Author Archives: Dana Brand
Season 3, Episode 13 – Rebecca is forced to accept the consequences for years’ worth of harmful behavior while Darryl and all of his friends prepare for his new daughter.
Season 1, Episode 15 – Star Trek: Discovery‘s season finale outshines its source material, proving that violence and narrative conflict are not synonymous.
Season 3, Episode 12 – “Trent?!” steals the show in an episode full of blackmail, hijinks, and misunderstandings that displays Crazy Ex-Girlfriend at its best.
Season 1, Episode 14 – Discovery finds itself as the last line of defense against a fractured and fractious Klingon Empire bent on the destruction of humanity.
Season 2, Episode 15 – Agents of SHIELD glides into a hiatus with an excellent conclusion to time travel travails and space apocalypse in “Past Life.”
Season 3, Episode 11 – Time skips forward and everyone has to deal with the consequences of their actions (or inactions) in “Nathaniel and I Are Just Friends!”
Season 11, Episode 5 – “Ghouli” is rife with misogyny and abuse played for sympathy and a decent monster idea derailed by legacy plots that have always been dumb.
Season 1, Episode 13 – Lorca reveals his true colors while the crew of the Discovery tries to figure out how to save the multiverse and still get themselves home.
Season 3, Episode 10 – Rebecca seeks revenge against her ex while Heather tries to turn the company she loves working for into a functional organization.
Season 5, Episode 9 – Mack and YoYo lead a rebellion against the Kree while the rest of the crew tries to get the derelict Zephyr airborne to stage a rescue operation.
Season 11, Episode 4 – “The Lost Art of Forehead Sweat” swings and misses with a tired premise, harmful attempts at humor, and insensitive character issues.
Season 1, Episode 12 – Star Trek: Discovery is brimming with character development, plot twists, and intrigue in a jam-packed episode that addresses its thornier problems.
Season 5, Episode 8 – “The Last Day” mixes two timelines with plenty of action, empathy, and plot solving in an excellent example of Agents of SHIELD at its best.
Season 11, Episode 3 – “Plus One” is an adequate case-of-the-week that plays to classic X-Files structure and old relationship dynamics.
Season 1, Episode 12 – The Gifted season finale ends on promising developments for the next season but is still mired in the same problems.
Season 1, Episode 11 – Star Trek: Discovery stumbles over a few bad television tropes but remains a solid narrative overall.
Season 5, Episode 7 – Agents of SHIELD stays on track with an episode full of high stakes, big action, and small character moments.
Season 3, Episode 9 – Rebecca continues her journey towards a more balanced mental state but still winds up hurting people with her good intentions.
Season 11, Episode 2 – “This” has nothing to offer but barely-speculative gimmicks and an old familiar face.
Season 1, Episode 10 – Runaways ends its first season with a few twists and plot developments that simultaneously resolve this season’s stories while setting up new ones.
Season 1, Episode 10 – The Star Trek: Discovery crew find themselves trapped in a dangerous classic “Trek” alternate universe and must fight to survive.
Season 5, Episode 6 – Agents of SHIELD finally kicks itself out of its pit of despair and starts to tell a proper story for the first time this season.
Season 3, Episode 8 – Rebecca and her friends each face a personal crisis and come through them changed and another excellent episode of “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend”
Season 11, Episode 1 – “My Struggle III” is one of the most poorly-written, nonsensical, and actively stupid episodes of The X-Files ever, and that includes all of Season 10.
Season 1, Episode 9 – Runaways brings every plotline and faction together in “Doomsday,” leaving everyone poised for the finale in an excellent penultimate episode.
Season 1, Episode 11 – The Gifted takes a step forward only to end up right back where it started.
Season 1, Episode 8 – The Pride tries to find a solution to their problems that won’t get them all killed while the teenagers uncover more secrets than they expected.
Season 5, Episode 5 – Fitz and Hunter go to extreme lengths to figure out what happened to their friends in the kind of story that Agents of SHIELD excels at.
Season 1, Episode 7 – Runaways continues to mix mystery with family drama and sci-fi religious cults in a beautifully balanced serialized story.
Season 5, Episode 4 – Agents of SHIELD hits a few of its usual notes but still can’t manage to find the track to get this story back on the rails.