Bob's Burgers asks, "What if Collateral were about quilts?"

B+

Bob’s Burgers has a hell of a track record with episodes built around birthday parties and Bob driving around. The first season’s “Sheesh! Cab, Bob?”, a solid contender for the most over-punctuated title in television history, was the episode where the show truly snapped into focus, as Bob driving an unlicensed taxi…

Charmed makes its biggest play yet but trips on its rushed pacing

B

“Other Woman” presents the most emotionally devastating scene Charmed has ever taken on. When it becomes clear that Niko has been targeted by a shapeshifter—a demonic super-assassin who will stop at nothing once it has a target—Mel makes a huge decision. She seeks out a spell to erase Niko from her life, altering…

Outlander continues to center whiteness as it confronts slavery

C

Penniless and recently traumatized by a violent robbery, Claire, Jamie, and company arrive at Jamie’s aunt Jocasta’s plantation a bit weary but also strangely recovered from the incident. Jamie dwells on it for a bit, punishes himself for being too trusting. But then they’ve moved on to the next phase of their…

Moe gets his heart broken again, but The Simpsons can't make us care this time

C+

How invested should we be in Moe’s happiness? Springfield’s worst barkeep and intermittent stalker creepo is traditionally played for a joke, specifically as a collection of disreputable businessman tropes and depressive, lonely guy dark comedy. “Looks like it’s suicide again for me,” might be Moe’s motto, going back…

Doctor Who delivers a moving history lesson about the Partition of India

B+

“Rosa,” the first historical story of the season, made me cry about the heroism of a real-life woman. “Demons Of The Punjab,” the season’s second historical episode, made me cry about the humanistic mission of a fictional alien race. It’s a quintessentially Doctor Who idea that after suffering the…

Donald reunites with his old Three Caballeros compadres in a wildly fun and visually impressive DuckTales

A-

If you’re in the know, you’d be aware that there is already a new show called The Three Caballeros that’s airing overseas right now. And if you’re really in the know, you’d be aware of the illicit locations on the web of where to find episodes of said show. And if you’re really, really in the know, you would have…

In a potent, prickly episode, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend feels like a musical again 

B+

To try to break down Crazy Ex-Girlfriend’s songs into two or three categories is a fool’s errand. There are well over 100 at this point, and if you call one a parody and another an “I want” song, what of the parodies that are also “I want” songs? And if those are the three categories, then what about “I want” songs…

Even Outlander’s Claire and Jamie are shocked by all the shit they’ve been through

Starz’s hit show Outlander returned this past Sunday, this time landing Claire and Jamie (Caitriona Balfe and Sam Heughan) in North Carolina in 1767, just before the American Revolution. Over the course of four seasons, the time-jumping couple has gone through a shocking amount of shit, battling British redcoats,…

Homecoming’s music supervisor on the show’s score of scores: “It was unlike anything I’ve ever done before”

Homecoming, Amazon’s new drama, is notable for being the first TV show to be adapted from a scripted podcast. But once you settle in to watch the show itself, you’re hit with the score: mostly creeping, paranoid songs lifted from the scores of ’70s thrillers like The Conversation and The Parallax View; orchestral…

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