The Good Place Season 3 Episode 1 and 2

The Good Place Review: Everything Is Bonzer! and The Brainy Bunch (Season 3 Episodes 1 & 2)

Holy motherforking shirtballs! Chidi and Eleanor become each other’s confidants and support systems, just as they were. Jason and Tahani fall back into their usual habits. Trevor is still the worst. And Michael and Janet are the dynamic duo we’ve all missed so dearly. 

On The Good Place Season 3 Episodes 1 and 2, “Everything Is Bonzer!” and “The Brainy Bunch” respectively, the fearsome foursome get thrown back together, with a little nudge from Michael and Janet. The end goal comes into full focus: they need each other. And it seems like Michael has begun to need them too. As Michael tries to save the humans, Trevor and the Bad Place does everything in their power to withstand them and, in the middle of the two of them, the Judge resides, trying to keep everyone in line, as well as the universe. The battle between good and evil was never so hilarious. Continue reading “The Good Place Review: Everything Is Bonzer! and The Brainy Bunch (Season 3 Episodes 1 & 2)”

Sharp Objects Season 1 Episode 3

Sharp Objects Review: Fix (Season 1 Episode 3)

Camille realizes her younger sister is a little more obnoxious than she thought. Repressed memories fill in the blank spaces of Camille’s mind. The women of the town and the pigs of the town are the at the forefront of the episode, and not accidentally.

On Sharp Objects Season 1 Episode 3, “Fix,” as the town tries to adjust its focal point of the killer, Camille tries to figure out who exactly her younger sister is, as well as who her mother has become. At the same time, she is trying to figure out just who the people are within the town, and how they all fit into the puzzle pieces of the town. Despite being an outsider, Detective Willis and she are in the same boat, ostracized and just trying to find truth. Continue reading “Sharp Objects Review: Fix (Season 1 Episode 3)”

Sharp Objects Season 1 Episode 2

Sharp Objects Review: Dirt (Season 1 Episode 2)

Camille realizes she might be losing control of herself and her memories. Detective Willis realizes he’s losing control of what is happening to the town. Wind Gap attempts to keep control, utilizing their currency, gossip.

On Sharp Objects Season 1 Episode 2, “Dirt,” the town comes into full focus, in all of its ugliness in the face of something truly ugly. As the young girl’s funeral commences, the town begins to show its true colors, both in general and in regards to Camille. Detective Willis attempts to try to find the reason being the truly ugly act of murdering the young girl. Camille has to dig through her own past to discover that her present is just as ugly as it was, no matter what. The entire town continues to try to keep their version of control.

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Sharp Objects Season 1 Episode 1

Sharp Objects Review: Vanish (Season 1 Episode 1)

A woman returns to her hometown, where propriety reigns supreme over all things, even the truth. Old memories clash with an ugly reality to form the disjointed world of Wind Gap.

On Sharp Objects Season 1 Episode 1, “Vanish,” a reporter returns to her hometown to find out if the grisly murders and disappearances are connected, but returns with her own ugly memories. The disconnected flashbacks begin to fuse together just in time to make the viewer realize this town, and especially the people in it, are perhaps not at all what they seem.

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Westworld Season 2 Episode 7

Westworld Review: Les Ecorches (Season 2 Episode 7)

Dolores finds her father again. Angela says “Welcome to Westworld” again. Teddy takes some people down again. And Bernard becomes the puppet yet again.

On Westworld Season 2 Episode 7, “Les Ecorches,” which in French means “the tormented”, which illustrates Bernard and the hosts in general (but seems to be perhaps Bernard’s defining trait), Dolores and co. make their entrance to the Mesa and do their worst. Bernard’s body is under siege when he emerges from the Cradle not entirely himself, the shadowy presence of Ford following him. And the Valley Beyond might mean the final resting place for more than just the hosts.

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Westworld Season 2 Episode 6

Westworld Review: Phase Space (Season 2 Episode 6)

Dolores’s train heads for hell. Maeve pursues her daughter. The MiB outsmarts his own. Bernard meets his creator, again.

On Westworld Season 2 Episode 6, “Phase Space,” Dolores sees her end goal (literally and figuratively) but might not be getting what she intended in all realms of her plan. Maeve finds her daughter, but is surprised to find the script for that story has changed too. As the human creators begin to feel something for their hosts, it might be just a tad too late. 

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Westworld Season 2 Episode 5

Westworld Review: Akane No Mai (Season 2 Episode 5)

Dolores makes a choice for Teddy. Maeve and co. meet their Shogun counterparts. The path forward for both women seems to start by being taken by any means necessary.

On Westworld Season 2 Episode 5, “Akane No Mai,” Shogun World is introduced, at long last! Maeve learns that she has found a new voice (a familiar thread of dialogue there). Dolores decides what she’s going to do with Teddy and subsequently their fate together. Lee showcases all that a rushed writer can produce, and the future remains a little foggy.

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Westworld Season 2 Episode 4

Westworld Review: The Riddle of the Sphinx (Season 2 Episode 4)

William visits Jim Delos, quite a few times. A lucky reappearance of a character comes just in time for Bernard as he sifts through more memories to determine what’s “real”. The Man in Black is beginning a redemption arc. The real hunger of Westworld hosts is revealed.

On Westworld Season 2 Episode 4, “The Riddle of the Sphinx,” the story lines, despite jumping around in time, stay with Bernard and the MiB, as well as, in an added twist, Jim Delos, even though he’s arguably not quite himself. The real reason for investing in Westworld is finally revealed, despite it now seeming like a failure. As the depreciation of Jim Delos begins, the ascension of a better man seems to begin within the MiB. And a strange reveal indicates that perhaps Bernard isn’t at all who the audience thought him to be. So who is who, and who is real?
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Westworld Season 2 Episode 3

Westworld Review: Virtù e Fortuna (Season 2 Episode 3)

Dolores makes the Confederados’ stand their last one. Maeve is reunited with her old gang, but in a new setting. Peter Abernathy gets taken. Dolores wages war on multiple fronts. And the Bengal’s home is revealed!

On Westworld Season 2 Episode 3, “Virtù e Fortuna,” Dolores has the Confederados make their last stand without them knowing it, while simultaneously realizing the seeds of betrayal have been planted in her own camp. She fends off an attack from Charlotte Hale, who finally succeeds in her primary goal of acquiring Peter Abernathy but now has this hell-raiser on her tail. Bernard figures out the trade secret that Peter Abernathy is hiding under all those layers of mismatched host codes, and is taken by zombie Clementine. Maeve acquires more of her old partners to her merry band of cohorts and finds herself in a new park. And we’re introduced to a new park and a new woman, whose relation to one of the main characters seems undoubted.

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Daredevil Season 2 Episode 4

Marvel’s Daredevil Review: Penny and Dime (Season 2 Episode 4)

Karen pursues the Punisher’s story. Matt puts the power back into the cops’ hands. The Punisher craves answers. Frank tells his story.

On Marvel’s Daredevil Season 2 Episode 4, “Penny and Dime,” Frank’s story is finally told, fleshing him out as a character and providing the real image of him, rather than what the media of Hell’s Kitchen has constructed. The morality of Frank is fully explained, as well as his cunning and cleverness, and the keen understanding of what he is after. Simultaneously, Matt has to figure out how exactly to readjust the power of Hell’s Kitchen back to those that are truly protecting it, putting the power in the hands of the police rather than in the hands of vigilantes.

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