The Orville gets spooky in an enjoyable episode

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After last week’s gross episode, The Orville rebounds with a solidly enjoyable adventure. Tonight’s episode, “Firestorm,” is essentially a redux of the season’s second episode, “Command Performance,” that once again places Alara at the center in order to address her lack of self-confidence and anxiety in response to…

All our yesterdays: 15 times Star Trek altered the timeline

The destruction of the USS Kelvin in 2009’s Star Trek deprived James T. Kirk (Chris Pine) of his father, but the cataclysmic event had even farther-reaching consequences. It helped create the alternate reality in which J.J. Abrams and Justin Lin have carte blanche to muck about with the space-time continuity as part…

Sarah Silverman on self-destructive streaks and pretending to fear lasers

While Sarah Silverman’s comedy is well known by now, the comedian and actor has also been quietly taking on dramatic roles, most notably in Sarah Polley’s Take This Waltz. Now, she’s moved from supporting actor to star for her first leading role in a drama, the stark and deeply serious I Smile Back. (The film opens…

Rectify, a handheld game, and two helpings of Star Trek: Voyager

The Etrian series of dungeon crawls for Nintendo’s DS and 3DS handheld systems are the only games that I buy without reading reviews or waiting for critical consensus to build up. I know I’m going to dig whatever that team puts together, because I know it’ll always include three things: One, the series’ signature…

The late greats: 18-plus TV characters who buoyed shows midstream

Characters added in the middle of a TV show’s run get a bad rap. For every Cousin Oliver or Scrappy-Doo, there are characters who actually added something to their show, even rejuvenating a longrunning series’ later seasons. Some start as stand-ins for departed cast members, then take on expanded roles—others begin as…

Star Trek: Voyager’s Tim Russ wants to give you the lowdown on “Star Wars Day”

If you’re a human being with an internet connection, you’re probably well aware that today is May 4th, unofficially known as “Star Wars Day.” You’ve most likely heard countless friends and coworkers say “May the Fourth be with you.” But do you really know the meaning behind this phrase? How knowledgable are you about …