Review: Star Trek: Discovery Season 1 Episode 4 “The Butcher’s Knife Cares Not For The Lamb’s Cry”

Easily the best ‘Star Trek: Discovery’ episode yet as the writers finally find a harmonious balance between light comedic relief and dark, thematically potent commentary.  The story not only continues to confront concepts of diversity, individuality and role, but also premises the notion that going beyond the frontier will have ripple effects and implications. The … Continue reading Review: Star Trek: Discovery Season 1 Episode 4 “The Butcher’s Knife Cares Not For The Lamb’s Cry”

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Review: Sense8 Season 2 Episode 10 “If All the World’s A Stage, Identity is Nothing But A Costume”

If these reviews sound repetitive, it is because the show's structural issues, within its formulaic grander scheme, is prominently returning. While I enjoy seeing each of the sensate's lives play out with their individual dramas, conflicts, romances and motivations, it feels as if the writers have forgotten the central premise of the show. The over-arching … Continue reading Review: Sense8 Season 2 Episode 10 “If All the World’s A Stage, Identity is Nothing But A Costume”

Review: Sense8 Season 2 Episode 8 “All I Want Right Now Is One More Bullet”

The individual trials the characters face have always grounded this show within a larger culturally thematic discussion, with insight into who they are beyond their efforts in supposedly saving themselves. Yet this dialogue can often clash with the overarching story which contains less depth but more intrigue. Pulling the two together with Wolfgang this episode … Continue reading Review: Sense8 Season 2 Episode 8 “All I Want Right Now Is One More Bullet”

Review: Orange Is The New Black Season 5 Episode 12 “Tattoo You”

Motherhood, relationships and the choice between personal and social responsibility have been frequently visited throughout this season. In some cases they have provided proper, impactful character arcs, while others are overshadowed by the chaos. This episode features the same mixed bag, as while it was nice revisiting Piper and Alex's relationship, especially through the flashbacks, … Continue reading Review: Orange Is The New Black Season 5 Episode 12 “Tattoo You”

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: 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”