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Melanie McFarland

Melanie McFarland

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
70% Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles: Season 1 (TV, 2008) "While it's hard to predict how this new chapter will play among deeper fans of the Terminator mythology, the rest of us have to ask ourselves if watching reboots of robot battles once a week is worth our time. " ‐ Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Posted Apr 16, 2018
100% Killing Eve: Season 1 (TV, 2018) "Comer and Oh make us believe in their mutual obsession, delighting in the sparks they create at a distance and holding our breath in anticipation of the inevitable conflagration that would result from a meeting of these opposing forces. " ‐ Salon.com
Posted Apr 10, 2018
83% The Last O.G.: Season 1 (TV, 2018) "The Last O.G. plays with [its] dynamic in an entirely expected way. " ‐ Salon.com
Posted Apr 4, 2018
69% The Crossing: Season 1 (TV, 2018) "If you're familiar with... most genre series that have debuted in the way of Lost, you also know that it's best not to overthink this noise, because the show probably isn't going to be with us for long. Which is too bad, given that it stars Steve Zahn. " ‐ Salon.com
Posted Apr 2, 2018
100% Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert "Jesus Christ Superstar Live! diverges from television's holiday tradition of genuflecting before Hollywood history and its long-accepted and outdated vision of what religious figures look like. " ‐ Salon.com
Posted Apr 1, 2018
78% Roseanne: Season 10 (TV, 2018) "The show takes a while to get past its politically-skewed power dynamic. " ‐ Salon.com
Posted Mar 28, 2018
76% Trust: Season 1 (TV, 2018) "The narrative velocity loses enough steam at points to make a person wonder how the energy can be sustained over 10 hours, to say nothing of the two more seasons that are planned. " ‐ Salon.com
Posted Mar 26, 2018
98% Barry: Season 1 (TV, 2018) "Barry is just the right kind of bizarre from beginning to end, stepping up its shocks and gut-punches steadily and quietly as the series rolls along. " ‐ Salon.com
Posted Mar 26, 2018
60% Krypton: Season 1 (TV, 2018) "Krypton will fall; there's no getting around that. But it could be very educational to see how heavily ignorance and hubris are to blame for its demise, and what role that insight plays in giving birth to a more hopeful tomorrow. " ‐ Salon.com
Posted Mar 21, 2018
100% Counterpart: Season 1 (TV, 2017-2018) "The twists are bold and entertaining, but perhaps not as much as the scenes where Howard confronts himself. " ‐ Salon.com
Posted Mar 19, 2018
87% Marvel's Jessica Jones: Season 2 (TV, 2018) "Jessica Jones sets up its second season to fascinate on a number of levels, and its heroine to represent the crucible through which all of her gender is passing in this moment. " ‐ Salon.com
Posted Mar 15, 2018
100% Hap & Leonard: The Two-Bear Mambo (TV, 2018) "Hap and Leonard remains exceptional in the way that it illustrates the virulence of America's racism, particularly in communities where whites and people of color exists almost shoulder to shoulder. " ‐ Salon.com
Posted Mar 13, 2018
67% For the People: Season 1 (TV, 2018) "As it starts, its episodes place a vision of how justice is supposed to work front and center. In this anxious era of lawbreaking at the federal level increasingly perceived as business as usual, that message has real worth. " ‐ Salon.com
Posted Mar 12, 2018
No Score Yet Mary Kills People: Season 2 (TV, 2018) "Mary Kills People is still full of portrayals worth appreciating, led by the engrossing and beguiling Dhavernas. " ‐ Salon.com
Posted Mar 12, 2018
58% Rise: Season 1 (TV, 2017) "What Rise has going for it is an honesty that prevents it from falling into the traps in which Glee frequently became stuck. " ‐ Salon.com
Posted Mar 9, 2018
No Score Yet The Shield: Season 5 (TV, 2006) "With writing and acting this outstanding, it wouldn't be wrong to hope that Vic slithers out of trouble again to give us more of The Shield's gripping, morally complex drama. " ‐ Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Posted Mar 8, 2018
15% South Beach: Season 1 (TV, 2006) "South Beach could fall into guilty pleasure territory, but it really is as corny as it sounds. " ‐ Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Posted Mar 8, 2018
No Score Yet Mister Rogers: It's You I Like "By leading with the warmth of shared memory and endearment, producers JoAnn Young and John Paulson mold It's You I Like into experiential viewing that emphasizes intimacy. " ‐ Salon.com
Posted Mar 6, 2018
100% The Magicians: Season 3 (TV, 2018) "When a person recognizes that living in these times is akin to existing in a state of mass violation - of democratic norms, rule of law, of the concept of decency itself - then The Magician takes on a much bigger meaning. " ‐ Salon.com
Posted Mar 5, 2018
76% Boston Legal: Season 1 (TV, 2004-2005) "Boston Legal has a heck of a lead-in with the excellent Desperate Housewives, which will make its failure all the more glaring. " ‐ Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Posted Feb 28, 2018
99% Atlanta: Robbin' Season (TV, 2018) "Atlanta returns - with a tougher hide and a wide smile full of razor-sharp teeth. " ‐ Salon.com
Posted Feb 26, 2018
69% McMafia: Season 1 (TV, 2018) "Simmering moral conflict within Alex is meant to create the hub of tension around which McMafia revolves, but that pot doesn't quite boil down as the writers may have intended. " ‐ Salon.com
Posted Feb 26, 2018
69% Everything Sucks!: Season 1 (TV, 2018) "Even if it takes a while for audiences to catch on, Everything Sucks! matches well enough with the rest of the streaming service's ecosystem: It is its own thing, just like many of the other Netflix shows we're already binging. " ‐ Salon.com
Posted Feb 14, 2018
96% Queer Eye: Season 1 (TV, 2018) "The latest Queer Eye does take extraordinary steps that the previous version did not, such as an episode in which the Fab Five guide a gay black man into coming out to his parent, one story we don't see enough of on television. " ‐ Salon.com
Posted Feb 14, 2018
24% Here and Now: Season 1 (TV, 2018) "Spending several episodes with it made me want to scream "Get out." " ‐ Salon.com
Posted Feb 14, 2018
30% Our Cartoon President: Season 1 (TV, 2018) "Sadly the only major accomplishment of "Our Cartoon President" is to remind us that at some point, every joke ceases to be funny. " ‐ Salon.com
Posted Feb 12, 2018
100% Outlander: Season 3 Episode 1 "The season premiere finds fire in its blend of action and survival, whether concretely in the heat of battle or figuratively in the smothering societal expectations of an America that has yet to feel the impact of second-wave feminism. " ‐ Salon.com
Posted Feb 12, 2018
No Score Yet American Experience: Season 30 Episode 3 "As a history lesson "The Gilded Age" is constructed to be as pleasing to view as its information download can be stunning. " ‐ Salon.com
Posted Feb 8, 2018
89% The Trade: Season 1 (TV, 2018) "It is transfixing. " ‐ Salon.com
Posted Feb 6, 2018
No Score Yet Another Period: Season 3 (TV, 2018) "Another Period doesn't bang on any specific political topic, but roots around for what black comedy can be mined from the growing chasm between the rich and the working class. " ‐ Salon.com
Posted Jan 23, 2018
66% The Alienist: Season 1 (TV, 2018) "If The Alienist has a florid orchestration to it, this is because the set design, costumes and the very air throughout each episode share starring roles with its actors. " ‐ Salon.com
Posted Jan 22, 2018
87% American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace (TV, 2018) "While Ramirez turns in a robust performance that captures the quiet sensitivity of the designer, The Assassination of Gianni Versace places Darren Criss front and center. " ‐ Salon.com
Posted Jan 16, 2018
92% grown-ish: Season 1 (TV, 2018) "The evolution of Grown-ish will be fascinating to watch, more so than most of the other new comedies introduced this season. " ‐ Salon.com
Posted Jan 8, 2018
17% The Four: Battle for Stardom: Season 1 (TV, 2018) "Prepare to calibrate your tolerance and enjoyment of Sean Combs - and Fergie, for that matter - as TV personalities as opposed to witnessing the birth of a pop star. " ‐ Salon.com
Posted Jan 8, 2018
85% The Chi: Season 1 (TV, 2018) "The Chi, Lena Waithe's Showtime series ... captures [its] truth more than any other Chicago-based series on television even as it grapples with the broad scope of its tangle of narratives. " ‐ Salon.com
Posted Jan 8, 2018
97% Broadchurch: Season 3 (TV, 2017) "Chibnall has also sustained an admirable level of tension through these final eight episodes of "Broadchurch" and closes the series satisfactorily. " ‐ Salon.com
Posted Dec 29, 2017
62% The Last Post: Season 1 (TV, 2017) "Moffat's script is spiked with scenes that defy the accepted viewpoint of the era, which he could get away with if the declarations weren't so contrived and sanctimonious. " ‐ Salon.com
Posted Dec 21, 2017
64% Jean-Claude Van Johnson: Season 1 (TV, 2016) "It is a strange and wonderful show indeed that can satirize a genre and lampoon its star and his work without betraying the fans of either. " ‐ Salon.com
Posted Dec 21, 2017
71% Gunpowder: Miniseries (TV, 2017) "The conspirators' efforts may have come to naught, but the efforts of Bennett, Harington and his co-stars do justice to their history. " ‐ Salon.com
Posted Dec 21, 2017
91% The Crown: Season 2 (TV, 2017) "Happily ever after is probably more possible for the royals these days than in previous decades, and season 2 of "The Crown" depicts the very human reason as to why this is so. " ‐ Salon.com
Posted Dec 11, 2017
63% Knightfall: Season 1 (TV, 2015) "This knowledge presented "Knightfall" a significant opportunity to enthrall the audience in addition to empowering it with knowledge. A demanding quest, for certain, and one it fails to fulfill. " ‐ Salon.com
Posted Dec 6, 2017
77% Happy!: Season 1 (TV, 2017-2018) "... the simple impolite approach of "Happy!" may be a brilliant antidote to the season's bombardment of saccharine, commercialized jolly. " ‐ Salon.com
Posted Dec 5, 2017
100% Easy: Season 2 (TV, 2017) "At around 30 minutes per episode, "Easy" is digestible as a graze, if not a wholehearted binge. " ‐ Salon.com
Posted Dec 1, 2017
100% Vikings: Season 5 (TV, 2017-2018) "As for the long view, settle in. Look to the lessons learned, and still being learned in thrilling, shocking ways by Lagertha and her fellow women warriors on Vikings. " ‐ Salon.com
Posted Nov 29, 2017
96% The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel: Season 1 (TV, 2017) "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel pulls off an enviable feat in making us fall in love with a story about ambition and dreams while flirting with ideas about a woman's role in the spotlight, on stages and in history. " ‐ Salon.com
Posted Nov 29, 2017
85% Rome : Season 2 (TV, 2007) "I suspect more of us will be watching "Rome" with greater expectations and a sharper hunger than before. " ‐ Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Posted Nov 28, 2017
88% She's Gotta Have It: Season 1 (TV, 2017) "The perspectives of women ... inform this update in a way that expresses its feminism and politics in ways beyond the main character's sexual voraciousness. " ‐ Salon.com
Posted Nov 27, 2017
100% Baltimore Rising "There are many such moments of human frailty and humor in Baltimore Rising, and Sohn presents all of it without specific judgment or an agenda beyond capturing as many voices as possible and corralling them as efficiently as possible. " ‐ Salon.com
Posted Nov 20, 2017
88% The Problem with Apu "The Problem with Apu ... welcomes viewers into the conversation by gently weaving the narrative between Springfield and the real world. " ‐ Salon.com
Posted Nov 20, 2017
62% Marvel's The Punisher: Season 1 (TV, 2017) "It's much better than Iron Fist, thank goodness, but it doesn't achieve the marrow-deep resonance in its messaging in a way that Jessica Jones does. " ‐ Salon.com
Posted Nov 17, 2017
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