Author Archives: Cailin Coane

STILL STAR-CROSSED Review: “All The World’s A Stage”

still star-crossed excerptSeason 1, Episode 3 – In this week’s episode of Still Star-Crossed, Prince Escalus is determined to have Rosaline and Benvolio betrothed to bring peace to Verona. Rosaline and Benvolio both plot their own escape plans, but a mysterious masked figure has ideas of his own to sabotage the betrothal ceremony. Meanwhile, Lord Capulet is having visions of seeing Juliet’s ghost.

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DOCTOR WHO Review: “The Eaters of Light”

doctor who excerptSeason 10, Episode 10 – In this week’s episode of Doctor Who, the Doctor and Bill venture to Scotland, 120 AD, to discover the fate of the lost ninth legion of the Roman empire. What they discover is the remains of the legion and a monster hellbent on destroying it and the world it has been released upon.

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DOCTOR WHO Review: “Empress of Mars”

doctor who excerptSeason 10, Episode 9 – In this week’s episode of Doctor Who, it’s the Ice Warriors versus the Victorians on Mars, with the Doctor and Bill trying to stop the ensuing conflict. What can appease the Ice Queen’s wrath? And can Nardole make it back in the TARDIS in time? Or will he have to risk letting Missy out of the vault?

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STILL STAR-CROSSED Review: “The Course of True Love Never Did Run Smooth”

still star-crossed excerptSeason 1, Episode 2 – In this week’s episode of Still Star-Crossed, Rosaline finds herself engaged to Benvolio, and appeals to Prince Escalus to end the betrothal. Meanwhile, Lord Montague schemes with Benvolio to reveal Lord Capulet’s financial ruin, and Lady Capulet suspects Rosaline of coercing Juliet into committing suicide, using Friar Lawrence as her confidant.

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DOCTOR WHO Review: “The Lie of the Land”

doctor who excerptSeason 10, Episode 8 – In this week’s episode of Doctor Who, the Monks have taken over Earth, recruiting the Doctor to spread their propaganda and leaving Bill and Nardole to save the day. Bill is determined to save the Doctor and the human race from the Monks’ influence, but that will come at the cost of her own life.

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STILL STAR-CROSSED Review: “In Fair Verona, Where We Lay Our Scene”

still star-crossed excerptSeason 1, Episode 1 – In the premiere of Still Star-Crossed, Rosaline Capulet finds herself caught in the aftermath of the deaths of her cousin Juliet and her husband Romeo Montague. The two families are at war, and each sets on its path of destroying the other, using secret marriages and hidden alliances, with newly-crowned Prince Escalus trying to restore peace.

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DOCTOR WHO Review: “The Pyramid at the End of the World”

doctor who excerptSeason 10, Episode 7 – On this week’s episode of Doctor Who, the Monks have invaded and present an ultimatum to the human race: consent to their control of the planet or die. The Doctor, assuming once again his position as the President of the world, must devise a cunning plan to defeat them before the Doomsday Clock strikes midnight.

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DOCTOR WHO Review: “Extremis”

doctor who excerptSeason 10, Episode 6 – In this week’s episode of Doctor Who, the Doctor is called to the Vatican by the pope to read an ancient text that causes all of its readers to commit suicide. Taken into the Vatican’s ancient library, the Doctor must face shifting portals, undead cardinals, and his own guilty conscience before risking reading Veritas.

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DOCTOR WHO Review: “Oxygen”

doctor who excerptSeason 10, Episode 5 – In this week’s Doctor Who, the Doctor, Bill, and Nardole answer a distress call from a space station in the future where oxygen is sold by the breath. When space suits begin attacking their inhabitants who can’t pay, it’s a race against time for the Doctor to save the crew before all the oxygen leaves the station.

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DOCTOR WHO Review: “Knock Knock”

doctor who excerptSeason 10, Episode 4 – In this week’s Doctor Who, the Doctor is on the case when Bill moves into an old house with an odd landlord and a forbidden tower. What’s in the creaking floorboards? Why do roommates keep disappearing? And can they find out the truth before they’re trapped inside the house forever?

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DOCTOR WHO Review: “The Pilot”

doctor who excerptSeason 10, Episode 1 – In the season premiere of Doctor Who, cafeteria worker Bill Potts gets swept up in one of the Doctor’s adventures when a girl suddenly vanishes alongside a mysterious puddle that shows the wrong reflection. The Doctor and Nardole are back to saving the universe, with Bill now along for the ride!

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PURE GENIUS Review: “Lift Me Up”

pure genius excerptSeason 1, Episode 13 – In the series finale of Pure Genius, Angie tries to convince her mother to try nanobot technology from Bunker Hill to treat her cancer, but her mother resists. Meanwhile, Dr. Wallace is in deep trouble when Julianna finds out Bell used the unapproved treatment to try to cure Louis Keating’s GSS.

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PURE GENIUS Review: “I Got This”

pure genius excerptSeason 1, Episode 12 – In this week’s Pure Genius, Dr. C is tasked with performing vocal cord surgery on a famous pop singer who happens to be one of Bell’s friends. Meanwhile, Dr. Wallace and Dr. Brockett struggle to keep a baby alive whose mother was addicted to heroin, and Angie’s mom is keeping a terrible secret from her.

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A SERIES OF UNFORTUNATE EVENTS Review: Episodes 5-8

lemony snicket excerptSeason 1, Episodes 5-8 – In the second half of A Series of Unfortunate Events, the Baudelaire orphans face a hurricane, carnivorous leeches, hard labor, and an evil hypnotizing optometrist in their search for the truth behind the deaths of their parents. Meanwhile, Count Olaf is never far behind, using ever more ridiculous disguises to try to claim the Baudelaire family fortune.

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SHERLOCK Review: “The Final Problem”

sherlock excerptSeason 4, Episode 3 – In the possibly last episode of Sherlock ever, Eurus Holmes leads Sherlock down the rabbit hole in a game of wits that reveals the secrets of his past that have defined who he is. What is the Final Problem? And can it be solved before time runs out for Sherlock Holmes and Dr. John Watson?

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A SERIES OF UNFORTUNATE EVENTS Review: Episodes 1-4

lemony snicket excerptSeason 1, Episodes 1-4 – A Series of Unfortunate Events features the tragic lives of the three Baudelaire children, in which they lose their parents in a fire and must evade the clutches of Count Olaf, a despicable villain after their family fortune. Along the way, they encounter strange guardian after strange guardian, each new tragedy observed and narrated by melancholy author Lemony Snicket.

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PURE GENIUS Review: “Touch and Go”

pure genius excerptSeason 1, Episode 11 – In this week’s episode of Pure Genius, Nina pushes Bell to defy the FDA by using an unapproved treatment to slow the progression of a patient’s terminal illness. Meanwhile, tension grows between Dr. Verlaine and Dr. Brockett as Bell and Dr. Brockett bond while working together to cure another patient’s rare skin disease.

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SHERLOCK Review: “The Lying Detective”

sherlock excerptSeason 4, Episode 2 – In this week’s Sherlock, Sherlock’s attempts to save John from grief send him spiraling into an abyss of depression and drug use. In his obsessive pursuit of Culverton Smith, a new and terrifying addition to the show’s pantheon of villains, Sherlock is led down a dark path that leads to a terrifying reveal.

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PURE GENIUS Review: “Hero Worship”

pure genius excerptSeason 1, Episode 10 – In this week’s Pure Genius, Bell has trouble coming to terms with the fact that one of his childhood heroes is indirectly responsible for a streak of potentially fatal illnesses in Silicon Valley. Meanwhile, Dr. Brockett and Dr. Strauss attempt to reverse a psychosomatic disorder using virtual reality therapy in order to help a patient walk again.

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PURE GENIUS Review: “Grace”

pure genius excerptSeason 1, Episode 9 – In this week’s episode of Pure Genius, Bell struggles with a savior complex as a church brings a young man dying of AIDS to Bunker Hill to be healed. Dr. Wallace has his hands full as well, as he fights to save his daughter’s friend (or, perhaps, more than a friend) when she contracts a fatal flesh-eating disease.

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SHERLOCK Review: “The Six Thatchers”

sherlock excerptSeason 4, Episode 1 – After a three-year gap between seasons, Sherlock starts off Season 4 with a bang, delivering on all fronts with riveting action and enthralling mysteries. Sherlock’s obsession with Moriarty’s possible return propels him through case after case – but it’s secrets from Mary’s past that end up coming back to haunt them all.

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DOCTOR WHO Review: “The Return of Doctor Mysterio”

doctor who excerptSeason 9, Episode 13 – In a welcome return after a year-long hiatus, Doctor Who kicks off its annual Christmas episode with a fun, zany adventure straight out of a comic book. The Doctor must team up with a superhero known as the Ghost to stop an incoming alien invasion, in a satisfying bit of holiday escapism.

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PURE GENIUS Review: “Around the World In Eight Kidneys”

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Season 1, Episode 8 – On this week’s Pure Genius, the Bunker Hill team sets in motion an international kidney donation chain between eight different donors across the world. Though stakes should be high, the show follows its unfortunate pattern of undermining its own tension with lackluster writing for its as-of-yet thinly defined characters.

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PURE GENIUS Review: “A Bunker Hill Christmas”

pure genius excerptSeason 1, Episode 7 – Despite its best efforts, Pure Genius‘s Christmas episode is more lukewarm than heartwarming, even as a leukemia patient helps Bell come to terms with his GSS diagnosis. Meanwhile, Dr. Verlaine and Dr. Brockett take a step forward in their relationship; unfortunately, this means the show takes a step back.

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PURE GENIUS Review: “Bunker Hill, We Have A Problem”

pure genius excerptSeason 1, Episode 6 – In this week’s Pure Genius, Bell tries to drum up publicity for Bunker Hill by having a remote surgery at the International Space Station streamed live across the world – what could go wrong?

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PURE GENIUS Review: “Fire and Ice”

pure genius excerptSeason 1, Episode 5 – In an attempted twist on an otherwise dull retread of Pure Genius‘s previous themes, Dr. Wallace finds himself leaning towards Bell’s idealistic philosophies in securing approval for a controversial surgery for a burn victim. Bell, in the meantime, has to deal with the emotional consequences of giving false hope to a paralyzed patient.

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PURE GENIUS Review: “Not Your Grandmother’s Robotic Surgery”

pure genius excerptSeason 1, Episode 4 – Pure Genius picks up some momentum this week when Bell’s emotional connection to a patient clouds his judgment and puts him at odds with the rest of the team. Emotions run high elsewhere as a man blinded during military service, and haunted by survivor’s guilt, is given the chance to regain his sight.

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PURE GENIUS Review: “You Must Remember This”

pure genius excerptSeason 1, Episode 3 – Pure Genius tries to narrow its focus this week, but struggles to keep the tension taut as it takes on two patients – a diabetic in need of a life-saving surgery her overweight body cannot withstand, and a police officer who has lost his memory in a car accident.

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PURE GENIUS Review: “It’s Your Friendly Neighborhood Spider Silk Surgery”

pure genius excerptSeason 1, Episode 2 – Pure Genius improves slightly from its pilot by using the show’s premise to its benefit, revolving around a new and unusual surgery involving spider silk to save a patient’s life. But, unoriginal plot points and predictable set-ups for future drama still bog down a show that has yet to shine.

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PURE GENIUS Review: “Pilot”

pure genius excerptSeason 1, Episode 1 – In the premiere of Pure Genius, tech billionaire James Bell recruits brilliant surgeon Dr. Walter Wallace for the task of creating the hospital of the future, taking on supposedly hopeless cases and trying to cure the incurable. Unfortunately, for all the promised flash and wonderment, the episode falls flat with cliched characters and attempted drama that feels unearned.

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