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Television
'Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.' Serves as a Metaphor for Our Time
Like Star Trek, this looks back as it looks forward, situating our present in an alternative world that reflects our story today. [29.Sep.14]
Love, Divorce and Drama: Reality TV's Short-Lived Loves
Relationships don't last and winners don't really matter on reality TV -- but, of course, that's not what we're in it for. [29.Sep.14]
The Day the Old Batman-town Steel Mill Shut Down
Imagine Batman, the whole of the intellectual property, the full weight of publication and production history, now 75 years on from its inception, and imagine it as a town. [26.Sep.14]
Shonda Rhimes Takes Over Thursday Nights in 'How to Get Away With Murder'
How to Get Away with Murder is aimed to capture the essence of both of the Shonda Rhimes shows that precede it, Grey's Anatomy and Scandal. [25.Sep.14]
Berlin Is Still at It in 'The Blacklist'
Unlike weekly procedurals that wrap up everything with a bow, the knots tied in The Blacklist are entwined on frayed ribbon that runs the risk of falling apart. [24.Sep.14]
Reviews
Like Star Trek, this looks back as it looks forward, situating our present in an alternative world that reflects our story today. [29.Sep.14]
How to Get Away with Murder is aimed to capture the essence of both of the Shonda Rhimes shows that precede it, Grey's Anatomy and Scandal. [25.Sep.14]
Unlike weekly procedurals that wrap up everything with a bow, the knots tied in The Blacklist are entwined on frayed ribbon that runs the risk of falling apart. [24.Sep.14]
In this show the doctor, Henry Morgan (Ioan Gruffudd), is immortal. However, t's not what you think: he doesn’t sleep in a coffin, drink blood, or have sparkly skin. [23.Sep.14]
Gotham is off to a good start, so good that it's possible to watch the entire premiere without missing Batman one bit. [22.Sep.14]
Characters collect, interpret, and decrypt, all while the countdown to Armageddon bellows like a tuba just offscreen. [22.Sep.14]
DVD Reviews
The landmark horror series steps away from crime procedurals and deeper into its inimitable sense of style in a triumphant sophomore year. [19.Sep.14]
Sarah and Duck finds the fantastic in the mundane in this fine reminder of the joys of the British kids' TV of yesteryear. [18.Sep.14]
Features
Imagine Batman, the whole of the intellectual property, the full weight of publication and production history, now 75 years on from its inception, and imagine it as a town. [26.Sep.14]
Craig Ferguson has won his own game show in becoming a celebrity, and he's parlayed his winnings into being the host of The Celebrity Name Game with a chance to challenge the institution that turns so many everyday people into predictable, cookie-cutter contestants. [22.Sep.14]
From The Blogs
Relationships don't last and winners don't really matter on reality TV -- but, of course, that's not what we're in it for. [29.Sep.14]
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