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March 9 2018

Was Breaking Bad the Greatest TV Drama of All Time?

*Spoilers Follow* It’s hard to believe it’s been a full decade since we were first introduced to Breaking Bad’s tighty-whities-wearing protagonist Walter White. The series,...
March 1 2018

Waco: “Day 51” Episode Review

April 19, 1993, is a date that Americans can’t afford to forget, as the new TV series, Waco, from Paramount Network so eloquently shows. The show is hard to watch, honestly, but we can’t...
February 22 2018

Waco: “Stalling for Time” Episode Review

Those of us with even a passing interest in crime—whether fact or fiction—are probably thinking about death a lot. And as media has taught us, there are a lot of pretty terrible ways...
February 19 2018

Watch the Trailer for Season 4 of Amazon Prime’s Bosch

Good news, Bosch fans! Amazon has announced they’ve greenlit a fifth season while simultaneously revealing the release date for Season 4. Based on Michael Connelly’s best-selling crime...
February 15 2018

Waco: “Of Milk and Men” Episode Review

Episode 4 of Paramount’s six-part miniseries Waco has us deep into the siege. The ATF has withdrawn leadership, and the FBI has brought in a Hostage Rescue Team (HRT) and negotiators. The...
February 12 2018

Watch the First Official Trailer for Season 2 of Netflix’s Jessica Jones

It takes a monster to stop a monster. Jessica Jones is back. Following the award-winning Season 1 of Jessica Jones and The Defenders, Season 2 sees the tough-as-nails private investigator...
February 9 2018

On the Sidewalks of New York: Why You Should Be Watching TNT’s The Alienist

When people think of 19th-century serial killers, they tend to start and stop with Jack the Ripper. A few will mention Chicago’s H. H. Holmes, but that’s about the end of it. These...
February 8 2018

Waco: “Operation Showdown” Episode Review

The new Waco TV series is moving right along as it recounts the events in early 1993 that ultimately lead to the infamous 51-day standoff that the ATF and FBI had with David Koresh’s followers,...
February 2 2018

The End of the F***ing World, and I Feel Fine

It doesn’t take long to ascertain what the British series The End of the F***ing World (readily available to stream through Netflix) is aspiring to be. Just from its NSFW (albeit censored)...
February 1 2018

Waco: “The Strangers Across the Street” Episode Review

Who was David Koresh? I think that’s probably the most important mystery that any media covering the tragic events that took place at Mount Carmel—10 miles outside of Waco, Texas—is...
January 30 2018

Vote for Your Favorite Character on The Alienist

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January 25 2018

Waco: “Visions and Omens” Episode Review

Cults, their followers, and their ultimate spectacular ends have captured public imagination for decades, but only one cult met their tragic end as publicly as David Koresh and his followers in...
January 12 2018

Search Party: Why the TBS Hit Is the Crime Series Millennials (for Better or Worse) Need

**Spoilers Ahead** Search Party has the dubious distinction of being a series that’s true colors don’t show right away. In fact, it really isn’t until the second season that...
September 25 2017

Crime/Mystery/Thrillers Coming to (and Leaving) Netflix in October 2017

Highlighted by the highly anticipated second season of Stranger Things, October is also bringing a few horror films and a lot of new Netflix Originals! Add in some classic movies and a few true...
August 28 2017

Game of Thrones Season Finale 7.07: “The Dragon and the Wolf”

Move over Red Sox – Babe Ruth has officially been dethroned and a new “Worst Trade Ever” champion has emerged. When you boil it all down, Daenerys and Jon traded a dragon and...
August 21 2017

Game of Thrones 7.06: “Beyond the Wall”

Like Jaime Lannister, “Beyond the Wall” was equal parts good and bad. And that has been the unifying theme of Season 7: good and bad. For every Drogon incinerating the Lannister army...
August 14 2017

Game of Thrones 7.05: “Eastwatch”

For too long, Jon Snow has been the only character in Game of Thrones to properly grasp the gravity of the situation presented by the White Walkers – or at least the only character who understood...
August 7 2017

Game of Thrones 7.04: “The Spoils of War”

Game of Thrones is the last great unifying television series. Everyone watches it. Everyone talks about it Monday morning. And everyone tries to out-predict their friends and colleagues. Game of...
July 31 2017

Game of Thrones 7.03: “The Queen’s Justice”

Queens are to Westeros as cooks are to kitchens – things work best when there is only one. Unfortunately for Westeros, we currently have two. And as “The Queen’s Justice”...
July 24 2017

Game of Thrones 7.02: “Stormborn”

“Stormborn” is as close as Game of Thrones will ever come to a full-on clip show. A clip show, for those who didn’t take Intro to Film, is an episode of a television series...
July 17 2017

Game of Thrones 7.01: Season Premiere “Dragonstone”

The most highly-anticipated season premiere in television history began with a tomboyish teen committing mass murder, followed that up with some Ed Sheeran product placement, and concluded by fulfilling...
June 29 2017

Beyond Reasonable Doubt: “The Atlanta Bombings” Episode Review

The bombings in Atlanta, GA—starting with the most publicized bombing at Centennial Park during the Summer Olympics—hold a special fascination for me. It might hit closer to home than...
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June 26 2017

Grantchester 3.01: Episode Review

You might recall that the former archdeacon in Grantchester left under a cloud of “embarrassment” last season. That’s the politest way to describe what occurred. Suffice it to...
May 29 2017

Twin Peaks: The Return Review: Parts 3 and 4

If there was one thing that stood out in this week’s episodes, it was those regurgitation scenes. Ay, dios mio! More than once as Special Agent Dale Cooper (Kyle MacLachlan) is passing...
April 28 2017

Genre Verdict: The Exorcist Is One Hell of a Good Show

Leanna’s Thoughts: For the savvy Criminal Element reader who is familiar with my various rants and rhapsodies about what I find beautiful or lacking in modern entertainment, you know I’ve...
March 27 2017

The Walking Dead Power Rankings 7.15: “Something They Need”

Last night on The Walking Dead: Search for the Fish People, the showrunners finally caught the viewers up with the inevitable. Tara flipped on the Fish People, Sasha's idiotic plan yielded...
March 27 2017

Crime/Mystery/Thrillers Coming to (and Leaving) Netflix in April 2017

Since Netflix shifted their focus to original content, these lists have been getting a little one-sided as the streaming service continues to purge their backlisted material. The early part of...
February 27 2017

The Walking Dead Power Rankings 7.11: “Hostiles and Calamities”

Last week, after Rick emerged from the Octagon victorious, he made a promise to the Garbage People that he'd go searching for guns. With that, the Garbage People would take their mangy hair...
February 20 2017

The Walking Dead Power Rankings 7.10: “New Best Friends”

This show is rapidly approaching a Game of Thrones level of characters, but not in a good way. We get that it’s building towards an epic showdown with the Saviors, but every week we get a...
February 17 2017

Doctor Who: The Greatest Mystery and Horror Tales (2005-2015)

The Doctor is an alien humanoid over two thousand years old, has two hearts, and has regenerated a dozen times (uh, thirteen if you count The War Doctor). He’s a Time Lord from the planet...