Posts Tagged ‘S01E01’

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Episode: 101 & 102
Airdate: January 6, 2015
Directed by: Louis D’Esposito (Ep. 101) & Joe Russo (Ep. 102)
Showrunner: Tara Butters, Chris Dingess, Michele Fazekas
Written by: Christopher Markus, Stephen McFeely (Ep. 101); Eric Pearson (Ep. 102)

Agent Carter [Hayley Atwell], a relatively minor character in Marvel comics (where she was first and foremost a love-interest for Captain America), emerged from Captain America: The First Avenger as a strong female role-model working within a society of institutionalized misogyny (even more so than today), taking on a job typically reserved at that time for men, and kicking a fair bit of ass along the way. Carter is a natural for the small screen treatment, with her strong characterization, witty dialogue, and always popular period-drama opportunities. Marvel and ABC have committed to an 8-episode mini-season, with the first two airing tonight. So, how goes it so far?

<<Spoiler Alert: The following review will discuss events from Marvel’s Agent Carter S01E01 and 02, “Now is Not the End” and “Bridge and Tunnel” – read on at your peril!>>
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Episode: 506
Airdate: November 16, 2014
Directed by: Seith Mann
Showrunner: Scott M. Gimple
Written by: Matthew Negrete, Corey Reed (episode); Robert Kirkman, Charlie Adlard, Tony Moore (graphic novels)

Tonight’s episode answers several of our questions, questions that have been building throughout the early part of this season, and answers that are clearly leading Rick and the group to a big confrontation in the mid-season finale coming in only two weeks. This was another focus episode, taking place apart from the main group, but its events will have a huge impact going forward. Click through after the break to read my full review.

<<Spoiler Alert: The following review will discuss at length plot points of The Walking Dead S05E06, “Consumed” – read more at your own risk.>>
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Episode: 101
Airdate: September 22, 2014
Directed by: Brad Anderson
Showrunner: Matthew Miller
Written by: Matthew Miller

In an interesting move, one which I suspect we’ll see a lot more of in the future, ABC chose to release the pilot episode of Forever more than a month before the show’s network air date. I didn’t watch it at that time, catching it for the first time tonight. Episode two will be airing tomorrow night, meaning that we get to see a fair bit of development right away, and will thus get a sense of where this show might be headed. Click through after the break to get my full take on this new fantasy/drama.

<<Spoiler Alert: This review of Forever Season 1, Episode 1 “Pilot” will contain discussion of major plot events in the episode. Click through if you dare.>>
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Episode: 101
Airdate: September 22, 2014
Directed by: Danny Cannon
Showrunner: Bruno Heller
Episode Written by: Bruno Heller, 16 other credits

Tonight saw the premiere of Fall 2014’s most anticipated show, FOX’s Gotham. Telling the story of a young Detective James “Jim” Gordon [Ben McKenzie], Gotham is going to show the origins of the members of one of the comic book world’s most storied rogue’s galleries of villains, not to mention that of a certain caped crusader. Comic book series, traditionally, have been somewhat camp, winking over-broadly at their origins, and the perceived audience for comic books – juveniles with juvenile sensibilities, ignoring completely the actual demographic of comic book readers. Finally, it appears that this is changing. Last year’s Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. showed that camp can be done with serious themes; tonight’s Gotham, taken from Marvel rival DC Comics, shows that this ante can be taken even higher: a show based on a comic book universe that is just as dark, just as serious, as the source material is. This is the comic book series we deserve. Click through after the break for my complete review.

<<Spoiler Alert: This review of Gotham Season 1, Episode 1 “Pilot” contains a thorough synopsis of the episode, and many spoilers – click through only after you’ve watched the show!>>
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Episode: 101
Airdate: June 29, 2014
Directed by: Peter Berg
Showrunner: Damon Lindelof
Written by: Tom Perrotta (based on the novel by), Damon Lindelof (written for television by), Tom Perrotta (written for television by)

It was with a fair degree of anticipation that I sat down tonight to watch the premiere episode of The Leftovers. Despite a name that sounds a lot like my mother’s meatloaf (love ya mom!), the fact that this is Damon Lindelof’s return to television is kind of a big deal – I’d give the show a chance even if he named it Lost. In some sense, this show is really a companion for his first show – on that one, we dealt with those that were lost – here, we follow those that are left behind. Different perspectives, different stories. And overall, a decent opening to HBO’s new summer series.

<<Spoiler Alert: This review of The Leftovers Season 1, Episode 1 “Pilot” will include minor spoilers and plot points. Warning for language.>>
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Episode: 101
Airdate: June 22, 2014
Directed by: Jonathon Mostow
Showrunner: Hank Steinberg
Written by: William Brinkley (based on the novel by), Steven Kane (written for television by), Hank Steinberg (written for television by)

The premiere of The Last Ship came tonight, just under two years after the series was announced, and just over a year since TNT ordered a trial ten-episode run. There wasn’t a lot of hype leading into tonight’s episode, but TNT has been slowly building buzz, releasing promotional videos over the last couple of months, with more in the past few weeks. The show has a powerhouse production company in its corner – Michael Bay’s Platinum Dunes – and an experienced cast of actors. So, how well did the pilot episode do?

<<Spoiler Alert: This review of The Last Ship Season 1, Episode 1 “Phase Six” will include minor spoilers and plot points.>>
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