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Paul Levinson6 hours ago
Review of 'Outlander' 4.7
Another altogether satisfying and wonderful episode of Outlander—4.7—as Brianna finally embarks on her journey to save her parents. 200 years in the past in North Carolina, by way of the same path her...
Paul Levinsona day ago
Review of 'The Orville' 2.4
An instantly classic episode of The Orville—2.4—last night, in which Billy Joel plays a role. Yes, his long retirement tour proved to be a ruse for a trip in a time machine he took 400 years into the ...
Paul Levinson2 days ago
Review of 'Outlander' 4.6
Another outstanding episode of Outlander—4.6—in what has been my favorite season by far so far. Indeed, there hasn't been a single episode that hasn't been riveting and memorable at this point. The be...
Paul Levinson3 days ago
Review of 'Project Blue Book' 1.2
Having just watched the second episode of Project Blue Book, 1.2, I've come to realize what at least a part of this series really is: A version of Roy Thinnes' The Invaders (1967 to 1968)—still, for m...
Paul Levinson3 days ago
Review of 'Counterpart' 2.5
An excellent Counterpart 2.5 on many fronts, but the one that most caught my attention and got me to sit straight up was Yanek's revelation to Howard Alpha that Yanek was the one who made our single w...
Paul Levinson4 days ago
Review of 'Counterpart' 2.4
The best part of the excellent Counterpart 2.4, I thought, were the two Emilys. Actually, three Emilys, which is what made this hour different and so revealing. The third Emily is Emily as a little a ...
Paul Levinson4 days ago
Review of 'Counterpart' 2.3
Another sharp episode of Counterpart, 2.3—actually, they've all been sharp this season, more clear and precise than last season, which works for me. Among the most instructive developments: Our Howard...
Paul Levinson6 days ago
Review of 'Counterpart' 2.2
Counterpart 2.2 was a relative rarity: tight as a drum. It took place on the other side, and focused on their Emily aka Emily Prime. Her interactions with our Howard, held prisoner there, started off ...
Paul Levinson6 days ago
Review of 'Project Blue Book' 1.1
Project Blue Book, the docudrama on the History Channel about Dr. Allen Hynek and his research into UFOs, couldn't have come at a better time. I mean, a better time for me. I read and reviewed Alec Ne...
Paul Levinson7 days ago
Review of 'The Orville' 2.3
A really outstanding episode of The Orville this past week—2.3—high on powerful storyline, a little less broad humor than usual (but enough to get some chuckles) and that was before the shocker of an ...
Paul Levinson10 days ago
Review of 'The Orville' 2.2
Porn addiction and planetary disintegration were not really connected in the excellent second episode of the second season of The Orville—that is, not at first, at least. By the end, they come togethe...
Paul Levinson10 days ago
Review of 'Timeless' Finale
Well, the Timeless two-hour special was as good a finale as I've seen for any television series—which means, it was true to the series narrative, satisfying, intriguing, and provoking— like the best f...
Paul Levinson13 days ago
Review of 'Travelers' Season 3
The third season of Travelers would have been excellent anyway. MacLaren struggling against his own erased memory, the team dealing with a traveler who got into the body of a serial killer, the deadly...
Paul Levinson13 days ago
Review of 'The Orville' 2.1
Coming in with a review of The Orville, which launched its second season on Fox (just Fox, not Fox News) the night before New Year's Eve. The Orville continues to be what is and was last season: a muc...
Paul Levinson13 days ago
Review of 'Counterpart' 2.1
Counterpart is one of the strangest science fiction series ever on television. It is also one of the best. That's why it wasn't the least bit strange that I was glad to see it return for its second se...
Paul Levinson14 days ago
Review of 'Outlander' 4.5
All kinds of chickens and baser things coming home to roost in Outlander 4.5, another fine episode filled with Colonial culture and danger. Measles and superstition were the real villains in this epis...
Daniel Tessier2 months ago
Review: 'Doctor Who' (11.8) "The Witchfinders"
This season's third historical adventure continues to show that the thirteenth Doctor's best episodes are those set in the past. Unlike “Rosa” or “Demons of the Punjab,” though, “The Witchfinders” is ...
Paul Levinson2 months ago
Review of 'Outlander' 4.4
Another great episode of Outlander last night—4.4—in which Jamie and Claire come to terms with bears and the Cherokee, and then at the end, we learn something much worse, which apparently they won't b...