Drew Koenig

Drew Koenig
Tomatometer-approved critic
Publications: Tell-Tale TV, Hidden Remote

tv Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year Review
3.5/5 100% You're the Worst: Season 5 (TV, 2014) If nothing else, [the premiere] shows that just because the series is in its last season, it doesn't mean that it has any intention of slowing down or to stopping being the weird little show we all love. - Tell-Tale TV EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2019
100% Elementary: Season 6 (TV, 2012-2018) Elementary becomes not just the story of a brilliant man solving convoluted crimes, but, more importantly, one about the day-by-day process of recovery. - Hidden Remote EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2019
100% The Expanse: Season 3 (TV, 2015) The end of The Expanse's third season has arrived and in a drawn fashion perfectly befitting the rather solid season that it has led up to. - Hidden Remote EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2018
3.5/5 100% DC's Legends of Tomorrow: Season 4 - Hell No, Dolly! (TV Episode) Overall, this is pretty vintage Legends of Tomorrow that is willing to go big on the goofier elements - such as turning a character into a cat at the end - but is also perfectly willing to hit the emotional beats that are necessary and do it quite well. - Tell-Tale TV EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2018
3/5 100% DC's Legends of Tomorrow: Season 4 - Tender Is the Nate (TV Episode) By all accounts, "Tender is the Nate" would qualify as one of the tamer episodes of Legends of Tomorrow. Even with that in mind, it manages to be weirder than the vast majority of the television landscape. - Tell-Tale TV EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 28, 2018
3.5/5 86% DC's Legends of Tomorrow: Season 4 - Tagumo Attacks!!! (TV Episode) Thankfully, these separate plots do little to take away from how strong the storyline in Japan is... and, in particular, what the episode is trying to say about artistic expression and the way that's so often tightly connected with one's pain. - Tell-Tale TV EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2018
4/5 100% DC's Legends of Tomorrow: Season 4 - Dancing Queen (TV Episode) It's silly and allows Richardson-Sellers to find a new groove to play, both of which fall directly within the show's wheelhouse. - Tell-Tale TV EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2018
4/5 86% DC's Legends of Tomorrow: Season 4 - Witch Hunt (TV Episode) More than anything, Witch Hunt really shows that it is just as adept at dealing with any kind of magical threat as it is at anything else. - Tell-Tale TV EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2018
4.5/5 100% DC's Legends of Tomorrow: Season 4 - The Virgin Gary (TV Episode) The series has found that nice niche for itself and it's never been clearer than it is in The Virgin Gary where it can generally be zany and bizarre. - Tell-Tale TV EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2018
5/5 98% BoJack Horseman: Season 5 (TV, 2014) BoJack has always been good at having character-based episodes as a kind of template for the series and Season 5 is no exception to that. - Tell-Tale TV EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2018
3/5 92% Castle Rock: Season 1 - Henry Deaver (TV Episode) Henry Deaver is a completely serviceable episode, but we can't help but wonder if there wasn't another way to tell this story this late into the game. - Tell-Tale TV EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2018
3/5 73% Castle Rock: Season 1 - Past Perfect (TV Episode) It's an episode that is so enraptured in the puzzle box aspect of it all that it seems to overpower anything else. - Tell-Tale TV EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2018
5/5 100% Castle Rock: Season 1 - The Queen (TV Episode) The Queen is almost bad for the series, because this is the peak. There's no getting better than this. - Tell-Tale TV EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2018
4/5 92% Castle Rock: Season 1 - Filter (TV Episode) Filter, for better or worse, stands right on that precipice of providing answers and overpowering the rest of the show, like a bad ingredient in a recipe. - Tell-Tale TV EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2018
4.5/5 100% Castle Rock: Season 1 - Harvest (TV Episode) Harvest, proves this is a series that will continue to get better with each passing episode - because it has done just that. - Tell-Tale TV EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2018
4.5/5 100% Castle Rock: Season 1 - The Box (TV Episode) The hour amps itself up and up to the point of breaking, and at just the right moment, it loosens its grip on the balloon and lets some of the air out. - Tell-Tale TV EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2018
4.5/5 87% Castle Rock: Season 1 (TV, 2018) [Castle Rock] is a show with true promise and potential that should enthrall long-time King fans and new-comers alike. - Tell-Tale TV EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 23, 2018
3/5 74% The Gifted: Season 1 (TV, 2017) There's a serious attempt here at displaying these mutations as something significantly defined and beautiful in a world that is so visually bland and nondescript in comparison. - Tell-Tale TV EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2018
4/5 90% Legion: Season 2 (TV, 2017) Legion continues to deliver on the things that viewers come to expect from it: weird set-pieces, excellent direction, and cinematography. - Tell-Tale TV EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2018
3/5 65% The Alienist: Season 1 (TV, 2018) On a show that very often feels muted and plays within a wide palate of grays, Fanning walks into every scene with presence and, quite frankly, volume. Few performers can walk in a way that has an actual voice to it and Fanning is one. - Tell-Tale TV EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2018
4/5 100% Legion: Season 2 - Chapter 18 (TV Episode) Chapter 18 is a solid lead up to what promises to be a worthwhile end to the season. - Tell-Tale TV EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2018
3/5 57% Legion: Season 2 - Chapter 19 (TV Episode) This is a show that would have us believe it's a great deal more sophisticated than it actually is. - Tell-Tale TV EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2018
4.5/5 82% Legion: Season 2 - Chapter 14 (TV Episode) Chapter 14 is an off-kilter, oddly beautiful look at all of the different ways your life can go and how much free will or fate pushes you in one direction or another. - Tell-Tale TV EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2018
4/5 73% Legion: Season 2 - Chapter 15 (TV Episode) The biggest problem comes from there being too many things happening that we either don't understand or aren't able to understand at this time. - Tell-Tale TV EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2018
4/5 100% Legion: Season 2 - Chapter 16 (TV Episode) An important distinction... is its ability on this episode to have these weird things happening, but not be just for the sake of being weird. - Tell-Tale TV EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2018
4/5 86% Legion: Season 2 - Chapter 17 (TV Episode) Chapter 17 does an excellent job of giving us a look at characters we don't always get to spend very much time with, and it's all for the better. - Tell-Tale TV EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2018
4.5/5 80% Legion: Season 2 - Chapter 11 (TV Episode) There's beauty in simplicity, and Chapter 12 is a wonderful example of just that. - Tell-Tale TV EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2018
4.5/5 91% Legion: Season 2 - Chapter 12 (TV Episode) There's beauty in simplicity, and Chapter 12 is a wonderful example of just that. - Tell-Tale TV EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2018
4/5 100% Legion: Season 2 - Chapter 13 (TV Episode) Chapter 13 takes some good twists and turns, but it's ultimately the interactions that make it all worthwhile. - Tell-Tale TV EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2018
4/5 100% Legion: Season 2 - Chapter 9 (TV Episode) Legion continues to deliver on the things that viewers come to expect from it: weird set-pieces, excellent direction, and cinematography. - Tell-Tale TV EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2018
3.5/5 100% Legion: Season 2 - Chapter 10 (TV Episode) Chapter 10 delivers, except that this is the most accessible (on a plot level) that the series has ever been. - Tell-Tale TV EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2018
3.5/5 83% American Gods: Season 1 - Come to Jesus (TV Episode) American Gods has something very special with [Emily Browning] in such a prominent role. - Tell-Tale TV EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2018
3.5/5 74% American Gods: Season 1 - A Murder of Gods (TV Episode) A Murder of Gods is an admirably ambitious episode that tries to tackle a controversial subject and mostly succeeds. - Tell-Tale TV EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2018
3/5 89% American Gods: Season 1 - A Prayer for Mad Sweeney (TV Episode) For an episode that is supposed to have so much heart and warmth, it leaves the viewer feeling how Laura must be now: cold. - Tell-Tale TV EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2018
4/5 91% American Gods: Season 1 - Lemon Scented You (TV Episode) As American Gods goes on, it seems to grow more and more confident in itself. - Tell-Tale TV EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2018
3.5/5 100% American Gods: Season 1 - Git Gone (TV Episode) For the most part, Git Gone works far better than it has any right to. - Tell-Tale TV EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2018
3/5 96% American Gods: Season 1 - The Secret of Spoons (TV Episode) American Gods continues to frustrate but it's not without potential. - Tell-Tale TV EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2018
3/5 96% American Gods: Season 1 - Head Full of Snow (TV Episode) Head Full of Snow is the strongest entry thus far and promises potential that won't come without a reasonable amount of frustration for a show such as this. - Tell-Tale TV EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2018
3/5 96% American Gods: Season 1 - The Bone Orchard (TV Episode) American Gods sets up a world in this first episode that is fascinating and confounding in the best possible way, but also in ways that are infuriating and obtuse. - Tell-Tale TV EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2018
4.5/5 87% Game of Thrones: Season 7 - The Dragon and the Wolf (TV Episode) [One] sequence includes some of the most tense and unnerving scenes of the season, while almost being overwhelming with the amount of interactions happening all at once. - Tell-Tale TV EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2018
3.5/5 82% Game of Thrones: Season 7 - Beyond the Wall (TV Episode) The best bits of the episode are the scenes of the men in the snow discussing angst, various backgrounds, and connections. - Tell-Tale TV EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2018
4.5/5 94% Game of Thrones: Season 7 - Eastwatch (TV Episode) The bright spot of this episode has to be Emilia Clarke's performance as Dany. - Tell-Tale TV EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2018
4.5/5 96% Game of Thrones: Season 7 - The Spoils of War (TV Episode) This season all but promised a battle with a dragon at some point, and it did not disappoint. - Tell-Tale TV EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2018
4.5/5 92% Game of Thrones: Season 7 - The Queen's Justice (TV Episode) The Queen's Justice proves, if nothing else, that the small, quiet moments and performances are the most important elements of the series -- and it is holding true to that in wonderful ways, even as things are happening at breakneck speed. - Tell-Tale TV EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2018
4.5/5 98% Game of Thrones: Season 7 - Stormborn (TV Episode) Perhaps the days of Game of Thrones surprising us are gone -- but the ways in which it marches to its endpoint are still so rewarding. - Tell-Tale TV EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2018
4.5/5 93% Game of Thrones: Season 7 - Dragonstone (TV Episode) This premiere makes it clear that the series is finally arriving at its endpoint. - Tell-Tale TV EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2018