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‘The Flash’ Review: ‘Who Is Harrison Wells?’

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by Ryan McGee 7 days ago
The CW
The Flash can do many things well. “Moody” is not one of those things. So when “Who Is Harrison Wells?” slips into a melodrama about Caitlin’s disbelief over her mentor, which is a lot of tonight’s hour, the show gets bogged down in all the weight that burdened the show during its brief Firestorm arc. This week’s episode wasn’t bad, but it was certainly a letdown after the highs of the past two weeks. It was an installment running in place and only offering the illusion of actual progress.

Review: ‘All Star Team Up’ Was a Supremely Entertaining Episode of ‘The Flash’

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by Ryan McGee April 14, 2015 @ 8:58 PM
The CW
OK, let’s state up front that the Iris material is a complete anchor on the show and that Eddie Thawne is probably the only reasonable person on The Flash when it comes to her being in the dark about Barry Allen’s identity. The show is building towards a place where Eddie is disillusioned by The Flash and ultimately starts the path that Eobard Thawne picks up a few centuries from now. The show can’t undo the mess it’s done here, so it just has to plow through the muck until that glorious, glorious day in which Iris knows Barry Allen’s secret.

Review: ‘Tricksters’ May Have Been the Best Episode of ‘The Flash’ Yet

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by Ryan McGee March 31, 2015 @ 8:57 PM
The CW
OK, well now that’s a lot more like it. The 2015 run of The Flash hasn’t been that strong, with an inability to plot over the long term and a semi-disastrous redo of the timeline last week hurting the overall quality of the program. But “Tricksters” does what the show does best: Dole out a fun villain of the week and incrementally move the overall season along without really giving away the farm. That seems like an odd thing to say given the flashbacks in tonight’s episode, but in reality, this episode told us far less than it initially appears.

What TV Shows to Watch and Which Ones to Delete From Your DVR

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by Ryan McGee March 23, 2015 @ 8:30 AM
Yahoo!
Welcome back to another installment of the Monday Morning Critic. In this space each week, I’ll be looking at the week that was in addition to the week ahead in television. The format will shift each week, as the world of TV will dictate the form and content of each piece. In this week’s installment: shows that are in danger of falling into my DVR abyss.

‘The Flash’ Review: ‘Out of Time’

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by Ryan McGee March 18, 2015 @ 7:02 AM
The CW
Through the first fifty minutes of tonight’s installment of The Flash, I was thinking it was a middling-to-OK episode of television. Way too much love quadrangle baloney, way too much Joe trying to go alone even though he should know better, way too much of the show starting the slow burn of Cisco figuring out Wells’ true end game. And then the last ten minutes happened and everything changed.

Monday Morning Critic: Is ‘iZombie’ Worth Watching?

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by Ryan McGee March 16, 2015 @ 2:34 PM
The CW
Welcome back to another installment of the Monday Morning Critic. In this space each week, I’ll be looking at the week that was in addition to the week ahead in television. The format will shift each week, as the world of TV will dictate the form and content of each piece. In this week’s installment: reviews of iZombie and Undateable.

Monday Morning Critic: Is ‘Powers’ Worth a Playstation Plus Account?

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by Ryan McGee March 9, 2015 @ 11:00 AM
Playstation
Welcome back to another installment of the Monday Morning Critic. In this space each week, I’ll be looking at the week that was in addition to the week ahead in television. The format will shift each week, as the world of TV will dictate the form and content of each piece. In this week’s installment: what makes The 100 a continual stand-out this year, and a review of Powers.

Monday Morning Critic: The Best Show You’re Probably Not Watching

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by Ryan McGee March 2, 2015 @ 10:10 AM
ABC
Welcome back to another installment of the Monday Morning Critic. In this space each week, I’ll be looking at the week that was in addition to the week ahead in television. The format will shift each week, as the world of TV will dictate the form and content of each piece. In this week’s installment: a look at the upcoming American Crime and praise for The Goldbergs.

Monday Morning Critic: What Is a Comedy, What Is a Drama and What Does It Matter?

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by Ryan McGee February 23, 2015 @ 10:53 AM
Netflix
In terms of its approach to the comedy/drama cut-off point, The Emmys have gone the way of pizza delivery: Television is apparently now thirty minutes or less, or it’s not funny. That’s the takeaway from its announcement last week of certain changes to its awards structure in future years. Comedy series are now defined as being a half hour or less, while drama series are anything over that thirty-minute demarcation.