The Netflix Mind Trick worked on me and as soon as the Super Bowl was over I watched The Cloverfield Paradox. Despite the title and some other references it’s better to think of the movie as its own thing without connecting it to the Cloverfield universe.
Charlie Jane Anders has a new short story “The Minnesota Diet” posted over on Slate. As she puts it, she “wrote about a high-tech city that’s hit by severe food shortages. Because I really don’t think you can think about the future without thinking about hunger.”
If you have the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas then it was only a matter of time before stripper robots showed up. A pair of pole-dancing robots with surveillance cameras for heads are performing this week at the Sapphire Gentlemen’s Club.
The current crew of the International Space Station got to watch The Last Jedi without the distraction of crying kids or floors sticky with spilled soda. Just another reason to become an astronaut if you needed one.
The CW announced that starting next month Supergirl and Legends of Tomorrow will alternate airing in the 8 PM Monday time slot through June. I guess this is how the CW is making room for Black Lightning.
The first season of The Orville has aired. The show is far from perfect but it exceeded my modest expectations. At its best moments the show captures a very Star Trek vibe (or at least what a Star Trek vibe is to me). Here are some thoughts on this season and things I’d like to see next season.
There was no new episode last week but the show put out this video that distills the six aired episodes of The Orville down to just over eight minutes. By stripping out the humor and sticking to the major plot points (SPOILERS obviously) it plays as straight space opera and homage to Star Trek.
The back half of this season of Fear the Walking Dead hasn’t really inspired me to write about individual episodes but I’ll still do a write-up of Season 3.2 if for no other reason than it does set up some potential crossover points with the original show.
I was one of this weekend’s moviegoers who contributed to Blade Runner 2049’s box office performance. Since no one else around here is talking about it I’ll take up the task. I’ll give my non-spoilery thoughts first then delve into spoilery thoughts and observations.
This week’s episode of Night Boy and Righteous Cop Gotham introduced a new character and put some twists on older ones. And if you ever wondered what Riddler’s version of Harley Quinn might be like, Gotham has an answer for that too.
NBC’s The Good Place centers around the concept of an afterlife with a Good Place and a Bad Place analogous to Heaven and Hell. Sure it’s just a network TV sitcom but I can’t help consider the theological underpinning of the show. Spoilers through the second season premiere ahead.
Last night was the second Sunday episode of The Orville before it moves to its regular time slot on Thursdays after Gotham. This episode features a “junior officer ends up in charge and has to figure things out” story and shows that The Orville is a better show when Seth MacFarlane isn’t on screen.
I’m not a big Seth MacFarlane fan but I still decided to give the first episode of The Orville a watch. As has been pointed out on many places online the show is a bit all over the place but I liked the pilot enough to watch the next episode.
I’m a little surprised no one has posted anything by now about The Tick. Amazon put out the first half of the season Friday and if I could get watch the six episodes at my pace others should have by now.
The Season 12 finale of Face Off is upon us. The three finalists and their teams have their opportunity to fine tune their creations for Glenn’s haunted house experience and deal with the new twist thrown at them. Who will be crowned winner of Season 12? Results ahead.
I theorized about this back before Jessica Jones premiered on Netflix. While watching The Defenders I had a thought that changed my theory. Before I thought that Jessica Jones was Chloe’s alter-ego but it makes much more sense that Chloe is an alternate personality of Jessica Jones.
On this week’s Face Off we have the first half of the 12th season finale. The three finalists must create characters for a haunted house experience. Since this is Part One no one will be eliminated. Instead this week is a rehearsal/test run for next week’s final product. Results ahead.
On this week’s Face Off the five remaining contestants must create aliens inspired by actual recordings from space. Who will catch the rocket to the finale and who will be eating space dust? Results ahead (and they weren’t quite what I expected).
On this week’s Face Off the two contestant effects shops must create zombie-like victims of a fungal infection. Who will have all the gifts and who will be consumed by their fungus? Results ahead.
I recently watched the two-part Voyager episode “Equinox.” While “Equinox” started with a decent premise the execution left me frustrated. After finding out about the Ronald D. Moore connection to that episode I saw how he addressed his similar frustrations with Voyager on Battlestar Galactica.