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Ten Super Cool Sci-Fi Heroines

Sci-Fi/Fantasy films and television have had their fair share of lackluster ladies.  I recently came across an article that discussed the worst action heroines that have disgraced the small and silver screens.  Kennedy may be the most hated character in Buffyverse; Arwen was content to just sit around waiting for her man; and Queen Amidala let herself die of a broken heart despite her obligation as a new mother.  While these bad eggs exist, the superior women of Sci-Fi come along to remind us why we keep watching.  I’ve compiled a list of ten Sci-Fi heroines that top the chart of cool, in no particular order (because that would have been unfair, and way too exhausting):

1.  Buffy Summers  (Buffy the Vampire Slayer)

She’s witty, she’s hot, and she’ll kick your vampy ass all over town.  Buffy changed the face of TV high school drama by giving girls the aspiration to carry stakes and crossbows in their purse instead of just lipstick.  Along with the Scoobie gang, many of us shared the same touchstones of growing up, just perhaps without the bloodshed.  Buffy’s graduation, the death of a parent, and tumultuous love were all some of the things we could relate to, expertly written by Joss Whedon and his team.  But perhaps most of the credit should be given to SMG, who’s depth, sarcasm, and playful wit brought the legendary Slayer of Sunnydale to life.

2.  Princess Leia Organa  (Star Wars trilogy)

An iconic figure since the debut of Star Wars, Leia was the princess that empowered young girls.  She proved that royalty could be headstrong, intelligent, and didn’t wear a bra (feminist statement or lack of underwire in space?  you be the judge).  Leia’s hair started a cultural phenomena, and her gold bikini is still pretty hot over twenty years later.  You would think the daughter of Amidala might be clingy, but Leia loved Han Solo and orchestrated a mission to rescue him.  Leia is worthy of all the praise, and the action figures.

3.  Leeloo  (The Fifth Element)

What if the key to saving Earth and all of humanity was 5’8, strikingly beautiful, and running around in strategically placed bandages?  Leeloo is not only all of these things, she’s also adorable when eating chicken and figuring out make-up.  She can also kick major alien ass and learn the entire human history in a few hours.  No one can forget “Leeloo Dallas, Mulitpass”, or that strange neon orange hair that only Milla Jovovich can pull off.  Let’s just be glad Corbin Dallas is sexy enough to convince her the Earth’s worth saving.

4.  Hermoine Granger  (Harry Potter series)

She’s the youngest lady on this list, but she certainly packs an academic wallop worthy of being recognized.  Hermoine is known at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry for being a know-it-all, Muggle-born, and the brightest witch of her age.  Though she doesn’t fight with her fists (okay, there was that one awesome time – Malfoy!), Hermoine wages battle with her mind and her trusty wand, which might be even cooler.  Smarts and intellect count for a lot in my book, and Hermoine certainly makes the grade.

5.  Sydney Bristow  (Alias)

What’s cooler than getting to dress up and kick ass while doing it?  Sydney and her endless trunk of disguises played double agent for the CIA in J.J. Abram’s entertaining spy drama.  Syd had Daddy issues, a mysterious (and sexy) spy boyfriend, and Bradley Cooper as a best friend (lucky girl).  Syd dealt with a lot of hardships, but her sweetness and determination saw her through the darkest times, including a zombie sister and an evil best friend.  But after a tough day of saving the world, Agent Bristow seemed like the kind of super spy you could just share a drink and some girl talk with.  The best spy is the relatable kind.   

6.  Ellen Ripley  (Alien saga)

Sigourney Weaver made women just as valuable as men on the final frontier.  No longer were they in the background translating dialects (no offense, Uhura) or waiting around to be saved.  Ripley, throughout the Alien movies, did what she had to do to stay alive where no one would hear her scream.  She protected her team, her child, and the world from aliens and corporate corruption by sacrificing her own safety and eventually her life.  Ripley bended gender stereotypes and gave Hollywood a new kind of action hero, not afraid to shoot a gun in her skivvies.

7.  Juliet Burke  (Lost)

On a mysterious island that no one can find, Juliet manages to maintain her cool surprisingly well.  If you’ve watched an episode of Lost, you know how hard that is.  Brought on as a fertility specialist to solve a puzzling epidemic of killer pregnancies on the Island, Juliet becomes deeply tangled in the web of the Dharma Initiative and Ben Linus’ pile of bullshit.  Her seemingly stoic nature was perfect Ben lackey criteria, doing his evil bidding until she decided to switch teams and play for the good guys.  Juliet is strong, intelligent, and cool as a cucumber under enormous stress (and ticking time bombs – literally), and that’s why she’s the Lostie I’d pick in any crisis.     

8.  Trinity  (The Matrix)

Computer hackers might have been those losers in mom’s basement before 1999.  But after Trinity, they were hot, decked in leather, and owned an unlimited supply of shades and ammo.  There’s probably no one cooler than Trinity, or no one cooler than I can think of.  Out of all the ladies on this list, she can learn how to fly a helicopter in three seconds and kick your ass a thousand different ways if you give her an hour or two.  And in slow-motion.  Dodge that.

9.  Neytiri  (Avatar)

The newest woman to the list is tall, beautiful, and blue.  Neytiri is the cat-like Na’vi princess of James Cameron’s Pandora, existing organically by living off the earth and connecting with her world.  Her peaceful symbiosis with nature is what makes her such a great new addition to feminine canon, but also her gargantuan bow and arrow for keeping you the hell off her planet.

10.  Sarah Connor  (T2: Judgment Day)

Everyone remembers The Terminator, but Sarah Connor didn’t become a presence until T2: Judgment Day.  Having been locked away for talking nonsense, Sarah made sure to tone those guns in case Arnold ever showed his face again.  Sarah Connor busting out of the hospital is one of the best payback scenes in cinema history (that orderly certainly had it coming).  She has a rough exterior, but underneath it all, she’s driven by an overpowering love for her son.  Maybe just a little rage, too.

What Would John Locke Do?

The guys over at Teefury have brought a “What Would John Locke Do?” t-shirt for today’s offering. For the next 10 hours you too (yes, I jumped at the chance) can get one of these t-shirts for your very own for only $9 or if you want it shipped to the UK, like me, it works out at $18 or £11.59… Bargain!

Check out the t-shirt below:

And then get yourself ordering before they are all sold out.

Lost: The Final Season – An Inside Scoop

We’ve been given a heads up for you readers who adore the world of Lost. A journalist called Ed Bark covered the “Lost” panel at the Lost interview session from Tuesday morning. It featured seven cast members, executive producer Carlton Cuse, and co-creator/executive producer Damon Lindelof. Bark also had the oppurtunity to speak one-on-one with Lindelof after the event.

A small excerpt from the post can be seen below:

“Obviously not every question’s going to be answered, so some people are going to be upset,” Cuse said. “We really embrace this notion that there’s a fundamental sense of mystery that we all have in our lives . . . And to sort of de-mystify that by trying to literally explain everything would be a mistake in our view. So I think there will be, hopefully, a kind of healthy cocktail of answers, mystery, good character resolutions and some surprises.”

Or to check out the full post, head over here.

An Epic Lost Season 6 Promo and 8 Minute Catch Up

As the excitement starts to build for the final season of Lost, many people will wonder what is in store for the Losties and look for promos. I stumbled upon this promo for the next season of lost on YouTube. It’s been produced by the Spanish TV network that airs Lost.

Pretty impressive job.

So with only three weeks left to the final season begins here is a 8 minute and 15 second recap:

Lost’s Last Supper Photo

Battlestar Galactica fans across the globe are going apoplectic at the sight of the latest Lost promotional poster, which takes inspiration from the famous Last Supper painting. Battlestar’s fourth season featured a similar (and much better put together, in my opinion) Last Supper-style promo shot, which I’ve included below.

Before anyone goes out and punches a Lost fan, however, here’s a couple of other Last Supper promotional photos. It’s not exactly unique to Battlestar Galactica.

There. House, The Sopranos and even the Simpsons have all been there, and done that.

I’ll leave it up to you to decide which you prefer.

Minor News Roundup

A few interesting tidbits appeared on /Film’s minor news round-up today.

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This dazzling new teaser poster for Indiana Jones has appeared online.

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According to TrekMovie.com, the famous truck from Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, is currently for sale at a whopping $5,595.

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Finally, according to CinemaBlend, LOST star Matthew Fox (Jack on the series) knows how the hit series will end, but has been sworn to secrecy.  If this is to be believed, he’s the only cast member who knows.

Like I say, there are more news updates over at /Film if you’re interested; they’re worth checking out.