think outside the box, mix things up, keep fans guessing. This extends to the very layout of the show itself. These Sagas aren’t all neatly divided into even chunks, like seasons of a series. Interestingly, one of the shorter Sagas packs in much more action and drama than its measly eight-episode span might suggest.

The Trunks Saga definitely doesn’t outstay its welcome. Just eight episodes, perhaps, but what episodes they are. This was the arc that brought us one of the most iconic moments in Dragon Ball history: Frieza’s demise (or, one of them) by the blade of Future Trunks.

This storyline slots in between the Garlic Jr. and Android Sagas, definitely helping to build that momentum that the Android Saga would need.

6 HURT THE SERIES: Red Ribbon Army Saga

As we’ve established, long-running shows are always going to have highs and lows. Sometimes, creators just don’t get the memo that it’s time to stop, and things drag on and on rather than ending gracefully. We’re looking at you again, The Simpsons.

Nevertheless, there’s something else we’ve got to bear in mind too. Often, these sorts of things are just a matter of opinion. Every Dragon Ball fan has their favorite and least favorite arcs, and there will always be heated debates in the community about that.

There are certainly some that are less popular, though, even if they aren’t necessarily bad. Take the Red Ribbon Army Saga. There’s very little threat or excitement until Tao Pai Pai’s appearance, and it doesn’t contribute an awful lot to the series as a whole.

Is it especially bad? Not really. Would we particularly miss it if it wasn’t there? Not really.

5 SAVED THE SHOW: Captain Ginyu Saga

As we saw earlier in this rundown, the Namek Saga doesn’t tend to be a fan favorite. With its lack of focus on Goku and the Dragon Balls themselves, essential elements of the anime are missing. There’s a whiff of filler about it (which is nothing new in anime, of course), as we wait for Goku to inevitably return to his battling best.

The Captain Ginyu Saga kicks in immediately afterward (just before/as part of the Frieza Saga, depending on the ordering conventions you’re going by), and showcases a Goku who’s back at the peak of his powers.

In his defeat of Burter and Jeice, Goku sets the stage for Captain Ginyu’s attack, and, ultimately, Frieza’s.

It was all going off here, friends, that’s for darn sure.

4 HURT THE SHOW: Why Is Bio-Broly A Thing, Again?

The Dragon Ball fandom just can’t seem to agree on their feelings about Broly. Granted, no fandom can ever really agree on anything, but this is especially true where Broly’s concerned. The supposed ‘only’ Legendary Super Saiyan, canon just goes haywire around this guy. What’s real? What isn’t? How could we possibly know?

One thing we do know for sure is that he has a very shonky alternate form: Bio-Broly. It’s actually a mutated clone, and the star of its own movie: Dragon Ball Z: Bio-Broly.

The odd thing, though, is that we just can’t tell where this Thing From The Swamp wannabe ranks, strength-wise. Is it more powerful than the original Broly? Can it do things he can’t? Is there even any real reason for it to exist at all? The world may never know.

3 SAVED THE SHOW: The Cell Saga

The Dragon Ball franchise has seen a whole array of brilliant, creative and ridiculous villains. Some have failed horribly, some have come super close to achieving their aims, some have even done so. Quite a few of those have had their successes retconned out of existence, but heck, that’s not their fault, is it?

If you weren’t impressed by the Androids, behold Dr. Gero’s ultimate creation. Cell possesses the DNA of legendary warriors such as Goku and Frieza, and he was one heck of a villain. As we stated over on CBR, when he attained his perfect form and staged the Cell Games, it marked a standout moment in Dragon Ball history.

2 HURT THE SERIES: The Kid Buu Saga

As the Dragon Ball community will tell you, the whole overarching Buu saga is super polarising. It’s the marmite of Dragon Ball, if you will.

What’s at the core of this? It’s tough to say for sure. There’s no shortage of dramatic action here, that’s for certain, but we’ve become accustomed to high stakes coming with our theatrical Dragon Ball combat. Kid Buu destroyed the earth as first act on achieving this form, yes, causing the grim demise of Goku and Vegeta’s sons, but did all of that have any lasting repercussions?

In the end, Goku simply (and literally) wished away everything Kid Buu had done, which made the whole storyline seem more than a little pointless. Not that it wasn’t a heck of a spectacle to behold.

1 SAVED THE SERIES: The Majin Buu Saga

So, yes, the Kid Buu Saga wasn’t all it could have been. Some of this is due to the ending, as these convenient little fixes to devastating events aren’t really what Goku and the Z-Fighters are all about. Still, you can’t question the Dragon Balls. Or the Namekian Dragon Balls, in this case.

Without the pressure of ending the overarching Buu business itself, the Majin Buu Saga was excellent. It’s also proven divisive but does boast some iconic moments.

Dragon Ball Z’s first showcase of the Super Saiyan 3 transformation? One of the franchise’s most creative and original villains? These are things that true fans must surely appreciate.

Majin Buu’s preferred way of dispatching his enemies is to transform them into cookies and then eat them. If that’s not a party trick that just demands respect and admiration, we don’t know what is.

NEXT: Dragon Ball: That Time Vegeta Was Defeated By A Super Saiyan Cat


2019-04-20 05:04:47

Chris Littlechild

Game of Thrones: 10 Storylines That Hurt The Series (And 10 That Saved It)

Winter is coming, and so is the eighth and final season of Game of Thrones. It has been a long and tumultuous journey for fans, and there is a part of us that simultaneously can’t wait for the story to come to a close and won’t know what to do with ourselves once it is finished. But the complex fantasy tale is coming to an end, and we all just have to deal with it.

Throughout the course of the show, there have been plenty of up and down moments. Given how successful the show is, the highs definitely outweigh the lows. There are moments in Game of Thrones that have you at the edge of your seat, holding your breath. However, there are also moments that make you want to close your eyes and walk away.No television show is perfect, but Game of Thrones comes quite close. Even the “inexcusable” storylines in the show are only marginally bad.

Plus, when you look at the show as a whole, one of the most fantastic things about Game of Thrones is that every storyline so far has contributed to where the story is now. Every moment has led to this upcoming season, and it makes the show one of the most cohesive stories ever told on television. That said, we better review all these good and bad storylines before the new season pops out on April 14. We have to prepare our souls for the triumph and heartbreak to come. Read on if you want to review the storylines that hurt the series and the storylines that saved it.

20 HURT: Daenerys At Qarth

Daenerys Targaryen’s introduction in the first season was riveting. We saw her rise from being sold to a Dothraki Khal to emerging from a fiery pyre with three newly hatched dragons. After that season finale, fans could not wait to see what lay in store for her next.

Imagine our disappointment when the second season of Game of Thrones took Daenerys to Qarth, the most boring city that was or ever will be. Dany’s time there felt uninspired, and we couldn’t wait for her to get the heck out of there. Beyond seeing her dragons learn the word, “Dracarys,” we could find no enjoyment in this storyline.

19 SAVED: Tyrion’s Tenure As Hand Of The King

Tyrion ingratiated himself to fans with his sharp wit and dry humor. In no other season did these attributes of his shine so much as during the second season. Tyrion came to King’s Landing to rule as Joffrey’s temporary Hand of The King.

No one can deny that he was in his element there. He put those corrupt politicians in their place. We got to see Tyrion play the game, and he was definitely good at it. Thanks to this storyline, we got to know Tyrion as a person better, and we got to see him prepare for his future role as Hand of the Queen for Daenerys.

18 HURT: Ros’ Entire Story

Ros was a character we met back at Winterfell, before Ned Stark made his fateful journey to King’s Landing. She moved to the capital as well and became one of Littlefinger’s ladies. Her tale tragically ended when Joffrey had his way with her using his favorite crossbow.

Ros, though spunky and delightful in her own way, was just a fountain of exposition. Her character was only ever truly used to convey information to viewers in a “visually pleasing” manner. All of these things combined made for a rather “meh” storyline.

17 SAVED: The Red Wedding

Before we’re lambasted for saying the Red Wedding is one of Game of Thrones saving graces, just hear us out. The Red Wedding was a major storyline that had lasting effects throughout the rest of the show.

Arya’s time with the Hound and quest for vengeance would not have happened if the Freys had not slain her family at the Twins. That’s just one of the storylines affected by the Red Wedding. There are countless more. Without the Red Wedding as a kind of fulcrum for the story to swing on, the rest of the seasons would not have turned out the way they did.

16 HURT: Melisandre And The Power Of King’s Blood

Stannis, Davos, and Melisandre’s introduction in the second season was riveting. They were major players in the fight for the Iron Throne. But in the third season, their storylines just floundered.

Stannis hid on Dragonstone licking his wounds, and Melisandre did nothing helpful. Sure, she invited Gendry over to the castle so that she could take some of his blood with leeches and use that blood to get rid of some kings, but beyond that, Melisandre and Stannis did nothing of note in the third season. Maybe they should have pulled a Bran and disappeared for an entire season.

15 SAVED: Daenerys Takes Control Of The Unsullied

Daenerys’ story needed a boost after her languid time at Qarth, and she got that boost in Astapor. Viewers were initially worried that Daenerys was going to sell Drogon, her biggest dragon, to one of the masters of Astapor in exchange for an Unsullied army, but Daenerys took the upper hand in this situation.

Her betrayal of the masters and her leadership of the Unsullied left fans of the show cheering, feeling exulted by the Mother of Dragons and her actions. While Qarth may have soured our feelings toward Daenerys, her acquisition of the Unsullied and maintained ownership of her dragons heightened them.

14 HURT: Training In The House Of Black And White

Arya stood out from the other Stark children in her desire to ignore tradition and become a skilled fighter instead of simply a lady. Fans of the show could get behind that, but confusion erupted when Arya elected to train at the House of Black and White.

This place is home to the Faceless Men, servants of the Many-Faced God. To a Faceless Man, identity is a thing of the past. In order to train as a Faceless Man, Arya Stark had to become no one, and that never sat right with fans of the show. We were all ecstatic when she left the gloomy confines of that mausoleum of faces.

13 SAVED: Joffrey’s Doom

Joffrey made for a great antagonist. While we all despised the petulant and sadistic prince, you have to admit, disliking Joffrey was one of the joys Game of Thrones afforded us. The scheming and pitfalls that occurred before and after Joffrey’s poisoning were some of the highlights of the show.

The mystery surrounding this storyline was finally disclosed in the show’s seventh season, when Olenna Tyrell admitted that she was the one who had orchestrated the entire thing. There was a satisfaction to be found in Joffrey’s demise, but there was even more satisfaction to be found in the reasons behind it.

12 HURT: The Mutineers Of The Night’s Watch

Normally, any storyline having to do with Jon Snow and the Night’s Watch was an engaging one to follow. Not so with the mutineers holed up in Craster’s Keep.

After stabbing their Lord Commander in the back, several brothers of the Night’s Watch stayed behind north of the Wall, living lawless lives with no order. Jon Snow has to take a band from Castle Black to rout the mutineers from the place. It felt like a time-waster of a storyline. Plus, it included a moment where Bran could have reunited with Jon and didn’t.

11 SAVED: Oberyn Martell At King’s Landing

While Oberyn Martell’s time at the capital ended…explosively, his actions, while he was still amongst the living, were a delight to watch. He brought a slight amount of chaos to the equation with his presence. He was an unknown player to the game; we didn’t know what he would do next. All you knew for sure was that he wanted justice for his sister and her children.

He was only around for a single season, but Oberyn will never be forgotten by the group mind as being one of the most riveting storylines in Game of Thrones to date.

10 HURT: When Shae Turned On Tyrion

Shae and Tyrion’s relationship in the book is different from their relationship in the show. The show took their romance to a whole other level, clearly showcasing that they both had a deep and abiding affection for each other.

This was great in the first couple of seasons, but when Shae inevitably betrayed Tyrion and partnered up with his father, it backfired. How could a couple so in love with each other have ended up the way Shae and Tyrion did? Not only did their break from each other hurt more than we could have thought, but it was also tinged with a vibe of insincerity.

9 SAVED: Bran’s Lessons From The Three-Eyed Raven

You know, we did not have high hopes for Bran’s storyline after he left Winterfell. When he was joining up with Jojen and Meera and trekking north of the Wall, we were checking our watches waiting for another storyline to take over.

That all changed once Bran started taking all-seeing lessons from the Three-Eyed Raven. Suddenly, Bran’s storyline became the one we wanted to spend more time with. Nothing seemed to beat Bran’s travels to the past as he uncovered more of his father’s secrets. Who would have thought Bran would have pulled ahead this late in the game, right?

8 HURT: The Sand Snakes

While Oberyn was the Many-Faced God’s gift to the world of Game of Thrones, his daughters fell short of that mark. Being the offspring of Oberyn should have meant these characters had a leg-up on other new characters viewers might have fallen in love with.

Instead, their storylines felt added-on, and there seemed to be absolutely no character development between the three of them. Plus, since their big plan revolved around poisoning the innocent Myrcella Lannister, it was hard to feel any sort of sympathy for them. The Sand Snakes were forgettable, as was their entire storyline.

7 SAVED: Hardhome

Hardhome. ‘Nuff said. Seriously though, this storyline blew viewers out of the water. This single episode accomplished so much in so little time. It showed us how far Jon Snow was willing to go to rescue the Wildlings. It showed us how many people were still trapped north of the Wall.

And most important of all, it shoved in our faces how dire the White Walker situation really is. We all lost our minds when the wights started attacking. And that moment when Jon uses Longclaw to parry a blow from a White Walker’s weapon? Our jaws are still on the floor, and it’s been a few years.

6 HURT: Daenerys Back With The Dothraki

Daenerys’ struggles with ruling Meereen, while heart-wrenching, were interesting to watch because they were new. We had never seen Daenerys try to rule before, only conquer. However, after her first flight on Drogon, instead of ending up somewhere new, Daenerys seemed to end up in a place she had been before: with a Dothraki horde.

Her emerging from the fire at Vaes Dothrak felt like a repeat moment of her “Unburnt” glory. Instead of giving us something fresh and exciting to contend with, Daenerys’ sixth season storyline felt rehashed.

5 SAVED: Hodor Holds The Door

The storyline that reveals the reason behind Hodor’s name has got to be the biggest payoff in the history of payoffs. For countless episodes, we all heard Hodor mumble a friendly, “Hodor” whenever he opened his mouth.

We just shrugged it off as the only word this kind man knew. It became silly fodder for memes. And then Game of Thrones did what it does best and ripped our hearts out with the revelation of what “Hodor” really means. This storyline is one of the most legitimately tragic in the series, and it saved the character of Hodor from being relegated to the role of comic relief.

4 HURT: Sansa’s Marriage To Ramsay

Of all the characters in Game of Thrones (aside from perhaps Theon Greyjoy), Sansa Stark has undergone the most character development. She went from whiny teenager to a calculating adult.

However, her fifth season storyline left much to be desired. Instead of moving forward in the direction we all wanted, i.e., becoming a major player in the game of thrones, Sansa regressed. She married the psychotic Ramsay Snow and became a plaything in his twisted ways. This storyline hurt Sansa’s character development, and the only good to come of it was the eventual Battle of Ramsay and Jon. Oh, and Theon’s return to the light side.

3 SAVED: Sansa’s Triumph Over Littlefinger

As if to make up for Sansa’s treatment at the hands of both Ramsay and Littlefinger, the creators of Game of Thrones gave her an excellent storyline in the seventh season. For nearly the entire season, they played with our emotions, making us think that Sansa and Arya were going to turn on each other thanks to the machinations of Lord Baelish.

To our delight and surprise, Sansa learned from Littlefinger’s teachings and ensnared him in a trap of his own making. We got to see the three younger Starks team up to bring down the conniving Petyr Baelish. It was glorious.

2 HURT: Daenerys’ Flight North And The Rescue

Look, none of us wanted to see Jon Snow, Jorah Mormont, Tormund, or the others become part of the White Walkers’ army. We are all glad that they got rescued. But the manner in which they got rescued severely hurt the seventh season, which was an otherwise strong season.

In order for Daenerys to rescue the group trapped north of the Wall, Gendry would have had to run to the Wall in a matter of hours. Then a raven would have had to have flown from Eastwatch to Dragonstone in a similar span of time. Then Daenerys and her dragons would have had to have flown back in the same fashion. This storyline muddled the timeline of the show, and it could have been fixed with some slight alterations.

1 SAVED: Jon And Daenerys Meet

Problematic romance aside, Jon Snow and Daenerys Targaryen meeting is, without a doubt, the most compelling storyline of the series. Why? Because the entire show has led up to that moment. Both Jon and Daenerys have had their characters built up separately, gearing up toward this conversation.

When they meet, the tension in the throne room is palpable as these two powerful characters finally speak to each other. Whether we knew it from the beginning or not, the show has been about the eventual union of these two people. This storyline has been years in the making. And only the eighth and final season will show us if it has been truly worth it.


2019-04-19 06:04:36

Amanda Hurych

10 Storylines In Avengers Canon We’d Like To See In The MCU

Avengers: Endgame is right around the corner. Right now fans everywhere are trying desperately to avoid being spoiled and preparing themselves for what is sure to be an emotional roller coaster of a film. The film is set to conclude the epic 10-year long saga of storytelling. But since we’re greedy and want more from our favorite superhero team, we have to wonder what’s next for the Avengers.

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The Avengers’ battle against Thanos over the course of these two films is epic and, although a lot was changed for the film, it was inspired by the comic book storyline. There is a long history of Avengers stories from the comics that the films could draw from. From epic cosmic clashes to Earth-bound battles, here are some of the best Avengers storylines we want to see in the MCU.

10 New Avengers: Breakout

While no one knows how Avengers: Endgame is going to shake out, there is a pretty good chance that the team will forever be altered and it may be the last time we see some heroes. That also means the next time we see the Avengers, it could be a brand new team. In other words, we’ll meet the New Avengers.

New Avengers: Breakout finds the team imprisoned on The Raft and planning a prison break together. This basically happened in Captain America: Civil War, except we didn’t get to see it. This could be a fun way to bring together new heroes and put them in a situation that forces them together.

9 Secret Invasion

Secret Invaision is a storyline that fans have been anticipating since the announcement of Captain Marvel. That film introduced the conflict between warring alien race, the Kree and the Skrull. The Skrull are especially exciting introductions to the MCU as their shape-shifting abilities led to them invading Earth in this classic storyline.

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Captain Marvel changed the Skrulls quite significantly from the comics, making them more sympathetic. However, that doesn’t necessarily mean there aren’t war-minded Skrulls out there waiting to invade. The Skrulls have more to do in the MCU, so this paranoia-filled story could still happen.

8 Avengers/Defenders War

The MCU has had a lot of fun with pitting various heroes against each other. Of course, there was the big showdown in Captain America: Civil War, as well as smaller, more fun skirmishes in The Avengers, Age of Ultron and Thor: Ragnarok. These kinds of conflicts can be very effective as it is difficult for audiences to take sides.

The Avengers/Defenders War storyline uses this concept to great effect as the separate teams of heroes find themselves at opposite ends of a conflict leading to some fun one-on-one fights. As a bonus, that could mean the Defenders finally join the film universe.

7 The Korvac Saga

As fun as it is to see the heroes battle one another, having a really great villain for them to go up against is even better. Though the MCU had a villain problem in their earlier years, they have made dramatic improvements, all leading to the epic showdown with Thanos in Avengers: Infinity War.

The Korvac Saga could provide the Avengers with their next great nemesis. Michael Korvac is a man who was imbued with the Power Cosmic, turning him into a god-like being. The threat of Korvac leads to the Avengers to team with the Guardians of the Galaxy to stop him. That particular crossover in Infinity War was a highlight and it would be great to see them meet-up again.

6 Operation: Galactic Storm

It has been said that the cosmic universe will play a big role in the MCU going forward, so it makes sense that the Avengers would find themselves in some big cosmic stories. Operation: Galactic Storm is an acclaimed cosmic tale from the comics that could be a truly epic big-screen adventure.

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The story finds Earth caught up in an intergalactic war between two alien races and the Avengers being forced to intervene. While Captain Marvel tread on this same territory, to see a cosmic war on a massive scale would be a lot of fun.

5 The Kang Dynasty

One of the biggest questions about the Avengers film post-Endgame is how they will ever top Thanos as a villain. From the character design to Josh Brolin’s outstanding performance, to the fact that he killed half the universe, it’s not easy to follow that up. However, Kang the Conqueror might be the perfect villain to face the heroes next.

Kang is another brilliantly designed character who could look incredible brought to life on the big screen. He is also a big enough threat to warrant the entire roster of heroes to band together to fight him. It could certainly make for an epic showdown.

4 Under Siege

The Avengers are designed to fight against extraordinary threats. But what if there was a team designed to fight against the Avengers? In the comics, the Masters of Evil were a team founded by Baron Zemo and made up of some of their most deadly foes. This storyline found the dastardly team hitting the heroes and putting them on the ropes.

The Masters of Evil seem like the obvious villains to take on the team and give them some real trouble. Zemo is still alive in the MCU, and there are some fun villains who he could recruit.

3 Avengers vs. X-Men

As soon as the Disney/Fox deal closed, fans began speculating about how the X-Men would be brought into the MCU. As exciting as it is, integrating so many characters in the already crowded universe is a difficult task. However, to pit them against the Avengers, as in this popular storyline, might help to bring them in the fold.

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While the X-Men act as heroes, the emergence of mutants and their immense powers could potentially lead to some conflict between the groups. Although the X-Men apparently won’t be used for some time, this showdown feels inevitable.

2 Secret Wars

Avengers: Infinity War has been called the most ambitious crossover event ever. Again, it’s not easy to follow that up, but Secret Wars is the one storyline that could indeed be even bigger. The story finds the Beyonder, a cosmic entity, bringing together an all-star roster of heroes and villains to “Battleworld”, his own personal playground planet, where he forces them to battle each other.

The storyline has everything you could want for one of these movies. The amount of characters in the tale is astounding. There are plenty of hero-on-hero battles, and there is a fair bit of cosmic fun as well. The only thing that might prevent it is that it could be too ambitious.

1 Avengers Forever

As stated before, the Avengers team will likely go through some big changes in Endgame. We could very well see the end of the current iteration of the team which will be hard to take. However, when enough time passes this could be the story that brings back the original team.

Packed with plenty of time travel fun, the story finds Rick Jones jumping through history and assembling Avengers from the past, present, and future. How exciting would it be to see Captain America, Iron Man and Thor brought back after a long absence? The only problem is, we have to first say goodbye.

NEXT: The 5 Movies You Have To Watch To Understand Avengers: Endgame


2019-04-17 03:04:40

Colin McCormick

10 Possible Storylines For The Upcoming Deadpool Movie (Based On The Comics)

After a long and difficult road to getting his own solo film, the Deadpool films are currently among the biggest of superhero franchises. The R-rated, fourth-wall-breaking nature of the character was a risk but ended up being a much-needed fresh take on the genre. While some worried how the franchise would fare with the Disney-Fox deal, Disney has confirmed they plan to make more Deadpool films in the future.

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There are so many exciting places to take the character, and plenty of great comic book stories the future films can draw from. Deadpool and Deadpool 2 drew a lot of inspiration from particular comic arcs to great effect. Looking forward at the franchise’s future, here are some of the best storylines from the comics that the Deadpool movies should use.

10 Deadpool Vs The Hulk

Though some fans worried that joining Disney would result in a watered down version of Deadpool, the merger also provides a lot of potential for the future. The comics have always had great fun showing Deadpool interacting with other Marvel heroes. Now they can do that in the movies without being restricted to just the X-Men universe.

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Deadpool Vs Hulk is a great story that is now a possibility. The story follows Deadpool who, after becoming bored and depressed with his life, picks a fight with The Hulk in an effort to end it all. Just the thought of these two very different characters facing off is enough to set the box office on fire.

9 With Great Power Comes Great Coincidence

One of the greatest aspects of Deadpool is his penchant for meta-comedy. His tendency to break the fourth wall allows the comics to comment on the medium itself and the history of Marvel comics at large. The story With Great Power Comes Great Coincidence is a fantastic example of how well this can be done.

The story finds Deadpool and Blind Al trapped in another dimension, which just so happens to be within the pages of a classic Spider-Man comic. While it might be a difficult story to transition to live action, an animated take on this story could be a real winner.

8 Night Of The Living Deadpool

Deadpool is one of those rare characters who can be transplanted into just about any genre. Not only will he fit in any world, but he’ll likely breathe some new life into it as well. Case in point, this comic story that has Deadpool in the midst of a zombie apocalypse.

Zombie movies can be a bit tiresome, but a Deadpool zombie movie just sounds like a whole lot of fun. It could be a superhero version of Shaun of the Dead. Since Deadpool isn’t weighed down but reality, why not have the movies see how wild they can get?

7 Dead Reckoning

So far, the Deadpool movies have found success in telling smaller, more personal stories. Indeed, Deadpool is not really the kind of character that needs to be involved with the world-saving adventures of the other heroes. However, a movie based on the Dead Reckoning story would give Deadpool a chance to be that kind of hero, albeit in a very Deadpool way.

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A movie based on this story could fully explore Deadpool’s heroic nature or lack thereof. Does he have the capacity to be utterly selfless and try to save the world? Or would he rather see it all come crashing down just for the fun of it?

6 A Kiss, A Curse, A Cure

One of the most interesting aspects of the Marvel universe that has yet to be explored in the films is Death. In the comics, Death is a personified character who plays a big role in several storylines. She is famously Thanos’ muse and inspiration for wiping out half the universe. But she has also had a very interesting relationship with Deadpool.

This storyline explores the attraction between these two and the many complications that come with it. They want to be united, but Deadpool is a character that cannot die. This might be the ideal way of finally bringing Death to the big screen.

5 Dead Presidents

The comics can be really weird. And as much as the MCU does justice to the source material in various ways, sometimes the comics are just too “out there” for them to tackle. But if any character could fully embrace the insanity of the comics, it’s Deadpool. And the Dead Presidents storyline is the perfect opportunity to go all out.

The title of the story is not misleading. It is about all the past and deceased presidents of the United States being resurrected as zombies and Deadpool is tasked with re-killing them. It’s bizarre, it’s violent, it’s violent — the perfect Deadpool story.

4 Whatever Happened to the White Caption Boxes?

The voices inside Deadpool’s head have been a big part of his character and an aspect that has not yet been explored in the films. In the comics, those voices inside his head are referred to as the “little white boxes”. In this amazing storyline, those voices actually become personified.

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A part of Deadpool’s personality breaks off and comes to life in the form of Madcap, a forgettable Captain America villain from the past who shares a lot of similarities with Deadpool. Not only would this be a great way to look at Deadpool’s mental issues, but the face-off between these two characters would be highly entertaining.

3 The Good, The Bad and the Ugly

Deadpool is one of the funniest characters in the Marvel universe, but it’s easy to forget that he is also a very tragic character. The Good, The Bad and the Ugly offers a lot of Deadpool’s trademark humor, but it is also incredibly heartbreaking.

After learning that the Weapon X program has been revived in North Korea and they are using Deadpool’s organs to create new mutants, he is forced to confront his dark past. With memorable appearances from Captain America and Wolverine, this is an epic story that added a lot of depth to the character of Deadpool.

2 Deadpool Kills The Marvel Universe

One of the most exciting things we’re looking forward to with the next Deadpool movie is how he’ll comment on now being a part of the MCU. While they need to handle his involvement in that universe carefully, this famous storyline could be the perfect commentary.

In Deadpool Kills the Marvel Universe, Deadpool begins hearing a new voice in his head that instructs him to carry out a specific mission — killing everyone. What follows is Deadpool dispatching all our favorite heroes in violent ways. It would be hard to pull off but it could serve as the perfect end to the Deadpool trilogy.

1 Deadpool Kills Deadpool

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse showed how much fun could be had by exploring the multi-dimensions of the Marvel universe. Deadpool could have a similar adventure by adapting Deadpool Kills Deadpool for the big screen.

The story centers on an evil Deadpool from another universe who sets out to kill all other versions of Deadpool. It’s up to the Deadpool in our universe to stop him. There is so much potential in a story like this and imagine the fun of Ryan Reynolds getting to play every strange version of Deadpool that appears.

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2019-04-12 11:04:58

Colin McCormick