Game of Thrones Season 7 Review

by Matthew Thompson

The seventh season of Game of Thrones once again delivered the kind of spectacle and awe-inspiring moments I have come to expect from HBO’s epic fantasy series. Unfortunately as it heads toward the finish-line, the show is simply speeding between these big moments without properly building up to them, often leaving logic by the wayside in the process. The result is a very uneven season for one of my favorite series still on the air Continue reading

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My Favorite New Shows of the Summer

by Matthew Thompson

Before the Fall television season revs up and with it comes an influx of new TV series, I thought I’d take a look back at the new shows worth checking out from this Summer. Here are a handful of promising television series that debuted over the last few months Continue reading

Orphan Black Season 5 Review

by Matthew Thompson

I still recall watching the pilot episode of Orphan Black for the first time. I went in not knowing what it was about and found myself stumbling upon an intriguing new sci-fi thriller. The first season took me on a wild ride and was one of my very favorite shows that aired in 2013. It has never quite matched the heights of its daring freshman year largely due to some messy plotting and an ever-growing, overly complicated mythology with a conspiracy that always seemed to have one more layer. But it never ceased to entertain due to the amazing central performance by the series breakout star Tatiana Maslany. This year’s fifth season marked its final one. Despite a sometimes bumpy road to get there, it provided a satisfying ending to one of the best science fiction television shows of recent years Continue reading

Last Chance U Season 2 Review

by Matthew Thompson

The makers of Last Chance U struck sports documentary gold during the filming of Season 1. You had the less physically talented incumbent quarterback trying to stave off the super-athletic newcomer and the nation’s longest winning streak coming to an end in an overtime battle against their rival – both of which felt ripped straight out of a football movie. You had sympathetic characters to root for like Ronald Ollie and Ms. Wagner and a villain to hate in Buddy Stephens. And then of course you had the bench-clearing brawl that ended their season. It would have been hard to make up something this good. The recently released second season of the Netflix docuseries was always going to struggle to deliver on the same level. While it is certainly still entertaining to watch in year two – especially for a football junkie like me – it doesn’t come close to matching the brilliance of the first season Continue reading

TV Catch Up: Billions

by Matthew Thompson

Billions sees U.S. Attorney Chuck Rhoades (Paul Giamatti) going after hedge fund manager Bobby “Axe” Axelrod (Damien Lewis) for insider trading and other improprieties used to gain his fund’s considerable wealth. Making the whole affair all the more tricky is Chuck’s wife Wendy’s position as performance coach at the fund as well as her close relationship with Axelrod. This puts her smack dab in the middle of the two men as they wage war on each other throughout the series Continue reading

My Half Year in Television

by Matthew Thompson

With my focus on E3 here on the site during June, I haven’t posted about TV in a while. Now that the year is half over, I thought I’d take a look at my 2017 in television so far. Five shows stand out from the pack for me from the first half of the year. I’m going to talk a little about each one of them here and then cover some more stuff in the bullets that follow Continue reading

TV Upfronts 2017: Underwhelmed

by Matthew Thompson

I look forward to the TV Upfronts every year. Even with so much of the best television being found on cable and a growing number of streaming options, there are usually still some gems to be found on the broadcast networks. This time last year we saw the first trailer for what is arguably the best comedy on TV after its devilishly funny freshman season in The Good Place. And eight of my top 20 series from last year (check out those lists here and here) hailed from the five major broadcast networks (and Kimmy Schmidt started as an NBC show too). Having said all that… I’m so underwhelmed by the crop of new shows that broadcast had to offer up this year. Still, I picked through what was there for the highlights and I’m going to run them down right now Continue reading

TV Catch Up: Justified

by Matthew Thompson

Based on the Elmore Leonard novella Fire in the Hole, Justified is part modern-day western, part US Marshal procedural and part prestige crime drama. Initially it didn’t seem like it’d be something I would love, but by the end of the first season I was hooked, watching it every chance I got over the past few months. Having finished up the show a couple of weeks ago, I thought I’d give my thoughts on this brilliant series Continue reading

Hap and Leonard Season 2 Review

by Matthew Thompson

The titular pair in Hap and Leonard are a bit of an odd couple. Leonard – a gay, black Vietnam vet – and Hap – a white man who skipped the war as a conscientious objector – were brought together as youngsters by a mutual tragedy. Their divergent paths in the time since haven’t broken the bonds of their friendship. It is this relationship that Hap and Leonard was built upon in its first season and that continues to be the case in Season 2 despite telling a fairly different kind of story Continue reading

iZombie “Heaven Just Got a Little Bit Smoother” Review

by Matthew Thompson

After nearly a year since the second season finale, I found myself yearning for another taste of iZombie not unlike some of the zombies seen in that last outing starving for a meal of a different kind. The Season 3 premiere delivered more of what I’ve always loved about the series and I’m here with some quick impressions of the episode Continue reading