It is time to boldly go. Once more. With an old friend.

CBS has officially announced that Patrick Stewart will reprise his role as Captain Jean-Luc Picard in an upcoming Star Trek series coming to CBS All Access. Plot details remain unknown, but that doesn’t matter – this the kind of news that can fill our souls for weeks and months ahead. One of the greatest characters in science fiction history is coming back for one last journey through the cosmos. Engage.

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fight club card game

(Welcome to Cardboard Cinema, a feature that explores the intersection between movies and tabletop gaming. This column is sponsored by Dragon’s Lair Comics & Fantasy in Austin, Texas.)

I’ll be perfectly honest: when Mondo first announced that they were making a Fight Club card game, I shrugged. Maybe it’s because I’m used to movie license board games being typically bad. Maybe it’s because the fandom surrounding David Fincher’s 1999 classic has increasingly proven itself to not understand the film’s message. But I was expecting a simplistic, “take that” game where players throw cards at each other to win fistfights in a basement. You know, everything that the movie isn’t really about.

So color me impressed that the Fight Club card game looks to be a more accurate riff on the film’s concepts than I imagined. Fight Club: The Home Game is a two-player deck building card game where each player takes on a personality battling over control of one mind, as represented by the spread of cards in the middle of the table.

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In the decade or so that I’ve been attending Fantastic Fest, I’ve watched this Austin-based genre film festival grow from a scrappy operation dedicated to showcasing weirdness from around the world to a major destination for Hollywood premieres. And this year’s edition finds two heavy-hitters making their debut: director Julius Avery‘s Bad Robot-produced World War II horror movie Overlord, and Apostle, the latest film from The Raid and The Raid 2 director Gareth Evans.

Of course, those big premieres exist alongside dozens of smaller and stranger and wilder movies from around the globe and you can see the first wave of film announcements below. Many more titles will be announced, but this is already looking like a killer year.

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Shazam Comic-Con

One thing was immediately clear about Shazam! during the film’s Comic-Con panel: this is a new kind of DC movie. After years of dreary and dark comic book tales, here is a film that is essentially Big meets Superman and the trailer makes it look like a blast. And if the panel is any indication, the film was also a total blast to make.

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lego movie 2 comic con

Warner Bros. brought the cast and crew of The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part to Comic-Con for a brisk panel, letting the cast riff before showing off new footage. Anyone hoping that the sequel will maintain the anarchic spirit of the first movie will be very pleased by what was on display here.

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AMC’s The Walking Dead has been on the air for nearly a decade, but it’s ready to become a whole new show in season 9. Following in the footsteps of the comic that inspired it, the newest storyline is something of a soft reboot, a new foundation on which to give the entire series a new coat of paint. A jump forward in time will take the characters to a new place. A new showrunner will guide the whole thing. And it’ll all have to happen without Rick Grimes, as Andrew Lincoln has confirmed that he’s leaving the series.

It was a bittersweet Comic-Con panel for The Walking Dead fans: the show is setting itself up to continue for a long, long time, but it’s leaving behind its leading man. Here’s what you need to know.

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fear the walking dead comic-con

One thing was made instantly and constantly clear from the Fear the Walking Dead Comic-Con 2018 panel: this is a show in the middle of a serious reinvention.

AMC’s spin-off has never been as popular as The Walking Dead, but the most recent changes suggest that the network wants to transform it from second fiddle into “must-see TV.” Here’s what you need to know.

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Star Trek Discovery - season 2 cast

Every Star Trek show beyond the original series tends to have a shaky first season, and Star Trek: Discovery was no exception. But the CBS All Access series showed promise – promise that could very well be fulfilled by season 2.

The first footage from season 2 premiered at the show’s Comic-Con panel (watch it below), but that wasn’t the only thing worth noting. The show’s cast and producers were also on hand and they revealed some nifty tidbits about what to expect, including the return of not one, but two characters from Trek canon.

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Brooklyn Nine-Nine Comic-Con

Sometimes, you attend a San Diego Comic-Con panel that reminds you that all of the hassle, all of the line-waiting, all of the sunburns from the sneaky southern California sun is worth it. This year, that panel was dedicated to Brooklyn Nine-Nine, the hilarious, sweet, quietly important cop comedy that was briefly cancelled by Fox earlier this year before being rescued by NBC.

The air in the room was electric and every seat was filled. The atmosphere could best be compared to a rock concert and my ears were literally ringing by the time the cast and crew took their seats. To be surrounded by thousands of people who feel the same passion you do (that Brooklyn Nine-Nine is one of the best shows on television and that everyone involved in its creation is a national treasure) is a powerful feeling.

Here’s what you need to know about the panel.

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nightflyers teaser

I did not plan to attend two panels dedicated to upcoming television shows about evil spaceships and doomed crews on the first full day of Comic-Con, but here we are. The first of them was YouTube’s Origin, which looked like a slick, schlocky and fun riff on Event Horizon and Lost. An effective B-movie. Good junk food. But the other show? The other show looks to have higher aspirations and it has become one of my most anticipated pieces of entertainment arriving in 2018.

That show is Nightflyers, Syfy’s upcoming adaptation of Game of Thrones creator George R.R. Martin‘s 1980 science fiction/horror novella of the same name. And while it may sound reductive to call the footage we saw “The Shining in a spaceship,” I intend that statement to read as high praise. This series looks smart, impeccably crafted, and absolutely unforgiving in its depiction of both psychological and visceral horror.

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