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Under intense scrutiny by the Temporal Authorities, I was coerced into actualizing my capsule in this causality loop. Through no fault of my own, I am marooned on this dangerous yet lovely level-four civilization.Stranded here, I have spent most of my time learning what I can of the social norms and oddities of the Terran species, including how to properly use the term "Hipster" and how to perform a "perfect pour."Under the assumed name of "Michael Bedford," I have completed BA's with specialized honours in both theatre studies and philosophy, and am currently saving up for enough galactic credits to buy a new--or suitably used--temporal contextualizer ... for a friend.
“Delta-V”

The Expanse Season 3, Episode 7: “Delta-V” – Changing Speeds

Fans of SyFy’s The Expanse got some good news late last week. At a well-timed appearance at the International Space Development Conference, Amazon's CEO...
“Triple Point”

The Expanse Season 3, Episode 5: “Triple Point” – A Wistful Review

Fans of SyFy’s The Expanse got some bad news just after the third season’s fifth episode named “Triple Point” aired. This will be the...
“Reload”

The Expanse Season 3, Episode 4: Reviewing “Reload”

The fourth episode of The Expanse’s third season showed viewers that Holden and his crew might be some of the only people in the...
“Baggage”

The Handmaid’s Tale Season 2, Episode 3: Reviewing “Baggage”

The Handmaid’s Tale’s third episode, entitled “Baggage,” aired on Hulu on May 2nd. Canadian viewers of the Hulu original based on Margaret Atwood’s novel...
“Assured Destruction”

The Expanse Season 3, Episode 3: “Assured Destruction” – Casualties

It’s good to see Mao acting like a human being for once. Although I have no interest in feeling sorry for the unscrupulous financier, it’s refreshing to see the humane side of any villain.
“Unwomen”

The Handmaid’s Tale Season 2 Premiere: Part II, “Unwomen”

“Unwomen” aired as the second part of The Handmaid’s Tale season 2 premiere. Part I, entitled “June” fleshed out June’s (previously Offred’s) personal history...
The Handmaid’s Tale Season 2 Premiere

The Handmaid’s Tale Season 2 Premiere: Part I, June

Anyone familiar with Atwood’s writing style will find several lines indicative of the Canadian literary juggernaut’s influence, so it’s good to know that the producers of the show continue to seek her input even though the events of this season take place after the end of Atwood’s original novel.
IFF

The Expanse Season 3, Episode 2: IFF – Unlikely Friends

Both Prax and his science-experiment daughter could use a win, and a happy reunion would be a welcome change of pace from the regular cynicism on display in The Expanse.

DC’s Super-Apes of the 1950s: The Great Grandad of Gorilla Grodd

As with most pop-culture phenomena, this odd idea makes a lot more sense after some investigation into the zeitgeist that produced it.
The Expanse Season 3

The Expanse Season 3, Episode 1: Fight or Flight, a Review

Rather than a massive cooperative venture built on mutual trust and acceptance, like in Star Trek, The Expanse shows the result of extending colonial values past the borders of our own atmosphere.

Atlas’s Western Comics: An Old Idea with Some New Twists

So the next time some troubled fan of the Distinguished Competition tells you that Spider-Man is just a nerdy boy-scout type from Queens, you can tell them that they’ve got it all wrong; he’s really the Lone Ranger.
Space & Robot comics

The Dusk of the Monster Age: The Rise & Fall of Space & Robot...

As a jaded comics historian looking back on the age of wonder and optimism that was the ’50s, my favourite comics are ones that feature artists and writers’ far-fetched visions of the future — robots and all — and a few of the best ones come from people you’re probably familiar with for other work they did.

“Will You Take My Hand?” Post-Finale Reflections on Discovery’s Season 1

A viewer watching week to week might have already gotten frustrated at Discovery’s infrequent references to familiar Star Trek properties, but the binge-watcher is raring to go, having watched all 15 episodes in one day as if Discovery’s first season were some kind of sub-par epic movie.
Discovery

Star Trek: Discovery – Gearing Up for “Will You Take My Hand?”

I’ll stick around for the next season if only to hold the writers and producers to their promise that all questions will be answered.
The War Without, The War Within

Star Trek: Discovery – The War Without, The War Within – Who’s the Boss?

Burnham discusses with Tyler the benefits of being alone, and in a rare moment of self-reflection during her blood-soaked life she reflects that she’s not yet where she needs to be to feel good about herself.
What’s Past is Prologue

Star Trek: Discovery – What’s Past Is Prologue – Back to the Future

It’s been ... interesting to see this dark side of Star Trek, but now that we have it would be great if Discovery started to be a show that features the positive effects of fair dealing and altruism, even when dealing with an enemy who shoots before asking questions.
The Wolf Inside

Star Trek: Discovery – Continued Reflections with The Wolf Inside

Shouldn’t a human raised on Vulcan by mixed-race adoptive parents know that you can’t judge a book by it’s cover?
Eye of the Storm

Outlander Season 3 Finale: Eye of the Storm Rounds out the Voyage

Instead, Eye of the Storm ended with an indication of where next season will be set rather than when.
Despite Yourself

Despite Yourself – A Dark Reflection for Star Trek: Discovery

Kirk’s parting words are incendiary and hopeful: “In every revolution, there's one man with a vision.”
Outlander season 3

Outlander: The Bakra’s Bloodbath – The Return of A Familiar…Face

Outlander fans only have one more episode in the show's third season to sustain them until next September. The most recent episode, “The Bakra,”...

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