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Situation Critical: ‘Thunderbirds Are Go’ Season 2 Preview

More practical effects and a grimmer tone in season two promise to build on the best of the rebooted series first season.

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‘Star Trek’: Space-Time Compression and the Eventual Death of Money

Did Gene Roddenberry realize how “Marx-like” the world he imagined was?

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The Comedy Gift That Keeps on Giving: Late Night Hosts Respond to the Trump Tapes

The comedy gods bestowed on late night television the Trump tapes; all stepped up and answered the challenge.

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‘Feral’ Creator Morgan Jon Fox on Telling One’s Own Story

Fox discusses art, illness, community, and the importance of not losing touch with one's roots.

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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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“This Is the Next World”: The Stealth Futurism of ‘Person of Interest’

Beneath the procedural trappings, Person of Interest offers a nuanced portrayal of artificial intelligence and what it means to be human.

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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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6 Oct 2016 // 8:15 AM

Why Isn’t American TV Comedy Funny?

It's as if Americans are afraid to find anything funny about their reality.

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Things Strange: The Dungeon Master of ‘Stranger Things’

Stranger Things crafts something wholly individual out of the chrysalis of the past, turning the comfort of nostalgia against itself.

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Star Trek’s George Takei’s Influence on an LA City Council Election

Can animated, "idealized" versions of political figures sway the average voter?

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The Continuing Voyages: ‘Star Trek’ Reboot Fandom and ‘Prime Universe’ Canon

Just as there's no beginning or ending to works of the imagination, the possibilities of story cannot be exhausted.

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To Seek Out New Star Trek Fans and Form New Star Trek Civilizations

As the most well-studied fandom, Star Trek fans have shaped the way that seminal concepts in fan studies have emerged.

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Mourning in America: Remembering ‘Twin Peaks’

Frustrating expectations was part of Twin Peaks modus operandi.

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Make It Quick: The Art of the One-liner

Some may dismiss the one-liner as an easy gag, but a good one requires real skill. Luckily, there are comedians out there who have mastered the art.

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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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The Past and Future of ‘Sin City’ ‘Deadpool’, ‘Alien’, ‘Predator’ and ‘Halloween’

Flops, superheroes, monsters and noir in The Next Reel.

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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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7urn.up.th3.t3n5i0n: An Interview with ‘Mr. Robot’ Composer Mac Quayle

"I think if you compare the volume of the music on Mr. Robot with some other shows it is just way louder, which is kind of a composers dream."

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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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Sumptuous Buffoonery: The Continuing Appeal of ‘Jeeves and Wooster’

A combination of Fry and Laurie's talents and timeless source material keeps Jeeves and Wooster funny more than 20 years later.

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