Category: TV
Red Carpet Rundown: The 2018 Emmys
Red Carpet Rundown: The 2018 Emmys  It begins: Red Carpet season, in which stylists and PR reps throughout the land bring in the Red Carpet Harvest and carefully apply their dresses to the brands of various celebrities who must all pretend that none of this is a bizarre competition for greatness on this carpet and, simultaneously, any number of secondary clandestine objectives, while holding their arms nonchalantly and making eye contact with six cameras at once.…
Harlots Season 2
Harlots Season 2Ah, Harlots. Rarely has a show about such wretched people been so delightful to watch.…
Elementary: “An Infinite Capacity for Taking Pains”
Elementary: "An Infinite Capacity for Taking Pains"“An Infinite Capacity For Taking Pains” is a telling title. It’s a quote close to Sherlock’s heart (episode writer Bob Goodman had Sherlock advise Kitty to “accept that you’ll be taking pains” in the third season). It’s also a paraphrase of this Carlyle quote about Frederick the Great—the saying is more popular than the actual quote but inexact, which perfectly suits an episode where Sherlock has to deal with the idea that soon he might be as fallible as anyone else.…
The Alienist
The AlienistI’ve been recapping THE ALIENIST over at The AV Club! (All recaps so far should be gathered under that header; if you’ve wanted to get caught up, now’s the time.) It is a fascinating case study in adaptation (especially the pros and cons of adhering to the letter of the law), and it features, among other things, gorgeous sets and cinematography, three lead actors who are all pitching their performances to different iterations of the show, and occasional bursts of incredible weirdness that include one of the most sublime moments on TV this year: Sean Young silently looking to her dog for legal advice.…
Star Trek: Discovery, The Good Place, and Humanity in Hell
Star Trek: Discovery, The Good Place, and Humanity in HellIf there’s ever been a year that needed multiple shows about characters desperate to escape worst-case surroundings in the wreckage of a fake utopia while grappling with moral quagmires, it’s probably this one. Star Trek: Discovery just wrapped a first season that grapples with some implications of the wider Star Trek universe’s approach to the moral high ground.…
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.…