Rowan Kaiser

Rowan Kaiser is a freelance writer focused on video games, television, and general pop culture. He is currently writing a book on the Mass Effect trilogy, and has been published at The A.V. Club, The American Prospect, IGN, Ars Technica, and more. Follow him on Twitter for unimportant pop culture musings and very important cat pics.
Entertainment
2.17.2016 2:55 PM
Elf Cowboys on 'The Shannara Chronicles' Watch 'Star Trek' Because TV Is Insane
Rowan Kaiser
There was a Wild West-style, elf-bashing dance party inspired by 'Star Trek' on this week's episode. Really.
Gaming
2.16.2016 10:21 PM
18 Tips to Beat 'XCOM 2' and Stop the Avatar Project
Rowan Kaiser
Learn how to manage the strategic map, keep your rangers alive, and blow as much up as you can!
Entertainment
2.16.2016 3:28 AM
'The X-Files'' "Babylon" Is a Glorious Must-See Mess
Rowan Kaiser
The new season of 'The X-Files' has largely been a greatest hits collection, but the fifth episode goes wild.
Culture
2.13.2016 3:30 AM
NBC Greenlights Variety Series With Maya Rudolph, Swears It'll Work This Time
Rowan Kaiser
This one totally won't crash and burn like the last Maya Rudolph variety special. Or every other in the past decade.
Entertainment
2.12.2016 3:51 PM
A Virus Is Coming to the CW With 'Containment.' Will It Be Any Good?
Rowan Kaiser
A serious drama about a mysterious outbreak from 'The Vampire Diaries'' showrunner could help the CW become even more of a geek destination.
Gaming
2.12.2016 3:08 AM
Kanye West Is Making a Video Game. But Why Should He Stop at One?
Rowan Kaiser
From 'Jesus Walking Simulator' to 'The Blame Game,' Kanye has the artistic catalog for a bunch of horrible/awesome-sounding games.
Entertainment
2.10.2016 9:09 PM
Holy Shit, This 'Firewatch' Game Is Goddamn Gorgeous
Rowan Kaiser
Campo Santo's new "walking simulator" 'Firewatch' is one of the best-looking games we've ever seen.
Entertainment
2.9.2016 12:42 PM
'Hail, Caesar!' Makes Nostalgia Subversive by Feeding Us Old Hollywood Poison
Rowan Kaiser
And that's OK. No, wait, that's fantastic!
Culture
2.8.2016 11:46 PM
How 'Fire Emblem Fates' Is Trying to Squander Its Goodwill
Rowan Kaiser
'Fire Emblem Awakening' was an instant classic. Its sequel --  'Fire Emblem Fates' -- looks confusing and controversial.
Entertainment
2.8.2016 1:36 PM
There Won't Be a "Next 'Game of Thrones,'" But These Shows Are Still Trying
Rowan Kaiser
From 'Utopia' to the asteroid belt, and with a bunch of Vikings, television is trying to chase an impossible dragon.
Entertainment
2.5.2016 2:54 AM
USA's Alien-Fighting 'Colony' Renewed
Rowan Kaiser
Now will it show the actual aliens already?
Gaming
2.4.2016 3:12 PM
I Made the X-Men in 'XCOM 2,' and Here's How It Worked Out for Me
Rowan Kaiser
Adding character customization options proves a very wise move for the high-profile strategy sequel.
Entertainment
2.3.2016 4:00 PM
Season 1 of 'The Expanse' Ends on a Solid Note, Falls Short of Great
Rowan Kaiser
Unlike riskier science fiction shows that swing for the fences, 'The Expanse' is content to be solid.
Entertainment
2.3.2016 2:28 AM
'The Shannara Chronicles' Is the Latest Example of How Elves Got Sexy
Rowan Kaiser
The new MTV fantasy series is filled with hot young people in pointy ears. How did it come to this?
Mind and Body
1.29.2016 1:21 PM
'XCOM 2' Will Enter a Crowded Market Filled With Games Inspired by 'XCOM'
Rowan Kaiser
The first 'XCOM' was a shock hit for a turn-based tactical game. Now, the sequel has to compete with its children.
Gaming
1.28.2016 11:09 PM
Peter Molyneux's False Twitter Retirement Causes Mass Gamer Confusion
Rowan Kaiser
Fortunately, his Twitter account was merely hacked. Or was it?
Entertainment
1.28.2016 4:26 PM
Why 'Deadpool' Will Give Superhero Movies a Well-Needed Kick in the Ass
Rowan Kaiser
I don't even like 'Deadpool,' but the genre desperately needs him.
Entertainment
1.27.2016 4:21 PM
With Samantha Bee's 'Full Frontal,' TBS Feels Like a 'Daily Show' Reunion
Rowan Kaiser
The network may have missed the boat on acclaimed, streamable comedy. It's trying to catch up.
Entertainment
1.27.2016 2:18 PM
'The Expanse' Goes for Classic Sci-Fi in Setting Up Its Upcoming Climax
Rowan Kaiser
"Salvage" takes a break from the gritty and political in favor of a classic horror thriller episode.
Entertainment
1.25.2016 1:14 PM
What's Going On With 'The X-Files'' Glenn Beck Wannabe Tad O'Malley?
Rowan Kaiser
Two decades later, why is the classic sci-fi show suddenly picking sides?