Boardwalk Empire – The Final Season

“What’s the sense in looking back? It never does any good.” As we creep toward the finish line (let’s be honest, this isn’t a highly-adrenalized race to the finish like Breaking Bad) of the peculiar series that is HBO’s Boardwalk Empire, I find myself begging creator Terrence Winter to take the advice of his own…

Gotham 1×01 – “Pilot”

“There are rules.” I call bullshit. Sorry, Gotham. As FOX’s first ambitious foray into capitalizing on blockbuster comic book properties, this show would be immensely better served if the writers’ room simply adopted an inverted creative mantra. There is no rule decreeing that audiences need to be subjected yet another depiction of the death of…

The Leftovers – 1×08 “Cairo”

“Go to the truck and close your eyes… cause I need to talk to the other guy.” By the climax of “Cairo,” I can’t say I was quite as shocked by the revelation of the Guilty Remnant’s motivation as Max Richter’s soaring score evidently wanted me to be. After all, what has made The Leftovers…

The Leftovers – 1×06 “Guest”

*Note* This episode of The Leftovers aired 10 days before this episode review was posted. I’m currently working my way through summer shows I’ve been behind on for the past month, and writing about the episodes that really make a strong impression on me. I’m basically working at my own pace, so a lot of these will be…

The Leftovers – 1×05 “Gladys”

  *Note* This episode of The Leftovers aired 17 days before this episode review was posted. I’m currently working my way through summer shows I’ve been behind on for the past month, and writing about the episodes that really make a strong impression on me. I’m basically working at my own pace, so a lot of these will…

Rectify – 2×05 “Act As If”

  “You’re about the loneliest person I’ve ever seen.” Personally, “Act As If” felt like one of Rectify’s strongest episodes in quite a while. That’s not to say that the rest of this season hasn’t been great (because it certainly has been), but the many emotional punches of this week’s episode were absolutely welcome. First…

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…

Silicon Valley – Looking Back on Season 1

“Release me, Richard. Release the Kraken.” || “I’m gonna do the presentation myself.” At the risk of starting every review on this site with a small dose of hyperbole, I’m going to go out on a limb and wager that Season 1 of HBO’s Silicon Valley potentially ranks as the most impressive and consistent debut comedy…