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Paul Levinson6 days ago
Review of 'The Rook' Season 1 Finale
The Rook Season 1 finale, just on last night, was an excellent, brilliant episode on all kinds of levels, including Gestalt in unified attack action again, and Myfanwy getting the better of the Russia...
Paul Levinson12 days ago
Review of 'The Rook' 1.7
A great, almost-all explained penultimate-of-the-season episode 1.7 of The Rook last night, in which we learn how Myfanwy knew she was going to lose her memory, and in turn why she wrote that note and...
Danny Duff15 days ago
She-Ra Is the Best New 'Star Wars'
For whatever reason, Netflix has consistently put out quality cartoon reboots of 80s properties; Voltron, Castlevania, Carmen Sandiego. But the one that I am constantly surprised by just how genuinely...
Paul Levinson20 days ago
Review of 'The Rook' 1.6
Myfanwy meets her sister in The Rook 1.6 -- assuming she is her sister, real family. This in contrast to Checquy, who act as if they're her family. Checquy is certainly as dysfunctional as many famili...
Paul Levinson21 days ago
Review of 'Years and Years' 1.6
Years and Years had an especially powerful finale last week. In part because it was, in effect, a two-part finale. In part because each part was so strong. The first had to do with a happy ending to t...
Paul Levinsona month ago
Review of 'The Rook' 1.5
The Home Secretary came into focus in The Rook 1.5 this past Sunday. No figurehead, she, but a crucial player, who's been having an affair with Conrad, and wants to be Prime Minister. And she's well p...
Paul Levinsona month ago
Review of 'Years and Years' 1.5
Episode 1.5 of Years and Years couldn't be more tragically relevant to our lives right now in the United States, off-screen. It was about the treatment of immigrants, their placement in concentration ...
Paul Levinsona month ago
Review of 'The Rook' 1.4
The best episode of The Rook—1.4—was on last night, in which we find out lots of stuff about Myfanwy. First and foremost: she knew that Bristol had something important to do with her forgotten past. S...
Paul Levinsona month ago
Review of 'Years and Years' 1.1-1.4
My wife and I just watched the first four episodes of the British Years and Years on HBO. It's about as powerful and caustic a depiction of the rise of fascism in our time—that is, so far in the short...
Paul Levinsona month ago
Review of 'The Rook' 1.3
The most compelling thing(s) about The Rook 1.3 on Starz earlier this evening was the Gestalts and the short but effective explanation we got about them. They make a nice piece of science fiction, esp...
Paul Levinson2 months ago
Review of 'The Rook' 1.2
The July 4th weekend is over, episode 1.2 of The Rook was just on Starz, no more lazing around by me with leisurely reviews. This new episode contained a bunch of important new details. The two most i...
Paul Levinson2 months ago
Review of 'The Rook' 1.1
The Rook on Starz starts off with a bunch of familiar premises—someone (in this case, a young woman) wakes up in a dangerous situation with no knowledge of who she is. She gradually learns about her p...
Paul Levinson4 months ago
Review of 'The Orville' Season 2 Finale
The Orville really brought it home last night with a season two finale (2.14) that built on last week's superb time travel episode (2.13). In effect, making both parts a brilliant two-part time travel...
Paul Levinson4 months ago
Review of 'The Orville' 2.13
I've said many times in my many places that time travel is my favorite genre of science fiction. The best episodes of Star Trek TOS and TNG were time travel stories—"City on the Edge of Forever" in TO...
Paul Levinson4 months ago
Review of 'The Orville' 2.12
Another powerful episode of The Orville last night—2.11—which follows the two-part "Identity" episodes (rebroadcast the past two weeks) even better than did the episode that followed the first showing...
Paul Levinson5 months 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 Levinson5 months 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 Levinson6 months 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...