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  • Paul Levinson
    Published 20 days ago
    Review of 'Raised by Wolves' 1.8-10

    Review of 'Raised by Wolves' 1.8-10

    The story brought vividly home in Raised by Wolves 1.8 and 1.9, that androids can bear biological children, a hybrid of some sort of android and human, lifts this series into territory not even explored in a series as sophisticated as Westworld. Of course, Westworld takes place on Earth, with a science a lot earlier in its development than what we see in Raised by Wolves, so I'm not criticizing Westworld on this account as much as noting the difference. And that difference is about as profound as it gets.
  • P
    Published 28 days ago
    Ancient Aliens and The Social Dilemma - How Technology Connects The Two...Well, Maybe

    Ancient Aliens and The Social Dilemma - How Technology Connects The Two...Well, Maybe

    It's noon on a Wednesday and I am 4 episodes deep into Ancient Aliens, Season 3 on Netflix. It's fascinating and odd. It also is another point in my 'I believe in aliens' column. It makes sense though, especially the last two episodes. They suggest that aliens not only visited ancient, primitive civilizations but that they interfered with our biological development.
  • Paul Levinson
    Published about a month ago
    Review of 'Raised by Wolves' 1.6-7

    Review of 'Raised by Wolves' 1.6-7

    Lots of important, even game-changing events in episodes 1.6-7 of Raised by Wolves, up on HBO Max Thursday night:
  • Paul Levinson
    Published about a month ago
    Review of 'Raised by Wolves' 1.4-5

    Review of 'Raised by Wolves' 1.4-5

    I thought the 4th and 5th episodes of Raised by Wolves were really good, especially the 5th, because it gave us a nice big origin story about Mother -- how she was created, and endowed/programmed with her mission. Her maker tells her she's humanity's last hope, a nod to Star Wars mythology.
  • Paul Levinson
    Published about a month ago
    Review of 'Amazing Stories (2020)' 1.2: The Heat

    Review of 'Amazing Stories (2020)' 1.2: The Heat

    Life after death stories -- the departed coming back to help, haunt, or otherwise interact with the living -- are a dime a dozen. Amazing Stories' (2020) second episode, "The Heat," manages to visit this well-trodden path with a story that is at least somewhat original, even if that originality relies upon yet another very well-worn gambit in fiction.
  • Sandeep Verma
    Published about a month ago
    Netflix’s ‘Away’ shows a mission to Mars. It may be closer to reality than you think

    Netflix’s ‘Away’ shows a mission to Mars. It may be closer to reality than you think

    In the second episode of Netflix’s space drama “Away,” two astronauts head outside into space to make some emergency repairs.
  • Paul Levinson
    Published 2 months ago
    review of 'Away'

    review of 'Away'

    My wife and I just finished binge-watching Away, a 10-episode series, on Netflix. I can't recall a better movie or television series about missions to Mars or early human settlements on Mars, and that includes contenders like The Martian, The Martian Chronicles, and Total Recall.
  • Paul Levinson
    Published 2 months ago
    Review of 'Raised by Wolves' 1.2-3

    Review of 'Raised by Wolves' 1.2-3

    I just watched Raised by Wolves 1.2 and 1.3, on HBO Max. It's all that is available there now (along with the first episode that I saw and reviewed here the other night), but the three are more than enough to convince that this will be a major science fiction series, with a complex, multi-level, intriguing narrative.
  • Paul Levinson
    Published 2 months ago
    Review of 'Amazing Stories (2020)' 1.1: "The Cellar"

    Review of 'Amazing Stories (2020)' 1.1: "The Cellar"

    I finally had a chance to take a bite out of Apple TV+'s reboot of Amazing Stories (it's so quiet when I write, you can sometimes hear a pun drop), and I thought I'd tell you what I thought of it.
  • Paul Levinson
    Published 2 months ago
    Review of 'Raised by Wolves' 1.1

    Review of 'Raised by Wolves' 1.1

    I saw Raised by Wolves 1.1 last night, courtesy of HBO Max, where the series is set to debut tomorrow, September 3. In a sentence, it's a big concept, altogether excellent combination of fast action and deep philosophy, as befits Executive Producer Ridley Scott, and especially well-suited to our pandemic ridden time, when the very fate of humanity could well be at stake if things get much worse.
  • What If
    Published 2 months ago
    Top 10 Mind-Bending Sci-Fi Shows and Movies You Can Stream Right Now
  • Paul Levinson
    Published 3 months ago
    Review of 'Twice Upon A Time'

    Review of 'Twice Upon A Time'

    Just binged Twice Upon A Time on Netflix. It's of course a time-travel story -- in this case, a four-part mini-series in French, with English subtitles. It was surprisingly excellent. In fact, downright memorable.