TV Review: Spartacus: Gods of the Arena

Written by Mark Peikert on . Posted in Arts & Film, TV

Created as a six-part stopgap while Andy Whitfield, the actor playing Spartacus, underwent cancer treatment, Starz’s Spartacus: Gods of the Arena is a prequel to the events that precipitated the gory season one finale of Spartacus: Blood and Sand. As a result, there’s so little angst that the results are even trashier than in the first season. Here, [&hellip
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TV Review: Fairly Legal

Written by Mark Peikert on . Posted in Arts & Film, TV

The formula for USA dramas seems to be “Adjective noun solves crime – bad weather = Hit!” And the network’s track record seems to prove the point: Burn Notice, White Collar and Covert Affairs are all smashes; Royal Pains and In Plain Sight still bring in audiences. But things may be turning, because Fairly Legal, USA’s take on lawyer dramas, is the first of those [&hellip
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TV Review: Being Human

Written by Mark Peikert on . Posted in Arts & Film, TV

As someone who watched the original British version of Being Human, SyFy’s American remake is almost unbearable. Not because of anything they’ve left out, but because of the producers’ obsessive need to recreate the original, with the addition of some good old American self-pity. Even the costumes seem second-hand for vampire Aidan (Sam Witwer), ghost Sally [&hellip
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TV Review: Off the Map

Written by Mark Peikert on . Posted in Arts & Film, TV

It’s almost impossible to think that creator Jenna Bans didn’t pitch her new medical dramedy, Off the Map,“Grey’s Anatomy in the jungle!” How else could one describe a show set in a South American jungle, in which the leading humanitarian in the world nevertheless finds time to keep his rippling torso in full ripple (not to mention [&hellip
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TV Review: Episodes

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The problem with premium cable shows is that, like soap operas, they’re far more serialized than anything on basic cable or network television. From week to week, not much may happen, but when viewed in bulk, the series receive a boost in quick-paced storytelling. So when you sit down to watch Matt LeBlanc playing a [&hellip
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TV Review: Bob's Burgers

Written by Mark Peikert on . Posted in Arts & Film, TV

Fans of FX’s Archer may have trouble hearing star H. Jon Benjamin playing such a wildly different character on Fox’s new cartoon Bob’s Burgers, but they should stick around for the whole episode; Bob’s Burgersturns out to be equally as loony as that hilarious FX show, albeit in a very different way. In keeping with the rest of Fox’s [&hellip
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TV Review: The Cape

Written by Mark Peikert on . Posted in Arts & Film, TV

Written, directed and performed with a sometimes startling earnestness, The Cape can, at times, feel ridiculous. Comic book fans may have no qualms about swallowing their disbelief as a good cop (David Lyons) finds himself presumed dead and framed as master villain Chess, taken in and nursed to superhero power by a gang of roving circus performers/thieves. [&hellip
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Living Lifetime: The Craigslist Killer

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Let me begin by saying one thing: Everything below is a reflection of the characters, not the real people involved. So don’t give me hate mail about how Megan was a victim; this Megan seems more like a willful naif who just wants to get married and bear children (as so many Lifetime heroines do). [&hellip
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