Reviews from the Small Screen (Nov. 26, 2013)

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

Dexter: The Final Season

Sean Axmaker @ Cinephiled

  • Excerpt: Showtime’s black-humored series about a serial killer with a code (he only kills killers) was never as nuanced as Breaking Bad, as flamboyant as True Blood, or developed as dark and elaborate a mythology as such network shows as Hannibal or The Following, but for eight seasons it did what it did just fine.

Doctor Who: Series 1-7 Limited Edition Gift Set

Sean Axmaker @ Cinephiled

  • Excerpt: [Russell T.] Davies created a colorful, stylish show filled with humor and action, with more self-contained episodes than the serial format of the old low-fi show and a new slant on the Time Lord mythology, and he passed the TARDIS off to the prolific and creative Steven Moffat to carry on the tradition in the fifth season with a brand new Doctor in Matt Smith.

Naked City: The Complete Collection

Sean Axmaker @ Cinephiled

  • Excerpt: The acclaimed cop show set and shot on the streets of New York City is ostensibly inspired by the influential 1948 film of the same name, a film noir with documentary immediacy, but it plays more like a Playhouse 90 anthology wrapped around a criminal investigation than a traditional crime drama, thanks in large part to meaty stories by Stirling Silliphant, who set the tone with his scripts and stayed on as executive story consultant.

Sharknado

Gregory J. Smalley @ 366 Weird Movies

  • Excerpt: There have been high concept movies before, but “Sharknado” has streamlined the process by inventing a title that’s so high concept it makes the rest of the movie superfluous.

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