Television
The Dragon Prince Soars

The Dragon Prince Soars

The Dragon Prince is quite simply wonderful. Netflix’s new epic fantasy is intended for kids, but like all great literature it is able to speak to everyone. There are often facile lessons, or missing nuances, in young adult fantasy (okay, in adult fantasy, too). But not so The Dragon Prince.

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Ghoul: Folklore, Fascists, and Fear

Ghoul: Folklore, Fascists, and Fear

Ghoul, the new three-episode miniseries from Netflix, generates its chills with a blend of tried-and-true tropes borrowed from multiple well-known films and a dash of modern dystopia. While the derivative nature of the scares is a downside, Ghoul political dimension provides a different layer of darkness. Overall the film is a

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Disenchantment Has Its Charms

Disenchantment Has Its Charms

Disenchantment, Matt Groening’s new series for Netflix, certainly has its own unique charms. It is no Futurama. It is certainly not The Simpsons. While there are, of course, similarities to Groening’s earlier work, this new show is something that aspires to be a heartfelt, ongoing saga while still capturing the

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Castle Rock: All the Discomforts of Home

Castle Rock: All the Discomforts of Home

Castle Rock is Hulu’s finely-crafted ode to Stephen King’s intricate world-building. The series is faithful to the author’s voice and deep sense of nostalgia, and brimming over with familiar names and references. Originally released on July 25 and with the first season still unfolding, it has already been renewed for

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Misfits & Monsters Fits the Bill

Misfits & Monsters Fits the Bill

Bobcat Goldthwait’s Misfits &Monsters is, not surprisingly, pretty strange. Goldthwait–a man known for his incredibly dark sense of humor– writes, produces, and directs the new comedy series airing on TruTV with a fully self-aware sense of the absurd. So far, the half-hour episodes play more like Tales from the Crypt

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Read This: Harlan Ellison Is Gone

Read This: Harlan Ellison Is Gone

Harlan Ellison died last week at the age of 84. He was a genuine legend in science fiction, by all accounts larger than life and twice as abrasive. I never met the man, but he has still been a part of my life for decades. When I was around eleven

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The Terror: Chillingly Good

The Terror: Chillingly Good

The Terror, AMC’s  new horror series, is well worth your time. In this version, the fantastic elements intensify an already harrowing tale, where the natural world is as much a monster as the supernatural threats that plague the doomed men.

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Stan Against Evil: Hits and Misses

Stan Against Evil: Hits and Misses

IFC’s Stan Against Evil is a slight and subversively funny show that is somehow, less than the sum of its parts. Stomping along in the wake of Ash vs Evil Dead’s success, Stan Against Evil is charmingly well-cast and cheerfully quirky, yet saddled with predictable plotting and a very thin

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Westworld and Ash vs Evil Dead: Good, Bad & Ugly (spoilers)

Westworld and Ash vs Evil Dead: Good, Bad & Ugly (spoilers)

Last night saw the premieres of two shows I’ve been waiting for: Westworld on HBO and Ash vs Evil Dead’s second season on Starz. The results were a mixed bag, but hope springs eternal. *** I have been looking forward to HBO’s take on Westworld for a long time. I have

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Stranger Things Gets Its Weirdness Right

Stranger Things Gets Its Weirdness Right

Stranger Things, Netflix’s latest series, launched its first eight episode season on July 15. I had to drag myself away after the first three episodes to write this review, because it is simply that good. Created by Ross and Matt Duffer, Stranger Things uses pop culture familiarity as its hook,

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