Original Content podcast: Black Mirror returns with one of its strongest seasons

Less than six months after releasing the disappointing interactive experiment “Bandersnatch,” Netflix’s science fiction anthology series “Black Mirror” is back with three traditionally-structured episodes. On the latest installment of the Original Content podcast, we weigh in with our thoughts on the new season. We didn’t entirely agree on which episodes were strongest, but we agreed that there wasn’t a real misfire in the bunch. Darrell and Jordan were most impressed the season opener, “Striking Vipers” — which uses a VR fighting game as a launching point for a thorny exploration of sexuality and friendship — while Anthony preferred “Smithereens,” in which the the driver with an Uber-style app takes a social media intern hostage. And we also had a good …

Netflixs Stunning and Ambitious Killer-Robots Movie

I Am Mothers parentage is apparent from its initial shots down a long, dark corridor that leads to a chamber where a series of automatic arms begin assembling a one-eyed humanoid robot. From the octagonal curvature of the walls and giant doors, to the fluorescent lighting, muted color palette and ominous atmosphere, director Grant Sputore channels is Alien an obvious touchstone for this sci-fi saga, but so too are The Terminator, Ex Machina, 10 Cloverfield Lane and Moon, among numerous other tales about solitary figures trapped in mysterious bunkers or facilities. I Am Mother owns up to this fact, proudly wearing its influences on its sleeve. And though that indebtedness inevitably neuters some of its surpriseincluding its central twistit also …

Netflix Amps Up Its Sound, an Asteroid Task Force, and More News

Netflix releases some subtle but significant sound improvements, a science squad gets ready to take on aggro-asteroids, and there's a big sale to nerd out over. Here's the news you need to know in two minutes or less. Your Netflix binges are about to sound better Netflix already employs machine learning to recognize the strength of your internet connection and adjust the video quality accordingly. But now the streaming giant says they will apply that to audio too, starting today. Get ready for your binges to sound a whole lot better. The plan to save us from killer asteroids So we all know the dinosaurs were wiped out by a devastating meteor that rudely hurled onto the planet, but does …