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Thursday, December 11 2014

With Season Two, ‘The Paradise’ Had to Duck Out Too Early

The Paradise lights a slow fuse that burns brighter than its ITV rivals. Too bad low viewership has brought the series to an end.


Friday, November 21 2014

‘To the Ends of the Earth’ Is a Metaphor for Benedict Cumberbatch’s Career

The timeless adventure of Edmund Talbot, who undertakes a journey from England to Australia to find a new life is also part of the career adventure of the Benedict Cumberbatch.


Tuesday, October 28 2014

‘Death Comes to Pemberley’ Is Jane Austen, Continued

Affairs, unwed pregnancies, and murder all abound, but at the heart of Death Comes to Pemberley is the story of a marriage.


Thursday, July 24 2014

Tatiana Maslany Continues to Astound in ‘Orphan Black: Season Two’

The second season of BBC America’s Orphan Black continues its breakneck pace of twists and turns, all the while showcasing the best performance on television.


Monday, June 23 2014

‘Brazil With Monty Python’s Michael Palin’ Isn’t the Brazil You’re Thinking of

This BBC series is a nice way to learn some things about the world's fifth largest country, which is hosting the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Summer Olympics.


Thursday, May 29 2014

‘Call the Midwife: Season Three’ Shifts from Learning Curves to Relationships

These stories are always engaging, not only because midwifery in the '50s is so interesting, but also because the midwives themselves are fully realized characters.


Thursday, May 22 2014

‘Doctor Who’ Minus the What, When, Why and Where

Patrick Troughton is amazing in his dual roles in Doctor Who: The Enemy of the World, but this long-lost serial is short on the thrills.


Wednesday, September 4 2013

‘Luther’: Idris Elba is Stellar, Again

When the crimes here are standard TV fare -- the copycat killer and the middle class vigilante -- the dramatic filler of the series, Luther’s personal life, bears undue weight.


Thursday, August 22 2013

“Say My Name”: Mythologizing Heisenberg As an Allegory for the American West

Once a viewer starts tuning into the subtleties of those affected by the collateral damage of Walt/Heisenberg's victories, it's hard not to read the show as a satire that challenges us to rethink our romanticized assumptions about American Westward conquest.


Tuesday, August 20 2013

A City in the Desert: Landscape and ‘Breaking Bad’

From cinematography to editing, each episode of Breaking Bad feels meticulously crafted, the director's authorial hand ever present to lead the viewer through the story. Every shot is as precise and deliberate a storytelling tool as the scriptwriting or the actors" performances.


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