On the Stunning Season Finale of The Strain, an Old Dude Bought a Book

The boring, insufferable second season of The Strain has come to a close, and if you were wondering if perhaps Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan’s vampire apocalypse “drama” would be pulling out all the stops after what can only be politely be described as “slow” build-up, let me assure you it did not. It stayed just… »10/05/15 5:15pmYesterday 5:15pm

All It Takes Is a Little Rain to Get Steven Universe on Track

Last week’s episode of Steven Universe delivered on two of the show’s greatest strengths: its adorable humor, and a keen eye for character development. Not only does this week give us the heart-cloggingly sweet joy of Peridot and Steven on an adventure together, it delivers the show’s third strength: actual plot… »10/02/15 12:00pmFriday 12:00pm

I Know This Sounds Crazy, But Heroes Reborn May Actually Have Some Potential

Of course, the original Heroes series also used to have potential, once upon a time. So even as I watched the reboot’s third episode, “Under the Mask,” and thought, “You know, if these mysteries actually have decent answers, Heroes Reborn will have been pretty solid!” Then I remembered that answering mysteries has… »10/02/15 10:13amFriday 10:13am

Not Much Happens on Scream Queens, But it Sure Is Fond of Itself Anyway 

This week’s Scream Queens was titled “Chainsaw” as a nod to the killer’s (or killers’, ahem) new weapon of choice—and, just maybe, to acknowledge that this is perhaps the shrillest, most broadly-hewn TV show ever. Also, calling it “Red Herring” might’ve been too obvious. »9/30/15 4:29pmWednesday 4:29pm

Limitless Is Turning Into a Light-Hearted Comedy and I'm Pretty OK With It

Limitless started out last week as a dark sci-fi drama filled with ailing fathers and a botched superdrug that ravages the human body. Last night, its second episode took a sharp turn into light-hearted territory, with comic book-style speech bubbles floating in the air and James Bond fantasy sequences. I’m all about… »9/30/15 12:40pm9/30/15 12:40pm

The Agents of SHIELD Are Laying The Groundwork For Captain America's Next Movie

When Agents of SHIELD began, its first season revolved around building up towards the events of Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Now there’s another Captain America movie coming out next spring, and we can already see how Agents of SHIELD is laying some track down for it. Spoilers ahead... »9/30/15 11:00am9/30/15 11:00am

Continuum and the Biggest Pitfalls That TV Shows About Time Travel Fall Into

Check out the coolest moment from last Friday’s brand new episode of Continuum. We’re halfway through the final season of this time-warping cop show, and it still has the power to deliver some really neat character moments. But Continuum is also falling prey to television’s worst habits when it comes to time travel. »9/29/15 5:12pm9/29/15 5:12pm

Gotham Is the Wackiest Show About Setting a Bus Full of Cheerleaders on Fire Ever Made

Last week, I called Gothamstill bizarre, still silly, and a lot better.” I would like to add something to my assessment of season two: Gotham is also horrifically, ludicrously violent. Arguably far more violent than a show where the criminals wear matching theme outfits has any right to be. »9/29/15 11:00am9/29/15 11:00am

The Guardians of the Galaxy Cartoon Loves The Guardians of the Galaxy Film A Little Too Much

The very first shot of Marvel’s new Guardians of the Galaxy cartoon is of Star-Lord’s cassette player. A hand reaches down onto it, the thumb presses play... and then Hooked on a Feeling blares out, as if a million executives simultaneously cried out “Oh god you loved that weird movie we made last year. What do we do… »9/28/15 5:30pm9/28/15 5:30pm

Doctor Who and the Deconstruction of the Daleks

Tonight’s Doctor Who episode continues the show’s recent trend of deconstructing the Daleks, his armored “space Nazi” adversaries. And just like with the recent “Asylum of the Daleks” and “Into the Dalek,” we discover that Dalek nature is both sadder and more complicated than we’d previously thought. »9/26/15 10:00pm9/26/15 10:00pm