Last Night's Doctor Who Gave Some 'Who' Back to the Doctor

Much of Steven Moffat’s era of Doctor Who was dedicated to solving the mystery of the Doctor—why the name, where’s Gallifrey—and putting answers to that central conceit of who the Doctor is, and what they stand for. Jodie Whittaker’s first trip to an alien world gave us some of that mystery back, for the show and for…

That Riverdale Ending Was Bananas, B-A-N-A-N-A-S

The season 3 premiere of Riverdale was pretty boring, giving us more of the Archie vs. Hiram shit that doesn’t work if they’re not seductively wrestling each other. At least, until the last five minutes, when Taylor Swift’s boyfriend walked into the room, set off a giant smoke bomb, and said “Everything’s changed,…

The Walking Dead Gets the Fresh Start We've Been Waiting For

Were you sort of dreading the season nine premiere of The Walking Dead? I was. The series has had increasing problems since the beginning of the boring, interminable Savior War, and the show’s declining ratings back that up. But I’m surprised—and happy!—to report that the season nine premiere really feels like a new…

The First Episode of Short Treks Feels Like a Star Trek B-Plot in the Best Possible Way 

I had a few misgivings about the first season of Star Trek: Discovery, but one of my biggest was that it felt like the ensemble aspect of Trek was shortchanged by the story’s focus on Michael Burnham’s wild journey. I wanted more time to get to know, and be invested in, the supporting cast. Short Treks could be the…

The Good Place's Season 3 Premiere Has a New Student: The Audience

NBC’s The Good Place is a show that enjoys a good challenge. After all, it spent a whole episode dissecting The Trolley Problem—it doesn’t steer away from asking tough ethical questions. As the series enters its third and bizarrely most “normal” season, it’s introducing what might be its biggest moral mystery yet. And…

Steven Universe's Most Terrifying Villain Puts the Diamonds in a New Perspective

Steven Universe has always given its villains sprawling narrative arcs about redemption that culminate with them coming to love Steven and deciding to become his allies. In most cases, that transition is verbalized over multiple episodes, but the show handles things quite a bit differently in “Legs From Here to…

The All-Female Republic of io9 Discusses The Handmaid's Tale Season Finale

Under Oprah’s Eye. We’ve ended yet another year in Gilead, and things are looking bleak. To commemorate another heartbreaking season inside a patriarchal dystopia, the staff of io9 have gotten together to talk about the second season finale of The Handmaid’s Tale, including that shocking ending that’s divided even…

The Handmaid's Tale Delivers a Series Triumph

It’s a moment nine months in the making—although, in another way, it’s been in the works a lot longer than that. The most recent episode of The Handmaid’s Tale isn’t just a gorgeous hour of television, it’s done something few other shows or films ever have: It gave us the miracle of life, in all its pain and beauty.…

Westworld Approaches Its Endgame With Death, Tragedy, and a Few Major Revelations

If you watch Westworld for the shocks, last night’s installment couldn’t have disappointed you. And, while it didn’t reach the heights of last week’s phenomenal episode, which told an epic love story that had been lying in the margins of the main narrative, “Vanishing Point” told a story of self-obsession and…