Posts by: Louis Rabinowitz

Marvel’s ‘Jessica Jones’ Episode 1 spoiler-free review: ‘AKA Ladies Night’

Having set the bar high with Daredevil earlier this year, Marvel appear to have struck gold again with their second Netflix series, Jessica Jones, which gets off to an impressively assured start. Initially in ‘AKA Ladies Night’, there’s signs that Jessica Jones might not be the heavyweight that was expected. The opening act is perfectly...

‘The Walking Dead’ Season 6 Episode 4 review: ‘Here’s Not Here’

After last week’s shocking cliffhanger with Glenn, The Walking Dead took a left turn this week for a contemplative bottle episode that put the spotlight on the ever-changing Morgan. There’s been a growing feeling this season that The Walking Dead has been staying inside its comfort zone a little. It’s been a strong enough start,...

‘The Walking Dead’ Season 6 Episode 3 review: ‘Thank You’

Oh boy. Last week’s instalment was one of the most brutal and violent episodes in a while, and you could hardly be blamed for thinking that The Walking Dead might have ramped it down a little this week. Instead, ‘Thank You’ cranked up the deaths and violence to the point it’s all threatening to become...

‘The Walking Dead’ Season 6 Episode 2 review: ‘JSS’

The Walking Dead isn’t messing around this season, following up last week’s strong, visually inventive premiere with a thoroughly violent siege thriller. ‘JSS’, unusually, began with a quiet first act that doesn’t seem to be building too much. There’s the sympathetic, if disposable prologue, which fleshes out Enid, an ancillary character at best, and a...

‘The Walking Dead’ Season 6 Episode 1 review: ‘First Time Again’

Coming off the back of a tepid opening season for spin-off Fear the Walking Dead, the original show’s Season 6 opener was an invigorating blast of large-scale spectacle and genuine substance. The most intriguing addition to this premiere was the stylistic tic of a parallel structure that flipped between present day scenes in colour and...

‘Ripper Street’ Season 3 finale review: ‘The Peace of Edmund Reid’

With Susan’s father, the malicious Theodore Swift, back on the scene, Ripper Street set the stage last week for a concluding confrontation between Reid and the woman who shot him, Susan. ‘The Peace of Edmund Reid’ delivered that confrontation, but, in true Ripper Street style, it wasn’t quite as straightforward as that… ‘The Peace of...

‘Ripper Street’ Season 3 Episode 7 review: ‘Live Free, Live True’

Ever since Inspector Reid’s fateful encounter with Susan and Capshaw in Episode 4, Ripper Street’s third season has been treading water somewhat with two generally standalone instalments. This week didn’t cut down on the standalone case of the week action, but packed in plenty more character work and plot advancements to make a packed episode...

‘Ripper Street’ Season 3 Episode 6 review: ‘The Incontrovertible Truth’

Welcome back, Inspector Reid. Having recovered surprisingly quickly off-screen after his waking last episode, Reid finally returned to H Division for a bottle episode that incorporated a simple yet engrossing central mystery. Almost all of ‘The Incontrovertible Truth’ is set inside H Division over the course of one night, but this limited setting never once...

‘Ripper Street’ Season 3 Episode 5 review: ‘Heavy Boots’

With Reid’s life teetering on the edge after last week’s shooting, Ripper Street went back to basics for an entertaining, if fairly disposable episode that’s partially redeemed by an unexpectedly heartfelt final act. The previous two episodes of Ripper Street have been heavily character-focused, but ‘Heavy Boots’ flipped the switch for an episode that still...

‘Ripper Street’ Season 3 Episode 4 review: ‘Your Father, My Friend’

After Reid took the week off last episode, the Inspector was back in action in a thrilling episode that wrapped up ongoing plotlines in often shocking ways, and catapulted the season into an entirely unexpected new direction. It was clear within the first few minutes that ‘Your Father, My Friend’ would be a very different...