TV Review: Manifest – Season 4, Part 2

After four suspenseful, well-written seasons, Manifest season 4 part 2 drops with an emotional final batch of episodes that present a fond farewell to these characters. A show that originally was hatched back on NBC before making a Netflix detour, Manifest remains one of the few to ever be saved from the axe—thank whatever divine … Continue reading TV Review: Manifest – Season 4, Part 2

TV Review: Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story

Rare is the prequel that adds so many layers to its subtext that it actually manages to justify existence, but there are, of course, exceptions to every rule. Regency-era romance Bridgerton gets dialed up a notch as it examines racial politics and erotically-charged emotional drama in irresistible spin-off, Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story. Showrunner Shonda … Continue reading TV Review: Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story

TV Review: Love & Death

Last year, this critic personally passed on covering Hulu’s Candy, a true crime limited series featuring Jessica Biel and Melanie Lynskey in leading roles. Now almost exactly a year later, HBO Max drama Love & Death arrives, covering the exact same topic. What this iteration lacks in stylistic flourishes and period-piece costume and hairstyling it … Continue reading TV Review: Love & Death

SXSW 2023: Beef

A24 and Netflix finely season their newest collaboration: dark dramedy Beef, a searing depiction of road rage taken to its most outrageous extreme. Showrunner/writer/creator Lee Sung Jin wrings masterful performances from both Steven Yeun and Ali Wong, both of whom have never been better. Throughout a ten-episode run, Beef builds up an increasingly tense atmosphere, … Continue reading SXSW 2023: Beef

TV Review: You – Season 4, Part 1

During its unexpected journey in the transition from being an overlooked Lifetime gem to an unexpected Netflix smash hit, creepy romance/thriller You evolved beyond its Dexter counterpart and into something truly special. Season three ended in a sort of reset, appearing to promise that Joe (Penn Badgley) would be stalking librarian Marienne (Tati Gabrielle) and … Continue reading TV Review: You – Season 4, Part 1