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The Night Of: Season 01, Episode 03, “The Dark Crate”

This episode has even more literal and figurative closeups than the prior two. Closeups on grimy tiles, directive signage, broken windows (get it?). Closeups on  the monotony, the paperwork, Naz hyperventilating, newspaper front pages in the lawyers’ nice briefcase, stone lions in Naz’s neighborhood. Slow scenes revolving around diets based on religion, washing of hands, cops having to … Continue reading

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The Night Of: Season 01, Episode 02, “Subtle Beast”

The first episode was intense, packed with information and events. The second is a slow inhalation, and feels much more like a traditional series establishment: here’s the system, the major players and some hint at their motivations. Here, too, are the various mundane procedures which accompany a murder. “Subtle Beast”‘s opening scene covers territory we saw … Continue reading

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The Night Of: Season 1, Episode 01, “The Beach”

I watched the pilot of The Night Of solely on the basis of seeing a blurb which called it “Agatha Christie meets The Wire.” If I hadn’t already been sold, the opening 20 or so minutes are so beautiful, and such well-executed economy of storytelling and worldbuilding, I would have been. They get the credits … Continue reading

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The 100: Season 03, Episode 16, “Perverse Instantiation – Part Two”

Cold open to Abby, with rope burns on her neck, jolting upright in Clarke’s arms in a classic example of Waking Up To Realize You Did A Horrible Thing. The acting nails it, though. Some of these stories don’t deserve the acting they’re getting, but the actors are giving their all. That cold open is … Continue reading

The 100: Season 3, Episode 16, “Perverse Instantiation – Part Two”

Since I started regularly reviewing new episodes of TV shows about three years ago, a combination of luck and somewhat-crazy, stubborn-dedication have meant I’ve always posted reviews within 4-24 hours of an episode airing. Sometimes I’ve had to do most of that writing and editing from my phone; for a few days in the middle … Continue reading

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The 100: Season 03, Episode 15, “Perverse Instantiation – Part One”

Clarke – driven by Lexa’s death, a sense of guilt, being blamed by everyone, a desire to rescue her people, and general Clarke-ish-ness – is bound and determined to get to Ontari and give her the chip. Three problems. Problem One: They’re winging it here, in every aspect. Bellamy wings it by shooting Roan. (To … Continue reading

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The 100: Season 03, Episode 14, “Red Sky at Morning”

Well that was . . . confusing. Every aspect of this episode, from technical to narrative, is all over the map. We’ve got unclear or contradictory framing and explicit exposition about an AI’s consciousness. We have wonderful lighting but production design which makes a pacifist sanctuary on an oil rig look basically exactly like any … Continue reading

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The 100: Season 03, Episode 13, “Join or Die”

This episode is a mess. It attempts to rectify and/or lampshade all the problems the show had in Seasons 1 and 3A. [Season 2 doesn’t really come into play in this episode, which is fitting.] It has some interesting ideas about how about this rectifying business, but it flubs the execution badly. No pun intended. Screaming. Gray … Continue reading

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The 100: Season 03, Episode 12: Demons

This episode serves three main purposes: expositing what has gone before, killing time finding a quick answer to unlocking the chip (we all knew when they stood around in a circle, they were going to talk out loud until they stumbled on the magic phrase, that’s just how these scenes work), and setting up what’s coming … Continue reading

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The 100: Season 03, Episode 11, Nevermore

The methodology of this episode – take several of your original 100, put them in close quarters with a problem to solve, throw in a manipulative omniscient asshole, make everyone hash out their guilt and reasons for having it – is superb. Sure, it’s made a little weaker by many of the ‘reasons for said guilt’ having … Continue reading

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