Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

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{4/5} “It’s not a navy. It’s just… people.” Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, released in 2019 The Rebellion has enough trouble with the First Order, and now it looks like Emperor Palpatine has survived and secretly built a fleet of ships. Rey has been training with Leia, but she doesn’t think she deserves Luke’s […]

Wind River

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{4.5/5} “No matter how far you think she ran, I guarantee you she ran further.” Wind River, released in 2017 Cory is tracking a trio of mountain lions that killed a steer, when he comes across the dead body of a young woman. He knows her, Natalie. Because it looks like murder and they’re on […]

Star Trek: TNG — A Call to Darkness

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{4.5/5} “There were no benefits to being the first driver in the line… Mostly, it was a burden. But Picard had taken it up without hesitation. It gave him a measure of control over what happened to him. If he couldn’t dredge up his past, at least he could take an active part in preserving […]

Lost in Space (season 2)

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{4.5/5} “It’s not a risk, it’s math.” Lost in Space season 2, aired in 2019 The Robinsons are marooned on a planet where they have to wear their spacesuits outside. Maureen is, of course, trying to figure out a way to get the ship flying again and thinks the regular lightning they see might be […]

Necessity

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{4.5/5} “People from the Republics hold the pursuit of excellence as a goal. The other cultural goals I have encountered in my experience and researches seem much less conducive to producing happiness for individuals and societies. Additionally, we do all believe in constant examination of facts and positions; and even when this decays to pious […]

Maleficent: Mistress of Evil

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{4.5/5} “Pitchforks? Humans are hilarious.” Maleficent: Mistress of Evil, released in 2019 Prince Philip asks Queen Aurora to marry him and she says yes. They will join their two kingdoms together. Philip’s parents invite Aurora and her godmother to dinner to celebrate. Aurora’s godmother, Maleficent, hates humans — except Aurora. And Philip’s mother, Ingrith, isn’t […]

The Philosopher Kings

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{4.5/5} “I had become human to learn about will and consequences and the significance of mortal life. There were things I had learned, and no doubt there was more to learn. But as for things I could do better incarnate — beyond learning that it seemed to amount to suffering, and waiting. Perhaps there was […]

The Mandalorian (season 1)

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{4.5/5} “This is the way.” The Mandalorian season 1, aired in 2019 The Mandalorian is a bounty hunter — he’s a man of few words and many weapons. He encases his bounties in carbonite for delivery so that there’s no fuss. But his latest bounty is different — it’s a very small creature, who seems […]

The Just City

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{4.5/5} “What we debated so constantly that winter was whether the Masters and Athene had been right to set up the Just City, and whether the Just City was the Just City or whether there could be one more just, and how that would be constituted.” The Just City by Jo Walton, published in 2014 […]

Under Heaven

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{5/5} “They were not travelers, the Kitan. The occasional exception, a far-farer who returned, was celebrated as a hero, his written record of the journey widely copied and read, pondered with fascination and disbelief. He was often regarded, privately, as more than slightly mad. Why would a sane man choose to leave the civilized world?” […]