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reviewing 12 Monkeys, American Crime, Billions, Black Sails, Bloodline, Bones, Bosch, Colony, Deutschland 83, Fargo, Fear TWD, Game of Thrones, Hell on Wheels, Homeland, House of Cards, Humans, Marseille, Masters of Sex, Mr. Robot, Peaky Blinders, Outlander, Ray Donovan, Rectify, The: Affair, Americans, Girlfriend Experience, Man in the High Castle, Walking Dead; Tyrant, Vikings +movies, music, politicsGeorge Santayana had irrational faith in reason - I have irrational faith in TV.
Review Of Chris Cosmain's Novikov Windows
2023-09-26 18:32
I'm going to here review a a very recently published, nearly 500-page time travel novel -- Chris Cosmain's Novikov Windows: A Time Travel Novel (that's the sub-title) -- I've just read, in t… Read More
AI-Generated Video Translation
2023-09-20 18:32
Here's an AI-generated translation of my English into Hindi by Emon Hassan -- it's of me talking about my 2006 time-travel novel, The Plot to Save Socrates, in 2010 (AI by Hey Gen; from an i… Read More
Foundation Season 2: Pros And Cons
2023-09-15 04:09
Well, you probably won't be surprised that I have mixed feelings about the Foundation Season 2 finale, just up on Apple TV+ tonight.   And, if you've been reading my reviews of thi… Read More
Invasion 2.3: Casper And Luke
2023-09-08 21:35
[Spoilers ahead ....] The high profile thread in Invasion 2.3 is Mitsuki hacking the invaders' code, with the result that a whole bunch of their ships (seven -- of course not all) fall… Read More
Foundation 2.9: Exceptional Alterations
2023-09-08 03:34
The next-to-last episode of season 2 of Foundation on Apple TV+ -- episode 2.9 -- was riveting and brilliant.  I couldn't take my eyes off the screen.  Even though the story it tol… Read More
Special Ops: Lioness: Women In Focus
2023-09-04 05:15
I just finished watching the 8th and final episode of the first season of Special Ops: Lioness on Paramount Plus, and here's my shot at a mostly non-spoiler review.To begin with, this is a s… Read More
Foundation 2.8: Major Revelations!
2023-09-01 03:08
Well, finally an episode of Foundation -- 2.8 -- that's really firing on all cylinders.  By which I mean, the Trantor parts and the other parts were nearly equal in power, and that powe… Read More
Invasion 2.2: Jamila And Trevante
2023-08-31 02:56
Episode 2.2 of Invasion had two good, non-intersecting stories about Jamila in the UK and Trevante in the USA.[Spoilers ahead ... ]I thought Jamila's story was tighter at this point than Tre… Read More
Invasion 2.1: Tenuous Meeting Of The Minds
2023-08-23 04:25
Invasion -- the latest narrative that explores an H. G. Well's War of the Worlds scenario -- is back on Apple TV+ with the first episode of its second season.  It's entitled "Something'… Read More
Foundation 2.6:  Hari And Evita
2023-08-18 04:29
Well, I thought Foundation 2.6 was one of the best episodes so far.  Here's why:[Spoilers ahead ... ]1. Young Hari -- both as a boy and a young man -- was pure gold.  It was a neat… Read More
The Chronology Protection Case Trailer
2023-08-17 18:44
Jay Kensinger's trailer for The Chronology Protection Case, adapted from my novelette, on Amazon Prime Videowatch the movieread the story Paul Levinson's books ... Paul Levinson's music Read More
Hijack: Don't Miss It!
2023-08-02 04:34
Hey, if you're a fan of Idris Elba, check out Hijack, a seven-episode mini-series just concluded on Apple TV+.   Even if you're not a fan, if you have a pulse and an intellect, you… Read More
Foundation 2.3: Bel Riose And Hari
2023-07-28 05:35
Bel Riose and Hari Seldon don't meet in Foundation 2.3, but they are accorded the most compelling treatment in the latest episode up on Apple TV+, so I thought I'd focus on them in this revi… Read More
Talking About Robots Through The Ages
2023-07-22 20:35
Here's a list (which I'll be adding to) of all the places I've been talking about Robots Through the Ages, the new anthology which has my story, "Robinson Calculator":Captain Phil's Planet o… Read More
Foundation 2.2: Major Players
2023-07-21 06:08
Well, I thought Foundation 2.2 was much better than 2.1.  Here's why:[Spoilers ahead ... ]It introduced, at this very early stage of the story -- by the standards of the Asimov trilogy… Read More
Silo 1.10: Three Truths
2023-06-30 04:17
Well, it's there is Silo 1.10 -- the season one finale -- but it's precious little.  The truth that we see, that is.[Spoilers ahead ... ]So let me make sure I have this right.  Jul… Read More
Outlander 7.1-7.2: The Return Of The Split
2023-06-27 04:46
Outlander is back for its seventh and next-to-final season, with two superb and very different kinds of episodes, 7.1 and 7.2, on Starz last week and this.[And big spoilers ahead ... ]Episod… Read More
Silo 1.9: I Knew It! But What Then?
2023-06-24 01:00
I knew it![Spoilers ahead ... ]I said in my review of episodes 1.1 and 1.2 of Silo (I haven't read the books) that the display of what was outside the silo might have been what we would… Read More
A Good Time To Talk About Cellphones
2023-06-18 19:07
It's been 50 years since Martin Cooper famously put in a call in his handheld cellphone in April 1973.  And I've now been interviewed twice about how this now ubiquitous device has revo… Read More
Silo 1.8: What Really Happened?
2023-06-17 02:16
A stunning ending to the excellent episode 1.8 of Silo up today on Apple TV+.  And I won't say anything more until I alert you about the Big Spoilers ahead ...***Ok, the question is wha… Read More
Silo 1.6-1.7: The Book And The Water
2023-06-11 01:52
I'm reviewing episodes 1.6 and 1.7 of Silo together because they're very closely related, and revolve around two themes: the book and the water.[Spoilers ahead ... ]Episode 1.6 has Juliette… Read More
2023-06-02 22:45
Welcome to Light On Light Through, Episode 353, in which Captain Phil and I discuss the new anthology Robots Through the Ages -- with stories by Ambrose Bierce, Philip K. Dick, and othe… Read More
Citadel 1.4-1.6: The Arch Anti-Hero
2023-05-27 03:02
Well, I held off reviewing the final three episodes of the first season of Citadel (on Amazon Prime Video) until I'd seen the sixth and final episode -- which I just did -- because events we… Read More
Silo 1.5: Revelations
2023-05-26 05:31
Well, I said last week that I thought Marnes would survive, and[Spoilers ahead ... ]I was wrong.  As we quickly found out at the start of Silo 1.5, just up on Apple TV+ tonight, he succ… Read More
It's Real Life Audiobook
2023-05-22 15:53
 on Audible, Amazon, Apple, Spotify, etcMy alternate history short story about The Beatles -- "It's Real Life" (which you can read for free here) -- has been made into a radio play… Read More
Silo 1.4: Truth, Not Quite
2023-05-19 20:37
The excellent episode 1.4 of Silo up on Apple TV+ today is entitled "Truth," no doubt after the word inscribed on the back of Holston's sheriff badge, now in the possession of Juliet. … Read More
2023-05-15 19:45
Welcome to Light On Light Through, Episode 352, in which I interview Spencer Hannabus, who sang "If I Traveled to the Past" at the end of the It's Real Life radio play adapted from my a… Read More
Silo 1.3: Like Chernobyl, Repaired
2023-05-12 06:11
A thrilling edge-of-your seat episode 1.3 of Silo, that felt a lot like Chernobyl, except the damaged generator is ... repaired.And, of course it had to be, because if it wasn't back up and… Read More
The Ark 1.9-1.12: Real Science Fiction
2023-05-07 03:47
I binged the final four episodes of the first season of The Ark -- again, I was busy talking about the radio play of my alternate history story about The Beatles, "It's Real Life" -- and I'm… Read More
Citadel 1.3: Jedi
2023-05-06 00:47
So, I said in my review of The Diplomat that it had elements of James Bond.  Citadel, an outright spy thriller, set in the future, of course has elements of Bond, too.  And tonight… Read More
Star Trek: Picard 3.4-3:10: Biological AI
2023-05-04 01:34
Well, I stopped reviewing Picard Season 3 after the 3rd episode of that season in March.  Why?  A combination of work on the radio play of my alternate history story about The Beat… Read More
Citadel 1.1-1.2: Memories And Questions
2023-04-30 02:55
Saw the first two episodes of Citadel on Amazon Prime Video -- all that are available this week.  Very good, recommended, and --[Spoilers ahead ... ]The key ingredient in this series so… Read More
The Diplomat: West Wing Meets Bond
2023-04-24 06:04
My wife and I just binged the first season of The Diplomat and loved it.[Spoilers ahead ... ]To begin with, it seemed like for most of the first episode -- in fact, until to the very end of… Read More
2023-04-09 23:56
Welcome to Light On Light Through, Episode 349, in which I visit Captain Phil's Planet on WUSB Radio (Stony Brook University) where he plays and we discuss the radio play "It's Real Lif… Read More
2023-03-31 19:44
Welcome to Light On Light Through, Episode 348, in which I interview YouTube star cover artist Anne Reburn, who did the cover of John Lennon/The Beatles' "Real Love" in the It's Real Li… Read More
The Night Agent: Right Good
2023-03-30 04:31
The wife and I binged The Night Agent on the Netflix the past few nights, and enjoyed it.  Both the story, and the fact it was streaming rather than spun out episode by episode over ten… Read More
The Ark 1.8:
2023-03-26 06:31
Checking in with a review of The Ark 1.8.  If it seems that I'm posting this review a little later than usual, you may be right.   On the other hand, that may just be your per… Read More
It's Real Life Radio Play
2023-03-22 04:09
My alternate history short story about The Beatles -- "It's Real Life" (which you can read for free here) -- has been made into a radio play, which you can listen to for free, anytime here… Read More
Press Play: Time Travel Via Cassette
2023-03-14 06:45
So, I just watched Press Play on the Hulu.  I don't know why I didn't come across this movie sooner.  It has the two most important elements in my pop cultural life, time travel an… Read More
Luther: The Fallen Sun: The Risen Hero
2023-03-12 03:30
I just saw Luther: The Fallen Sun -- the continuation of Idris Elba's Luther TV series, in a 2+ hour movie on Netflix, and thought it was excellent, in all sorts of ways, for all kinds of re… Read More
The Ark 1.5-1.6: More Than One
2023-03-09 06:19
I thought I'd review episodes 1.5 (on last week) and 1.6 (on tonight) together, because their stories are closely connected, or, more closely connected than usual.[Of course, spoilers ahead… Read More
The Last Of Us 1.9: Ellie Vs. The Resort
2023-03-06 05:17
Well, tonight's next-to-last episode -- 1.9 -- of The Last of Us -- was everything it should be.[Spoilers ahead ... ]Ellie was at her absolute best so far in this series.  She progresse… Read More
Star Trek 3.3: Brass Tacks
2023-03-03 03:48
Well, Star Trek: Picard 3.3 finally got down to brass tacks -- maybe "finally" is not warranted, since this is only the third episode of this new and final season -- but ...[Spoilers follow]… Read More
The Last Of Us 1.7:  Riley's Wise Advice
2023-02-27 05:39
[Spoilers ahead ... ]Well, first of all, I was glad to see that Joel was alive at the beginning and conclusion of The Last of Us 1.7, fulfilling what I said in my review of 1.6 last week, th… Read More
Sharper:  Scams Cubed
2023-02-26 00:15
This seems to be a season for non-linear neo-noir caper thrillers set in the New York area.  A few months ago, Kaleidoscope appeared on Netflix, so linear you were invited to watch the… Read More
Star Trek: Picard 3.2: Picard's Son
2023-02-25 18:33
[Spoilers ahead ... ]We found out at the end of Picard 3.1 that Beverly Crusher has a son in addition to Wesley.  And we find out at the end of Picard 3.2 that Jack Crusher's father is… Read More
The Ark 1.4: Hallucinations
2023-02-24 23:12
[Spoilers ahead ... ]Well, I guessed early on that the source of the hallucinations in The Ark 1.4 was the water from the comet -- the giveaway was in the everybody drinking up (or down) the… Read More
The Last Of Us 1.6: Joel
2023-02-20 03:33
[Big spoilers ahead ... ]Well, I should have known when Tess was killed so early in the season of The Last of Us -- played by no less than Anna Torv -- that anyone and everyone was expendabl… Read More
Your Honor 2.6: Pent-Up Angers
2023-02-19 22:40
Your Honor 2.6 continued on its powerful pace with an investigation of Robin's (Michael's wife's) murder and a shocker of an ending not directly connected to Robin which I'm not going to tel… Read More
The Ark 1.3: Asteroid And Comet
2023-02-18 04:12
Well, as I've been expecting and been told, The Ark keeps getter better and better with every episode.[Spoilers ahead ... ]The main event in episode 1.3 is what to do about the next-to-no wa… Read More
Star Trek: Picard 3.1: Crusher's Son
2023-02-18 01:42
Good to see Star Trek: Picard back with the beginning of its third (and final) season on Paramount Plus yesterday.  All kinds of fun things in this first episode, including Riker back w… Read More
The Ark 1.2: Why I'm Enjoying It
2023-02-15 00:40
Checking in with a late review of The Ark 1.2, which was on the SyFy Channel last Wednesday.And here's what I think: I know a lot of the character interactions are close to sophomoric. … Read More
The Last Of Us 1.5: Tunnels
2023-02-13 05:52
Another superb episode of The Last of Us on HBO Max -- 1.5 -- in what is shaping up, hour for hour, as the best post-biological apocalypse series I've ever seen (and that includes, yes, The… Read More
Fallen Angel:  Poem With Wings
2023-02-12 20:07
With UFOs in the news and the skies of the U.S. and Canada, and the great sequel to The Man Who Fell to Earth this past Spring and Summer, James Harris's just-shy-of-five-minute film poem, F… Read More
Criminal Minds: Evolution 16.10: Gold Star
2023-02-11 05:46
A fine conclusion -- episode 16.10 -- to an altogether fine new season of Criminal Minds, with some questions answered and at least one other dramatically hanging.[Spoilers ahead ... ]First… Read More
Your Honor 2.4-2.5: The Mayor And More
2023-02-11 03:59
Two powerful episodes of Your Honor on Showtime last week and this -- 2.4 and 2.5 -- with a stunner of an ending of 2.5, which I'm not going to tell you about, certainly not in the first par… Read More
2023-02-07 23:03
Welcome to Light On Light Through, Episode 347, in which I review The Last of Us, episodes 1.1-1.4, on HBO Max. Read this review. Check out this episode! Paul Levinson's books… Read More
The Last Of Us 1.4:  Gun And Pun
2023-02-06 04:23
Well, I of course knew when Ellie took the gun in episode 1.3 that she would use it to save Joel sooner or later,  so I was not surprised to see that happen in 1.4.  And I was glad… Read More
The Ark 1.1: Worth Watching
2023-02-03 01:00
So, The Ark debuted on the Syfy Channel last night to a typical chorus of baying critics who carped that the disaster in deep space movie was itself a disaster, and the series was as "imbeci… Read More
The Last Of Us 1.3: Bill And Frank
2023-01-30 18:56
A letter-perfect, memorable, beautiful episode 1.3 of The Last of Us, in which see how two people can find deep satisfaction in a lasting relationship that flourishes amidst the fungal ruin… Read More
Your Honor 2.2-2.3: Who Knows What?
2023-01-28 05:38
The second (and final) season of Your Honor continues to be as riveting and wrenching as the first.[Spoilers follow ... ]Adam and Fia's baby continues to be a moving, beautiful star attracti… Read More

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