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Paul Levinsona day 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 Levinson3 days 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 Levinson5 days 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 Levinson8 days 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 Levinson8 days 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 Levinson8 days 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 Levinson12 days 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 Levinson13 days 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 Levinson16 days 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 Levinson16 days 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...
Paul Levinson23 days ago
Review of 'The Crossing' 1.8
As seems to happen all too often when an announcement comes down that a series won't be renewed for another season, the remaining episodes just get better and better. If episode 1.8 on last night is a...
Paul Levinson24 days ago
Review of 'Westworld' 2.6
A complex, stunningly brilliant episode 2.6 of Westworld last night, which supports what has been emerging all season: this second season is even more complex and stunningly brilliant than the first. ...
Paul Levinsona month ago
Review of 'Westworld' 2.5
There were two big shockers in Westworld 2.5 last night, at least one of them totally game-changing. Let's start with that. Maeve has the telepathic power to voicelessly command hosts—both individuall...
Paul Levinsona month ago
Review of 'The Crossing' 1.7
On the heels of ABC's announcement that it would not be picking up The Crossing for a second season, it posted a strangely satisfying and important episode. Of course, that's just a coincidence, since...
Paul Levinsona month ago
Review of 'Westworld' 2.4
We already knew that the AI technology used to construct hosts could construct a host-like version — an android — of a human being who once was alive. That, after all, is what Bernard is. But in Westw...
Paul Levinsona month ago
Review of 'Timeless' Season 2 Finale
Well, Timeless saved the best of its second season for last—that is, the last minute of the 2nd of a double episode. There will be spoilers ahead, so don't read on if you'd rather not know... First, t...
Paul Levinsona month ago
Review of 'The Crossing' 1.6
The most intriguing aspect of The Crossing 1.6 last night was Sophie's thought that Reece's Apex antibodies might be life-saving not just for Reece's daughter, but humans suffering from all kinds of o...
Paul Levinsona month ago
Review of 'Westworld' 2.3
A rip-roaring episode 2.3 of Westworld last night, in which hell — i.e., hosts take their destiny into their own violent hands — starts to break loose in more than one park, and we have about the best...