In “These Bloody Thoughts”, episode 4 of TNT’s THE ALIENIST, we delve deeper into the mind of our killer and our rag tag band of detectives, leaving us both sympathetic and disturbed.
Season Three of Channel Zero brings a new flavor to the table in a creepypasta tale that will curb any hunger pains you have. “Butcher’s Block”, based on Kerry Hammond’s creepypasta “Search and Rescue Woods”, centers around two sisters who move to a new city and find out quickly that everything isn’t as it seems in Butcher’s Block. Creator Nick Antosca returns as executive producer, showrunner and writer for the third installment along with director Arkasha Stevenson. “Butcher’s Block” stars Holland Roden (“Teen Wolf”), Olivia Luccardi (“The Deuce”), Krisha Fairchild (Krisha), and Rutger Hauer (Blade Runner).
TNT's newest crime drama THE ALIENIST is officially underway and seems to have been received well by it's record breaking viewership. The show gave TNT it's highest drama premier since 2012. We've spent the first two episodes getting acquainted with the cast of characters and the beautifully grimy backdrop of 1896 New York City. In the third episode, "Silver Smile", we begin to dig deeper into the investigation and the personal lives of our protagonists. I will keep this review short and sweet and attempt to not spoil anything for those of you who, like me, have not read the novel.
When I was in Boston over the holidays I spent a couple of days hiding from the below zero temperature in my hotel room, switching channels between countless reruns of "American Dad" and various dramedies on TNT. I was in the warmth of my vacation bed when I first saw a commercial for the new TNT limited series, THE ALIENIST. Being a fan of period pieces and murder mysteries I was intrigued and made a note to set the DVR to record it once I got home. I recently had the pleasure of previewing the first two episodes of this new show and I'm here to tell you that you should stop whatever it is you're doing right now and set your DVRs as well, you're going to want to see this!
Gawd, I love "The X-Files"! Truly, madly, deeply. I might as well be Savage Garden. I told everyone that today was a holiday. When they looked at me like I was crazy, I graciously informed them that today was the premiere of Season 11 of "The X-Files" and therefore categorized as a holiday. That didn't extinguish the crazy looks but I don't care. I wore my "I Want To Believe" shirt, and my son sported his "I Don't Believe in Humans" shirt and we were ready to go, but good lord was I not ready for this premiere.
Welcome witches and warlocks,
Today I will be reviewing FX's show THE STRAIN: SEASON 4 (2017) which was created by Guillermo Del Toro and Chuck Hogan. To best describe the story of the season, I will use a shortened plot summary:
"Nuclear winter envelopes the planet and a desperate, weakened humanity - existing only as slave labor for 'The Partnership' - is controlled by the bloodthirsty strigoi."
Game of Thrones holds a very special place in my heart. Though I would love to go into detail about why, this is unfortunately not the place for that (though an article may come in the future). Today I’m here to review Season 7 of the highly popular show and let me tell you, it did not disappoint. Leading up to this last season, I had originally taken a stance of not wanting to watch it as I was hoping that creator/author George R. R. Martin would have the next book ready, but alas, that was not in the cards. Instead, I decided, rather begrudgingly to watch the latest season and I’m so glad I did because it blew my god damn mind.
When it comes to “American Horror Story” I’m learning that the show is going to be either hit or miss. I’ll be the first to admit that because of my disappointments in the ending of “Freak Show” I had given up hope on the series that I had once loved. However, that has changed since I had the chance to binge watch last season's, “My Roanoke Nightmare.” As someone who loves unsolved mysteries, I was well aware of the lost colony of Roanoke, so I was looking forward to seeing how Ryan Murphy and the gang would bring this story to life.
NO-END HOUSE is the latest installment in the acclaimed CHANNEL ZERO series arriving on SYFY September 20. This season, which is inspired by Brian Russell’s “creepypasta” tale, focuses on Margot Sleator and her friends who visit the mysterious No-End House, a place that houses 6 rooms that become increasingly disturbing the further you go in. The six episode seasons stars Amy Forsyth (“The Path”), John Carroll Lynch (“American Horror Story”), Aisha Dee (“The Bold Type”) and Jeff Ward (“Agents of Shield”).
THE WALKING DEAD's season seven has a brutal opening that continues from the end of season six, when we were left wondering who died at the hands of Negan and Lucille. The ends of those lives were just the beginning of our adventures with Negan, however. Throughout season season, we get to know Negan and his God complex more thoroughly. While he remains a despicable character, almost halfway through the season, he has a few moments where he seems nearly as human as Rick and his crew.
After five seasons on air, BATES MOTEL has finally checked out. What began as an alternate timeline of events where Norman and his mother are alive in modern times led to an unexpectedly emotional couple final seasons. The idea of Norma being a central character was curious as she was never living in the films (unless you count PSYCHO 4: THE BEGINNING which is mainly told via flashbacks). Vera Farmiga has utilized the television format to explore a blank slate over several episodes and has come out with one of the most beloved characters to grace the TV screen. Even though Norma died in season four, her presence, both physically and spiritually, was heavy throughout this final season as her passing has left a huge mark on everyone, even if they weren't aware of her death.
BATES MOTEL has transformed into a story of ethics in crime and how the actions of mental illness can affect loved ones. While it's sexy to play sick, these last few episodes of the series are really taking things seriously knowing that this is the end game for Norman. Secrets are coming out and Dylan is really feeling the guilt for letting things get this far. He knows Norman is a killer, victims including his own mother and mother-in-law. This leads to some tension between him and Emma as she is just learning her mother's fate.
The direction BATES MOTEL is going is truly unpredictable and I love it. As a fan of the franchise for as long as I can remember (of both the films and novels), watching this version of Norman Bates unravel is some of the most riveting television out there. Freddie Highmore has not only proven himself a talented actor, but a director to watch as well as he's shown with this latest episode. Filling in some big shoes behind the camera, Highmore utilized this role to show off his chops as Norman switched between Mother and himself seamlessly.
Google BATES MOTEL and I guarantee most of the news results will revolve around Rihanna's role as the infamous Marion Crane, but she wasn't the only buzzworthy aspect of episode five. Plenty of plot points were revealed both to the audience and characters as we are officially set up for the final five episodes of the last season.
There's something to be said about capturing endearing moments on screen. It's these experiences that help catapult something so simple into a memorable piece of art. Dylan may have not been part of this episode, but Max Thieriot had plenty of creative input in this fourth episode playing the behind the scenes role of director. Sitting in the coveted chair for the first time, Thieriot utilizes this position by not only capturing some of the best acting from the cast, but providing homages to PSYCHO that will give die-hard fans a huge hard on.
Being the final season, BATES MOTEL has allowed Norman's secrets to come into the light as both Caleb and Chick now know the truth. Caleb has been handcuffed in the basement where he speaks with Mother and it turns out she's attempting to keep Caleb's whereabouts a secret to Norman. However, Chick also knows, but is really good at playing along and conversing with Mother. Things get a little more complicated though when he's having dinner with both Norman and Mother, but only being able to hear Norman. His agenda doesn't come with good intentions as he is recording the conversations in hopes of publishing a true crime novel entirely written on a type writer.
The producers over at A&E are not fucking around with the final season of BATES MOTEL and this rollercoaster of a series is on full force already with these first two episodes. The show was always an if and when the events of PSYCHO are going to take place and if we were ever going to witness the death of Norma Bates. Well, season four killed off our favorite mother and now we are taken a full ride into an alternate version of events where Norma still exists, but only in the mind of her son.