Television

Reviews of both new release and older television series, seasons, or episodes.

Looking Back on 8 Seasons of Game of Thrones Greatness

On May 19, 2019, millions of viewers worldwide tuned into the series finale of HBO’s Game of Thrones, shattering previous HBO viewing records. After those 82 minutes, feelings on how it ended aside, I realized something that struck me. For several years now, I have proclaimed Game of Thrones as my favorite show on television, but once it ended, I think it became the greatest show of all time. Some may object to such a proclamation. “What about M*A*S*H...

Joey King and Patricia Arquette Are Heart-Wrenching in The Act

On May 1, 2019, the Hulu original series The Act wrapped up. For those not yet familiar, The Act is a dramatization of the true story of Gypsy Rose Blanchard (Joey King) and her struggle for independence from her mother, Dee Dee (Patricia Arquette), who is overprotective, overbearing, and very likely exhibiting Munchausen by proxy. Specifically—and none of what I am about to speak of should be considered a spoiler, as all is public record and would be deduced...

Potemayo Is an Adorably Quirky Take on the Moe Subgenre

Imagine waking up one morning, as you do every single day. You walk down to the kitchen to get yourself a quick bite to eat before you head off to work or school. But when you open the refrigerator, you are stunned to find a pint-sized fairylike creature with cat ears and a tiny body squirming about amongst your eggs and milk. Even stranger, the mysterious creature instantly takes a shine to you, and the two of you are...

In Game of Thrones’ “The Long Night,” the Music Works as Hard as the Characters

First things first: the Internet is dark and full of spoilers. This article is full of them. Season 8, episode 3 of HBO’s Game of Thrones, “The Long Night,” was the climax of the constant looming threat that has underscored the rest of the story. The majority of the characters who’d survived the game so far joined forces at Winterfell to take on the army of the undead in a battle so hyped the net was full of hand-wringing...

Star Trek: Discovery Hit Its Stride in Season 2

Note: This article contains major spoilers for the second season of Star Trek: Discovery. Star Trek TV series have always been a product of their respective times. The Original Series was heavily influenced by the Cold War and baby boomers’ growing distrust of the establishment, while Deep Space Nine was a reaction to the first Gulf War as well as an examination of the world coming to grips with cultural, political, cultural globalization. Even Enterprise, for all its flaws,...

The Umbrella Academy Is Not Your Parents’ X-Men

Hit show The Umbrella Academy has been renewed for a second season, according to such sources as the Nerdist, so now seems as good a time as any to review season one. I embrace science fiction when the stories go down an unorthodox road. Too often, comic-based and Disney movies follow typical archetypes of a story. I like it when something breaks the mold and goes down a darker road for once, or even a strange or obscure one,...

Did the Punisher Kill It in His Final Netflix Season?

In between watching season 2 of The Punisher and sitting down to write this article, it became common knowledge that the series, along with Jessica Jones, had been canceled by Netflix. It was highly predictable this would happen, given that the other Marvel Netflix series had already been canceled, and the rumor and innuendo are that some if not all of them will reappear on the Disney streaming service that’s in the works. Still, I can’t say I wasn’t disappointed....

The SimulDub of Fairy Tail’s Final Season Is a Homecoming

For Fairy Tail fans, the quiet slumber between the manga’s conclusion in summer 2017 and the anime’s return was a long, drawn-out wait. Once it was announced Fairy Tail would be back in fall 2018, a large chunk of fans continued to wait, hoping Funimation would SimulDub the final season. I was one of those fans, faithfully checking Funimation’s Twitter and other news outlets. I didn’t doubt Funimation’s desire to SimulDub the final season, but I knew coordinating voice actors who had projects...

Origin Is the Sci-Fi Series That Might Make You Get YouTube Premium

I recently had the chance to screen the first two episodes of YouTube Premium’s new series, Origin, premiering on November 14, 2018. With producers from Lost and The Crown and some recognizable actors, I figured that the show at least had some credibility behind it. The premise? “A group of strangers find themselves stranded on a spacecraft bound for a distant planet. The abandoned passengers must work together for survival, but quickly realize that one of them is far...

Yuri!!! on Ice Is a Delightful Anime That Will Leave You Wanting More

It’s always an unpredictable experience jumping into a mainstream anime series you’ve heard a lot about. By the time you sit down to watch it, you’ve probably heard so much about it that it’s hard to know what to expect, or even to be able to predict whether you’re likely to enjoy it. So you take the plunge, wondering just what about the show, if anything, will live up to what you’ve heard. For me, finally getting around to...
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