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Review: Orange Is The New Black Season 5 Episode 10 ‘The Reverse Midas Touch”

Placing such a prime focus upon Piscatella and his motivations should have granted the show an opportunity to move away from the meanderings of the riot and negotiations and revealed deeper layers to the character as representative of the guards. Yet, the show instead just reinforces what we already know, with very surface-level information that … Continue reading Review: Orange Is The New Black Season 5 Episode 10 ‘The Reverse Midas Touch”

Review: Orange Is The New Black Season 5 Episode 9 “The Tightening”

While the horror stylisation this episode employs keeps the episode interesting in brief instances, using tropes both humorously and to create suspense, it doesn't elevate the episode as a whole. Instead, the remainder is simply meandering filler, with little getting accomplished at all despite the negotiations occurring. The flashbacks resonate with the idea of freedom … Continue reading Review: Orange Is The New Black Season 5 Episode 9 “The Tightening”

Review: Shadowhunters Season 2 Episode 13 “Those of Demon Blood”

A poorly written episodic distraction, 'Shadowhunters' focussed upon filler with poor character choices meant to inspire some greater internal reflection in the characters. Like the previous episode, this entry has very little long-term impact and anything presented seems to be simply manufactured, such as Jace's future relationship and reinforcing Alec and Magnus' status. There are … Continue reading Review: Shadowhunters Season 2 Episode 13 “Those of Demon Blood”

Review: Better Call Saul Season 3 Episode 10 “Lantern”

The primary promise life will always deliver upon is that change will always occur. Whether it be the transition of a lantern as a symbol of safety to one of absolute trauma, the change in the audience's perspective of a character due a gut-wrenching performance and excellent direction, or the change that one brings about … Continue reading Review: Better Call Saul Season 3 Episode 10 “Lantern”

Review: Fear The Walking Dead Season 3 Episode 4 “100”

The use of flashbacks, or solo character episodes, has plagued the later instalments of 'The Walking Dead', where little is ever achieved and minute, poorly written character actions, almost pretentious in their forced symbolism, are supposed to be categorised as development. Yet, this episode is sensational beyond the sublime technical craft displayed and the iconography … Continue reading Review: Fear The Walking Dead Season 3 Episode 4 “100”

Review: Orange Is The New Black Season 5 Episode 8 “Tied to the Tracks”

Again 'Orange Is The New Black' squanders its ability to create emotion with its structure that lacks clear arcs and cohesion. Instead we are randomly alerted to the drama and issues of some characters lives that feel underdeveloped, suddenly picked off the editing floor and thrown against the wall, hoping they would stick. Daya's story … Continue reading Review: Orange Is The New Black Season 5 Episode 8 “Tied to the Tracks”

Review: Orange Is The New Black Season 5 Episode 7 “Full Bush, Half Snickers”

The sense of community and unity created here was potent in the sense that it contrasted so heavily to the mentality of many of the characters. It is an aspect of the show not often covered, noting that while many like Crazy Eyes or Lorna may be funny for the audience, there are deeper, more … Continue reading Review: Orange Is The New Black Season 5 Episode 7 “Full Bush, Half Snickers”