Reviews

This week’s WWE Raw saw John Cena battle Braun Strowman for the first time ever, in a match of the WWE’s purest face vs their most dangerous heel. After last week’s colossal steel cage match victory over Big Show, Braun Strowman came into this week’s Raw with momentum on his side, once again finding himself
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Everything falls apart in the Preacher season 2 extended finale that puts an emphasis on teasing big things to come over resolution. The leisurely second half of Preacher season 2 necessitated a finale that would bring things back into perspective after several episodes were spent watching Jesse, Tulip, and Cassidy slowly drift apart, as the
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In the season 3 midseason premiere, Madison and Troy’s unsettling relationship becomes the focal point of the story, as one of them is sent packing. Fear the Walking Dead and its sister show The Walking Dead don’t have the best of lukc when it comes to presenting functional relationships. Sure, Alicia and Jake started spending
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HBO’s The Deuce is a fascinating look at the rise of the modern-day porn industry, but it’s also one of the most compelling workplace dramas in years. HBO’s The Deuce is a fascinating look at the rise of the modern-day porn industry as told through the lens of an expansive ensemble that includes James Franco,
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The Orville, the new series from Seth MacFarlane, promises more aspirational sci-fi, but delivers a bland version of Star Trek fan fiction instead. Seth MacFarlane’s new sci-fi comedy The Orville is not a spoof on Star Trek (or at least not a very funny one). Rather it is an oddly earnest and sometimes overly serious
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[This is a review of the Shooter season 2 finale. There will be SPOILERS.] – Upon Shooter‘s return to USA Network with its season 2 premiere in July, the action/drama did what almost any similarly styled show would, entering its sophomore run. It promised a bigger, more explosive, action-packed season with a more dangerous villain
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American Horror Story moves away from the visual excess of past installments with Cult, a stripped down, timely tale of terror in post-Trump America. As a show known primarily for its love of excess, extravagance, lush visuals, and complete and utter nonsense, American Horror Story has undergone a change of late. It’s not appropriate to
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WWE’s Raw brand is currently building to a huge main event of Brock Lesnar vs Braun Strowman for the Universal title at the No Mercy PPV, but this week’s Raw played host to its own colossal battle of the titans. For the third time, the seemingly indestructible Strowman went to war with fellow giant The
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Showtime’s revival of David Lynch and Mark Frost’s Twin Peaks brings the TV event to a mesmerizing close with a finale that defies convention. For all the 1950s nostalgia baked into the show’s various iterations, Twin Peaks: The Return was never terribly interested in being a reflective look back at the first two seasons of
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Out from under the shadow of Pablo Escobar, Netflix’s drug war drama Narcos begins season 3 with a new focus and Pedro Pascal as its leading man. “God forbid anyone thinks they’re the bad guys.” That line is spoken early on in Narcos season 3 by Pedro Pascal as Javier Peña, half of the duo
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Marvel’s Inhumans begins with a listless, uninspired premiere that struggles to find a compelling take on the company’s C-level heroes. The premiere of Marvel’s Inhumans TV series is beset with problems that range from its uninspired production values and overwhelmingly bland color palette to its unimaginative plot of misunderstood people with extraordinary powers being pursued
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[This is a review of the Animal Kingdom season 2 finale. There will be SPOILERS.] – In the first season of TNT’s Animal Kingdom, the family dynamics at play within the Cody crime family served as one of the show’s biggest dramatic assets, and it was fascinating to watch each member’s strong, emboldened personality push
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Jesse Custer sees his past put on display as he makes an enemy of Herr Starr and the Grail in a stuffed but satisfying Preacher. The question of how much backstory an audience needs is an interesting one that comes into focus during in ‘Backdoors’. Preacher has teased out the histories of its main trio
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Another strong Rick and Morty episode continues the season’s deep dive into its characters and comes away with something surprisingly effecting. ‘Rest and Ricklaxation’ is the sort of Rick and Morty episode that feels like a response to the conceit of the show itself. The episode begins as Rick cajoles Morty into a quick, 20-minute
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Game of Thrones packs plenty into a super-sized season 7 finale that offers more dramatic moments than you can shake a Valyrian steel sword at. The term “hasty” might best describe Game of Thrones season 7, and that’s not just because the series saw three fewer episodes than its usual 10-episode order. Either due to
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An action-packed Marvel’s Spider-Man brings and old foe out for a new audience and introduces a potential new hero in the process. [This review contains SPOILERS for Marvel’s Spider-Man: ‘Osborn Academy’.] – Following the two-part series premiere, Marvel’s Spider-Man offers up some idea of just how serialized it will be throughout its first 12-episode season. It
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Despite leaking online earlier in the week, Game of Thrones still offers tremendous surprises as The Spoils of War takes the battles up a notch. To say that HBO and Game of Thrones had a rough time of it last week would be an understatement. The premium channel was hit by an attack from hackers,
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After a long wait, Preacher finally, officially introduces Herr Starr, giving the villain top billing in his own hasty and darkly entertaining origin story. Leave it to a show as gleefully irreverent as Preacher to launch the second half of season 2 with a brand new arc, one that’s made possible due in large part
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As FX’s vampire saga The Strain heads into its final season, it puts its heroes on the wrong side of a losing battle with delightfully campy results. After three seasons of wondering what a catastrophic vampire apocalypse might look like, FX and Guillermo del Toro’s grisly, often campy horror series The Strain jumps to the other
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Fear the Walking Dead season 3 reaches the halfway point with a major conflict brewing that promises plenty of familiar bloodshed. While not a game-changer, season 3 of Fear the Walking Dead has made some considerable alterations. Unfortunately, the major cast shakeup that kicked the season off by killing Cliff Curtis’s Travis Manawa was like
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The first season of Netflix’s Castlevania is a faithful and ultra-violent, though very short, adaptation of the hit gaming franchise. [WARNING – This review contains SPOILERS for Castlevania season 1.] – Premiering today on Netflix, Castlevania is a mini-series based on the classic Konami video game series of the same name. Written by Warren Ellis
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For every great movie made based on DC properties, there have been about two or three that are terrible. Who can forget cinematic masterpieces like Halle Berry’s Catwoman or Josh Brolin’s Jonah Hex? Naturally, these terrible movies are filled to the brim with moments that will make you nearly fall out of your seat cringing– be
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FX’s new drama Snowfall offers an ambitious take on the rise crack cocaine that sees its various storylines fall short of their grand aspirations. With its period drama trappings and sprawling, multi-character cast, each with their own complex, intersecting storyline revolving around the prestige TV-ensnaring tagline of “How crack began,” you might think that FX’s
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After two action-packed episodes, Preacher slows things down to broaden the scope of season 2 and to introduce a major villain from the comics. Preacher has spent the last two hours with its foot on the accelerator, peeling across the Texas blacktop with a renewed sense of focus that’s made season 2 feel almost like
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In the Doctor Who season 10 finale, Peter Capaldi prepares for a grand exit, as the Doctor is pitted against Missy and the Master. This isn’t your usual season finale of Doctor Who by any stretch of the imagination. There’s a great big unknown on the other side of ‘The Doctor Falls’ that – Christmas
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The iZombie season 3 finale wraps up the show’s season too neatly, making way for another major series shakeup ahead of season 4. [This is a review of the iZombie season 3 finale. There will be SPOILERS.] – Since it debuted on The CW, iZombie has explored an interesting premise: What if a zombie outbreak started
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After a terrific season 2 premiere, Preacher follows up on its renewed focus by letting the road trip deliver more action and personal story beats. At the start of season 2, Preacher asks the tough questions. In addition to “Where’s God?”, the series also want to semi-seriously ponder the notion of “What do you do
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David Lynch delivers not only the weirdest episode so far in the new season of Twin Peaks, but also one of the weirdest episodes anyone will likely see all year. “Gotta light?” With that phrase, David Lynch may have created one of the most potent anti-smoking campaigns in history. Okay, so maybe that’s not what he was
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Season 2 of AMC’s Preacher puts its characters on an epic road trip, allowing the series to become what it should have been all along. More and more it seems that television series look at their first season as something of a prologue or proof of concept, for both the plot and the characters, before
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Doctor Who sets up the end of season 10 with an outer space adventure that reintroduces one of the Doctor’s classic foes. For much of season 10, Doctor Who has been setting up the end run of Peter Capaldi and showrunner Steven Moffat. Much of that has centered on the mysterious vault housing Missy, a
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