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I Can Do Zat!: Anton Yelchin’s ‘Star Trek’ Legacy

Remember how Yelchin wrestled with vampires, neo-Nazis, pirates, and adultery to earn his place as Chekov aboard the USS Enterprise?

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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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Westworld: Season 1, Episode 1 - “The Original”

Ethical conflicts between creator and created are just one aspect of Westworld's brilliant and epically ambitious first episode.

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Nation-Building on Bajor: Why ‘Deep Space Nine’ Is Really the Post-9/11 ‘Star Trek’

Despite debuting in the early '90s, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine offers timely insights into 21st-century global politics.

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Just How Heroic Is Star Trek’s “I Don’t Like to Lose” James T. Kirk?

Captain James Tiberius Kirk sets the benchmark by which we can measure the decline of the “hero” into anti-heroism.

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Forever Out There: 25 Contributors to the Space Disco Era 1976-1986

Outer space on the dance floor: from the avant-garde to Star Wars commercialism and beyond.

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30 Sep 2016 // 9:11 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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‘Saga #38’ Is Devastatingly Dramatic In the Best Possible Way

An epic, exotic space opera delivers a dramatic impact for the ages.

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The Mexican Journey That Made One of the 20th Century’s Finest Writers

Sybille Bedford's account of her remarkable year in Mexico is the perfect introduction to one of the 20th century's most remarkable writers.

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Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Season 4, Episode 1 - “Ghost”

Ghost Rider shifts Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. from sci-fi to supernatural; will the series survive the transition?

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‘Planetes’ Should Be Required Baggage on the First Mission to Mars

This space drama aboard a garbage collection ship makes for first-rate sci-fi.

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The Persistence of Vision: The Radical Liberalism of ‘Star Trek’

Star Trek speaks across cultures, emphasising tolerance, equality, freedom and fraternity; in doing so, it has never been more necessary.

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To Explore Strange New Worlds: ‘Star Trek’ and Its Pornographic Parodies

Pornographic productions created with mindful attention to the source material and fandom may well be considered as transformative works of fan art.

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Domestic Infelicity: ‘Way Out’ Is Lost and Found on YouTube

Roald Dahl's short-lived anthology feels like a merging of Rod Serling's horror and sci-fi with Alfred Hitchcock's obsession with unhappy marriages.

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8 Sep 2016 // 2:30 AM

The Reluctant Superhero: The Bionics

Television sci-fi finally landed on a winning formula with the reluctant, cyborg-like bionic superheroes, Steve Austin and Jaime Sommers.

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While the Film Thinks She’s Special, ‘Morgan’ Is Not

A tired almost-trainwreck which borrows so heavily from the past that it's practically an antique.

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‘The Walking Dead: S6’ Shows You Have More to Fear From Other Humans Than From Zombies

Since no one ever says the word "zombie", it's easy to assume such a thing doesn't exist in this world. This has allowed the characters to be unsure of what's happening to them.

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15 Aug 2016 // 2:30 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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‘American Candide’: A Modern Allegory on Nationalism

Candide and the gang take the gas out of the contemporary political landscape, capitalism, formal education, Hollywood and the news with a sarcastic flare.

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Outlander: Season 2, Episode 13 - “Dragonfly in Amber”

Plot trumps character development in Outlander's finale, but it's still an exciting ride.

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