Michelle Dockery takes a surprisingly effective turn into noir with Good Behavior

Good Behavior mainly revolves around a single star turn—Michelle Dockery getting as far away from Downton Abbey’s posh Lady Mary as humanly possible. Unlike the already canceled Conviction, Good Behavior surrounds its star with so much deep and heady dramatics; dark, foreboding settings; and an ample and able…

Action cameras and ketchup chips: Here’s what 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…

The author of Wayward Pines pens an It’s A Wonderful Life for the 21st century

A frustrating part of much sci-fi is watching authors struggle their way through scientific justifications for their book’s premise. Any commitment to even the vaguest hint of verisimilitude means a writer can find themselves churning out pages of theoretical word salad, all in service of making it seem like they know…

Wayward Pines ends an intriguing second season with a listless belly flop

Three-fourths of the way through “Bedtime Story,” Dr. Theo Yedlin records a message for the future generations of humanity, those who will emerge from the cryostasis pods years from now, give or take a millennia. And it’s a simple one. “David Pilcher was wrong about everything.” Yedlin wants to make a point about the…

Wayward Pines reveals a juicy twist as the endgame becomes clear

To sleep, perchance to dream. Hamlet’s famous musing has now become the plan of action for Wayward Pines—but unlike the bard’s troubled protagonist, they don’t actually want it to end in death. The Aberrations’ death, sure, but not the citizens of David Pilcher’s dream community. The form of suspended animation (a…

The hunt goes forward while the story stands still on Wayward Pines

A chase sequence, almost by definition, should be exciting. “The thrill of the hunt” isn’t a cliché for no reason; it’s the embodiment of our flight-or-flight adrenaline impulses. Watching the soldiers of Wayward Pines make their way through town, checking buildings and alleyways, fearful expressions on their faces,…

Nine Inch Nails’ Charlie Clouser makes American Horror Story and Saw sound creepy

Charlie Clouser has taken a circuitous route to becoming a composer for television. After helping create some of the most well-known industrial music of the ’90s as a member of Nine Inch Nails, as well as working with Rob Zombie and Marilyn Manson, the musician-producer moved into composing for film and TV. In…