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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┬áHamilton 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┬áMan in the High Castle. I think this season was the worst, by far. On the … Continue reading

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On My Tube: Jack Ryan

I’m not usually a fan of espionage or terrorist fiction. I’m aware of Tom Clancy’s character Jack Ryan from a movie or two. Alec Baldwin didn’t impress me. Harrison Ford did. As for the tv series, now that I’ve binge-watched … Continue reading

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Hard Sun, Hard Violence

As I’ve encountered streaming series on hulu and amazon, I notice there’s a lot of boundaries pushed beyond what’s been aired on cable networks. Some of those boundaries are plusses–telling a story over a period of twelve hours, give or … Continue reading

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Kingdom of Plants 3D

As my family and I consider cutting the cable cord, we enjoyed viewing Kingdom of Plants 3D on an alternate streaming source. We have a significant stash of David Attenborough nature documentaries on our living room shelves. None surpass this … Continue reading

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So, Star Trek

CBS has weathered a lot of obstacles, mostly self-inflicted, to bring the latest iteration of Star Trek to the small screen. There was one huge positive in last night’s episode. The visuals were at least as good as the recent … Continue reading

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Nice Ship

Before reading the reviews, my wife and I viewed the new sf show from Fox/Seth MacFarlane. Then I read the reviews. I had never experienced the series star before, so I have no point of reference to the criticisms of … Continue reading

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Of Sharks And Spectacle

I noticed that the Discovery Channel doubles down on its Michael Phelps vs Great White Shark race. All the promotion, interviews and the program itself made clear that the challenge wasn’t a side-by-side race. In Phelps vs. Shark, we enlisted … Continue reading

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The Paper of Timeless

This is something like the Golden Age of Geek Television. Science fiction, fantasy, and even a Big Bang. It’s all cool in a way that it wasn’t when I was growing up. I’ve reviewed some 21st century series here that … Continue reading

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A Science Fiction High Castle

Last year I wrote favorably about the pilot episode of the small screen adaptation of Philip Dick’s The Man In The High Castle. I’m a few episodes into season two now. My verdict is still favorable. But this is one … Continue reading

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