STRANGER THINGS SEASON 2

With the first season of Stranger Things, the Duffer Brothers crafted a tale that steeped itself in ’80s culture even as it explored pleasantly (and painfully) relatable characters and concepts. Franchise staples like Steve Harrington, Nancy Wheeler, and Dustin Henderson subverted their archetypes while characters like Mike Wheeler, Eleven, and Jim Hopper embraced theirs. In … Continued

THE SHANNARA CHRONICLES SEASON 2, EPISODE 1: “DRUID”

The first season of The Shannara Chronicles was a distinctly mixed affair. The production values of the series were magnificent; its costuming, effects work, locations, and (for the most part) acting were all ingredients of a modern epic. But despite the luscious visuals, the series was severely let down by its writing. Although it was … Continued

MARVEL’S INHUMANS IMAX (EPISODES 1 & 2: “THE FIRST CHAPTER”)

Back in 2014, head-honcho of Marvel Studios Kevin Feige announced a movie version of the Inhumans as part of their ‘Phase 3’ slate of movies set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, written by Joe Robert Cole, and scheduled for release in 2019. However, Marvel Entertainment’s TV division scuppered Feige’s plans by introducing the Inhumans the … Continued

PREACHER SEASON 2, EPISODE 9: “PUZZLE PIECE”

Following another fairly tedious rest week for the show and its characters, Preacher goes on the offensive again. Leave it to Herr Starr and The Grail to liven things up, wrestling Jesse, Tulip and Cassidy from their miserable rut. The search for God isn’t going too well, the episode opening with Jesse literally looking on … Continued

PREACHER SEASON TWO, EPISODE SEVEN: “PIG”

With the Saint of Killers currently submerged in his New Orleans swamp, the pressure is off the Preacher and his pals. While there’s still the search for God to be getting on with, the three friends (plus Denis) take some time off for a little rest and recuperation. Ripping off a local bar and its … Continued

PREACHER SEASON TWO, EPISODE SIX: “SOKOSHA”

Now we’re talking. After two episodes spent dealing with Tulip’s marriage to Viktor (RIP) and what happened during the aftermath of Dallas (ugh), Preacher sets itself back on the path to righteousness. As every great episode has since the show’s return, Sokosha kicks off with the Saint of Killers kicking a door in. Led to … Continued

PREACHER SEASON 2, EPISODE 5: “DALLAS”

If last week’s Viktor was Preacher spinning on its wheels, then Dallas is the show not only applying the brakes but then barrelling backwards in reverse – both in terms of narrative and its newfound verve. The Saint of Killers makes but a brief appearance, and there’s not even a glimpse of Eugene, Hell or … Continued

PREACHER SERIES 2, EPISODE 4: “VIKTOR”

Aaaaand breathe. After three episodes of almost sheer momentum, Preacher takes the time to stop and spin on its wheels for a bit. Jesse and Cassidy continue the search for God, Tulip is confronted by mob boss and estranged husband (!) Viktor, and Arseface is in Hell. For any other TV series, that might be … Continued

PREACHER SEASON 2, EPISODE 3: “DAMSELS”

A Preacher, a hitwoman and a vampire walk into a bar…   And that, thus far, is the gist of Jesse Custer’s grand plan to find God. After learning that the Lord is a big fan of jazz, the road trip leaves Texas and takes to New Orleans. If Jesse has any plan once he … Continued