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”

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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”

Review: The Walking Dead Season 8 Episode 4 “Some Guy”

Ezekiel’s journey here is admittedly a heart-breaking one, that benefits from Khary Payton’s performance. Yet, it also relies heavily upon tried and clichéd emotional beats, that set-up the predictable nature of the episode from the get-go. This forced sense of sympathy therefore often feels stale, bland and superficial. The ideas being presented, especially regarding Ezekiel’s … Continue reading Review: The Walking Dead Season 8 Episode 4 “Some Guy”

Review: The Walking Dead Season 8 Episode 3 “Monsters”

Last week's catastrophic failings as a piece of entertainment are nearly replicated here. If it was not for an unpredictable ending and some nice visuals, 'Monsters' would truly be an embarrassing text. With no narrative purpose 'The Walking Dead' has no identity or sense of knowing what it is. Bordering upon a parody in some … Continue reading Review: The Walking Dead Season 8 Episode 3 “Monsters”

Review: Preacher Season 2 Episode 13 “The End of The Road”

It is a shame that a season that started so high, ended with certain consequence, but also definite disappointment. The quest for God was an enticing hook for the season to begin with, as it provided the opportunity for the three protagonists to go on a road-trip, meet new odd people, be confined to each … Continue reading Review: Preacher Season 2 Episode 13 “The End of The Road”

Review: The Defenders Season 1 Episode 6 “Ashes, Ashes”

‘Ashes, Ashes’ opens with an excellently symbolic moment that captures one of the few aspects of Alexandra’s background we understand, her age. As she grapples with mortality, Sigourney Weaver provides a stirring performance that she later continues. But that such performance is cut short by a terrible, awkward twist that reinforces that this show’s narrative … Continue reading Review: The Defenders Season 1 Episode 6 “Ashes, Ashes”

Review: Preacher Season 2 Episode 9 “Puzzle Pieces”

The humour may skew slightly inappropriate, even for this show, and by making Herr Starr more of an oddball, comical figure, the show does confuse the Grail's tone, focus and credibility. But the final act is excellently directed, with brilliant tension and a fantastic hold and understanding of a number of moving pieces. It was … Continue reading Review: Preacher Season 2 Episode 9 “Puzzle Pieces”