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Melanie McFarland

Melanie McFarland

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
48% The Alienist: Miniseries (TV, 2018) "If The Alienist has a florid orchestration to it, this is because the set design, costumes and the very air throughout each episode share starring roles with its actors. " ‐ Salon.com
Posted Jan 22, 2018
86% American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace (TV, 2018) "While Ramirez turns in a robust performance that captures the quiet sensitivity of the designer, The Assassination of Gianni Versace places Darren Criss front and center. " ‐ Salon.com
Posted Jan 16, 2018
91% grown-ish: Season 1 (TV, 2018) "The evolution of Grown-ish will be fascinating to watch, more so than most of the other new comedies introduced this season. " ‐ Salon.com
Posted Jan 8, 2018
17% The Four: Battle for Stardom: Season 1 (TV, 2018) "Prepare to calibrate your tolerance and enjoyment of Sean Combs - and Fergie, for that matter - as TV personalities as opposed to witnessing the birth of a pop star. " ‐ Salon.com
Posted Jan 8, 2018
83% The Chi: Season 1 (TV, 2018) "The Chi, Lena Waithe's Showtime series ... captures [its] truth more than any other Chicago-based series on television even as it grapples with the broad scope of its tangle of narratives. " ‐ Salon.com
Posted Jan 8, 2018
97% Broadchurch: Season 3 (TV, 2017) "Chibnall has also sustained an admirable level of tension through these final eight episodes of "Broadchurch" and closes the series satisfactorily. " ‐ Salon.com
Posted Dec 29, 2017
73% The Last Post: Season 1 (TV, 2017) "Moffat's script is spiked with scenes that defy the accepted viewpoint of the era, which he could get away with if the declarations weren't so contrived and sanctimonious. " ‐ Salon.com
Posted Dec 21, 2017
64% Jean-Claude Van Johnson: Season 1 (TV, 2016) "It is a strange and wonderful show indeed that can satirize a genre and lampoon its star and his work without betraying the fans of either. " ‐ Salon.com
Posted Dec 21, 2017
68% Gunpowder: Miniseries (TV, 2017) "The conspirators' efforts may have come to naught, but the efforts of Bennett, Harington and his co-stars do justice to their history. " ‐ Salon.com
Posted Dec 21, 2017
93% The Crown: Season 2 (TV, 2017) "Happily ever after is probably more possible for the royals these days than in previous decades, and season 2 of "The Crown" depicts the very human reason as to why this is so. " ‐ Salon.com
Posted Dec 11, 2017
60% Knightfall: Season 1 (TV, 2015) "This knowledge presented "Knightfall" a significant opportunity to enthrall the audience in addition to empowering it with knowledge. A demanding quest, for certain, and one it fails to fulfill. " ‐ Salon.com
Posted Dec 6, 2017
76% Happy!: Season 1 (TV, 2017) "... the simple impolite approach of "Happy!" may be a brilliant antidote to the season's bombardment of saccharine, commercialized jolly. " ‐ Salon.com
Posted Dec 5, 2017
100% Easy: Season 2 (TV, 2017) "At around 30 minutes per episode, "Easy" is digestible as a graze, if not a wholehearted binge. " ‐ Salon.com
Posted Dec 1, 2017
100% Vikings: Season 5 (TV, 2017) "As for the long view, settle in. Look to the lessons learned, and still being learned in thrilling, shocking ways by Lagertha and her fellow women warriors on Vikings. " ‐ Salon.com
Posted Nov 29, 2017
96% The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel: Season 1 (TV, 2017) "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel pulls off an enviable feat in making us fall in love with a story about ambition and dreams while flirting with ideas about a woman's role in the spotlight, on stages and in history. " ‐ Salon.com
Posted Nov 29, 2017
85% Rome : Season 2 (TV, 2007) "I suspect more of us will be watching "Rome" with greater expectations and a sharper hunger than before. " ‐ Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Posted Nov 28, 2017
87% She's Gotta Have It: Season 1 (TV, 2017) "The perspectives of women ... inform this update in a way that expresses its feminism and politics in ways beyond the main character's sexual voraciousness. " ‐ Salon.com
Posted Nov 27, 2017
100% Baltimore Rising "There are many such moments of human frailty and humor in Baltimore Rising, and Sohn presents all of it without specific judgment or an agenda beyond capturing as many voices as possible and corralling them as efficiently as possible. " ‐ Salon.com
Posted Nov 20, 2017
88% The Problem with Apu "The Problem with Apu ... welcomes viewers into the conversation by gently weaving the narrative between Springfield and the real world. " ‐ Salon.com
Posted Nov 20, 2017
62% Marvel's The Punisher: Season 1 (TV, 2017) "It's much better than Iron Fist, thank goodness, but it doesn't achieve the marrow-deep resonance in its messaging in a way that Jessica Jones does. " ‐ Salon.com
Posted Nov 17, 2017
99% Alias Grace: Miniseries (TV, 2017) "Alias Grace blossoms into something beyond a tale of murder. " ‐ Salon.com
Posted Nov 3, 2017
No Score Yet Whistle and I'll Come to You (1968) "It is no small boast to make on behalf of the 1968 film to call it a work richer and more resonant than what I have no problem saying is James' best ghost story. " ‐ Salon.com
Posted Oct 30, 2017
100% The Rundown With Robin Thede: Season 1 (TV, 2017) "Thede's humor absolutely has teeth, though with less of the aggravated snarl of her fellow Comedy Central alumni. " ‐ Salon.com
Posted Oct 26, 2017
91% I Love You, America: Season 1 (TV, 2017) "Shouldn't we have minimum expectations that the show can minimally fulfill its implied mandate by inspiring viewers to truly find common ground beyond a shared affection for scatological humor. " ‐ Salon.com
Posted Oct 26, 2017
94% Stranger Things: Season 2 (TV, 2017) "None of the sequel's missteps blemish the plot enough to prevent or slow a person's binging of it - you probably will anyway, and moreover, you should. " ‐ Salon.com
Posted Oct 26, 2017
No Score Yet Frontline: Season 36 Episode 3 "Kirk and his co-writer Mike Wiser inform their biographical map by filtering Putin's hardline autocratic methods through a psychological profile that draws more than a few parallels - Trump. " ‐ Salon.com
Posted Oct 25, 2017
No Score Yet Frontline: Season 36 Episode 2 "Kirk and his co-writer Mike Wiser inform their biographical map by filtering Putin's hardline autocratic methods through a psychological profile that draws more than a few parallels - Trump. " ‐ Salon.com
Posted Oct 25, 2017
97% American Vandal: Season 1 (TV, 2017) "Somehow American Vandal ... story and a project that begins with an idiotic jape into an examination of the power that camera and genre have to manipulate both director and subject. " ‐ Salon.com
Posted Oct 23, 2017
92% Mr. Robot: Season 3 (TV, 2017) "Reality, as we know it, is frightening. But as viewed through the lens of "Mr. Robot," Esmail makes the fictionalized version of our increasingly dystopic existence palatable, even exciting. " ‐ Salon.com
Posted Oct 20, 2017
58% White Famous: Season 1 (TV, 2017) "The writing of White Famous is light and scathingly funny, a remarkable trait in what may be the most comfortable uncomfortable portrayal of fame and racism on television this season. " ‐ Salon.com
Posted Oct 16, 2017
88% American Horror Story: Cult Episode 6 "AHS: Cult is utterly baroque in its presentation gore. It hosts a Grand Guignol-level of exploitation, here to inflate the absurdity of America's fetishizing of violence and blood and, yes, guns. " ‐ Salon.com
Posted Oct 13, 2017
96% Mindhunter: Season 1 (TV, 2017) "In fairness, the two Mindhunter episodes provided to critics have more going for them than mere atmosphere, largely thanks to robust performances by Jonathan Groff and Holt McCallany. " ‐ Salon.com
Posted Oct 13, 2017
64% Lore: Season 1 (TV, 2017) "As a visual series, it is stuck between the bulky, stiff material plane and the ethereal, failing to successfully transform into something at least as powerful, if not stronger, than what it already is. " ‐ Salon.com
Posted Oct 13, 2017
53% Dynasty: Season 1 (TV, 2017) "It would be fine for Dynasty to be derivative if it weren't so darn bloodless. " ‐ Salon.com
Posted Oct 12, 2017
92% Outlander: Season 3 Episode 5 ""Freedom & Whisky" and bow ties on loose ends. " ‐ Salon.com
Posted Oct 9, 2017
94% Spielberg "Lacy consistently seduces us through its two and a half hour running time without ever slackening the energy or glossing over his shortcomings. " ‐ Salon.com
Posted Oct 8, 2017
70% The Gifted: Season 1 (TV, 2017-2018) "At times the pilot resembles a middling round of cosplay, complete with temporary tattoos, Halloween contact lenses and Manic Panic highlights. " ‐ Salon.com
Posted Oct 2, 2017
10% Marvel's Inhumans: Season 1 (TV, 2017) "The new actioner, which premiered last night, smacks of a project that came about after someone from ABC went to Marvel's offices, poked around the cupboards and mumbled, "Sooo . . . what else you got in here?" " ‐ Salon.com
Posted Oct 2, 2017
100% Outlander: Season 3 Episode 4 "In "Of Lost Things," writer Toni Graphia and director Brendan Maher play to a more classic exploration of desire with an erotic passage reminiscent of "The Wedding," albeit with a dissimilar emotional undercurrent. " ‐ Salon.com
Posted Oct 2, 2017
88% Will & Grace: Season 9 (TV, 2017) "Will & Grace may have affected social change more than a decade ago but it's obvious that the producers haven't a clue as to how to speak to where and who we are now in a way that's honest and refrains from seeming polarizing. " ‐ Salon.com
Posted Sep 29, 2017
68% SEAL Team: Season 1 (TV, 2017) "[Boreanaz is] great in a series that fulfills its mission to keep us interesting and make a person want to see where it leading. " ‐ Salon.com
Posted Sep 28, 2017
45% Prison Break: Season 1 (TV, 2005-2006) "The conspiracy? We defy you to figure out where it starts or where it's going, because by the end of the second week's episode we still don't get much to gnaw on, regardless of how frantic Tunney begins to look. " ‐ Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Posted Sep 27, 2017
64% Law & Order: True Crime: The Menendez Murders (TV, 2017) "Law & Order True Crime moves through its paces with color-by-numbers economy, a strange observation to make about a homicide case that began with a series of shotgun blasts inside of an ostentatious mansion. " ‐ Salon.com
Posted Sep 27, 2017
82% Star Trek: Discovery: Chapters 1 & 2 (TV, 2017-2018) "Happily Star Trek: Discovery strikes a balance between what diehard Trekkies love about Roddenberry's universe and what J.J. Abrams injected into its theatrical resurrection. " ‐ Salon.com
Posted Sep 26, 2017
65% Me, Myself & I: Season 1 (TV, 2017) "The plot of the Me, Myself & I pilot has a neat, muss-free poignancy to it that's probably goosed by a decent soundtrack. (The inclusion of a track by the Flaming Lips is a nice touch in this regard.) The cast is enjoyable as well. " ‐ Salon.com
Posted Sep 25, 2017
75% Young Sheldon: Season 1 (TV, 2017-2018) "Young Sheldon [is] a single-camera series that's light on laughter but just north of dramatic territory, quite handily. " ‐ Salon.com
Posted Sep 25, 2017
93% Outlander: Season 3 Episode 3 "All Debts Paid marks the end of the road for Claire and Frank - and, sadly, Menzies' time on the drama. " ‐ Salon.com
Posted Sep 25, 2017
100% Arrested Development: Season 1 (TV, 2003-2004) "Arrested Development has been hyped to the clouds in a number of ads, all piling on critical encomiums from all over the country. This time they're telling the truth. " ‐ Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Posted Sep 22, 2017
89% Transparent: Season 4 (TV, 2017) "Season 4 adds new pages to the Pfefferman's history but feels muddled and confused in comparison to past episodes. " ‐ Salon.com
Posted Sep 22, 2017
77% Gossip Girl: Season 1 (TV, 2007-2008) "Gossip Girl lacks the heart, humor and sweetness that balanced out the soapy happenings on The O.C. " ‐ Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Posted Sep 20, 2017
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