Posts by: Louis Rabinowitz

‘Legion’ review: Episode 3 is a full-on psychological horror movie

The mind is a terrifying thing. Just how well do we know ourselves, exactly? Can our formative memories be relied upon, or have we filled in the gaps with fiction that softens the truth? Can we really separate ourselves from our past mistakes? None of those questions have any definitive answers, and that’s pretty terrifying....

‘Legion’ review: Episode 2 maintains the thrill of the unexpected

Lightning never strikes twice. Legion entered the fray with a premiere episode that hit critics and viewers alike completely by surprise – captivatingly unusual and thrillingly innovative in a way no superhero show on TV has come close to matching. But a lot of that pilot’s appeal rested in the shock of the new. Could...

‘Legion’ spoiler-free review: An anomaly in the world of TV superheroes

It’s a golden age of superhero television out there. Just look at the CW’s expansive DC universe that began with Arrow, that now encompasses four shows. Or there’s Netflix’s equally ambitious gambit with Marvel, which is about to come to a crescendo this year with The Defenders. Meanwhile, staples Agents of SHIELD, Gotham and Lucifer...

Why you should be watching ‘Rick and Morty’

Imagine a show like this. It’s set in an infinitely complex sci-fi sandbox in which countless amounts of planets, dimensions and alien species co-exist. Our guide to this universe is a somewhat irascible, wacky older man who’s an expert on everything the vast and terrifying universe has to offer. And to ensure that the man...

Why you should be watching ‘Frequency’

With around 500 original shows vying for attention on TV right now, it’s inevitable that today’s landscape is an extremely competitive one. Some shows spark with the public instantly and become mainstream hits, while others find a smaller, more dedicated audience and prestige from critical raves and awards attention. Very often, however, a new show...

Why you should be watching ‘Halt and Catch Fire’

AMC is a network best known for its big hitters – The Walking Dead, Breaking Bad and Mad Men, which have defined a great deal of the last decade in television. Yet some of its greatest successes aren’t receiving the mass mainstream attention and viewing figures that the Walking Dead shows rake in. Case in...

‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story’ movie review (contains SPOILERS)

The signs weren’t encouraging for Rogue One. The first Star Wars Story was beset by reports of onset troubles and extensive reshoots, let alone set with monstrous expectations after The Force Awakens set out the stall for this new stage of Star Wars last year, so there was every chance that Rogue One could have...

‘Westworld’ Season 1 Episode 10 review: ‘The Bicameral Mind’ is a gutsy finale

“These violent delights have violent ends.” Truth be told, it was easy to imagine Westworld failing to stick the landing. The last few episodes, with their movement towards upending the entire narrative, put this conclusion in a precarious situation, and the possibility that all of the progress would be erased and the narrative set back...

‘Westworld’ Season 1 Episode 9 review: ‘The Well-Tempered Clavier’ explores memory

“Remember.”  Throughout its first season Westworld has shown how the limiting of memory serves as its own form of oppression, with the Hosts’ recall of their cyclical, futile loops erased to keep them as subservient puppets whose individuality is a hollow fiction. It follows, then, that unlimited memory is liberation – the ability to recognise...