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Paul Levinson21 hours ago
Review of 'The Orville' 2.11
A real diamond of an episode—2.11—of The Orville last night, right up there with the best time travel stories of Star Trek: TOS and TNG. Well, it's not actually time-travel, it's a time capsule that s...
Paul Levinson10 days ago
Review of 'Project Blue Book' Season 1 Finale
Well, Project Blue Book ended its first season last night pretty much the way it's been all season long: intriguing, worth watching, but still not getting beyond its cheesy pulp, though some of that w...
Paul Levinson15 days ago
Review of 'The Orville' 2.10
Well, critics are waking up, after the two-part episode last week and the week before, about how good and important The Orville is. Will Harris of The Verge observed that "With the two-part episode 'I...
Paul Levinson17 days ago
Review of 'Project Blue Book' 1.9
Well, the shiny round object in Project Blue Book 1.9 wasn't in the sky, or even on the ground. It was in Barney's neck, and was evidence that he had been abducted by extraterrestrials. In what passes...
Paul Levinson22 days ago
Review of 'The Orville' 2.9
An altogether excellent conclusion to The Orville's two-part episode—2.9, entitled "Identity" Part 2 (but I've entitled my reviews "Recalling Čapek)—that touches all the bases, including: Isaac coming...
Paul Levinson24 days ago
Review of 'Project Blue Book' 1.8
"They're already here"—that's what the Corporal tells the Generals, who have brought him in to help with another strange situation in Project Blue Book 1.8. The question, as always, is who are "they?"...
Paul Levinsona month ago
Review of 'The Orville' 2.8
The idea of a species of AI—robots (mechanistic), androids (flesh and blood), what have you—rebelling against, overthrowing, massacring their human, or biological creators is at least as old as Karel ...
Marguerita Tana month ago
'Russian Doll': Natasha Lyonne's Time-Loop Drama Adds New Twist to 'Groundhog Day'
The premise of Bill Murray's 1993 comedy hit, Groundhog Day, about a weatherman forced to relive the same day over and over, has been adapted many times in movies such as Edge of Tomorrow (2014) and H...
Paul Levinsona month ago
Review of 'Project Blue Book' 1.7
A strange, not really resolved, episode 1.7 of Project Blue Book, which features Native American legends of The Star People maybe come true, and Quinn himself under investigation for a good part of th...
Paul Levinsona month ago
Review of 'Counterpart' 2.10
An excellent season two finale of Counterpart last night—which is the series finale as far as Starz is concerned—but I'm expecting it won't be that because Counterpart will show up and continue on ano...
Paul Levinsona month ago
Review of 'The Orville' 2.7
A perfect Orville —2.7—last night for Valentine's Day, which explains why The Orville didn't have a new episode last week. The powers that be wanted to make sure this episode aired on Valentine's Day....
Paul Levinsona month ago
Review of 'Project Blue Book' 1.6
My favorite part of Project Blue Book 1.6 last night—and also likely to have some beneficial consequences for Hynek's investigation—is his decision to bring his wife Mimi into his investigations of ex...
Paul Levinsona month ago
Review of 'Counterpart' 2.9
The two—Emily Prime and Mira Prime—really had little to do with each other in Counterpart 2.9. But they symbolize what was best about this outstanding episode. I've been saying that Counterpart is at ...
Paul Levinson2 months ago
Review of 'Project Blue Book' 1.5
A taut, tight episode 1.5 of Project Blue Book—may be my favorite so far—in which Hynek and Quinn chase down numbers and radio broadcasts and the mysterious Fuller, who meets his end by self-immolatio...
Paul Levinson2 months ago
Review of 'Russian Doll'
Russian Doll is billed in some places as a comedy, but it's better than that. Ok, maybe that's a bit unfair. Comedies can be great, and profound. But Russian Doll is something else. Its basic template...
Paul Levinson2 months ago
Review of 'Counterpart' 2.8
The Howard and Emily stories were the main focus of Counterpart 2.8, and they both achieved—if not a climax—some of kind of surge to a higher ground of clarity. The setup is as it's been all season: H...
Paul Levinson2 months ago
Review of 'Outlander' 4.13
A really satisfying and superb finale to Season 4 of Outlander, concluding the best season of the series so far. Among the highlights (spoilers aplenty follow): The Mohawk "fair trade" that resulted i...
Paul Levinson2 months ago
Review of 'Outlander' 4.12
A powerful episode 4.12 of Outlander, with the best line offered by Roger, who explains to the priest who "sinned" by sleeping with a Mohawk woman and fathering her child, that he (Roger) has traveled...