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Critical Condition: Black Earth Rising

Black Earth Rising | Netflix, from Friday ☆☆☆☆ “A new Hugo Blick drama is always an event. He is the finest auteur working in British television today and uses big dramas to tell intimate stories … Black Earth Rising saw Blick wading into yet more ethical quagmires: past and present relationships between Africa and the […]

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New to Lightbox in February

Lightbox will launch on February 18 Stargate Origins, which hitherto could only be streamed on the Stargate Command platform via an in-app purchase. The 10-part series follows Catherine Langford, whose father, archeologist Paul Langford, discovered the eponymousStargate in 1928, when she was a young girl. Young Catherine — whose death as an elderly woman was depicted in season eight of Stargate […]

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Critical Condition: Roswell, New Mexico

Roswell, New Mexico | TVNZ OnDemand, from Wednesday ☆☆☆☆ “Roswell, New Mexico, the CW network’s second adaptation of Melinda Metz’s acclaimed Roswell High novel (the first being 1999’s Roswell, which aired on the WB and UPN), isn’t so much a reboot as it is a reimagining of a familiar story updated for today’s volatile political climate […]

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Critical Condition: The Passage

The Passage | TVNZ OnDemand, from Tuesday ☆☆☆☆ “The Passage is a high-concept sci-fi thriller based on popular novels by Justin Cronin. It has been boiled down to its most essential elements and easily digestible plot points, exactly the right way to mainstream the show for a broadcast audience without making it dull, dumb or disingenuous … what makes […]

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Critical Condition: Titans

Titans | Netflix, from Friday ☆☆☆☆ “The high-powered team behind the show — the Oscar-winning screenwriter Akiva Goldsman, the uber-producer Greg Berlanti and the DC veteran Geoff Johns, a one-time Teen Titans writer — is aiming for the superhero version of kitchen-sink realism rather than comic-book gloss. Like Netflix’s Marvel series and Mr. Berlanti’s DC […]

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Critical Condition: Sex Education

Sex Education | Netflix, from Friday ☆☆☆☆ “A sweet, progressive British dramedy from newcomer Laurie Nunn, Sex Education  blends teen sex-romp tropes with a refreshing level of empathy. While there’s plenty of sexploitation humor — prepare for close-ups of human nether regions and a remarkable number of phalluses — the show is focused on how […]

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Critical Condition: Project Blue Book

Project Blue Book | TVNZ OnDemand, from Wednesday ☆☆☆☆ “History’s new scripted drama is ‘based on true events,’ or at least the recorded instances of possible UFO sightings and the Air Force’s subsequent investigations during the 1950’s and ’60s … It digs into a specific and perhaps forgotten portion of history, brings it to life, and […]

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Critical Condition: Press

Press | Lightbox, from Wednesday ☆☆☆☆ “Mike Bartlett’s new drama gets more things right about newspapers than most, but this will still amuse or rankle with many journalists … I imagine this is how police and doctors feel watching cop or hospital dramas. Bartlett is, however, a very good writer, and I sense the drama will ramp up […]

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Critical Condition: Watership Down

Watership Down | Netflix, from Sunday ☆☆☆☆ “Netflix and the BBC revive the fantasy tale as a potent, stunning, and a tad too ugly vision of a rabbits’ world not that different from our own. Sent fleeing from their den by human development, the new four-part story tracks Hazel (James McAvoy), Fiver (Nicholas Hoult), and […]

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New to Neon in February

New medical drama New Amsterdam and season two of parallel worlds thriller Counterpart are among the streaming highlights on Sky’s Neon in February. New Amsterdam (weekly from February 9) stars The Blacklist’s Ryan Eggold as a maverick doctor who disrupts the status quo to resuscitate an ailing hospital that once was a health care leader. It sounds […]

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