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Future Foreseen

Faster-than-light travel or communication, A.I., humanoid android companions, time travel, force fields, and teleportation all continue to elude real-world scientists and engineers, despite what we were promised as 20th century readers of scie…

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Murder on TV

Making a Murderer, a 10-episode Netflix documentary series, follows the twisted legal saga of Steven Avery, a Wisconsin native who served 18 years in prison for the sexual assault and attempted murder of Penny Beerntsen. Avery was exonerated in 2003 but rearrested in 2005 and convicted of a totally different murder after a byzantine sequence of legal maneuvers.

Similar to the hit podcast Serial, the show gains its spellbinding power by delving ever-deeper into the ordinary, messy, ruined lives of those who run, and run afoul of, the criminal justice system. The result is a thrilling—and ambiguous—look at a part of American life typically shrouded in secrecy.

When the series debuted in December, it fed into a growing national conversation about cronyism and corruption in America’s judicial systems, prosecutorial misconduct, standards of evidence, and the need for criminal justice reform.

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Retro Sci-Fi

Technically, Amazon’s latest original series, The Man in the High Castle, is an adaptation of Philip K. Dick’s award-winning novel of the same name. As in the book, the series takes place in an alternate history in which the Axis powers won World War II; the Nazis and the Japanese occupy the East and West coasts of the United States, respectively.

In fact, the series relies much more on the novel’s setting than on the particulars of Dick’s narrative, and in many ways it feels more like a conventional spy thriller dressed up in retro-sci-fi fittings. But the show also sketches out the ways in which the global social and political order might have been unstable for decades following an Axis win in WWII. And its MacGuffin—a series of films showing a world in which the Allies won—suggests that what really drives opposition to totalitarianism is a clear vision of another, better world.

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