Review: Riverdale Season 2 Episode 10 “Chapter Twenty-Three: The Blackboard Jungle”

Melodrama, absurdity and overly-forced surreal situations have always been a tough balancing act for ‘Riverdale’. In attempting to infuse fantastical, soap-opera like, daring predicaments with grounded emotional relationships, the show often loses its place and tone. This episode luckily doesn’t position the characters into any overly ridiculous or immature roles or confrontations (there is no … Continue reading Review: Riverdale Season 2 Episode 10 “Chapter Twenty-Three: The Blackboard Jungle”

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Review: Riverdale Season 2 Episode 7 “Chapter Twenty: Tales From The Darkside”

The effectiveness of the deliberate framing and structure of this episode will rely heavily upon the viewers’ understanding and knowledge of classical horror text. The references made throughout the episode are distinctive, an entertaining hold on the audience’s thrill and nostalgia, elevated by exemplary direction and cinematography. The extent of the entertainment and viewer’s belief … Continue reading Review: Riverdale Season 2 Episode 7 “Chapter Twenty: Tales From The Darkside”

Review: The Punisher Season 1 Episode 13 “Memento Mori”

While the direction and action choreography is excellent, with the director employing numerous ambitious shots and depictions, the central purpose of this episode, the confrontation between Frank and Billy, feels more out of necessity than reason. The pair always needed this fight, to allow Jigsaw to emerge from Russo, and to pave the way for … Continue reading Review: The Punisher Season 1 Episode 13 “Memento Mori”

Review: The Punisher Season 1 Episode 10 “Virtue of the Vicious”

Due to the poor resolution to Lewis' story and a minimal amount of consequential character development, this episode feels like an unnecessary sidetrack to the larger narrative, utilising a time jumping structure for no apparent reason. Initially, the structure seemed to be highlighting a difference in perspective, centred around contrasting views of the role of … Continue reading Review: The Punisher Season 1 Episode 10 “Virtue of the Vicious”

Review: The Punisher Season 1 Episode 9 “Front Toward Enemy”

Effectively balancing a solemn, grief-struck tone with explosive intensity and brutal potency, ‘The Punisher’ delivers an episode which is impactful on the surface, playing to the viewers’ emotion, but doesn’t carry the same complexity in its depths. While Lewis’ overall intentions and motivations draw upon well developed strains and issues personally, the political stance still … Continue reading Review: The Punisher Season 1 Episode 9 “Front Toward Enemy”

Review: The Punisher Season 1 Episode 6 “The Judas Goat”

At the core of ‘The Punisher’ is Frank Castle’s desire to not only avenge his family, but also reinvest himself in relationships, to find a new family of sorts. The opening hallucination excellently illustrates this, as Castle’s two ‘families’ interact as one. It showcases the evident magnitude of his quest, and the effect Micro and … Continue reading Review: The Punisher Season 1 Episode 6 “The Judas Goat”

Review: The Walking Dead Season 8 Episode 5 “The Big Scary U”

Unexpectedly, ‘The Walking Dead’ delivers an excellent episode that isn’t concerned with mindless action, repetitive tropes of the post-apocalyptic genre or cartoonish characters. Instead, the writers finally present Negan as nuanced with deep personal regrets and fascinations, brilliantly compared with those of Gabriel. As both a character and member of Rick’s gang, Gabriel has largely … Continue reading Review: The Walking Dead Season 8 Episode 5 “The Big Scary U”