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If only every Defiance episode could work as well as this week's, which had great story flow and characteristically strong SFX...
This review contains spoilers.
3.5 History Rhymes
From the outset, History Rhymes was a much slicker and tighter narrative than we’ve been graced with so far this season.
The centre-piece is the often turbulent relationship between Nolan and Irisa, and how they’re now bonded together to share a common memory collection.
It might seem somewhat late in the process to give Nolan more backstory, but as this progressed, his failings and Irisa's were better revealed. As it went on, I began to wonder if Irisa is actually more guilt-ridden than Nolan, but surely the point is that only these two characters can understand the pain of the other, even if they’re not exactly bonding right now.
The only problem with the memory sequences was that taken out »
Since Star Trek: The Motion Picture in 1979, the Star Trek cinematic outings have proved to be a smorgasbord of references and famous actors (or those who would go on to be), and often had complex behind the scenes events that stopped some rather, ahem, fascinating moments making it to the final version. We found lots of nerdy spots in the first six films here.
This time out we look at the films featuring the cast of Star Trek: The Next Generation and choose 47 factoids. Granted, there's a lot more than that of interest, but we've tried for ones that you might not be aware of.
Oh, and there are some major spoilers...
Star Trek: Generations (1994)
1. The first of the Next Generation films was something of a rush job as principal photography »
The CW's The Flash was a surprise hit of the TV season, but sadly there will be no new episodes for a few months. Though the network will be reairing the first season in its entirety on Tuesday nights this summer, The Flash fans may be looking for something else to fill the void. Do you already miss the casual trips into reality-warping wormholes? Do you crave the intellectual stimulation of mind-bending alternate timelines? Do you like watching fresh-faced cast members engage in romantic entanglements and action-oriented plots while being mentored by older veterans of the craft? Then Sliders is the cure for what ails you. In a San Francisco basement... Created by Robert K. Weiss and Tracy Tormé, Sliders was a sci-fi TV series that ran for five seasons from 1995 to 2000. Jerry O'Connell, in arguably his biggest role since his acting debut in Stand by Me, stars as physics genius graduate student Quinn Mallory, »
- Dave Trumbore
Ouarzazate, Morocco. Officially, the Moroccan city of Ouarzazate is nicknamed "The door of the desert," resting south of the High Atlas Mountains and on the edge of the Draa Valley. Thanks to the presence of Atlas Studios, though, Ouarzazate is perhaps more appropriately known as The Hollywood of Central Morocco, or perhaps even The Hollywood of Morocco. Ouarzazate has a population of just over 50,000, but in late October of 2014, that population includes a disproportionate number of Jesuses, Judases and an absurd number of Marys, both Jesus' mom and of the Magdalene variety. It's late October of 2014 and Ouarzazate is the beating heart of TV's Biblical world. "It's a very holy town right now," laughs Haaz Sleiman, one of the Ouarzazate Jesi -- Yes, that should be the name of a fantasy baseball team -- specifically playing the title role in National Geographic's "Killing Jesus," the project that has brought me to this region. »
- Daniel Fienberg
4 items from 2015
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