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December 12 2016

Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency Season Finale, 1.08: “Two Sane Guys Doing Normal Things” Episode Review

It’s finally here: the finale. I had high hopes for everything being tied up in a neat little bow—and not just because it’s December. As I began to watch, however, I realized...
December 5 2016

Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency 1.07: “Weaponized Soul” Episode Review

We’re almost to the finish line, and things are wrapping up nicely—but there are still some unanswered questions for the finale to fill in. This week’s review contains a lot of...
November 28 2016

Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency 1.06: “Fix Everything” Episode Review

The episode starts off with a flashback. We are in the laboratory of Zachariah Webb, and he is testing his electrical device—the one everyone in the present day is after. It’s what...
November 21 2016

Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency 1.05: “Very Erectus” Episode Review

We know that everything is connected—and in this episode, we really start to see it. Nothing is really made clear, though, so let’s not get too excited. But things do start to link...
November 14 2016

Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency 1.04: “Watkin” Episode Review

I was prepared this week; I sat down to watch Episode 4 of Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency with a caffeinated drink and absolutely no distractions. I knew I’d have to have my...
November 7 2016

Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency 1.03: “Rogue Wall Enthusiasts” Episode Review

I remember a time when TV shows were all standalone episodes. Each one was an independent story that revolved around a new topic. When, by chance, there was a two-part episode, the second would...
October 31 2016

Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency 1.02: “Lost & Found” Episode Review

We learned in Episode 1 that everything is connected: Todd (Elijah Wood) getting fired from a hotel job because his keycard was used to enter the room where they found a murdered billionaire; Todd...
October 24 2016

Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency 1.01, Series Premiere: “Horizons” Episode Review

In a word: Wow. Don’t talk, don’t blink, and don’t get up to get a drink of water. If you miss even one second of the first episode of Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency,...
December 30 2013

Will You Watch Fleming: The Man Who Would Be Bond?

Sure, we teased it last July, but here's the full trailer for the upcoming 4-part dramatic miniseries to air next month, beginning January 29th. According to BBC America: The new original...
August 13 2013

Are You Caught Up on David Tennant’s Broadchurch?

Not too long ago, Leslie Gilbert Elman added Broadchurch to her “U.K. Crime TV Shows We'd Like to See” Wish List. Last Wednesday, she got her wish with the premiere of the long-anticipated...
May 17 2013

5 Reasons to Watch Orphan Black

If you like your mysteries with a generous heaping of intrigue, action and great acting, plus a side of sci-fi, BBC America’s Orphan Black is a tasty dish, indeed. The fantastic drama begins...
March 15 2013

A New Kind of Identity Theft: Trailer for Orphan Black

A new BBC America thriller is all set to answer a question of ever-growing importance. Can a clone commit identity theft? I for one think it is a more than fair question. Here's the synopisis for...
January 27 2013

Is Ripper Street the Deep-Fried Frozen Candy Bar of TV Crime?

Sometimes, less is more. But sometimes, there’s delirious pleasure in heaping more upon more. Like, for example, when you take a perfectly wonderful candy bar—a symphony itself of caramel,...
January 18 2013

Taking on Jack’s Legacy in Ripper Street

What happens when you have MI-5’s Matthew Macfadyen and Jerome Flynn from Game of Thrones together in a BBC original police procedural? Why Ripper Street of course. Here’s the official synopsis: Haunted...
September 13 2012

Ripping It Up: The BBC’s Ripper Street

Can anyone really ever get tired of Jack the Ripper-inspired movies and TV shows? We here at Criminal Element say “Nay!”. Which is exactly why we are all kind of excited about the BBC show,...
Leslie Gilbert Elman
August 27 2012

Copper Episode 01.02: “Husbands and Fathers”

Last week, in the debut episode of BBC America’s Copper, we found out who murdered poor, innocent little Kate Reilly. (It couldn’t have been telegraphed more clearly if Samuel F.B....
Leslie Gilbert Elman
August 20 2012

Copper Series Premiere: “Surviving Death”

Full disclosure: I had low expectations for Copper, the BBC America original series that debuted last night. The hype surrounding its premiere made me wonder just who the network believed was the audience...
June 1 2012

New Copper Promo Trailer!

You know how excited we are about the forthcoming BBC America series Copper. In fact, we’re so excited we are even going to share this promo we found over on Spoiler TV, despite the fact that it has...
May 6 2012

Copper Video Tease: 4 Seconds of Revolver, Lips, Eyes

Our pals at Omnimystery News, who brought this funny teaser to our attention, note wryly that it’s “really really brief.” That’s one way to put it! Mostly big words and names spelled in...
April 12 2012

The Tardis Has Landed: Doctor Who Takes New York

The Doctor comes to New York! Yes, Doctor Who and his Tardis have landed in New York with sightings in Central Park. “Who” actors Karen Gillan, Arthur Darvill, and Matt Smith have been spotted...
February 29 2012

BBC America’s Copper: He Walks the Beat, We Wait

It seems like forever ago when we heard about BBC America’s first original series Copper, set in New York City’s Five Points neighborhood in the late 1860’s, just after the Civil...
January 5 2012

BBC America Brings UK Cop to US in New Original Series, Copper

We mentioned when it was first announced that BBC America would be diving headlong into the police drama fray with its first original series ever, Copper. Now that the final casting is set, and the...
Leslie Gilbert Elman
November 30 2011

Whitechapel: Twin Speak

“The legend promises that one day Ron and Reg will return. Resurrected,” DS Miles warned DI Chandler in Season 2, Episode 1 of Whitechapel, wherein we learn there’s a Kray copycat killer on the...
Leslie Gilbert Elman
November 22 2011

Whitechapel: Bring on the Krays!

Welcome back to Whitechapel, where the criminals prefer to recreate famous old crimes rather than come up with new ones. Watching this series—now in its second three-episode season on BBC America—is...
Pop Culture Nerd
November 15 2011

Whitechapel Episode Three: Jack, Meet Hannibal

The Whitechapel season one finale opened where episode two left off: with Mary Bousfield’s kidney bleeding on DS Miles’s breakfast table. Of course this makes him even grumpier (“My son picked...
Pop Culture Nerd
November 1 2011

Jack The Ripper is Back in Whitechapel

Knowing that the BBC series Whitechapel (Wednesdays, BBC America, 10 p.m.) is about a copycat Jack the Ripper, I might not have watched it since I’m a complete scaredy cat when it comes to Ripperology....
August 16 2011

Will You Spend The Hour with Dominic West?

That’s Madden, not Mad Men! We’ve been excited about the upcoming Dramaville line-up on BBC America, and it’s finally here! Programming begins tomorrow night with The Hour, starring Dominic West...
July 29 2011

1860s Five Points is Star of BBC America’s Copper

The notorious Irish gangland of 1860s New York, the so-called Five Points, was also known as the Sixth Ward bounded.  Its squalid past has been mined for such works as The Gangs of New York, and...
June 14 2011

Luther Returns To BBC America (and so does Idris Elba)

Luther, starring Idris Elba, returns to BBC America for its season 2 on Oct. 5. Prior to that, Elba will host the weekly, hourlong Dramaville block on BBC America, which launches Wednesday, Aug....