TV SERIES Review: Star Trek: The Animated Series S1E10 – Mudd’s Passion ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Season 1
CBS All Access (Original TV network: NBC)
November 10, 1974
Run Time: 24 minutes

Episode 10 – “Mudd’s Passion”

The Enterprise stops by a mining planet to arrest galactic swindler, Harry Mudd pitching what they to be fake love crystals to a planet. After Mudd is aboard the ship he uses the cyrstals on various members of the planet, including Nurse Christine Chapell (Majel Barett-Roddenberry) and Spock. When more members of the crew become infected by the love crystals and dangerous rock creatures on the planet attack a landing party, how will the crew overcome the drug and return to normal?

Summary

The transporter crew dancing and drugged out while these multi-eyed rock creatures are attacking the landing party is the but one humorous part of this episode. This episode captures the comedic elements of The Original Series and yet includes the danger of the alien creatures. It’s a fun combination.

My only knock against this episode is the resolution comes too swiftly. I’ve mentioned the show length in a couple other reviews and this is another episode that sets up a potentially great episode, but is cut short by a too fast finish. It offers a solid first and start of a second act and then just ends abruptly.

Am glad to see they brought back the character of Harry Mudd. In an earlier animated episode featuring the tribbles (TV SERIES Review: Star Trek: The Animated Series S1E5 – More Tribbles More Troubles ½), I wondered why they didn’t have Mudd for that episode, but it seems they were saving him for this one. This episode is not quite as entertaining as the tribbles episode and, somewhat ironically, also suffers with the ending. Just can’t overstate how any story, however promising, must have a worthy ending.

Some of these animated episodes feel more rushed than they needed to be. It’s too bad, because the voice acting and stories through the first 10 episodes anyway are good, some have been great. I’m not sure episodes like this would appeal to children. That was one of the complaints about the series when it ran. It appealed more to adults, which wasn’t the demographic they were targeting in the Saturday morning timeslot. I don’t remember seeing this episode in the 70s.

Episode rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️

TV SERIES Review: Star Trek: The Animated Series S1E9 – Once Upon A Planet ⭐️⭐️

Season 1
CBS All Access (Original TV network: NBC)
November 3, 1974
Run Time: 24 minutes

Episode 9 – “Once Upon A Planet”

The inevitable shore leave episode has the Enterprise inexplicably returning to the robot amusement park planet in The Original Series episode “Shore Leave.” As if things didn’t go wrong the first time around, they beam down again for shore leave. This time everybody except Uhuru beams back to the ship to try and explain why the robot master computer shouldn’t attack the Enterprise.

Summary

My biggest problem with this episode is it makes no sense returning to the planet. Was this trying to be a reboot of the Season 1, Episode 15 TOS episode? It isn’t as good as the live action episode, leaving me just puzzled why they didn’t do a more original series.

Nothing wrong with revisiting characters and planets from TOS, as they did in the animated series and in later Star Trek series, but it should add in some way to the prior story and be a logical reason for the crew to return. The first shore leave didn’t go so well, so why when they are going to rest and relax return on this planet again? I just couldn’t get past this vexing plot point to enjoy the rest of the episode.

It’s kind of like how I felt about Futureworld ⭐️⭐️ movie compared to Westworld ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Once the robots went haywire in Westworld, who would ever trust enough to visit the robot fantasy land (so soon) again? Maybe many years later with much heightened safety protocols in place. Jurassic Park had the same issue with the ensuing sequels. When enough time had passed and we wanted to see the dinosaurs again, Jurassic World came along to enjoy success. It also expanded the idea by moving the dinosaurs out of a contained area which is an expansion on the original idea. Idiots just revisiting the dinosaur island expecting a different outcome is the type of story that strains credibility.

Ironically, my favorite movie Star Trek The Wrath of Khan revisited the TOS episode “Space Seed.” A lot of Trek fans consider that to be the strongest Trek film to date. Another favorite is First Contact which revisited an encounter with The Borg for The Next Generation crew. Both those films weren’t empty rehashed and rebooted plots, they went somewhere fresh. That’s what a sequel film should do. Cobra Kai is killing it on the TV side by taking The Karate Kid characters and conflicts and exploring it much, much deeper.

That all said, this is my least favorite episode of The Animated Series rewatched to date.

Episode rating: ⭐️⭐️

TV SERIES Review: Star Trek: The Animated Series S1E8 – The Magicks of Megas-tu ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Season 1
CBS All Access (Original TV network: NBC)
October 27, 1973
Run Time: 24 minutes

Episode 8 – “The Magicks of Megas-tu”

On a mission at the center of the universe, the Enterprise encounters a violent whirlwind storm that sucks the ship into the unknown. While not in time or space as they understand it, a minotaur-like alien appears and takes them to explore the planet Megas-tu.

Summary

Lucien is a curious character in a wondrous place. This story is very wild and trippy and makes me wish this was what Gene Roddenberry should have done in the first Star Trek film. It feels like too much story material to sandwich into 24 minutes.

It’s not often that I criticize something for being too short in run time, but this story needed more. I liked the episode for the supernatural take on what might exist in the middle of the unknown. I’m sure a planet like Megas-tu exists somewhere, if only in our imagination.

Love this series! If you enjoyed the original Star Trek series, you need to check this out on CBS All Access, soon in 2021 to be rebranded as Paramount+.

Episode rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Soul ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Soul – PG – 1 hr 40 min
NO SPOILERS Movie Review
Watched on Disney+ Saturday December 26, 2020
Disney+ – Pierce County, Washington

Ironic that Pixar focused on death themes in 2020. Was this accidental or just the way these two films came about?

As the year comes to a close, it almost seems prophetic in hindsight, but we’ll tackle this more momentarily. First, what’s this movie about?

“Joe Gardner, where have you been?”

Band teacher and aspiring jazz musician, Gardner, finally gets the gig he’s been looking for, only to wind up in The Great Before, on the precipice of death. And thus begins Joe’s journey to return his soul to his body so he can live on earth again.

Not sure why Pixar dealt with death in both their films this year. Onward dealt with the aftermath of a dad who had passed on, his surviving children wanting to spend one last moment with him, and this film pokes the same depressing topic from another angle. Both films take a lighter tone to the subject matter, with Soul using music as the primary motivation of life. It’s not about what we have done in life, it’s what we do every day to live, what we can do — a not so subtle message that depression is in the mind, not in the soul.

Death isn’t a subject that animated movies target often. This one seems more for adults, or older children anyway, hence the rating, than Onward, one of the last two movies we saw in theaters in March 2020 before the pandemic first shut down theaters.

Kara preferred Onward over this one, but I liked this one better. However, she didn’t see all of it undistracted, as we watched part of this on Christmas morning, then went to celebrate Christmas with our children and grandchildren and watched the rest as background. I rewatched again completely today, Saturday 12/26/20. This is why I didn’t include a rating score for Kara below, because she really hasn’t seen the entire movie. I think she might enjoy it more if she watched the last third of the film undisturbed.

(Sidenote: this is the problem with streaming films at home. You are much more prone to distractions than in theaters. Not saying there can’t be distractions in theaters also, but a home environment can have more)

Typical Pixar attention to animation quality and design. Have mentioned in other reviews how much I like Pixar animation, it just has a certain signature quality to it. Their stories are often clever and original. Death has been, pardon the pun, done to death, and yet this story that blends a music teacher’s journey to playing the piano feels more alive than it should.

I was reminded in parts of the live action movie, Heaven Can Wait ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ (see: Heavenly Movies – Warren Beatty in Heaven Can Wait). No idea if that formed any sort of inspiration for the filmmakers, but at times I felt like I was seeing an animated version of Warren Beatty wanting to get back into his body. That is a great part of the tension and what maintains viewer interest: can Joe get back to his body?

Joe Pendleton was the name of the main character in Heaven Can Wait. He played the clarinet — badly and was taken from life suddenly in a tunnel biking accident. Joe Gardner in Soul plays piano wonderfully and needs to “watch his step”, but must find the spark of life to be able to return as he mentors Number 22 (interesting number, to say the least). Is this all just creative coincidence?

The Great Before in Soul re-realized as a Way Station in Heaven Can Wait (1978)?

Anyway, good story, even if it was a copy of sorts of prior stories. In some sense, the best stories have already been told and new, great plots are going to be at least some combinations of past plotlines and characters put together in seemingly fresh ways. I would encourage anybody who has seen Soul and not seen Heaven Can Wait to go back and watch that movie. There are numerous comparisons that can be made about The Great Before, Soul and this movie that made me take away a star because it just wasn’t as inventive as I wanted it to be.

That said, Soul is good fun and well worth seeing. It’s the kind of movie that leaves you feeling good when you’re done watching and who can ever tire of those films? The subject matter is dark, yes, perhaps the reason it earned a PG rating, but the way it’s handled is good-natured.

It’s one of the better films put out in 2020, a year that has been far too much about doom and gloom. It’s nice to escape into this animated world, if only for an hour and a half. Recommended.

Rating (out of 5 stars): ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ (Todd)

Wonder Woman 1984 ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Wonder Woman 1984 – PG-13 – 2 hr 31 min
NO SPOILERS Movie Review
Watched on HBO Max Friday December 25, 2020
HBO Max – Tacoma, Washington

A long-awaited Christmas 2020 present has arrived allowing HBO Max viewers, especially those of us who can’t see this in an open theater, to see this tentpole film.

Before getting to the plot, we would have both rather seen this in a theater, but didn’t want to wait. Is that what happened with you, too? Or are you waiting for theaters to open and plan to see it there?

Diana Prince (Gal Gadot) is working in the 80s as a geologist when she meets shy, goofy Barbara Minerva. They analyze this artifact that Diana decodes the wording as being a dream granter, thinking of what her wish would be, sort of like a superhero version of the monkey’s paw. Meanwhile, Maxwell Lord (Pedro Pascal) attempts to be an oil tycoon are failing, so he steals the artifact and wishes to become the artifact, so he can grant wishes to the world.

First, we need to talk about the excess runtime. My goodness, this movie wasn’t complex enough plot-wise to require over 2 1/2 hours. Apparently, director Patty Jenkins pared back some of the scenes, but I’d argue some scenes were completely unnecessary. The opening Amazonian sequence was cool, but not very necessary. Steve Trevor’s involvement and love story seemed to be living more off a dream sequence than reality.

Where were the 80s? Yes, I recognized the mall backdrop from Commando which has been in a lot of movies, but with a movie set in the 80s, it needed more 80s references and nostalgia. Then again, maybe Wonder Woman stories belong in a World War II setting. The Nazis make such great villains.

Strengths? Maxwell Lord was more than just a cardboard villain, which was appreciated. The scenes with Cheetah vs. Wonder Woman were excellent and those alone make this film worth watching. Beyond Cheetah and Wonder Woman’s awesome gold armor, the movie was a bit flat and even draggy in spots.

The scale of the movie is grand. It was clearly made to be seen on the biggest screen possible. The sound effects and score are good. Watching Wonder Woman fling that golden lasso around flying from here to there — riding the lightning as seen in the previews! — or roping antagonists is exciting and fulfilling. Viewers will look forward to seeing these parts.

As the credits rolled, we felt like the story wasn’t as rewarding as some of the individual scenes. Was this the amazing movie I’ve waited over a year to see? Sometimes yes, mostly no. Scenes with Wonder Woman and Cheetah are great, but the rest is just kind of there. Like we’re being forced to wait for the good parts. At one dramatic arc in the movie, I wasn’t engaged or interested, I wanted to get to a different part of the movie. Not a good sign.

Unlike the first movie where Diana taking care of Steve while fighting evil kept viewers constantly engaged, this one just checked out at times. It’s still recommended, but the first movie, like all too many sequels, was significantly better. Not a lot of rewatch value here, except battle scenes which, again, were excellent.

Rating (out of 5 stars): ⭐️⭐️⭐️ (Todd) ⭐️⭐️⭐️ (Kara)

TV SERIES Review: Star Trek: The Animated Series S1E7 – The Infinite Vulcan ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Season 1
CBS All Access (Original TV network: NBC)
October 20, 1973
Run Time: 24 minutes
Written by Walter Koenig (Chekov on The Original Series)

Episode 7 – “The Infinite Vulcan”

The Enterprise is visiting the newly established planet Phylos and landing party is on the surface. Lieutenant Sulu sees a moving plant called a Retclaw, bends down and picks it up, only to be poked by something in the plant. Seconds later he collapses, poisoned. Doctor McCoy attempts to help Sulu when a living green plant appears and saves Sulu’s life.

Next, the plant people kidnap Spock, leading to a conflict with Kirk and team to retrieve Spock. Why do they want Spock?

Summary

Chekov (Walter Koenig) from The Original Series (TOS) was the only primary cast member that didn’t return to be represented in the animated series, due to budgetary reasons. He was invited to submit this script, which is different and interesting.

Good dialogue, voice acting, a plot that could have been another adventure on TOS, an all around solid, fun, entertaining episode. The plant people design is curious as well. They probably look better animated than they would have looked in the 70s. I’m guessing better than the Gorn did in TOS, with the phony non-moving mouth.

The alien that replaced Chekov as a regular ship navigator sitting next to Sulu was voiced by Scotty (James Doohan). Check this episode out, it’s well worth watching.

Episode rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

TV SERIES Review: The Mandalorian S2E8 Chapter 16 – The Rescue ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Season 2 – Episode 8 of 8
Disney+
Air date: December 18, 2020
Run time: 46 minutes
Directed by Peyton Reed

Chapter 16 – “The Rescue”

Boba Fett, Cara Dune and Mando intercept and disable the imperial ship carrying the clone engineer featured in an earlier episode. They stop by and pick up Bo-KaTan to join in the fight to take Moff Gideon’s ship and reclaim Grogu. Alas, the Dark Troopers are standing guard as well as a battle to reclaim the Darksaber which carries a secret of its own. Pinned down a ship arrives carrying a stunning visitor ready for battle.

Will Grogu be saved? Will Moff Gideon fall at the hands of Mando and his team or live to further build his evil Imperial forces? Who will control the power of the Darksaber? Who is the mysterious visitor that arrives?

Everything builds to an epic battle aboard Moff Gideon’s ship.

Summary

Did not see the ending coming, nor especially the arrival of that familiar Star Wars visitor. The Dark Trooper battling Mando on the ship was one of many entertaining scenes. This episode is pure Star Wars gold, the best of any so far in this series. Do not miss the end credits either, as a surprise awaits there as well.

We’ll be back in a future post to cover spoilers and more, but this episode is too good to ruin that this soon. I can’t wait to see where this series takes us next. Season 3 is totally primed. In the meantime, we’ll just have to speculate about how awesome Disney+ will be with more of this quality and type of Star Wars. Great work all around from Jon Favreau, Dave Filoni and their team. They should have been given the keys to the Star Wars kingdom as soon as Disney purchased from Lucasfilms.

Oh, and one more time Mando takes off his helmet. Can we stop having articles saying Pedro Pascal is complaining about not being able to take off his helmet? His helmet has come off multiple times in season two. We know his face. We know that perfectly manicured mustache. If Pascal ever did complain, it might be that it was about how hot it was having his head inside the mask so much. That part is believable anyway. This is a huge role for him. What actor wouldn’t want to be Mando?

S2:E8 Chapter 16 “The Rescue” rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

What did you think of Chapter 16: “The Rescue”? We welcome your comments — good, bad or indifferent — below.

TV SERIES Review: Star Trek: The Animated Series S1E6 – The Survivor ⭐️⭐️⭐️½

Season 1
CBS All Access (Original TV network: NBC)
October 13, 1973
Run Time: 24 minutes

Episode 6 – “The Survivor”

Near the Romulan border, the Enterprise encounters a ship with a lone survivor. They beam the man over and it turns out it’s Carter Winston, a friendly man well known by some members of the crew. His former fiance is aboard the Enterprise. Turns out Winston isn’t what he seems, leading to a conflict aboard the ship, with numerous crew members including Captain Kirk behaving abnormally.

Summary

It is fascinating how the alien life form known as an Andorian masquerading as various humans has a similar ability as the morph character in Terminator 2. It can turn into any human, although it doesn’t seem to need to touch and its not liquid metal like.

The way Winston beams aboard the Enterprise is somewhat problematic based on Next Generation transporter laws. They have filters in the transporter process to detect abnormalities. It is conceivable that the Enterprise transporters upgraded in the newer model ship, so that would explain how the alien got through undetected. Dr. McCoy detects the alien with medical tests.

Bottom line: it’s a very good episode, with palpable tension, especially when the alien forces the ship to cross into Romulan territory. Well worth a watch and rewatch if you, like me, haven’t seen this for many years. Recommended.

Episode rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️½ 

TV SERIES Review: The Mandalorian S2E7 Chapter 15 – The Believer ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Season 2 – Episode 7 of 8
Disney+
Air date: December 11, 2020
Run time: 38 minutes
Directed by Rick Famuyiwa

Chapter 15 – “The Believer”

With Grogu AKA The Child AKA Baby Yoda captured by Moff Gideon, Boba Fett and his partner promising to stay by Mando’s side until The Child is returned, they need to locate Moff Gideon’s ship.

Under false pretenses, Marshall Cara Dune breaks out Mayfeld (Bill Burr), prisoner from the scrapyard and returning scoundrel from season one. The mission is to find Moff Gideon’s coordinates and Mayfeld knows Imperial protocols and can hack the Imperial computer system.

Mayfeld tells them to stop by the planet Morack, there is an Imperial computer terminal there that can provide Gideon’s location. This won’t be easy, they’ll have to go undercover. Mando teams up with Mayfeld to enter the facility. Mando will soon face whether or not to break a Mandalorian credo in order to complete the mission.

Does Mayfeld double-cross Mando again to gain his own safety? What decision will Mando make regarding taking off his helmet to complete the mission? Does he do it? Will we see actor Pedro Pascal’s face? Will the mission be completed and they will receive Moff Gideon’s coordinates? What will be Mayfeld’s fate? Does he survive the mission and is returned to the prison scrapyard?

Tune into this week’s episode of The Mandalorian to find out these answers and more!

Summary

All the drama around Pedro Pascal allegedly frustrated that he couldn’t take off his helmet for the role behind the scenes (see: Do “BIG” problems exists with The Mandalorian Season 2?) and Favreau and company wisely covers this meta story in this episode. We learn the answer to just how far Mando` will go to rescue and protect Grogu.

The episode itself is a pretty familiar run and gun escape plot. Reminds me of an every week in and week out episode of The A-Team. It’s entertaining enough, but the most formulaic episode of the second season. It’s the kind of episode that the show risks falling into if it doesn’t forge new territory.

S2:E6 Chapter 15 “The Believer” rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️

… you’ve been warned, SPOILERS ahead …

Reviews by Others

After seeing the episode, I was curious what others thought. Here’s a few reviews I read from others. There are many, many more out there. If you haven’t seen the episode yet, watch it and judge for yourself first because spoilers abound in many reviews.

  1. Annayiel Online: “All in all, no it wasn’t as fantastic as last week’s episode but it was still very enjoyable and is leading up to what surely will be an epic finale.”
  2. Sean Hussey / ComicBook Debate: “I am often quick to praise writers and directors on episodes, but I must start by giving praise to Rick Famuyiwa. This episode is not only beautifully directed, it is also incredibly well written.”
  3. We’ve Got (Back) Issues: “It’s worth pointing that Grogu doesn’t appear in this episode proving that this is more than just the ‘Baby Yoda’ show.”

What did you think of Chapter 15: “The Believer”? We welcome your comments — good, bad or indifferent — below.

10+ Synchronic Reviews – Drug Induced Time Travel Almost Works

Synchronic ⭐️⭐️

It’s been over a month now since we saw this in the theater, and the delay has allowed more time to reflect on the film. It’s not very memorable, which is a telltale sign if a film was that good or not. Small parts of it I remember, but that’s about it. Nothing that really stuck with me. Bummer.

Maybe I need to take synchronic and go back in time?

It’s clear that Benson has an interest in quantum physics and the science of supernatural phenomena (Steve has a dog named Hawking, after all). The drug Synchronic, it turns out, opens up the pineal gland, the “third eye,” or what French philosopher Descartes called “the seat of the soul.” The trip flattens time, scrunching together what we typically understand to be linear, governed by a math of randomness and reason that Steve is determined to suss out.

‘Synchronic’ review: A unique, sci-fi-tinged drama rooted in real-world stakes and emotion – Chicago Tribune

… you’ve been warned, SPOILERS ahead …

A Time Travel Drug is a good concept

I liked the concept. The time travel isn’t psychological, it actually works when you take the drug. Sometimes a good idea can drive a movie and this does, but it also can drive it too much to where there needs to be more than a catch. This fails in that part.

I found myself wanting to learn more about the drug. Sort of like a Rising Sun type movie where an investigation of the technology was a big part of the draw, rather than the time travel here. The biggest problem with time travel movies are often the sheer abundance of them and the complexity keeping the timelines straight. That isn’t really a problem here, that viewers quickly sour on too many time paradoxes. This same issue sort of wore me out with this year’s Tenet, although that is a much better movie than this. Here, though, they avoided this trope. Good for them.

Mediocre Acting

No standout performances by anybody cast here, but it’s largely a one man solo act. I’m reminded of the pilot Twilight Zone episode in 1959 and the most excellent performance by Earl Holliman, but that is missing here.

We’ve seen too many movies where the dialogue is spoken with either too much or not enough intensity. It’s not horrible acting where it’s like the actors are reading off cue cards, but I felt the written dialogue could have been performed better in multiple instances by multiple actors.

Usually, I’d blame the screenplay, but here I’m more inclined to blame the actors.

Yeah, somewhat mediocre screenplay, too

As for the screenplay, it isn’t very good either. It’s the work of a tag team director team (Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead), which makes me think they weren’t in total agreement about the script written solely by Benson.

I think there were parts of the story that worked. It opens very strong, falls flat quickly, then picks up interest toward the ending and ends fairly well. Pacing issues, which I’m attributing, perhaps erroneously, to director interference (I know, how do you interfere with your own script, but if you’re co-directing, it’s possible the other person disagrees). Maybe they needed a third person to look over the finished work and smooth out some of it. Just my opinion, others as always are welcome to disagree.

Badass Movie Box Art

Love the movie box art, which you can see above. It just oozes sci-fi futuristic film and the kind of film I’d like to see. Overall, I liked the idea of this film more than the execution. I would be interested in seeing more of the work by this artistic team, because there were traces here that show me they could make a truly outstanding film. This, for me, was not that film.

Reviews by Others

What do others think of Synchronic?

Recommended

  1. AIPT: “…has a very interesting theme. Nostalgia for the past is something everyone experiences. The film is not so subtlety saying the past is not all that great. It is a fun take that is not just about explaining the seedy underbelly of  days past. It is a straight up critique stating things were not as great as people say they were. Despite a underdeveloped story, it works.”
  2. Brett / Milam’s Musings: “I cared about Steve, Dennis and Brianna, but mostly Steve because he’s the primary character throughout the film. Oddly enough, for a film ripping Steve from his feet to transport him to different time periods, this film is grounded. That also helps to set it apart from other time travel films. It’s not only not romanticizing the past, but it’s grounded in the real world. In other words, it feels as if it could actually happen.”
  3. Cineccentric / Kevin Jones: “Imperfect but captivating and imaginative, Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead’s Synchronic continues the duo’s refreshing takes on science fiction”
  4. Danny O’s Movie Reviews: “…a movie that caught me completely by surprise, not only being one of the most original movies this year, but one of the best science fiction films in years. Anthony Mackie and Jamie Dornan give career best performances that hold together an out there take on a time travel story. Its time travel scenes, along with its cinematography and score, make it a visually arresting movie. “
  5. Geeks of Color / Andreas Cabrera: “Aaron Moorhead and Justin Benson deliver an incredible follow up to The Endless, elevating their filmmaking prowess with even more ambitious storytelling and visually original concepts. From the camera movement to the editing, directors Benson and Moorhead, wanted to not only impress with their time travel plot but have fun with the genre.”
  6. I Love Splatter / Amie: “Another lovely entry form Benson and Moorhead — these guys always put out amazing work that leaves you thinking about it long after the credits have rolled.”
  7. Irish Film Critic / Eamon Tracy: “For a 90 minute feature, the script is packed with large themes and intriguing plot twists. Just when I thought I had the story figured out, more fascinating details were revealed. I would actually complain that I wish the film was longer. There wasn’t a moment where I was bored and there’s a great balance between overall humor and emotional scenes.”
  8. MMJ / MovieManJackson (Grade: B): “Large in scope but small and intimate at its core, Synchronic isn’t quite the sci-fi philosophical mind-bending high it could be. However, remove the time traveling elements, and it is a bit timely.”
  9. ruth / FlixChatter (3.5/5): “Ultimately, beyond the two-dimensionality of the characters and the believability of the plot, the film is a nice enough pit stop for science fiction/thriller fans. While it doesn’t succeed wholly in making us forget the trivialities of time travel science, Benson and Moorhead seem to say that Synchronic need not be synchronous with reality. After all, momentary escape should do.”
  10. Zach’s Zany Movie Reviews: “If I talk about it at all, I’ll ruin the psychedelic trip, and I’ll ruin all the surprises. I guess I could talk about how well the story is told combined with some neat visuals that were done on a relatively small budget, but I just said it, and if I elaborated on it more, yet again, I would just ruin everything.”

Not Recommended

  1. film-authority.com / tensecondsfromnow (2/5): “An intriguing premise is played out in a disappointingly conventional way, with endless exposition and rule-setting edging out the little human interest on offer.”
  2. C.H Newell (2.5/5): “There could’ve been compelling arguments made in this film about how a Black man can’t escape racism from one era of history to another, as Steve witnesses the casual racism of a cop, then runs into the KKK and later gets transported to a Confederate South. Synchronic never makes a lasting impression in this respect”
  3. David Ferguson / Movie Reviews From The Dark: “Time travel has long been a fun topic for movies, and the ideas behind this one are quite promising. The only downsides are that it too obviously guides us through what’s happening, and the trips back in time aren’t as structured or interesting as we would hope … although the idea of having the past be in the identical spot as the future is terrific.”
  4. rogerinorlando / Movie Nation (2.5/4): “…scores a few points for its novel choice of “explanation” for its form of time travel, and a lot more for casting the right time traveler to say “Man, f— ‘Back to the Future!’ The past was HELL.””

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We have four more of these review compilations pending to be posted soon (Come Play, Let Him Go, True To The Game 2 and Freaky), leading up to — hopefully — movie theaters reopening in our area (Washington State). The governor has ordered movie theaters closed until at least December 14, so we’re hoping movie theater life will be greenlit again soon. In the meantime…

Happy movie watching!