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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...

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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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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Myles McNutt Myles McNutt Nov 25, 2019. 17 comments

Debbie Gallagher is a bad person, and not in ways that make Shameless more interesting

Debbie Gallagher is a bad person, and not in ways that make Shameless more interesting
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Given that this show is (arguably) anchored around the truly hateful Frank Gallagher, I am not going to argue that every character on Shameless needs to be “likeable.” Each character—except for maybe Liam, although give him time?—has done something quote-unquote shameless at some point or another, and has given us...

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Myles McNutt Myles McNutt Nov 19, 2019. 22 comments

The Gyptians give Lyra and His Dark Materials the final pieces of the puzzle to get moving north already (experts)

The Gyptians give Lyra and His Dark Materials the final pieces of the puzzle to get moving north already (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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Myles McNutt Myles McNutt Nov 18, 2019. 10 comments

The return of "Gallavich" provides an energy boost for a still-struggling Shameless

The return of "Gallavich" provides an energy boost for a still-struggling Shameless
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As is often the case when a season of Shameless begins, several new readers commented on last week’s review with some variation of “Why do you have a stick up your ass?” The fact is that Shameless coverage is in relative short supply online: while episodic reviews of other shows proliferate across the internet, the...

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Myles McNutt Myles McNutt Nov 15, 2019. 20 comments

Survivor’s “#MeToo moment” protected the game instead of the players

Survivor’s “#MeToo moment” protected the game instead of the players

At the end of Survivor’s 38th season, castaway Julia Carter wrote a lengthy blog post detailing her experience playing the game, particularly as a person of color. Among those experiences were multiple instances of racial slurs being used by her fellow castaways, a circumstance that was only addressed by her tribe when a white castaway objected on her behalf. The result was a healthy dialogue...

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Myles McNutt Myles McNutt Nov 12, 2019. 23 comments

His Dark Materials brings two reveals forward, but takes two steps back in the process (experts)

His Dark Materials brings two reveals forward, but takes two steps back in the process (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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Myles McNutt Myles McNutt Nov 11, 2019. 22 comments

Shameless starts Season 10 with a stellar argument against it getting a Season 10

Shameless starts Season 10 with a stellar argument against it getting a Season 10
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Shameless’ tenth season premiere ends on a moment of Gallagher family unity. As Lip waits to hear Tami’s condition after she suffered complications during the birth of their son, he finds himself alone with the newest member of the family. But before he can be overwhelmed by the moment, that family arrives to support...

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Myles McNutt Myles McNutt Nov 05, 2019. 21 comments

“Lyra’s Jordan” gives His Dark Materials readers hope the second time’s the charm (experts)

“Lyra’s Jordan” gives His Dark Materials readers hope the second time’s the charm (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...

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Myles McNutt Myles McNutt Jul 28, 2019. 16 comments

Orange Is The New Black's series finale showcases the delicate balance that made the show great

Orange Is The New Black's series finale showcases the delicate balance that made the show great
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Earlier in the season, Pennsatucky was trying to help Suzanne understand what was happening with Taystee, and she laid out her opinion about how prison changes you: either you become better through your experience in prison, or you become a darker version of yourself.

At the time, I didn’t clue in to how troubling this statement was. It...

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Myles McNutt Myles McNutt Jul 28, 2019. 22 comments

A sudden escalation brings OITNB's final season to a tragic climax

A sudden escalation brings OITNB's final season to a tragic climax
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“Sometimes you hit a wall and say—okay, that’s all I can handle.”

How much did you know about what it meant to be in prison before watching Orange Is The New Black?

I have no doubt some of you know people personally who’ve been to prison. And many of us have surely watched other TV shows and movies that focus on prisons, and on the...

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Myles McNutt Myles McNutt Jul 28, 2019. 21 comments

A full-throated condemnation of ICE fuels a stirring Orange Is The New Black

A full-throated condemnation of ICE fuels a stirring Orange Is The New Black
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One of the challenges of writing about Orange Is The New Black using screeners is that there’s no updated cast list on IMDB to try to confirm who’s playing what new characters, and more importantly what their names are. Last season this was the case with Adeola, who went almost the entire season without having a clearly identified...

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Myles McNutt Myles McNutt Jul 28, 2019. 5 comments

Communication issues plague the season's weakest OITNB

Communication issues plague the season's weakest OITNB
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As Zelda tries to convince Piper to contact Larry and Polly and explore her feelings about the end of that relationship, she tells Piper that “you can’t fix nothing.” Her argument is that unless you actually confront something, you can’t do anything about it: pretending something doesn’t exist will never make it go away. It’s really...

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Myles McNutt Myles McNutt Jul 27, 2019. 6 comments

OITNB traces the burdens of being in, having been in, and returning to prison

OITNB traces the burdens of being in, having been in, and returning to prison
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The choice to follow Piper’s story as the only persistent story thread in Orange Is The New Black’s final season is logical: as much as the show evolved from its Piper-centric first season, there is something narratively satisfying about being able to have shown an entire prison journey over the course of the series. We met Piper as a...

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Myles McNutt Myles McNutt Jul 27, 2019. 6 comments

OITNB explores the (slim) possibility and (false) promise of hope in a broken system

OITNB explores the (slim) possibility and (false) promise of hope in a broken system
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Perhaps the single uniting thesis of each season of Orange Is The New Black is that a system that is supposed to rehabilitate these women has instead systematically broken them. There is no way to be whole as an inmate at Litchfield: whether it’s the detainees stripped of their humanity, or the inmates stripped of their freedom, there...

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Myles McNutt Myles McNutt Jul 27, 2019. 19 comments

Halfway through its final season, OITNB gestures toward closure

Halfway through its final season, OITNB gestures toward closure
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More than any other episode so far in Orange Is The New Black season seven, “Trapped In An Elevator” feels like part of a final season, full of the kind of full circle storytelling we would expect from a concluding chapter in this story. The premise of the show means that “closure” is perhaps an unrealistic expectation for the series,...

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Myles McNutt Myles McNutt Jul 27, 2019. 23 comments

A selfless, reckless act brings a character’s journey to a close on OITNB

A selfless, reckless act brings a character’s journey to a close on OITNB
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Welcome to The A.V. Club’s coverage of Orange Is The New Black’s final season. The thirteen reviews will be going up over the course of this weekend: five on Friday, four on Saturday, and the final four reviews on Sunday. As always, the reviews have been written without knowledge of what happens in future episodes, so please try to...

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Myles McNutt Myles McNutt Jul 26, 2019.

Are flashbacks really necessary for OITNB to bring its story to a close?

Are flashbacks really necessary for OITNB to bring its story to a close?
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Welcome to The A.V. Club’s coverage of Orange Is The New Black’s final season. The thirteen reviews will be going up over the course of this weekend: five on Friday, four on Saturday, and the final four reviews on Sunday. As always, the reviews have been written without knowledge of what happens in future episodes,...

Myles McNutt Myles McNutt Jul 26, 2019. 23 comments

OITNB deftly expands its focus to exploring the injustice of immigrant detention

OITNB deftly expands its focus to exploring the injustice of immigrant detention
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Welcome to The A.V. Club’s coverage of Orange Is The New Black’s final season. The thirteen reviews will be going up over the course of this weekend: five on Friday, four on Saturday, and the final four reviews on Sunday. As always, the reviews have been written without knowledge of what happens in future...

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