Reviews

Netflix’s The Rain is the streaming giant’s first Danish original series. It follows 2017’s twisty German drama Dark as yet another move in the company’s efforts to court a truly global audience. This time, though, instead of a rain-soaked time travel show, Netflix has nabbed itself a YA end-of-the-world series which, despite a preposterously bumpy start
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When it comes to the story of heroes and villains, perspective can change everything. After all, what villain doesn’t think they’re the hero of their own story? And from the perspective of the audience, rejiggering the point of view can alter things in a pretty radical way. That’s partly the aim of Cobra Kai, YouTube
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AMC’s six-part event series, James Cameron’s Story of Science Fiction, flies under the cable channel’s AMC Visionaries banner. The banner seems a way of underlining the impressive lineup of filmmakers, writers, and actors who appear on the series, either as an interview subject with Cameron himself, or as one of the many talking heads enlisted
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Let’s just address the undead elephant in the room: Ash vs Evil Dead probably deserved a victory lap of some sort before being shuffled off to become part of Starz’s streaming catalogue forevermore, with a high probability of being seen by many more eyeballs when it inevitably makes its way to Netflix. Consolation prize or not,
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With its trip to Dreamland and comedic descent into noir tropes and detective fiction, it seemed as though there was no end to the reinvention of Archer. Once the season 7 cliffhanger put the superspy into a coma, the result was a fun season that distanced itself from the usual trappings of the series and found
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[This review includes some SPOILERS for the first two episodes of The Handmaid’s Tale season 2.] – There are few viewing experiences on television that can compare to Hulu’s Emmy-winning The Handmaid’s Tale. The adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s acclaimed novel took a strong stylistic approach in season 1 that offset the color-coded gloom and oppression of the near-future
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The end of The 100 season 4 promised big changes on the horizon. After all, when you turn the setting of your series into a barren, radioactive wasteland, you’re going to have to shuffle things around a bit. And the start of the new season is a little like the show has hit the reset
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Early on in the season 3 premiere of AMC’s martial arts/fantasy mashup Into the Badlands, Nick Frost’s Bajie offers Tilda (Ally Ioannides) a bit of practical advice about who to trust and who is deserving of another’s allegiance. As he points out, Tilda siding with former and supposedly reformed Baroness Lydia (Orla Brady) may not
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Westworld is critic proof. It doesn’t really matter what is said, good or bad, so long as people are talking about it. After all, it’s built to be spoiler-bait that’s talked about and obsessed over. Co-creators Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy have crafted an expensive sci-fi series that isn’t interested in eventually becoming a watercooler
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Netflix launched its newest and surprisingly family-friendly adventure series Lost In Space last week and it’s as bingeable a watch as you’d imagine. A blockbuster-sized television adaptation that drastically outpaces the actual blockbuster film of the same name from two decades ago, this new iteration of the Robinson family’s wayward adventures in outer space brings
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Say what you will about the many shortcomings of The Walking Dead franchise, but across all their combined seasons, both the original series and Fear the Walking Dead have typically demonstrated a knack for making season premieres interesting. Before inevitably falling into the dour narrative sameness as before, they often appear to be bursting with
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[Because Rellik has already aired in the U.K., we ask that you not post spoilers in the comments section if you have seen the series in its entirety.] – Rellik isn’t really as interested in being a serial killer drama as its premise might suggest. Thanks to, or simply because of, the narrative device that
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With all the new series popping up every week, it can sometimes feels like Amazon’s Bosch gets unfairly overlooked. The series is entering into season 4 and it once again delivers the sort of consistently entertaining cop drama it has become known for among the Amazon Prime Video faithful. But that sort of reliability in
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The Expanse has demonstrated surprising flexibility when it comes to its storytelling. For a series that began with the tale of a burned-out detective and a ragtag group of blue-collar workers aboard a stolen military vessel, trying to make sense of an increasingly strange and unfathomable situation, the show has proven adept at focusing its
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One of the more appealing aspects of rebooting a familiar genre property comes with the promise of seeing it done with the benefit of modern special effects. That’s particularly true of Netflix’s extraordinarily good looking Lost in Space reboot. The series is, of course, based on the campy 1960s family sci-fi series created by Irwin
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After the end of season 6, New Girl exchanged what would have been a perfect and perfectly romantic end to the series for one last run of episodes that essentially acts as a coda of sorts to the long-running story of a group of friends and, more specifically, the romance between Jessica Day (Zooey Deschanel)
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Though it’s only April, 2018 has already been a good year for people who love spy dramas. Between the final season of The Americans and the premiere of the excellent sci-fi espionage series Counterpart, those who get a kick out of clandestine storytelling have plenty to keep them entertained. BBC America is ready to get
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Just as Gotham has teased Bruce Wayne’s eventual evolution into Batman, the series has taken great pleasure in toying with its audience regarding the future of its freshly face-peeled maniac, Jerome. Cameron Monaghan’s take on the would-be Clown Prince of Crime has become a staple of the series, earning him the moniker of Proto-Joker, as
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Season 2 of FX’s Legion is a race against time. David Haller (Dan Stevens) says as much in ‘Chapter 9’, the first new episode of the series in over a year. That proclamation comes after David has been given the chance to do some much-needed catching up and getting used to the new digs at
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The best spy stories revolve around characters caught in impossible positions, often as a direct result of the clandestine dealings they are tasked with handling. And as Counterpart brings its first season to an end, the series brilliantly demonstrates ways in which almost all of its characters, not just the two Howard Silks played by
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Over the course of its second season, Santa Clarita Diet managed to introduce a number of new wrinkles to its hazy zombie mythology, like the ball spider, as well as the mysterious Order of the Red Ball and their apparent modern-day equivalent. It also traced the zombie outbreak to some bad clams — some very
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The Americans has always been a tragedy in the making. Our past is the inevitable future for Philip and Elizabeth Jennings (Matthew Rhys and Keri Russell); the end of the Cold War is a looming specter ensuring the show’s main characters end up on the wrong side of history. It was a bargain those watching
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On the surface, ABC’s new half-hour sitcom Splitting Up Together is about an unconventional family dynamic in the wake of a recent divorce. At its heart, however, it’s a romantic comedy that’s aiming to get its would-be love birds to fall (back) in love by taking the long way around. That way being, ending their
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NatGeo’s One Strange Rock, the channel’s 10-part exploration of planet Earth, represents the blockbusterization of nature documentaries. The new series delivers a fascinating deep dive into the connectivity of all things on the planet, from the air that we breathe to the elements that keep the sun’s harmful radiation from cooking us in our skins.
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There’s slow-burn horror and then there’s AMC’s new series The Terror, which makes the most of its chilly, sinister atmosphere to deliver a tense tale of survival in extreme conditions. The series, an adaptation of the novel of the same name from author Dan Simmons, is a fictionalized account of the doomed mid-19th century arctic
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FX’s Trust is an interesting series before you even have a chance to start digging into the lurid affairs of the Getty family and the kidnapping drama that brought even more attention to the clan. With its real-life crime pedigree, the 10-part drama is following in the footsteps of one of the network’s biggest hits,
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Though he returned last week to host, there were plenty of questions about what Bill Hader’s post-Saturday Night Live career would look like. It’s safe to say that playing a down-and-out Midwestern hitman who discovers a hidden passion for acting, while trying to kill someone in Los Angeles, probably wasn’t high on most people’s lists.
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