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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
No Score Yet Destroy Build Destroy: Season 1 (TV, 2009-2010) Destroy Build Destroy brings back weirdly fond memories from my recent youth of amiably cheesy canned game show melodramas. ‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2020
3.5/4 33% Truth Be Told: Season 1 (TV, 2019) Strickland frequently tests viewers' patience, but his off-putting sensibility is powerful enough to make In Fabric as mesmerizing as its subject: salesmanship as a sinister, inescapable form of hypnosis.‐ RogerEbert.com
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2019
D+ 40% V: Season 2 (TV, 2011) Predictably a complete bust.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2019
No Score Yet Superjail!: Season 2 (TV, 2011) Another aspect of the new and not-really-improved Superjail! that irked me in "Hotchick" is the show's relatively cleaner and more, well, animated look. ‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2019
3/5 71% Sense8: Season 1 (TV, 2015) Sense8 is, so far, at its best when its characters hint at impending conflicts. ‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted May 22, 2019
100% Cowboy Bebop: Series 1 (TV, 2001) The show's greatest asset is its ability to look cool and be smart in ways that other anime only strive for.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2019
3.5/5 90% Sons of Anarchy: Season 3 (TV, 2010) Sons of Anarchy's third season is ultimately only a bit better than its second season because the most crucial developments to Sutter's characters and world are all still just peripheral subplots.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Jan 14, 2019
C No Score Yet The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret: Season 2 (TV, 2012) That, realistically, is the show's biggest obstacle: its creators just aren't very inspired at the moment. The material suffers as a result, no matter what changes have been made. ‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2018
100% Life on Mars (UK): Series 1 (TV, 2006) It was a cop drama about cops, not crime, one with enough wit and bite to make every episode memorable.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2018
B 85% Covert Affairs: Season 2 (TV, 2011) It's pretty much exactly what I expect and consequently want from the show: a totally contrived and in parts poorly-developed but also often entertaining and sometimes arresting bit of junk food TV.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2018
No Score Yet Primeval: Season 4 (TV, 2011) They may have hit a brick wall plot-wise, but they're already well on their way to delivering a pleasant filler of a season that you actually want to go through the motions watching.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2018
1/5 89% Gotham: Season 2 - Rise of the Villains: Knock, Knock (TV Episode) A bunch of stuff happens tonight on Gotham, but none of it makes sense.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2018
2/5 75% Gotham: Season 1 - Everyone Has a Cobblepot (TV Episode) "Everyone Has a Cobblepot" pushes the series' plot along, though usually in the most predictable way. ‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2018
4/5 86% Gotham: Season 1 - Red Hood (TV Episode) The thematic clothesline that props up "Red Hood," one of the best episodes of Gotham to date, is blessedly simple: What empowers the people of Gotham City? Each character answers that question differently, because each of them is after different things.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2018
2/5 52% Gotham: Season 1 - The Blind Fortune Teller (TV Episode) Tonight's Gotham is all about the ladies, which is surprising considering how poorly this show's ladies are written.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2018
2/5 60% Gotham: Season 1 - The Scarecrow (TV Episode) While "The Fearsome Dr. Crane" was an elaborate setup for future events, "The Scarecrow" rushes to resolve outstanding problems with the most trite solutions. ‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2018
B+ 100% Batman: The Brave and the Bold: Season 3 (TV, 2011) The show has had a good run... One can only hope that, regardless of the tone the next Bat-property employs, a modicum of intelligence and wit will be applied to it, too.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Jul 5, 2018
3/5 92% Batman: The Brave and the Bold: Season 1 (TV, 2008-2009) Looks more and more like the exact kind of gutsy, carefree show that superhero fans deserve.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Jul 5, 2018
3/5 95% Flight of the Conchords: Season 1 (TV, 2007) Most of Flight of the Conchords's jokes revolve around an unambitious, self-deprecating sense of humor that largely only works when it's contained within a song.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Jun 4, 2018
88% The Six Million Dollar Man: Season 1 (TV, 1974) This pilot is one of the only times you'll see Steve questioning authority and/or his role in enforcing the status quo.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted May 9, 2018
No Score Yet Cowboy Bebop: Series 1 - The Real Folk Blues (Episode 26) (TV Episode) We learn that moving on is overrated. Sometimes, we have to face the end and recognize that there is an order to things and that, yes, everything must end. ‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted May 7, 2018
No Score Yet Cowboy Bebop: Series 1 - The Real Folk Blues (TV Episode) We get an excellent, self-contained finale that just happens to be composed of two parts.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted May 7, 2018
No Score Yet Cowboy Bebop: Series 1 - Hard Luck Woman (TV Episode) Unfortunately, there isn't a sense of urgency to the two competing plotlines in Hard Luck Woman.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted May 7, 2018
No Score Yet Cowboy Bebop: Series 1 - Brain Scratch (TV Episode) A thoughtful episode that's expressly about the mystery of the week's protagonist... Another high-quality entry in the Cowboy Bebop canon.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted May 7, 2018
No Score Yet Cowboy Bebop: Series 1 - Cowboy Funk (TV Episode) There's something remarkable about an episode that's this thoughtful, clever and well-assembled, top to bottom. ‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted May 7, 2018
No Score Yet Cowboy Bebop: Series 1 - Boogie-Woogie Feng-Shui (TV Episode) While Boogie Woogie Feng Shui isn't as potent as Pierrot Le Fou, the former episode has enough clever ideas of its own to make it worthwhile on its own terms. ‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted May 7, 2018
No Score Yet Cowboy Bebop: Series 1 - Pierrot Le Fou (TV Episode) An episode so good that it really is in a class of its own. ‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted May 7, 2018
No Score Yet Cowboy Bebop: Series 1 - Wild Horses (TV Episode) No new ground is broken here but comfortable and clever can be just as good as innovative and clever, too.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted May 7, 2018
No Score Yet Cowboy Bebop: Series 1 - Speak Like a Child (TV Episode) It's extremely touching to see what's on Faye's tape.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted May 7, 2018
No Score Yet Cowboy Bebop: Series 1 - Mushroom Samba (TV Episode) Mushroom Samba is as inexhaustibly joyful as it is because it's totally elastic and high on its own giddiness. It's a great palate cleanser and features a number of really well-choreographed gags‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted May 7, 2018
No Score Yet Cowboy Bebop: Series 1 - Black Dog Serenade (TV Episode) Watanabe's direction really does work wonders this episode... Because good directing can make you suspend your disbelief, even when the material it's fleshing out isn't always as good as it should be.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted May 7, 2018
No Score Yet Cowboy Bebop: Series 1 - My Funny Valentine (TV Episode) If Faye wants to know who she really is, she won't find the answers she's looking for in her past but in what she decides to do next. It's a cliché but here, within the context of the episode, it's well-earned.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted May 7, 2018
No Score Yet Cowboy Bebop: Series 1 - Bohemian Rhapsody (TV Episode) It feels more like a rough sketch than a fully realized episode.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted May 7, 2018
No Score Yet Cowboy Bebop: Series 1 - Jupiter Jazz (TV Episode) There are so many different balls being thrown into the air at the same time...This makes Jupiter Jazz more lopsided than actively bad.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted May 7, 2018
No Score Yet Cowboy Bebop: Series 1 - Jupiter Jazz (Episode 12) (TV Episode) I think my biggest problem with Jupiter Jazz is the way it reaches for a level of significance that it doesn't know how to achieve. ‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted May 7, 2018
No Score Yet Cowboy Bebop: Series 1 - Toys in the Attic (TV Episode) It's an entirely self-contained narrative, one that embraces and uses the defining characteristics of the show's protagonists to put them through the paces of a very enjoyable character-driven chase episode.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted May 7, 2018
No Score Yet Cowboy Bebop: Series 1 - Ganymede Elegy (TV Episode) Sadly, after a point, Ganymede Elegy fails to capitalize on everything it's going for... It feels slipshod and generic when it should be pensive and heartfelt.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted May 7, 2018
No Score Yet Cowboy Bebop: Series 1 - Jamming With Edward (TV Episode) A rare episode of Cowboy Bebop that doesn't revolve around Spike. It's nice to see the show's creators stretch out and develop another character in such a sprawling but very satisfying way.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted May 7, 2018
No Score Yet Cowboy Bebop: Series 1 - Waltz for Venus (TV Episode) A bouncy but uneven episode.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted May 7, 2018
No Score Yet Cowboy Bebop: Series 1 - Heavy Metal Queen (TV Episode) An uncharacteristically weak episode in Cowboy Bebop's original 26-episode run.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted May 7, 2018
No Score Yet Cowboy Bebop: Series 1 - Sympathy for the Devil (TV Episode) I love Sympathy for the Devil because it staunchly defies our need to have every action motivated by some easy-to-digest reason or another.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted May 7, 2018
No Score Yet Cowboy Bebop: Series 1 - Ballad of Fallen Angels (TV Episode) Its cynical, grandiose melodrama is worthy of Brian De Palma, particularly the episode's climactic church shoot-out.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted May 7, 2018
No Score Yet Cowboy Bebop: Series 1 - Gateway Shuffle (TV Episode) Most of the episode is as suspenseful and brooding as a horror movie. ‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted May 7, 2018
No Score Yet Cowboy Bebop: Series 1 - Honky Tonk Women (TV Episode) An auspicious and exciting introduction to Faye Valentine, who will later become the show's main female protagonist.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted May 7, 2018
No Score Yet Cowboy Bebop: Series 1 - Stray Dog Strut (TV Episode) The jokes in this week's episode are all fairly measured, and even the more caricature-like supporting characters are never too broadly sketched out.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted May 4, 2018
67% Marvel's The Punisher: Season 1 (TV, 2017) Many viewers will relate to Frank Castle's dark urge to hurt people out of fear of an unfair environment that might have already hurt them. But they won't get much insight from the Punisher's myopic new war on crime.‐ Vanity Fair
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2017
2/5 87% Sense8: A Christmas Special (TV, 2016) Sadly, Sense8: A Christmas Special is not that thoughtful.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2017
2/5 73% Fear the Walking Dead: Season 2 - North (TV Episode) If tonight's two-parter proves anything, it's that Fear the Walking Dead doesn't know which direction to pull us.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2016
2/5 67% Fear the Walking Dead: Season 2 - Date of Death (TV Episode) "Date of Death" is a revealing episode, though not because it's especially insightful. No, tonight's Fear the Walking Dead is a showcase for the show's most frustrating and endearing quirks.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2016
2/5 71% Fear the Walking Dead: Season 2 - Pillar of Salt (TV Episode) "Pillar of Salt" has a lot of moving parts, and only a few of them thoughtfully compliment each other.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2016