Category: TV Drama Reviews

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‘The Deuce’ Review – HBO’s Portrayal of the Birth of Porn

HBO’s The Deuce is an unflinching look at the birth of the modern U.S. porn industry from the seedy Times Square neighborhood. George Pelecanos and David Simon, two of the minds behind The Wire, and co-producer and lead actress Maggie Gyllenhaal, have teamed up to recreate the world of street corners, night clubs, dirty bookstores […]


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‘Fortitude’ Review: Arctic Science Fiction

Fortitude is a very good, very weird show. I watched the first episode on Amazon Prime thinking that it was going to be like the movie Whiteout, a conventional mystery played out in an unconventional arctic setting.  Sure, the crime was super violent, but all the better. I kept thinking, the motive for this has […]


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‘Amerian Gods’ on STARZ – Review and Guide

American Gods, by Neil Gaiman, is possibly the only successful fantasy series set in the United States. STARZ just wrapped the first season, and wow, it’s off to an amazing start. American Gods will likely travel the same path Game of Thrones did. Meaning, they had small audience for the premiere and the first season, then […]


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‘Riverdale’ Review

I’m loving the CW’s Riverdale, a darker take on the Archie comics gang that has been around since the ’40s. We’re only a few episodes in, but so far it’s some salacious fun with a good message about acceptance. For instance, several of the characters have been forced to really look into the mirror, assess […]


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13 Ways 'The Flash' is Wasting Iris West

13 Ways ‘The Flash’ is Wasting Iris West

In just three seasons of The Flash, the characters have been through a lot of changes. I’m always impressed when a TV show doesn’t drag out a story. That means the writers’ imaginations are primed and they have a lot more stories to tell. Barry matured and tapped into the Speed Force; Cisco became Vibe; Caitlin is on […]


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‘The Exorcist!’ – UPDATED

Fox has brought a version of The Exorcist to the air and it’s fun, as much fun as a show can be that kills a cute tween in the first episode. (This is a two-part post. The first part was posted on October 5, 2016. The updated review is posted below.) One Episode in: The […]


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‘The Walking Dead’ Season 7 Review

Warning: Spoilers ahead for The Waking Dead Season 7. I love The Walking Dead. My Media Medusa co-worker, Louis Martin, has said that the violence in The Walking Dead premiere didn’t bother him because he doesn’t think of The Walking Dead characters as anything but shallow caricatures. Bullshit, Martin! Those people are my friends! Glenn was there in […]


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‘Doctor Who: The American Adventures’ Review

Did you know that originally Doctor Who was created in order to teach history to children? The First Doctor traveled back in time to places like the ancient Mayan civilization and cavemen. The BBC had initially intended him only to travel backwards in time for this purpose. Obviously, in modern Who, the Doctor has free […]


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Should You Watch ‘This Is Us’?

Did you like Parenthood? Gilmore Girls? Give This is Us on NBC a chance. Did you hate Friday Night Lights? Hart of Dixie? Give This Is Us a pass. There are some very mild spoilers in the upcoming review because it’s impossible to talk about the show without revealing the characters relationship, which is the surprise […]


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‘Arrow’ Needs to Fix These Things STAT

Although Arrow remains one of The CW’s highest-rated shows, a few significant changes would strengthen the show’s plots and characterizations. The DC Comics series has changed significantly since its debut in 2012. Arrow has strayed so far from its original premise — Oliver Queen’s origin story as the Green Arrow — that much of the show just […]


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‘Star Wars Rebels’ Season 2 Review

Star Wars Rebels isn’t just a knock-off TV cartoon that was created in an attempt to lighten the wallets of Star Wars fans through a line of new toys. Star Wars Rebels Season 2 is a heady, heart-wrenching mix of new stories and old friends. The second season takes what was working in the first season […]


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‘Gotham’ Season 2 DVD Review

I love Gotham. I think it’s a lot of fun and I think that the crazier it gets, the better. Here’s my Gotham Season 2 DVD review. In a lot of movies, TV and comics, there is an idea that Batman created his own Rogues gallery by dressing up as a bat and lurking in the […]


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‘Preacher’ TV Show – UPDATED with More Review!

The Preacher TV show is yet another comic book adaptation, this time on AMC, which is already home of the excellent The Walking Dead. The Preacher comic was ground breaking in a number of ways, most notably that is was the the most successful in bringing that Quentin Tarantino-esque combination of true depth, stupid movie tropes, and […]


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What is the ‘Justice Society of America?’

What is going on with the CW’s super heroes and the Justice Society of America? SPOILERS FOR DC’S LEGENDS OF TOMORROW AND THE FLASH FINALES If you watched DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, as I did, you were treated to a who’s who of minor DC Comics characters: Firestorm, Jonah Hex, even Sergeant Rock showed up […]


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Claire and Jamie’s Theme Song from ‘Outlander’

Listening to Claire and Jamie’s theme song from Outlander takes me right back to their wedding. Oh, this theme won’t leave me alone! And I keep hearing the sad, soulful cry of the flute when she says, “I’ll love you any way I can,” in the season finale. Bear McCreary, Outlander’s composer, has generous explanations of all his themes, […]


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‘The X-Files’ Season 10, X-Flop?

The X-Files Season 10 created a lot of expectations. Because the original series has become legendary, and Mulder and Scully are folk heroes by now. Then Chris Carter’s 10th season (Season X, so to say) arrived in six neat little packages. A bit like a pilot series for a new show. And it wasn’t very good. […]


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‘The Magicians’ TV Series – Season 1 Review

The Magicians TV series on Syfy is so much more than I thought it would be. However, that’s not necessarily a good thing. The Magicians TV series is based on three novels by Lev Grossman. In the first book, The Magicians, we meet Quentin Coldwater, a brilliant grad student chosen to attend Brakebills University for Magical Pedagogy, […]


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‘DC’s Legends of Tomorrow’ Review: What Needs to be Fixed

DC’s Legends of Tomorrow is so close to living up to the hype that was set up by its sister shows, The Flash and Arrow. But a few key factors keep it from gelling. We’re seven episodes into the season, and it will most likely be renewed for next season. But for DC’s Legends of Tomorrow to be a hit, […]


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‘The Shannara Chronicles’ is a Lush Fantasy Full of Soap Stars

The Shannara Chronicles is a fantasy TV series on MTV, that’s adapted from the best-selling fantasy book series by Terry Brooks. The synopsis says, “Set thousands of years in the future, the story follows three heroes, Elf-Human hybrid Wil, Elvin Princess Amberle, and Human Rover Eretria, as they embark on a quest to stop an evil […]


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‘Sherlock’ Review: Holmes, Sweet Holmes

The New Year Special of Sherlock, long awaited and heralded by slightly confusing teaser trailers, has come … and gone in less than two hours. Was the wait worth it? Was the hype justified? Was it Sherlock as we know it? Yes, maybe, no. In short – The Abominable Bride, which was watched live by […]


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Reviews of Medieval ‘Bastard Executioner,’ ‘Last Kingdom’

One of these TV shows is awesome and the other makes me yawn just thinking about it. After Game of Thrones raised the bar to dramatic new levels for shows with armor and swords, I was psyched for The Bastard Executioner with its cool name and engaging promos. After actually seeing an episode, I was very disappointed […]


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‘Once Upon a Time’ Season 5 Flips the Script

Once Upon a Time Season 5 is two episodes in, and weaves a tale that’s part Disney princess, part fairy tale and part legend. The series is stretching beyond its normal borders, looking for fresh material; instead of relying almost exclusively on Disney characters, Once Upon a Time has introduced Storybrooke’s residents to King Arthur and Camelot. […]


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‘Midwinter of the Spirit’ Review

One of the more exciting new items on the British TV schedule for Autumn 2015 was the announcement of ITV airing Midwinter of the Spirit, based on Phil Rickman’s novel of the same name, adapted by Stephen Volk. Rickman’s stories involving a female cleric in an English backwater were long overdue for a screen treatment, […]


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‘Public Morals’ Mingles Cops and Criminals

I’m going to start this review of Public Morals by praising Brian Dennehy and his Irish accent. I had actually thought that Dennehy, an actor who appeared in some very fine movies over the years, had stopped making movies (or what have you) after The Big Year. Mr. Dennehy brings a lot of presence to Public […]


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‘Mr. Robot’ Wants Me to Join fsociety

Mr. Robot, USA’s runaway summer hit TV series, is intense. It pulls you in and, before you know it, you’re blinking at the closing credits. Part of the reason you can’t look away is that you spend most of the episode just trying to figure out what’s going on, and what’s coming next. As TV […]


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‘Blindspot’ Season 1 Review

From executive producer Greg Berlanti (“Arrow,” “The Flash,” “The Mysteries of Laura”) comes “Blindspot.” A vast international plot explodes when a beautiful Jane Doe, completely covered in mysterious, intricate tattoos, is discovered naked in Times Square with no memory of who she is or how she got there. But there’s one tattoo that is impossible […]


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ONCE UPON A TIME - "Heroes and Villains" - In the aftermath of the Snow Queen's spell, our heroes try to pick up the pieces and Regina has to make a difficult choice. Hook's fate hangs in the balance as Gold's quest for power threatens everything he holds dear. And, in the Enchanted Forest flashback, an intrusion during Belle's stay at Rumplestiltskin's dark castle will wreak havoc in both the past and the future, on the winter finale of "Once Upon a Time," SUNDAY, DECEMBER 14 (8:00-9:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. (ABC/Jack Rowand) SCOTT MICHAEL FOSTER, ELIZABETH LAIL, GEORGINA HAIG, JARED S. GILMORE, JENNIFER MORRISON, GINNIFER GOODWIN, JOSH DALLAS

Is ‘Once Upon a Time’ Still a Fairy Tale? Or a Nightmare?

Once Upon a Time, the fairy tale drama on ABC, premiered in the fall of 2011. Before Frozen and Maleficent and Into the Woods and Cinderella, there was Once Upon a Time. It was refreshing, back then, to see our favorite fairy tale characters interact with each other. The twist was that these characters — Snow White, Prince Charming, the […]


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‘The Affair’ Review: Questions, No Answers

The problem might be that because of Mad Men, Walking Dead, and Game of Thrones, I’m starting to expect more from a show. The current excellence of so many individual TV programs has made me expect more from the medium of television itself. And that’s my problem, not the show’s. But the bottom line, although […]


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“The Mummy on the Orient Express” Recap and Review for ‘Doctor Who’

“The Mummy on the Orient Express” made me mad. Hello, my name is Tori, I’m a huge Whovian, and I am MAD. Last week, we had what I’d call one of the finest definitive Clara moments in her telling the Doctor essentially to shove it, and this week we get… Clara on a train? I was […]


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Did Outlander TV Series Faithfully Rep the Books?

Does the Outlander TV series faithfully represent the books? Or have the characters and the plot lines gone too far astray? Let’s take a look at the Outlander TV series, in comparison to Diana Gabaldon’s wonderful novels. Outlander Books I began reading the Outlander books in 2005 after a glorious trip to Scotland. After I returned, […]


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“Time Heist” Recap of ‘Doctor Who’

The episode was fantastic in a sort of Memento way, working backwards to reveal the reason for the heist. However, as a fan it was slightly predictable. Still, the clever writing prevailed throughout, and some of my favorite lines are merely in passing at the end of the episode in the Tardis. Next week, the Doctor […]


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‘True Detective’ Review

True Detective is a hard-boiled detective show on HBO. Set in 1995 and 2012, the show keeps things interesting with constantly switching perspectives, although 1995 Louisiana seems a lot like the ’70s. The show stars Matthew McConaughey as Rust Cohle and Woody Harrelson as Martin Hart, both Louisiana state police detectives. Both actors fully inhabit […]


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‘Black Sails’ Review

Black Sails premiered last Saturday night on Starz with 2.6 million viewers. Saturday night is an unusual time to broadcast a series that’s meant to be a dramatic success. Saturday night timeslots are typically reserved for previously released movies, reality TV or re-runs of shows the network is looking to burn off. Perhaps, then, the […]


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‘Jack Taylor’ Review

Our Jack Taylor review compares the TV series to the popular book series. One great thing about Netflix is that occasionally some great foreign show that no one has ever heard of seems to come out of nowhere. One such show is Jack Taylor, which Netflix recommended to me because I watch a lot of British […]


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