Modern Family (season 9)

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{5/5} “Now that Manny’s away at college and Joe goes to kindergarten I have time for one of my old hobbies — confronting the Devil in all his forms.” — Gloria Modern Family season 9, aired in 2017-18 Jay rents a boat for the whole family to spend time on for the eclipse, and then […]

Blue Bloods (season 8)

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{4.5/5} “And one more bonus of the job. You can sit down with a president, a rock star, a famous athlete, and a cop. Whose stories does everyone want to hear?” Blue Bloods season 8, aired in 2017-18 The mayor has resigned and an interim one appointed — Frank’s not sure if she wants him […]

Pom Poko

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{3/5} “We raccoons are good-natured. We get excited easily. We’re too generous. That’s the source of our failures.” Pom Poko, released in 1994 When humans encroach on their territory, a group of raccoons tries to do something about it. Some of them can change their shape. Some of them want to fight the humans, while […]

Mary and the Witch’s Flower

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{3/5} “Don’t go into the woods today — there’s a dreadful mist.” Mary and the Witch’s Flower, released in 2017 Mary finds a flower in the woods that gives her the powers of a witch for one day. A flying broom takes her to a secret school where witches and warlocks are taught. Initially she […]

Odd Squad: The Movie

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{3.5/5} “I love the smell of cheese in the morning.” Odd Squad: The Movie, released in 2016 No one is calling the Odd Squad any more because the Weird Team has a device that solves problems instantly. Then the Weird Team buys the Odd Squad building and they’re out of business. What are they going […]

The Good Place (season 1)

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{5/5} “There’s something so human about taking something great, and ruining it a little, so you can have more of it.” — Michael, about frozen yogurt The Good Place season 1, aired in 2016-17 Eleanor Shellstrop arrives in the afterlife — she’s relieved to find that she’s in the Good Place. But then she finds […]

Star Trek: Prime Directive

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{5/5} “For every civilization which was more advanced than those making up the Federation, there were a hundred which were less so. And every one of those less-advanced worlds would, in time, have been overwhelmed by the Federation’s superior technological culture and well-intentioned aid and enlightenment — unless drastic measures were taken.” Star Trek: Prime […]

Avengers: Infinity War

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{4.5/5} “Oh, we’re using our made-up names. Um… I’m Spider-Man, then.” Avengers: Infinity War, released in 2018 When Thanos gets all 6 Infinity Stones he’ll be able to wield unimaginable power — he’ll be able to finally achieve his goal of ridding the universe of half its beings. So that the beings who are left […]

Timeless (season 2)

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{4.5/5} “Get some clothes. Steal a car.” — Lucy and Rufus, at the same time Timeless season 2, aired in 2018 Lucy, Wyatt, and Rufus continue to try to figure out what Rittenhouse is doing and stop them. Lucy has discovered that her mother and father both belong to Rittenhouse. In 1918 in France Lucy’s […]

Star Trek: Enterprise — The First Adventure

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{4.5/5} “I believed when I first observed you, that I could not work with you. You are very different from Christopher Pike. You are emotional, headstrong, and stubborn. But I have come to understand that these differences should be valued, not despised. I realized that working with you would be a valuable, if difficult, experience.” […]