Category Archives: Reviews
NEW SHOWSMare of Easttown – “Poor Sisyphus” (B+)A bit overstuffed, but it’s still rich with deeply human emotion and moments of levity. Enid Graham makes a play for Supporting Actress in a Limited Series with a subplot that seemed a … Continue reading
NEW SHOWSMare of Easttown – “Enter Number Two” (A-)Mare’s self-destructive tendencies catch up with her, with damaging results. But those results are less than she deserves. In this town, everyone covers for each other, which might be why there are … Continue reading
NEW SHOWS93rd Annual Academy Awards (B-)There were some interesting new directions with pacing and structure. No songs and only one bit of banter that resulted in eight-time nominee Glenn Close putting that backfield in motion. But then they whiffed the … Continue reading
NEW SHOWSThe Simpsons – “Panic on the Streets of Springfield” (B)Homer getting a big truck has already been done better in the show’s post-peak, but Lisa getting really into a Morrissey stand-in called Quilloughby was hilarious, and provoked the ire … Continue reading
BINGEING Avatar: The Last Airbender – Season 1 (A- average)Astonishing. Manages to blend its kiddie elements and its adult themes without ever getting too dark or too light.
BINGEINGThe X-Files – Season 3 (A- average) The best season yet, with only two outright stinkers that unfortunately come back-to-back. But we get three Darin Morgan-scripted episodes, and they’re all fantastic. Feeling like this show is going to peak soon, … Continue reading
BINGEINGParty Down – Season 2 (A- average)Even with the loss of Jane Lynch (who pops in the season finale), the show was even tighter and funnier than in its terrific first season. “Steve Guttenberg’s Birthday” remains an all-time classic episode. … Continue reading
BINGEINGParty Down – Season 1 (A- average)An exceptional ensemble comedy that manages to do just about everything right: romance, multilayered characters, cringe-inducing moments, verbal gags and a perfectly fine-tuned ensemble. The X-Files – Season 1 (B+ average)Like a lot of … Continue reading
BINGEINGDanger 5 – Season 2 (A- average)The show turns everything to 11 for this outrageous follow-up that spoofs ’80s action and sci-fi. There’s so much gore and nudity, I’m surprised Vinegar Syndrome hasn’t tried to release this on Blu-ray yet.