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27 Jan 2016 // 9:30 AM

The Expanse: Season 1, Episode 4 - “CQB”

Excellent storytelling, intelligent world-building, and stunning visuals mark The Expanse’s continued improvement.

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Almost Everything Is Open to Interpretation in Quentin S. Crisp’s ‘Blue on Blue’

Blue on Blue is a delightful kaleidoscope of ponderings, musings, and mysteries.

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‘Fantastic Planets, Forbidden Zones, and Lost Continents’ Ranks 100 Greatest Sci-Fi Films

Not only does this collect all the film ephemera into one place for easy reference, it also serves as a springboard for the kinds of conversations that energize sci-fi fans.

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Surprise: Kids Become Killing Machines in the YA Film, ‘The 5th Wave’

Does anyone care that this film is based on formula, or that its comedy is inadvertent, or that it's inelegant from its beginning?

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21 Jan 2016 // 10:00 AM

The Expanse: Season 1, Episode 2 - “Remember the Cant”

It's the complex and nuanced portrayals of The Expanse's female characters that's edging the series into must-watch territory.

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Supergirl: Season 1, Episode 10 - “Childish Things”

With "Childish Things", Supergirl manages the kind of quirky comic book storytelling combined with genuinely interesting characterizations that make for the very best in superhero television.

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20 Jan 2016 // 3:00 AM

White Jumpsuits: Sci-Fi TV of the Disco Era

Despite skin-tight jumpsuits, dodgy special effects, and silly plots, "disco-era" sci-fi helped US TV became comfortable with ideas too big, too strange, or too disturbing for a "mundane" context.

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‘Steven Universe’: Cartoon Network’s Avant-Garde Animation

Steven Universe's brightly colored world offers nuanced characters and complex plots by doing everything "wrong" by the outmoded standards of typical animated programs.

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13 Jan 2016 // 9:10 AM

The Expanse: Season 1, Episode 2 - “The Big Empty”

The Expanse remains a work in progress, but some excellent performances and interesting developments help it avoid common sci-fi plot pitfalls.

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6 Jan 2016 // 10:09 AM

The Expanse: Season 1, Episode 1 - “Dulcinea”

Dystopian space opera The Expanse successfully continues SyFy’s new plan to create high-quality drama.

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6 Jan 2016 // 9:00 AM

Double Take: ‘Children of Men’ (2006)

The future is a thing of the past. But all that could change in a heartbeat. Two Steves try to find it in a single Double Take.

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‘Automan’ and ‘80s Neon Visuals

Light-reflective strips in this Tron TV knock-off could spook criminals into submission.

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Doctor Who Christmas Special: “The Husbands of River Song”

Doctor Who's surprising jaunty Christmas special scores points merely by dint of being watchable without resort to the saccharine or the mawkish, and whets the appetite for series 10.

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Childhood’s End: Eps. 1-3, “The Overlords”, “The Deceivers”, “The Children”

Childhood's End is a well-crafted adaptation of Arthur C. Clarke's classic; SyFy would be wise to do more of these, and fewer Sharknados.

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The Year’s Best Science Fiction Movie Wasn’t ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’

Alex Garland’s Ex Machina is a darkly funny and philosophical cyberpunk locked-room thriller that tangles with the greatest sci-fi puzzle: What does it mean to be human?

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Bloody Good Terror the English Way: ‘The Quatermass Xperiment’ and ‘Burn Witch Burn’

Brian Donleavy shouts and Peter Wyngarde wears pyjamas in these two British horror classics.

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Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Season 3, Episode 10 - “Maveth”

Death begets life, and vice versa, in the mid-season finale.

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Supergirl: Season 1, Episode 8 - “Hostile Takeover”

Two compelling stories, one about the return of Supergirl's Kryptonian aunt and the other about an email leak at Kara's employer, never quite manage to come together in "Hostile Takeover."

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‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ Is a Fun But Shamelessly Pandering Cash Grab

J.J. Abrams’s sleek, feverishly hyped Episode Seven injects the moribund series with humor and humanity, but relies too much on remixed bits from the original trilogy.

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Justin Richards Delivers a Mixed Bag in Doctor Who: The Time Lord Letters

This is a thick and glossy volume featuring the Doctor's correspondence across time and space.

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Supernatural: Season 11, Episode 19 - "The Chitters"

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"Another stand-alone episode, but there's still plenty to discuss in the Supernatural world.

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