Review: Mr. Robot Season 3 Episode 7 “eps3.6_fredrick+tanya.chk”

As Whiterose’s master plan continues to be teased, a few slithers of delicious and extremely satisfying information are disposed here, which richly contribute to the show’s overall direction. It’s lucky, as otherwise this episode spends too long going over the past without much thematic link, and meandering about a point that is predictably resolved by … Continue reading Review: Mr. Robot Season 3 Episode 7 “eps3.6_fredrick+tanya.chk”

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Review: The Punisher Season 1 Episode 8 “Cold Steel”

In an episode undoubtedly meant to serve to clarify the origin of Billy Russo as a vindictive, selfish figure, torn between notions of loyalty while believing he can uphold all, ‘The Punisher’ again plods along, with no true focus. The childhood backstory to Russo here feels generic and cliched, it keeps within theme of the … Continue reading Review: The Punisher Season 1 Episode 8 “Cold Steel”

Review: The Punisher Season 1 Episode 7 “Crosshairs”

With a mildly intriguing action sequence that is slightly convoluted in its framing, Frank Castle’s mission here starts off feeling like a sub-plot but ends on a high as the narrative does take a step forward. Much of it is still filler though, and the show’s pacing problems do again arise, but the episode is … Continue reading Review: The Punisher Season 1 Episode 7 “Crosshairs”

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”

Review: The Punisher Season 1 Episode 5 “Gunner”

Although the ‘big bad’ is rather bland, generic and empty, a typical army man thrust into power, he contributes to a nice shift away from the typically, but also purposfully, confined scope of the Marvel Netflix franchise, towards a national focus with the CIA. This differentiates the show and gives greater weight and seriousness to … Continue reading Review: The Punisher Season 1 Episode 5 “Gunner”

Review: The Punisher Season 1 Episode 4 “Resupply”

Expanding the scope of the show with intersecting narratives and thematically rich subplots has benefits and disadvantages for ‘The Punisher’. While the Billy Russo story is still grappling for relevancy outside of placing the character on a pedestal for a potential villainy in the future, and discussing PTSD in a half-developed manner, it was excellent … Continue reading Review: The Punisher Season 1 Episode 4 “Resupply”