Opening Statement

We knew we had to come out with a bang for our first week, and a double-feature of Aliens and Terminator 2: Judgment Day seemed like a perfect fit. Not only are these two of the biggest, most badass Hollywood films ever made, they’re tailor-made to be discussed together – by Aaron Pinkston July 8, 2016

Ripley vs. T-800

The parallels between Sarah and Ripley are as clear and obvious as their respective movies’ views on the world of tomorrow. But how does Ripley stack up against T2’s other hero, the one whose indelible mark on pop culture is still reverberating a quarter of a century later? – by Sarah Gorr July 11, 2016

Related Review: Piranha II: The Spawning

Piranha II: The Spawning occupies an odd uncanny valley of quality, complicated by the foreknowledge of its director’s subsequent accomplishments. – by Matt Warren, July 12, 2016

The Futurist and the Future

In his two spectacular sequels, James Cameron offered competing visions of the future. How do these depictions shape the way we look at these movies today? – by John Gilpatrick, July 13, 2016

Facts & Figures: Aliens & Terminator 2 Box Office

By most metrics, James Cameron is considered the king of the box office. See how Aliens and Terminator 2 stacks up with his other work, their respective franchises, and more. – by Aaron Pinkston, July 14, 2016

The Forum: Alien vs. Terminator

Pepsi vs. Coke. New York style vs. Chicago style. Taylor Swift vs. Calvin Harris. Freddy vs. Jason. We love great rivalries, so this week we are pitting Alien vs. Terminator in an arbitrary death match to see which is the baddest sci-fi action franchise ever.

Further Streaming: Women in Science Fiction

The list of science fiction films with female leads that are available for streaming on Netflix is a strong but small group. Check out these recommendations to continue your journey with some badass women in genre cinema. – by Cindy Waldeck, July 15, 2016