Erik Kain

Erik Kain
Tomatometer-approved critic
Biography:
Erik Kain writes about movies, TV shows and video games at Forbes.
Publications: Forbes

TV Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
90% The Handmaid's Tale: Season 3 - Unknown Caller (TV Episode) If you can forgive the glacial pacing, you'll enjoy the show for its emotional beats. - Forbes EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 19, 2019
82% Fear the Walking Dead: Season 5 - Humbug's Gulch (TV Episode) All told, minus a couple eye-rolling moments, this was a pretty good episode. I liked the Western movie feel of Humbug's Gulch, and enjoyed more focus on John Dorie and June. - Forbes EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 17, 2019
64% Fear the Walking Dead: Season 5 - The Hurt That Will Happen (TV Episode) There are still too many instances of characters behaving like idiots and the whole thing remains brutally boring -- and honestly, a show with radioactive zombies shouldn't be boring! - Forbes EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 10, 2019
93% Fear the Walking Dead: Season 5 - Here to Help (TV Episode) It's gone from a zombie show about morally grey characters to one led Morgan Jones for goodness sakes... It's a crying shame that it's come to this. I am not particularly hopeful for this season, though they've surprised us before. - Forbes EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 4, 2019
49% Game of Thrones: Season 8 - The Iron Throne (TV Episode) I liked this episode, and at times I thought it was truly brilliant... But the lords and ladies of Westeros picked a new king in five minutes, when we've spent eight seasons fighting a bloody war over who would sit on the Iron Throne. - Forbes EDIT
Read More | Posted May 19, 2019
49% Game of Thrones: Season 8 - The Bells (TV Episode) I loved it and hated it and I think it could have been the perfect culmination of everything this show ever set out to do, if only they'd earned it. - Forbes EDIT
Read More | Posted May 12, 2019
58% Game of Thrones: Season 8 - The Last of the Starks (TV Episode) I think this was a good episode. A dense, at times funny, at times horrifying episode. But also an episode that suffers badly from the one thing that keeps diminishing an otherwise great show: Time, or the lack thereof. - Forbes EDIT
Read More | Posted May 5, 2019
74% Game of Thrones: Season 8 - The Long Night (TV Episode) Holy hell, that was something truly special. I'm not even sure where to begin. - Forbes EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2019
88% Game of Thrones: Season 8 - A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms (TV Episode) It feels a little forced. I miss the old Arya. She was witty and quick-thinking but she wasn't so stuck-up all the time. - Forbes EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 21, 2019
92% Game of Thrones: Season 8 - Winterfell (TV Episode) It wasn't the most exciting or action-packed episode, but that moment between Sam and Jon gave me goosebumps. - Forbes EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 14, 2019
86% Game of Thrones: Season 6 - The Red Woman (TV Episode) This was a strong, surprising return to Game of Thrones... I loved Brienne's daring rescue of Sansa and Theon. Truly, this is what we needed from Game of Thrones. Some good bloody news! - Forbes EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2016
98% Game of Thrones: Season 4 - The Children (TV Episode) The Children did what it was supposed to do: Turn the page on some of the stories we've been following, and push us forward toward something new. - Forbes EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2019
92% Game of Thrones: Season 5 - Mother's Mercy (TV Episode) I'm still excited for next season, but I find myself slinking back into the book camp now, tail between my legs. - Forbes EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2019
83% Game of Thrones: Season 5 - The Dance of Dragons (TV Episode) I'm very unhappy with tonight's episode of Game of Thrones. It's not that it was a bad episode. Quite the contrary... It was also one of the most disturbing, baffling and unnecessary departures from the books we've seen yet. - Forbes EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2019
100% Game of Thrones: Season 5 - Hardhome (TV Episode) Truly, one of the best, most exciting episodes I've seen in the entire show's run, let alone this season. - Forbes EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2019
83% Game of Thrones: Season 5 - The Gift (TV Episode) I have no clue what's going to happen in Dorne. And I'm curious as hell to find out what happens between Dany and Tyrion. - Forbes EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2019
54% Game of Thrones: Season 5 - Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken (TV Episode) I thought this was a very strong episode of a season that I've enjoyed quite a lot so far. Yes, it's going too quickly for my liking---and too slowly for many non-readers. - Forbes EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2019
96% Game of Thrones: Season 5 - Kill the Boy (TV Episode) I like that I don't know what's coming. I like it and it makes me nervous, all at the same time. - Forbes EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2019
96% Game of Thrones: Season 4 - The Mountain and the Viper (TV Episode) As a reader of the books, the events that took place tonight between Sansa, Petyr Baelish, and the lords of the Vale were fascinating. - Forbes EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2019
96% Game of Thrones: Season 5 - Sons of the Harpy (TV Episode) In many ways, tonight's episode of Game of Thrones may be the most important episode in the show so far. - Forbes EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2019
100% Game of Thrones: Season 5 - High Sparrow (TV Episode) The rest of the episode was strong, though we're still very much setting stages as we go. - Forbes EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2019
96% Game of Thrones: Season 5 - The House of Black and White (TV Episode) I've always been really curious about Dorne, and I'm really excited to see how they craft the kingdom and its colorful cast - Forbes EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2019
100% Game of Thrones: Season 4 - Mockingbird (TV Episode) Rather than a tightly focused story, following just two or three characters, in Mockingbird we fly all across Westeros and beyond. - Forbes EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2019
90% The Walking Dead: Season 9 - The Storm (TV Episode) There was something haunting and sad about 'The Storm' -- an emotional beat we don't see very often in The Walking Dead that new showrunner Angela Kang has really heightened in Season 9. - Forbes EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2019
96% Game of Thrones: Season 5 - The Wars to Come (TV Episode) I actually really like this approach, as it allows us to sidle into the events of the show without setting the stakes too high for later episodes. - Forbes EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2019
96% Game of Thrones: Season 4 - Oathkeeper (TV Episode) After all, these aren't small changes we're talking about, minor conversations added in to flesh out non-point-of-view characters. - Forbes EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2019
96% Game of Thrones: Season 4 - Breaker of Chains (TV Episode) Sunday night's episode---Breaker of Chains---throws in a new twist. - Forbes EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2019
100% Game of Thrones: Season 4 - The Lion and the Rose (TV Episode) This was another top-notch episode of Game of Thrones, cementing the quality that Season 4 started out with last week and turning up the volume a notch. - Forbes EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2019
95% Game of Thrones: Season 4 - Two Swords (TV Episode) The episode managed to re-introduce a lot of disparate plot threads, reveal some new characters, and remind viewers what happened last season, all without getting lost in sprawl or tripping over itself. - Forbes EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2019
91% The Walking Dead: Season 9 - The Calm Before (TV Episode) A shockingly brutal episode that helped thin the bloated Walking Dead cast. - Forbes EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2019
100% Game of Thrones: Season 3 - Mhysa (TV Episode) It was quite an episode, too, though not as big and dramatic as its predecessor. - Forbes EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 19, 2019
100% Game of Thrones: Season 3 - The Rains of Castamere (TV Episode) I'm interested to see what could possibly come next week in the season finale. This was such a brutal climax. I'm glad we don't end the season on this note. But it's going to be hard to top. - Forbes EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 19, 2019
97% Game of Thrones: Season 3 - Second Sons (TV Episode) Tonight's episode was great---another character-driven episode but, unlike last week's episode, not a dull moment to be found. - Forbes EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 19, 2019
77% Game of Thrones: Season 3 - The Bear and the Maiden Fair (TV Episode) While I didn't think this was the strongest episode of the season at all and felt a little bored here and there for the first time since the Season Premiere, I still enjoyed watching all the pieces line up. - Forbes EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 19, 2019
83% Game of Thrones: Season 3 - The Climb (TV Episode) In "The Climb" we have both Littlefinger's ambition and the sheer, icy face of The Wall to contend with. Both are terrifying. - Forbes EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 19, 2019
97% Game of Thrones: Season 2 - Garden of Bones (TV Episode) As Joffrey's madness and cruelty grow more palpable with every episode, we find ourselves cheering all the more raucously at Tyrion's efforts to constrain his family members. - Forbes EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 19, 2019
85% The Walking Dead: Season 9 - Scars (TV Episode) Filled with betrayal, terror, torture and the kind of gripping excitement that keeps you on the edge of your seat, I didn't think we'd ever see an episode like this again from AMC's zombie drama. Thank goodness, I was wrong. - Forbes EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2019
100% Game of Thrones: Season 3 - Kissed by Fire (TV Episode) 'Kissed by Fire' is an episode filled with flame and heat. - Forbes EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2019
100% Game of Thrones: Season 3 - And Now His Watch Has Ended (TV Episode) The scenes between Jaime and Brienne also feel right. Good and strong and solid like they were in the book, with a weird and unexpected bond forming between the two. - Forbes EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2019
92% Game of Thrones: Season 3 - Walk of Punishment (TV Episode) So far, Benioff and Weiss have done an excellent job in recreating the sense of oh crap something horrible is going to happen soon! that permeated the early chapters of the book. - Forbes EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2019
89% Game of Thrones: Season 3 - Dark Wings, Dark Words (TV Episode) Game of Thrones is back in fighting shape after a bit of a lull last week as HBO's epic fantasy rose sleepily from its hibernation to reintroduce us to its web of plots, sub-plots, and its myriad characters. - Forbes EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2019
98% Game of Thrones: Season 3 - Valar Dohaeris (TV Episode) It's a solid start to a solid show, and if all the stars align, the very best book in the series... will shine throughout both Season 3 and 4, gracefully making its bloody way to our television screens and thus to our hearts. - Forbes EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2019
90% The Walking Dead: Season 9 - Chokepoint (TV Episode) "Chokepoint" was, for the most part, a fantastic episode. It's certainly the first episode of 9B that had me on the edge of my seat. Mostly that's because of Beta (Sons of Anarchy's Ryan Hurst) who is just wonderfully scary and intimidating. - Forbes EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2019
82% The Walking Dead: Season 9 - Guardians (TV Episode) An okay if largely uneventful episode that's obviously just setting the stage for bigger and more dire episodes to come (I hope). - Forbes EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2019
79% The Walking Dead: Season 9 - Bounty (TV Episode) For the most part, this was an excellent episode that delivered moments of true fear and tension, and even a bit of genuine humor thanks almost entirely to Jerry. - Forbes EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 25, 2019
79% The Walking Dead: Season 9 - Omega (TV Episode) It's frustrating to see this kind of bad writing crop up in Season 9 which has largely avoided making its cast act like complete imbeciles... Overall, not a super eventful episode. - Forbes EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2019
92% The Walking Dead: Season 9 - Adaptation (TV Episode) Every now and then, scraps of dialogue have that whiff of bad writing. But for the most part, it was a decent midseason premiere, and the final cliffhanger was great. - Forbes EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2019
100% Gravity Falls: Season 1 (TV, 2012-2016) I don't care how old you are, if you're not watching Gravity Falls you're missing out on some of the cleverest, most enjoyable television you can find. - Forbes EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2019
No Score Yet Tales of Arcadia: 3Below: Season 1 (TV, 2018) It's quite wonderful. That expert blend of humor and more serious themes, excitement and adventure, characters you love to spend time with. - Forbes EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 16, 2019
91% Vikings: Season 5 (TV, 2013-2018) Rather than the renewal I was hoping for in the back half of Season 5, the show continues to falter, an unfortunate mix of melodrama, one-note characters and absurd fantasy parading as historical fiction. - Forbes EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2018