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Doctor Who: Series 9 Episode 5 - “The Girl Who Died”

The real problem with the enemy -- with the whole first half of the episode, in fact -- is that he’s a colossal red herring.

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‘The Doctors Are In’ Tries to Be All Things to All Readers

Alas, the holding of passionate views does not in itself make for compelling reading.

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Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Season 3, Episode 3 - “A Wanted (Inhu)man”

Messy lives, bad decisions, and poor outcomes plague nearly everybody in this week’s episode.

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SyFy Miniseries ‘Ascension’ Is a Promising Thought Experiment Canceled Too Soon

Ascension plays with the range of pleasures associated with the detective story, but framing it within the claustrophobic environment of a spaceship puts quite a spin on the old formulas.

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Doctor Who: Season 9, Episode 4 - “Before the Flood”

The second half of this two-parter is an object lesson in how to make good drama.

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Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Season 3, Episode 2 - “Purpose in the Machine”

Last week’s episode pushed the boundaries of how much belief a viewer can logically suspend.

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Thriller ‘Reversion’ Has Some Hard Edges

Reversion is hardly subtle in its critique of our tech-dependent lives, and the idea that we might seek comfort, inspiration, and fulfillment of emotional needs from our devices.

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6 Oct 2015 // 10:00 AM

Doctor Who: Season 9, Episode 3 - “Under the Lake”

“Under the Lake's" writing, direction, and performances manages to breath new life into a tired premise.

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‘Outlander’ Continues to Subvert Expectations in the Second Half of Season 1

Scottish landscapes, authentic detail, and the female gaze. Who could ask for more?

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‘The Martian’ Does the Math

Ridley Scott’s futuristic lost astronaut epic strings a series of logic puzzles through a lighthearted ensemble dramedy that feels equal parts The Avengers and Gravity.

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Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Season 3, Episode 1 - “Laws of Nature”

The arrival of the Inhumans creates the central tension in Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. “Laws of Nature"

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1 Oct 2015 // 8:10 AM

20 Things to Love About the ‘Star Wars’ Universe

What do we mean when we talk about Star Wars now? Do we still mean the movies? Or do we mean the culture that sprouted up around it almost 40 years ago and refuses to go away?

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29 Sep 2015 // 9:00 AM

‘Doctor Who’: Season 9, Episode 2 - The Witches Familiar

In part two of the season opener, writer Stephen Moffat relies on easy solutions to the impossible problems set up in part one.

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The Strange Changes: ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ Season Three and Its Real-World Analogues

The fallout from the events of season two of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. serves as an excellent metaphor for contemporary social and political shifts

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Doctor Who, Season 9, Episode 1: ‘The Magician’s Apprentice’

Series 9's opener sees the Doctor come face to face with an old enemy -- in the most unexpected way.

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‘The Gamechangers’ Changes Nothing But the Actual Events

The biased The Gamechangers, a behind-the scenes docudrama of the creation of Grand Theft Auto, only reinforces game/gamer stereotypes.

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If We Lose BBC Three, Will We Lose Our Sense of Humor, Too?

With the apparently inevitable closure of BBC Three, comedy lovers will mourn the loss of an important television ally. Will the Internet save it?

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‘Mad Max: Fury Road’ Makes for a Furiously Good Time

Fury Road is a tour de force that may be the definitive Mad Max film, with a rich story world and intriguing characters and a Blu-ray featuring 90 minutes of making-of material.

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‘The Fantastic Made Visible’ Suffers From Some Blind Spots

The essays within display a fantastic array of quality.

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X-Men ex nihilo? The Secret Origins of Marvel’s Mutant Superheroes

When Kirby and Lee introduced the X-Men to the world, they did so without recourse to that staple of the superhero genre, the origin story. That doesn't mean that the mutant superheroes arose ex nihilo, however. They clearly have roots in these four classic sci-fi novels.

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Supernatural: Season 11, Episode 12 - "Don't You Forget About Me"

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"In another stand-alone episode, there's a lot of teen drama and some surprises, but not much potential.

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