Contributing since October, 2017
About Robert Vaux
A native Californian, Robert Vaux has spent over 20 years as a professional film and television critic: fueling a lifelong passion for movies, comics, and and pop culture in general. His favorite film is Raiders of the Lost Ark, his favorite superhero is Nightcrawler, and his lucky numbers are 4, 9, 14, 16, 36, and 40.
Robert Vaux grew up in the Los Angeles area before attending school in Minnestoa and Syracuse, NY. He spent 15 years in the tabletop RPG industry before moving to film and TV criticism, working for such outlets as Collider, Mania.com and The Sci-Fi Movie Page.
Rob is a devoted movie lover, with an emphasis on science fiction and horror, as well as the history of the medium. Television, streaming, and comic books are a focus as well, particularly Star Trek, Star Wars, the original Twilight Zone, and the Marvel Cinematic Universe. He's still recovering from that time he got to interview Neil Gaiman in 2009.
Rob's favorite filmmakers include Steven Spielberg, Alfred Hitchcock, Guillermo del Toro, and John Carpenter. He grew up on Marvel Comics in the 1980s, notably Chris Claremont's famous run on The Uncanny X-Men, and loves superhero adaptations of all kinds. More recent TV favorites include The Sandman, Loki, and all things Star Trek.
Strange New Worlds occupies a carefully chosen place in the Star Trek timeline. Though set before The Original Series, there are some deviations.
Star Wars: The Bad Batch has twisted the feelings of nostalgia fans have for the Clone Army's heroism to reveal their service to the Empire.
Mike Chen's Star Wars: Brotherhood novel confirmed that Anakin Skywalker had another Jedi apprentice before Ahsoka Tano came into his life.
Just because Star Trek takes place in a mostly idyllic future doesn't mean that its protagonists haven't had to face some menacing foes.
2012's John Carter was a good movie destroyed by bad marketing. A decade later, the pop culture landscape is ripe for a new take on the classic tale.
Elves and Elf kingdoms are seen all throughout The Lord of the Rings. Where are all the Elven children, though? Tolkien had an answer.
The Greatest American Hero became a cult classic in another era when superheroes were at a low point. A reboot could be just what the genre needs.
The fate of The Capitol's sinister propagandist is left open in The Hunger Games, though rumors suggest something more interesting than execution.
With the exception of Katniss Everdeen, Peeta may be the most important character in The Hunger Games. His fate, and hers, are key to the story.
Director James Gunn's brother, Sean Gunn, revealed an entire battle sequence that was filmed but never made it into Avengers: Endgame's final cut.
Star Wars' original trilogy took concepts from classic movies and placed them in space, but one of its largest inspirations was the Vietnam War.
Finnick's end late in The Hunger Games saga parallels a much earlier death. Both have a huge impact on Katniss and her fight against the Capitol.
The Hunger Games' Annie Cresta suffered more than most. She's a potent symbol of the story's message of strength and survival.
Since Kelly McGillis did not return for the Top Gun sequel, producers turned to an "old flame" for Maverick's love interest, Penny Benjamin.