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The Walking Dead: "JSS" (Season 6, Episode 2)

Two for two. The Walking Dead has come out swinging with another tension-filled hour of action riding a brilliantly simple through line.  

This week is the flip side of last week. We see what was going on in the Alexandria Safe Zone while the gang was out trying to lure that immense horde of Walkers away. And yes, we do find out how that deadly horn sounded.

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The Walking Dead: "First Time Again" (Season 6, Episode 1)

The real Walking Dead is back. Just in time to make to demonstrate why "Fear the Walking Dead" pales in comparison. Things like scope, pacing, tension, deftly drawn characters with economy of scene. etc. You know,  writing that allows spectacle to achieve its full effect.

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The Martian

Come home, Ridley Scott. All is forgiven for Prometheus.

You don’t often see an awesome movie about competence. But that’s what “The Martian” is--a stirring tribute to not just science, but to the oft-maligned soul of the supposedly unimaginative ideal of competence. To the belief that details matter, that it’s important for a person to have some actual idea what they’re talking about.

Hear, hear.

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Fear The Walking Dead: "A Good Man" (Season 1, Episode 6)

Lots of zombies tonight, with the requisite carnage. It doesn't really have much bite, though, because the whole plot is arbitrary and capricious. There is no attempt to make sense out of jamming our disparate clumps of characters back together. At least the end promises to get them out of Los Angeles. That can only be an improvement at this point.

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