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In ‘The Quiet Earth’ The End of the World Arrives With a Whisper

This cerebral drama stands up with some of the best and most original science fiction.

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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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‘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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“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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‘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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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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What Is ‘Star Trek Beyond’ Trying to Accomplish?

Can the rebooted film franchise keep what is special about Star Trek, but boldly go where no director has gone before?

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Pondering Life Post-Capitalism in ‘Four Futures’

Can markets be separated from capitalism? From money? From the disenfranchising effects of equating social power with money?

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30 Sep 2016 // 8:11 AM

Star Trek at 50

On 8 September 1966, the sci-fi television show Star Trek aired its first episode, setting into motion a chain of events that would leave no aspect of pop culture unchanged.

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The A Word: Season 1, Episode 6 - “Lost”

There are no good reasons for actions that are selfish, mean and hurtful, a lesson Bowker will hopefully learn before season two.

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The A Word: Season 1, Episode 5 - “Goodbye”

Writer Bowker turns a corner and changes The A Word from a show allegedly about autism to a show actually about autism.

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15 Aug 2016 // 1:30 AM

Retrofuturism in French Electronic Music

A new collection provides powerful examples of French ambivalent modernity; at once futuristic, optimistic, erotic, humorous, restless, and apocalyptic.

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The A Word: Season 1, Episode 4 - “Sleepover”

The line between realistic moral ambiguity and nihilistic amorality isn't as narrow as "Sleepover" would lead you to believe.

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The A Word: Season 1, Episode 3

Series writer Peter Bowker seems to have created his own post-feminist Madonna/whore complex.

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‘Doctor Who’ and the Constraints of the American Cultural Cold War

Decolonization, shifting demographics and the rise of the US needed to be understood and processed through the British popular imagination. The Doctor landed his TARDIS just in time to help.

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The A Word: Season 1, Episode 2

The best parts of The A Word are worth putting up with the awful parts, but why does writer Peter Bowker make his audience sit through them?

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