Author Archives: Alex Kirschenbaum

STARTUP Review: Episodes 5-6

The Chandler family begins to exert their influence over our core trio, as Araknet faces some growing pains.

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STARTUP Review: Episodes 1-4

The second season of upstart streaming service Crackle’s rollicking tech/crime thriller series “StartUp” kicks off with some grade-A new support.

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ROOM 104 Review: “Red Tent”

room 104 excerptSeason 1, Episode 10 – Two young political dissenters plotting to disrupt a convention struggle with their own anxieties — and the sensible perspective of a kindly AC repairman.

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PEOPLE OF EARTH Review: “Game Night”

people of earth excerptIn the season 2 finale of People of Earth, Yvonne and Gerry host a very, very eventful board game party for the members of StarCrossed… and some surprise guests.

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ROOM 104 Review: “Boris”

room 104 excerptSeason 1, Episode 9 – In “Boris,” the latest episode of HBO’s Room 104, a failed tennis star and Croatian expat opens up to a warm housekeeper.

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PEOPLE OF EARTH Review: “Truth or Dare”

people of earth excerptSeason 2, Episode 9 – Richard defends himself against his old employer in front of a mediator, with some of the StarCrossed gang helping out as character witnesses. Meanwhile, Jeff the Grey and Jonathan Walsh deal with new hurdles for their planned mutiny aboard their alien ship, observing StarCrossed.

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ROOM 104 Review: “Phoenix”

room 104 excerptSeason 1, Episode 8 – A plane crash survivor struggles to come to terms with lingering guilt stemming from the crash in the latest episode Room 104. She contemplates a fresh start with her extramarital lover.

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PEOPLE OF EARTH Review: “Alien Experiencer Expo”

people of earth excerptSeason 2, Episode 8 – Gina meets one of her alien abductee inspirations at a convention, while Chelsea and Alex Foster each deal with some surprising news.

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ROOM 104 Review: “The Missionaries”

room 104 excerptSeason 1, Episode 7 – Two young missionaries tackle not-so-sinister urges when they check into Room 104.

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PEOPLE OF EARTH Review: “Bee Kind”

people of earth excerptSeason 2, Episode 7 – A bee finds its way onto the aliens’ ship, and a dejected Alex Foster — still reeling from her indefinite FBI suspension — finds herself being recruited by StarCrossed.

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ROOM 104 Review: “Voyeurs”

room 104 excerptSeason 1, Episode 6 – A put-upon housekeeper reconnects with her younger self, quite intimately, while cleaning Room 104.

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PEOPLE OF EARTH Review: “Aftermath”

people of earth excerptSeason 2, Episode 6 – On earth, the StarCrossed team unpacks the shocking demise of one of their brightest stars. In space, Jonathan Walsh and Jeff grapple with their hyper-efficient new boss, Eric the cube.

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ROOM 104 Review: “The Internet”

room 104 excerptSeason 1, Episode 5 – Room 104 strives for one heck of a storytelling feat, by making what could be a funny nostalgia piece about the generation gap manifesting in technology, into something much, much deeper.

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PEOPLE OF EARTH Review: “Why Can’t We Be Friends”

people of earth excerptSeason 2, Episode 5 – Because Richard took a week off without alerting his job, he has been canned. Agent Foster goads him into joining her crusade against Jonathan Walsh.

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ROOM 104 Review: “I Knew You Weren’t Dead”

room 104 excerptSeason 1, Episode 4 – In the latest episode of Room 104, co-creator Mark Duplass pens an episode for his brother Jay, as the latter brother plays a man still grappling with the death of his best friend, 20 years before.

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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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