Sure, ‘Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous’ is a kids’ show, but it also has ‘Jurassic Park’ geek appeal (TV review)

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ho needs “Jurassic World: Dominion”? (Well, actually, I could use a little “Jurassic World: Dominion.” Or any big franchise movie. But that’s not to be in 2020. So the sixth “Jurassic Park” movie is now slated for 2022.) But helping tide us over rather nicely is the animated “Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous” (September, Netflix) (no, not “Camp Crustacean” … dumb autocorrect). This eight-episode season (with a second season already announced) is nominally aimed at children but will also appeal to some of us who got hooked on this franchise 30 years ago with Michael Crichton’s novel.

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First episode impressions: ‘Away,’ ‘Departure,’ ‘Woke,’ ‘Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous’ (TV reviews)

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ith many shows releasing entire seasons at once nowadays, I haven’t had time to watch full seasons yet, but I have checked out some first episodes and wanted to weigh in on them. Even with the pandemic limiting the number of new fall shows, there are still more than any one TV geek can watch, so here are my first-episode impressions of four September launches:

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‘X-Men’ flashback: ‘X-Men: First Class’ (2011) rejuvenates the saga (Movie review)

This summer’s “X-Men: Days of Future Past” does an in-universe reboot of the “X-Men” saga via time travel, similar to the 2009 “Star Trek” movie, which jumped back to the early days of Kirk and company, and the TV series “Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles,” which time-jumped ahead of “Terminator 3.” As such, the seven existing “X-Men” films form what I’ll call Timeline One. (Timeline Two gets a sneak preview of sorts in “Future Past,” and it will presumably start in earnest with “X-Men: Apocalypse” in 2016.)

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‘X-Men’ prequel ‘First Class’ goes to the head of the class (Movie review)

Sure, there are probably dozens upon dozens of comic books that explore the early friendship between Professor Charles Xavier (Professor X) and Erik Lensherr (Magneto). But in the “X-Men” movie franchise, that relationship had only been illustrated by the allies-turned-enemies regretfully reflecting on their former friendship.

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