Author Archives: Dana Brand

RUNAWAYS Review: “Metamorphosis”

Season 1, Episode 6 – Runaways sees all the characters confronting personal changes while dealing with bigger mysteries in what continues to be a fun series.

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THE GIFTED Review: “eXploited”

Season 1, Episode 10 – The Gifted tries to up the ante with death and destruction, but forgets the characters have to be likable for that to work.

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CRAZY EX-GIRLFRIEND Review: “Getting Over Jeff”

crazy ex girlfriend excerptSeason 3, Episode 7 – Paula makes peace with her past while Rebecca finds some validation in “Getting Over Jeff.”

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AGENTS OF SHIELD Review: “A Life Spent”

Agents of SHIELD ExcerptSeason 5, Episode 3 – Agents of SHIELD is completely off the rails and shows no signs of finding the track again.

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RUNAWAYS Review: “Kingdom”

Season 1, Episode 5 – “Runaways” sees the main characters facing a danger that challenges them to use their abilities to learn they can save themselves.

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THE GIFTED Review: “outfoX”

Season 1, Episode 9 – The Gifted finally moves forward by giving characters personal obstacles and making sure bad decisions have lasting consequences.

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AGENTS OF SHIELD Review: “Orientation Parts 1 & 2”

Agents of SHIELD ExcerptSeason 5, Episodes 1-2 – Post-apocalyptic space dystopia might work if this wasn’t “Agents of SHIELD,” but the best parts of this show don’t lend themselves well to this plotline.

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RUNAWAYS Review: “Fifteen”

Season 1, Episode 4 – Runaways continues to expertly combine teenage tribulations with superpowers as the occult murder mystery deepens.

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THE PUNISHER Review: Episodes 9-13

Season 1, Episodes 9-13 – The Punisher is the most well-written, excellently paced entry in the MCU imbuing its mystery plot structure with compassion and hard questions.

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RUNAWAYS Review: Episodes 1-3

Season 1, Episodes 1-3 – Runaways combines teen social problems with cult mysteries and superpowers to make a fun drama with depth and a light heart.

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THE PUNISHER Review: Episodes 5-8

Season 1, Episodes 5-8 – The middle four episodes of Punisher continue the series’ excellent pacing while perfectly balancing action and ideology.

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THE GIFTED Review: “threat of eXtinction”

Season 1, Episode 8 – Some plot development and space for character growth contribute to an upswing in quality in this week’s episode of The Gifted.

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THE PUNISHER Review: Episodes 1-4

Season 1, Episodes 1-4 – Punisher is self-aware enough to avoid obvious political and cultural traps while simultaneously delivering a nuance exploration of trauma and violence.

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CRAZY EX-GIRLFRIEND Review: “Josh is Irrelevant”

crazy ex girlfriend excerptSeason 3, Episode 6 – Crazy Ex-Girlfriend gives a realistic portrayal of mental illness filled with pathos and an appropriate dose of humor.

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THE GIFTED Review: “eXtreme measures”

Season 1, Episode 7 – The Gifted opts for contrived drama over plot development, drumming up reasons for every character to be needlessly angry.

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STAR TREK: DISCOVERY Review: “Into the Forest I Go”

Season 1, Episode 9 – Star Trek: Discovery shows excellent mid-season finale form filled with suspense, character development, and compelling cliffhangers.

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INHUMANS Review: “…And Finally: Black Bolt”

inhumans excerptSeason 1, Episode 8 – Inhumans never found a plot, never developed its characters, never fixed its production value problems and, thankfully, is now over.

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CRAZY EX-GIRLFRIEND Review: “I Never Want to See Josh Again”

crazy ex girlfriend excerptSeason 3, Episode 5 – Rebecca goes back to her mother’s house to try to find peace and her friends fall apart in her absence in a compassionate representation of depression and suicidal ideation.

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THE GIFTED Review: “got your siX”

Season 1, Episode 6 – The Mutant Underground must break into Sentinel Services to find out how they are controlling mutants.

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STAR TREK: DISCOVERY Review: “Si Vis Pacem, Para Bellum”

Season 1, Episode 8 – Burnham, Saru, and Tyler must confront their own demons on a field mission to advance the war effort.

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INHUMANS Review: “Havoc in the Hidden Land”

inhumans excerptSeason 1, Episode 7 – “Inhumans” is almost over and still has gone nowhere.

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CRAZY EX-GIRLFRIEND Review: “Josh’s Ex-Girlfriend is Crazy”

crazy ex girlfriend excerptSeason 3, Episode 4 – Rebecca’s friends stage an intervention but she pushes them away and stalks Josh Chan.

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THE GIFTED Review: “boXed in”

Season 1, Episode 5 – The Mutant Underground is “boXed in” by Sentinel Services and needs to throw them off their trail.

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STAR TREK: DISCOVERY Review: “Magic to Make the Sanest Man Go Mad”

Season 1, Episode 7 – The “Star Trek: Discovery” crew is trapped in a vengeful time loop and must rely on trust to break free.

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CRAZY EX-GIRLFRIEND Review: “Josh Is a Liar”

crazy ex girlfriend excerptSeason 3, Episode 3 – Rebecca wants us to believe “Josh Is a Liar” and tries to save face by ruining his life.

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INHUMANS Review: “The Gentleman’s Name Is Gorgon”

inhumans excerptSeason 1, Episode 6 – “Inhumans” somehow manages to keep getting worse which is quite an achievement.

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THE GIFTED Review: “eXit Strategy”

Season 1, Episode 4 – “The Gifted” continues to wallow in its basic dramatics in “eXit Strategy” yet also gives us some nice family dynamics and uses its superpowers well.

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STAR TREK: DISCOVERY Review: “Lethe”

Season 1, Episode 6 – “Lethe” plays with Vulcan spirituality and Klingon military strategy in an episode that’s largely story setup.

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INHUMANS Review: “Something Inhuman This Way Comes…”

inhumans excerptSeason 1, Episode 5 – “Inhumans” shows a rare glimmer of character development in an otherwise random, apathetic storyline.

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CRAZY EX-GIRLFRIEND Review: “To Josh, With Love”

crazy ex girlfriend excerptSeason 3, Episode 2 – “To Josh, With Love” finally lets Rebecca vent some of her inner frustration but she exposes herself in the process.

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