Reviews from the Small Screen

Here’s what we’ve been watching on television.

Arrow: Season 1

James Plath @ Family Home Theater

  • Excerpt: If your family consists of parents and a teenage boy and you’re looking to bond, Arrow can be a good alternative to video games.

Bates Motel: Ocean View

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

  • Excerpt: Ocean View is still another brilliant episode in a fascinating series which keeps building to something big.

Bates Motel: Trust Me

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

  • Excerpt: Trust Me has so much in it that even having Norman Bates deflowered (by the prettiest girl in school no less) isn’t the weirdest thing in the episode.

Breaking Bad

Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire

  • Excerpt: If last week’s episode was a slow and steady build to a furious climax, this week’s confounded that expectation by coming to its emotional and visceral head before the penultimate act break.

Breaking Bad

Candice Frederick @ Reel Talk

  • Excerpt: Before the show’s ending leaves a gaping hole in our hearts forever, we look back at what made the show so unforgettable to watch and what we will miss the most about it.

Brooklyn Nine-Nine

Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire

  • Excerpt: Little on Braugher’s résumé would indicate a hidden comic genius. But as Captain Holt on the new Andy Samberg cop sitcom Brooklyn Nine-Nine, he proves what countless dramatic actors have discovered before him: that the key to being funny is to play it absolutely straight.

Doctor Who: Classic Season Seven Vs. Revived Season Seven

Rick Aragon @ Gallifrey Exile

  • Excerpt: Classic Doctor Who Season Seven averaged a score of 9.75 per story. NuWho averaged a score of 2.8. Why?

Doctor Who: Terror of the Autons

Rick Aragon @ Gallifrey Exile

  • Excerpt: The debut story for both one of the Great Doctor Who villain and Who Companion makes this a legendary story.

Doctor Who: The Idiot’s Lantern

Rick Aragon @ Gallifrey Exile

  • Excerpt: The Idiot’s Lantern is a fast-moving, well-crafted story brought down only by stabs at kitchen-sink drama.

Golden Boy: McKenzie on Fire

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

  • Excerpt: What I liked about McKenzie on Fire was Bonnie Sumerville’s McKenzie. Everything else I found weak and a little clichéd.

Golden Boy: Scapegoat

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

  • Excerpt: Scapegoat has some solid acting and those twists and turns corruption cases hinge on, and on the whole is a welcome return to form for the struggling (and eventually dead) series.

Hannibal

Marina Antunes @ Quiet Earth

Mortal Kombat: Legacy – Season 2

Ben Kendrick @ Screen Rant

  • Excerpt: Mortal Kombat: Legacy is a fun and proficient way to explore the franchise world and its unique kombatants.

Sharknado

Simon Miraudo @ Quickflix

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