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‘Lodge 49’ Captures and Avoids the Pitfalls of Complacency

Christopher Cross
Caught somewhere between the bumbling adventures of The Big Lebowski and the conspiracy-laden detective story of Inherent Vice, Lodge 49 is a show that feels substantially trapped in place. Characters search for their way through life only to immediately gravitate towards the safety of complacency. Unfortunately, it amounts to having a feeling of profound meaning...
Reviews 9.0

‘The Walking Dead: The Final Season’ Ep. 2, “Suffer the Children” — A Bittersweet Return

Mike Worby
When Telltale premiered its new engine last month with the stellar first episode of The Walking Dead: The Final Season, it was to much fanfare. One of the central criticisms of Telltale's games for years has been staleness of their engine, and how samey this made gameplay feel in the majority
Games Reviews Spotlight 9.0

‘The Walking Dead: The Final Season’ Ep. 1, “Done Running” – A Whole New Apocalypse

Mike Worby
TWD has returned for its final chapter, and when it comes to The Walking Dead: The Final Season, the biggest shocks aren't in the story but in the massive overhaul to Telltale's engine.
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‘The Terror,’ Ep. 1.07: “Horrible from Supper” — Mr. Hickey Comes Into Focus

Brian Marks
The Terror, Season 1, Episode 7: “Horrible from Supper” Written by Andres Fischer-Centeno Directed by Tim Mielants Airs Mondays at 9 pm ET on AMC Other than Jared Harris’s Captain Crozier, no character on AMC’s The Terror is quite as fascinating as Hickey, played by Adam Nagaitis. The show’s first...
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‘The Terror,’ Ep. 1.06: “A Mercy” — Madness Infects the Crew

Brian Marks
The Terror, Season 1, Episode 6: “A Mercy” Written by Vinnie Wilhelm Directed by Sergio Mimica-Gezzan Airs Mondays at 9 pm ET on AMC There are two unstated countdowns that have been progressing with every episode of AMC’s The Terror: the first is the steady march toward starvation. The Terror...
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‘The Terror,’ Ep. 1.05 “”First Shot a Winner, Lads” — The Beast Is Finally Revealed

Brian Marks
The Terror, Season 1, Episode 5: “First Shot a Winner, Lads” Written by Josh Parkinson Directed by Sergio Mimica-Gezzan Airs Mondays at 9 pm ET on AMC There are many questions that have dogged AMC’s The Terror, but one of the most pressing has been about the nature of the...
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In its final season, AMC’s ‘Halt and Catch Fire’ proves you don’t have to innovate to compel

Simon Howell
Mad Men was supposed to be a gamechanger. AMC’s landmark drama launched the careers of at least a half-dozen great actors, redefined the deployment of a period setting, and generally seemed to set up a template for future series to follow: find an interesting millieu, populate it with great actors,...