TV Reviews

‘True Detective’ Gets Really Weird Again in ‘Night Finds You’

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by Britt Hayes 5 days ago
HBO
I feel sorry for those of you who may have made the unfortunate decision of hanging around Twitter or Facebook before watching tonight’s episode of True Detective. There’s absolutely no way you could avoid spoilers about the ending of “Night Finds You,” but if you’ve made it this far, I trust you’ve already seen the episode, which makes this a safe space to discuss what the hell just happened.

‘Hannibal’ Revives Some Old Friends for New Twists in ‘Aperitivo’

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by Britt Hayes June 26, 2015 @ 12:01 AM
NBC
Yes, NBC cancelled Hannibal, but we still have nine episodes left (after tonight’s “Aperitivo”) in Season 3, and there is still hope for Season 4, according to Bryan Fuller. So while we keep our fingers crossed and sit on the requisite pins and needles, let’s dive into tonight’s offering — “Aperitivo” is largely a table-setting episode (sorry), one that returns old friends and one particular enemy, tugging all the necessary threads into place so they can begin to unify.

‘True Detective’ Season 2 Premiere Opens ‘The Western Book of the Dead’

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by Britt Hayes June 21, 2015 @ 9:00 PM
HBO
As our own Kevin Fitzpatrick noted in his early review of True Detective Season 2, impotence and masculine ideals play a huge part — both literally and thematically — in the new season, which opens a new case in California. “The Western Book of the Dead” is mostly introductory, establishing our central characters and their various troubles, as well as reinforcing the series’ gruff and grim tone.

‘A Deadly Adoption’: 10 Things Will Ferrell and Kristen Wiig’s Lifetime Movie Got Right

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by Britt Hayes June 20, 2015 @ 10:39 PM
Lifetime
Let’s make this clear: A Deadly Adoption is not a spoof of a Lifetime movie, at least not in the way you’re thinking. It’s not obviously satirical, either, especially if you aren’t familiar with the Lifetime movie formula, like those of us blessed enough to grow up on a steady diet of Lifetime movies in the ‘80s and ‘90s. Instead, Will Ferrell and Kristen Wiig‘s new TV movie (kept secret for months, with Ferrell even outright denying its existence) is more of an homage, honoring the classic Lifetime movie tropes — it’s as if they’re filling out a MadLib.

‘Orphan Black’ Season 3 Finale Introduces Another Conspiracy Layer With ‘History Yet to Be Written’

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by Britt Hayes June 20, 2015 @ 9:02 PM
BBC
As has become tradition for Orphan Black finales, the Season 3 finale sets up Season 4 with yet another layer to the clone conspiracy — a conspiracy that grows ever larger with each passing season. “History Yet to Be Written” checks off all the appropriate boxes with a riveting narrative climax that services fans while enriching the overall series direction.

‘Hannibal’ Reveals the Living and Dead Pieces of His Past in ‘Secondo’

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by Britt Hayes June 18, 2015 @ 10:58 PM
NBC
Acceptance, understanding, forgiveness…betrayal. These are necessary components in every relationship — they are not always pleasant and not always kind, but without them love is not capable of existing. Just as Will began to understand Hannibal’s twisted affection for him with last week’s bloody valentine, so does Will begin to understand his own affection for Hannibal this week. Just like any relationship, the results are exceedingly complex.

‘The Bachelorette’ Season 11, Episode 6 Recap: The Guys Are Starting to Snap

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by Matt Singer June 15, 2015 @ 10:41 PM
ABC
There’s a certain point in every season of The Bachelorette, where everyone involved begins to go completely insane. Maybe it’s the lack of access to cell phones and the internet, or being cut off from loved ones or normal day-to-day life. Maybe prolonged exposure to the air in extremely luxurious hotels causes acute brain death. But every year it happens; guys just start to snap. On this season, that breaking point came in episode 6. Multiple dudes lost their minds simultaneously on national television. The whole episode was this GIF of Mr. Spock looking really uncomfortable for two hours.

‘Game of Thrones’ Season Finale Review: Here’s How Every Character Ended ‘Mother’s Mercy’

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by Kevin Fitzpatrick June 14, 2015 @ 10:36 PM
HBO
Game of Thrones Season 5 has come to the close of its most brutal season yet, dispensing precious little “Mother’s Mercy” on any of its core characters. Major, major characters suffered the pointy end of a blade, while others met surprise ends, stripped away their sins, or made a surprise return. Find out every character’s fate by our full review!