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Midge pursues her "bad feminist" dreams in the season premiere of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

Midge pursues her "bad feminist" dreams in the season premiere of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
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In the opening shot of “Strike Up the Band”, we see a close up of Midge’s face as she wakes from her one night stand with Joel. It’s a moment of interiority that is unusual for a series that prefers to catapult viewers into fantastically elaborate scenes where everyone is constantly moving and talking. Midge looks...

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A very busy TV weekend kicks off with Octavia Spencer, Mrs. Maisel, and an act of Reprisal

A very busy TV weekend kicks off with Octavia Spencer, Mrs. Maisel, and an act of Reprisal

Here’s what’s happening in the world of television for Friday, December 6, and Saturday, December 7. All times are Eastern.

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The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (Amazon, Friday, 3:01 a.m., complete third season): Midge hits the road in the third season of the Palladinos’ sunny, stylish series—now with both Sterling K. Brown and Liza “Paris Geller” Weil in tow. Arielle Bernstein’s binge recaps...

Dennis Perkins Dennis Perkins Dec 05, 2019 at 11:02. 13 comments

Vikings' sixth season has a new king, new villain, and familiar problems

Vikings' sixth season has a new king, new villain, and familiar problems
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“I want to be myself. I’m just not sure how to be.”

To be fair to Vikings’ two-part season premiere, it takes fully 20 minutes for someone to bring up Ragnar Lothbrok. The departed king, father, husband, and—most lamented of all—former protagonist of the series is finally called up by Lagertha, which makes sense, as...

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Emily L. Stephens Emily L. Stephens Dec 04, 2019 at 23:00.

Castle Rock is in the remembering business, then the action business

Castle Rock is in the remembering business, then the action business
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In which Castle Rock finally gets to the fireworks factory, sort of

Maybe it’s her anchoring effect on even the loopiest seasons of American Horror Story, or maybe it’s the way she brings subtle, complex life to every role. Either way, seeing Frances Conroy loom up out of the dark is momentarily reassuring—an assurance...

Kinja Kinja Dec 04, 2019 at 14:22. 5 comments

Arrow’s not over yet, but says its goodbyes in “Purgatory”

Arrow’s not over yet, but says its goodbyes in “Purgatory”
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You know what’s useful about the calm before a storm? It gives you a chance to get your affairs in order. Arrow has spent its final season conjuring up ghosts and revisiting forks in the road—a fitting approach both as a goodbye and as something airing in this, the season of A Christmas Carol and It’s A Wonderful Life....

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Scott Von Doviak Scott Von Doviak Dec 04, 2019 at 09:45. 22 comments

The Flash closes out the Bloodwork arc in action-horror style

The Flash closes out the Bloodwork arc in action-horror style
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Following the mind-tripping of “The Last Temptation Of Barry Allen, Pt. 1,” this concluding hour is a more conventional exercise in action-horror, with mixed results. It’s also the mid-season finale of The Flash, even though there’s another new episode airing next Tuesday. (The CW is calling it part three of Crisis On...

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Myles McNutt Myles McNutt Dec 03, 2019 at 10:00.

A tragedy befalls one "Lost Boy" as His Dark Materials rushes to introduce another (experts)

A tragedy befalls one "Lost Boy" as His Dark Materials rushes to introduce another (experts)
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Welcome to The A.V. Club’s “Experts” reviews of HBO’s His Dark Materials. It is written from the perspective of someone who has read all three books in Philip Pullman’s trilogy, and intended for an audience of viewers who have also read these books. While the main review will not actively spoil...

Lisa Weidenfeld Lisa Weidenfeld Dec 03, 2019 at 09:34. 3 comments

His Dark Materials builds on Lyra's sense of adventure, but trips up on its plotting (newbies)

His Dark Materials builds on Lyra's sense of adventure, but trips up on its plotting (newbies)
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The perpetual problem with this show seems to be a sacrifice of character development in favor of forward momentum. There’s so much that works so well in this episode, but it’s hamstrung by the need to shift pieces around.

The death of Billy Costa is very affecting. We’ve spent the last five episodes getting to know...

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Joelle Monique Joelle Monique Dec 02, 2019 at 22:13. 18 comments

Life on Earth gets a lot weirder, but Watchmen continues to captivate

Life on Earth gets a lot weirder, but Watchmen continues to captivate
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Remember all the way back to last week , when Watchmen outdid itself in the exploration of inherited trauma? The answers to certain questions helped us all feel we understood the direction of the show a little bit better. Well, “An Almost Religious Awe” arrives and proves we knew nothing. Doctor Manhattan makes a...

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Caroline Siede Caroline Siede Dec 02, 2019 at 13:45. 24 comments

Supergirl’s calamity-filled midseason finale teases an even bigger crisis ahead

Supergirl’s calamity-filled midseason finale teases an even bigger crisis ahead
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“The Wrath Of Rama Khan” feels like a solid midseason finale to a season we didn’t watch. Sure, the battle for Lena’s soul has been a central storyline, and, as with the previous episode, it’s once again the strongest part of this one. But Malefic’s redemption, Andrea’s powers and love for Russell Rogers, and, of...

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Dennis Perkins Dennis Perkins Dec 02, 2019 at 12:09. 20 comments

An intriguing Simpsons shifts focus to Todd Flanders, but can't follow through

An intriguing Simpsons shifts focus to Todd Flanders, but can't follow through
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The Simpsons’ world is wide and varied. With 30-plus years of continuity, backstory, and accumulated supporting characters to play with, the show has, as it’s slogged on, occasionally refocused on a lesser-explored corner of Springfield (state who knows). Sometimes, the exercise is fruitful, promoting a side character...

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Les Chappell Les Chappell Dec 02, 2019 at 11:30. 3 comments

Silicon Valley takes a late series gamble on a literal deus ex machina

Silicon Valley takes a late series gamble on a literal deus ex machina
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In its six years on the air, Silicon Valley has operated under a guiding rule that we’ll call the Hendricks Principle: there’s nothing that the compression algorithm designed by Richard can’t do in the right circumstances. Richard’s tech and the successive modifications made to it are presented as the seeds of an...

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Alex McLevy Alex McLevy Dec 02, 2019 at 11:00.

After four seasons, Mr. Robot finally arrives at its fateful confrontation

After four seasons, Mr. Robot finally arrives at its fateful confrontation
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“But Mousie, thou art no thy-lane,
In proving foresight may be vain:
The best laid schemes o’ Mice an’ Men
Gang aft agley,
An’ lea’e us nought but grief an’ pain,
For promis’d joy!

Still, thou art blest, compar’d wi’ me!
The present only toucheth thee:
But Och! I backward cast my e’e,
On prospects drear!
An’ forward tho’ I canna...

Myles McNutt Myles McNutt Dec 02, 2019 at 10:00. 16 comments

More squandered potential fuels our distrust in Shameless’ storytelling

More squandered potential fuels our distrust in Shameless’ storytelling
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I’ve often spoken casually throughout my reviews of this show about the fact that Showtime has a reputation for extending series beyond their natural endpoints. It’s a problem that I’ve discussed when writing about both Shameless and Weeds before it, and you could easily apply it to other Showtime shows (Dexter!...

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Alani Vargas Alani Vargas Dec 02, 2019 at 09:05. 23 comments

The "Mad Tea Party" flips all of Batwoman on its head

The "Mad Tea Party" flips all of Batwoman on its head
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So, this is it. Tonight’s episode brings viewers the Mad Tea Party Alice has promised for the past couple of weeks. Ever since Mouse came onto the scene, this “party” has represented pinnacle point of their devious planning, and it did not disappoint. “Mad Tea Party” episode inverts everything so quickly—by the end,...

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Liz Shannon Miller Liz Shannon Miller Nov 30, 2019 at 02:42. 24 comments

The Mandalorian gets even more Western in a standalone adventure

The Mandalorian gets even more Western in a standalone adventure
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It’s pretty impressive, how vigorously The Mandalorian is celebrating and incorporating classic Western tropes with each new episode, leaving no doubt whatsoever as to what creator Jon Favreau is trying to do here. Episode four, “Sanctuary,” utilizes a narrative so iconic that I couldn’t find just one classic example...

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Emily L. Stephens Emily L. Stephens Nov 27, 2019.

Eight episodes in, Castle Rock rushes toward its end like a river

Eight episodes in, Castle Rock rushes toward its end like a river
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“We figure if we can fix this, we can fix anything. Anyone.”

After the heartening success of “The Word,” “Dirty” begins with unnerving promise. Accompanied on-screen by the dirge-like notes of Leonard Cohen’s “Avalanche,” the unnamed masses of Castle Rock and Salem’s Lot begin a new parade. Unlike last week’s, there’s...

Kinja Kinja Nov 27, 2019. 2 comments

Arrow hops into a time-loop and continues its hot streak

Arrow hops into a time-loop and continues its hot streak
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“I’m not giving up. Maybe I’m giving in.”

There’s something kind of fascinating about Arrow’s approach to this final season—a sentimental but not maudlin victory lap. The show’s writers are clearly and methodically revisiting old haunts, each episode linked to and reflecting themes from a corresponding earlier...

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Scott Von Doviak Scott Von Doviak Nov 27, 2019.

The Flash serves up a creepy Thanksgiving feast and a battle for Barry's soul

The Flash serves up a creepy Thanksgiving feast and a battle for Barry's soul
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“The Last Temptation Of Barry Allen, Pt. 1" isn’t set on Thanksgiving, as we’re told several times that the Crisis is two days away, meaning this week’s events unfold on December 8. It does feature a family gathering for a meal, however, as Team Flash meets up at the West household for some mashed potatoes, mixed...

Myles McNutt Myles McNutt Nov 26, 2019. 24 comments

Lin-Manuel Miranda isn't the Lee Scoresby we remember from His Dark Materials, but he isn't meant to be (experts)

Lin-Manuel Miranda isn't the Lee Scoresby we remember from His Dark Materials, but he isn't meant to be (experts)
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Casting any literary adaptation is a minefield. Fans have built up versions of characters over years of reading and rereading the books, and fan art typically reifies certain versions of characters in the process. Even in circumstances where authors leave room for interpretation, any interpretation is competing with...

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