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Emily L. Stephens

Emily L. Stephens
Emily L. Stephens's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): AV Club

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
B+ 100% Lady Dynamite: Season 2 (TV, 2017) Lady Dynamite's always layered in subtle, ferociously clever hints of future developments. The key words here are subtle and hints.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2017
B 75% Taboo: Season 1 (TV, 2017) If Taboo can eschew its leanings into the outré in favor of the concrete, it will have more going for it than Tom Hardy's powerful presence.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2017
A- 94% Stranger Things: Season 2 (TV, 2017) This season promises big questions, big answers, and a big, big monster.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2017
B 56% American Horror Story: Roanoke - Chapter 10 (TV Episode) Each individual element is well-crafted. But the overall effect of "Chapter 10" is slight, if only because it's so familiar despite a crop of new characters.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2016
B 92% American Horror Story: Roanoke - Chapter 9 (TV Episode) "Chapter 9" is a solid episode of American Horror Story's most meaningful and consistent season -- and by "solid," I mean strongly told, startling, and filled with slithering entrails and smoking corpses.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2016
B- 60% American Horror Story: Roanoke - Chapter 8 (TV Episode) The grimness of "Chapter 8" is leavened by flickers of tenderness, some of it from unexpected quarters.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2016
B+ 100% American Horror Story: Roanoke - Chapter 7 (TV Episode) "Chapter 7" clips along quickly, tells its multiple stories with admirable narrative and visual coherency, balances a sense of humor with a sense of horror, and even creates some suspense, which is too often lacking in the series. ‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2016
A 92% American Horror Story: Roanoke - Chapter 6 (TV Episode) "Chapter 6" isn't just the best episode of the season so far; technically speaking, it ranks with the best-executed episodes of American Horror Story, period.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2016
A- 88% American Gods: Season 1 - Come to Jesus (TV Episode) The parallels between characters continue, quietly connecting these sometimes seemingly disconnected tales and hinting at what might be ahead... or underneath.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Jun 19, 2017
A- 93% American Gods: Season 1 - A Prayer for Mad Sweeney (TV Episode) "Prayer For Mad Sweeney" is the cleverest and the most emotionally resonant reinvention of a vignette from the novel. It's affecting, it's suspenseful, it's inventive, and it deepens the relationship between two core characters.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2017
B+ 86% American Gods: Season 1 - A Murder of Gods (TV Episode) From the start, American Gods has been about the tapestry of identity, but "A Murder Of Gods" is even more explicit as it explores transitions from one nation to another, from one identity to another.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2017
B+ 94% American Gods: Season 1 - Lemon Scented You (TV Episode) "Lemon Scented You" does a lot of table-setting for upcoming episodes and spells out the meaning gleaned from previous ones, and does it so smoothly that the exposition isn't always obvious.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted May 30, 2017
B+ 100% American Gods: Season 1 - Git Gone (TV Episode) All this blending -- of story, of genre, of tone -- makes "Git Gone" a little choppy, and not all its elements mingle effortlessly. But overall, it's a fun, well-paced piece of invention, expanding minor characters from the novel.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted May 22, 2017
A 100% American Gods: Season 1 - Head Full of Snow (TV Episode) It's witty, beautiful, and entrancing. Above all, it's unexpected even as it recounts stories many of us know by heart, filling the screen with glorious vistas and excursions into the impossible.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted May 15, 2017
A- 100% American Gods: Season 1 - The Secret of Spoons (TV Episode) When he's not thundering out terrible truths, Mr. Nancy speaks with the spellbinding fluidity of a preacher, a seducer, or a con artist. Readers of Neil Gaiman's book will remember he's all three.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted May 9, 2017
A- 95% American Gods: Season 1 - The Bone Orchard (TV Episode) In its premiere episode, American Gods is as sweeping as the Neil Gaiman novel from which the series is adapted and as richly imaginative as co-creator Bryan Fuller's Hannibal, but still manages to be thrillingly original.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted May 9, 2017
A 100% Review: Season 3 (TV, 2017) If Review ran forever, detailing a never-ending series of adventures, exploits, and horrors, I would watch it forever, laughing and wailing and wincing and then watching again, thanks largely to Daly's virtuoso performance.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Mar 17, 2017
A- 88% Twin Peaks: The Return - Part 18 (TV Episode) We try to make tidy endings where none exist. Life is a mess. It's a thrilling, disturbing, tedious, hilarious mess. It's a glorious tangle of sense and nonsense, of coherence and incongruity. So is Twin Peaks.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2017
A- 95% Twin Peaks: The Return - Part 17 (TV Episode) In "Part 17," Freddie meets his destiny, but his destiny isn't the key to Twin Peaks or the answer to its mysteries. It's a respite from terror, a breathing space that gives Dale Cooper time to consider his next step.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2017
A 100% Twin Peaks: The Return - Part 16 (TV Episode) From the moment he arises from his hospital bed, Cooper is in command, and he makes that command look as comfortable as a custom-tailored suit, as warm as a cup of coffee, as easy as... well, as easy as eating a piece of damned fine pie.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2017
A- 100% Twin Peaks: The Return - Part 15 (TV Episode) Whatever is happening in "Part 15," it's turning up the electricity and cranking up the volume. Everyone on Twin Peaks is on the threshold of something, and the good, the bad, and the ugly are all revving up into the red.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2017
A- 100% Twin Peaks: The Return - Part 14 (TV Episode) Viewers losing patience with the meditative pace of Twin Peaks' revival should find some relief in the jackrabbit-fast pace of "The Return, Part 14."‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2017
A- 88% Twin Peaks: The Return - Part 13 (TV Episode) Kyle MacLachlan deserves special recognition for his role in lending power to Twin Peaks' revival. Really, that should be "his roles," because so far he's played so many parts, each one with so many levels.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2017
B+ 89% Twin Peaks: The Return - Part 12 (TV Episode) No matter what you expected from the return of Twin Peaks, it probably wasn't The Gordon And Albert Show. But for better or worse, The Gordon And Albert Show is what we're getting, and I'm finding it strangely fascinating.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2017
B 100% Twin Peaks: The Return - Part 11 (TV Episode) Eleven episodes into Twin Peaks: The Return, it's becoming clear that this isn't just a show's unlikely return after more than 25 years; it's a show about returning.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2017
B 100% Twin Peaks: The Return - Part 10 (TV Episode) "The Return, Part 10" is as much about the narrative necessity of withholding information as it is about doling it out -- to characters or to the viewers.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2017
B- 100% Twin Peaks: The Return - Part 9 (TV Episode) Even in its untidy info dump, "The Return, Part 9" manages to layer emotional connections into otherwise unrelated moments.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2017
A 100% Twin Peaks: The Return - Part 8 (TV Episode) Both as a piece of Twin Peaks backstory and as an episode of television, "The Return, Part 8" is as unexpected, as shocking, as thrilling as anything I've ever seen.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2017
A- 100% Twin Peaks: The Return - Part 7 (TV Episode) Even in "The Return, Part 7," which accommodatingly holds our hands as it reminds us of the show's history and guides us into its future, it's smart to be braced for one sharp turn after another.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Jun 19, 2017
A- 100% Twin Peaks: The Return - Part 6 (TV Episode) These are the essentials of the Twin Peaks revival. Wake up to the possibilities. Don't get bogged down in the details. Don't fret so much over the how and why that you miss the forest for the trees.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2017
B+ 100% Twin Peaks: The Return - Part 5 (TV Episode) It's both a pleasure and a privilege to review this series, but if I had the luxury of not thinking about it, I'd stop. I'd just bask in it for a while, letting my mind wander freely over its images and the feelings it evokes.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2017
A 100% Twin Peaks: The Return - Part 3 (TV Episode) These two episodes give us enough of that nostalgic Twin Peaks quirkiness to choke on. This is not a complaint.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted May 24, 2017
A 100% Twin Peaks: The Return - Part 1 (TV Episode) It is happening again, but perhaps not the way you remembered... or thought you did.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted May 22, 2017
86% The Stand: Miniseries (TV, 1994) The Stand is constrained, diminished by its dreary pace, by simplistic characters and motivations, and by its cramped, narrow sense of time.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2017
C- 87% American Horror Story: Roanoke - Chapter 5 (TV Episode) This episode is another mess. Plenty happens, it's lavish and loud and well-performed, but none of it is particularly compelling.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2016
C+ 90% American Horror Story: Roanoke - Chapter 4 (TV Episode) In a messy, visceral jumble of storytelling from every angle, "Chapter 4" of American Horror Story: Roanoke spills its guts.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Oct 6, 2016
B- 92% American Horror Story: Roanoke - Chapter 3 (TV Episode) In "Chapter 3" of American Horror Story: Roanoke, Kathy Bates is here to kick ass and eat still-beating hearts. And she's all out of hearts.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2016
C 64% American Horror Story: Roanoke - Chapter 2 (TV Episode) In the excitement of a new seasonal arc, I forgot one thing: Enjoying unreliable narration means trusting that the story-building process is reliable. And reliability isn't American Horror Story's strong suit.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2016
B 81% American Horror Story: Roanoke - Chapter 1 (TV Episode) It's possible that in the mockumentary, creators (and writers of this episode) Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk have hit on a format where AHS's famous vagaries of plot and character are a virtue, not a liability.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2016
B- 93% Channel Zero: Candle Cove (TV, 2016) In the first four hours, the most chilling scenes revolve around long, ominous moments of unease. But ultimately, there's too much static in this story to sustain its tension.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2016
B+ No Score Yet New Girl: Season 6 (TV, 2016-2017) It's hard for a situation comedy to change its situation... But a makeshift living situation can only stay static for so long. Now is a perfect time to strip the show's dynamics down to the studs.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2016
A- 94% Stranger Things: Season 1 (TV, 2016) From its opening sequence in the corridors under Hawkins National Laboratory, Stranger Things is dark, and not just visually.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Jul 15, 2016
A- 94% Lady Dynamite: Season 1 (TV, 2016) Maria Bamford -- her measured openness, her mingled fear and hope, her earnest desire to do good and to do well -- is the flame that gives Lady Dynamite's its warmth and its fire.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted May 23, 2016
B+ 83% You, Me and the Apocalypse: Series 1 (TV, 2015) This comedy embraces the high drama and frank emotion of its premise, giving its humor and its characters depth.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2016
D+ 11% Damien: Season 1 (TV, 2016) Damien aims for epic darkness, but it only achieves blundering, dour obscurity.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2016
B No Score Yet Not Safe with Nikki Glaser: Season 1 (TV, 2016) Glaser helms the show with a confident hand. Her patter's a little too studied to feel natural, but it is assured and it keeps the show flowing.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2016
A- 91% Downton Abbey: Season 6 - Episode 9 (TV Episode) Downton Abbey, I've loved you for your beauty and your excesses, despite your often careless writing and erasure of honest conflict, for your melodrama and your humor. For good or bad, we've been together a long time, and I'll miss you.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Jul 1, 2016
A- 100% Downton Abbey: Season 6 - Episode 8 (TV Episode) Like a Punch and Judy show, it makes hilarity from familiar beats of hostility and heartache. It's a mess, and it's a lot of fun.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Jul 1, 2016
B- 100% Downton Abbey: Season 6 - Episode 7 (TV Episode) This episode is transparently, cynically manipulative, and I resent how efficiently it worked on me, from the tense race scene to the cozy proposal to the puppy kisses.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2016
91% Downton Abbey: Season 6 - Episode 5 (TV Episode) As Downton Abbey races toward its conclusion, everything, and I mean everything, comes out.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2016