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‘Star Trek: Discovery’ Star on Delivering the Classic Two-Handed Punch and Those Crazy Fan Theories

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[Editor’s Note: The following contains spoilers from “Star Trek: Discovery” Episode 6, “Lethe.”]

Now that the mutineer has settled in, and the tardigrade was freed, “Star Trek: Discovery” has welcomed a new crew member to its ranks. On Sunday’s episode, Lt. Ash Tyler (Shazad Latif) came on board after escaping a Klingon prison ship with Captain Lorca (Jason Isaacs) last week. Although the larger and tougher Klingons were calling the shots, the two Starfleet officers teamed up in a miniature prison uprising, taking the guards by surprise and fighting their way free.

Read More: ‘Star Trek: Discovery’ Review: The Surprises of ‘Lethe’ Include Friendly Replicators and Unfriendly Vulcans

“I think that moment of desperation, you hear stories of a mother lifting a car because of adrenaline in a desperate moment, if you need to escape you find a way,” Latif said in an interview with IndieWire. “There’s moments of vulnerability among the Klingons, that’s why they broke their necks. The »


- Hanh Nguyen

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‘Star Trek: Discovery’: Sarek’s ‘Affinity to Humans Is Really Touching’

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[Editor’s Note: The following contains spoilers from “Star Trek: Discovery” Episode 6, “Lethe.”]

Conflicts between parent and child are never pleasant, but “Star Trek: Discovery” takes it to another level entirely when the Vulcan ambassador Sarek (James Frain) struggles with one of his children. Following an attempted terrorist attack by a kamikaze logic extremist, Sarek barely makes it out alive, but is left unconscious and barely clinging to life. In this state, his mind keeps returning to a moment during the graduation day for his adopted daughter, the human Michael Burnham (Sonequa Martin-Green). In order to save his life in the real world, Michael must enter his psyche through their katra bond and break past his mental barrier.

Read More:‘Star Trek: Discovery’ Review: The Surprises of ‘Lethe’ Include Friendly Replicators and Unfriendly Vulcans

But when she enters this memory, Sarek becomes angry and defensive, and they enter into a physical altercation, using Vulcan martial arts. Frain spoke with IndieWire about the fight, »


- Hanh Nguyen

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‘The Walking Dead’ Showrunner on Why Rick Couldn’t Aim for Negan, and When Those Flash Forwards Will Be Explained

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[Editor’s note: The following contains spoilers from the Season 8 premiere of “The Walking Dead.” Proceed at your own discretion.]

Advantage: Rick Grimes. As marketed for months, the “all-out war” between Rick (Andrew Lincoln) and Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) finally began in the Season 8 premiere of “The Walking Dead,” and it does appear like the Alexandria/Hilltop/Kingdom alliance has an early lead.

At the end of Episode 1, “Mercy” (which also doubles as the series’ landmark 100th installment), Negan looks to be in a tough spot — stuck in a shipping container, with Gabriel (Seth Gilliam), surrounded by walkers. But the battle with the Saviors has just started, and it’s sure to get more brutal before it’s done.

Nonetheless, there’s a bit of hope in “Mercy,” thanks to mysterious flash-forwards that show a dream-like future in Alexandria, where life is peaceful. Rick, sporting his own David Letterman-esque longbeard, wakes up to Michonne, Carl and a slightly older Judith, bouncing to “Weird Al” Yankovic’s “Another One Rides the Bus. »


- Michael Schneider

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‘The Walking Dead’ Review: ‘Mercy’ Celebrates 100 Episodes of Abject Misery

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Previously…

Last season, “The Walking Dead” had one of its biggest audiences ever for its worst-ever episode, and the show subsequently lost a number of viewers most shows would kill for, while still remaining a ratings powerhouse.

Rick and the others encountered new communities like the Hilltop (led by Gregory, who sucks) and the Kingdom (led by King Ezekiel, who rules). Both communities wound up rallying to Rick’s side, presumably because they were tried of Negan’s endless speechifying. Eugene went full heel, becoming a higher-up in the Saviors, while Savior lieutenant Dwight agreed to be a mole for the resistance. Finally, Sasha killed herself in a convoluted attempt on Negan’s life, because she had to go trek to the stars. Whew!

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Everyone’s accounted for in the premiere, »


- Jeff Stone

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‘Star Trek: Discovery’ Review: The Surprises of ‘Lethe’ Include Friendly Replicators and Unfriendly Vulcans

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The title of this week’s “Star Trek: Discovery,” “Lethe,” is perhaps a reference to Greek mythology, specifically one of the rivers in Hades’ underworld, the water from which would cause forgetfulness. Appropriate given that a major part of the story is about faulty memory.

[Editor’s note: Spoilers for “Star Trek: Discovery” Season 1, Episode 6, “Lethe” follow.]

Vulcan Fanatics

So, it appears that at least for one subset of Vulcans, suicide bombing is not an illogical concept. The reveal that within Vulcan society there are “logic extremists” who aren’t afraid to use violence to protest the “failed experiment” that is the Federation might not seem all that Vulcan. In fact, it flies directly in the face of Idic, the central tenet of Vulcan philosophy: “infinite diversity in infinite combination.”

But it does fit with one of “Discovery’s” evolving themes: The more we get to know each of these worlds, it becomes clear that this is a universe struggling with the »


- Liz Shannon Miller

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‘Outlander’ Review: Jamie and Claire’s Reunion Is a Sexy, Awkward Triumph

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[Editor’s Note: The following contains spoilers for “Outlander” Season 3 Episode 6, “A. Malcolm.”]

Unrequited, Requited Love

Coming face-to-face with the spouse you were forced to give up in battle two decades ago is a pretty unnerving thing — not just emotionally but also physically. Given that Jamie had no clue Claire was about to resurface, it’s no wonder he fainted, but on an even deeper level, these are characters that have supposedly aged 20 years since they last saw each other. The nerves, self-consciousness and innate fear of acceptance that situation would bring are pretty heavy; you’ve been carrying around this memory of a person for all those years. Not only do you want them to see you the same, but you wonder how they’ll look, act and have aged in their wisdom too.

Luckily this is television and both stars are just as pretty naked as they are clothed (Claire dyed her hair and Jamie has glasses, no biggie), so the »


- Amber Dowling

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‘Outlander’: Ronald D. Moore Explains Why He Made Fans Wait to See Jamie and Claire’s Reunion

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[Editor’s note: Spoilers for “Outlander” Season 3 Episode 6, “A. Malcolm,” follow.]

If you thought it was a little excessive, for “Outlander” to wait until nearly halfway through the third season to bring together its star-crossed stars, know that showrunner Ronald D. Moore deemed it necessary.

“I was firm on that,” he told IndieWire about denying fans the reunion of Jamie (Sam Heughan) and Claire (Caitriona Balfe). “I was like, ‘I want them to want it. I’m happy that they’re going a little crazy. Let’s make them earn it, getting them back together.'”

His reasons, though, weren’t based in sadism — instead, the veteran showrunner wanted to stay loyal to the novels he was adapting for the Starz drama. Thus, following Claire’s return to her own time at the end of Season 2, the couple at the center of the Starz drama would spend 20 years living separate lives in their original time periods.

Read More:‘Outlander’ Review: Jamie »


- Liz Shannon Miller

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