Kevin Melrose

Kevin Melrose
Tomatometer-approved critic
Publications: CBR

tv Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year Review
93% Doom Patrol: Season 1 (TV, 0) The third original series from the fledgling streaming service is wonderfully bizarre and self-aware, exactly what you'd hope for comic book characters once billed as "the World's Strangest Heroes." - CBR EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2019
94% Star Trek: Discovery: Season 2 - New Eden (TV Episode) As this is only the second episode, it's not that simple. - CBR EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2019
97% Star Trek: Discovery: Season 2 - Brother (TV Episode) With the debut of the red Starfleet uniform on Discovery, it's perhaps inevitable the series would have a little fun subverting five decades' worth of expectations. - CBR EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2019
91% Chilling Adventures of Sabrina: Part 1 (TV, 2018) Chilling Adventures of Sabrina is a glorious mess that, by all rights, shouldn't work, and yet it does--even as it often feels as if it could spin out of control at any moment. It's frequently manic, occasionally frightening, and always entertaining. - CBR EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2018
96% Marvel's Daredevil: Season 3 (TV, 2015-2018) But more important than fidelity to the source material is the result. In that, Season 3 excels, with the six episodes provided for review representing the best of the series, and, arguably, of Netflix's corner of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. - CBR EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2018
79% Titans: Season 1 (TV, 2018) [Titans] shows glimmers of promise, as long as the producers can brush away some of more irksome Snyder-esque affectations, and focus on the compelling mystery and the characters it entangles. - CBR EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2018
92% Star Wars: Resistance: Season 1 (TV, 2018) The show's relatively straightforward setup and more modest scope also may allow room to more fully explore the new characters, and the "culture" of the stationary primary setting. - CBR EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2018
100% The Dragon Prince: Season 1 (TV, 2018) If viewers can move past a premise that amounts to little more than Tolkien fan fiction, there's a lot to enjoy in the characters of this new fantasy adventure. - CBR EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2018
100% Adventure Time: Season 10 (TV, 2010-2018) Epic and uplifting, surreal and tragic, and true to the series and its viewers. - CBR EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2018
58% Marvel's Iron Fist: Season 2 (TV, 2017-2018) Season 2, with its 10 episodes, is faster paced, and its revenge plot more straightforward, leaving room for character development - even if that character isn't Danny Rand. - CBR EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2018
100% Arrow: Season 1 - Sacrifice (TV Episode) The episode is so fast-paced, so laser-focused on its goals, that the characters - never mind the viewers - never have a chance to catch their breaths. - CBR EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2018
100% Arrow: Season 1 - Darkness on the Edge of Town (TV Episode) This [episode] was just a matter of the central characters playing catch-up to the audience, learning all they need to know for the big finale. But, boy, was it fun to watch. - CBR EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2018
89% Arrow: Season 1 - The Undertaking (TV Episode) "The Undertaking" is easily the best installment of the series since February's "Dead to Rights." - CBR EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2018
100% Arrow: Season 1 - Home Invasion (TV Episode) Hinging an episode on how much the audience cares about a fairly contrived romantic entanglement is awfully risky, yet "Home Invasion" mostly works. - CBR EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2018
70% Arrow: Season 1 - Unfinished Business (TV Episode) "Unfinished Business" is a bit of a detour, sacrificing advancement of the overarching plot for the sake of character development. On a series whose supporting cast has been painted in the broadest of strokes...that's certainly not a bad thing. - CBR EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2018
70% Arrow: Season 1 - Salvation (TV Episode) "Salvation" existed solely to provide that clue, and perhaps to raise the profile of Roy Harper. Virtually everything else that happened is inconsequential...or at least feels that way. - CBR EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2018
45% Arrow: Season 1 - The Huntress Returns (TV Episode) That serves to underscore the overriding problem with "The Huntress Returns": Everything is done for the convenience of the larger story, presumably to clear the stage for the final episodes of the season. - CBR EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2018
100% Arrow: Season 1 - Dead To Rights (TV Episode) Of the countless twists and turns in "Dead to Rights"...the biggest surprise was easily the development of Tommy and Malcolm Merlyn as characters. - CBR EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2018
91% Arrow: Season 1 - Dodger (TV Episode) If you've sat through enough episode of Law & Order: Criminal Intent and Bones...you're well-acquainted with the premise of "Dodger." - CBR EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2018
100% Arrow: Season 1 - The Odyssey (TV Episode) In "The Odyssey," Oliver's tense standoff with his mother and nominal life-and-death struggle on the operating table are little more than an excuse for him to be unconscious so we can spend most of our time on Lian Yu. - CBR EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2018
84% Marvel's Luke Cage: Season 2 (TV, 2016) Luke Cage Season 2 is slowly but deliberately paced, taking the time to delve deeper into what motivates both its protagonists and its antagonists. - CBR EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2018
100% Impulse: Season 1 (TV, 2018) It's a young-adult drama that's one-part Fargo and two-parts 13 Reasons Why, with just a dash of superpowers. And that recipe somehow works, mostly. - CBR EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2018
74% The Gifted: Season 1 (TV, 2017) But the strength of the pilot...is in the finer details, namely in the performances of [Acker, Lind, and White.] - CBR EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2018
68% Lost in Space: Season 1 (TV, 2018) Lost in Space is a deft and thoughtful reimagining in the vein of 2004's Battlestar Galactica that updates the original concept without abandoning it entirely. - CBR EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2018
86% Marvel's Runaways: Season 1 (TV, 2017-2018) In short, it very well may be the most faithful television adaptations of a comic book yet - in spirit, in any case. - CBR EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2017
68% Marvel's The Punisher: Season 1 (TV, 2017) But strangely, surprisingly, the Netflix drama isn't a glorification of violence, like some '70s or '80s revenge thriller. It's far more nuanced than that, concerned not as much with bloodshed, as with its causes and consequences. - CBR EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2017
89% Legion: Season 1 - Chapter 7 (TV Episode) If you're looking for a good example of how to convey a significant amount of exposition in the most engrossing, and charming, way possible - and, who knows, maybe you are - you could do far worse than this week's episode of Legion. - CBR EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2017
89% Legion: Season 1 - Chapter 8 (TV Episode) It's an ending that leaves viewers wondering what the hell they just watched. But should we expect any less of "Legion"? - CBR EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2017
100% Legion: Season 1 - Chapter 4 (TV Episode) If previous episodes of "Legion" lurched from psychological thriller to sci-fi drama to horror tale, then this week's veers into hard-boiled detective and war-story territory. - CBR EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2017
65% Legion: Season 1 - Chapter 6 (TV Episode) After the frenetic pace of last week's episode, packed as it was with revelations and capped off by a head-turning cliffhanger, this week's installment of "Legion" comes as a welcome breather. - CBR EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2017
90% Legion: Season 1 - Chapter 2 (TV Episode) After the often-frenetic pace of last week's premiere, with its flashbacks, dream sequences and literal fireworks, "Legion" slows down in its second episode, if only just a little. - CBR EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2017
94% Legion: Season 1 - Chapter 3 (TV Episode) It's possible all of that may be a side effect of swapping bodies with David, but given that this is "Legion," the answer is undoubtedly much bigger, and more complicated, than that. - CBR EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2017