Alien: Covenant

Posted by Dave Switzer under Reviews of movies

{4/5} “One wrong note eventually ruins the entire symphony.” Alien: Covenant, released in 2017 The Covenant is on its way to a planet that’s already been chosen for colonization. When an accident happens the crew is awakened to join their synthetic, Walter. Soon they pick up a startling transmission, seemingly human in origin. They have […]

The Uplift War

Posted by Dave Switzer under Reviews of books

{5/5} “The intricacies of a three-billion-year-old culture made up of a thousand diverse, bickering patron-client clan lines, held together loosely by a network of ancient institutes and traditions, made Fiben’s head swim… But then something would crystallize, and Gailet would make clear to him some tradition or principle that displayed uncanny subtlety and hard-won wisdom.” […]

Orphan Black (season 2)

Posted by Dave Switzer under Reviews of TV shows

{5/5} “You’re not really the smartest clone, are you?” Orphan Black season 2, aired in 2014 Alison has signed a deal with Dr. Leekie. But Cosima discovers that they, the clones, have been patented — so any deal is worthless. When Sarah rejects the deal she returns home to find Mrs. S. and Kira gone […]

Planet of the Apes

Posted by Dave Switzer under My thoughts

Here’s an updated version of this list. The original series Planet of the Apes 1968 -> 5/5 Beneath the Planet of the Apes 1970 -> 4.5/5 Escape from the Planet of the Apes 1971 -> 4/5 Conquest of the Planet of the Apes 1972 -> 3.5/5 Battle for the Planet of the Apes 1973 -> […]

War for the Planet of the Apes

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{5/5} “Apes together strong.” War for the Planet of the Apes, released in 2017 Caesar doesn’t want to go to war with the humans. After one failed attack on them he sends back the human survivors alive. But the Colonel thinks humans must defeat the apes at all costs. When he sneaks into Caesar’s camp […]

Startide Rising

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{4.5/5} “The senior patron races see the Terrans as a threat. They are wolflings, and therefore dangerous. They preach revolutionary uplift practices… more dangerous still. They are allies of the Tymbrimi, an insult beyond forbearance. And they proselytize — an unforgivable offense.” Startide Rising by David Brin, published in 1983 The Streaker, a ship of […]

Orphan Black (season 1)

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{5/5} “How many of us are there?” Orphan Black season 1, aired in 2013 Sarah witnesses a young woman — who looks exactly like her — jump in front of a subway train. She then impersonates the late Beth for the purpose of taking her money. While that’s happening Katja, another woman who looks like […]

Zygote (volume 1)

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{4/5} “I was born to die, Class Ones were born to live.” Zygote volume 1, released in 2017 Quinn and Barklay, a synthetic, are all that’s left of a crew of 98. The creature who has killed everyone else is after them. When Quinn ran into the creature before there was a light that was […]

Life

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{4/5} “‘What is the primal instinct of any lifeform?’ ‘To survive.’” Life, released in 2017 A satellite with samples from Mars is retrieved by the International Space Station. When they start studying one sample it moves — and then it grows. And then things get out of control. The six astronauts must pit their wits […]

Sundiver

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{4/5} “To my knowledge, mankind is the first case in which there exists the intriguing possibility of evolved intelligence. As I am sure you know, this idea violates several well-established principles of our biological science. Yet some of your anthropologists’ arguments possess startling self-consistency.” Sundiver by David Brin, published in 1980 It’s been reported that […]