Vida offers a captivating twist on TV's immigration and gentrification stories

“Ni de aquí, ni de allá” is a Spanish saying, one that’s used to describe what it’s like to be Latinx in the United States. It translates to not being from here nor there—their positions flip, but these locales are the U.S. and Latin American countries—but what it means is being asked by strangers where you’re from,…

Steven Soderbergh and Gregg Araki are making something weird for Starz

If you’ve never seen a Gregg Araki film, well, they’re difficult to describe. The words “surreal,” “transgressive,” and “highly sexual” all come to mind—words that can also be used to describe Araki’s new project with the ever-daring Steven Soderbergh, a TV series called Now Apocalypse for Starz. Created by Araki and…

The Bryan Fuller-American Gods breakup was apparently even messier than we thought

Back in November, American Gods showrunners Bryan Fuller and Michael Green announced that they’d be leaving the critically well-regarded Starz series after the end of its first season. At the time—and in subsequent discussions—everyone involved seems to have done their best to paint the split as amicable, with Starz…

After a middling start, “Uncharted” sets Outlander back on course

After slogging through Claire vs. wild for its first few acts, Outlander gets back to what it does best in “Uncharted.” Outlander is as much a romance as it is an adventure story, and the show has settled into a predictable but nonetheless satisfying pattern: The universe pulls Jamie and Claire apart, but they always…

Outlander boards a ship to put Claire and Jamie’s relationship problems on pause

Jamie and Claire’s rescue mission to save Young Ian from his Jamaica-bound kidnappers injects Outlander with some much needed adventure. The show has been dragging along since Claire’s return, and their voyage promises some high-stakes drama on the high seas. But it also acts as an excuse for the writers to just sort…

Outlander serves up freedom, whisky, and stilted scenes

In “Freedom & Whisky,” Outlander finally departs from the structure of its season three episodes thus far. For the past four episodes, we’ve bounced between Jamie and Claire’s storylines. One (usually Jamie’s) has dragged more than the other, making it difficult to view each episode as a cohesive story. In “Freedom &…

As Outlander continues to race through time, some characters never find their footing

Outlander’s moving so quickly through years and years of story that it’s difficult for the character development, especially for the new characters and new relationships, to really sink in and carry emotional weight. But at the same time, Outlander has to move forward quickly. Because it has to get to the point of…

Even when separated by time and space, Claire and Jamie's connection pulsates on Outlander

Outlander has trapped itself in a bit of a pacing pickle. “Surrender” takes place a few years after the season premiere, but Claire and Jamie are very much so in the same emotional place as they were last week. It seems little has happened despite the time jump that takes place outside of Jamie growing out his beard…