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‘Star Trek Discovery’ boldly goes where no other Trek series has gone before. Stick with it.



Sonequa Martin-Green stars in an inspired reboot of the Trek franchise.

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I’ve lost count of the number of times my fellow nerds have rolled their eyes at the ongoing delay and behind-the-scenes drama of Star Trek Discovery. The show’s launch date slipped by 9 months; showrunner Bryan Fuller departed under unusual circumstances; CBS decided to screen it only on its $6-a-month All Access streaming service, greatly limiting the potential audience. 

I can’t speak to whether consumers will flock to All Access for this one show. But having seen the first three episodes, I can attest to the quality of the product in question. 

This is science fiction TV of a caliber that I haven’t seen since the Battlestar Galactica reboot of the 2000s. And you don’t have to be a Trekkie to enjoy it. 

This isn’t our official review of the show; you’ll have to check back Sunday night for that. CBS has strictly timed embargoes on each that bind reviewers from discussing any specifics of the episodes until after they’ve aired. 

I get the need for secrecy to preserve the “wow” factor, but at a minimum the audience needs to understand going in that we’re on a very twisty journey here: you can’t really judge the show based on the first episode (which is the only one screening on CBS proper this Sunday night; All Access will add episode 2.) I didn’t fully get on board with the show until I saw episode 3. 

Suffice to say that this is thinking person’s science fiction — a plot that’s going places on a slow burn, that won’t insult your intelligence and will take its time to settle into shape. It looks beautiful and boldly goes where no previous Star Trek has gone before. 

As we already knew, Discovery tells a fully episodic story about a single character (First Officer Michael Burnham) and rations out the introduction of its secondary characters.

This is a Star Trek quietly confident in itself, flexing muscles it has gained from the pantheon of science fiction movies. I caught references to Contact, to Alien, even to Star Wars. There were moments when I caught an Indiana Jones vibe, a welcome Game of Thrones-esque feeling, and a dash of Shawshank Redemption mixed in for good measure.

If there’s a flaw, it’s that Discovery is a very serious show. There are precious few moments of comedy relief. But after all those forced jokes in the rebooted Star Trek movie series, perhaps it’s time the franchise boldly went in a more dramatic direction. 

Plus the tone is appropriate for the lead character; Burnham is as intense as her Vulcan upbringing.  Sonequa Martin-Green — you probably know her best from Walking Dead — spins this trait into one of the most compelling TV protagonists of the year. Ambitious, alive to the wonders and the dangers of the universe, yet still young and stubborn: she’s almost a young Kirk.

Meet Michael Burnham

Michael Burnham: Compelling character

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No doubt part of her kinetic screen energy is due to the fact that Martin-Green is a recent convert to the Trek universe herself, and is keen to work hard and make a good impression. Despite being concerned at the extent of the show’s history — “the canon’s so massive” — the actor told me she has absorbed the details of this most complex fandom with a vengeance. 

“I had four months after being hired and before shooting began,” Martin-Green says. “So I dove in, trying to have an osmotic experience” — starting with the original 1966-68 series. 

Discovery is set a decade before the adventures of Kirk and Spock. Michael Burnham was raised by Sarek, Spock’s father, after her parents died in the vicinity of a Vulcan outpost. 

“There has been a thorough indoctrination of Vulcan philosophies and behavior,” says Martin-Green of her character’s upbringing — though she’s also talking about her own immersion in the lifestyle of this most fascinating of species. “We respect canon,” she is quick to add, lest any fan fear otherwise. 

Not Utopia Yet

One part of the late creator Gene Roddenberry’s canon that Star Trek writers have chafed against for decades: his idea that starship crews in the 23rd century will not have any arguments at all, because humanity will have outgrown all internal disputes. 

It’s not a spoiler to say that Discovery respectfully rejects Roddenberry’s notion — much like Deep Space 9, the most critically acclaimed Trek series so far. 

“We’ve found a really fragile space to operate in,” Martin-Green says. “You’re seeing the inner workings of utopia, the struggle that leads to it. There will always be interpersonal conflict. You’re seeing the issues that plagued our society dealt with, but you’re also seeing the issues that will always stand.” 

One thing you’ll also see in the show — again, not a spoiler — is Michael Burnham standing in a most military fashion. Martin-Green says this is largely a function of the shiny new blue and gold two-piece Starfleet uniform she squeezed into. “It is a little tight,” she laughs. 

“But it’s helpful — it certainly makes you stand up straight.” 

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Kit Harington was ‘shocked’ by ‘Game of Thrones’ ending

Charmaine Blake



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“HBO has confirmed Game of Thrones‘ final supersized episodes, including three that hit the 80-minute mark. While the first two episodes will be around the average Game of Thrones hour, the series’ final four episodes will be – as promised – roughly the same runtime as a short feature film.

The first two episode run times were already confirmed, but HBO released all six on Friday.

Episode 1: 54 minutes
Episode 2: 58 minutes
Episode 3: 1 hours, 22 minutes
Episode 4: 1 hour, 18 minutes
Episode 5: 1 hour, 20 minutes
Episode 6: 1 hour, 20 minutes

Resourceful fans have been sussing out the official episode lengths for months now. Winter is Coming approximated all of them as early as January, thanks to some French press for the show.

On Monday, an online commenter figured out that tinkering with some HBO URLs revealed the exact run times of all six episodes, which are almost exactly as HBO went on to confirm.

Game of Thrones returns April 14.”

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Late Night – Official Trailer Amazon Studios



Katherine Newbury (Emma Thompson) is a pioneer and legendary host on the late-night talk-show circuit. When she’s accused of being a “woman who hates women,” she puts affirmative action on the to-do list, and—presto!—Molly (Mindy Kaling) is hired as the one woman in Katherine’s all-male writers’ room. But Molly might be too little too late, as the formidable Katherine also faces the reality of low ratings and a network that wants to replace her. Molly, wanting to prove she’s not simply a diversity hire who’s disrupting the comfort of the brotherhood, is determined to help Katherine by revitalizing her show and career—and possibly effect even bigger change at the same time. LATE NIGHT is in theaters June 7th.

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5 Amazon Prime Original series you need to binge in March



“Amazon Prime Video is making great strides to increase its library of original programming, with roughly half-a-dozen original series hitting the platform every month. March brings a wide variety of new Amazon Prime TV shows, from debuting survival thrillersThe WidowandHannato the final season of dysfunctional British sitcomCatastrophe. With new series rolling out nearly every Friday in March, you’ll never be at a loss for new Amazon Prime TV shows to start binging. If that’s not enough, you can check out our comprehensive guide to in March.

For now, though, here are five Amazon Prime TV shows you need to watch in March 2019.

Amazon Prime TV shows: 5 new series to watch in March 2019

1) The Widow season 1 (March 1)

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Georgia Wells cant get over the plane crash that killed her husband, Will. Maybe thats because nobody ever found his body. Now, large cash withdrawals are being made in Georgias name, and strange footage leads her to believe her intuition was rightmaybe Wills not dead. Armed with this new information, Georgia embarks on a mission across the Congo, dodging corrupt government and deadly mercenaries to find the truth about her long-lost husband.

2)Tin Starseason 2(March 8)

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Season 2 of thisBritish-Canadian drama with Christina Hendricks (Mad Men)picks up right where season 1 left off: with Sheriff Jim Worth (Tim Roth) bleeding out in the snowy mountainside, having just been shot by his own daughter. Will there be a reckoning or a reconciliation? Both? This underrated series is worth catching up with……………………………………………………”

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