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In a Mirror, Darkly

I have finally made it through the third episode of “Star Trek: Discovery,” long enough for the plot to settle down enough so I can evaluate whether the show matches up to my hopes. All I can say is that somebody on this show had better Grow the Beard and do it soon. This is […]

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The Contest Between Homer and Hesiod, in Space

There is not much about Andy Weir’s The Martian that ought to work. And yet it works. The novel is like a twisted literary experiment: can you write a story that is about 5% dialogue, 10% action, and 85% exposition? And can the exposition be about scientific problem solving and the technical details of NASA […]

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Are You Not Entertained?

Recently, I wrote an article criticizing the bloodthirsty esthetic and moral cynicism of “Game of Thrones.” In a nutshell, my argument is that at some point, the gore and violence and torture and depravity no longer serve the plot. They are the plot. I am reminded of Russell Crowe’s signature moment in Gladiator. He has […]

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Our Sick National Obsession with ‘Game of Thrones’

When I saw a recent article on how HBO spent $8 million to produce a single episode of the fantasy epic “Game of Thrones,” I realized that we are now seeing the full impact of large-screen, high-definition television on the film industry. With the home viewing experience now able to compete with the silver screen, […]

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