Reviews

Much has been made about how different Black Lightning is from the other DCTV series populating The CW. It’s the first DC Comics-based series on the network to feature an African American as the main character, with television veteran Cress Williams finally getting the lead role he deserves. But in addition to making a welcome
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Season 1 of FOX’s The Gifted ends on a note promising a different kind of conflict that goes well beyond the battle between humans and mutants, and instead opens the door for a classic mutant rivalry to be redrawn down ideological lines. The X-Men and the Brotherhood may no longer exist in the world that Matt
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FOX and The X-Files continue to ride the TV revival wave, with the latter finding it hard to recreate that old mid-‘90s television magic at the onset of season 11 — or its second revival season, if you will. When the series first announced its return for a six-episode event back in 2015 the news
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Whether because of countless delays, exorbitant fees, lost baggage, or forcing a paying customer to give his seat to an employee, the airline industry has a reputation for screwing over the people it’s intended to serve, making it as unlikely a setting for a successful sitcom as a cable company’s customer service center or, you know, Congress.
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Since its premiere, and before it was a twinkle in Netflix’s eye, Black Mirror made a name for itself partly through its Twilight Zone-like anthology format of single-serving episodes that delivered somewhat outlandish but still totally plausible tales of technology gone wrong. And in doing so, the series really became known for its bleak tenor
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By now, it’s expected that the climax to a season of Peaky Blinders will include no small amount of off screen wheeling and dealing in order to get the Shelby clan out of hot water. This time around it was the incompetent vendetta of Luca Changretta and his mostly mustachioed band of merry men determined
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There is nothing like a good death threat to bring a family together again. That’s what it takes to start the various members of the Shelby clan spinning back into one another’s orbit; a vendetta in a greeting card sent from America by Adrien Brody’s Luca Changretta. And with that, Peaky Blinders season 4 is
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A late-December Monday night might seem like an odd time to launch a new miniseries starring Game of Thrones star Kit Harington, but in its seeming madness, HBO might have actually chosen the best possible time. It’s late in the year and with the exception of the never-ending onslaught of new shows premiering on Netflix
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Season 2 of FOX’s The Exorcist had something to prove, maybe even more so than its much better-than-expected first season that seemingly did the impossible: deliver an impressive television series that wasn’t just adapted from the enduringly popular film of the same name; it was a direct continuation of that story. But while the first
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The five/nine hack has been undone. At least that is what appears to have happened on the season 3 finale of Mr. Robot. The series ends is most recent run with a massive reversal of the events Elliot Alderson, who, under the influence of his anarchic alter ego and with the help of fsociety and
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Shawn Spencer and Burton “Gus” Guster haven’t had a new adventure on television for three years, after USA’s long-running detective comedy The Mentalist Psych closed up shop, presumably for good. But this is 2017 and in the midst of Peak TV it’s become a truism that no show is ever truly gone; it will either
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With Vikings having kicked off its fifth season just last week, and Six set to begin season 2 sometime in 2018, History launches its third original scripted drama with the medieval sword-and-chainmail saga Knightfall. Centered on the Knights Templar following a brutal defeat at Acre, the site of their last stronghold in the Holy Land
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“Time for After” wants us to believe Eugene’s bluster about being a Savior and only looking out for himself, but it includes more than enough evidence to prove that just isn’t so.  [WARNING – This review contains SPOILERS for The Walking Dead season 8, episode 7.] – The Walking Dead season 8 has been an uneven
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After a major death last season, Vikings returns for season 5 with familiar characters and circumstances, but nevertheless feels close to a brand new series. Season 5 of History’s Vikings is the first new season to begin in the wake of Ragnar Lothbrok’s death. Although season 4 soldiered on, proving the show still worked after the
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After coming to an end with season 6, the modern-day Wester Longmire gives its characters and fans the closure they very nearly missed out on. When A&E abruptly canceled Longmire after season 3, it did so on a wild cliffhanger that not only left the fate of Branch Connelly up in the air, but also
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Season 1 of The Punisher ends with a bloody finale that strikes a familiar balance between satisfying conclusion and keeping the Marvel machine going. Although the season finale of Marvel’s The Punisher utilizes the same recursiveness employed by the series premiere, in that the sense of meaningful conclusion — that is noticeably present as Frank
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SYFY’s adaptation of Grant Morrison’s Happy! serves up a demented dark comedy that squeezes the last bit of juice from the tired antihero formula. [This is an early review of SYFY’s Happy!, which premieres on Wednesday, December 6.] – A few years ago, you couldn’t swing a dead cat and not hit a TV show
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Netflix’s Western series Godless from Scott Frank is gorgeous, littered with tremendous performances, and makes a strong case for being a seven-hour movie. It is a common refrain from writers, directors, and producers working in television that what they’re delivering isn’t really a TV show in the typical sense, but is instead a much longer
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Longmire begins its final season with a cliffhanger resolution that gives over to a business-as-usual approach for the fan-favorite police procedural. Perhaps because of its procedural nature and episodic structure, Longmire seems to have a less pronounced sense of finality at the beginning of its final season. The show that was once unceremoniously canceled by
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Netflix unleashes Marvel’s The Punisher; another comic book series burdened by unnecessary supporting characters and way too many episodes. Marvel’s The Punisher was an unexpected addition to the street-level Marvel line up after Jon Bernthal’s brooding performance in the somewhat disappointing Daredevil season 2 convinced the powers that be that a Frank Castle-led solo program
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‘When Harry Met Harry…’ is an inconsequential episode, offering some minor character development and a few laughs but little else. [WARNING – This review contains SPOILERS for The Flash season 4, episode 6.] – The mantra for The Flash season 4 has been silly, superhero fun. The past two seasons only became more serious and
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Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg bring Future Man to Hulu, turning the genre mash-up into a funny, ultra-crude time-travel spoof. Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, the pair behind movies like Superbad, Pineapple Express, and This Is The End have been shepherding a similarly puerile sensibility to television with AMC’s Preacher and the upcoming adaptation of The Boys, but
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‘Some Guy’ is The Walking Dead season 8’s strongest episode to date, tearing Ezekiel down in the hope he’ll bounce back a stronger leader while finally wrapping up this needlessly drawn out phase of Rick’s attack plan.  [WARNING – This review contains SPOILERS for The Walking Dead season 8, episode 4.] – The Walking Dead season 8 has so far
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HBO’s Vice Principals ends its run with a violent episode that feels crazy but given the show’s history, is ultimately too tame to satisfy. When HBO’s Vice Principals first premiered, the series felt distinctly apart from everything else on the network and much of television as a whole for that matter. Hailing from Jody Hill and Danny
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