"The room is lit by pale, shifting, blue light. It washes over you, as grand vistas of steel and glass pan across the screen. Our hero steps out of an abandoned warehouse, and lights a cigarette. Spires dotted in light rise up behind the warehouse. He walks away casually as the building explodes in ball of fire, littering the street with fragments of glass and metal."

In this section, you will find cyberpunk movie, television, and anime reviews and analysis.

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‘We are all chimeras, theorised and fabricated hybrids of machine and organism; in short, we are cyborgs.’ Donna Haraway, pp. 158 As the Automaton Sequence comes to an end, I wish to end on a bang; to write about one of my favourite texts (well, two of my favourite texts), writing about how the human […]

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’80s slasher flicks, freak-outs out in server rooms, and shitty parents–Mr. Robot takes Darlene and Elliot to the past and gives us a glimpse of fsociety’s origins. Mr. Robot: “eps2.2_init1.asec” It began one stormy Halloween night. Darlene returns to New York and reunites with Elliot. To ease a string of panic attacks triggered by her […]

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Following the successes of Anime in their catalog (whether or not they are actually originals), Netflix has released a trailer for what is a beloved manga, BLAME! I will admit I have not read this series yet but have heard of it and it’s been on the backlog of things to catch up on. Mr. […]

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For the past four weeks, I’ve taken you on an exciting robotic adventure. From defining what the robot is, to understanding the anxiety that comes from facing one’s creation. For my penultimate article in the series, I’ll be examining the role of robot as female; a small glimpse into how Fritz Lang understood technology through the […]

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With a wider focus set to capture its growing cast, Mr. Robot reminds us that everyone is lonely and miserable, and the harder you work to fix things the more you fuck it up along the way. Everyone and everything’s a lost cause.

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It’s April 1st, 1983, a full year before the release of Neuromancer. Across Japan, TV sets are idly tuned into the premiere of Ryosuke Takahashi’s Armored Trooper Votoms, a dark, gritty military drama, unlike anything the anime industry had seen before. Unlike the mecha series that had come before it, Gundam included, Votoms had a […]

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Unreliability and action with real jeopardy is what made this show work, and Esmail’s kept true to that with gaps in exposition that informs just enough to keep us watching without getting lost and allowing us to be surprised again and again.

No sophomore slump here.

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And so here we are, the dreaded Frankenstein, or the Modern Prometheus week. For the purpose of this article, I am referring to Mary Shelley’s opus, and to a lesser extent Kenneth Branagh’s Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, as the two are closely linked, and my preferred interpretations of the Modern Prometheus. Frankenstein is the root of […]

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La Jetée is a short film, written and directed by Chris Marker in 1962, that is best known for inspiring Terry Gilliam’s 12 Monkeys and subsequently the SyFy television series. La Jetée has had significantly more influence on the realm of science fiction than that. It has influenced the music of David Bowie, Isis, and […]

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