Alex Avard

Alex Avard
Alex Avard's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer® when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): SFX Magazine
Publications: SFX Magazine

TV Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
4/5 92% The Walking Dead: Season 10 - Here's Negan (TV Episode) Adapting the much-loved Here's Negan spin-off volume from the comics, the writers have done the impossible with the show's latest finale - made Negan a character we're not just invested in, but actively rooting for. - SFX Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2021
3.5/5 31% The Walking Dead: Season 10 - Diverged (TV Episode) It's as if we're reading between the panels of the show's comic book source material, finding a strange satisfaction from the small joys of watching Carol try (and fail) to catch a rat, or Daryl hunt around cars for a specific piece of wiring. - SFX Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2021
64% The Walking Dead: Season 10 - Splinter (TV Episode) Lázaro's performance isn't enough to elevate "Splinter" beyond its miserable mundanity, with a plotline that -- even for Walking Dead standards - is embarrassingly thin. - SFX Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2021
4/5 100% The Walking Dead: Season 10 - One More (TV Episode) Despite that seemingly mundane premise, "One More" offers up one of season 10's strongest episodes to date, entertaining across its entire runtime while offering new insights into characters we had shrugged off many seasons ago. - SFX Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2021
2/5 64% The Walking Dead: Season 10 - Find Me (TV Episode) "Find Me" presents a rare misfire in the show's long history of filling out key backstory for its most important characters. - SFX Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2021
3.5/5 88% The Walking Dead: Season 10 - Home Sweet Home (TV Episode) At least we now have an endgame in sight with next year's season being the show's last, and all things considered, "Home Sweet Home" is hardly a bad way to dip our toes back into The Walking Dead's waters. - SFX Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2021
2/5 89% The Walking Dead: Season 10 - A Certain Doom (TV Episode) Sadly, it's a fight that plays out less like a dramatic last stand and more like AMC ticking off the remaining boxes of its drawn-out Whisperer War. - SFX Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2020
2.5/5 83% The Walking Dead: Season 10 - The Tower (TV Episode) "The Tower" is a pretty rote showing for AMC's long-running apocalypse drama, even by the series' standards. - SFX Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2020
2.5/5 88% The Walking Dead: Season 10 - Look at the Flowers (TV Episode) Like most of the show's follow-ups to a major fatality, The Walking Dead's latest episode deals with the fallout of Alpha's demise poorly, eschewing meaningful developments for empty blasts of hot air. - SFX Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2020
3.5/5 83% The Walking Dead: Season 10 - What We Become (TV Episode) Michonne's final episode isn't quite as powerful as season 9's Rick send-off, but there's much to appreciate from Danai Gurira's TV denouement. - SFX Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2020
94% The Walking Dead: Season 10 - Walk With Us (TV Episode) Watching Negan try to "herd" a walker, then give up and kill it was one of the funniest things I have ever seen on this show. - Syfy Wire EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2020
4/5 94% The Walking Dead: Season 10 - Walk With Us (TV Episode) 'Walk with Us' is easily the strongest episode we've had from this second part of The Walking Dead season 10, and quite possibly the best of the season yet. - SFX Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2020
3.5/5 94% The Walking Dead: Season 10 - Morning Star (TV Episode) While it felt a little jarring for the episode to end just a few minutes into the battle's duration, the intensity and confidence of its opening moments bodes well for an action-packed follow up that won't pull its punches. - SFX Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2020
2.5/5 100% The Walking Dead: Season 10 - Stalker (TV Episode) At it's very best, the chapter treated us to some strong character moments from Daryl, Beta, and Gabriel, but boil it down to its rudiments, and little has really changed in the dynamics of the Whisperer war at large. - SFX Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2020
3/5 95% The Walking Dead: Season 10 - Squeeze (TV Episode) Its slender selection of memorable flourishes can't quite make up for the episode's indistinguishable choreography and continued mismanagement of Carol's character arc, but it does set the stage for an exciting second half of the season. - SFX Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 24, 2020
90% The Walking Dead: Season 10 - The World Before (TV Episode) "The World Before" marks a perfectly tolerable denouement for what has been a radically inconsistent collection of episodes for season 10 so far. Events are now primed for what I hope is a punchier and more satisfying latter half. - SFX Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 16, 2019
95% The Walking Dead: Season 10 - Open Your Eyes (TV Episode) Episode 7 has left everything to play for, but -- more importantly -- The Walking Dead is starting to feel relevant again. If Siddiq's sacrifice was the cost for that uptick in quality, then so be it. - SFX Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 16, 2019
95% The Walking Dead: Season 10 - Bonds (TV Episode) Carefully lays more groundwork for a full blown Whisperer war. Sure, the showrunners have been teasing that confrontation since the premier, but it's finally starting to feel like the winds of change are blowing - and that's exciting. - SFX Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 16, 2019
89% The Walking Dead: Season 10 - What It Always Is (TV Episode) The leisurely pace of recent episodes was agonizing, but a stronger focus and more interesting scenarios make "What It Always Is" a far more tolerable viewing experience, albeit one that isn't without its hiccups. - SFX Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 16, 2019
94% The Walking Dead: Season 10 - Silence the Whisperers (TV Episode) All of these moments are mildly interesting pieces of flotsam caught amidst a stagnant stream of inconsequential fluff. The entire siege scene at Hilltop falls flat. - SFX Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 16, 2019
84% The Walking Dead: Season 10 - Ghosts (TV Episode) Only the sharpest and strongest writing can make up for a lack of action, and while The Walking Dead has its moments of nuance and sophistication, it's script rarely justifies the constant deceleration of pace. - SFX Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 16, 2019
89% The Walking Dead: Season 10 - We Are the End of the World (TV Episode) "We are the End of the World" is a slow-burn character study that does little to move forward events despite offering interesting insights into Alpha and Beta's history. - SFX Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 16, 2019
93% The Walking Dead: Season 10 - Lines We Cross (TV Episode) Showrunner Angela Kang's confidence, coming off the back of a well regarded ninth season, is palpable, and that strong start is generally representative of "Lines We Cross" overall. - SFX Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 16, 2019
90% The Walking Dead: Season 9 - The Storm (TV Episode) You can't help but feel that the finale is somewhat lacklustre, more concerned with setting up The Walking Dead's next season than offering anything of immediate value beyond some key moments of character development. - SFX Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2019
91% The Walking Dead: Season 9 - The Calm Before (TV Episode) The Calm Before turns an iconic Walking Dead moment into something unexpectedly powerful, cementing season 9 as a new high bar for the show. - SFX Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2019
85% The Walking Dead: Season 9 - Scars (TV Episode) A harrowing, tragic, and near nauseating chapter of The Walking Dead. It's also one of the most poignant episodes the show has produced to date. - SFX Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2019
90% The Walking Dead: Season 9 - Chokepoint (TV Episode) Chokepoint holds its own as a surprising, exciting pocket of action and drama in The Walking Dead season 9. - SFX Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2019
82% The Walking Dead: Season 9 - Guardians (TV Episode) Examines the lengths we'll go to protect the people, things, and ideas we care about. That thematic underlay gave this chapter of The Walking Dead a much better sense of cohesion, pace, and purpose than the previous episode, "Bounty." - SFX Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2019
79% The Walking Dead: Season 9 - Bounty (TV Episode) Bounty won't be going down in Walking Dead history as an all time great, but it's a far cry from the lows the show has sunk to in seasons past. - SFX Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 25, 2019
79% The Walking Dead: Season 9 - Omega (TV Episode) "Omega" is easily the weakest episode of season 9 so far, feeling about as trite, frustrating, and manufactured as The Walking Dead can get, not to mention completely undermining any sense of danger or intrigue we had about The Whisperers. - SFX Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2019
92% The Walking Dead: Season 9 - Adaptation (TV Episode) A surprisingly subdued episode of The Walking Dead that featured not a single major or minor character death, instead taking the time to colour in its heroes and villains with richer shades of humanity. - SFX Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2019
61% Marvel's The Punisher: Season 2 (TV, 2017-2019) Bernthal's awards-worthy performance, alongside the well written dialogue and ambitious action choreography, make The Punisher season 2 a worthwhile watch that just about satisfies expectations. - SFX Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2019
82% The Walking Dead: Season 9 - Evolution (TV Episode) The Walking Dead has always been its own worst enemy when it comes to the immediate horror of its setting, desensitising its audience to the fear factor of the zombies with inevitable oversaturation. - SFX Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 27, 2018
79% The Walking Dead: Season 9 - Stradivarius (TV Episode) As another fleeting mid-season affair with lightheartedness for The Walking Dead, it holds some agreeable pockets of black comedy. - SFX Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2018
83% The Walking Dead: Season 9 - Who Are You Now (TV Episode) This kind of ambitious, purposeful storytelling where things actually happen is exactly what we've been asking from The Walking Dead for years. - SFX Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2018
76% The Walking Dead: Season 9 - What Comes After (TV Episode) A thoughtful, commemorative tribute to both Rick Grimes and the show he's been frontrunning since 2010, "What Comes After" is worth watching even if you gave up on The Walking Dead years ago. - SFX Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2018
90% The Walking Dead: Season 9 - The Obliged (TV Episode) Lincoln and Norman Reedus are both on fine form down in that hole, convincing us to empathise with both characters' deeply polarised positions. - SFX Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2018
100% The Walking Dead: Season 9 - Warning Signs (TV Episode) A sub-par murder mystery kept afloat by some of the best scenes of season 9 so far, Warning Signals leaves The Walking Dead in a strong place for next week. - SFX Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2018
100% The Walking Dead: Season 9 - The Bridge (TV Episode) To end on a sour note in this way is disappointing, but The Bridge is by no means a total blemish on this season's track record so far. There's some great dramatic meat for Walking Dead fans to chew on until next week's episode airs. - SFX Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2018
97% The Walking Dead: Season 9 - A New Beginning (TV Episode) A New Beginning at least suggests that AMC is finally starting to understand what a good zombie show can look like. - SFX Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2018
2.5/5 55% Marvel's Iron Fist: Season 2 (TV, 2017-2018) Marvel's efforts to improve upon a poor start are appreciated, but Iron Fist season 2 doesn't do enough to bring Danny Rand out of his hotbed with mediocrity. - SFX Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2018
95% Black Mirror: Season 4 - USS Callister (TV Episode) It might just be the most technophilic Black Mirror story yet. - SFX Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2018
62% The Walking Dead: Season 8 - Dead or Alive Or (TV Episode) Dead or Alive or was is a half-step backwards after two confident strides forward for The Walking Dead season 8, with a couple of interesting footnotes to a generally innocuous chapter of filler, no killer. - SFX Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 12, 2018
83% The Walking Dead: Season 8 - Honor (TV Episode) This week's mid-season premiere is definitely a pronounced improvement against previous episodes, and leaves me more hopeful about AMC's capacity to finally deliver on a war story worth telling. - SFX Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2018
86% Black Mirror: Season 4 (TV, 2011-2019) [USS Callister] cements Black Mirror as a show which understands video games in a way that few others do. - SFX Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 4, 2018
2.5/5 52% The Walking Dead: Season 8 - The Damned (TV Episode) Structurally, however, episode 2 is all over the place. As with last week's premiere, The Damned experiments with chronology and character placement to try and keep viewers on their toes, but the results end up creating more confusion than anything else. - SFX Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2017