TV Series Review: Season II: Westworld (HBO)

by Steve Lancaster4/14/19
In season one, Westworld established the existence of a theme park populated by androids whose single purpose was to be fodder for the rapacious instincts of the human guests. The androids are murdered, abused, raped, and tortured, rebuilt and returned to service the next day. More » • (46 views)

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TV Series Review: Babylon 5

by Steve Lancaster3/5/19
Season 3 and part of 4  •  If you’re a science fiction fan you probably have some strong feelings about Babylon 5. Frankly, some criticism is deserved. Most of season 1 and 2 are rarely interesting and seldom much more than a future based reality show (Jersey Girls in space). More » • (89 views)

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TV Series Review: Ken Burns’ Civil War

by Steve Lancaster10/28/18
All civil wars are rebellions, but not all rebellions are civil wars. The difference being a rebellion doesn’t seek to replace the government, but to separate from it and form a separate government. More » • (165 views)

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TV Series Review: Babylon Berlin

by Steve Lancaster10/2/18
This is a Netflix series that has all the elements to be a failure. Somehow it succeeds in every venue. The series is long, 16 episodes. It is in German with subtitles, it has a train full of gold, Communists, Nazis, Weimar Republic, German nationalists, drugs, criminal underground, sex and corrupt police. More » • (215 views)

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TV Series Review: Bosch

by Steve Lancaster8/26/18
The LA Cop  •  People are intrigued by cops and spies. Every year there are hundreds of books, movies and articles written about them. In the case of police dramas New York and Los Angeles lead the pack. The long running Law and Order series and its spin-offs and the continuing popularity of Blue Bloods are good examples. More » • (338 views)

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TV Series Review: Game of Thrones

by Steve Lancaster7/2/18
Season One  •  The Game of Thrones series has been a great success for HBO in the last ten years. I won’t attempt to analyze the series episode by episode but cover it with the broader themes of season by season. So, this will take several updates to complete, or until we are all bored of it, whichever comes first. More » • (114 views)

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TV Series Review: Grantchester

by Brad Nelson6/14/18
A vicar regularly helps a police inspector with his cases while drinking too much and being chronically undecided about the girl he loves…or maybe likes…or maybe they’re just friends. What could go wrong? More » • (211 views)

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TV Series Review: Fauda

by Steve Lancaster6/6/18
When it comes to Israel, everything is complicated. Politics are complicated, religion is complicated, democracy is complicated, the conflict is complicated. Even the complications are complicated. These are the things that make us shout, and cry, that fill us with hope or plunge us into utter despair. More » • (260 views)

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TV Series Review: Magic City

by Brad Nelson1/26/18
I’ll tell you right off the bat that I’m probably going to hell for watching this series. It’s a dark, somewhat pornographic, gangster-violence series. You may need to take a shower after watching it. More » • (129 views)

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Series Review: Electric Dreams

by Steve Lancaster1/13/18
By Phillip K. Dick  •  This is an original series from Dr. Evil (Jeff Bezos) Amazon. I have watched the first four of ten stories. I say stories as they lay out as short stories in a book. More » • (343 views)

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TV Series Review: Sophia

by Steve Lancaster1/2/18
In 15th Century Russia, the last Byzantium Princess, Sophia Palaiologina, moves from Rome to distant Moscow to marry Czar Ivan III. Destined to become the first influential female figure of the Russian Empire, Sophia overcomes court intrigue and betrayals More » • (3544 views)

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TV Series Review: The Wire

by Steve Lancaster9/18/17
The Wire is a five-season crime drama from HBO. It is available on Amazon Prime. The series is 60 episodes and the first thing I recommend is that you think of each season as an extremely long movie. Each season has a general theme that reappears in the next season most often as a side note to some other investigation. More » • (345 views)

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