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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.
Season 3, Episode 7 – Paula makes peace with her past while Rebecca finds some validation in “Getting Over Jeff.”
Season 5, Episode 3 – Agents of SHIELD is completely off the rails and shows no signs of finding the track again.
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.
Season 1, Episode 9 – The Gifted finally moves forward by giving characters personal obstacles and making sure bad decisions have lasting consequences.
Season 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.
Season 1, Episode 4 – Runaways continues to expertly combine teenage tribulations with superpowers as the occult murder mystery deepens.
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.
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.
Season 1, Episodes 5-8 – The middle four episodes of Punisher continue the series’ excellent pacing while perfectly balancing action and ideology.
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.
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.
Season 3, Episode 6 – Crazy Ex-Girlfriend gives a realistic portrayal of mental illness filled with pathos and an appropriate dose of humor.
Season 1, Episode 7 – The Gifted opts for contrived drama over plot development, drumming up reasons for every character to be needlessly angry.
Season 1, Episode 9 – Star Trek: Discovery shows excellent mid-season finale form filled with suspense, character development, and compelling cliffhangers.
Season 1, Episode 8 – Inhumans never found a plot, never developed its characters, never fixed its production value problems and, thankfully, is now over.
Season 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.
Season 1, Episode 6 – The Mutant Underground must break into Sentinel Services to find out how they are controlling mutants.
Season 1, Episode 8 – Burnham, Saru, and Tyler must confront their own demons on a field mission to advance the war effort.
Season 1, Episode 7 – “Inhumans” is almost over and still has gone nowhere.
Season 3, Episode 4 – Rebecca’s friends stage an intervention but she pushes them away and stalks Josh Chan.
Season 1, Episode 5 – The Mutant Underground is “boXed in” by Sentinel Services and needs to throw them off their trail.
Season 1, Episode 7 – The “Star Trek: Discovery” crew is trapped in a vengeful time loop and must rely on trust to break free.
Season 3, Episode 3 – Rebecca wants us to believe “Josh Is a Liar” and tries to save face by ruining his life.
Season 1, Episode 6 – “Inhumans” somehow manages to keep getting worse which is quite an achievement.
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.
Season 1, Episode 6 – “Lethe” plays with Vulcan spirituality and Klingon military strategy in an episode that’s largely story setup.
Season 1, Episode 5 – “Inhumans” shows a rare glimmer of character development in an otherwise random, apathetic storyline.
Season 3, Episode 2 – “To Josh, With Love” finally lets Rebecca vent some of her inner frustration but she exposes herself in the process.
Season 1, Episode 3 – “The Gifted” sputters on low momentum and starts denying characters agency for the sake of drama.