TV reviews on Patreon


I’m now once again caught up on TV reviews on Patreon. If you pay $5/month (or more), you get a weekly TV review — roughly. I haven’t hit every single week, but when I do fall behind I make up for it. As a result, the Patreon has been up for 18 weeks, and there are 19 TV reviews (I did a bonus review in January). Here’s an alphabetical list of the shows I’ve covered:

  • The Alienist first episode (January 2018)
  • Black Lightning first episode (January 2018)
  • Breakout Kings series overview (January 2018)
  • Deception first two episodes (April 2018)
  • Doctor Who 2017 Christmas Special (January 2018)
  • Doctor Who “The End of the World” (March 2018)
  • Feed the Beast series overview (January 2018)
  • Lethal Weapon (February 2018)
  • The Librarians (December 2017)
  • Lucifer (February 2018)
  • MacGyver (December 2017)
  • Major Crimes series overview (January 2018)
  • Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. fifth season premiere (December 2017)
  • Marvel’s Jessica Jones season 2 (March 2018)
  • M*A*S*H season 3 (April 2018)
  • M*A*S*H season 4 (February 2018)
  • M*A*S*H season 5 (March 2018)
  • Mindhunter season 1 (March 2018)
  • New Tricks seasons 1-3 (April 2018)

An excerpt from my review of Deception‘s first two episodes:

Finally, there’s Vinnie Jones as Gunter Gustafsen. First of all, I love the fact that Jones—who has made a career out of playing big obnoxious guys who like to hit people—is playing an engineer. He still has the same soccer-hooligan affect that almost every part he’s played has, but he’s also clever and brilliant. It’s a nice change of pace, for all that he’s still Vinnie Jones in all his balls-out glory.
One other thing I’m enjoying about the show is not just that it films and takes place in New York City, but the location work is accurate and there are touches all over the place that show that the people writing it actually know the Big Apple. (As an example, the opening scene of the second episode is a very good, and knowledgeable, use of the area near Cooper Square and the Astor Place subway stop.) There’s even a totally gratuitous Duane Reade reference!
I’m not sure how well this concept will work long-term, but I’m enjoying it so far and will continue to watch as long as [Amaury] Nolasco and Jones are in it and as long as [Jack] Cutmore-Scott remains strong in the lead role. The characters need a bit more meat on them—maybe making Daniels a bit more complex might bring out more in [Ilfenesh] Hadera’s lackluster performance—and having to come up with a new illusion that can be applied to a hunt for a criminal every week may prove difficult. But I’m invested enough in the story to want to see more.


I plan to continue to do seasons of M*A*S*H and New Tricks, and when Netflix puts season 2 of Mindhunter up, I’ll likely binge that and review it as well.

I also plan to revisit The Alienist, Black Lightning, Deception, and Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. once their current seasons end to see how they lived up to their initial forays.

Each month, one of the weekly TV reviews will be Doctor Who, and the remaining three weeks in April will include a review of the classic story “City of Death” featuring Tom Baker and looks back at M*A*S*H season 6 and New Tricks seasons 4-6.

If you want to read all these reviews, sign up for my Patreon! Just five bucks a month gets you all this nifty content!


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