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Jun 11, 2020. 24 comments

The vampires get cultured as What We Do In The Shadows wraps up a killer second season

The vampires get cultured as What We Do In The Shadows wraps up a killer second season
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Wow, is it the end of season two already? Whether it’s because of its lightning-fast pacing, or, you know, 2020 doing its 2020 thing, the second season of What We Do In The Shadows didn’t seem as long as the first. That isn’t a dig at the first season—again, there’s a lot going on in the world right now—but it does say something about...

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Jun 11, 2020. 8 comments

Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. travels to the '50s—and tips its hat to Agent Carter

Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. travels to the '50s—and tips its hat to Agent Carter
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Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. is starting to give off strong Legends Of Tomorrow vibes in its last season. (Which,

coming from this site , is pretty high praise.) The rollicking nature of its time-travel adventures, fused with a slightly more absurdist sensibility than past seasons, is giving these episodes the feel of a victory lap, the show...

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Jun 08, 2020. 15 comments

Michaela Coel surpasses expectations in I May Destroy You's devastating pilot

Michaela Coel surpasses expectations in I May Destroy You's devastating pilot
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I May Destroy You has already

received praise for being a thorough look at sexual assault . Prior to airing, the show also set out to make its topic explicit with a series of discussions, interviews and panels. As a pilot, “Eyes Eyes Eyes Eyes” plays with these expectations by introducing the subject of sexual assault in a limited...

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May 02, 2020. 24 comments

RuPaul’s Drag Race’s top four snaps into focus with their “Superfan Makeover”

RuPaul’s Drag Race’s top four snaps into focus with their “Superfan Makeover”
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Season 12 of RuPaul’s Drag Race is arguably its most competitive yet. The queens have delivered all season, and several have gone home for missteps that would barely register in previous installments. Early on, Gigi and Sherry dominated the game, but recent stumbles have leveled the playing field, clearing the way for any of the...

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May 01, 2020. 6 comments

Star Wars: The Clone Wars' penultimate episode unleashes a new, self-reliant Ahsoka

Star Wars: The Clone Wars' penultimate episode unleashes a new, self-reliant Ahsoka
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There is a tremendous amount of silence in “Shattered.” Sure, there’s Kiner’s pulsating, ominous score that surges throughout the episode. And sure, there’s plenty of dialogue–mostly about clarity (on what to do and where to go next), regret (Bo-Katan’s weariness of the causalities and commodities of war, including the device that holds...

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May 01, 2020. 10 comments

Pamela Adlon creates her own healing ritual with the Better Things season finale

Pamela Adlon creates her own healing ritual with the Better Things season finale
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“Listen To The Roosters” because it’s a new day on Better Things.

For someone who’s never been too concerned with closure, Pamela Adlon

sure knows how to craft a finale . Once more, Better Things’ star, writer, director, and co-creator bookends an outstanding season of television, contrasting the frenetic energy of “She’s Fifty ,” the...

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May 01, 2020. 7 comments

So close to the end, How To Get Away With Murder tries to complicate Sam Keating

So close to the end, How To Get Away With Murder tries to complicate Sam Keating
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It is certainly an interesting choice for How To Get Away With Murder to suddenly start reaching very far back into the past as it barrels toward its finale. In some ways, it does make sense for the story. Everything started to spiral out of control after Sam died, so going back to where it all began has a certain logic to it. But it...

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May 01, 2020. 7 comments

Parks And Recreation returns with a care package of much-needed warmth, laughs, and hope

Parks And Recreation returns with a care package of much-needed warmth, laughs, and hope
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A lot has changed in the five years since Leslie Knope and the Parks And Recreation crew

left us alone with our memories of Little Sebastian, swarming raccoons, Sewage Joe, and a time when post-Obama civic optimism hadn’t yet been squashed by the flat-footed loafer of farcically cynical celebrity show-presidency. For one thing, that...

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Apr 29, 2020. 13 comments

Mrs. America takes on two very different marriages in "Phyllis & Fred & Brenda & Marc"

Mrs. America takes on two very different marriages in "Phyllis & Fred & Brenda & Marc"
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Something I’ve struggled with in the past few episodes, through no fault of Mrs. America’s creative team, is how larger than life some of these people were. So much is known about them, their opinions, and their personal affairs that it’s hard not to put all the characters’ emotional cards on the table. Even Phyllis, who pushes down so...

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Apr 29, 2020. 13 comments

The Legends go to hell, almost get serial killed, and set up the end of the season

The Legends go to hell, almost get serial killed, and set up the end of the season
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It’s a mark of the success of Legends Of Tomorrow—specifically the work the show has put into crafting characters, relationships, and a very specific tone and point of view—that I leave this episode wishing we’d spent more time with Charlie and Nate, drinking beer and talking about superhero sex. That’s not to say that the actual events...

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Apr 29, 2020. 7 comments

Mirror Iris steals the show as The Flash finally breaks the glass

Mirror Iris steals the show as The Flash finally breaks the glass
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When Barry Allen is right about something, it’s an occasion worth celebrating. It’s certainly understandable that the rest of Team Flash would be skeptical, since it doesn’t happen that often, but in this case he’s put it together. As crazy as he sounds when trying to explain it to Cecile with the help of his True Detective board and...

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Apr 28, 2020. 7 comments

Dispatches From Elsewhere says goodbye in the wildest, most meta way possible

Dispatches From Elsewhere says goodbye in the wildest, most meta way possible
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Damn. Where to start?

Well, it feels very faithful to the spirit of Dispatches From Elsewhere to approach the finale with a personal story, so here goes: Back in January 2020, all those years ago, I got to sit down privately with Jason Segel at the Television Critics Association press tour, because I was writing an article for the L.A....

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Apr 27, 2020. 21 comments

The City Of Angels becomes a battleground in Penny Dreadful premiere

The City Of Angels becomes a battleground in Penny Dreadful premiere
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“All mankind needs to be the monster he truly is... is being told he can.”

Like The Terror: Infamy, Penny Dreadful: City Of Angels is a spin-off (or, in this case, a “spiritual sequel”) in name only. Even with Penny Dreadful creator John Logan shepherding the series, very little of his original concept made the trip over from England to...

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Apr 27, 2020. 7 comments

Run reveals Ruby and Billy’s backstories and points to a plot-driven future

Run reveals Ruby and Billy’s backstories and points to a plot-driven future
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“Fuck,” the third episode of Run, plays like a breath of fresh air and an exposition vehicle. The break from the train visually opens up the series, offering Merritt Wever and Domhnall Gleeson the opportunity to literally stretch their legs in director Kate Dennis’ frame, as well as narratively, giving Ruby and Billy a chance to feel...

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Apr 27, 2020. 22 comments

A tense, riveting Homeland series finale concludes with a preposterous coda

A tense, riveting Homeland series finale concludes with a preposterous coda
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In the end, Homeland came full circle in several ways. The title of the series finale, “Prisoners Of War,” is a nod to the Israeli series that inspired co-creators Howard Gordon and Alex Gansa, who co-wrote this episode and handed it over to their favorite director, Leslie Linka Glatter. The hour opens with the clip of Nicholas Brody...

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Apr 27, 2020. 21 comments

Yes, Insecure's best episode yet involves Lawrence

Yes, Insecure's best episode yet involves Lawrence
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I have been reviewing Insecure for four seasons now and there is one constant question commenters throw at me: Why do you hate Lawrence? From the moment we first met Lawrence as Issa’s absolute bum of a boyfriend, I’ve been accused of hating Lawrence, a character who is perfectly fine. If TV characters were rated by likability or who...

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Apr 27, 2020. 6 comments

Pete Holmes pens the first half of a lovely, thought-provoking Simpsons about faith

Pete Holmes pens the first half of a lovely, thought-provoking Simpsons about faith
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“This town is like a snow globe—it doesn’t look like much until you shake it up a little.”

You tell ’em, Lisa. The world of The Simpsons doesn’t necessarily need to be upturned and seismically disturbed in season 30 to make a good episode of TV (not to mention of The Simpsons), but it sure doesn’t hurt. One of the benefits of being on...

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Apr 27, 2020. 7 comments

A wandering Killing Eve takes time for a little romance

A wandering Killing Eve takes time for a little romance
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The concept that Hollywood isn’t interested in Women of a Certain Age is so well-known that America’s Dad Tom Hanks can make a joke about it on

Saturday Night Live , but Killing Eve has quietly been making a case for three years now that it’s a mistake not to pay attention to them. At this point, it’s gotten a bit ridiculous how many...

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Apr 27, 2020. 13 comments

Secrets are revealed in an unrevealing way on Westworld

Secrets are revealed in an unrevealing way on Westworld
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Doc Savage: The Man of Bronze, the 1975 Warner Brothers movie adapting the pulp hero to the big screen, is not very good; I’ve seen it half a dozen times or more, because it’s easy to make fun of with friends, and it has a certain corny charm that works on me even when it gets dumb or tedious (which, to stress, it pretty much always...

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Apr 27, 2020. 16 comments

Outlander soars with setting but falters with character when Brianna and Bonnet collide

Outlander soars with setting but falters with character when Brianna and Bonnet collide
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Outlander’s set pieces and landscapes are a huge part of its visual appeal. Like any period piece, it’s driven heavily by aesthetics. Outlander has had the opportunity to take its characters all over the world at this point, setting specific moods in each place, using the landscape to detail and interplay with the story. Much of the...

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