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Paul Levinson7 days ago
Review of 'Manifest' 1.4
Well, as of Manifest 1.4 tonight, the series about a plane that jumped five years into the future continues to meander around with stories that advance the time travel story not one bit. Tonight's big...
Paul Levinson14 days ago
Review of 'Manifest' 1.3
A fairly interesting Manifest 1.3 last night, centering around the murder of a passenger on the flight that skipped forward in time, Kelly. It turns out that her death was apparently just a run-of-the...
Paul Levinson15 days ago
Review of 'The Man in the High Castle' 3.7-10
The Man in the High Castle saved its crucial metaphysical reveal until nearly the last scene of the last episode, where Abendsen (the actual man in the high castle) explains to Smith that you can trav...
Chloe Gilholy15 days ago
We Don't Get Aliens in Sheffield
Jodie Whittaker impressed everyone on Saturday Night. When it was first announced that Dr. Who would be getting a female doctor for the first time, people were split which is understandable. People don't like change very much and find it hard to adapt to, especially a big one such as gender. I think the BBC did incredibly well with the transition of Capaldi to Whittaker. I think many viewers have had their doubts put to rest. Whittaker captures the Doctor's wonderful characteristics, humour and ...
Paul Levinson16 days ago
Review of 'The Man in the High Castle' 3.4-6
The Man in the High Castle episodes 3.4-6 contain the biggest stunner of the series. It's so unexpected, and handled so well, that I won't say what it is, on the slim chance that you're reading this a...
Paul Levinson16 days ago
Review of 'The Man in the High Castle' 3.2-3
The Man in the High Castle episodes 3.2-3 go full bore into alternate realities, including: Dr. Mengele in New York schooling a shocked Smith about them, with Smith even remarking that this sounds lik...
Paul Levinson17 days ago
Review of 'The Man in the High Castle' 3.1
With the kick-in-the-gut news of the all-but-certain confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the U. S. Supreme Court yesterday, I only managed to see the first episode of the third season of the brilliant ...
Paul Levinson20 days ago
Review of 'Manifest' 1.2
Precious little is offered in Manifest 1.2 about what happened to those passengers on that fateful flight—or who or what caused it to happen—with the government team going over the usual suspects incl...
Paul Levinsona month ago
Review of 'Manifest 1.1'
I reviewed the 9 and 1/2 minute sneak peek of Manifest in August, and said it had some outstanding possibilities as a time-travel drama. I therefore watched the full first-hour debut last night with g...
Paul Levinsona month ago
Review of 'The First'
Tina and I binged The First on Hulu the last couple of nights -- the first being the first mission with people onboard to Mars. We enjoyed it immensely. I'd say it's the best of any-mission-to-anyplac...
Paul Levinson2 months ago
Review of 'Manifest' Sneak Peak 9-and-1/2 Minutes
Having flown back a few days ago from The Mars Society Convention in Pasadena, and time-travel being my all-time favorite genre, how could I resist watching the nine-and-a-half minute sneak preview of...
Joseph A. Morrison2 months ago
'The Prisoner' - Volume 2 Review
The first volume of Nicholas Briggs' remake of the classic ITC series The Prisoner was a risky move for Big Finish. After all, a remake in 2009 had failed to take off, and since then, rebooting the franchise had seemed a risky prospect. I suspect that even Big Finish didn't expect the first volume to take off as much as it did. And, just as that first volume was one of the best releases of 2016, this second set of four stories is one of the best releases of the year as well. All four stories are...
Paul Levinson3 months ago
Review of 'Humans' Season 3 Final Three Episodes
I decided to review the final three episodes of Humans, Season 3, as a single piece, since they're even more closely connected than episodes usually are in this fine series. The upshot of these episod...
Paul Levinson3 months ago
Review of '12 Monkeys' Finale
Well, I'm a sucker for happy endings, and I would never have forgiven 12 Monkeys if ended with Cole and Cassie apart, or dead—which indeed is the worst kind of apart—and I'm very glad I don't have to....
Paul Levinson4 months ago
Review of 'Humans' 3.5
On the eve of the Fourth of July in America earlier this week, it was good to see the synths in Humans 4.5 making progress towards independence, even though the show has been moved from 10 PM to the l...
Paul Levinson4 months ago
Review of '12 Monkeys' 4-7.9
I've been saying for years—well, since 1995, when Terry Gilliam's movie, starring Bruce Willis and Madeleine Stowe first came out—that 12 Monkeys (based on the 1962 short, La Jetée) is the best time-t...
Paul Levinson4 months ago
Review of 'Humans' 3.4
A big development in Humans 3.4, one which puts Sam very much in the spotlight of this narrative. It was a logical move, putting him right in the middle of our central characters, but one which I was ...
Paul Levinson4 months ago
Review of 'Westworld' 2.10
An extraordinary season 2 finale of Westworld last night on HBO. Herewith a few thoughts about what I saw, with perhaps more to follow -- 1. So Dolores not Ford made Bernard. Or, mostly so. And after ...