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Season 2, Episodes 1-13 – The second season of Jessica Jones is perfectly adequate. The story is fine. The character development is fine. It’s aesthetically gorgeous. But it lacks the depth and relevance of the first season in a few crucial ways that leave this feeling pretty basic rather than transformative.
Season 5, Episode 11 – Agents of SHIELD returns with a catalog of all of their past greatness plugged into the series’ perfect blend of exposition, humor, and action.
Season 11, Episode 7 – The X-Files turns in an excellent dark comedy in “Rm9sbG93ZXJz,” examining the annoyances and pitfalls of modern technology.
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 11, Episode 6 – The X-Files returns to a moral world order it understands with a surprisingly decent Skinner-centric story of the Vietnam War.
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.