It was nice to see Arrow rebound after last week's less than stellar episode. "Sara" contained some of the worst action sequences of the series so far, not to mention its fair share of stilted-sentimentality. The CW superhero show has never really nailed the emotional moments but stunning action set-pieces almost always outweigh the heavy-handed drama. Case in point, “Corto Maltese.”
If all good things must come to an end, I’m sad it only took Supernatural three episodes to conclude its best storyline in quite some time. “Soul Survivor” brought the Deanmon arc to a satisfying and abrupt conclusion.
It’s impossible for me to hold back my disgust for tonight’s episode, “Greensleeves.” Not that it was a terrible hour of television or anything, but the plots took turns for the worse.
With only eight episodes in the fifth and final season of HBO's Boardwalk Empire, the second-to-last sure snuck up on us. "The Golden Days For Boys And Girls" felt like only yesterday but, now that the events of "Friendless Child" have also past, there's only one week left. The penultimate episode added a few more bodies to the pile, bridging the big losses and bloody showdowns of last week with those sure to occur in the finale.
Despite all of the zombies that wander around trying to eat people on a regular basis, all of the character drama developing from one episode to the next sometimes causes us to forget that The Walking Dead is a horror series. Horror, after all, is relative.
This week's Doctor Who is much like the villain that inhabits its story. On the outside, it almost seems a little flat, with not much form or substance. But when you look closer, there's another dimension to be had!
While the The CW hopes to continue spinning off the success of Arrow, DC rolled out their plans for a concurrently expanding cinematic universe. The development will obviously have an effect on the small-screen superheroes but to what extent remains unclear. And here we thought the new addition on last week's episode was big news, not to mention the bombshell the series dropped. Can any of the easter eggs in “Sara” possibly put the spotlight back on DC's TV shows?
As the saying goes, “The show must go on, and sometimes that show involves conjoined twins performing Fiona Apple covers.” That may not be an exact quote. American Horror Story: Freak Show pushed some of the boundaries of weird-dom in last week’s ratings bonanza of a premiere, and “Massacres and Matinees” did nothing to lessen that. Let’s all welcome Michael Chiklis and Angela Bassett to the show!
Regardless of how you felt about Deanmon’s debut last week, there’s no arguing after “Reichenbach” that Jensen Ackles is nailing this demonic side of Dean. Supernatural needed a shakeup headed into its tenth season and the writers have struck gold by turning the eldest Winchester into a black-eyed monster.
Holy shit, folks. Another Sons of Anarchy episode, another gang bites the dust. “Smoke ‘Em if You Got ‘Em” is another piece of the ramp up towards the series’ finale, and characters are getting killed off by the vanload as we near the middle of Season 7.
Up to and including last week, the lack of main characters kicking the bucket in Boardwalk Empire's final season was becoming a bit surprising, especially since 'No One Goes Quietly' was plastered all over the promos for the bootlegging drama's fifth year. In the first five episodes, barely any of the series regulars met their untimely end, but that trend finally came to end in "Devil You Know." To the lost!
Yes! The Walking Dead is back. And not just ease-us-into-the-season back, but full-on explosive-return back! We heard the first six minutes or so of the Season 5 premiere were going to be brutal and they weren't kidding. In fact, the whole first episode was like concentrated The Walking Dead suspense and thrills from beginning to end.
If you thought last week's Doctor Who didn't have enough going on, then this week's caper should fix that. Come for the recap, stay for our longest list of episode notes this season.
The Arrow third season premiere was titled "The Calm" but we might have caught a bit of 'the storm' by episode's end. Or middle. Actually, where was the calm? Things were kind of stormy right from the opening chase. To be fair, it was relatively calm before the date blowing (up) bomb but after that, it was bombshell after bombshell. A baby was born, a 'bird' died and, as usual, a lot of references to the DCU were made. It's nice to have Arrow back.
As premieres go, it wasn’t quite as strong as our introduction to Rubber Suit Man in the first season, but it’s definitely more confident in its universe building than Asylum and Coven. Though it’s too soon to really call it, I’m already on board with calling Freak Show a winner.