For all its charms, Dirk Gently is still a uniquely British tale fed through some of the worst impulses in American filmmaking

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It’s always tempting to grade Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency on a curve. Should it be judged on its own, or as an adaptation? The show does not seem to be designed to appeal to fans of the Douglas Adams series, in that it resembles that series in no way at all beyond the name of its titular detective. Gone is…

Orphan Black closes its run with its focus on exactly the right thing: the sisterhood

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There’s a tendency with finales to overstuff them, to try and fit every last question you might have about a character’s life into 45 minutes of television. Or even longer, as shows are often given Very Special Episode status and stretch out into ungainly two hour finales. For a show like Orphan Black, full of plot…

Orphan Black enjoys family bonding as only it can: by staging a fake public fight

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Sisterhood between the clones may be a constant refrain on Orphan Black, but tonight’s episode took a step back to reexamine the bonds of the show’s core family, and in particular the skills of Mrs. S. We’ve known for a long time that Sarah is an incredibly talented grifter, and it’s often seemed like part of her…

Orphan Black goes back to the suburbs to find its heart in a standout episode

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If last week’s episode showed some of the downsides to wrapping up a five-season-long show, this week’s shows what can go right. The incongruity of suburban Alison mixing in with the geniuses and murderers of the clone world has always been one of the show’s go-to points for humor, but here, it becomes clear how much…