The Strain – 1×01 “Night Zero”

  “Love is our grace. Love is our downfall.” The Strain’s pilot was pretty all over the place. And hey – I think that’s a good thing. The first twenty minutes of the episode looked ridiculously cheap. Performances seemed hammy. Most of the dialogue rattled emptily around. Creepy images and scares took the backseat to…

Fargo – 1×08 “The Heap”

“You deserve it, Lester. All good things you deserve.” Only two episodes remain before the season ends for FX’s fascinatingly experimental series, Fargo. Other shows might consider using this antepenultimate narrative position to dive right back into the action, anxious for its audience to find out just how our virtuous heroine Molly will outsmart the…

Archer – 5×01 “White Elephant”

“Sterling Archer? I’m Special Agent in Charge Holly and you are extremely under arrest.” Heads up, comedy television of 2014 – you have your work cut out for you, and we’re not even through the first month yet. First, it is more than possible that the rest of Archer’s fifth season ends up being decent…

Top 10 TV of 2013 – Part One (#6 – #10)

Shows Whose Seasons I Missed This Year: The Americans, Orange Is the New Black, Legit, Wilfred Honorable Mentions: Justified, Archer, Parks and Recreation, Girls Special Mention: 30 Rock’s seventh and final season would’ve likely earned a spot on my Top 10 list, but it felt inappropriate to include it with the Best of 2013 seeing…

Sons of Anarchy – 6×07 “Sweet and Vaded”

“Tired of blood for blood.” Me too, Jax. Enough of Sons of Anarchy’s sixth season has passed to make it clear that the show has little-to-no intention of getting out of narrative-neutral. After a flawed, experimental third season, the writing staff evidently gauged the bounds of their comfort zone, and firmly decided to stick within those…