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  • Shain Thomas
    Published 23 days ago
    ‘Pennyworth’: S01.E09. “Alma Coogan”

    ‘Pennyworth’: S01.E09. “Alma Coogan”

    With only one episode remaining of the current season, the created Batman prequel series Pennyworth edges ever closer to the season finale. The ninth episode, the Rob Bailey-directed “Alma Coogan,” picks up the story shortly after events depicted in the previous installment.
  • Shain Thomas
    Published 27 days ago
    ‘Suits’: S09.E09. “Thunder Away”

    ‘Suits’: S09.E09. “Thunder Away”

    Did you catch the serie's penultimate episode? It’s the perfect setup for the series finale.
  • Shain Thomas
    Published about a month ago
    'Pennyworth': S01.E08. "Sandie Shaw"

    'Pennyworth': S01.E08. "Sandie Shaw"

    The latest episode of Bruno Heller’s Batman prequel period drama Pennyworth picks up the story the following morning.
  • Paul Levinson
    Published about a month ago
    Review of 'The Spy'

    Review of 'The Spy'

    Gideon Raff is best known for Homeland, soon to begin its final season on Showtime. In its first few seasons—its best few seasons, by far—Homeland told the story of an American who was brainwashed in Iraq, to hate Americans and identify with terrorists, who returns to the US as a war hero and moves to within a heartbeat of the Presidency. It was all fiction, of course, but...
  • Shain Thomas
    Published about a month ago
    ‘Pennyworth’: S01.E07. “Julie Christie”

    ‘Pennyworth’: S01.E07. “Julie Christie”

    After a two week break, the latest episode of the Bruno Heller-created Epix original series Pennyworth landed Sunday, Sept 8th 2019. Picking up the narrative immediately after where the previous episode left off, Martha Kane (Emma Paetz) arrives home to find Thomas Wayne (Ben Aldridge) waiting for her. It came as a surprise to find him in her residence. Even more surprising, according to Thomas, Martha and his sister Patricia Wayne (Salóme Gunnarsdóttir) have been missing for three days.
  • Hannah Elliott
    Published 2 months ago
    'Mindhunter'

    'Mindhunter'

    Season 2 of Mindhunter has just been released, and it has been much anticipated. The first season was done in such a great fashion that many fans of true crime shows immediately enjoyed the first season, and were praying for a second one—and after a long wait, we now have it.
  • Paul Levinson
    Published 2 months ago
    Review of 'Mindhunter' Season 2

    Review of 'Mindhunter' Season 2

    My wife and I very much enjoyed the first season of Mindhunter, but, whew, the second season was much better—more compelling—in just about every way, except one.
  • Shain Thomas
    Published 2 months ago
    'Instinct:' S02.E09. “Manhunt”

    'Instinct:' S02.E09. “Manhunt”

    With so much to cover, I’m finally getting around to looking at the "Manhunt" episode of the Michael Rauch created television series Instinct.
  • Shain Thomas
    Published 2 months ago
    'Pennyworth:' S01.E05. "Shirley Bassey"

    'Pennyworth:' S01.E05. "Shirley Bassey"

    Esme Winikus’s (Emma Corrin) premature death takes its toll on Alfred Pennyworth (Jack Bannon) in this latest episode. In Rob Bailey’s "Shirley Bassey," old foes are seen reinvigorated, new ones crawl out from beneath the woodwork, and a restaurant is redecorated with an interesting shade of brain matter.
  • Shain Thomas
    Published 2 months ago
    'Westside': S05.E09. 'Episode 9'

    'Westside': S05.E09. 'Episode 9'

    The latest episode of the New Zealand period dramedy Westside saw the war between Rita West (Antonia Prebble) and Wolf West (Reef Ireland) finally break through the surface and take on a new dynamic. The war has been simmering for a while. It was only a matter of time before the pot boiled over and the sh*t finally hit the fan.
  • Shain Thomas
    Published 2 months ago
    'Instinct': S02.E07. “After Hours”

    'Instinct': S02.E07. “After Hours”

    In the first of two Instinct episodes, televised on CBS Sunday, 11 August 2019, we found Yale Psychology Professor and NYPD consultant Dr Dylan Reinhart (Alan Cumming) and NYPD Det Lizzie Needham (Bojana Novakovic) “go undercover in New York’s erotic underworld when they investigate the murder of a high-powered public relations rep. Also, a glamorous love from Julian’s [past] comes back into his life with a proposal he can’t resist.”
  • Shain Thomas
    Published 2 months ago
    'Westside': S05. E08. Episode Eight

    'Westside': S05. E08. Episode Eight

    Westside continues to hit all the right notes as one of the best television productions to come out of New Zealand. The production, picked up for a sixth and final series, is the prequel period dramedy to Outrageous Fortune.