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  • Ralph Anderson and Holly Gibney stand in front of some trees

    The Outsider S1E8: “Foxhead”

    “It’s here.” Holly Gibney says this at the end of The Outsider S1E8, “Foxhead,” in reference to El Cuco following Claude Bolton to Tennessee. But I’m viewing this statement as a commentary on the state of The Outsider, the show. After a few middling episodes in which not a ton was happening, Episode 8 turned […] More

  • Jack sits on a log in the woods

    The Outsider S1E7: “In the Pines, In the Pines”

    Episode 7 of The Outsider might not have been the most action-packed episode and certainly didn’t move the plot forward as much as previous installments, but I won’t call it a “filler episode” the way others have. This was an hour of television that masterfully displayed both tension and fear in addition to getting the […] More

  • Ralphs stares ahead with his arms crossed

    The Outsider S1E6: “The One About the Yiddish Vampire”

    The Outsider S1E6 felt like the end of the second act. The action hit a crescendo and the plot appears to be taking a turn, after several episodes of building up the backstory on the crimes committed before Terry Maitland’s arrest. We’re moving into the end game, whatever that may look like for this limited […] More

  • Holly crouches in a cemetery

    The Outsider S1E5: “Tear-Drinker”

    In The Outsider S1E5, “Tear-Drinker,” the web of murders surrounding Ralph Anderson and Holly Gibney becomes even more entangled. In last week’s episode, Holly connected a third murder to the mix, when she tracked down Maria Caneles in New York City. This week, she returns to Dayton, Ohio to fill in some of the missing […] More

  • A shadow reflecting in water with the title card for The Outsider over the water

    The Outsider S1E4: “Que Viene El Coco”

    Episode 4 of The Outsider was downright chilling, moved the mythology of the story forward considerably and featured an amazing performance from Cynthia Erivo (Holly Gibney), who after only arriving one episode prior, is starting to steal the show. This episode was almost entirely dedicated to the Holly Gibney character, allowing us as a viewing […] More

  • Police enter a decrepit barn to begin their search

    The Outsider S1E3: “Dark Uncle”

    Episode 3 of The Outsider served as a proper beginning to the story in some senses. The first two episodes laid the groundwork, created an atmosphere and a mood and completely threw us for a loop with the death of Jason Bateman’s character, Terry Maitland, in the opening minutes of Episode 2. Episode 3 let us […] More

  • Terry Maitland is interrogated by Ralph and Hayes

    The Outsider Premiere: “Fish in a Barrel” and “Roanoke” (S1E1 & S1E2)

    There have been some brilliant Stephen King film adaptations through the years (e.g., The Shawshank Redemption, The Green Mile, Stand By Me). But I’m typically somewhat pessimistic about King television adaptations, after the many cheesy made-for-TV events in the ’90s and the brutal CBS version of Under the Dome. (I admittedly haven’t seen Castle Rock […] More

  • Lou speaks for Brady

    Mr. Mercedes S3E7 “The End of the Beginning”

    We’re 7 episodes in and at long last, we are apparently at the end of the beginning. Good to know that everything we’ve seen thus far was just a prelude to the real show. As we move through this transition episode, there’s more than a few instances of foreshadowing, none of it good. But we’ll […] More

  • A jury sits in the stands, all dressed as ice cream men. [Mr. Mercedes S03E06]

    Mr. Mercedes S03E06 “Bad to Worse”

    While guest star Bruce Dern (John Rothstein) is absent for the first time this season, our other big name guest star Kate Mulgrew (Alma Lane) was killing it. Her attack on Pete (“whoopsie daisy”). Her performance at the grocery store. Her pep talks with Morris. She’s just so wonderfully diabolical. And I love that duster […] More

  • Bill Hodges and Holly Gibney sits on a bench in the courthouse, both looking unhappy.

    Mr. Mercedes S03E05 “Great Balls of Fire”

    I have to say, I’m perplexed by the title of this week’s episode, “Great Balls of Fire.” The first three episodes had titles that very definitely indicated a theme playing out in several plot lines throughout. Last week’s title, “Trial and Terror,” was more of a play on words, but even at that, there was […] More

  • Judge Raines sits at the bench looking out, purple bow tie showing prominently against his block robes

    Mr. Mercedes S03E02 “Madness”

    I was thinking of a series of dreams Where nothing comes up to the top Everything stays down where it’s wounded And comes to a permanent stop Wasn’t thinking of anything specific Just thinking of a series of dreams Just thinking of a series of dreams Bob Dylan, “Series of Dreams” With the start of […] More