Saiya Floyd

Doctor Who’s midseason opener, ‘The Bells of Saint John’ was a fantastic starting point for new companion Clara, but ultimately was weighed down by problems stemming from the past. The concept behind the episode was clever- something is in the WiFi. In our digital age, the idea that something could be lurking in the Internet, […]

I guess we knew some sort of Merle redemption episode was on its way. I had hoped it would be part of something greater, like Merle’s little redemption story in the finale. Instead it stands as the primary driving force of “This Sorrowful Life.” This episode starts out with letting us know that Rick has […]

  Peter Wicks

So, were you wondering what happened to Tyreese and his group? Sure, we saw them join up with the Woodbury crew, but they’ve remained unseen for a few episodes. Tonight, they’re back albeit as a subplot to Andrea’s sudden realization that the Governor is a bit off. Where are Rick and crew as they prepare […]

  Laurel Clayton

This week’s Justified more than makes up for this season’s lulls. The Marshals go to war with Theo Tonin’s envoys over Drew Thompson, letting loose a thrilling torrent of barbs, blood and badassery. Not being a fourteen-year-old boy, I use the term “badass” deliberately and carefully, just as Justified delivers it. It comes not from […]

The most recent episode has the Governor and Rick meeting for a showdown in a dingy barn. At first, I was expecting a few pithy comments, a quick draw, and the death of the Governor. Then I remembered I wasn’t watching Justified. This is the Walking Dead, where tension often gets ratcheted to eleven.  Soon […]

  Laurel Clayton

It was a straightforward, long-awaited Justified this week. In an opening scene, Raylan spells out that to “hash something out” comes from the French for cut; like hatchet, or as Raylan puts it: to cut through the bullshit. And that seems to be the intention of this episode. First and foremost – and huge spoilers […]

  Peter Wicks

AMC’s lovable band of zombie slayers got a slight reprieve in this week’s episode fittingly named ‘Clear.’ Rick, Carl, and Michonne headed out of the prison for a daytrip to Rick’s hometown to supply up. A showdown with the unhinged Governor looms in the near future and for that they’ll need a few more bullets.  […]

  Laurel Clayton

People are dropping like flies along the way towards Drew Thompson. It’s a murder-heavy episode, but the most important one comes first: Arlo Givens, Harlan County’s Worst Father, dies of a fatal meeting between scissors and heart. Like his son after him, Arlo goes out with pizazz, on his own terms. He dies fighting, and […]

  Laurel Clayton

Perhaps combined last weeks over-bloated Justified and this weeks light episode could have made one interesting story. The Drew Thompson Mystery does not appear to be complicated enough to pad out an entire season, and so Raylan faces yet more easily dispatched obstacles. To make up for Raylan’s strange storyline, Boyd attends a high society […]

  Saiya Floyd

Downton Abbey’s dramatic third season finale was full of progress and change. The changes were subtle at first, before reaching an ending that changed the course of the show. At first, I was frustrated with this episode. Like the show’s patriarch, Robert, it seemed Downton was digging its heels at anything that strayed from a […]

  Laurel Clayton

“Footchase” reveals a key problem in Justified’s new direction: without a central villain to organize around, the episode drags along, weighed down by a mess of plots and characters. The Drew Thompson Mystery is interesting in previous meticulously balanced episodes, which the sixth episode certainly was not. The show struggles to balance the nebulous mass […]

  Laurel Clayton

After spending the first four episodes apart, Justified’s hero and anti-hero finally meet again, brought together by familial ties to this season’s increasingly complex central mystery. Appropriately, the episode is titled “Kin,” and after last weeks lull, it’s a return to form. Justified’s is built on the premise (thematically; very literally) that eventually everyone must […]

  Laurel Clayton

This weeks Justified was an inevitable lull. The plot this time around wraps up the loose ends created by more than a few birds flying the coop. The episode has little to do with the overall season, and winds up seeming a bit out of place with some badly delivered dialogue and inevitable outcomes. We […]

  Saiya Floyd

Downton Abbey can be a wildly inconsistent show. When it’s good, it’s an award winning period drama with plots that focus on historical and class issues. When it’s bad, it’s a melodrama with pretty costumes and plots worthy of the most ridiculous soap operas. It still wins awards, but you catch my drift. This week, […]

  Laurel Clayton

The title, “Truth and Consequences,” of this weeks Justified is an apt summary of the episode. Truths are revealed; consequences are felt. First: Raylan learns the truth about Lindsey. Now that Winona has left Raylan for Kevin Bacon, and the writers are, mercifully, not trying to spice up Raylan’s life with any kind of inner-turmoil, […]

  Laurel Clayton

The final season of Fringe was not a misstep, but a plummet off a cliff of stale, forced ideas. I am being melodramatic in order to care, at all, about the meandering storylines and wasted potential of this season. I can pinpoint the precise moment when my apathy turned to rage: in the ninth episode, […]

  Laurel Clayton

Breaking from its normal structure, Justified’s second episode, “Where’s Waldo,” simply picks up where the previous one left off. The episode replaces Raylan’s usual one-off marshalling story with a continuation of the investigation of the Panamanian diplomat bag found Arlo Givens’ walls in the previous episode. Meanwhile, Boyd’s burgeoning criminal empire continues to face problems […]

  Saiya Floyd

If Merlin’s season 5 two-part premiere is any indication, it’s going to be a very frustrating final season indeed. The majority of my problems with this episode lie with the main villain- Morgana. The episodes centered around her desperately trying to find the Diamair- a key to all knowledge that will tell her what Arthur’s […]

  Laurel Clayton

Why aren’t more people watching Justified? The show, now returning for its fourth season, which basically revolves around the fact that Timothy Olyphant totally pulls off a cowboy hat. Olyphant stars as Raylan Givens, a cowboy hat-wearing US Marshall, who solves crimes and is better than every one. Always. More people should be watching Justified […]

  Saiya Floyd

Merry Christmas, Whovians! In this year’s Christmas special ‘The Snowmen’, we got a brand new companion. Jenna Louise Coleman technically made her debut in the fall as the soufflé baking genius Oswin Oswald in ‘Asylum of the Daleks’. Oswin was actually a Dalek, and died at the end of the episode. Which is why it’s […]

  Saiya Floyd

Doctor Who’s mid-season finale ‘The Angels Take Manhattan” is a physically challenging episode for the viewer. As with any episode featuring the Weeping Angels, your first instinct is to not blink. But by the end of the episode, it is very likely you’ll end up in tears; it’s very hard to decide what to do […]

  Saiya Floyd

Amy narrates how different Doctor life (aliens, explosions, running) is to normal life (what the rest of us deal with). Amy and Rory discuss choosing between the two, but worlds collide as a mysterious black appears in the Ponds’ bedroom as they sleep. The little black boxes are actually all over the world. Brian (Rory’s […]

  Saiya Floyd

This week in Doctor Who, we take a trip to the Wild West. Or, Doctor Who’s version of it. Open with a spaceship crashing. The survivor of the crash comes face to face with a cyborg gunslinger. The Gunslinger shoots the man. The man asks if he is the last one. The Gunslinger replies, “There’s […]

  Saiya Floyd

When marketing this week’s Doctor Who, ‘Dinosaurs on a Spaceship’, the focus was of course, dinosaurs and a spaceship. Yes, yes, you spent a lot of your budget on those, and they were admittedly very cool. Personally, I was way more excited about this week’s guest stars. Lestrade from Sherlock had a big gun! Peep […]

  Saiya Floyd

… and as weird and wonderful as ever. We open with a mysterious woman asking the Doctor for help: the Daleks have her daughter. The woman claims to have escaped, but the Doctor has another theory- the woman is a trap. She confirms this when a Dalek eyestalk grows out of her forehead and a […]

  Kelly Bedard

I can finally exhale. The Newsroom season finale is everything I wanted it to be. Or at least it’s almost everything I wanted it to be and knowing as I do that Aaron Sorkin is but a human being I will take “almost everything” any day. The episode wraps up stories that needed to be […]