Brooklyn Nine-Nine meets sibling (and actor) rivalry with “The Golden Child”

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After working an impressive balance between light comedy and serious real-life issues in last week’s “He Said, She Said,” Brooklyn Nine-Nine returns to straight up silliness with this week’s “The Golden Child.” Sure, this week’s A-plot comes from a real place as well—sibling rivalry, parental favoritism, being framed…

“He Said, She Said” is an honest, funny, exemplary episode of Brooklyn Nine-Nine

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In terms of greatly hyped Brooklyn Nine-Nine episodes, I’ll admit that I was dreading “He Said, She Said.” It wasn’t necessarily that I thought Brooklyn Nine-Nine would screw it up—as this has been promoted as its “#MeToo episode”—but I was reasonably worried “He Said, She Said” would lack a balance in terms of both…

A “splashy” Brooklyn Nine-Nine defines the “Four Movements” of Gina Linetti

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“Four Movements” is a pretty straightforward Brooklyn Nine-Nine episode: Gina promises everyone in the Nine-Nine “a signature Gina moment” over her last two weeks working there. The episode itself turns the four movements of “The Linexit”—the dance piece introduced in the cold open, with each movement taking 45…

Brooklyn Nine-Nine solves the mystery of "Hitchcock & Scully," as well as class relations

B+

“Hitchcock & Scully” isn’t all about Hitchcock and Scully, but it’s a no-brainer that it is and will live on to be the most memorable part of this episode. That would be the case even if it weren’t for the episode title, honestly. Terry, Rosa, and Amy’s “upstairs vs. downstairs” people plot is a footnote—a funny one,…

In Riverdale, a manhunt has nothing on gargoyles, gangs, and... gargoyle gangs

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“Chapter Forty-One: Manhunter” is one of those Riverdale episodes where, if you were to explain a large portion of it to anyone who knows absolutely nothing about Riverdale, you would sound very out of touch with reality. That’s technically true of every episode, especially after the first season, but imagine having…

Riverdale’s blast to the past reminds us only real ‘90s kids worship the Gargoyle King

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In a way, every single episode of Riverdale is a gimmick episode. So when the show goes out of its way to create a very clear “gimmick episode” (for example, the Carrie: The Musical episode), it feels even more like an out-of-body experience than your standard, already pretty “out there” episode of Riverdale. But now…

Riverdale returns for the official end of summer, innocence, and dark Archie

B+

Even at its lowest points, there’s always something to appreciate about Riverdale. Even after a sophomore slump, there’s still a reason to long for the show during hiatus. And an episode like “Chapter Thirty-Six: Labor Day” explains why that is: It’s because Riverdale is the type of show where things like a murder…

With "The Good Twin," GLOW chooses to wrestle (and sing) like nobody's watching

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Much like “Nothing Shattered” was a necessary GLOW episode for Ruth’s character and the entire G.L.O.W. family, “The Good Twin” is also a necessary episode—just for the simple fact that it lets us finally know what a full episode of this world’s G.L.O.W. looks like. And god, it looks every bit as amazing as one could…