Reign Report: “Blood for Blood”
Reign Report: "Blood for Blood"The good news about the second season of Reign is that we’re getting actual production stills that give us something to look at! The bad news: this episode was kind of a mess. The season had such a great start that this episode (which tried to shoehorn in royal blackmail via really good nurse-actress hoping to trick Francis into admitting he killed the king, which is just a WILD thing to try to get to pay off, plus religious intolerance that suggests another grain-shortage actual power problem and sort of fizzles out, a broken marriage that’s great but relies on a weird single-episode blip from last week, and of course, Kenna finding a sexy diary, which is still more than Bash gets to do, because this show has lost track of its cast in a serious way.…
Boardwalk’s Half a Gangster, Sleepy Hollow’s Abyss
Boardwalk's Half a Gangster, Sleepy Hollow's AbyssOn Sunday I wrote my last-ever episode recap of Boardwalk Empire, as the series drew to a close after five seasons. The fifth season was an interesting experiment—not always successful, but interesting—in how to navigate a huge time jump with an enormous cast at a very fast-moving period in history, and as I said in my final review, appropriately titled “Eldorado,” the whole season functioned as something of a Victorian death: just short enough not to outstay its welcome, and just slow enough to make amends.…
Reign Report: “The Lamb and the Slaughter”
Reign Report: "The Lamb and the Slaughter"Last night, literally everything that could possibly happen on an episode of Reign happened. Over at the AV Club, I ding it for being overstuffed, even though I give it points for trying to have an episode overtly about women negotiating relationships based on limited choices, even if it ended with Narcisse standing over the body of his wife and confiding in Lola, who I swear has gotten more romantic bounce-around than literally anyone else on this show.…
Sleepy Hollow: “The Weeping Lady”
Sleepy Hollow: "The Weeping Lady"I had to check that title, since I literally don’t even remember what this episode is called in the face of the revelations we had. Namely, Katrina Van Tassel met up with a lady to talk about Ichabod Crane, and when that lady gave her shit, Katrina brushed her right off the side of a cliff.…
Catwoman 35: “Comfort to the Hurt of the King”
Catwoman 35: "Comfort to the Hurt of the King"It’s my first comic book day ever. CATWOMAN #35, “Comfort to the Hurt of the King,” is in stores now! It’s been sort of a surreal process; I got the first call about the opportunity from Mark Doyle at the beginning of the year, and after I got the gig came the plotting and planning and arcs and character sketches and some historical research because why not?…
Reign Report: “Coronation”
Reign Report: "Coronation"Guess who had their big day last night! An iffy tactician and her husband! Don’t get me wrong, her strategic scrambling has come together this season as an actual through-line and not just a series of awkward decisions enacted at random. The entire second season so far has been great; I wrote up why over at the AV Club, including asking why Francis is not wearing French blue, because the one thing this show remembers historically is that red is an English color and Mary literally wore it one time to be political.…