Author Archives: Raina Deerwater

THE HANDMAID’S TALE Review: “A Woman’s Place”

the handmaid's tale excerptSeason 1, Episode 6 – It’s a different sort of episode, when The Handmaid’s Tale focuses more on the politics of Gilead. Despite powerful moments, something seems a bit off.

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I LOVE DICK Review: Season One

i love dick excerpt Season 1, Episodes 1-8 – Amazon’s I Love Dick investigates the sex and sexism of art, desire and Kevin Bacon. Though it can feel pretentious at times, the show’s poignancy shines through, as does Kathryn Hahn’s career making performance.

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THE HANDMAID’S TALE Review: “Faith”

the handmaid's tale excerptSeason 1, Episode 5 – As we approach the halfway point of the season, Offred’s slowly become more rebellious as more harsh truths of Gilead are revealed.

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THE HANDMAID’S TALE Review: “Nolite Te Bastardes Carborundorum”

the handmaid's tale excerpt Season 1, Episode 4 – In excerpts from Offred’s past, and a look at how she handles her current situation, seeds of a rebellion slowly start to grow in this week’s The Handmaid’s Tale.

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THE HANDMAID’S TALE Review: “Late”

the handmaid's tale excerpt Season 1, Episode 3 – In the most intense episode of The Handmaid’s Tale to date, it becomes more and more apparent that the value of these women is directed related to if they can have a child.

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THE HANDMAID’S TALE Review: “Birth Day”

the handmaid's tale excerpt Season 1, Episode 2 – Tensions are high in the second episode of The Handmaid’s Tale, as customs of the world are explored and Offred’s situation becomes more interesting.

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THE HANDMAID’S TALE Review: “Offred”

the handmaid's tale excerpt Season 1, Episode 1 – The series premiere of The Handmaid’s Tale is excellently crafted, adapted, and all too chillingly relevant.

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INGOBERNABLE Review: Episodes 11-15

ingobernable excerptSeason 1, Episodes 11-15 – Ingobernable wraps up its first season on a series of cliffhangers, opening the world of violence and corruption for a second season.

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INGOBERNABLE Review: Episodes 6-10

ingobernable excerpt Season 1, Episodes 6-10 – With the middle stretch of episodes, Ingobernable establishes itself as a show with a message, and a much darker edge to it.

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INGOBERNABLE Review: Episodes 1-5

ingobernable excerptSeason 1, Episodes 1-5 – In its first five episodes Ingobernable sets the stage for an intriguing political intrigue drama with a compelling lead. Hopefully, the show can keep this momentum going in answer some of the burning questions that the show asks.

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THIS IS US Review: “Moonshadow”

This is Us ExcerptSeason 1, Episode 18 – This Is Us closes out its first season with a finale that can only be described as underwhelming.

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THIS IS US Review: “What Now?”

This is Us ExcerptSeason 1, Episode 17 – This Is Us goes back to its familiar formula of Randall shining and everyone else falling slightly flat of that.

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THIS IS US Review: “Memphis”

This is Us Excerpt Season 1, Episode 16 – This Is Us shines in an episode fully devoted to the William-Randall father-son relationship, and by the end, everyone is crying.

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RIVERDALE Review: “Chapter Four: The Last Picture Show”

riverdale excerptSeason 1, Episode 4 – On the very edge of an affair being uncovered and a movie theater closing, Riverdale continues to bring the mystery and the drama, in a very silly way.

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This Is Us Review: “Jack Pearson’s Son”

This is Us Excerpt Season 1, Episode 15 – Finally, things get a little more high stakes on This Is Us as the Pearson clan has to make a bunch of choices, some good, some bad, some pretty dumb.

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Riverdale Review: “Chapter Three: Body Double”

riverdale excerpt Season 1, Episode 3 – Riverdale‘s third episode is its best to date, highlighting the best characters (the women) while giving into its cheesy nature.

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THIS IS US Review: “I Call Marriage”

This is Us ExcerptSeason 1, Episode 14 – It was never a great writing choice to end every episode on an expectations-shifting cliffhanger of a plot twist, but at least there was something to look forward to during that time. Now, every episode is starting to feel a little sluggish.

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Riverdale Review: “Chapter Two: A Touch of Evil”

riverdale excerpt Season 1, Episode 2 – In its second episode, Riverdale tows the line between campy and taking itself too seriously, as the tensions rise in more ways than one.

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FREQUENCY Review: “Signal Loss”

Frequency Excerpt Season 1, Episode 13 – In the odd-paced finale, Frequency leaves us forever, with the characters more or less where they should be.

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THIS IS US Review: “Three Sentences”

This is Us Excerpt Season 1, Episode 13 – This Is Us provides some sweet moments, but once again drowns in predictability and sap. It’s gotten to the point in the show where they seemed to have maybe run out of ideas. I say maybe because these storylines could be what the creators think are good ideas, but they feel like someone’s idea for a spec of the show.

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THE GOOD PLACE Review: “Mindy St. Claire” / “Michael’s Gambit”

The Good Place Excerpt Season 1, Episode 12-13 – Season one of The Good Place ends on a massive twist, leaving everyone praying for a second season.

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FREQUENCY Review: “Harmonic”

Frequency ExcerptSeason 1, Episode 12 – As things wind to a close Frequency pulls out all the twists and turns, but still fails to be an exciting show.

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THIS IS US Review: “The Big Day”

This is Us ExcerptSeason 1, Episode 12 – This Is Us stays permanently in 1980 this week, which could be an interesting choice, but falls flat. When the format changed to include none of Jack and Rebecca’s kids, and a whole lot of winking at the audience, the show fell victim to the most self-indulgent side of the show.

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THE GOOD PLACE Review: “What’s My Motivation?”

The Good Place ExcerptSeason 1, Episode 11 – The plot thickens in this week’s The Good Place, but still leaves room for funny and charming character moments.

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FREQUENCY Review: “Negative Copy”

Frequency Excerpt Season 1, Episode 11 – As Frequency continues to gear up toward the finally, things get way darker and slightly more interesting. There is just a lot of murder in the water over in the woods of Queens.

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THIS IS US Review: “The Right Thing To Do”

This is Us ExcerptSeason 1, Episode 11 – In the midseason premiere, the Pearsons try to tug at our heartstrings and are mostly successful.

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THE GOOD PLACE Review: “Chidi’s Choice”

The Good Place ExcerptSeason 1, Episode 10 – The Good Place returns to form, with a delightful and heartwarming take on love triangles.

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FREQUENCY Review: “The Edison Effect”

Frequency ExcerptSeason 1, Episode 10 – In the midseason premiere, the stakes go way up, in a much needed change of pace.

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FREQUENCY Review: “Gray Line”

Frequency Excerpt Season 1, Episode 9 – For Frequency‘s fall finale, mysteries are solved and alliances are shaky, but it all feels almost boring.

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THIS IS US Review: “Last Christmas”

This is Us ExcerptSeason 1, Episode 10 – Another crazy twist drags down an otherwise lovely and sappy Christmas special of This Is Us.

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