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The Doctor (Finally) Returns to TV in the Serviceable “Doctor Mysterio”

The referencing that we've come to expect falls strangely flat: a mishmash of tropes, symbols, and callbacks that ultimately don’t lead anywhere.

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The ‘Sense 8’ Christmas Special Offers Fun, but Not Enough Plot or Character Development

Sense8 returns with time-skipping, Yuletide charm, a key recasting, and another orgy scene without quite building on the plot from season one.

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‘Passengers’ Asks, Are You Willing to Ruin Someone Else’s Life to Save Your Own?

Passengers raises worthy questions about social arrangements in the future.

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Hugo Gernsback and Perversity and Optimism at the Dawn of Science Fiction

Grant Wythoff's new collection of Hugo Gernsback's writings is an indispensable volume for students of science fiction.

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Intelligent ‘80s Sci-fi Films, ‘Man Facing Southeast’ and ‘The Quiet Earth’, Question Life on Earth

These two films, now on Blu-ray, are early examples of dwelling in the possibility of multiple subjective realities.

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‘Doc Savage’ and ‘Time After Time’, As Seen Through Older Eyes, Now

We can see, now, that Nicholas Meyer learned the lesson of George Pal's Time Machine, even if Pal didn't.

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Animated “Power of the Daleks” Is a First Look at the Second Doctor’s Debut for Many

The animated version of a missing serial provides fascinating insight into a pivotal moment in Doctor Who's history.

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Star Wars ‘Rogue One’: The Force Is Weak With This One

Director Gareth Edwards’ disappointing sci-fi actioner has little merit beyond its famous pedigree.

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‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story’ Shows There’s Life in Star Wars Yet… Barely

If nothing else, Gareth Edwards’ combative, hard-working installment answers why the Death Star was so easy to destroy in the first place.

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Convoluted “Weaponized Soul” Does Not Play Fair With the Viewer

No, Max Landis! You can't do that!

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“Dissonance Theory” Both Reveals and Conceals Westworld’s Purpose

Westworld goes beyond HBO's usual visual spectacle and raunchy window dressing to offer philosophical meditations on both narrative and character.

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‘Dirk Gently’ Picks Up Steam in the Best Episode Yet

"Fix Everything" highlights The Big Showdown, captivity and a fired detective to great effect.

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‘Dirk Gently’ Gets Dramatic and Deadly in “Very Erectus”

The season's most dramatic episode so far says goodbye to a character and sets up showdowns leading to the finale.

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‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’: “The Good Samaritan” Leans Too Heavily on the Supernatural

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. gets a little too magical for a science fiction series, with decidedly mixed results.

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‘Westworld’ Continues to be a Cerebral Examination of Consciousness and Story

"The Stray" deepens the narrative as both story and characters move forward in unexpected ways.

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Weird “Watkin” Is Nonetheless the Most Coherent ‘Dirk Gently’ Episode So Far

More focus and mind games lead to the most fulfilling Dirk Gently episode yet.

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“Rogue Wall Enthusiasts” Offers a Few Answers, and a Lot More Questions in ‘Dirk Gently’

Someone tells Dirk he's a good detective, the story begins its forward motion, and a secret room lead Dirk Gently's third episode.

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The Fall: A Frustrating Season Still Highlights Gillian Anderson’s Brilliant Character Work

Season three of The Fall may not have lived up to the previous two seasons, but it remains a largely absorbing series.

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A Departure From Everything: An Interview With Ben Browder of ‘Outlaws and Angels’

Sci-fi icon Ben Browder discusses his new film, his sci-fi past, and the ambiguous nature of heroes and villains.

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Season Three of ‘Black Mirror’ Maintains Its Tone of Grim Absurdity

Season three of Black Mirror doesn't always hit the mark, but it remains endlessly interesting.

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'Knee Deep' Has a Great Setting That Ruins the Game

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"Knee Deep's elaborate stage isn't meant to convey a sense of spatial reality, it's really just a mechanism for cool scene transitions. And boy are they cool.

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