Category Archives: television

Jeopardy’s Jeopardy

Mike Richards doesn’t hire himself after all. I know the network tried to spin this as an underdog story. Fans could feel good about it, eh? And working with Alex Trebek all those years rubbed off in some good ways.  … Continue reading

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Cartoon Villains

So, one criticism I’ve seen of the otherwise excellent WandaVision series is that the archvillain was one-dimensional. I’m not totally sure this is accurate, for two reasons. First, the reveal of the so-called villain didn’t happen until the final third … Continue reading

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On My Tube: WandaVision

As opposed to my less than high regard for The Great, one new show I do enjoy is the latest offering in the “Marvel Cinematic Universe.” Only three episodes have dropped as of this writing. My wife and daughter were more … Continue reading

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On My Tube: The Great

Historical drama isn’t my usual tv watch, but since this miniseries every now and then something catches and keeps my eye. hulu markets some intriguing shows, so I dove in to see something of Russia in The Great. If the … Continue reading

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On The Tube: Counterpart

The premise of Counterpart attracted me. Two parallel worlds, each kept mostly secret from the ordinary people of the other. There’s that science fiction premise, but everything that follows is espionage. I generally find modern espionage fiction, book or tv, … Continue reading

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On The Tube: The Queen’s Gambit

Netflix’s streaming series looks at a chess prodigy who emerges from a girl’s orphanage in Kentucky to become a force in world chess. Most of this seven-episode adventure focuses on the emerging chess career of Beth Taylor. After being adopted, … Continue reading

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A Future Footing

Four episodes into season three, Star Trek Discovery finds a footing. Not its footing. Just a footing. I last wrote about this show last December. Certain weaknesses dragged things down the first two seasons: mishandled characters (killing off Philippa Georgiou … Continue reading

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On The Tube: Twilight Zone

Over the past few weeks, I’ve crammed in the two seasons of the current reboot of The Twilight Zone. I confess I was too young to hang in for the original, and I’ve only caught the occasional episode over the years … Continue reading

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Tales From The Loop

This weekend I completed my watch of the Amazon Prime series Tales From The Loop. It explores people living in a midwestern community. Underground is a mysterious physics research facility. I found it compelling. More human than about 95% of … Continue reading

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Hamilton On The Stream

My wife thought it was going to be a film, but instead disney+ presents a streaming collage of a number of performances from the Hamilton original cast captured in mid-2016, when the excitement and hype over Lin-Manuel Miranda’s musical was at … Continue reading

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On My Tube: Amazon SF

Generally I don’t offer book or tv reviews unless there’s some element of faith involved. Or astronomy. In these days of pandemic, our streaming options have expanded somewhat. While I originally got sucked in to Amazon for High Castle, I’ve … Continue reading

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On One World

I caught part of the second half of the tv fundraiser One World: Together at Home this past weekend. I read that over a hundred million was raised for virus relief. That’s a good thing. The young miss was disappointed … Continue reading

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Dystopia In Current Science Fiction

One unfortunate trend in speculative fiction (in my opinion) is the ongoing indulgence for dystopia. To be clear, I think dystopia is fine if that’s your story. The problem is that publishers seem to be gravitating to it in great … Continue reading

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The Tyranny of dvd Region Codes

I’ve enjoyed many of David Attenborough’s documentaries on dvd. I have several on my shelves. Several, except for my favorite. I’ve combed Amazon for it, but BBC seems to prefer to limit availability to a fraction of the human life … Continue reading

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SF Streaming 2019

After some initial good feelings, my sense of this year’s science fiction streaming is mixed. I’ve blogged here before on Amazon’s adaptation of Philip Dick’s Man in the High Castle. I think this season was the worst, by far. On the … Continue reading

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