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'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 Levinsona month 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 Levinsona month 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 Levinsona month 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 Levinson2 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 Levinson2 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 Levinson2 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 ...
Paul Levinson2 months ago
Review of '12 Monkeys' 4.4-6
12 Monkeys 4.4-6, which I saw last night, was so good on so many levels that I wanted to let it simmer, at least overnight, before posting a review. At this point, and on the basis of both these three...
Paul Levinson2 months ago
Review of 'Humans' 3.3
Humans, the excellent British series about sentient androids a.k.a synths struggling to be treated like human beings in a racist society—i.e., a society that puts the human race above other sentient b...
Paul Levinson2 months ago
Review of 'Westworld' 2.9
It's a measure of how good an episode I'm reviewing is, that more than one apt title for the review springs to mind. That was eminently the case with Westworld 2.9 last night, which tied up at least a...
Paul Levinson2 months ago
Review of '12 Monkeys' 4.1-3
12 Monkeys was back last night for its 4th and concluding season on the SyFy Channel with three episodes (there will be three more Friday evenings of episodes). If these first three are any indication...
Paul Levinson2 months ago
Review of 'Humans' 3.2
I thought the most significant part of the excellent Humans 3.2 last night was the discussion between Mia and Niska—each in her own way the most powerful and furthest evolved synth (though Max is pret...
Paul Levinson2 months ago
Review of 'Westworld' 2.8
An exquisite, almost standalone episode 2.8 — much of it told in Lakota, and brilliantly performed by Zahn McClarnon (who was great in Fargo 2, but even better in Longmire) as Akecheta, who comes to r...
Paul Levinson2 months ago
Review of 'The Crossing' 1.10-11
The Crossing may have ended last night, if no network or streaming service gives it continuing life, which it eminently deserves, seeing as how these last two episodes redeemed or proved The Crossing'...
Paul Levinson2 months ago
Review of 'Sense8' Season 2 Finale
The name of the 2 and 1/2 hour Season 2 finale of Sense8 on Netflix, Amor Vincit Omnia or Love Conquers All—or, more precisely, passionate, erotic love—was indeed the dominant theme of this powerful a...
Paul Levinson2 months ago
Review of 'Humans' 3.1
Humans—the AMC series about androids, is as good, in its own very different way, as HBO's Westworld was back with the start of its third season this week. Significantly, the theme was the same as that...
Paul Levinson2 months ago
Review of 'Westworld' 2.17
Lots of powerful, profound, more or less scrutable threads in Sunday's Westworld 2.7, but the one I'd like to focus on, just a tad more than the others, is Maeve vs. Delores. We've seen this contrast ...
Paul Levinson2 months ago
Review of 'The Crossing' 1.9
Lots of important time-traveling things happened on The Crossing 1.9 last night, the last episode before the two-hour series finale this coming Saturday night (maybe season finale, if ABC comes to its...