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You are cordially invited to enter The Expanse

You are cordially invited to enter The Expanse

Here’s what’s happening in the world of television for Friday, December 13, and Saturday, December 14. All times are Eastern.

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The Expanse (Amazon, Friday, 3:01 a.m., complete fourth season): Once dead (thanks a lot, SyFy), The Expanse now lives again—and things look dark in the best, most entertaining way.

Here’s Zack Handlen on the show’s excellent fourth season , which...

yesterday at 22:17. 6 comments

The CW blew up its DC multiverse, and it couldn’t have happened at a better time

The CW blew up its DC multiverse, and it couldn’t have happened at a better time

These days, comic-book crossover events have a reputation for returning to the status quo at the end, with the size of the stakes directly correlating to how meaningless those stakes will end up being by the end. You can’t really kill Superman anymore, because you need to sell a Superman comic next month. It’s funny, then, that Marv Wolfman and George Pérez’s extremely influential Crisis On...

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yesterday at 14:28.

Tegridy Farms provides Christmas blow in South Park season finale

Tegridy Farms provides Christmas blow in South Park season finale
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“Christmas Snow” is the 8th Christmas themed season finale and the 10th Christmas themed episode in the overall 23 seasons of South Park. The series creators, Trey Parker and Matt Stone have never shied away from bringing up criticisms from critics and fans in actual episodes. I guess Trey, who has written all of this...

Kinja Kinja yesterday at 13:05.

Stumptown saddles a great episode with a truly baffling choice

Stumptown saddles a great episode with a truly baffling choice
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Nearly every week, Stumptown finds a way—thematically or otherwise—to tie whatever case Dex is working to her personal or emotional life. It’s not always subtle, but it always works—that is, until this week. That’s not to say there’s not much to appreciate about “Dex Education,” a mostly great episode of a...

Kinja Kinja yesterday at 13:00.

Superstore goes union and Evil encounters a fiendish holiday earworm

Superstore goes union and Evil encounters a fiendish holiday earworm

Here’s what’s happening in the world of television for Thursday, December 5. All times are Eastern.

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Superstore (NBC, 9:01 p.m.): If there’s one upside to TV slowing down in December, it’s that we get a chance to catch up with shows that we’re not always able to watch every week. Enter Superstore! One of TV’s great workplace comedies is making its way through a very strong fifth...

Dennis Perkins Dennis Perkins yesterday at 11:01.

Just when Lagertha thinks she's out, Vikings pulls her back in

Just when Lagertha thinks she's out, Vikings pulls her back in
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“Always traveling and never arriving.”

Honestly, hands up if you actually thought Lagertha’s peaceful retirement was going to take. Anyone out there? As engaging as Katheryn Winnick remains as the farmers wife turned queen turned farmer again, Vikings isn’t a show that allows its main characters to simply drift out of...

Kyle Fowle Kyle Fowle yesterday at 10:20. 2 comments

Change can't be denied as Modern Family celebrates one final Christmas

Change can't be denied as Modern Family celebrates one final Christmas
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If you were to compare the tenth and eleventh seasons of Modern Family, you’d probably incorrectly assume that the tenth was the final one. The episodes and plot from last season felt like a final send-off, especially with the season-long story of Haley getting back together with Dylan and then getting pregnant with...

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yesterday at 10:00.

Dark Betty rises again as Riverdale reaches its gassy, foreboding season finale

Dark Betty rises again as Riverdale reaches its gassy, foreboding season finale
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We measure TV finales, even those marking the midseason break, by closure and the lack thereof. That can be somewhat confusing on a show like Riverdale, which raises and answers new questions on a week-to-week basis. When every week has a sense of high-drama climax, the actual climax comes off as a bit, well,...

Emily L. Stephens Emily L. Stephens Dec 11, 2019 at 23:00.

Castle Rock rooks us one last time before succumbing to Misery

Castle Rock rooks us one last time before succumbing to Misery
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In which Castle Rock asks quibbling viewers, “Aw, Christmas, what’s your plan, then?”

The first fifteen minutes of Castle Rock’s finale tick away like the timer on a homemade bomb. Not everything in the first act of “Clean” works—in a completely silent town, it shouldn’t take dozens of Satanist revenants even an hour...

Kinja Kinja Dec 11, 2019 at 13:00. 4 comments

Lizzy Caplan on departing Castle Rock, plus we pay a little visit to Stumptown

Lizzy Caplan on departing Castle Rock, plus we pay a little visit to Stumptown

Here’s what’s happening in the world of television for Wednesday, December 11. All times are Eastern. 

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Castle Rock (Hulu, 3:01 a.m., second season finale) and Stumptown (ABC, 10 p.m., mid-season finale): It’s a day for destinations. It’s been a while since we paid a visit to Stumptown—not since its promising but obviously place-setting premiere—and it’s well past time we returned....

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Scott Von Doviak Scott Von Doviak Dec 11, 2019 at 10:02.

Crisis On Infinite Earths leaves us hanging for the holidays

Crisis On Infinite Earths leaves us hanging for the holidays
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Narratively speaking, “Crisis On Infinite Earths” has been a faithful adaptation of its source material only in its broadest strokes. In terms of capturing the everything-but-the-kitchen-sink spirit of the enterprise, however, “Crisis” has been a resounding success so far. It’s a hot mess, there’s no question about it....

Dec 11, 2019 at 03:00.

Michelle Wolf doesn’t need to bring politics into her Joke Show

Michelle Wolf doesn’t need to bring politics into her Joke Show
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“No, don’t you start groaning already!”

Michelle Wolf expounded on the limits of propriety in her fiery debut stand-up special, Nice Lady, just months before hosting the 2018 White House Correspondents’ Dinner. Yet, when the comedian and former Daily Show contributor/writer took the opportunity to excoriate the press...

Baraka Kaseko Baraka Kaseko Dec 10, 2019 at 23:00.

Doctor Who showrunner Chris Chibnall talks season 12 and the return of the Cybermen

Doctor Who showrunner Chris Chibnall talks season 12 and the return of the Cybermen

Last year’s run of Doctor Who episodes were among the most anticipated, highly-scrutinized in the show’s 50-plus-year history. In addition to being a coming-out party for the first-ever female regeneration of the Doctor (played brilliantly by Jodie Whittaker) and her family of companions (Bradley Walsh, Mandip Gill, and Tosin Cole), season eleven served as a regeneration behind-the-scenes too....

Kinja Kinja Dec 10, 2019 at 13:00. 10 comments

Black Lightning joins the Arrowverse in the third hour of Crisis On Infinite Earths

Black Lightning joins the Arrowverse in the third hour of Crisis On Infinite Earths

Here’s what’s happening in the world of television for Tuesday, December 10. All times are Eastern. 

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The Flash, “Crisis On Infinite Earths: Part Three” (The CW, 8 p.m.): The madness continues—and tonight’s the last of it you’ll get until January, so enjoy it while it lasts. The big news in the third installment of Crisis On Infinite Earths is the appearance of Black Lightning of Black...

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Alani Vargas Alani Vargas Dec 10, 2019 at 11:53. 7 comments

It's a race against the cruelest of clocks in Crisis On Infinite Earths part two

It's a race against the cruelest of clocks in Crisis On Infinite Earths part two
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In what might be the most fast-paced crossover event yet, the gang of Arrowverse superheroes is racing against time. They need to gather all pieces of a puzzle to keep the antimatter from destroying the rest of the universe. The stakes are even higher now that Earth-38 is destroyed, Oliver is dead, and they only have...

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Lisa Weidenfeld Lisa Weidenfeld Dec 10, 2019 at 10:10. 9 comments

His Dark Materials lets Mrs. Coulter shine in one of its strongest episodes yet (newbies)

His Dark Materials lets Mrs. Coulter shine in one of its strongest episodes yet (newbies)
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And like clockwork, His Dark Materials improves when Mrs. Coulter reappears. This episode was a real high water mark for the character, because so many of the actions she’s taken suddenly have an additional degree of nuance, from her bizarre relationship with her daemon to her stunted efforts to connect with Lyra.

It’s...

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Myles McNutt Myles McNutt Dec 10, 2019 at 10:00. 20 comments

His Dark Materials buckles under the weight of its missing daemons (experts)

His Dark Materials buckles under the weight of its missing daemons (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 details from future...

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ArielleBernstein ArielleBernstein Dec 10, 2019 at 01:00. 24 comments

Midge goes straight up antihero in a rollercoaster of a season finale on The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

Midge goes straight up antihero in a rollercoaster of a season finale on The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
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The biggest critics of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel have always complained that the show is a bunch of color-coordinated fluff. But while the atmosphere might be charming, I think underneath the shiny exterior is actually a lot of darkness. We may think that Sophie Lennon has been something of a foil for Midge, but “A...

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Dec 10, 2019 . 15 comments

The Expanse has a new home, but it’s as excellent as ever

The Expanse has a new home, but it’s as excellent as ever
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On The Expanse, every choice has weight. Sometimes literally. Early in the show’s compelling fourth season, a character decides to leave her spaceship home and go planetside. It’s a decision her crewmates have made multiple times before, but in Naomi Nagata’s (Dominique Tipper) case, there are special circumstances. As...

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ArielleBernstein ArielleBernstein Dec 09, 2019 at 23:00. 11 comments

Everyone takes a step back when The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel returns to New York

Everyone takes a step back when The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel returns to New York
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If “Kind of Bleu” was about disappointment, “Marvelous Radio” is about all kinds of despair, as characters who want to change just keep repeating same old patterns over and over again. Aside from Sophie Lennon’s performance, this felt very much like a filler episode to me, which is strange considering we only have 8...

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