Jeff Stone

Jeff Stone
Jeff Stone's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer® when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): indieWire
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T-Meter Title | Year
C- 41% The Walking Dead: World Beyond: Season 1 (TV, 2020) That's the big problem with "World Beyond." Its drama feels contrived and manufactured, less born of characters bouncing off of each other and more "we gotta fill time on this new spinoff." - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2020
C+ 83% The Walking Dead: Season 10 - The Tower (TV Episode) All of this stuff is too muddled to have any impact and just feels like moving pieces around the board. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2020
C+ 88% The Walking Dead: Season 10 - Look at the Flowers (TV Episode) The plot centers on Carol, who considers suicide but decides against it. That description sounds flippant, but the show manifests her self-doubt in the form of a taunting Alpha, and the story can never transcend this extremely hoary cliché. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2020
C- 83% The Walking Dead: Season 10 - What We Become (TV Episode) It's dull and lifeless, with no character development to speak of, and its centerpiece is an extended, drama-free hallucination that serves no obvious purpose. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2020
A- 94% The Walking Dead: Season 10 - Walk With Us (TV Episode) There are a few too many holes for the episode to be a complete success, but it's another very strong showing in a half-season that's had way more good than bad. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2020
C+ 94% The Walking Dead: Season 10 - Morning Star (TV Episode) There are too many characters featured in this episode to get more than a few minutes of screen time, and most of these characters haven't had much development in the past, so there's little this rushed episode can do to change that. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2020
A- 100% The Walking Dead: Season 10 - Stalker (TV Episode) "Stalker" might not let us know what's going on with Connie, Magna, or Carol, but it more than makes up for that by delivering two taut, exciting plots and ratcheting up the tension of the Whisperer War. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2020
B 95% The Walking Dead: Season 10 - Squeeze (TV Episode) There's a lot of good here... but it's hard to give oneself over to the episode when the story hinges once again on Carol's revenge-at-all-costs plot against Alpha. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 24, 2020
B- 90% The Walking Dead: Season 10 - The World Before (TV Episode) For the most part, "The World Before" is a perfectly solid "Walking Dead" entry. It successfully juggles several storylines without feeling as inconsequential as "Bonds," probably because some stories are just beginning while others are winding down. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2019
B 95% The Walking Dead: Season 10 - Open Your Eyes (TV Episode) I didn't see the turn with Dante coming and the episode pulls a clever trick in obfuscating it. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2019
C 95% The Walking Dead: Season 10 - Bonds (TV Episode) "Bonds" is just lifeless; a drama-free checklist of setup that fails to draw in the viewer. It has all the narrative impact of a Wikipedia summary, which is disappointing when the show has made obvious table setting much more compelling in the past. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2019
C 89% The Walking Dead: Season 10 - What It Always Is (TV Episode) Most "Walking Dead" episodes move like molasses, but this week's entry has no less than four significant plot threads going, which at least keeps the pace pulsing. Unfortunately, all but one of those threads have major problems. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2019
B- 94% The Walking Dead: Season 10 - Silence the Whisperers (TV Episode) Ezekiel (Khary Payton) finally gets some attention this week, sharing some tender moments with Michonne (Danai Gurira), which is a surprisingly fresh pairing on this show, considering how long both characters have been around. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2019
C+ 89% The Walking Dead: Season 10 - We Are the End of the World (TV Episode) Those hoping for the season to gain a little more narrative momentum after last week's pokey premiere will be disappointed, but good news for those who wanted to see that satellite re-enter the atmosphere again! - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2019
C- 84% The Walking Dead: Season 10 - Ghosts (TV Episode) There is some incremental progress made in the Whisperer storyline during "Ghosts", but otherwise it's a bunch of uninspired or redundant character work. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2019
B- 93% The Walking Dead: Season 10 - Lines We Cross (TV Episode) Daryl and Carol get the best scene of the episode, having a joking-but-not-really conversation about running away together to New Mexico. These two have the most lived-in relationship on the show, and it shines here. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2019
87% Frisky Dingo: Season 1 (TV, 2006-2008) Frisky Dingo took the tropes of superhero adventure and turned it into a raucous war of words. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2019
63% Sealab 2021: Season 4 (TV, 2000-2005) [Turned] the environmentally-friendly adventure 'toon into a profane hotbed of workplace resentments and absurd humor, which creators Adam Reed and Matt Thompson would hone in their future series. Still, "Sealab" had plenty to offer. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2019
B+ 90% The Walking Dead: Season 9 - The Storm (TV Episode) Nine seasons is a lot of years for a show to be on the air, and if The Walking Dead wants to remain vital going into Season 10, it has to continue to find new ways to change up the formula like this. It's good that the show can still surprise. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2019
B- 91% The Walking Dead: Season 9 - The Calm Before (TV Episode) On the one hand, it's an effective piece of horror... But as another chapter in the ongoing narrative, it just makes me want to throw up my hands. Here, again, is another pile of agonizing misery for our heroes. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2019
D+ 85% The Walking Dead: Season 9 - Scars (TV Episode) After a relatively solid string of episodes, "Scars" is Season 9's first big stinker, a nasty piece of work that doesn't even have the courage of its own convictions. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2019
B+ 90% The Walking Dead: Season 9 - Chokepoint (TV Episode) An adventure that seems dire at first but ultimately works out for the best. If that sounds a lot like the structure of "Bounty" from a few weeks ago, you'd be correct, but that episode was rock solid and this one follows suit. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2019
C+ 82% The Walking Dead: Season 9 - Guardians (TV Episode) The Walking Dead has so conditioned us to expect the worst (especially when characters start displaying empathy), that it taints what should be a nice redemptive moment for Michonne. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2019
B 79% The Walking Dead: Season 9 - Bounty (TV Episode) "Bounty" is a perfectly solid episode of The Walking Dead, with suitably taut plotting and one fresh bit of zombie business. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 25, 2019
B 79% The Walking Dead: Season 9 - Omega (TV Episode) While the turn is interesting, the actual execution is a little ham-fisted... But these are pretty minor quibbles about a story where empathy brings about character change. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2019
B- 92% The Walking Dead: Season 9 - Adaptation (TV Episode) It's easy to see where Negan's story this episode is going from about the second vignette, but it's still effective. At first he's delighted to be outside in the fresh air. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2019
C+ 82% The Walking Dead: Season 9 - Evolution (TV Episode) The mid-season cliffhanger isn't much of one, and the new conflict on the horizon seems like yet another "our side versus a pack of psychopaths" story that the show has so thoroughly covered before. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2018
C 79% The Walking Dead: Season 9 - Stradivarius (TV Episode) "The Walking Dead" has shifted back to auto-pilot, meandering around with very little drive until the November finale. The creative surge the show displayed early on this season is quickly dwindling. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2018
C 83% The Walking Dead: Season 9 - Who Are You Now (TV Episode) The primary issue with "Who Are You Now" is that Michonne is now the knee-jerk xenophobe... It's not utterly derailing -- Michonne comes around by the end of the episode -- but it's still disheartening on top of being repetitive. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2018
B 76% The Walking Dead: Season 9 - What Comes After (TV Episode) "What Comes After," at least before things take a serious turn for the bonkers, is a perfectly acceptable, if somewhat, cliché-ridden hour of television, with some extremely welcome returns. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2018
B- 90% The Walking Dead: Season 9 - The Obliged (TV Episode) It doesn't make for a particularly satisfying viewing experience, but it does build anticipation for Andrew Lincoln's final episode next week. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2018
A- 100% The Walking Dead: Season 9 - Warning Signs (TV Episode) Kudos to all the performers in the episode's climax. Really gripping stuff. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2018
B- 100% The Walking Dead: Season 9 - The Bridge (TV Episode) If "The Bridge" is a slight downturn from last week's promising premiere, it's only because it's stuck between the shock of the show's new status quo and the build towards the rest of the season. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2018
A- 97% The Walking Dead: Season 9 - A New Beginning (TV Episode) Kang [producer] wastes no time in establishing the new status quo. The premiere isn't called "A New Beginning" for nothing - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2018
C+ 64% Fear the Walking Dead: Season 4 - People Like Us (TV Episode) Tearing something apart isn't difficult -- the trick is developing a show that's truly worth watching. The back half of Season 4 looks to quietly rebuild, but it remains to be seen if it can succeed. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2018
C 89% The Walking Dead: Season 8 - Worth (TV Episode) The issue is that those cracks in the Saviors' unity were intriguing and added an x-factor to the tired primary conflict. After Worth, all that's left is a feeling of "let's get this over with." - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2018
C- 72% The Walking Dead: Season 8 - Still Gotta Mean Something (TV Episode) Jadis has always been an enigma, but this episode didn't really serve to flesh her out in any significant way, and Negan doesn't offer any new info, or at least any we couldn't already infer. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2018
B 73% The Walking Dead: Season 8 - Do Not Send Us Astray (TV Episode) The episode has a little bit of everything -- human vs. human action, human vs. zombie action, and even some significant character development for Maggie. It's as busy an episode as last week, but it's a much stronger effort. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2018
B- 84% The Walking Dead: Season 8 - The Key (TV Episode) "The Key" is a pretty eventful episode by "Walking Dead" standards, but it's still primarily about hitting notes the show has hit before. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 19, 2018
B 62% The Walking Dead: Season 8 - Dead or Alive Or (TV Episode) The good news is that there's some necessary character progress for Dwight, whose changing of allegiances hasn't been fully addressed. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2018
C+ 82% The Walking Dead: Season 8 - The Lost and the Plunderers (TV Episode) "The Lost and the Plunderers" focuses on one character at a time, with each character getting a title card to go with their segment. This allows the episode to futz a bit with chronology, but it's mostly just window dressing on a pretty basic episode. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2018
B+ 83% The Walking Dead: Season 8 - Honor (TV Episode) The good news is that "Honor" is one of the better Walking Dead episodes this season, with solid thematic cohesion and actual emotional stakes. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 25, 2018
C- 64% The Walking Dead: Season 8 - How It's Gotta Be (TV Episode) This is all just characters acting dumb for no reason, and it's all too much for this episode to bear, especially when it plays out so slowly over 90 minutes. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2017
C+ 77% The Walking Dead: Season 8 - Time for After (TV Episode) "Time for After" has probably the most important plot development in Season 8 since the premiere, so why does it feel like such a shrug? - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2017
C+ 37% The Walking Dead: Season 8 - The King, the Widow, and Rick (TV Episode) There are a couple of decent scenes, but it's mostly people saying stuff you already knew or doing stuff they've already done in previous episodes. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2017
A- 79% The Walking Dead: Season 8 - The Big Scary U (TV Episode) It's a Negan episode. Wait, don't go! It's actually much better than it sounds! In fact, "The Big Scary U" is not only the best episode of Season 8, it might be better than any episode from Season 7. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2017
B 90% The Walking Dead: Season 8 - Some Guy (TV Episode) It's a pretty grim hour, but the understandable motivation, decent action, and surprising loss make it Season 8's most successful hour yet. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2017
C 58% The Walking Dead: Season 8 - Monsters (TV Episode) There's still some action to be had, but it's about as exciting as watching paint dry. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2017
C 52% The Walking Dead: Season 8 - The Damned (TV Episode) There is nothing here, action-wise, that you haven't seen many, many other times on this show. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2017
C 91% The Walking Dead: Season 8 - Mercy (TV Episode) Yes, things happen this episode, it's just the way they happen range from "by the numbers" to "pretty dumb." - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2017