Sean T. Collins TV Reviews & Previews - Rotten Tomatoes

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
45% Westworld: Season 3 - Crisis Theory (TV Episode) As overwrought as previous seasons may have been, they feel much meatier than Season Three's fast-food sci-fi. Yes, the short, eight-episode order has something to do with that. ‐ Rolling Stone
Read More | Posted May 4, 2020
53% Westworld: Season 3 - Passed Pawn (TV Episode) Sometimes you just want to see two talented, beautiful actors have a Matrix style knock-down drag-out fight, and on that count, this week's installment did not disappoint.‐ Rolling Stone
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2020
84% Westworld: Season 3 - Decoherence (TV Episode) An episode exciting and jam-packed enough to help us put some of our reservations about the course of the show aside, at least for the time being. ‐ Rolling Stone
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2020
68% Westworld: Season 3 - Genre (TV Episode) At this stage in the game, it would make more sense if Serac were hunting not for the information gathered by the hosts, but for the hosts themselves... Even a megalomaniac's master plan at least needs to make some sense. ‐ Rolling Stone
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2020
84% Westworld: Season 3 - The Mother of Exiles (TV Episode) This episode actually serves up one of the most interesting explorations of humanity's violent tendencies that the show has done yet. ‐ Rolling Stone
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2020
94% Westworld: Season 3 - The Absence of Field (TV Episode) Westworld has become a very blunt allegory on privacy in the information age...It might not challenge your own personal control unit, but at least you'll be entertained while processing it.‐ Rolling Stone
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2020
89% Westworld: Season 3 - The Winter Line (TV Episode) It's the kind of vibe that lends itself to amusing banter, but it's also an opportunity to show us characters who care about each other, instead of the show's usual every-droid-for-himself approach.‐ Rolling Stone
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2020
90% Westworld: Season 3 - Parce Domine (TV Episode) It's part Black Mirror, part Battlestar Galactica, and, on the whole, a major improvement.‐ Rolling Stone
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2020
100% Mr. Robot: Season 4 - Series Finale Part 2 (TV Episode) But as another paranoid TV thriller once put it, I want to believe. And for making me want to believe, "Mr. Robot" has my thanks.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Dec 23, 2019
100% Mr. Robot: Season 4 - Series Finale Part 1 (TV Episode) In the end, the most tantalizing fantasy "Mr. Robot" places before us isn't a reckoning with the upper class or the creation of an alternate reality, it's the possibility of reintegrating our shattered selves.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Dec 23, 2019
93% Watchmen: Season 1 - See How They Fly (TV Episode) Other than opening with the Tulsa Race Massacre did Watchmen the TV show comment on politics in general or its own medium in particular with anything approaching Moore & Gibbons's innovation, vision, and purpose? ‐ Decider
Read More | Posted Dec 16, 2019
100% Mr. Robot: Season 4 - Exit (TV Episode) "Mr. Robot" has taken us to a lot of strange places, and this, with just hours remaining in the series, is the strangest yet. And here I am, still happy to be along for the ride.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Dec 16, 2019
100% Watchmen: Season 1 - A God Walks into ABar (TV Episode) Yep, this episode is Damon Lindelof and company at their most swing-for-the-fences ambitious. ‐ Decider
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2019
93% Watchmen: Season 1 - An Almost Religious Awe (TV Episode) The best way to describe this episode is that it's replete with the abrupt narrative swerves and blow-to-the-head surrealist imagery that have been showrunner Damon Lindelof's specialty since his masterpiece The Leftovers.‐ Decider
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2019
97% Watchmen: Season 1 - This Extraordinary Being (TV Episode) Co-written by showrunner Damon Lindelof and Cord Jefferson, this episode is a fascinating retcon of the Hooded Justice character, who pops up in flashbacks and supplemental text material in the comics. ‐ Decider
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2019
100% Mr. Robot: Season 4 - 410 Gone (TV Episode) After a series of white-knuckle episodes that built to Elliot and Darlene's successful hack of the world's most powerful people, "Mr. Robot" finally took a little time off from the thrill-a-minute stuff.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2019
100% Mr. Robot: Season 4 - 409 Conflict (TV Episode) What a fun hour of television! For all the lines of code the characters stare at, and for all the hacker jargon that gets thrown around, the plot is actually very simple.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2019
100% Mr. Robot: Season 4 - 408 REQUEST TIMEOUT (TV Episode) Ending one of the final episodes of a riveting techno-thriller on that note of powerlessness is a bold choice indeed.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2019
100% Watchmen: Season 1 - Little Fear of Lightning (TV Episode) As recipes for superpower-based neurosis go, this one's an award-winner.‐ Decider
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2019
93% Watchmen: Season 1 - If You Don't Like My Story, Write Your Own (TV Episode) A show this guilty of Bad Vertigo Comics syndrome should count itself lucky it has enough going on visually and narratively to power through such undeservingly ostentatious scripting. ‐ Decider
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2019
100% Mr. Robot: Season 4 - 407 PROXY AUTHENTICATION REQUIRED (TV Episode) "Mr. Robot" has always been at its best when engaging in high risk, high reward maneuvers. Asking the audience to wrestle with something this horrific right at the root of the show is asking a lot. I wish more shows had this courage.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2019
100% Mr. Robot: Season 4 - 406 NOT ACCEPTABLE (TV Episode) Across the board, the cast - Rami Malek, Carly Chaikin, Grace Gummer, Gloria Reuben, Dominik García - are doing phenomenal work with characters who are close to the edge of despair, if they haven't tipped over already.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2019
100% Watchmen: Season 1 - She Was Killed by Space Junk (TV Episode) Even though "She Was Killed by Space Junk," is so far the only one to make a big deal of its ties to Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons's epochal comic book, it is every bit as weird in its content and jarring in its rhythm as its predecessors.‐ Decider
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2019
94% Watchmen: Season 1 - Martial Feats of Comanche Horsemanship (TV Episode) There's a lot going on here, and it's been a while since I've watched a show that seems so full of conflicting ideas it might burst at the seams. It's a good feeling.‐ Decider
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2019
94% Watchmen: Season 1 - It's Summer and We're Running Out of Ice (TV Episode) It's a clever show, with abrupt transitions from scene to scene and mood to mood constantly shaking us up.‐ Decider
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2019
100% Mr. Robot: Season 4 - 405 Method Not Allowed (TV Episode) I was so enthralled by the silence conceit, so intrigued by [Sam] Esmail's many workarounds.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2019
100% Mr. Robot: Season 4 - 404 Not Found (TV Episode) [O]ne of the show's strangest and most deeply empathetic episodes.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2019
100% Mr. Robot: Season 4 - 403 Forbidden (TV Episode) Titled "403 Forbidden..." this installment of "Mr. Robot" has both the series's protagonist and antagonist putting themselves at risk in romance's name.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2019
97% Breaking Bad: Season 5 (TV, 2012-2013) I can't shake the sense that "Felina" as a finale, and Breaking Bad as a whole, would have been more satisfying if it had been less satisfying.‐ Rolling Stone
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2019
100% Succession: Season 2 - This Is Not for Tears (TV Episode) Succession's second season finale ends on a high point not just for the episode or the season but the entire series.‐ Decider
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2019
100% Mr. Robot: Season 4 - 402 Payment Required (TV Episode) Adding additional layers to an already complicated plot is tricky business, of course. But the mysteries are so intriguing, and Esmail's command of his craft so sure, that the investment seems sound as a pound.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2019
100% Succession: Season 2 - DC (TV Episode) Speaking as an inveterate Succession disliker, there was very little here that made me want to pull my own hair out as per usual. ‐ Decider
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2019
89% Mr. Robot: Season 4 - 401 Unauthorized (TV Episode) Written and directed by the series's creator, Sam Esmail, the fourth and final season premiere of "Mr. Robot" plays to all the show's strengths and none of its weaknesses. ‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2019
94% Succession: Season 2 - Dundee (TV Episode) This week's episode of Succession felt like it was crafted to illustrate my argument that the show's blend comedy and drama is fundamentally unworkable by the gods themselves.‐ Decider
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2019
93% Succession: Season 2 - Return (TV Episode) Doesn't this get tiresome for people other than me? ‐ Decider
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2019
100% Succession: Season 2 - Argestes (TV Episode) Despite the predictability of the caper, it results in some of the more interesting material of the season.‐ Decider
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2019
94% Succession: Season 2 - Tern Haven (TV Episode) "Money wins" is, unfortunately, the only thing Succession has to say, despite the best efforts of actors like [Jeremy] Strong and Sarah Snook and Matthew Macfadyen to elevate the material, or at least give the jokes some extra oomph.‐ Decider
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2019
94% Succession: Season 2 - Safe Room (TV Episode) It really does feel like Twitter: The Television Show, because in the end, Succession doesn't have anything interesting to say about any of these phenomena other than "Look, these phenomena exist." ‐ Decider
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2019
94% Succession: Season 2 - Hunting (TV Episode) The idea, I suppose, is that by the time the jokes get where they're going you're caught up in the huff-and-puff rhythm and primed to receive whatever they throw at you. I'm mostly just bored.‐ Decider
Read More | Posted Aug 26, 2019
94% Succession: Season 2 - The Vaulter (TV Episode) The thing about the Vaulter storyline is that all the jokes are the obvious ones if you follow the media business at all. Clickbait, SEO, Facebook algorithm changes, unionization ... yes yes, we all get it.‐ Decider
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2019
94% Succession: Season 2 - The Summer Palace (TV Episode) There's still a slightly off odor to the show itself. It's not as overpowering as dead raccoons, but it's there.‐ Decider
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2019
C 81% The Terror: Infamy (TV, 2019) Good intentions only get you so far. As a work of horror filmmaking, this doesn't go very far at all.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2019
100% Dark: Season 2 (TV, 2019) The scripts, cinematography, and acting are all razor sharp. But the can't-tell-the-players-without-a-scorecard structure runs the risk of sucking up all the oxygen in the room. Can Dark still make it work? I want to believe.‐ Decider
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2019
70% Too Old to Die Young: Season 1 (TV, 2019) This show is basically Andrei Tarkovsky's Narcos. What's not to like?‐ Decider
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2019
100% Billions: Season 4 - Extreme Sandbox (TV Episode) The world is their extreme sandbox, and they have the place to themselves.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Jun 10, 2019
100% Billions: Season 4 - Lamster (TV Episode) Temptation, misdirection, obfuscation, conflation-slash-corruption of ideals: All of the above are in play.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Jun 3, 2019
100% Billions: Season 4 - New Year's Day (TV Episode) That not-knowing is what I enjoy most about "Billions." Each episode is clockwork precise, doling out exactly enough information to get to the next step and no more.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted May 28, 2019
No Score Yet The Rain: Season 2 (TV, 2019) The science fiction in this episode gets so science-fictiony-poisonous trees, plants and people communicating via their telepathic virus...-that the speed works against our suspension of disbelief.‐ Decider
Read More | Posted May 24, 2019
48% Game of Thrones: Season 8 - The Iron Throne (TV Episode) After showing us a nightmare for eight seasons, Game of Thrones finally dares to dream of spring.‐ Rolling Stone
Read More | Posted May 19, 2019
100% Billions: Season 4 - American Champion (TV Episode) As always, the plot (here devised by the writer Adam R. Perlman and put into action by the director Naomi Geraghty) is crisp, clever and layered like a cake.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted May 13, 2019