A stirring season finale sees Snowfall put Franklin through the American prison system

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At some point, it had to come to this for Franklin. A stint in prison was always on the horizon; it was either going to be the result of getting wrapped up in the game, or simply being a black kid with the nerve to exist during the height of the War on Drugs. So what options did Franklin really have along the way? He…

Netflix’s The Innocents weaves a sci-fi mystery through the story of young love and discovery

B

A lot of the buzz surrounding Netflix’s latest TV original, The Innocents, seems focused on comparing the show to Stranger Things. From a corporate perspective the comparison is smart. It’s a straightforward way to reel in an audience that might otherwise shy away from genre shows with sci-fi influences. Outside that…

The 100s thrilling finale is complicated by its propensity to blow everything up

B+

“Earth isn’t coming back.” Those are the words an aging Monty speaks at the end of “Damocles - Part Two.” The words have been a long time coming. The statement itself is brought about by McReary’s sabotage, his launching of missiles to make sure the Shallow Valley is destroyed if he can’t have it to himself, but it’s…

The 100 clarifies its story of violence and consequences in the first part of its finale

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More than any other episode in recent memory, “Damocles -Part 1" boasts an aura of death. I know that sounds like a strange claim to make about a show that just aired an episode that hinged on the fact that a whole lot of people were indulging in cannibalism to survive in a bunker where people are forced to fight to…