Veronica stands in front of a microphone in a sparkly dress, smiling.

Riverdale Season 3 Episode 10: “The Stranger”

 

It will, I’m sure, surprise no one to hear that last week’s ending was a fakeout. Nor will it surprise you to hear that this episode contains gratuitous shirtlessness, ludicrous plot twists that no one bothers explaining, and shaky understandings of legal concepts. But it combines a Silence of the Lambs homage with a classic high school show Taking-the-SATs episode as only Riverdale could do, and the jokes were on point!

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Breaking Bad Hatewatch: Pilot

A classic pilot! And it’s actually a pretty good one, in the sense that, like all the best pilots, it’s a microcosm of the whole. This series premiere captures everything I admire, and exemplifies everything I find completely facile about Breaking Bad. Continue reading →

Breaking Bad Hatewatch: Kickoff

It would be a giant understatement to call this an “unpopular opinion,” but I just don’t like Breaking Bad. I don’t super enjoy watching it, which would be fine–there are a lot of great shows that I admire even as they’re not to my taste. But in this case, even the admiration factor is pretty low. Beyond simple enjoyment, I just don’t think Breaking Bad is that great a show. Continue reading →

American Horror Story: Superlatives

American Horror Story: Apocalypse ended in November, and it REALLY felt like a series finisher, didn’t it? We had the end of the world, the Antichrist, a nice full-circle ending, and tons of fan-wanking that most people probably didn’t understand unless they had literally just watched Murder House and Coven in preparation (like I did, obvi).

Regardless, it was great in its own way, much like the vast majority of AHS seasons. While many fans complain that the show will never reach the dizzying heights of those first two seasons, I’m always impressed that, with only a couple exceptions, each season manages to distinguish itself in some new and unexpected way. So instead of just a simple ranking of the seasons (which is always fun), here are your ultimate, yearbook-worthy AHS superlatives. Continue reading →

Two boys are seen walking down a foggy country road.

Riverdale Season 3, Episode 7: “The Man in Black”

This episode takes place in several chapters, somewhat improving the viewing experience, which in recent weeks sometimes resembles an episode of TV less than it resembles a really intense Scrambler ride. I’m not sure how I feel about it overall, because Veronica and Archie are both still driving me crazy, but at least there are some genuinely scary moments in here.

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