Category: TV
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.…
Red Carpet Rundown: The 2018 Golden Globes
Red Carpet Rundown: The 2018 Golden Globes  Okay, well, welcome back to awards season, where it’s All Happening.…
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.…