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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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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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“What’s Wrong With You?” Girlhood, Genre, and ‘Stranger Things’

Stranger Things is part of a long cinematic tradition of boyhood, including steamrolling more nuanced portrayals of girlhood.

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Writing in Subtext: The Brilliance and the Problems of ‘Steven Universe’

Steven Universe may be one of the most progressive cartoons ever, but it still stumbles when it comes to depictions of race.

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Freak Like Me: The Misunderstood Brilliance of Tom Green

Tom Green's brand of comedy allows viewers to embrace their own inner freaks.

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The Stillness That Slays: Buffy, “The Gift”, and the Avoidance of Choice

Buffy's final action in "The Gift" is both a noble sacrifice and a narrative evasion of the hard choices the series is predicated on.

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22 Jul 2016 // 3:00 AM

Seinfeldia: How a Show About Nothing Changed Everything

Jerry Seinfeld and Larry David: "like Harold Pinter or Samuel Beckett for television." What more does one need?

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Tim Heidecker’s “Befuddling” Success: An Interview

The funnyman opens up about the question of “sincerity” and his new album, dealing with criticism, and a sneak preview of the just-premiered fourth seasons of Decker and Check It Out! with Dr. Steve Brule.

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“It’s not something you get to play very often”: Interview with Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.‘s Clark Gregg

Clark Gregg shares his insights on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., the MCU, and whether his Lip Sync Battle moment influences his performance.

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Spaceships and Scoundrels: An Interview With ‘Dark Matter’s Anthony Lemke

Dark Matter's Anthony Lemke discusses working on a genre show, sci-fi fandom, and ill-fitting pants.

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Love in the Time of Reboots: My 2017 ‘Twin Peaks’ Dysfunction

Despite the specter of disappointment, it's hard not to get excited over the potential of Twin Peaks' reboot.

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What Carmela Soprano Can Teach About Dealing With the Establishment

Carmela Soprano's compromises highlight the choices we must make to survive a stacked system.

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Revisiting ‘The X-Files’: Despite the Reboot’s Flaws, Its Message Still Resonates

It's clear that laziness and short memories hold some responsibility for the reboot's critical backlash.

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Personal Morality, Not Political Ideology: ‘Doctor Who’ and the Cold War

How does a 2,000-year-old (give or take a few centuries) Gallifreyan Time Lord engage with the very human politics of mid-20th century class war?

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“Standing in the Sun”: ‘Scandal’ in the Age of ‘The New Jim Crow’

The counter-narrative in Scandal brings up complicated -- and necessary -- questions about race.

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NYFF 2017: 'Mudbound'

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"Dee Rees’ churning and melodramatic epic follows two families in 1940s Mississippi, one black and one white, and the wars they fight abroad and at home.

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