About Robert Vaux
A native Californian, Robert Vaux has spent over 20 years as a professional film and television critic: working for such outlets as Collider, Mania.com and The Sci-Fi Movie Page. His favorite superhero is Nightcrawler and his lucky numbers are 4, 9, 14, 16, 36, and 40.
As Star Trek moves beyond the original cast, Ethan Peck brings vulnerable humanity to a figure whom Leonard Nimoy portrayed as the ultimate alien.
Secret Invasion pits Nick Fury against a secret Skrull army. A similar plotline in Deep Space Nine makes a great guide for how to tell such stories.
The Gorn make great villains, but could also create a catastrophic continuity error. Star Trek: Strange New Worlds is moving on them full speed ahead.
Superhero stories usually go big with their plot twists. The Flash does the opposite: skipping easy drama in favor of a twist from a sci-fi classic.
Adam West completed his career with a great pair of animated movies based on his Batman. Lynda Carter's Wonder Woman is ripe for the same treatment.
Star Trek: Enterprise revealed the Vulcans still working on their shortcomings. Strange New Worlds' new villain shows that such change takes time.
Despite a higher public profile, The Flash has conceded big-screen dominance to his lesser-known rival at Marvel. The MCU had to do the same thing.
The modest aims of the original Star Trek resulted in a monster of a continuity error. Strange New Worlds takes the only way out: ignoring it.
Star Trek tends to shine whenever it presents a courtroom drama. Strange New Worlds just delivered one of the best the franchise has ever seen.
The Flash hinges on a very specific version of the Multiverse: bringing with it some significant problems that the animated Spider-Verse avoids.
As Star Trek: Strange New Worlds continues its delicate dance with the Gorn, a celebrated TNG comic book story provides some strong guidelines.
Strange New Worlds explores the characters from the aborted Star Trek pilot "The Cage." One prominent member of their company has yet to appear.
The Flash is built on a dizzying array of superhero cameos. One of the quieter curtain calls speaks volumes about the creative waste of the DCEU.
The trailer for Kraven the Hunter invites comparisons to Jim Carrey's Ace Ventura. Believe it or not, that might not necessarily be a bad thing.
Before attaining horror immortality in A Nightmare on Elm Street, Robert Englund played the sweetest alien anyone ever met in the original V.
Not just any Star Trek show could successfully cross over with Lower Decks. Strange New Worlds has the right mix of elements to make it ideal.
Affleck's heartfelt goodbye to the Caped Crusader in The Flash highlights how good he was in the role and why his version of Batman deserved better.
Strange New Worlds always honors its Star Trek roots. Season 2 premieres with two old-school characters planning a caper they missed the first time.
Miles Morales faces a thorny moral problem in Across the Spider-Verse. His approach matches that of Steve Rogers' in Avengers: Infinity War.
The breakout hero of Across the Spider-Verse has a comic-book history with Kang. It makes the perfect opportunity to bring Spider-Punk into the MCU.