The Forgotten Droid

Star Wars: RebelsThe Rebel fleet prepares to jump to the Yost system, a system rumored to have little or no Imperial presence, a promising site for a future Rebel base. But the Rebels’ stolen Imperial carrier doesn’t have enough fuel for that kind of hyperspace trip, and more must be stolen from the Empire. The Ghost lands at a remote Imperial depot, but as Hera and Kanan fight their way into an Imperial complex, Chopper is more interested in getting a new left leg. The cranky old droid finds a suitable leg at a nearby dealer of droids and droid parts, but is so preoccupied with this leg that he fails to notice the Ghost leaving without him…

Order the DVDsDownload this episode via Amazonwritten by Matt Michnovetz
directed by Mel Zwyer
music by Kevin Kiner
based on original themes and music by John Williams

RebelsCast: Taylor Gray (Ezra Bridger), Freddie Prinze Jr. (Kanan Jarrus / Stormtrooper #4), Vanessa Marshall (Hera), Tiya Sircar (Sabine), Steve Blum (Zeb Orrelios / Imperial Officer / Stormtrooper #5), Dee Bradley Baker (Admiral Konstantine / Rex / Ugnaught Shopkeeper), Stephen Stanton (AP-5 / Stormtrooper #1 / Stormtrooper #3), Dave Filoni (Cargo Deck Officer / Stormtrooper #2), Keone Young (Commander Sato), Gina Torres (Ketsu Onyo), James Adomian (Imperial Captain)

Notes: Ketsu had first appeared in Blood Sisters earlier in the season.

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Mystery Of Chopper Base

Star Wars: RebelsThe planet suggested by Chopper’s new friend, AP-5, as a possible Rebel hideout is indeed promising. The Empire’s influence is nowhere to be found, and a desert planet attracts little interest from anyone else. But the Rebels haven’t counted on hostile local life forms, and soon find themselves fighting to save their new base from creatures that already lived there. Meanwhile, Kanan and Ezra are training furiously for a showdown with the Inquisitors, a duel they know they cannot avoid – and a duel which Hera knows may cost her two of her most valuable crewmates.

Order the DVDsDownload this episode via Amazonwritten by Steven Melching
directed by Bosco Ng
music by Kevin Kiner
based on original themes and music by John Williams

RebelsCast: Taylor Gray (Ezra Bridger), Freddie Prinze Jr. (Kanan Jarrus), Vanessa Marshall (Hera), Tiya Sircar (Sabine), Steve Blum (Zeb Orrelios / Phoenix Two), Ashley Eckstein (Ahsoka Tano / Deiser), Stephen Stanton (AP-5), Keone Young (Commander Sato), Dee Bradley Baker (Rex)

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Twilight Of The Apprentice – Part 1

Star Wars: RebelsKanan, Ezra, and Ahsoka set out with Chopper to find out why the vision of Yoda directed Ezra to go to Malacore. The answer is obvious when they arrive: an ancient Sith temple lies waiting. And that’s not all that lies in wait: the Inquisitors are already there, though not all of them are expecting the Rebels. A third Inquisitor is hunting “the shadow”. A floor collapses in the temple, separating Ezra from the others, and he befriends an old man who simply calls himself the Old Master. The Old Master has been trapped alone in the Sith temple for years, but since all Sith technology and architecture requires two people – a master and an apprentice – to operate it, he enlists Ezra’s help to retrieve a Sith holocron. The Old Master is the shadow.

But he was once known as Darth Maul.

Order the DVDsDownload this episode via Amazonwritten by Dave Filoni
directed by Simon Kinberg & Steven Melching
music by Kevin Kiner
based on original themes and music by John Williams

RebelsCast: Taylor Gray (Ezra Bridger), Freddie Prinze Jr. (Kanan Jarrus), Ashley Eckstein (Ahsoka Tano), Robbie Daymond (Eighth Brother), Sam Witwer (Maul), Dee Bradley Baker (Rex), Sarah Michelle Gellar (Seventh Sister)

Notes: Introduced – and then dispatched (or so we thought) – in live action in Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace, Maul returned to hound Obi-Wan and the Jedi in the fourth and fifth season of Clone Wars.

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Twilight Of The Apprentice – Part 2

Star Wars: RebelsTo everyone’s surprise, Maul renounces his loyalty to the Sith and the title of Darth: he is at the Sith temple on Malacore to claim the Sith holocron for his own reasons. Maul joins the Jedi to fight off the Inquisitors, though Ezra and Ahsoka are very skeptical of him. Impressed by Ezra’s Force ability, Maul decides that the boy is now his apprentice, and Kanan attacks the ex-Sith, only to be blinded by his lightsaber. Ezra is busy trying to put the Sith holocron into place, unwittingly powering up a Sith superweapon which Maul intends to use against all who oppose him, Jedi or Sith. To make matters worse, Darth Vader arrives to claim that weapon for the Empire…and the only one left to stop him is his former padawan.

Order the DVDsDownload this episode via Amazonwritten by Dave Filoni
directed by Dave Filoni & Simon Kinberg
music by Kevin Kiner
based on original themes and music by John Williams

RebelsCast: Taylor Gray (Ezra Bridger), Freddie Prinze Jr. (Kanan Jarrus), Ashley Eckstein (Ahsoka Tano), Matt Lanier (Anakin Skywalker), James Earl Jones (Darth Vader), Robbie Daymond (Eighth Brother), Philip Anthony Rodriguez (Fifth Brother), Sam Witwer (Maul), Nika Fullerman (Presence), Sarah Michelle Gellar (Seventh Sister)

Notes: This episode would appear to see the exit of Fifth Brother and Seventh Sister, the Inquisitors who pursued Kanan throughout the second season of Rebels.

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Technophobia

Doctor WhoThe Doctor and Donna visit London’s Museum of Modern Technology in 2016, where they find not only the latest in cutting-edge tech, but the staff slowly losing their minds and cowering fearfully from anything electronic or electrical in nature. Aliens stalk the Museum, claiming the minds and lives of anyone who find them there. The time travelers flee into the Underground train system, stumbling across the aliens’ base of operations. These aliens, the Cognoscenti, invade by first devolving the minds of their invasion targets en masse, reducing them to a non-technological civilization incapable of mounting a resistance against a sophisticated enemy. But the Cognoscenti didn’t know the Doctor would be here – and after exposure to their mind-draining weapon, even the Doctor doesn’t know how to save the day.

written by Matt Fitton
directed by Nicholas Briggs
music by Howard Carter

Cast: David Tennant (The Doctor), Catherine Tate (Donna), Niky Wardley (Bex), Rachael Stirling (Jill Meadows), Chook Sibtain (Brian), Rory Keenan (Kevin), Jot Davies (Lukas)

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Death And The Queen

Doctor WhoIt’s Donna Noble’s luckiest day. A seemingly uneventful stop along the French Riviera puts Donna in the path of a foreign prince, and it seems – at least for a while – that she’s found true love. The sitting Queen is less than impressed with Donna, but grudgingly tolerates her. Neither the Queen nor the future Queen-to-be are overjoyed when the Doctor comes to call on Donna’s wedding day, but a wayward time traveler suddenly seems like less of a problem when a cloud appears outside the castle, declaring in a booming voice that death has come to the kingdom. Prince Rudolph sends his men into battle, and into the maw of certain death, and suddenly his future bride is uncertain about their future together…especially when she learns that becoming engaged to the Prince means being married to Death itself. Once again, Donna’s life depends on the Doctor ruining her wedding day…

written by James Goss
directed by Nicholas Briggs
music by Howard Carter

Cast: David Tennant (The Doctor), Catherine Tate (Donna), Blake Ritson (Rudolph), Alice Krige (Queen Mum), Beth Chalmers (Hortense), Alan Cox (Death)

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The Vanishing Of Will Byers

Stranger ThingsNovember 6, 1983: An incident occurs at the Hawkins National Lab in Hawkins, Indiana. Something beyond the lab’s control escapes into the surrounding suburbs.

A marathon weekend session of Dungeons & Dragons breaks up, and Mike Wheeler has to give up being the Dungeon Master and return to school the following day. His friends Lucas, Dustin and Will all get on their bikes to head home, but the sight of a strange, towering humanoid figure sends Will off the road. He ditches his bike and races home on foot, only to find that both his older brother and his mother are still at work. Something beyond Will’s comprehension takes him.

Joyce Byers, Will’s mother, files a missing child report with the local police, though the initial response from Hawkins’ police chief is a bit underwhelming. Mike, Lucas and Dustin are all warned to stay home, rather than going to look for Will. Across town, a mysterious girl in a hospital gown is taken in by a restaurant owner, who pays for his kindness with his life when armed agents come looking for her. The girl manages to escape, and runs into Mike, Lucas and Dustin, who are doing precisely what they’ve been told not to do.

written by Matt Duffer & Ross Duffer
directed by Matt Duffer & Ross Duffer
music by Kyle Dixon & Michael Stein

Stranger ThingsCast: Winona Ryder (Joyce Byers), David Harbour (Jim Hopper), Finn Wolfhard (Mike Wheeler), Millie Bobby Brown (Eleven), Gaten Matarazzo (Dustin Henderson), Caleb McLaughlin (Lucas Sinclair), Natalia Dyer (Nancy Wheeler), Charlie Heaton (Jonathan Byers), Cara Buono (Karen Wheeler), Matthew Modine (Dr. Martin Brenner), Joe Chrest (Ted Wheeler), Joe Keery (Steve Harrington), Rob Morgan (Officer Powell), Ross Partridge (Lonnie Byers), Shannon Purser (Barbara Holland), John Paul Reynolds (Officer Callahan), Noah Schnapp (Will Byers), Mark Steger (Monster), Chris Sullivan (Benny Hammond), Andrew Benator (Elevator Scientist), Stefanie Butler (Cynthia), David Dwyer (Earl), Catherine Dyer (Agent Connie Frazier), Salem Hadeed-Murphy (High School Principal), Randy Havens (Mr. Clarke), Hugh Holub (Scientist), Tobias Jelinek (Lead Agent), Cade Jones (James), Anniston Price (Holly Wheeler), Tinsley Price (Holly Wheeler), Anthony Reynolds (Agent), Susan Shalhoub Larkin (Florence), Tony Vaughn (Principal Coleman), Peyton Wich (Troy), Brenda Wood (Local Newswoman)

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The Weirdo On Maple Street

Stranger ThingsMike, Lucas and Dustin gain the trust of the girl known only as Eleven, and Mike lets her stay at her house…even though he fails to mention this to his parents. He starts out sneaking food down to her, but then skips school to stay home and try to learn more about her. All he learns is that “bad men” took her – and when she points to Will Byers’ face in a school picture, Mike realizes that the same bad men may have taken Will.

Chief Hopper begins taking the search for Will more seriously, when he is called to the scene of another disturbing crime – the apparent suicide of the man who initially discovered Eleven. With the attention of the police shifted to that crime, the same agents who killed that man descend upon the Byers’ home, searching for signs of anything unusual – for example, what escaped from Franklin National Laboratory. They find the evidence they’re seeking.

No one can find any evidence of where Will Byers has gone. His older brother, Jonathan, pays his estranged father a visit, making sure that he hasn’t taken Will in (willingly or otherwise). And Joyce, Will’s mother, gets another garbled phone call, followed by an electrical event that convinces her Will is alive and trying to send her a call for help.

written by Matt Duffer & Ross Duffer
directed by Matt Duffer & Ross Duffer
music by Kyle Dixon & Michael Stein

Stranger ThingsCast: Winona Ryder (Joyce Byers), David Harbour (Jim Hopper), Finn Wolfhard (Mike Wheeler), Millie Bobby Brown (Eleven), Gaten Matarazzo (Dustin Henderson), Caleb McLaughlin (Lucas Sinclair), Natalia Dyer (Nancy Wheeler), Charlie Heaton (Jonathan Byers), Cara Buono (Karen Wheeler), Matthew Modine (Dr. Martin Brenner), Joe Chrest (Ted Wheeler), Joe Keery (Steve Harrington), Rob Morgan (Officer Powell), Ross Partridge (Lonnie Byers), Shannon Purser (Barbara Holland), John Paul Reynolds (Officer Callahan), Noah Schnapp (Will Byers), Mark Steger (Monster), Chris Sullivan (Benny Hammond), Stefanie Butler (Cynthia), David Dwyer (Earl), Catherine Dyer (Agent Connie Frazier), Randy Havens (Mr. Clarke), Tobias Jelinek (Lead Agent), Charles Lawlor (Mr. Melvald), Bethany Anne Lind (Sandra), Anniston Price (Holly Wheeler), Tinsley Price (Holly Wheeler), Chester Rushing (Tommy H.), Susan Shalhoub Larkin (Florence), Chelsea Talmadge (Carol), Robert Walker-Branchaud (Agent Repairman)

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Holly, Jolly

Stranger ThingsJoyce Byers, convinced that her missing son can communicate with her by influencing electric lights, and gathers every lamp in the house in one room to await further contact. Hopper, running out of places to look for Will, tries to search the grounds of the high-security lab supposedly run by the Department of Energy, only to find that they don’t seem to want him searching there. Will’s friends, with Eleven insisting that Will is still alive, set out to find him, but they manage to be present when Will’s body is found in the water at a nearby quarry. And only Nancy seems to be aware that something has happened to her friend Barb.

written by Jessica Mecklenburg
directed by Shawn Levy
music by Kyle Dixon & Michael Stein

Stranger ThingsCast: Winona Ryder (Joyce Byers), David Harbour (Jim Hopper), Finn Wolfhard (Mike Wheeler), Millie Bobby Brown (Eleven), Gaten Matarazzo (Dustin Henderson), Caleb McLaughlin (Lucas Sinclair), Natalia Dyer (Nancy Wheeler), Charlie Heaton (Jonathan Byers), Cara Buono (Karen Wheeler), Matthew Modine (Dr. Martin Brenner), Joe Chrest (Ted Wheeler), Joe Keery (Steve Harrington), Rob Morgan (Officer Powell), Shannon Purser (Barbara Holland), John Paul Reynolds (Officer Callahan), Mark Steger (Monster), Glennellen Anderson (Nicole), Cynthia Barrett (Mrs. Holland), Pete Burris (Hawkins Head of Security), Hugh Holub (Scientist), Cade Jones (James), Charles Lawlor (Mr. Melvald), Aimee Mullins (Terry Ives), Miles Mussenden (M.P. Officer Patrick), Anniston Price (Holly Wheeler), Tinsley Price (Holly Wheeler), Ron Rogge (State Trooper O’Bannon), Chester Rushing (Tommy H.), Chelsea Talmadge (Carol), Sierra Vemeyer (Ally), Christie Waldon (Marissa), Peyton Wich (Troy)

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The Body

Stranger ThingsCertain that something tried to emerge from the wall of her home and attack her while she was communicating with her missing son, Joyce Byers is in disbelief when she is told that his body has been found. The town begins grieving for her, but Joyce refuses to believe that the body is Will’s, and is frustrated that no one believes her story about the attacker from the wall. Will’s friends also don’t believe that he’s dead, especially after Eleven demonstrates a way to hear him – but not respond to him – via radio. Nancy asks Jonathan Byers to develop new copies of the last photo he took of Nancy, only to see the faceless creature in the background: Joyce was right when she said she saw it come through her wall. Finally, Hopper’s suspicions lead him back to the morgue, to the body itself…only to find that Joyce was right about that too.

written by Justin Doble
directed by Shawn Levy
music by Kyle Dixon & Michael Stein

Stranger ThingsCast: Winona Ryder (Joyce Byers), David Harbour (Jim Hopper), Finn Wolfhard (Mike Wheeler), Millie Bobby Brown (Eleven), Gaten Matarazzo (Dustin Henderson), Caleb McLaughlin (Lucas Sinclair), Natalia Dyer (Nancy Wheeler), Charlie Heaton (Jonathan Byers), Cara Buono (Karen Wheeler), Matthew Modine (Dr. Martin Brenner), Joe Chrest (Ted Wheeler), Joe Keery (Steve Harrington), Rob Morgan (Officer Powell), Ross Partridge (Lonnie Byers), John Paul Reynolds (Officer Callahan), Noah Schanpp (Will Byers), Danny Boushebel (English Teacher), Jason Davis (Test Subject), Arthur Lee Dozier V (Greg McCorkle), Ron Fallica (State Trooper), Marianne Fraulo (Patty), Adam Gagan (Ground Controller), Salem Hadeed-Murphy (High School Principal), Randy Havens (Mr. Clarke), Cade Jones (James), Jon Kohler (Funeral Director), Shawn Levy (Morgue Worker), Christopher Cody Robinson (Test Pilot Shepard), Ron Rogge (State Trooper O’Bannon), Paul Ryden (Field Reporter), Tony Vaughn (Principal Coleman), Peyton Wich (Troy), Mark Withers (Gary)

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The Flea And The Acrobat

Stranger ThingsHopper breaks into the Hawkins National Lab facility and unwittingly gets as far as a sealed biohazard lab before he is overcome by men in hazmat suits. He awakens at home, which he proceeds to tear apart until he finds a listening device. As they prepare for Will’s funeral, Mike and Will’s other friends learn of a place called the Upside Down from Eleven, and make plans to find it. Having both seen the creature, Jonathan and Nancy plan to go looking for it, unaware that this search will also take them to the Upside Down. Hopper tells Will’s mother, Joyce Byers, that she was right – the body found was not really Will’s body. Eleven goes missing. So does Nancy. And they’re not the only ones.

written by Alison Tatlock
directed by Matt Duffer & Ross Duffer
music by Kyle Dixon & Michael Stein

Stranger ThingsCast: Winona Ryder (Joyce Byers), David Harbour (Jim Hopper), Finn Wolfhard (Mike Wheeler), Millie Bobby Brown (Eleven), Gaten Matarazzo (Dustin Henderson), Caleb McLaughlin (Lucas Sinclair), Natalia Dyer (Nancy Wheeler), Charlie Heaton (Jonathan Byers), Cara Buono (Karen Wheeler), Matthew Modine (Dr. Martin Brenner), Joe Chrest (Ted Wheeler), Joe Keery (Steve Harrington), Rob Morgan (Officer Powell), Ross Partridge (Lonnie Byers), John Paul Reynolds (Officer Callahan), Noah Schanpp (Will Byers), Mark Steger (Monster), Andrew Benator (Elevator Scientist), Pete Burris (Hawkins Head of Security), Bill Eudaly (Pastor Charles), Kaylee Glover (Jennifer Hayes), Randy Havens (Mr. Clarke), Pete Holub (Scientist), Tobias Jelinek (Lead Agent), Charles Lawlor (Mr. Melvald), Andre Pushkin (Russian Man), Susan Shalhoub Larkin (Florence), Jerri Tubbs (Diane Hopper), Tony Vaughn (Principal Coleman), Robert Walker-Branchaud (Agent Repairman)

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The Monster

Stranger ThingsJonathan helps Nancy escape from the Upside Down with seconds to spare, and spends the night at her house watching over her. This doesn’t go unnoticed by her classmates, but when Jonathan tries to defend Nancy’s honor, he goes overboard, landing in juvenile detention after taking a swing at a police officer as the fight is broken up. Hopper and Joyce Byers visit a woman who Hopper believes may be Eleven’s mother, only to find that her mind is gone. As Lucas prepares to go it alone to find Will, Mike and Dustin argue over whether to salvage Mike’s friendship with Lucas. Someone instead comes looking for them, and they’re helpless without Eleven by their side.

written by Jessie Nickson-Lopez
directed by Matt Duffer & Ross Duffer
music by Kyle Dixon & Michael Stein

Stranger ThingsCast: Winona Ryder (Joyce Byers), David Harbour (Jim Hopper), Finn Wolfhard (Mike Wheeler), Millie Bobby Brown (Eleven), Gaten Matarazzo (Dustin Henderson), Caleb McLaughlin (Lucas Sinclair), Natalia Dyer (Nancy Wheeler), Charlie Heaton (Jonathan Byers), Cara Buono (Karen Wheeler), Matthew Modine (Dr. Martin Brenner), Joe Chrest (Ted Wheeler), Joe Keery (Steve Harrington), Rob Morgan (Officer Powell), Aimee Mullins (Terry Ives), John Paul Reynolds (Officer Callahan), Mark Steger (Monster), Amy Semetz (Becky Ives), Glennellen Anderson (Nicole), Andrew Benator (Elevator Scientist), Adam Boyer (Hunting Store Owner), Catherine Dyer (Agent Connie Frazier), Randy Havens (Mr. Clarke), Hugh Holub (Scientist), Tobias Jelinek (Lead Agent), Cade Jones (James), Linda Kang (Female Clerk), Kevin Patrick Murphy (Grocery Store Manager), Anniston Price (Holly Wheeler), Tinsley Price (Holly Wheeler), Chester Rushing (Tommy H.), Susan Shalhoub Larkin (Florence), Chase Stokes (Reeves), Chelsea Talmadge (Carol), Robert Walker-Branchaud (Agent Repairman), Peyton Wich (Troy)

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The Bathtub

Stranger ThingsLucas radios Mike, Dustin and Eleven to warn them: the bad men are coming to the Wheeler house. The kids make a hasty escape, pursued at dangerous speeds by “Hawkins Power & Light” vans. Eleven used her powers to cut off the pursuit, and Lucas is finally convinced she is on their side. The kids go into hiding, while Jonathan and Nancy tell Hopper and Joyce about their encounter with the creature. Using Will’s two-way radio, Hopper locates and rescues the kids, but Eleven is no longer able to reach Will in the Upside Down…but she then reveals that she might be able to find them if she tries again in an isolation tank. Barb cannot be recovered, but Eleven does find Will Byers, trapped and on the verge of death. Hopper and Joyce decide to take the fight to the lab on their own.

written by Justin Doble
directed by Matt Duffer & Ross Duffer
music by Kyle Dixon & Michael Stein

Stranger ThingsCast: Winona Ryder (Joyce Byers), David Harbour (Jim Hopper), Finn Wolfhard (Mike Wheeler), Millie Bobby Brown (Eleven), Gaten Matarazzo (Dustin Henderson), Caleb McLaughlin (Lucas Sinclair), Natalia Dyer (Nancy Wheeler), Charlie Heaton (Jonathan Byers), Cara Buono (Karen Wheeler), Matthew Modine (Dr. Martin Brenner), Joe Chrest (Ted Wheeler), Joe Keery (Steve Harrington), Rob Morgan (Officer Powell), John Paul Reynolds (Officer Callahan), Noah Schanpp (Will Byers), Shae Britt (Mary Mack Girl #2), Jackie Dallas (Jen), Catherine Dyer (Agent Connie Frazier), Charles Green (Movie Theater Manager), Randy Havens (Mr. Clarke), Tobias Jelinek (Lead Agent), Amy Parrish (Troy’s Mom), Anniston Price (Holly Wheeler), Tinsley Price (Holly Wheeler), Chester Rushing (Tommy H.), Susan Shalhoub Larkin (Florence), Chelsea Talmadge (Carol), Robert Walker-Branchaud (Agent Repairman), Abigail Whitlock (Mary Mack Girl #1), Peyton Wich (Troy)

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The Upside Down

Stranger ThingsTaken into custody by armed guards as they try to gain entry to Hawkins National Laboratory, Joyce Byers and Hopper strike a questionable deal: they will be given the chance to enter the Upside Down and search for Will, if Hopper reveals Eleven’s whereabouts. Jonathan and Nancy, completely counter to Hopper’s instructions, retrieve their stash of munitions and set a trap for the monster. Hopper and Joyce find the Upside Down to be a slime-festooned mirror image of Hawkins, where Will, near death, is ensnared in a mass of tentacles. Dr. Brenner and a small army descend upon the school gym to take Eleven prisoner, only to find that her powers have grown beyond their ability to contain her. The ensuing battle weakens her, but the resulting bloodshed brings another monster out of the Upside Down, one that she may have to sacrifice herself to stop. Even if Will Byers can be retrieved from the Upside Down, can he truly recover from his ordeal?

telepaly by Matt Duffer & Ross Duffer
story by Paul Dichter
directed by Matt Duffer & Ross Duffer
music by Kyle Dixon & Michael Stein

Stranger ThingsCast: Winona Ryder (Joyce Byers), David Harbour (Jim Hopper), Finn Wolfhard (Mike Wheeler), Millie Bobby Brown (Eleven), Gaten Matarazzo (Dustin Henderson), Caleb McLaughlin (Lucas Sinclair), Natalia Dyer (Nancy Wheeler), Charlie Heaton (Jonathan Byers), Cara Buono (Karen Wheeler), Matthew Modine (Dr. Martin Brenner), Joe Chrest (Ted Wheeler), Joe Keery (Steve Harrington), Rob Morgan (Officer Powell), John Paul Reynolds (Officer Callahan), Noah Schanpp (Will Byers), Mark Steger (Monster), Lucius Baston (Technician), Pete Burris (Hawkins Head of Security), Catherine Dyer (Agent Connie Frazier), Elle Graham (Sarah Hopper), Tobias Jelinek (Lead Agent), Susan Shalhoub Larkin (Florence), Jerri Tubbs (Diane Hopper)

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Star Trek Beyond

Star Trek BeyondStardate 2263.2: Three years into the Enterprise‘s five-year mission, and shortly after barely escaping from a diplomatic mission gone terribly wrong, Captain Kirk is experiencing career ennui, to the point that he’s considering seeking a promotion to Vice Admiral, which would take him off the bridge and put him at a desk. Even a visit to the Federation’s most advanced starbase, Yorktown, doesn’t lift Kirk’s spirits, but the Yorktown’s recovery of an alien refugee in a life pod gets his interest. The Enterprise and her crew set off to help find the alien’s crew, stranded on a planet in an inpenetrable nebula, only to fly into a coordinated ambush. The Enterprise is severely damaged and boarded by legions of aliens, led by Krall, who wants an artifact left over from Kirk’s diplomatic mission gone awry. Kirk orders all hands to abandon ship, but Krall’s allies capture the Enterprise life pods and the crew is taken to a planet within the nebula and held hostage; the Enterprise herself is destroyed. Scott meets a woman named Jaylah, who is unafraid of Krall’s followers but has no wish to take him on personally. Jaylah lives in the wreckage of the U.S.S. Franklin, a missing NX-class ship which apparently crashed on this planet, and Scotty begins working to restore the ship to fighting condition. That suits Kirk just fine, as he intends to free his crew and defeat Krall before the alien can use the artifact to power up a devastating weapon. Krall’s first target: Yorktown.

Order DVDscreenplay by Simon Pegg & Doug Jung
directed by Justin Lin
music by Michael Giacchino

Cast: Chris Pine (Captain Kirk), Zachary Quinto (Spock), Karl Urban (Dr. McCoy), Zoe Saldana (Uhura), Simon Pegg (Scotty), John Cho (Sulu), Anton Yelchin (Chekov), Idris Elba (Krall), Sofia Boutella (Jaylah), Joe Taslim (Manas), Lydia Wilson (Kalara), Deep Roy (Keenser), Melissa Roxburgh (Ensign Syl), Anita Brown (Tyvanna), Doug Jung (Ben), Danny Pudi (Fi’Ja), Kim Kold (Zavanko), Fraser Aitcheson (Hider), Matthew MacCaull (Blue Shirt), Emy Aneke (Blue Shirt), Star Trek BeyondShohreh Aghdashloo (Commodore Paris), Greg Grunberg (Commander Finnegan), Jennifer Cheon (Control Tower Technician), Jarod Joseph (Control Tower Technician), Jeremy Raymond (Control Tower Technician), Harry Han (Kissing Guy), Gina Brinkman (Kissing Girl), Adam DiMarco (Injured Red Shirt), Fiona Vroom (Orion Girl), Richard Laurence (Chancellor Ambassador), Doug Chapman (Sir Olden), Dan Payne (Wadjet), Anthony Shim (Jin), Andrea Yu (Jeanine), Shea Whigham (Teenaxi Leader), Christian Sloan (Jae), Jake Huang (Krall’s Henchman), Priya Rajaratnam (Night Watch Captain), Luka Hays (Enterprise Crew), Thomas Cadrot (Enterprise Crew), Jennifer W. Evans (Enterprise Crew), Roxanne Fernandes (Enterprise Crew), Jake Foy (Enterprise Crew), Jodi Haynes (Enterprise Crew), Nathan Jean (Enterprise Crew), Tarun Keram (Enterprise Crew), J.P. Mulcaster (Enterprise Crew), Edwin Rodriguez (Enterprise Crew), Alex Rose (Enterprise Crew), Polina Nikolai (Enterprise Crew), Lia Lam (Enterprise Crew), Ian Nsenga (Enterprise Crew), Ashley Edner (Natalia), Sara Maria Forsberg (Kalara Alien voice), Jeff Bezos (Starfleet Official)

Notes: As the extensive “in-universe” notes for this movie may constitute major spoilers, they appear below the review.

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Pilot

The Tick1908: An alien artifact of unimaginable power plummets through Earth’s atmosphere and explodes over a forest in Tunguska, Russia. The emissions from this unearthly explosion imbue some humans with superpowers…and also serves as a beacon to others. Both superheroes and supervillains are now a part of life on Earth.

20 years ago: Young Arthur Everest witnesses the crash-landing of a spacecraft crewed by superheroes…pursued closely by a spacecraft full of supervillains. Incidentally, the crashing spaceship also crushes and kills Arthur’s father before his very eyes. A photographer captures a shot of Arthur being menaced by the supervillains’ leader, The Terror.

Now: Years of medication, treatment, and legal issues have left Arthur a barely-functional adult. Convinced that the Terror still lurks somewhere nearby, controlling the criminal underworld, Arthur has devoted his life to tracking the Terror down…despite the rest of the world insisting that the Terror was killed by a superhero known as Superian. Arthur follows one of his hunches to the city docks, spying on a criminal operation, when he is confronted by a superhero in an inadvisably tight blue suit – the Tick! The Tick seems certain that Arthur is destined to be his new sidekick. And Arthur may finally get the answer to the question that has consumed his life – is the Terror still alive? – unless befriending the Tick gets him killed first.

written by Ben Edlund
directed by Wally Pfister
music by Chris Bacon

The TickCast: Peter Serafinowicz (The Tick), Griffin Newman (Arthur Everest), Valorie Curry (Dot Everest), Brendan Hines (Superian), Jackie Earle Haley (The Terror), Yara Martinez (Ms. Lint), Kyle Catlett (young Arthur), Joanna P. Adler (Dr. Creek), Malachi Weir (Thug #2), Christian Navarro (Sidekick), Whoopi Goldberg (herself), Richie Moriarty (Mr. Everest), Andrew Dolan (Officer Dietz), Sonam Kunlingtse (Herder), Henry Yuk (Shaman), Berto Colon (Thug #1), Siraj Huga (Cab Driver)

The TickNotes: The half-hour pilot episode of The Tick restarts the story, completely separate from the previous live-action series starring Patrick Warburton (who is a producer of this series), the animated series that inspired it, or the comics that inspired all of the above. The Tick creator Ben Edlund returns to revamp his unlikely hero for a new decade, and a new distribution channel: this pilot was distributed free as part of Amazon’s Pilot Season event in 2016, winning a series pickup later that year.

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Twentica

Red DwarfA chance run-in with a particularly nasty breed of simulants called exponoids becomes a momentary hostage crisis. Lister has to trade a piece of arcane time travel technology – which has been propping up Starbug’s pool table – to get Rimmer back. But once armed with time travel, the exponoids go back in time to rewrite human history, outlawing any post-steam-powered technology and forbidding scientific research. Great scientific minds are either locked up, or simply never come into being. Kryten and Rimmer run the risk of being discovered. A dying man hands some kind of electronic component to Lister and tells him to take it to the hostess of a local speakeasy; there, Lister and the others find that science and technology still happen here, but in secret…and Lister has been given a piece of a weapon that could set history straight.

Order the DVDswritten by Doug Naylor
directed by Doug Naylor
music by Howard Goodall

Red DwarfCast: Chris Barrie (Rimmer), Craig Charles (Lister), Danny John-Jules (Cat), Robert Llewellyn (Kryten), Kevin Eldon (4 of 27), Lucie Pohl (Harmony), David Sterne (Einstein Bob), Sam Douglas (Bouncer), Rebecca Blackstone (Big Bang Beryl), Kyle James (Nearly Dead Guy), Suanne Braun (Cpt. Dorothy McCutcheon), David Menkin (Lt. Clarence O’Neal), Alexis Dubus (3 of 63)

Notes: Kevin Eldon was one of the regular cast members of BBC2’s sci-fi comedy Hyperdrive, a show which many saw as the BBC’s attempt to recapture the Red Dwarf audience at a time when Red Dwarf had been out of production for several years. He also voiced a character in the Doctor Who radio project Death Comes To Time.

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Steps Into Shadow

Star Wars: RebelsEzra leads a daring raid on a fully staffed Imperial outpost on Naraka to rescue Hondo, who has been a useful informant for past Rebel operations. Hondo points the Alliance toward an Imperial salvage yard where captured Rebel Y-Wings are being dismantled for scrap; recovering them intact would boost Rebel firepower significantly, despite the fighters’ age. Ezra, Sabine, Chopper and Rex scout the salvage yard out in the Phantom, only to discover that only a few Y-Wings remain intact. Ezra, promoted to lieutenant commander in the Rebel Alliance, decides that the scouting mission has become a recovery mission on the fly. Missing all of the action is Kanan, still blinded after his duel with Darth Maul, and deeply disturbed to find that Ezra has been gaining knowledge from the Sith Holocron. Kanan hears a voice that leads him away from the safe confines of Chopper Base, where he discovers a creature that calls itself the Bendu – a being whose Force abilities lie between the light and dark sides. The Bendu begins trying to teach Kanan to use the Force and his own remaining senses to “see” what his eyes can no longer see…but what he sees now is his own fear. But at the Imperial salvage yard, Ezra’s lack of fear and his confidence and reliance on his new abilities may lead him to his own doom.

Order the DVDsDownload this episode via Amazonwritten by Steven Melching and Matt Michnovetz
directed by Bosco Ng and Mel Zwyer
music by Kevin Kiner
based on original themes and music by John Williams

RebelsCast: Taylor Gray (Ezra Bridger), Vanessa Marshall (Hera Syndulla), Freddie Prinze Jr. (Kanan Jarrus / Stormtrooper), Tiya Sircar (Sabine Wren), Steve Blum (Zeb Orrelios / Imperial Officer #2 / Rebel Soldier), Dee Bradley Baker (Admiral Konstantine / Melch / Rex / Stormtrooper Guard #1), David Owelyo (Agent Kallus), Tom Baker (Bendu), Derek Partridge (Commander Brom Titus), Keone Young (Commander Sato), Mary Elizabeth McGlynn (Governor Pryce), Lars Mikkelsen (Grand Admiral Thrawn), Stephen Stanton (Grand Moff Tarkin), Jim Cummings (Hondo Ohnaka / Imperial Officer #1 / Mining Guild Captain / Terba), Nika Futterman (Presence), Dave Filoni (Rebel Trooper / Stormtrooper Guard #2)

RebelsNotes: Grand Admiral Thrawn has a considerably complex history considering that this is his first appearance in any non-print Star Wars media. Created by author Timothy Zahn and introduced in the 1991 novel Heir To The Empire, Thrawn had become a casualty of the Lucasfilm Story Group’s massive realignment of Star Wars canon in the wake of Lucasfilm’s sale to Disney. However, Zahn wrote a new novel – simply titled Thrawn – to realign the calculating Imperial tactical master with the new continuity, and Thrawn was also introduced as an on-screen character for the first time in this episode. Thrawn lives once again in the larger Star Wars canon. Hera says that the Y-Wings are being sent to “General Dodonna’s unit”, meaning that these may well be the Y-Wings flown by Porkins and his wing during the attack on the Death Star in Star Wars. The name “Bendu” has an even longer history in Star Wars Rebelslore, back to early drafts of George Lucas’ The Star Wars, which featured the Jedi Bendu order rather than Jedi Knights. Bendu is voiced by Tom Baker, best known for his lengthy tenure as the fourth Doctor Who. Baker is the second Doctor to lend his voice to the Star Wars animated universe; one of his successors, David Tennant, voiced a droid character in an episode of The Clone Wars.

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Samsara

Red DwarfAn escape pod bearing human remains alerts Lister and the others to the presence of an Earth ship, the S.S. Samsara, which crashed into the ocean of a nearby planet. Starbug is dispatched to investigate, finding that the Samsara was testing a new engine, the Karma Drive, deriving its energy from its crew’s treatment of one another. But two people who were aboard the Samsara, old flames who were each now married to other people, threw the Karma Drive out of balance by reigniting their relationship…and then tried to reprogram the Karma Drive so they could continue doing so. Even though they are long dead, their inept reprogramming is a very real danger to the crew of Red Dwarf.

Order the DVDswritten by Doug Naylor
directed by Doug Naylor
music by Howard Goodall

Red DwarfCast: Chris Barrie (Rimmer), Craig Charles (Lister), Danny John-Jules (Cat), Robert Llewellyn (Kryten), Dan Tetsell (Green), Maggie Service (Barker), Eddie Bagayawa (Captain Tom Kadri)

Notes: The word “samsara” originates from the Sanskrit language, referring to a cycle of life, death, and reincarnation, and is related to the concept of karma, hence its connection to this episode’s Red DwarfKarma Drive. The Karma Drive uses technology derived from Justice World, a space station encountered in the fourth season episode Justice (1989). Red Dwarf once again features a former Hyperdrive cast member; Maggie Service was the unseen voice of the HMS Camden Lock’s ever-cheerful on-board intercom announcer in that series.

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Holocrons Of Fate

Star Wars: RebelsKanan and Ezra race to the scene of an attack on a Rebel cruiser, only to discover it’s a diversion: the twisted Sith Maul has taken Hera and the reset of the Phantom crew hostage, and demands both the Jedi and Sith holocrons. When retrieving the Sith artifact from Bendu, Kanan and Ezra are warned that the two holocrons together are a powerful threat. The holocrons are delivered to Maul by Ezra, while Kanan barely survives a trap set by Maul. Kanan is left for dead, making it easier for him to free the others, while Maul discovers something from the combined holocrons that leaves him repeating “He lives! He lives!” as he makes his escape. But what did Ezra see?

Order the DVDsDownload this episode via Amazonwritten by Henry Gilroy
directed by Steward Lee
music by Kevin Kiner
based on original themes and music by John Williams

RebelsCast: Taylor Gray (Ezra Bridger), Vanessa Marshall (Hera Syndulla), Freddie Prinze Jr. (Kanan Jarrus), Tiya Sircar (Sabine Wren), Steve Blum (Zeb Orrelios / Rebel Trooper), Tom Baker (Bendu), Sam Witwer (Maul), Dave Filoni (Rebel Crewman)

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The Original

WestworldVacationgoers flock to a futuristic, robot-populated amusement park, where, for a hefty fee, they can experience the dangers and delights of bygone eras – indulgences that tend to focus on sex, violence, or both. The robotic “hosts” are constantly maintained by a team of technicians, programmers, and scenario writers, and after each scenario reset, the robots’ memories are wiped…or at least, that’s the plan. Some of the robots begin exhibiting signs of a crippling existential awareness, to the point of total breakdown. It doesn’t help matters that a black-clad visitor to the park has made it his mission to torture various robots to the brink of total failure, searching for a “deeper level of the game”. As Dr. Ford, the creator of Westworld’s robots, diagnoses a troubling case of this existential breakdown, the robot he is examining demonstrates a disturbing awareness of who, what, and where it is…and promises revenge upon its creators. Another robot, the oldest one in the entire park, returns to her existence as farmgirl Dolores Abernathy, but she too has experienced an awakening. Despite these and other failures, Westworld remains open to paying guests.

telepaly by Jonathan Nolan & Lisa Joy
story by Jonathan Nolan & Lisa Joy and Michael Crichton
directed by Jonathan Nolan
music by Ramin Djawadi

WestworldCast: Evan Rachel Wood (Dolores Abernathy), Thandie Newton (Maeve Millay), Jeffrey Wright (Bernard Lowe), James Marsden (Teddy Flood), Ingrid Bolsø Berdal (Armistice), Luke Hemsworth (Stubbs), Sidse Babett Knudsen (Theresa Cullen), Simon Quarterman (Lee Sizemore), Rodrigo Santoro (Hector Escaton), Angela Sarafyan (Clementine Pennyfeather), Shannon Woodward (Elsie Hughes), Ed Harris (The Man in Black), Anthony Hopkins (Dr. Robert Ford), Louis Herthum (Peter Abernathy), Steven Ogg (Rebus), Michael Wincott (Old Bill), Eddie Rouse (Kissy), Brian Howe (Sheriff Pickett), Demetrius Grosse (Deputy Foss), Ptolemy Slocum (Sylvester), Leonardo Nam (Lutz), Kyle Bornheimer (Clarence), Bradford Tatum (Bartender / New Abernathy), Lena Georgas (Lori), Currie Graham (Craig), Timothy Lee DePriest (Walter), Jeff Daniel Phillips (Tenderloin), Bridgid Coulter (Mother of Young Boy), Regi Davis (Father of Young Boy), Mataeo Mingo (Boy of 8), Trevante Rhodes (Bachelor), Micky Shiloah (Bachelor), Keller Wortham (Bachelor), Olivia May (Hooker), Jackie Moore (Hooker), Alex Marshall-Brown (Hooker), Jeffrey Muller (Man on Train), Brook Kerr (Woman on Train), Bradley Snedeker (Passenger), Patrick Quinlan (Passenger), Bianca Lopez (Diagnostic Programmer), WestworldMolly Schreiber (Bachelorette), Stefanie Chin (Girlfriend), Joshua Sawtell (Controller), Nihan Gur (Female Laughing Host)

Notes: Actor Eddie Rouse (American Gangster, Pineapple Express), died of liver failure several weeks after filming his role in the Westworld pilot in 2014. The character of Kissy was meant to be a recurring role for him; the pilot episode is dedicated to his memory.

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Give & Take

Red DwarfAn abandoned space station is discovered in the path of an oncoming asteroid storm, leaving the Red Dwarf crew mere hours to salvage any useful advanced technology from it. Kryten and Rimmer find what they believe to be the station’s highly sophisticated medibot, and ask it to return to Red Dwarf with them. Lister and Cat, in the meantime, have stumbled across the real medibot, now insane after millennia of isolation, and it proceeds to anesthetize them and steal Lister’s kidney. As Kryten is a mechanoid and Rimmer’s made of light, the only possible donor to replace Lister’s kidney is Cat. But Cat doesn’t feel like being an organ donor, and the robot rescued from the space station finally admits that it’s a snack machine incapable of performing medical procedures.

Order the DVDswritten by Doug Naylor
directed by Doug Naylor
music by Howard Goodall

Red DwarfCast: Chris Barrie (Rimmer), Craig Charles (Lister), Danny John-Jules (Cat), Robert Llewellyn (Kryten), Mark Quartley (Snacky voice), Tobias Wilson (Snacky body), Oliver Mason (Asciepus voice), Jami Reid Quarrell (Asciepus body), Daniel Barker (Lift)

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The Antilles Extraction

Star Wars: RebelsWord reaches the Rebellion that there’s a dissident faction among students at an Imperial flight school, wishing to defect. Since she has prior experience as an Imperial pilot trainee, Sabine is enrolled at the school with a new identity and a cover story, and meets three pilots who want to escape the Empire and join the Rebellion. Sabine engineers an escape plan, but the Empire, aware that there are traitors in their midst and aware that a Rebel agent is among their trainees, has already planned to stop them. Ezra’s impatience to get Sabine and her trio of defectors to safety is as much of a danger to the operation as the Empire.

Order the DVDsDownload this episode via Amazonwritten by Gary Whitta
directed by Saul Ruiz
music by Kevin Kiner
based on original themes and music by John Williams

RebelsCast: Taylor Gray (Ezra Bridger), Vanessa Marshall (Hera Syndulla), Freddie Prinze Jr. (Kanan Jarrus / Imperial Technician / TIE Cadet #1), Tiya Sircar (Sabine Wren), Steve Blum (Zeb Orrelios / Green Leader), David Oyelwo (Agent Kallus), Corey Burton (Bridge Officer / Instructor Goran / Rake), Keone Young (Commander Sato), Mary Elizabeth McGlynn (Female Civilian / Governor Pryce / TIE Cadet #2), Dave Filoni (Green Five / Imperial Officer), Trevor Devall (Hobbie / Rebel Captain / Transport Captain), Mario Vernazza (Vult Skerris), Nathan Kress (Wedge Antilles)

Notes: This episode is as close as we’ve gotten to an origin story for (future) Rebel flying ace Wedge Antilles, as well as his fellow Rebel pilot, Hobbie, who would prove instrumental in the Battle of Hoth.

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Chestnut

WestworldNew players arrive at Westworld, ready to try their hand at lawless frontier life. William, coaxed into visiting Westworld by his wife’s brother, is reluctant to indulge in the seedier side of the park’s offerings, whereas most of the park’s typical storylines and diversions are simply too tame for his brother-in-law, who urges him to go “black hat”. A chance exchange between Dolores and Maeve fills Maeve’s head with strange thoughts, and like Dolores, she begins remembering past scenarios that have supposedly been wiped from her memory. Westworld’s board of directors grows restless about return business, and an ambitious young scenarist devises and proposes a new plotline for the park, which Ford promptly shoots down on the ground that obvious, tawdry thrills are not what Westworld is about. As she is being cleaned and prepared for another day’s duty in the park, Maeve awakens in a strange new world – one in which she sees fellow hosts being treated like objects.

written by Jonathan Nolan & Lisa Joy
directed by Richard J. Lewis
music by Ramin Djawadi

WestworldCast: Evan Rachel Wood (Dolores Abernathy), Thandie Newton (Maeve Millay), Jeffrey Wright (Bernard Lowe), James Marsden (Teddy Flood), Ben Barnes (Logan), Clifton Collins Jr. (Lawrence), Luke Hemsworth (Stubbs), Sidse Babett Knudsen (Theresa Cullen), Simon Quarterman (Lee Sizemore), Angela Sarafyan (Clementine Pennyfeather), Jimmi Simpson (William), Shannon Woodward (Elsie Hughes), Ed Harris (The Man in Black), Anthony Hopkins (Dr. Robert Ford), Ptolemy Slocum (Sylvester), Leonardo Nam (Lutz), Talulah Riley (Angela), Louis Herthum (Peter Abernathy), Oliver Bell (Little Boy), Izabella Alvarez (Lawrence’s Daughter), Olga Aguilar (Lawrence’s Wife), Price Carson (Barkeep), Christopher Cedeno (Last Gunman), Sal Lopez (Cigarillo), Will Pinson Rose (Behavior Tech), Eric Ramey (Narrative Tech), Nanrisa Induk Lee (Narrative Tech), Carlos E. Campos (Surveillance Tech), Tai Bennett (Controller), Diana Toshiko (Costumer), Kiki McCleary (Stewardess), Jackie Moore (Mariposa Girl), Nathalia Castellon (Mariposa Girl), Patrick Gorman (Eye Patch), Josh Clark (Sheriff Reid), Granville Ames (Union Recruiter), Bradley Fisher (Mariposa Bartender), Tim Fox (Burley Guest), Christine Weatherup (Female Guest), Lucas Peterson (Shy Guest), Michael L. Bash (Spellbound Guest), Jasmyn Rae (Homestead Girl)

WestworldNotes: Making the first of two appearances in the first season of Westworld is actor Josh Clark, who appeared as Lt. Carey in several episodes of Star Trek: Voyager and, ironically, as another sheriff in several episodes of Heroes. He’s also appeared in Babylon 5, Millennium, Mad Men, and Agents Of SHIELD. Granville Ames is a fellow veteran of both Babylon 5 and the Star Trek franchise.

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Return Of The Caped Crusaders

BatmanThe Riddler, the Penguin, Catwoman and the Joker hijack Gotham’s most-watched TV variety show simply to signal their latest crime wave. Batman and Robin follow leads and pursue the criminals, but Catwoman thinks she knows how to sway Batman to their side, using a potent chemical concoction that will do away with Batman’s urge to do good. The chemical doesn’t work until after Batman has rounded up the quartet of criminals, but when its effects do kick in, Batman suddenly installs himself as the ruler of Gotham City, relieving the police of their duties and allowing anarchy to reign. Alfred is fired, and Aunt Harriet is sent away in tears. Robin is about to go it alone against his mentor when he decides to enlist Catwoman’s reluctant help instead. But how can Robin fight the man who taught him everything he knows about fighting crime?

written by Michael Jelenic & James Tucker
directed by Rick Morales
music by Kristopher Carter, Michael McCuistion and Lolita Ritmanis / Batman theme by Neal Hefti

BatmanCast: Adam West (Batman), Burt Ward (Robin), Julie Newmar (Catwoman), Jeff Bergman (Announcer / Joker), Sirena Irwin (Miranda Moore), Thomas Lennon (Chief O’Hara), William Salyers (The Penguin), Lynne Marie Stewart (Aunt Harriet), Jim Ward (Commissioner Gordon), Steven Weber (Alfred), Wally Wingert (The Riddler)

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Officer Rimmer

Red DwarfA Space Corps deep space exploration vehicle is found tumbling through space, a short distance away from an asteroid belt that will almost certainly destroy it. As the Red Dwarf crew approaches aboard Starbug, an automated system aboard the Space Corps ship begins bio-printing a crew, except that there’s a bit of a paper jam. As the ship drifts into the asteroid field, Rimmer panics and fires a missile, which saves the ship almost by accident, and earns Rimmer a field promotion to officer from the bio-printed commander of the rescued ship. Rimmer wastes no time in instituting a class system, reserving officer perks entirely for himself, including access to the bio-printer, which he uses to create a crew of fellow Rimmers.

Order the DVDswritten by Doug Naylor
directed by Doug Naylor
music by Howard Goodall

Red DwarfCast: Chris Barrie (Rimmer), Craig Charles (Lister), Danny John-Jules (Cat), Robert Llewellyn (Kryten), Stephen Critchlow (Captain Herring), Penelope Freeman (Lifts / Gosh Lady), Daniel Barker (Croquet Commentator)

Notes: Guest star Stephen Critchlow has also appeared in Doctor Who audio dramas, including The Nowhere Place (opposite Colin Baker as the sixth Doctor) and The Lady Of Mercia (opposite Peter Davison as the fifth Doctor).

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Hera’s Heroes

Star Wars: RebelsHera and the crew of the Ghost race to rescue Hera’s father, Chaim Syndulla, and his inner circle of revolutionaries from an Imperial garrison on Hera’s home planet. Where previous Imperial attacks there have been hit-or-miss, Chaim Syndulla now says that there is a new focus and ferocity in their actions. Hera enlists the help of her friends to retrieve a personal item from the palace, only to discover that the Empire is more deeply entrenched there than previously believed. Grand Admiral Thrawn himself has taken personal command, and knows exactly who Hera and Ezra are. Now, if Hera’s father does not surrender himself to the Empire, Hera and Ezra will pay the price unless they can outwit Thrawn.

Order the DVDsDownload this episode via Amazonwritten by Nicole Dubuc
directed by Mel Zwyer
music by Kevin Kiner
based on original themes and music by John Williams

RebelsCast: Taylor Gray (Ezra Bridger), Vanessa Marshall (Hera Syndulla), Freddie Prinze Jr. (Kanan Jarrus / Stormtrooper #2)), Tiya Sircar (Sabine Wren), Steve Blum (Zeb Orrelios / Imperial Officer), Andre Sogliuzzo (Captain Slavin), Robin Atkin Downes (Cham Syndulla / Stormtrooper #1), Corey Burton (Gobi Glie), Lars Mikkelsen (Grand Admiral Thrawn), Catherine Taber (Numa), Dave Filoni (Scout Trooper / Stormtrooper #3)

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The Stray

WestworldHaving spent a day in Westworld, William finally gets into character and shoots down a bandit, discovering in the process that he himself can’t be killed, even if he’s shot. Dolores and Maeve continue remembering brutal past incidents that they should be incapable of remembering. Bernard confronts Ford about the odd behavior of some of the hosts, learning that Ford’s original partner, a man named Arnold, tried to imbue the hosts with true consciousness, but died in the park before he could succeed, with all records of the incident scrubbed from Westworld’s official history. Ford develops a new narrative of his own, involving a hunt for a savage outlaw named Wyatt, while two Westworld employees go searching for a “stray” host who has mysteriously gone off-program. Dolores also breaks free of her programming, tired of being brutalized by visitors, discovering in the process that they can be killed.

written by Daniel T. Thomsen & Lisa Joy
directed by Neil Marshall
music by Ramin Djawadi

WestworldCast: Evan Rachel Wood (Dolores Abernathy), Thandie Newton (Maeve Millay), Jeffrey Wright (Bernard Lowe), James Marsden (Teddy Flood), Ben Barnes (Logan), Ingrid Bolsø Berdal (Armistice), Luke Hemsworth (Stubbs), Sidse Babett Knudsen (Theresa Cullen), Simon Quarterman (Lee Sizemore), Angela Sarafyan (Clementine Pennyfeather), Jimmi Simpson (William), Shannon Woodward (Elsie Hughes), Ed Harris (The Man in Black), Anthony Hopkins (Dr. Robert Ford), Louis Herthum (Old Peter Abernathy), Bradford Tatum (New Peter Abernathy), Steven Ogg (Rebus), Bojana Novakovic (Marti), Talulah Riley (Angela), Gina Torres (Lauren), Brian Howe (Sheriff Pickett), Demetrius Grosse (Deputy Foss), Eddie Shin (Henry), Chris Browning (Holden), Timothy DePriest (Old Waiter), Ward Roberts (New Waiter), Bruno Gunn (Walrus), Darrel Cherney (Horace), Kanin Howell (Ivan), Paul-Mikel Williams (Charlie), Tait Fletcher (Woodcutter), Tom Proctor (Cookie), Travis Johns (Python Cowboy), Joshua Dov (Python Cowboy), Chris Mollica (Sinister Guest), Dusty Sorg (Sketchy Guest), Travis Hammer (Leering Guest), Paul Fox (Young Doctor), Sorin Brouwers (Wyatt), Con Schell (Deputy Rodgers), Bradley Fisher (Mariposa Bartender), Shvona Chung (Field Tech), Sheldon Coolman (Field Tech)

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Krysis

Red DwarfA bout of forgetfulness triggers a mid-life crisis for Kryten, who has been online for three million years and change. He tries to outfit himself with a newer, more aerodynamic casing that has everything but go-faster stripes, to no avail. Lister has a solution: seek out a mechanoid-equipped ship launched at roughly the same time as the ship on which Kryten was found, and go see how that mechanoid is doing. He hopes to show Kryten that he has evolved well beyond his original programming. But when they find a suitable derelict ship and meet its mechanoid, Butler, it’s clear that he, too, has evolved since the demise of the crew he once served, and his become a brilliant polymath (whereas Kryten is still serving Lister meals). This does little to ease Kryten’s crisis.

Order the DVDswritten by Doug Naylor
directed by Doug Naylor
music by Howard Goodall

Red DwarfCast: Chris Barrie (Rimmer), Craig Charles (Lister), Danny John-Jules (Cat), Robert Llewellyn (Kryten), Dominic Coleman (Butler), Robert Nairne (Gelf Chief), Daniel Barker (The Universe)

Notes: The Nova 5 – and Kryten himself (then played by David Ross) – were encountered back in season two’s premiere, Kryten (1988).

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Nosedive

Black MirrorSocial media “ratings”, bestowed by friends, strangers and random passerby alike, are as much currency as actual money, determining not just social standing, but what kind of jobs and housing are available. Smiles are everyday attire, worn to avoid “downvotes” for being considered surly or impolite. Lacie Pound, hovering between 4.0 and 4.5 out of 5, “upvotes” everyone she meets; it’s the polite thing to do, and it’s expected. At home, however, she is stuck living in a small house with her brother, but Lacie is eyeing a more upscale residence – one that she can only afford if she reaches a steady 4.5 social media rating, qualifying her for a discount. The opportunity to boost her profile appears in the form of an invitation to be the maid of honor at a childhood friend’s wedding…but does Lacie even have the necessary clout to make the trip?

Get the DVDsteleplay by Rashida Jones and Mike Schur
story by Charlie Brooker
directed by Joe Wright
music by Max Richter

Black MirrorCast: Bryce Dallas Howard (Lacie Pound), Alice Eve (Naomi Jayne Blestow), Cherry Jones (Susan), James Norton (Ryan Pound), Alan Ritchison (Paul), Daisy Haggard (Bets), Susannah Fielding (Carol), Michaela Coel (Airport Stewardess), Demetri Goritsas (Hansen), Kadiff Kirwan (Chester), Sope Dirisu (Man in Jail), Clayton Evertson (Ted), Andrew Roux (Electro Station Assistant), Anjana Vasan (Space Cop), Colin Moss (Anthony), Nambitha Ben-Wazi (Glam Woman), Jeffrey Davenport (Cab Driver), Ntokozo Majozi (Jack the Barrista), Justin Munitz (Keith), Zandile Madliwa (Alien Girl), Kevin Otto (Pastor), Shane Zaza (Chuck), Abubakar Salim (Airport Guard), Jennie Nielson (Woman in Car), Deon Lotz (Man in Car), Daniel Newton (Kid on Quad Bike), Rebecca Newton (Kid’s Younger Sister), Lewelyn Van den Berg (Male Jogger), Blessing Mamuesa (Glam Woman’s Son)

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