Blu-ray Review: THE WALKING DEAD – THE COMPLETE THIRD SEASON

THE WALKING DEAD - THE COMPLETE THIRD SEASON Blu-ray | ©2013 AMC

Stars: Andrew Lincoln, David Morrissey, Laurie Holden, Norman Reedus, Steven Yeun, Lauren Cohan, Chandler Riggs, Danai Gurira, Michael Rooker, Melissa Suzanne McBride, Scott Wilson, Emily Kinney, Dallas Roberts Distributor: Anchor Bay Entertainment Suggested Retail Price: $79.99 With the showrunner turnover at THE WALKING DEAD occurring practically every season, you would think the series would suffer creatively and tonally, but as Season 3 of the AMC series proved, the story is compelling and strong enough to withstand occasional creative disruptions. THE WALKING DEAD: THE COMPLETE THIRD SEASON compiles all 16 episodes from the shocking arc that pitted Rick (Andrew Lincoln) and …Read On »

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TV Review: FALLING SKIES – Season 3 – “Brazil” – Season Finale

Noah Wyle in FALLING SKIES - Season 3 - "Brazil" | ©2013 TNT/James Dittiger

Stars:  Noah Wyle, Moon Bloodgood, Drew Roy, Jessy Schram, Maxim Knight, Connor Jessup, Will Patton, Colin Cunningham, Sarah Sanguin Carter, Seychelle Gabriel, Mpho Koaho, Gloria Reuben, Robert Sean Leonard Writer: Remi Aubuchon Director: Greg Beeman Network: TNT, airs Sunday Nights Original Telecast: August 4, 2013  I could probably forgive FALLING SKIES for not being the clever, thoughtful, morally ambiguous post-apocalyptic Sci-Fi show I would prefer it to be if it were able to string together a few more purely entertaining episodes like last week’s “Journey to Xilbalba.”  But my takeaway from “Brazil,” FALLING SKIES’ Season Three finale, is that I’m …Read On »

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TV Review: FALLING SKIES – Season 3 – “Journey to Xilbalba”

Noah Wyle in FALLING SKIES - Season 3 - "Journey to Xibalba" | ©2013 TNT/James Dittiger

Stars:  Noah Wyle, Moon Bloodgood, Drew Roy, Jessy Schram, Maxim Knight, Connor Jessup, Will Patton, Colin Cunningham, Sarah Sanguin Carter, Seychelle Gabriel, Mpho Koaho, Gloria Reuben, Robert Sean Leonard Writer: Bradley Thompson and David Weddle Director: Jonathan Frakes Network: TNT, airs Sunday Nights Original Telecast: July 28, 2013 After faltering last week, FALLING SKIES rebounds mightily this week with “Journey to Xilbalba,” the strongest episode to date of this series’ wildly uneven third season.  While not entirely free of some of the show’s most exasperating elements, the pressure cooker of a plot makes it so that nearly every character is …Read On »

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TV Review: FALLING SKIES – Season 3 – “Strange Brew”

Gloria Reuben in FALLING SKIES - Season 3 - "Strange Brew" | ©2013 TNT/James Dittiger

Stars:  Noah Wyle, Moon Bloodgood, Drew Roy, Jessy Schram, Maxim Knight, Connor Jessup, Will Patton, Colin Cunningham, Sarah Sanguin Carter, Seychelle Gabriel, Mpho Koaho, Gloria Reuben, Robert Sean Leonard Writer: John Wirth Director: David Soloman Network: TNT, airs Sunday Nights Original Telecast: July 21, 2013 “Strange Brew” begins very differently than we might have expected it to, given that the FALLING SKIES episode that preceded it climaxed with Tom Mason (Noah Wyle) being captured by the Espheni, the alien menace that has invaded earth.  Instead of keeping us in the present, with the aliens and the war for humanity’s future …Read On »

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TV Review: FALLING SKIES – Season 3 – “The Pickett Line”

Cochise (played by Doug Jones) in FALLING SKIES - Season 3 | ©2013 TNT

Stars:  Noah Wylie, Moon Bloodgood, Drew Roy, Jessy Schram, Maxim Knight, Connor Jessup, Will Patton, Colin Cunningham, Sarah Sanguin Carter, Seychelle Gabriel, Mpho Koaho, Gloria Reuben, Robert Sean Leonard Writer: Jordan Rosenberg and Heather V. Regnier Director: Sergio Mimica-Gazzan Network: TNT, airs Sunday Nights Original Telecast: July 14, 2013 Finally, FALLING SKIES is righting the ship.  After spending most of this season meandering through the aftermath of a genocidal alien invasion that somehow no longer seems scary enough, “The Pickett Line” went darker, added a real sense of danger to the proceedings, and in the process made a lot of …Read On »

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TV Review: FALLING SKIES – Season 3 – “Be Silent and Come Out”

Noah Wyle in FALLING SKIES - Season 3 | ©2013 TNT/James Dittiger

Stars:  Noah Wylie, Moon Bloodgood, Drew Roy, Jessy Schram, Maxim Knight, Connor Jessup, Will Patton, Colin Cunningham, Sarah Sanguin Carter, Seychelle Gabriel, Mpho Koaho, Gloria Reuben, Robert Sean Leonard Writer: David Weddle, Bradley Thompson, and John Wirth Director: Adam Kane Network: TNT, airs Sunday Nights Original Telecast: July 7, 2013 The first five minutes of “Be Silent and Come Out” have a lot going for them.  This latest episode of FALLING SKIES boasts an intense, frenetic opening sequence that begins with Tom Mason (Noah Wyle) arguing with his fellow Charlestonians about how best to search for his wife and child, …Read On »

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TV Review: FALLING SKIES – Season 3 – “Search and Recover”

Robert Sean Leonard in FALLING SKIES - Season 3 - "Search and Recover" | ©2013 TNT/James Dittiger

Stars:  Noah Wylie, Moon Bloodgood, Drew Roy, Jessy Schram, Maxim Knight, Connor Jessup, Will Patton, Colin Cunningham, Sarah Sanguin Carter, Seychelle Gabriel, Mpho Koaho, Gloria Reuben, Matt Frewer Writer: Jordan Rosenberg Director: Sergio Mimica-Gezzan Network: TNT, airs Sunday Nights Original Telecast: June 30, 2013 Without question, “Search and Recover” is the Season 3 episode of FALLING SKIES I’ve disliked the least, and since I haven’t been particularly pleased with the direction of this show since its premier, that’s something I’ve been hoping to say for a while now.  So what is it exactly that makes it better than all those …Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: TEEN WOLF showrunner Jeff Davis talks Season 3

Tyler Posey in TEEN WOLF - Season 3 - "Fireflies" | ©2013 MTV

With TEEN WOLF Season 3 off and running with storylines involving a pack of Alpha werewolves and a Druid-like serial killer roaming Beacon Hills, the show is once again up to its stellar serialized tricks. Manning the ship is showrunner and executive producer Jeff Davis who took time to discuss the latest developments for our hero wolf Scott (Tyler Posey) and his ragtag group of friends (and frenemies) who already have their hands full this early on in the season. ASSIGNMENT X: With 24 episodes this season, will the season be broken up into two parts? JEFF DAVIS: It will …Read On »

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TV Review: FALLING SKIES Season 3 – “At All Costs”

Noah Wyle in FALLING SKIES - Season 3 - "At All Costs" | ©2013 TNT/James Dittiger

Stars:  Noah Wylie, Moon Bloodgood, Drew Roy, Jessy Schram, Maxim Knight, Connor Jessup, Will Patton, Colin Cunningham, Sarah Sanguin Carter, Seychelle Gabriel, Mpho Koaho, Gloria Reuben, Matt Frewer Writer: Heather V. Regnier Director: Greg Beeman Network: TNT, airs Sunday Nights Original Telecast: June 23, 2013 Perhaps the least impressive thing about the alien-invasion drama FALLING SKIES to date is the way that everything in it is pretty much what it seems.   Creating ambiguity or mystery is not exactly a priority for this show.  If one of its characters has the controversial idea that maybe, just maybe, some of these creepy, …Read On »

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TV Review: FALLING SKIES – Season 3 – “Badlands”

Noah Wyle in FALLING SKIES - Season 3 - "Badlands" | ©2013 TNT/James Dittiger

Stars:  Noah Wyle, Moon Bloodgood, Drew Roy, Jessy Schram, Maxim Knight, Connor Jessup, Will Patton, Colin Cunningham, Sarah Sanguin Carter, Seychelle Gabriel, Mpho Koaho, Gloria Reuben, Matt Frewer Writer: John Wirth Director: David Soloman Network: TNT, airs Sunday Nights Original Telecast: June 16, 2013 Even though it’s still early in its third season, FALLING SKIES made the somewhat bold decision to give us a completely alien-free episode this week, and the results were not terrible.  Whether this was a decision based on budgetary constraints, or its creators made a strategic decision that the show needed to spend more time building …Read On »

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