Author Archives: Brandon Norwood

MOZART IN THE JUNGLE Review: Season 4

mozart in the jungle excerptSeason 4, Episodes 1-10 – In this fourth season, Rodrigo and Hailey’s relationship deepens as the status quo for all changes.

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FRESH OFF THE BOAT Review: “Ride the Tiger”

fresh off the boat excerptSeason 4, Episode 16 – A game of speaking Mandarin gets out of hand while Emery is ready to rid himself of bad luck. Meanwhile, Eddie investigates why he didn’t receive a red envelope from Big Auntie.

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THE FLASH Review: “True Colors”

the flash excerptSeason 4, Episode 13 – With Amunet buying all the metas in Iron Heights, Barry must take action without exposing his own powers to save himself and the other metas.

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THE FLASH Review: “Honey, I Shrunk Team Flash”

the flash excerptSeason 4, Episode 12 – A meta with the power to shrink has Team Flash on the case with ties to Big Sir.

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FRESH OFF THE BOAT Review: “We Need To Talk About Evan”

fresh off the boat excerptSeason 4, Episode 15 – Jessica finally pushes Evan too far while Louis is stuck in the shadow of Kenny Rogers. Eddie and Emery decide it’s time to learn how to unhook a bra.

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FRESH OFF THE BOAT Review: “A Man to Share the Night With”

fresh off the boat excerptSeason 4, Episode 14 – With Eddie now entering a new phase of his life, Louis moves back his bedtime with mixed results. Jessica tries to hid Michelle Kwan’s second place win from Emery and Evan.

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THE FLASH Review: “The Elongated Knight Rises”

the flash excerptSeason 4, Episode 11 – With Barry adjusting to prison life, Ralph must discover the hero within to protect Central City in his absence.

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THE FLASH Review: “The Trial of The Flash”

the flash excerptSeason 4, Episode 10 – With Barry’s trial underway for the murder of Clifford DeVoe, Joe and Iris must decide how far they’re willing to go to keep Barry out of prison.

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FRESH OFF THE BOAT Review: “The Car Wash”

fresh off the boat excerptSeason 4, Episode 13 – Louis tries to rekindle the spark in his marriage with Marvin’s help, while Emery and Evan compete to be their English teacher’s favorite.

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FRESH OFF THE BOAT Review: “Liar Liar”

fresh off the boat excerptSeason 4, Episode 12 – Louis overextends himself while trying to make new friends, while Nicole changes her demeanor for her crush, and the Huang boys get fed up with Honey’s tardiness.

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THE CHI Review: Episodes 1-4

Season 1, Episodes 1-4 – “Creator Lena Waithe paints a portrait of how society and government fail inner city citizens reminiscent of The Wire,” writes Brandon Norwood about the upcoming series from Showtime.

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FRESH OFF THE BOAT Review: “Big Baby”

fresh off the boat excerptSeason 4, Episode 11 – With Honey’s mom visiting, Jessica is recruited to be a buffer, Louis and Marvin’s getaway cruise goes south, and Eddie makes sure his potential new girlfriend passes his tests.

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FRESH OFF THE BOAT Review: “Do You Hear What I Hear?”

fresh off the boat excerptSeason 4, Episode 10 – Jessica threatens to sabotage neighboorhood caroling, Marvin suspects Honey is keeping a secret, and Nicole deals with a crush.

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FRESH OFF THE BOAT Review: “Slide Effect”

fresh off the boat excerptSeason 4, Episode 9 – With Eddie fed up with his friends’ extracurricular activities, he joins a new group of kids. Meanwhile, Jessica has trouble finding a suitable photo for her book.

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THE FLASH Review: “Don’t Run”

the flash excerptSeason 4, Episode 9 – As Christmas nears, The Thinker hatches his plan. With Barry and Caitlin both captured, Iris must make a tough decision on who to save.

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CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM Review: “Fatwa!”

Season 9, Episode 10 – In the season nine finale, the “Fatwa!” musical is underway but a scheduling conflict brings things to a head.

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Is Blaxploitation Rising in Hollywood?

With the rise of high profile projects with black leads, we look to see if this is niche or a mainstream mainstay.

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THE FLASH Review: “Crisis on Earth-X, Part 3”

the flash excerptSeason 4, Episode 8 – In Part 3 of the crossover event, our heroes are divided with being stuck on Earth-X or stuck in S.T.A.R. Labs. With nothing but their wits, our heroes must find a way to overcome the odds quickly.

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CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM Review: “The Shucker”

Season 9, Episode 9 – Larry is blackmailed by an employee and is harassed by a person from his past.

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THE FLASH Review: “Therefore I Am”

the flash excerptSeason 4, Episode 7 – DeVoe makes life difficult for Barry as the two come face to face as DeVoe’s past is revealed.

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FRESH OFF THE BOAT Review: “The Vouch”

fresh off the boat excerptSeason 4, Episode 8 – Jessica has finished her novel which puts Louis in a tight spot, while Eddie and his friends clash over a new CD player.

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CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM Review: “Never Wait for Seconds!”

Season 9, Episode 8 – Bridget asks Larry for a favor for her son as he earns unexpected gratitude at a brunch buffet while realizing tips are better than owed favors.

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THERE’S… JOHNNY! Review: Season 1

Season 1, Episodes 1-7 – In 1972, young Andy Klavin navigates Los Angeles and the behind the scenes hustle and bustle of The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson.

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THE FLASH Review: “When Harry Met Harry…”

the flash excerptSeason 4, Episode 6 – As Barry trains Ralph in becoming a hero, a new metahuman complicates things. Meanwhile, Wells assembles a council of his other selves from different Earth to track down an enemy.

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FRESH OFF THE BOAT Review: “The Day After Thanksgiving”

fresh off the boat excerptSeason 4, Episode 7 – For opposite goals, Louis and Jessica try to please Grandma Jenny during Thanksgiving while Evan tries to prove he’s mature.

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FUTURE MAN Review: Season 1

Season 1, Episodes 1-13 – Josh Futterman, a lowly janitor, finds himself thrust into a world-saving mission after beating an unbeatable video game. Aided by two warriors from the future, the trio seek out a better tomorrow.

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CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM Review: “Namaste”

Season 9, Episode 7 – Larry comes to blows with Leon’s yoga instructor, courts Susie’s friend, and deals with Uber and public transportation in Los Angeles.

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CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM Review: “The Accidental Text on Purpose”

Season 9, Episode 6 – Larry creates a ploy for getting his friends out of relationship jams.

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THE FLASH Review: “Elongated Journey Into Night”

the flash excerptSeason 4, Episode 4 – A new metahuman with ties to Barry and Joe’s past emerges while Cisco must deal with Gypsy’s father (Danny Trejo!) in an episode directed by Harry Wells himself Tom Cavanaugh.

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FRESH OFF THE BOAT Review: “Four Funerals and a Wedding”

fresh off the boat excerptSeason 4, Episode 5 – Jessica and her father’s relationship bothers Louis, while Emery feels left out when Evan makes Eddie his executor on his will.

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