Television
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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Preacher Is Still Finding Its Way

Preacher Is Still Finding Its Way

Preacher, the comic book-inspired series that debuted on May 22 on AMC, is so far a cautiously-paced, blackly funny critical darling of a show. I am not familiar with the original Vertigo comic book, so I can’t compare the adaptation to its source material. But three episodes in to a

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JourneyQuest Adventures On

JourneyQuest Adventures On

JourneyQuest is a light, silly, dead-on-target web series about a group of differently-competent adventurers who may be on an epic quest. Or not. Anything’s possible, really. There have been quite a few surprising turns already in the available seasons, and there will be more coming soon. JourneyQuest is the brainchild

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Watch This: Red Dwarf

Watch This: Red Dwarf

Before the wonder of the interwebs, there was the wonder of public broadcasting—and its heavy reliance on British television series for content. PBS introduced me to the surreal world of Monty Python’s Flying Circus, the sarcastic one of Black Adder, and the utterly silly one of the plucky, persistent Red

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The X-Files Season Ten: A Summary and Review

The X-Files Season Ten: A Summary and Review

If you have been saving up The X-Files for a binge watch, be warned of spoilers ahead. Season ten of The X-Files is nothing if not ambitious. Over the course of only six broadcast hours it brings up or takes on transgenderism, Islamic terrorism, God, immigration, media conspiracies, motherhood, monsters, and

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Star Blazers: Anime Old School II

Star Blazers: Anime Old School II

While the action-packed Battle of the Planets was my introduction to anime science fiction, the more polished Star Blazers was my introduction to anime space opera. When I was but a wee nerdgoblin, being home sick from school meant getting to see Star Blazers, since the local station aired it

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Battle of the Planets: Anime Old School

Battle of the Planets: Anime Old School

The 1970’s science fiction/action anime Battle of the Planets was my first coherent experience with Japanese animation, and it left a long-lasting impression. I still get a little excited about Mark, Jason, Princess, Keyop, and Tiny! The Fiery Phoenix! Chief Anderson! Seven-Zark-7! And Zoltar, wonderful, evil, lipsticked Zoltar from the

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The X Files Returns! (With Spoilers)

The X Files Returns! (With Spoilers)

In place of a much-discussed third X Files theatrical film, Fox decided to revive the show with a six episode miniseries that dives immediately back into the core alien abduction mythology. Chris Carter returns as executive producer and as one of the writers and directors of the new season. In

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