Brightness Reef

Posted by Dave Switzer under Reviews of books

{4.5/5} “Are we unique? In some Galactic languages, the question does not even parse as sane. One can find a precedent for anything in the archives of a billion years.” Brightness Reef by David Brin, published in 1995 The world Jijo has been declared fallow by the Galactics. But members of 6 races landed there […]

Penn & Teller: Fool Us (season 4)

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{4.5/5} “We live in a world where we don’t get to experience a lot of wonder, and a lot of joy, and a lot of mystery in our daily lives. We have jobs and kids and responsibilities. And magic is an art that gives people an opportunity to sit back, to relax and — as […]

Whose Line is it Anyway? (season 13)

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{4.5/5} “Before our show we asked our audience to write down scenes they’d like to see acted out by our performers…” Whose Line is it Anyway? season 13, aired in 2017 Magicians on a date. Pickup lines in space. Weird ways for Aisha to open the show. The worst person to sit next to in […]

Orphan Black (season 4)

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{5/5} “‘What is it, mother? What is our greater good?’ ‘To control human evolution, darling. To create a more perfect human being.’” Orphan Black season 4, aired in 2016 MK, a clone who’d been in contact with Beth, calls Sarah and tells her she’s not safe where she is — so once again she moves. […]

Star Trek: DS9 — Enigma Tales

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{4.5/5} “In the enigma tale as we have known it… we have evidence that literature — that art — encodes into itself, despite all attempts at extirpation, critiques of the world in which it is created. In the enigma tale these authors tried to address — through the medium of the puzzle, the riddle — […]

Spectre

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{4.5/5} “I won’t be long.” — Bond, to a woman he never returns to Spectre, released in 2015 James Bond receives a message from his previous boss, M, who died. She wants him to track down a man and kill him, and he won’t let anything stop him. Because of a bit of a fiasco […]

Star Trek: TNG — Hearts and Minds

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{4.5/5} “Having participated in numerous first contact situations over the course of his career, he always tried to wonder what the representatives of the other party were thinking during the opening moments of such a meeting. Fear? Uncertainty? Anticipation or hope? Picard had seen all of those reactions and everything in between.” Star Trek: TNG […]

Skyfall

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{4.5/5} “One can never be too careful when handsome men in tuxedos carry Walthers.” Skyfall, released in 2012 James Bond is chasing someone who’s stolen a list of undercover agents. He’s shot, and takes some time to recover. Because of the loss of the list, M is being forced to resign in 2 months. Eventually […]

Quantum of Solace

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{4.5/5} “When someone says ‘We’ve got people everywhere’ you expect it to be hyperbole.” Quantum of Solace, released in 2008 M and Bond are just starting to interrogate Mr. White when one of M’s bodyguards reveals himself to be a member of the same organization and starts shooting. Bond chases him and kills him, and […]

Casino Royale

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{5/5} “Bond, this may be too much for a blunt instrument to understand, but arrogance and self-awareness seldom go hand in hand.” Casino Royale, released in 2006 James Bond has just been promoted to double-oh status. His mission is to uncover how a terrorist network is being funded. When Bond is caught on camera killing […]