Orphan Black “Nature Under Constraint and Vexed” Review (2×01)

19 Apr

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I decided to give Orphan Black a try last year due to the positive reviews of the series, but I never expected it to turn out this good. Even after the fantastic first season, there were questions: would the show be able to maintain the level of quality in its second season, or were those 10 episodes a one-off, albeit entertaining, story? Well, it looks like this show is back to prove itself, and man, does it.

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Hannibal “Su-zakana” Review (2×08)

18 Apr

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“Is your social worker in that horse?”

The last few episodes of the show have all been absolutely stellar, keeping up a pounding pace with tension, compelling character interactions, and horrifyingly beautiful imagery. Hannibal, understandably, now has to tone it down a bit before it moves into the final arc of the season; of course, that doesn’t mean “Su-zakana” isn’t still a very entertaining episode in its own right.

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Parenthood “The Pontiac” Review (5×22)

18 Apr

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Parenthood‘s always been one of my favorite shows on television, but it’s certainly had a shaky season: the Kristina mayoral campaign was a misfire, for one, and there was a hell of a lot of wheel-spinning over the course of the last 22 episodes. However, this finale is a touching, emotional, and satisfying conclusion to season 5.

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Community “Basic Sandwich” Review (5×13)

17 Apr

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I’m sorry. The point is: this show, Annie, it isn’t just their show. This is our show. And it’s not over. And the sooner we find that treasure, the faster the Jeff/Britta pilot falls apart.”

This has always been a show about a community, as expected: a living, breathing group of friends whose school is an essential aspect of all their beings. “Basic Sandwich” emphasizes that fact nicely, serving as a sweet, funny ending to what is most likely the penultimate season of the show.

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The Americans “New Car” Review (2×08)

17 Apr

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“It’s nicer. It’s easier. It’s not better.”

Last season, one of the major character questions was whether Philip Jennings was coming around to the American way of life, seduced by the glamor and the peaceful life and the culture. That question arises again in “New Car”, which is an excellent installment in an increasingly excellent sophomore season.

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Fargo “The Crocodile’s Dilemma” Review (1×01)

16 Apr

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“What if you’re right, and they’re wrong?”

Fargo was and will always be a classic, and it is a cinematic achievement rivaled by very few. To go into this limited series, we must be of the mindset that it is most definitely not the film and is most definitely not trying to be the film; rather, it draws from elements of the Coen brothers’ work and crafts a new world around them, all the while maintaining a constant foundation in the setting.

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Mad Men “Time Zones” Review (7×01)

14 Apr

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“She knows I’m a terrible husband.”

As we move into the final season of Mad Men, our characters are being stripped down to their most basic parts; no longer do they have anything to hide, for try as they might, they can’t stop the world from spinning and losing them in the shuffle. A sense of exhaustion permeates the atmosphere in “Time Zones”, one that portrays a group of people who’ve been stuck before and are stuck now.

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