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Ragnarok is Funny, Entertaining Detour from Avengers Saga

– By J.W. Fox – Thor has not enjoyed the same critical and box office success as his Avenger brethren. To turn it around, Marvel decided to take the character in a different direction in Thor: Ragnarok. To put it simply, the writers toned down the epic fantasy elements and amped up the jokes. It […]

Six Wake by Mur Lafferty

– J.W. Fox – You can find novels with generation ships, cloning, and mind mapping. No problem. What you won’t find is a novel that combines all those technologies in a space murder mystery. That is exactly what Mur Lafferty did in Six Wakes. An imaginative premise and strong world-building do it credit but mystery-lovers […]

Discovery is a Visually Stunning and Exciting Show, But it Isn’t Star Trek

– By J.W. Fox – The newest Star Trek series is now underway after numerous delays. Star Trek Discovery, which inexplicably is on CBS’s streaming service rather than regular TV, is a half dozen episodes into season one. That provides a pretty good sized sample for viewers to get a handle on what kind of […]

A Cult Classic Receives a Powerful and Brilliant Sequel in Blade Runner 2049

– J.W. Fox – WARNING!!! SPOILERS FOLLOW Movie-goers were long overdue for some heavy, heady science fiction. We got it in Blade Runner 2049. The absolutely stunning, epic sequel to the cult classic expands upon the compelling themes of the original, stays true to its aesthetic appeal, and gives us plenty to think about over […]

Season 3 of Rick and Morty Ends Leaving Fans Wanting More

– By J.W. Fox – WARNING: SPOILERS FOLLOW It is with great sadness that the long wait begins for season 4 of Rick and Morty. The breakout animated show concluded its latest season, restoring the Smith house back to its original preseason 3 condition. Sort of. With all the weird and gross aliens, parallel universes, […]

Earthfall by Rhett C. Bruno

– By J.W. Fox – The Circuit is one of my favorite new space operas and Earthfall delivers as the final installment in the trilogy. Similar to The Expanse in some respects, it takes a dimmer view on humanity’s future and our ability to prevent interplanetary conflict. Note, none of the novels are stand alones […]

Handmaid’s Tale A Triumph

– J.W. Fox – One of the darkest dystopian shows ever made won 8 Primetime Emmy Awards. Perhaps that says something about the country’s mood. The Handmaid’s Tale dominated that night, winning Outstanding Drama Series among other major awards. Based on the classic novel by Margaret Atwood, The Handmaid’s Tale depicts a near future society […]

Political Strategy and Game of Thrones: What Machiavelli Would say About Season 7

– By J.W. Fox – My favorite part of Game of Thrones is the political intrigue. Sure, the CGI dragons are pretty awesome. Sure, Daenerys Targaryen is a gorgeous bad ass. The castles, the armor, the battles, yes all of it is pretty cool. Still, what sets Game of Thrones apart from other fantasy epics […]

Death Note Disappoints with Flawed Script and Weak Performances

– By J.W. Fox – There have definitely been struggles converting Japanese manga into American movies. Ghost in the Shell flopped due to a number of flaws and the whitewash controversy. Replacing Japanese characters with Caucasian ones just doesn’t sit well with progressive critics. Death Note attempted to do the same and ran into the […]

New York 2140 by Kim Stanley Robinson

– By J.W. Fox – Kim Stanley Robinson is a perfect example of an author who uses fiction as a means of articulating his political opinions. Look no further than his latest novel,New York 2140. Sadly, the novel is a failure both as a work of fiction and political commentary. The best way to describe […]