Doctor Who: This Was All The Doctor’s Fault

For years now, Doctor Who has been exploring the dark side of the Doctor, that quasi-immortal time traveler from another planet. He turns people into weapons, he inspires his friends to be reckless, he makes his enemies worse, etc. But with this latest episode, we see the absolute worst indictment of the Doctor. »Saturday 11:09pm11/21/15 11:09pm


Agents of SHIELD Is at the Top of its Game, and That's Amazing to Watch

One thing that keeps occurring to me while watching Agents of SHIELD lately: This show is pretty much 100 percent serialized now, with huge elements of soap opera as well as ongoing plot strands. There’s zero “monster of the week” stuff. That’s been true for a long time, but lately the show is doing this incredibly… »11/18/15 8:15pm11/18/15 8:15pm

Supergirl Is Straight-Up a Show about Women Tearing Each Other Down

When Supergirl isn’t about competing with the absentee Superman (whose dreamlike cameos represent a vision of heroism that is so iconic, it can only be seen via abstraction, or synecdoche), it seems to be a show about women who show affection by criticizing and belittling each other. And weirdly, the show makes this… »11/17/15 7:35pm11/17/15 7:35pm

Dammit, The Walking Dead, Let’s Get On With It

It was a bold move for showrunner Scott M. Gimple to make the first half of season six into a single day, following a bunch of different characters both at Rick’s doomed Zombie Fun Run and back at Alexandria, which suffered its first major attack. I’d say it’s been mostly successful, but “Always Accountable” is the… »11/16/15 11:20am11/16/15 11:20am

This Week On Blindspot, An App From The Evil Dark Web Will Make You Dead

On Blindspot, NBC introduces its viewing audience to the perils of the Internet! Punk hackerz, dangerous apps made in Hackathons, and words like “blockchain,” “database,” and “Perl” are invoked to explain how The Online is a scary place. But don’t worry, you’re not watching The Big Bang Theory—we still get our… »10/27/15 9:02pm10/27/15 9:02pm

Supergirl Proves That Dorky Cuteness Can Still Pack One Hell of a Punch

It’s hard not to read Supergirl in the context of our ongoing culture war over what kind of heroes we’re allowed to value. And no, I’m not referring to gender issues (although Supergirl has plenty to say about them too) but the all-important grimdark-vs-fun schism in hero narratives. »10/27/15 11:30am10/27/15 11:30am

God Damn You to Hell, The Walking Dead

Two things, guys: 1) This was an especially brutal, infuriating episode of The Walking Dead, so consider this your extra-special spoiler warning (although if you haven’t been spoiled already, you soon will be); and 2), I’m beginning to think Rick’s plan to herd the zombies out of Undead Gorge wasn’t a very good plan… »10/26/15 12:00pm10/26/15 12:00pm

Limitless Is Turning Into a Light-Hearted Comedy and I'm Pretty OK With It

Limitless started out last week as a dark sci-fi drama filled with ailing fathers and a botched superdrug that ravages the human body. Last night, its second episode took a sharp turn into light-hearted territory, with comic book-style speech bubbles floating in the air and James Bond fantasy sequences. I’m all about… »9/30/15 1:21pm9/30/15 1:21pm

Doctor Who and the Deconstruction of the Daleks

Tonight’s Doctor Who episode continues the show’s recent trend of deconstructing the Daleks, his armored “space Nazi” adversaries. And just like with the recent “Asylum of the Daleks” and “Into the Dalek,” we discover that Dalek nature is both sadder and more complicated than we’d previously thought. »9/27/15 8:40am9/27/15 8:40am

Heroes Reborn Will Probably Not Make You Pray for the Sweet Release of Death

Here’s the good news: In the pantheon of Heroes television, Heroes Reborn is actually all right. It wasn’t nearly as gripping as the original show’s zeitgeist-grabbing first season, but it also wasn’t as terrible and/or boring as the show’s godawful second, third, and fourth seasons. »9/25/15 12:50pm9/25/15 12:50pm