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Before they can complete renovations on their new inn, a father and daughter are visited by a woman seeking immediate lodging for her strange group of travelers. [more inside]
Book: For the First Time, Again (Take Them to the Stars #3)
The conclusion of the Take Them to the Stars trilogy lands with something of a thud, trading the centuries-long frame of the series and the decades-long span of the previous books for a too-tight focus on a single character telling us more about her plan than showing it. [more inside]
The Ark: Season One Season 1, Ep 0
100 years in the future, humanity must leave Earth. Ark One heads toward Proxima Centauri b to establish the first colony, but the crew is awakened during the journey after disaster strikes. [more inside]
Movie: Babylon 5: The Legend of the Rangers: To Live and Die in Starlight
A disgraced Ranger takes command of an old, possibly haunted, ship on an escort mission that encounters deadly peril from a new enemy civilization. [more inside]
Intellectual engineers Aaron (Shane Carruth) and Abe (David Sullivan) build and sell error-checking technology with the help of their friends Robert (Casey Gooden) and Phillip (Anand Upadhyaya). But when Aaron and Abe accidentally invent what they think is a time machine, Abe builds a version capable of transporting a human and puts the device to the test. As the two friends obsess over their creation, they discover the dark consequences of their actions. [more inside]
In an alternative 1990s, lonely Wyrm grieves his recently-deceased older brother, and struggles to complete a unique school requirement in which students wear electronic collars that detach only upon engaging in their first kiss, with little help from his distant parents. Expanded from a 2017 short film; available to watch on Hulu and several other streaming services. Heavily reminiscent of Napoleon Dynamite, but more melancholy. Written and directed by Christopher Winterbauer. Includes a short Rhea Seehorn appearance.
Movie: Reign of Fire
Christian Bale and Matthew McConaughey play two leaders who team up (in the far-future 2020) to fight off a brood of fire-breathing dragons seeking to return to global dominance after centuries of rest underground. Features a playacted re-creation of a bit of Star Wars, a fire-roasted tomato crop, an explosive arrow shot by crossbow, children in peril, a construction site that breaks several safety regulations, and dragons.
A troubled psychologist is sent to investigate the crew of an isolated research station orbiting a bizarre planet. [more inside]
Movie: Minority Report
John Anderton is a top 'Precrime' cop in the late-21st century, when technology can predict crimes before they're committed. But Anderton becomes the quarry when another investigator targets him for a murder charge. [more inside]
The Peripheral: Jackpot Books Included Season 1, Ep 4
Flynne's health takes a turn. Wilf visits Flynne in Clanton, deepening their relationship. [more inside]
The Peripheral: Jackpot Show Only Season 1, Ep 4
Flynne’s health takes a turn. Wilf visits Flynne in Clanton, deepening their relationship.
Young attendees of Space Camp learn life lessons when something goes wrong. [more inside]
Movie: Event Horizon
A rescue crew investigates a spaceship that disappeared and has now returned. [more inside]
Legendary Space Ranger Buzz Lightyear embarks on an intergalactic adventure alongside a group of ambitious recruits and his robot companion Sox.
Love, Death & Robots: Season 3 Season 3, Ep 0
The award-winning Netflix series of short, animated science-fiction-and-fantasy-adjacent films continues, with voice acting by Rosario Dawson, Joe Manganiello, Craig Ferguson, Mackenzie Davis, Dan Stevens, Joel McHale, Seth Green, Gabriel Luna, Jai Courtney, Elodie Yung, Chantelle Barry, Christian Serratos, Katie Lowes, and Jason Flemyng, with Josh Brener, Gary Anthony Williams, and Chris Parnell reprising their roles from season one. [CW: violence, with varying degrees of realism, and some sexual content.] [more inside]
Love, Death & Robots: Season 2 (Entire Season) Season 2, Ep 0
The Netflix series of short, animated (in various styles) science fiction films (although some of them edge on fantasy) continues. The season two cast includes Michael B. Jordan, Elodie Yung, Nancy Linari, Emily O'Brien, Joe Dempsie, Ike Amadi, Nolan North, Fred Tatasciore, Peter Franzén, Jennifer Hale, Sebastian Croft, Brian Keene, Steven Pacey, Scott Whyte, and Zita Hanrot. [CW: violence, with varying degrees of realism, and some sexual content.] [more inside]
Movie: Until the End of the World
Set in 1999, Claire's life is forever changed after she survives a car crash with some bank robbers, who enlist her help to take the money to a drop in Paris. On the way she runs into another fugitive from the law Dr. Farber, an American who is being chased by the CIA. They want to confiscate a device his father invented which allows anyone to record their dreams and visions. On the run they travel the globe from Berlin to Lisbon to Moscow to Tokyo, ending up in Australia at his father's research facility, where they hope to play back the recordings Farber captured for his blind mother. [more inside]
Book: The Fated Sky
Of course the noted Lady Astronaut Elma York would like to go, but there's a lot riding on whoever the International Aerospace Coalition decides to send on this historic -- but potentially very dangerous -- mission? Could Elma really leave behind her husband and the chance to start a family to spend several years traveling to Mars? And with the Civil Rights movement taking hold all over Earth, will the astronaut pool ever be allowed to catch up, and will these brave men and women of all races be treated equitably when they get there? [more inside]
Book: The Space Between Worlds
Cara dies. A lot. Or at least her analogs on parallel worlds do. And in a multiverse where you can only travel to a world where "you" already died, that makes her a very valuable employee. [more inside]
Russian Doll: Full Season Two Season 2, Ep 0
Russian Doll returns after three years. [more inside]
Severance: The You You Are Season 1, Ep 4
Irving finds an intriguing book at work. Helly aggressively pursues a meeting with her Outie. Mark attends a funeral with Ms. Selvig. [more inside]
Book: Fortune's Pawn by Rachel Bach
"Devi Morris isn't your average mercenary. She has plans. Big. And a ton of ambition. It's a combination that's going to get her killed one day - but not just yet." Science Fiction, Book 1 in the "Paradox" series. [more inside]
Book: Book: Firebreak by Nicole Kornher-Stace
"Ready Player One meets Cyberpunk 2077 in this eerily familiar future." [more inside]
The Expanse: Strange Dogs Show Only Season 6, Ep 1
The Rocinante crew make a startling discovery on an asteroid; Avasarala and Bobbie contend with the devastation on Earth; Drummer and her family must make a heartbreaking decision; on Ceres, Marco and Filip's struggles turn inward.
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 +)
Book: A Psalm for the Wild-Built
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]
Book: Fugitive Telemetry
The latest in Martha Wells's stellar Murderbot series, novella-length Fugitive Telemetry, is out. [more inside]
Book: Doomsday Book
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]
The X-Files: Nothing Important Happened Today II (Part 2/2) Rewatch Season 9, Ep 2
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.