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Krypton has a very Game Of Thrones-like problem  Krypton has a very Game Of Thrones-like problem 

To illustrate what exactly makes Krypton’s storytelling feel so wonky, let’s talk about Game Of Thrones for a second.

Brainiac finds Krypton worthy of collection in another talk-heavy episode  Brainiac finds Krypton worthy of collection in another talk-heavy episode 

It’s pretty clear that Krypton’s writers love to explain. By Grodd, do they love to explain. This show explains the minutiae of its alien tech, military operations, and ancient belief systems so often, and in such scene-stretching tediousness, it occasionally becomes something very close to a parody of a sci-fi…

In its second episode, Krypton still seems stuck in the Phantom Zone  In its second episode, Krypton still seems stuck in the Phantom Zone 

“I just don’t know what I’m meant to do now.”

In Krypton's uneven debut, Superman's grandfather faces his destiny  In Krypton's uneven debut, Superman's grandfather faces his destiny 

Somewhere along the line, today’s comic book-obsessed pop culture landscape became so jam-packed with origin stories that studios decided we needed origin stories for our origin stories. The superhero tale before the actual superhero shows up. Basically, you’ve seen Peter Parker get bitten by a radioactive spider, but…

A dull Runaways finale hints at a much more exciting series to come  A dull Runaways finale hints at a much more exciting series to come 

If you want a good summary of Runaways’ season one finale, listen to Jonah standing in a dark room, putting a deteriorating hand on Victor Stein’s Gibborim Box. “Once he’s back on his feet,” Jonah says, “things are going to get very, very interesting.”

The world is ending and everyone is kissing in an all-over-the-place Runaways The world is ending and everyone is kissing in an all-over-the-place Runaways

I was worried there would eventually be an episode like “Doomsday.” After three-quarters of a season over-stuffed with mysteries, overlapping storylines, flashbacks, and roughly sixteen main characters to follow it was almost inevitable that everything would come to a head all at the same time and almost none of it…

It's all time-travel and gunshots in an erratic Runaways It's all time-travel and gunshots in an erratic Runaways

Remember when there was a dinosaur in Marvel’s Runaways?

Runaways learns to fly in a great episode  Runaways learns to fly in a great episode 

One morning, upon awakening from agitated dreams, Gregor Samsa found himself, in his bed, transformed into a monstrous vermin.

An uneven Runaways borrows a bad wig and slow pace from Luke Cage An uneven Runaways borrows a bad wig and slow pace from Luke Cage

I actually laughed out loud when I realized “Kingdom” was starting with an extended, 18-year flashback into the incarcerated life of Geoffrey Wilder, and not just because it looked like Marvel dusted off the exact same wig-and-beard combo it used for Luke Cage’s prison flashback. Mostly, it’s because I’m not sure I’ve…

Marvel’s Runaways still hasn’t run away, and that’s a problem Marvel’s Runaways still hasn’t run away, and that’s a problem

I’m starting to worry that the runaways of Marvel’s Runaways are never going to run away. “Fifteen” keeps the teens firmly entrenched in their home lives—except Alex, I guess, who is whisked away in a black SUV before the credits roll—which would be perfectly fine if the show kept them as its main focus. But Runaways…

Marvel’s Runaways gets prehistoric in its best episode yet Marvel’s Runaways gets prehistoric in its best episode yet

“Destiny” felt very much like—to use a very specific metaphor—a velociraptor with a nose ring freed from its massive metal cage. After two episodes of deliberate, heavy set-up Marvel’s Runaways finally let loose with some pure comic book kookiness. I mean, we still know next to nothing about Pride. Or why Molly can…

Marvel's Runaways hits the rewind button in its momentum-halting second episode  Marvel's Runaways hits the rewind button in its momentum-halting second episode 

The first episode of Marvel’s Runaways was intriguing but burdened with the task of delving into the personality quirks and backstories of six main characters. So, naturally, the second episode of Marvel’s Runaways...delves into the backstories and personality quirks of twelve more main characters. “Rewind”—probably…

In a slow premiere, Marvel’s Runaways feels like Degrassi meets Defenders In a slow premiere, Marvel’s Runaways feels like Degrassi meets Defenders

Ever since a bully first pointed to Peter Parker in Amazing Fantasy #15 and said, “that bookworm wouldn’t know a cha-cha from a waltz”—an absolutely devastating burn in 1962—comic book heroics and high school drama have existed in perfect harmony. After all, the selling point of comic books is that they are human…

The Mist ends its first season with incest, death, and nonsense The Mist ends its first season with incest, death, and nonsense

I have been broken by The Mist. Much like poor, innocent Jay Heisel, the mist has worked its way inside my head and turned my eyes a foggy white—something the mist does now, apparently—leaving nothing but a smoking dead-eyed husk to write a review of this season finale. “The Tenth Meal” is an hour of television so…

Grenades and doppelgängers make for the most entertaining trip into The Mist yet Grenades and doppelgängers make for the most entertaining trip into The Mist yet

“The Waking Dream” was the most entertaining episode of The Mist’s first season, which, at this point, is a bit like saying a root canal is your favorite invasive surgery because it requires the least amount of stitches. It’s not the “best” episode; it lacks the optimism of the pilot, and the storytelling is still all…

The Mist drops a twist we all saw coming, still manages to make it seem gross The Mist drops a twist we all saw coming, still manages to make it seem gross

The Mist’s eighth episode is basically Christmas with your elderly relatives, in that there is a lot to unpack here and absolutely none of it is good. “The Law of Nature” is all gym socks and sweaters, folks. Showrunner Christian Torpe (who co-wrote the episode) didn’t even include the gift receipt, so we can’t even…

The Mist’s 7th episode saves The Dark Tower from being this week’s worst Stephen King adaptation The Mist’s 7th episode saves The Dark Tower from being this week’s worst Stephen King adaptation

Roughly three-quarters of the way into The Mist’s first (and only?) season, it’s fair to say this series is yet another exhibit in the Museum Of Failed Stephen King Adaptations, displayed somewhere next to 1993’s The Tommyknockers and around the corner from this weekend’s The Dark Tower. For what it’s worth—and it’s…

The Mist may just be the most illogical series on TV right now The Mist may just be the most illogical series on TV right now

I’ve been trying to decide which line of dialogue in The Mist’s sixth episode, “The Devil You Know,” best sums up the issues with this series as a whole. An early contender comes from Nathalie Raven, spoken to Connor Heisel inside the church: “Few things are more beautiful than destruction. Doesn’t mean I enjoy it.”

A flashback-filled episode does nothing to help The Mist make sense A flashback-filled episode does nothing to help The Mist make sense

Using flashbacks in your story is a lot like doing drugs. Use them the wrong way and the entire trip gets muddled and confusing (Lost, for example); use them too much for all the wrong reasons and it leads to an abrupt, nauseating ending (like How I Met Your Mother). But utilized correctly (and responsibly, kids) a…

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