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25 Jan 2010 // 11:03 AM

Has ‘Fringe’ Lost Its Way?

The recent and depressingly bland episode "Johari Window" was another in a distressingly large number of dull episodes bookended by a few spectacular gems. Will Fringe ever fulfill its potential and become a consistently great show?

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Blue World: James Cameron’s ‘Avatar’

Cameron's evocations of everything from Blackwater's Iraq massacres to the Trail of Tears gives his story an uncommon resonance. This is a whole new kind of science fiction filmmaking, something particularly grandly spectacular, even if occasionally daft and overblown.

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15 Dec 2009 // 9:47 AM

PASADENA, Calif. — The Doctor is on his way out. Oh, there’ll be another one along soon, because that’s the tradition of “Doctor Who.”

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10 Dec 2009 // 9:59 PM

The Brontë Collection

Lovers of all things Brontë will want to check out this BBC box set.

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4 Nov 2009 // 8:59 PM

Doctor Who: The Next Doctor

Another one of Davies' overwrought space melodramas winds up imploding on itself, but the DVD special feature is a treat worth savoring.

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Doctor Who: The Deadly Assassin

Heavily based on The Manchurian Candidate, the political intrigue here makes this one of the best Doctor Who adventures ever filmed -- no, really.

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Doctor Who: Image of the Fendahl

Psychic grandmas, the theory of evolution, and a gun-weilding Tom Baker makes for one of the most tension-filled Doctor Who outings of the "classic" era.

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Sanctuary: The Complete First Season

The modern-day stories mirror our society's uncaring treatment of outsider groups without being too blatant.

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The Handmaid’s Tale: Not So Sci-fi

The terrifying, 'it could happen today' message of this story is best told in the Atwood's book, rather than the film version.

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A pair of British science-fiction series — the short-running “Primeval” and the long-running “Doctor Who” — have arrived with new adventures on DVD this week. “Primeval Vol. 2”

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Science-fiction movies are thinking less and feeling more. A genre once heavy with futuristic hardware and mind-blowing themes has discovered its gentler, more sensitive side.

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26 Jul 2009 // 5:00 AM

Doctor Who: Planet of the Dead

Picture the following situation. You catch a bus to go home after a hard day’s work, pay the fare and take a seat. Suddenly

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20 Jul 2009 // 4:18 AM

Torchwood: Children of Earth

On a dark night in 1965, a busload of Scottish children is driving down a deserted road. The bus comes to a stop and the children

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19 Jul 2009 // 10:00 PM

Orbiter

Orbiter is perhaps a perfect comic for this period in American history, when a current of optimism can be felt within the Obama administration.

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6 Jul 2009 // 5:41 AM

So, what does it mean when a channel called Sci Fi changes its name to Syfy? A. New viewers might watch, curious about the change

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28 Jun 2009 // 3:20 AM

A Doctor Who Christmas! In June…

In Doctor Who: The Next Doctor, the Doctor (David Tennant), arrives in London on Christmas Eve, 1851. As the Doctor exits the TARDIS he finds himself

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25 Jun 2009 // 4:00 AM

Science fiction battles odds but survives, flourishes on TV

“Star Trek” was canceled after just three seasons, then grew into one of the most popular and influential franchises in science fiction history. Ever since,

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Doctor Who: The Armageddon Factor (Special Edition)

In dealing with false wars and arrogant generals, this comes eerily close to reflecting our current political climate, evil skull-faced creatures be damned.

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Doctor Who: The Androids of Tara

Mistaken identities. Political intrigue. Robotic princesses with laser guns for stomachs. Yup: it's another classic Who episode.

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Doctor Who: The Key to Time - Special Collector’s Edition

If you're ever stressed by the current dark trends in sci-fi, this set will be a soothing palliative. Take it from me; the future isn’t what it used to be.

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