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: Star Trek: Discovery Season 1 Episode 11 “The Wolf Inside”

Arguably boasting some of the series’ best direction, this is a beautifully shot episode that creates expansiveness and divide with the cinematography’s harnessing of light and dark. Key to the episode’s thematic and character core is the contrast between Burnham trying to mute her good will and ethical decision-making, and Tyler trying to tackle his … Continue reading Review: Star Trek: Discovery Season 1 Episode 11 “The Wolf Inside”

Review: Star Trek: Discovery Season 1 Episode 10 “Despite Yourself”

Although the overall concept of parallel universes is predictable as is how Tyler's PTSD-like story develops with its serialised aspects, holding back the character's blooming relationship with Burnham seemingly for the sake of it, the writers are still able to pull off an episode that is for the most part compelling. A tone is cleverly … Continue reading Review: Star Trek: Discovery Season 1 Episode 10 “Despite Yourself”

Review: Black Mirror Season 4 Episode 5 “Metal Head”

While the black and white vistas may look gorgeous, with the cinematography excellently creating tension in both intimate spaces and wide, expansive landscapes, such an artistic imprint feels purposeless other than to enforce a post-apocalyptic tone. Purposeless is the epitome of this episode, as while it draws upon horror tropes in both a scary and … Continue reading Review: Black Mirror Season 4 Episode 5 “Metal Head”

Review: Black Mirror Season 4 Episode 4 “Hang the DJ”

Commenting upon ‘Hang the DJ’ after viewing it as a full story it becomes most apparent that the episode is centrally about character. Luckily, for the most part the characters are exceptionally intriguing and delightful to follow, though the female characters particularly are spotlighted as the most controlling, picky and inconsistent in their presentation and … Continue reading Review: Black Mirror Season 4 Episode 4 “Hang the DJ”

Review: Black Mirror Season 4 Episode 3 “Crocodile”

The purpose of ‘Black Mirror’, at least from my perspective, is to captivate with possibility, particularly the technological, then showcase consequence, horror, and the enveloping nature of how opportunity can develop into a prison. For this to work, the ending, twist or resolution must elicit a strong emotional punch, to send the message to the … Continue reading Review: Black Mirror Season 4 Episode 3 “Crocodile”

Top 5 in TV 2017

Find more of my Top 5 Lists HERE Best Television Show: 1. Better Call Saul 2. Game of Thrones 3. The Handmaid's Tale 4. Mindhunter 5. Legion Honourable Mentions: House of Cards, Feud: Bette and Joan, Alias Grace, The Crown Sources: "Better Call Saul" (AMC), "Game of Thrones" (Digital Spy), "The Handmaid's Tale" (Vulture), "Mindhunter" (Vulture), "Legion" (Vulture).   … Continue reading Top 5 in TV 2017