Supergirl celebrates Valentine’s Day with a salute to Venom

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After a two-week hiatus (which came right on the heels of a five-week hiatus), Supergirl returns with a belated celebration of Valentine’s Day and an even more belated homage to Tom Hardy’s Venom. Okay, to be fair, I’m not entirely sure Menagerie’s role was actually a nod to Venom, as the symbiotic alien villain has…

Macy's origin story gets a lot more complicated on Charmed

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“You’re Dead To Me” deals with the fallout of Macy learning that she was resurrected, and pretty quickly we’re treated to a flashback that establishes the logistics of that. Marisol and Macy’s father summoned a necromancer from Tartarus to bring their dead baby back, but as with most spells of this nature, it came…

True Detective promises heavy lifting but shrugs off its weightiest issues

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“The Final Country” feels like it’s breaking new ground showing teenage Becca Hays (Deborah Ayorinde) as Wayne drives her to college, his truck loaded down with furniture and boxes. The absence of adult Becca looms over the third season, starting well before Wayne lost her at Walmart. It’s one more thread tying Wayne…

We're running out of ways to describe how much of a mess Shameless is right now

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After mostly meandering through the back half of its ninth season, Shameless finally revealed its endgame for Fiona’s fall from grace at the end of this week’s episode. Fiona’s collapse has been precipitous, but it has mostly been self-destructive, with her siblings forced to pick up the slack but mostly in terms of…

Bob's Burgers reminds us there is no greater love than a girl and her goose

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Since returning to the Bob’s Burgers beat earlier this season, my general sense of the show is that it’s, well, pleasant. That already connotes a criticism, and that’s not my intention. It’s just that the show has figured out a reliable formula not just its jokes or its stories, but also for each of its characters.…

Dakota Fanning on gen:LOCK, dystopias, and the importance of working with women directors

Dakota Fanning has long since made her move from precocious, wide-eyed child actor to dramatic lead, taking on roles as varied as cold-hearted franchise villain, co-founder of punk band The Runaways, and headstrong radicals in both American Pastoral and Night Moves. But Fanning has also explored the wider industry; in…

Y’all wanted a twist, and for better or worse, All Stars delivered

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In the finale for the fourth season of RuPaul’s Drag Race: All Stars, much fuss is made over a cartwheel. It lasts for what feels like a long, long time. The four finalists complete their cartwheels, or don’t, and it’s funny (listening to Trinity cackle especially so). And that’s it, almost. And then someone biffs a…

Dial M For Maple goes "unplugged" to discuss Riverdale prequel novel The Day Before

Riverdale’s taking a few weeks off, so Dial M For Maple decided there was no better time to unplug, unwind, and cozy up to a book. But, as all regular listeners know, there’s always more to discuss, which is why we’re offering up a special “Book Club” edition of the podcast to dig into the official Riverdale prequel…

Cameron Britton on jumping from Mindhunter to The Umbrella Academy

Based on the Eisner award-winning comic book series created and written by Gerard Way, Netflix’s The Umbrella Academy follows an estranged group of gifted siblings who have to come together to solve a mystery surrounding their adoptive father’s recent death. Ahead of the ten-episode first season hitting Netflix today, …

Enraging and enlightening, Lorena finally puts Lorena Bobbitt at the center of her own story

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“So many people think they know what they’d do” if they were the victim of domestic violence, National Network To End Domestic Violence president Kim Gandy says at one point in Lorena, Amazon Studios’ new four-part docuseries on the trial of Lorena Bobbitt. And we hear quite a few people, most of them male, say that …

Damn, guess we’ll have to get a DC Universe subscription, because Doom Patrol is worth it

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The last thing any of us want to do is sign up for yet another in the seemingly endless proliferation of subscription streaming services. Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, Shudder, Crackle, Vue, Tribeca Shortlist—the list quickly grows unwieldy, and massively expensive. Most of us stick to a few favorites, chosen mainly because…

A new romance fights an old prejudice on The Orville

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“I wonder how long we’re going to put up with them?” Ed muses to Kelly towards the end of tonight’s episode, “Deflectors”. He’s speaking of the Moclans, and his own increasing difficulty in reconciling their strict, reactionary society with how much they’ve done to help advance the Union’s technology. But the same…

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