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Review: Game of Thrones Season 7 Episode 5 “Eastwatch”

Although the ending felt too much like an anti-climax, it was an effective tease with stunning cinematography and excellent writing to set up of the dynamic and comradery of the men going off to war. Furthermore, this episode felt like a landmark for Jon, as the character fully embraced his role and his confidence began … Continue reading Review: Game of Thrones Season 7 Episode 5 “Eastwatch”

Review: Ozark Season 1 Episode 10 “The Toll”

While the show's cyclical formula of having the Byrdes jump between success, relaxation and sudden downfall has been predictable and tedious, this episode ramps up the tension and stakes so high that it becomes tantalising, despite such structural problems. The show's intersecting pieces are nicely played and the time the writers have spent positioning everything … Continue reading Review: Ozark Season 1 Episode 10 “The Toll”

Review: Preacher Season 2 Episode 8 “Holes”

Although the episode packs in a substantial amount of black humour, particularly in emphasising Jesse's boredom and inability to find God, this boredom is also rubbing off on the audience. One could argue that's an intentional decision, but the main arc's slow pace is not energised by any particularly compelling subplots. While Tulip's PTSD does … Continue reading Review: Preacher Season 2 Episode 8 “Holes”

Review: Shadowhunters Season 2 Episode 19 “Hail and Farewell”

While the visual effects budget does seem to be running dry, as some sequences could desperately do with a make-over to ramp up the fantasy tension, the direction does serve to somewhat balance things out with some ambitious imagery. The narrative is fortunately heavily focussed on the main arc, as the writers nicely pull together … Continue reading Review: Shadowhunters Season 2 Episode 19 “Hail and Farewell”

Review: Game of Thrones Season 7 Episode 4 “The Spoils of War”

"The Spoils of War" begins slowly, enforcing boundaries between characters like Bran and Sansa, and crafting respect and understanding between others. For the most part the writing balances audience expectation, and internal, transformative arcs of the characters, with Arya's clearly established confidence, and Bran's cold, isolated withdrawal being highlights. Yet, there are other moments where … Continue reading Review: Game of Thrones Season 7 Episode 4 “The Spoils of War”

Review: Preacher Season 2 Episode 7 “Pig”

In regard to structure, this episode of 'Preacher' is all over the place, with a mildly amusing sub-plot with Cassidy with some form of discussion over his immortality, an unnecessary sequence revolving around Tulip and her flashbacks to the ordeal she suffered last week that felt out of character, and Jesse fitting in somewhere in … Continue reading Review: Preacher Season 2 Episode 7 “Pig”

Review: Shadowhunters Season 2 Episode 18 “Awake, Arise or be Forever Fallen”

This episode contains a lot of filler, from Magnus' flashbacks which are meant to serve to reinforce the state of him and Alex before they got together but simply seem repetitive and unnecessary, to the show's desperate attempts at trying to keep Simon relevant. However, again 'Shadowhunters' finds success in its main narrative, especially when … Continue reading Review: Shadowhunters Season 2 Episode 18 “Awake, Arise or be Forever Fallen”