Category: Recaps
Riverdale: “The Wrestler”
Riverdale: "The Wrestler"“Why weren’t you a part of this?” “Because I was playing basketball.” Every so often, some of the dozen spinning plates on Riverdale wobble, and the show has to deal with Archie. … It’s a bizarre but fascinating process to watch a show routinely try to reset one of the stars to teen-show stakes.…
Riverdale: “Death Proof”
Riverdale: "Death Proof"“When I heard what happened at Nick’s party, I decided that we should come together…to deal with this motley crew of liars, dope fiends, and fornicators.”…
Brooklyn 99: “The Venue”
Brooklyn 99: "The Venue"Boy, this is a fascinating episode to deal so directly with needing to be liked. When Brooklyn Nine-Nine is on its game, it’s one of television’s warmest half-hours. (See the donut-hole cold open that gets an offhand callback halfway through the episode just because.) But after sticking a toe into more serious waters early in the season, “The Venue” seems like a deliberate attempt to bring some lighter screwball energy back into the season.…
Nonfiction Catch-up Post: One Wedding and Nine Funerals
Nonfiction Catch-up Post: One Wedding and Nine FuneralsThere has never been a fictional wedding/funeral ratio more to my tastes, has there? The wedding happened on BATES MOTEL, which I covered for AV Club; you could not have picked a better week for me to drop in on a show than the week two characters with a deeply repressed slow burn have to marry each other for plot reasons and then trip over their feelings for the next forty minutes.…
Sleepy Hollow: Season 3 So Far
Sleepy Hollow: Season 3 So Far(A very artsy shot considering that in this scene they’re running from undead Redcoats summoned from the grave by an evil witch.) Sleepy Hollow is back – and it is so, so sorry about last season. My io9 recaps continue apace, and judging by the way I update the blog these days, you should probably plan to just follow along there.…
Reign: Season 3 So Far
Reign: Season 3 So FarSo, I am recapping Reign at AV Club this season, which is very fun for analytical purposes, but I missed talking nonsense about the dresses and Catherine’s facial expressions enough to come back and check in. As usual, a lot has happened! I actually sometimes forget how much plot goes into an episode of Reign until I watch another soap-paced show—even Scream Queens (which I watched as a sub-in on AV Club; it’s essentially an essay on manufacturing camp, because that show is trying to do it harder than any show has ever tried to do anything) doesn’t hold a candle to what Reign can do.…