James Bond and Jurassic World: Here’s what’s on sale on Amazon today

In an effort to both serve our readers and help support The A.V. Club, we are going to post daily links to deals and interesting items that we find over on Amazon. If you use these links to click through and buy something—not just the thing you clicked—on Amazon, we will see a portion of that income. You don’t have to…

Here’s what’s coming to (and leaving from) Netflix in July

It’s time for Netflix’s monthly oil change—this July, the streaming giant will be draining its multiple seasons of Medium and Numb3rs and all the numbered Star Trek movies (and Generations, sorry) into a pan to lube up with selections from the Back To The Future, Beverly Hills Cop, Bad Boys, Lethal Weapon, and Death…

The Last Kingdom is the best historical drama you’re probably not watching

B+

I mentioned in my review of last week’s episode that one of the reasons The Last Kingdom is succeeding in a market full of historical dramas is that there’s an attention paid to character that’s rewarding each and every week. Whereas so many shows of this ilk focus on violence, period detail, and the inevitable…

Misplaced heroism tears apart Uhtred’s life on The Last Kingdom

B+

It was inevitable that after two episodes of frantic action and a furious plot pace that The Last Kingdom would take a step back and contemplate where it’s going. “Episode 3” is a much slower episode, one that’s more reliant on mood and deep thematic work than battles and chases to push forward storylines and…

The epic but human The Last Kingdom proves there’s always room for more Vikings

B+

BBC America’s sprawling, arresting eight-part historical miniseries The Last Kingdom proves that there’s room enough on television for more than one Viking invasion. The Vikings of The Last Kingdom are running roughshod over poor ninth-century England, raiding the country’s fractious kingdoms more or less with…

“You can’t watch everything”: A pragmatic guide to peak TV, part 2

Yesterday, The A.V. Club buried itself in the first avalanche of fall programming tumbling forth from peak TV; today, we consider the second half of the week, along with the fantastical creatures, resurgent sci-fi stars, resilient comics, and (of course) superheroes whose streaming series refuse to bend to the tyranny…