On a post-apocalyptic Earth, a robot, built to protect the life of his dying creator's beloved dog, learns about life, love, friendship, and what it means to be human. (Apple TV +)
It's been centuries since the robots of Panga gained self-awareness and laid down their tools; centuries since they wandered, en masse, into the wilderness, never to be seen again; centuries since they faded into myth and urban legend. One day, the life of a tea monk is upended by the arrival of a robot, there to honor the old promise of checking in. The robot cannot go back until the question of "what do people need?" is answered. But the answer to that question depends on who you ask, and how. They're going to need to ask it a lot.
Babylon 5: Intersections In Real Time Rewatch Season 4, Ep 18
John Sheridan is interrogated in his prison cell. Will he sign a confession? And what will happen to him if he doesn’t? “The truth is sometimes what you believe it to be and sometimes what you decide it to be. My task is to make you... decide to believe differently.” [more inside]
Babylon 5: The Face of the Enemy Rewatch Season 4, Ep 17
The battle to free Earth from the Clark regime continues. Sheridan attempts to rescue his father. Garibaldi commits a betrayal and learns some devastating truths. “I think the last guy got thirty pieces of silver for the same job.” [more inside]
Babylon 5: The Exercise of Vital Powers Rewatch Season 4, Ep 16
Garibaldi journeys to Mars to meet his secretive employer at last. Meanwhile, Dr. Franklin and Lyta continue trying to free the Shadow-implanted telepaths. [more inside]
The latest in Martha Wells's stellar Murderbot series, novella-length Fugitive Telemetry, is out. [more inside]
For Kivrin, preparing an on-site study of one of the deadliest eras in humanity's history was as simple as receiving inoculations against the diseases of the fourteenth century and inventing an alibi for a woman traveling alone. For her instructors in the twenty-first century, it meant painstaking calculations and careful monitoring of the rendezvous location where Kivrin would be received. But a crisis strangely linking past and future strands Kivrin in a bygone age as her fellows try desperately to rescue her. In a time of superstition and fear, Kivrin--barely of age herself--finds she has become an unlikely angel of hope during one of history's darkest hours.
The best time-travel movie theatrically released in 2020 features Anthony Mackie and Jamie Dornan as two grizzled New Orleans paramedics who run across a designer drug linked to a series of spooky deaths. [more inside]
The X-Files: The Truth Rewatch Season 9, Ep 19
Super soldier Knowle Rohrer catches Mulder accessing classified government documents about the upcoming alien invasion. In the ensuing fight, Rohrer sustains an injury that would have killed a normal human. Mulder is charged with murder and brought before a military tribunal, where he seeks to prove the existence of an alien conspiracy and to justify all his work on the X-Files.
The X-Files: William Rewatch Season 9, Ep 16
A mysterious and hideously scarred man attacks Doggett in the X-Files office one night when Doggett surprises him in the act of going through the files, but when Doggett pulls his gun on him, the man claims to have seen Mulder, and to know things about the conspiracy, and about William.
The X-Files: Jump the Shark Rewatch Season 9, Ep 15
When former Area 51 "man in black" Morris Fletcher appears, claiming that a Yves Adele Harlow, a colleague of the Lone Gunmen, is actually a super soldier, Doggett, Reyes, and the Lone Gunmen attempt to locate her and find that Yves is embroiled in a situation that is graver than they first expected.
The X-Files: Providence (Part 2/2) Rewatch Season 9, Ep 10
Doggett is in a coma, William is in the hands of the UFO cultists, A.D. Follmer is leading the FBI task force to find the baby's abductors, and Scully, who has no faith in Follmer, recruits Reyes and the Lone Gunmen to help her find William.
The X-Files: Provenance (Part 1/2) Rewatch Season 9, Ep 9
A man on a motorbike attempts an illegal crossing of the Canada-U.S border, and it is discovered that he was an undercover FBI agent who had infiltrated a UFO cult and was carrying alien craft tracings similar to those seen in "Biogenesis". Scully, Reyes, and Doggett investigate in an effort to discover the meaning of the rubbings and the reason for the cult's alarming interest in William.
The X-Files: Trust No 1 Rewatch Season 9, Ep 6
Scully, Doggett, and Reyes are circuitously approached by a man who claims to have information about the super soldiers that he will only reveal to Mulder, and Scully arranges for Mulder's return.
Written by Neal Stephenson and published in 1999. Two groups of characters, one from the late thirties and forties and one in the then present-day ~1999 (a few who are descendants of the earlier group) involve themselves with codes, codebreaking, and Axis war gold, among other things. [more inside]
Scully, Doggett, and Reyes are led to a ship where they find evidence of experimentation on human embryos.
The X-Files: Nothing Important Happened Today (Part 1/2) Rewatch Season 9, Ep 1
Mulder vanishes, and Scully is on maternity leave with Baby William to care for, but Doggett asks for her help as he and Reyes investigate the death of an EPA official who drowned after his car was forced off a bridge by a woman he picked up in a bar.
The X-Files: Existence (Part 2/2) Rewatch Season 8, Ep 21
Alien super soldiers pursue Scully and Reyes to their hiding place in northern Georgia as Scully prepares to give birth, while at FBI headquarters Mulder, Doggett, and Skinner try to figure out how high up in the FBI hierarchy the conspiracy goes.
The X-Files: Essence (Part 1/2) Rewatch Season 8, Ep 20
A seemingly unstoppable Billy Miles begins killing scientists performing genetic research on alien human hybrid babies, and then targets Scully.
The X-Files: Vienen Rewatch Season 8, Ep 18
When the body of a crew member from the Galpex-Orpheus Platform oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico is found horribly burned with charring consistent with exposure to high levels of radiation, Kersh sends Doggett to the oil rig to investigate, and Mulder goes too, on his own initiative.
The X-Files: Three Words Rewatch Season 8, Ep 16
A man makes an attempt to burst into the White House, screaming about how he has to speak to the President about an alien invasion, and is shot, and Mulder, who has been denied reinstatement to the X-files, investigates in an effort to find out what the man had to say.
The X-Files: DeadAlive (Part 2/2) Rewatch Season 8, Ep 15
Three months after Mulder's funeral, Billy Myers' deceased and decaying body is found floating in the sea, and is miraculously resurrected, leading Skinner to decide to exhume Mulder's grave.
The X-Files: This Is Not Happening (Part 1/2) Rewatch Season 8, Ep 14
When Theresa Hoese, who was abducted around the same time as Mulder, is found alive though in grave condition in Montana, Scully, Skinner, and Doggett go the scene in the hope that it may lead them to Mulder, and Doggett calls in a specialist in ritualistic crime, Agent Monica Reyes.
The X-Files: Per Manum Rewatch Season 8, Ep 13
A man comes to Scully and Doggett claiming that his pregnant wife gave birth to an alien baby, and that her doctors stole the infant and murdered his wife. Far-fetched as his story is, it has uncomfortable parallels with Scully's own history.
In 1983, a cosmonaut is involved in an incident in space and crash-lands back to the Soviet Union. A nervy psychiatrist (Oksana Akinshina, Lilya 4-ever) is recruited to help him recover from his amnesia about the incident in this sci-fi horror movie. [more inside]
The X-Files: Without (Part 2/2) Rewatch Season 8, Ep 2
While searching for Gibson Praise, Scully, Skinner, and Doggett encounter the Alien Bounty Hunter.
First contact happens in the year 2007. Cora Sabino, a college dropout and daughter of a famous whistleblower, unwillingly ends up in the center of it all, acting as an interpreter for the aliens.
The X-Files: Within (Part 1/2) Rewatch Season 8, Ep 1
Newly promoted Deputy Director Alvin Kersh organizes a taskforce to hunt for the missing Mulder, and assigns Special Agent John Doggett to lead it, but Scully, who is haunted by visions of what might be happening to Mulder, searches for him with Skinner's help.
The X-Files: Requiem Rewatch Season 7, Ep 22
Mulder and Scully investigate an abduction in Bellefleur, Oregon, the site of the first investigation of their partnership.
The X-Files: En Ami Rewatch Season 7, Ep 15
After a young boy who had cancer, and was denied medical treatment by his religious parents, is miraculously cured by what he says was a visitation of angels, the Cigarette Smoking Man tells Scully he is the one who cured the boy, and promises her that he will give her the cure for all human illness if she will take a road trip with him.
The X-Files: First Person Shooter Rewatch Season 7, Ep 13
When a player of an about-to-be released virtual reality video game the Lone Gunmen have been involved in developing winds up dead, Langly, Frohike, and Byers ask Mulder and Scully to investigate.
Humanity clings to life on January--a colonized planet divided between permanently frozen darkness on one side, and blazing endless sunshine on the other. Two cities, built long ago in the meager temperate zone, serve as the last bastions of civilization--but life inside them is just as dangerous as the uninhabitable wastelands outside. Sophie, a young student from the wrong side of Xiosphant city, is exiled into the dark after being part of a failed revolution. But she survives--with the help of a mysterious savior from beneath the ice.
Mulder is taken from the hospital by the Cigarette Smoking Man, who offers him a new life free from the pressures of his quest for the truth, while Scully continues to search for an explanation for Mulder's neurological condition.
The X-Files: The Sixth Extinction (Part 2/3) Rewatch Season 7, Ep 1
While Scully tries to piece together the meaning of the symbols engraved on the spaceship beached in West Africa, Skinner and Kritschgau endeavour to assuage Mulder's frenetic brain activity.
The X-Files: Biogenesis (Part 1/3) Rewatch Season 6, Ep 22
The discovery of fragments of an artifact in West Africa leads to several murders. As Mulder and Scully investigate, Scully's findings imply that aliens have engineered human evolution and history, and the artifacts have an unexpected effect on Mulder's mind.
The X-Files: Three of a Kind Rewatch Season 6, Ep 20
In a sequel to "Unusual Suspects", the Lone Gunmen once again encounter Susanne Modeski while infiltrating a defense contractors' conference in Las Vegas.
The X-Files: One Son (Part 2/2) Rewatch Season 6, Ep 12
Mulder learns the truth about the Syndicate's extraterrestrial collaborations, just as the time has arrived for the Syndicate to give up the hybrid Cassandra to the alien colonists.
The X-Files: Two Fathers (Part 1/2) Rewatch Season 6, Ep 11
Cassandra Spender is found at a railyard in Arlington, Virginia, the only survivor among a number of people who have been burned alive, and she asks to speak to Agent Fox Mulder.
Meet Roger. Skilled with words, languages come easily to him. He instinctively understands how the world works through the power of story. Meet Dodger, his twin. Numbers are her world, her obsession, her everything. All she understands, she does so through the power of math. Roger and Dodger aren’t exactly human, though they don’t realise it. They aren’t exactly gods, either. Not entirely. Not yet. Godhood is attainable. Pray it isn’t attained.
The X-Files: S.R. 819 Rewatch Season 6, Ep 9
Skinner becomes infected with a disease that confounds his doctors, keeps catching glimpses of a unkempt man lurking near him, and receives phone calls telling him that he will die.
The X-Files: Dreamland II (Part 2/2) Rewatch Season 6, Ep 5
Scully and Mulder try to figure out how to reverse the time warp that catapulted Mulder's mind into a body and a life not his own.
The X-Files: Dreamland (Part 1/2) Rewatch Season 6, Ep 4
Driving to Area 51 in the middle of the night to meet with an informant, Scully and Mulder are stopped on the highway by a caravan of soldiers and a man in a black suit. In the middle of this encounter, a mysterious craft passes overhead and then crashes, sending a wave of energy across all the bystanders, and changing some of them radically.
The X-Files: The Beginning Rewatch Season 6, Ep 1
Following the events in Fight the Future, the X-files are reopened, but Diana Fowley and Jeffrey Spender are the agents assigned to it. Undeterred by their orders to cease all involvement in the X-files, Mulder and Scully unofficially investigate a case in Arizona involving the death of two Roush Technologies employees from an uncommonly virulent virus.
The X-Files: The End Rewatch Season 5, Ep 20
After an ex-National Security Agency assassin kills one of the two players at a chess match between a Russian chess master and an American child prodigy named Gibson Praise, Jeffrey Spender is given the case, and though he explicitly asked that Mulder be excluded from his investigation, Skinner asks Mulder to join the team.
The X-Files: The Pine Bluff Variant Rewatch Season 5, Ep 18
Mulder goes undercover as a double agent in order to infiltrate a terrorist organization that has access to a horrifying biological weapon.
In the distant future, a small waste-collecting robot inadvertently embarks on a space journey that will ultimately decide the fate of mankind. [more inside]
The X-Files: The Red and the Black (Part 2/2) Rewatch Season 5, Ep 14
Many of the abductees who gathered on the Ruskin Dam bridge are found dead, Cassandra Spender is missing, and Scully is found in a state of shock in the nearby woods with some other survivors. Scully undergoes hypnosis to recover her memories of what happened on the bridge, while the Syndicate experiments with a possible vaccine and chooses sides between the alien and the alien rebel forces, and Jeffrey Spender receives a letter from Quebec.
The X-Files: Patient X (Part 1/2) Rewatch Season 5, Ep 13
Groups of former alien abductees feel strangely compelled to gather and are burned alive by faceless men when they do, and Mulder and Scully meet Cassandra Spender, multiple abductee, who says she is certain she is about to be summoned.
The X-Files: Emily (Part 2/2) Rewatch Season 5, Ep 7
Scully tries to move forward with the adoption of Emily Sim, while Mulder investigates Emily's medical history.
I just went through the book posts for the last three months. There's lots of books I'm considering reading, and one book I read a while ago but don't remember well enough to do deep insightful commentary. In order to get more synchronicity on this, does anyone want to start a book club? Or even a couple in different genres? I would love a romance, science fiction, fantasy and/or nonfiction book club.