Author Archives: Alex Kirschenbaum

PEOPLE OF EARTH Review: “Always a Day Away”

people of earth excerptSeason 2, Episode 4 – On the eve of Gina’s birthday, Ozzie gets closer to his long-teased meeting with alien fugitive Jonathan Walsh… he just needs to shake the relentless FBI Agent Alex Foster.

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ROOM 104 Review: “The Knockandoo”

room 104 excerptSeason 1, Episode 3 – This week, the Duplass brothers’ new anthology series Room 104 explores a cult priest promising salvation to a vulnerable motel room occupant.

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PEOPLE OF EARTH Review: “Gerry’s Return”

people of earth excerptSeason 2, Episode 3 – As an amnesiac Gerry slowly pieces together the circumstances of his abduction, the inevitable Jonathan Walsh-Alex Foster meeting grows closer.

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ROOM 104 Review: “Pizza Boy”

room 104 excerptSeason 1, Episode 2 – In the latest slice of the Duplass brothers’ mysterious new anthology series Room 104, we dive deep into the perverted world of gawky “Pizza Boy” Clark Duke.

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PEOPLE OF EARTH Review: “Uneasy Alliance”

people of earth excerptSeason 2, Episode 2 – The FBI closes in on the People of Earth regulars, as Alex Foster joins StarCrossed in her continued pursuit of Jonathan Walsh.

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ROOM 104 Review: “Ralphie”

room 104 excerptSeason 1, Episode 1 – In the premiere episode of the Duplass brothers’ mysterious new anthology series Room 104, a babysitter is confronted by a mysterious little boy and his terrifying imaginary friend, in a motel room that ain’t big enough for the three of them.

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PEOPLE OF EARTH Review: “New Beginnings”

people of earth excerptSeason 2, Episode 1 – People of Earth kicks off seconds after last season wrapped up, answering our most burning question almost immediately. But just how satisfying was that answer?

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FRONTIER Review: Episodes 4-6

frontier excerptSeason 1, Episodes 4-6 – Netflix and Discovery’s Frontier wraps up its initial run with an overcrowded interweaving of plot threads, as Lord Benton goes power-mad when his authority is threatened and Declan Harp and his team suffer the consequences.

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FRONTIER Review: Episodes 1-3

frontier excerptSeason 1, Episodes 1-3 – Netflix’s Frontier premieres with a trilogy of dense, exciting episodes, detailing the twists and turns of the treacherous fur trade in the mid-18th century.

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PEOPLE OF EARTH Review: “Lost and Found” / “Snake Man and Little Guy”

people of earth excerptSeason 1, Episodes 9-10 – In the concluding one-two punch of People of Earth, we discover that the members of StarCrossed are much more connected than they could have ever suspected…

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PEOPLE OF EARTH Review: “Mars or Bust”

people of earth excerptSeason 1, Episode 8 – As People of Earth hits the home stretch of its inaugural season, the aliens continue to experience deepening closeness with the humans they’ve been tasked to alternately infiltrate or observe.

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ASH VS EVIL DEAD Review: “Second Coming”

Ash V Evil Dead ExcerptSeason 2, Episode 10 – Baal and Evil Ruby return to the scene of the crime, doing battle against Ash, Kelly and Good Ruby in tandem with the soul-swallowing Henrietta Knowby.

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PEOPLE OF EARTH Review: “Last Day On Earth”

people of earth excerptSeason 1, Episode 7 – People of Earth is all about heart this week. Several relationships, both minor and major in the context of the rookie show from Conaco and TBS, deepen as interactive character nuances bubble to the surface.

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ASH VS EVIL DEAD Review: “Home Again”

Ash V Evil Dead ExcerptSeason 2, Episode 9 – Ash and his compadres finally bust out some time travel in the penultimate episode of Ash Vs. Evil Dead‘s second season, featuring the return of another great old-school Evil Dead baddie.

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PEOPLE OF EARTH Review: “Significant Other”

people of earth excerptSeason 1, Episode 6 – Gina is off the deep end in “Significant Other,” planning a “coming out” moment for all of StarCrossed. She wants the group members to tell a significant figure in their lives that they have been abducted by aliens. It goes horribly, as does this episode.

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PEOPLE OF EARTH Review: “Unexplained”

people of earth excerptSeason 1, Episode 5 – In “Unexplained,” Jeff The Grey attempts a complicated full-memory wipe of Ozzie Graham, the intrepid reporter who’s starting to piece together the vast alien invasion Jeff and his cohorts have been planning for generations. Elsewhere, love is in the air for many of Beacon’s other inhabitants (and some… more remote visitors).

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ASH VS EVIL DEAD Review: “Ashy Slashy”

Ash V Evil Dead ExcerptSeason 2, Episode 8 – Not everyone gets out alive in a frustrating confrontation, as a deranged Ash (operating under the control of the evil Baal) chases down his friends in the dank hallways of a psych ward.

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PEOPLE OF EARTH Review: “Past, Present and Future”

people of earth excerptSeason 1, Episode 4 – In last night’s episode of People of Earth, group leader Gina’s past comes to light, and Jonathan Walsh makes a play to covertly force Ozzie back to the sidelines.

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ASH VS EVIL DEAD Review: “Delusion”

Ash V Evil Dead ExcerptSeason 2, Episode 7 – Ash finds himself trapped in a psych ward, with Baal now his therapist, striving convince him that, in fact, his 30 years spent battling Deadites have all been a psychological coping mechanism for the cold-blooded murder of his four friends in that cabin in the woods, many moons ago.

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PEOPLE OF EARTH Review: “Acceptance”

people of earth excerptSeason 1, Episode 3 – As People of Earth moves right along, the repercussions of the “raccoon” that group leader Gina hit begin to resonate across StarCrossed and aboard the alien spaceship monitoring StarCrossed. Richard starts coping with his wife’s Reptilian “abduction” realistically.

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ASH VS EVIL DEAD Review: “Trapped Inside”

Ash V Evil Dead ExcerptSeason 2, Episode 6 – Ash, Ruby, Kelly, Pablo and the Emery women barricade themselves in Ash’s childhood home as angry villagers blame Ash for the Deadite murders — but Ash, Ruby and the Emery’s soon discover their own families have also made questionable alignments..

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ATLANTA Review: “The Jacket”

Atalanta ExcerptSeason 1, Episode 10 – Atlanta wraps up its first run with a meandering whimper, not a bang, in its most yawn-inducing moment yet.

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PEOPLE OF EARTH Review: “The Group” / “Sponsored By”

people of earth excerptSeason 1, Episodes 1-2 – In the first two episodes of People of Earth, Wyatt Cenac plays an investigative journalist forced to search his own subconscious for the truth when he writes what he had thought was a puff piece on a rural upstate alien encounters group.

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ASH VS EVIL DEAD Review: “Confinement”

Ash V Evil Dead ExcerptSeason 2, Episode 5 – Ash, Ruby, Pablo and Kelly find themselves in uncomfortably close quarters with Sheriff Emery and his family… and something a bit more supernatural, too.

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ATLANTA Review: “Juneteenth”

Atalanta ExcerptSeason 1, Episode 9 – In Atlanta‘s penultimate episode this season, Earn and Van deal with some uncomfortable cultural appropriation in a rich ATL couple’s mansion.

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ASH VS EVIL DEAD Review: “D.U.I.”

Ash V Evil Dead ExcerptSeason 2, Episode 4 – Ash must do battle with his beloved Oldsmobile Delta 88, a.k.a. “The Classic,” after it gets possessed by the Book of the Dead.

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ATLANTA Review: “The Club”

Atalanta ExcerptSeason 1, Episode 8 – In this week’s Atlana, Earn, Paper Boi and Darius have a fairly uneventful night at a club… until an eventful moment outside it.

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ASH VS EVIL DEAD Review: “Last Call”

Ash V Evil Dead ExcerptSeason 2, Episode 3 – Ash and old high school buddy (and former Desert Storm operative) Chet whip up a ketamine-based cocktail to enliven a kegger, designed to draw in the hooligans who took Ash’s beloved Oldsmobile for an unauthorized joyride.

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ATLANTA Review: “B.A.N.”

Atalanta ExcerptSeason 1, Episode 7 – Atlanta continues to get curiouser and curiouser, this time devoting an entire episode to a fake talk show, “Montague,” and subversive fake commercials that you’ll think are real for the first two rounds. Prepare yourself for an all-too-real kiddie cereal commercial.

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ASH VS EVIL DEAD Review: “The Morgue”

Ash V Evil Dead ExcerptSeason 2, Episode 2 – In this week’s Ash Vs Evil Dead, Ash and the gang (including Book of the Dead scribe Ruby) battle wacky possessed intestines and reanimated neighborhood floozies, all in the name of saving the human race from certain Deadite doom.

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