Thursday, July 24 2014
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.
Tuesday, July 22 2014
Slaying the Badger constructs an exciting, sometimes troubling story of competition and deceit, focused on the 1986 Tour de France.
Tuesday, July 15 2014
Gary Orfield, co-director of the Civil Rights Project at UCLA, points out, "People who do things that have racial implications always say that race has nothing to do with it."
Sunday, July 13 2014
People must make choices, dire, resonant, tragic, repeatedly in The Strain.
Wednesday, July 9 2014
While vengeance is surely a reliable dramatic device, its use here is also potentially more far-reaching.
Tuesday, July 8 2014
Flashbacks appear first as if in her mind (via circular mirrors and quaint iris transitions) and then as if on digital recording (on a tablet), neither obviously accurate.
I Spy is filled with revolutionary diversity, exotic filming locations, and a textbook example of on screen chemistry.
Monday, June 30 2014
The cop and the reverend spend the first few episodes starting or not avoiding fights, their faces increasingly bruised and bloodied, increasingly emblems of disorder.
Sunday, June 29 2014
Both Endeavour, and its parent series Inspector Morse make a point of juxtaposing a lovely illusion of Oxford with the city's uglier realities.
Thursday, June 26 2014
The mysteries are consistently smart and well done, but it's the relationships between the characters that really make the show.
Wednesday, June 25 2014
Often overshadowed by the World War II 20 years later, the Great War remains, in many sad ways, the yardstick for futility, pointlessness and waste.
Monday, June 23 2014
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.
Sunday, June 15 2014
Will (David Tennant) may be his chambers' most promising barrister, but he's flamboyant and ruthless only in the courtroom.
Tuesday, June 10 2014
“The Web of Fear” illustrates why mostly unseen monsters work much better than their fully-formed cousins.
Monday, June 9 2014
A contemplation of how art might be valued, how eras might be defined, and how artists survive adversity.
With the Doctor's many regenerations, we see our Time Lord reincarnated with different mannerisms and taste in just about everything but the almost universally garish clothing.
Monday, June 2 2014
Long-time fan and Doctor Who scriptwriter Mark Gatiss guides us through the first episode of what would become television’s longest running sci-fi show.
Friday, May 30 2014
Halt and Catch Fire isn't about the Steve Jobs or the Bill Gateses. It's about the other guys who rushed in and tried to make a fortune in their wake.
Thursday, May 29 2014
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.
Tuesday, May 27 2014
It shouldn’t work, turning psychiatric patients into cartoons; it should be more more offensive than it is. Somehow, though, it all just ends up being good for a laugh.