The bloodline runs thin in the anemic first two episodes of The Romanoffs 

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Part of what made Mad Men such a pleasure to watch was everything that occurred between the words. The lingering glances, slow sighs, and slight, furtive movements hinted at some strongly checked desire rustling beneath the surface that was not allowed to break into the very identity-conscious 1960’s. These quiet…

The Man In The High Castle delivers a tense and depressing season finale

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One question kept running through my head toward the end of The Man In The High Castle’s season finale, “Jahr Null”: Do these scenes belong in the same show? Early on we’re treated to the most spectacular science fiction sequence of the series as the massive Nazi machine designed to open the portal between worlds is…

The penultimate Man In The High Castle ends with a violent farewell

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The clock is running out on the season (and has completely run out for one character, but more on that later), and “Baku” provides what we more or less expect from a penultimate episode in the age of premium television. By the end, everything is in place for whatever finale fireworks are planned. Those will no doubt…

A quiet Man In The High Castle builds to an emotional gut-punch

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After all the fireworks of the previous episode, it’s not much of a surprise that “History Ends” eases back on the throttle quite a bit. It’s an hour full of quieter moments (at least until the end), some more effective than others. That’s largely dependent on how invested you are in the characters involved...but not…

The season's midpoint arrives with the most eventful Man In The High Castle ever

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One of the most evident changes in The Man In The High Castle this year is the accelerated pace. Several times this season I’ve been caught off guard by how quickly storylines have been resolved or twisted into intriguing new directions. Take all the action surrounding the Reich’s high command in this episode alone:…

Characters new and old mingle and conspire on The Man In The High Castle

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Films have been key to The Man In The High Castle since the first reel from another world was introduced at the very beginning, but they’ve never been as omnipresent as they are in “Sensô Kôi.” (I’d love to tell you what that means, but Google Translate has failed me.) Juliana is watching one set at Tagomi’s house,…

Amazon locks down Neil Gaiman, a full season of Wheel Of Time

Perhaps bolstered by a strong showing at this year’s Emmys—or just being very invested in winning the game of Game Of Thrones thrones—Amazon is making deals left and right this morning. First, The Wrap reports that Jeff Bezos’ streaming arm has signed an overall deal with Neil Gaiman, who’s already deep in production…

The A.V. Club helps you navigate the Streamapocalypse

The day that modern-day oracle (and FX president) John Landgraf warned us about is here: The Streamapocalypse, a date we’ve dubbed such because it’s absolutely packed with complete seasons of new and returning shows across multiple genres. Want to settle in for some big laughs? Netflix has a couple of options for you.…

Everybody's proud and fucked up in this trailer for Matthew Weiner's The Romanoffs

For as weird and enigmatic Matthew Weiner’s previews usually are, it sure seems like he’s giving us an awful lot of his upcoming Amazon series The Romanoffs ahead of time. The show premieres on October 12, and we’ve already got a couple of teasers and a full episode-by-episode breakdown (though that one was pretty…

Jack Ryan nails the globe-trotting thrills, but struggles with its leading man

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While the Bond franchise hunts for a new director (and maybe even Daniel Craig’s successor), Amazon is hoping to move from niche programming to blockbuster productions with the help of a different household name. Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan, from Lost alums Carlton Cuse and Graham Roland, presents the fifth screen…

The Russo brothers are plotting some sort of mysterious, hyper-ambitious "global television franchise"

Fresh off the finger-snapping fun of Avengers: Infinity War—and even as they’re deep into post-production work on the still-untitled Avengers 4—brothers Joe and Anthony Russo are revving up their next big project. Amazon announced today that it was teaming up with the pair—who got their start in TV, back before they…