In an uneven finale, American Horror Story says you can't outrun your fate

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The apocalypse has finally come to an end. After nine episodes that seemed practically plodding after the overstuffed episodes of last year’s Cult, the season finale packed in everything, including so many clips from those last nine episodes you’d have to be forgiven for thinking an editor had been sleeping on the job…

The Flash focuses on family drama but finds time for a creepy new foe

B

Now that we’re well into the fifth season of The Flash, it’s getting much harder for the creative team to keep the one-off meta-of-the-week stories fresh. The Flash has always had one of the deeper benches in superhero comics as far as colorful villains are concerned, but we’re down to the C-listers now, and most of…

Charmed makes its biggest play yet but trips on its rushed pacing

B

“Other Woman” presents the most emotionally devastating scene Charmed has ever taken on. When it becomes clear that Niko has been targeted by a shapeshifter—a demonic super-assassin who will stop at nothing once it has a target—Mel makes a huge decision. She seeks out a spell to erase Niko from her life, altering…

Outlander continues to center whiteness as it confronts slavery

C

Penniless and recently traumatized by a violent robbery, Claire, Jamie, and company arrive at Jamie’s aunt Jocasta’s plantation a bit weary but also strangely recovered from the incident. Jamie dwells on it for a bit, punishes himself for being too trusting. But then they’ve moved on to the next phase of their…

Moe gets his heart broken again, but The Simpsons can't make us care this time

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How invested should we be in Moe’s happiness? Springfield’s worst barkeep and intermittent stalker creepo is traditionally played for a joke, specifically as a collection of disreputable businessman tropes and depressive, lonely guy dark comedy. “Looks like it’s suicide again for me,” might be Moe’s motto, going back…

Doctor Who delivers a moving history lesson about the Partition of India

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“Rosa,” the first historical story of the season, made me cry about the heroism of a real-life woman. “Demons Of The Punjab,” the season’s second historical episode, made me cry about the humanistic mission of a fictional alien race. It’s a quintessentially Doctor Who idea that after suffering the…

Donald reunites with his old Three Caballeros compadres in a wildly fun and visually impressive DuckTales

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If you’re in the know, you’d be aware that there is already a new show called The Three Caballeros that’s airing overseas right now. And if you’re really in the know, you’d be aware of the illicit locations on the web of where to find episodes of said show. And if you’re really, really in the know, you would have…

In a potent, prickly episode, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend feels like a musical again 

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To try to break down Crazy Ex-Girlfriend’s songs into two or three categories is a fool’s errand. There are well over 100 at this point, and if you call one a parody and another an “I want” song, what of the parodies that are also “I want” songs? And if those are the three categories, then what about “I want” songs…

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