Kyle Fowle

Kyle Fowle
Kyle Fowle's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Entertainment Weekly AV Club Paste Magazine

TV Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
B 100% The 100: Season 6 (TV, 2014) This feels different, and the final revelation of an airborne toxin is a nice change of pace from the in-fighting that dominates the rest of the episode. In other words, the set-up in the final stretch is good, but I'm already worried. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2019
A 100% Billions: Season 4 - Extreme Sandbox (TV Episode) It's brilliant. It's a perfect cap to a twisty, entertaining episode, a beautiful way to end a morally ambiguous season, and an intriguing way to set up season five. - Entertainment Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 10, 2019
A- 100% Billions: Season 4 - Lamster (TV Episode) It's a twisty, sometimes confusing, always entertaining episode that establishes the season's endgame while also asking "are you sure that's the endgame?" - Entertainment Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 4, 2019
A- 100% Billions: Season 4 - New Year's Day (TV Episode) I'm a sucker for episodes contained to a single, specific period of time, which means I'm a sucker for this week's episode of Billions. - Entertainment Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted May 28, 2019
72% Sense8: Season 1 (TV, 2015-2018) The show has so much more going on underneath the surface that makes the whole season all the more enriching. - Entertainment Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted May 22, 2019
B+ 100% Billions: Season 4 - American Champion (TV Episode) "American Champion" is the kind of episode that pulls the heated relationships at the season's core to the front and center, moving the battle forward in a way that feels meaningful and exciting. - Entertainment Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted May 13, 2019
100% Marco Polo: Season 2 (TV, 2014-2016) The season premiere of Marco Polo is lacking in action and heavy on the setup, but the setup is promising. - Entertainment Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted May 13, 2019
B 100% Billions: Season 4 - Fight Night (TV Episode) Perfect. Just perfect. - Entertainment Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted May 6, 2019
B+ 100% Billions: Season 4 - Infinite Game (TV Episode) Infinite Game does feel like that at times-it's a little too meandering...but by the time the credits roll, things have changed in a big way, and that's impressive. - Entertainment Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 29, 2019
68% Queen of the South: Season 1 (TV, 2016) While [the premiere] is burdened by the usual pilot trappings, such as too much exposition and an expedited plot, it's also a good look at just what this show will potentially be: a violent, fun drama with a great lead performance. - Entertainment Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 29, 2019
B+ 100% Billions: Season 4 - Maximum Recreational Depth (TV Episode) The landscape has shifted, and Wendy is forging new relationships, and a new cutthroat way of being. - Entertainment Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 22, 2019
B 100% Billions: Season 4 - A Proper Sendoff (TV Episode) It's the day of Jack Foley's funeral here on Billions, which thankfully doesn't mean it's a somber day. Billions doesn't do somber. Instead, the day sees more power moves, more backstabbing, and more personal reckoning. - Entertainment Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 15, 2019
A 100% Billions: Season 4 - Overton Window (TV Episode) "The Overton Window" settles a lot of scores early in the season, but that just means there's now a lot of room for a lot of other things to go wrong. - Entertainment Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2019
A- 100% Billions: Season 4 - Chickentown (TV Episode) It's an episode that sees the dialogue firing on all cylinders, the shifting relationships starting to clarify, and the plot starting to take shape in some truly fascinating ways. - Entertainment Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2019
B+ 100% Into the Badlands: Season 2 (TV, 2015) It's a devastating moment, the emotional impact compounded by the length of Sunny's journey. He came so far, and yet he couldn't save Veil. - Entertainment Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2019
63% Into the Badlands: Season 1 (TV, 2015) "The Fort," make sure there's no mistaking what this show is: a ludicrous, fun, silly, violent marital arts drama that boasts the DNA of The Matrix and The Hunger Games. - Entertainment Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2019
B 100% Billions: Season 4 - Arousal Template (TV Episode) "Arousal Template," perhaps more than any other episode, explores the way sex and power are intertwined, especially in this world of high finance and dirty politics. - Entertainment Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2019
C+ 60% Black Lightning: Season 2 - The Book of the Apocalypse: Chapter Two: The Omega (TV Episode) [There are] some high stakes, but the episode doesn't handle it too well. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 19, 2019
B+ 100% Billions: Season 4 - Chucky Rhoades's Greatest Game (TV Episode) The whole plot is classic Billions. It's twisty and unpredictable and populated with some truly outrageous characters. - Entertainment Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2019
55% The Strain: Season 3 (TV, 2014-2017) A lot of this finale doesn't hit home in the way it should. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2019
C- 62% The Passage: Season 1 (TV, 2019) There's morality struggles and supposed bigger questions about humanity, but it's all lost in a mess of genre splashes. Add in paper-thin characters and an abysmal sense of pacing, and you have a new show that misfires on just about every front. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 14, 2019
No Score Yet Beauty and the Beast: Season 3 (TV, 2012-2016) There's a familiar feel to the episode; the story of a new strain of beasts wreaking havoc on the city is similar to nearly every story of the past two seasons. - Entertainment Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2019
B- 60% Ray Donovan: Season 6 (TV, 2013) It's a bit of a drawn-out way to start the season. By the end of the episode, things are just getting started for Ray and the rest of the Donovans, and that means the season is off to a bit of a sluggish start. - Entertainment Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 7, 2019
B- 85% Gotham: Season 5 (TV, 2014) [It's] is certainly a solid enough start to the season. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 4, 2019
C+ 81% The Big Bang Theory: Season 12 (TV, 2007) As The Big Bang Theory enters its final season, and these characters enter new phases of their lives, there are so many possible stories to tell. It just has to stop telling all the same ones. - Entertainment Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 4, 2019
B- 86% Black Lightning: Season 2 - The Book of Consequences: Chapter Three: Master Lowry (TV Episode) Seeing Black Lightning as not just a crime-fighting vigilante, but one who can do good for others like him, is a wonderful new storytelling avenue to open up. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2018
93% Community: Season 5 (TV, 2009-2015) In many ways, it's about Dan Harmon and the people who love his show. And it's good to have him back. - Esquire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2018
B 100% Black Lightning: Season 2 - The Book of Consequences: Chapter Two: Black Jesus Blues (TV Episode) It's too early to tell if this push into new territory will suit Black Lightning. "Black Jesus Blues" has elements that work and some that don't. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2018
A- 100% Black Lightning: Season 2 - The Book of Consequences: Chapter One: Rise of the Green Light Babies (TV Episode) It's really refreshing to see a show that knows how to stage fight scenes. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2018
B No Score Yet Modern Family: Season 10 (TV, 2009) Who knows where these stories are headed, or if Modern Family will follow through with them at all. For now though, they're solid building blocks, in terms of both narrative and emotional storytelling. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2018
No Score Yet The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air: Season 4 (TV, 1990-1996) It's filled with the emotionally generous and comedically broad performances that defined the show, while also developing the show's most compelling, complex, and rewarding relationship: the one between Will and his surrogate father, Uncle Phil. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2018
B 86% The Innocents: Season 1 (TV, 2018) The Innocents isn't coy in the way many shows are, willfully holding back information to the point that it actively works against the natural flow of the storytelling. Instead, they are constructed in a way that informs the central relationship. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2018
B 100% Snowfall: Season 2 (TV, 2017) Exploring the price of success is one of the few threads in "Sightlines" that suggests season two can expand its story in a meaningful way. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2018
90% Gotham: Season 3 - Heroes Rise: Heavydirtysoul (TV Episode) Using the Tetch virus as a storytelling tool is a smart choice, as it gives the finale a sense of urgency. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2018
86% Gotham: Season 3 - Heroes Rise: Destiny Calling (TV Episode) The first part of the season finale boasts a pretty great cold open... It's wonderfully ridiculous. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2018
80% Gotham: Season 3 - Heroes Rise: All Will Be Judged (TV Episode) Bringing Penguin and Nygma back together, no matter what their dynamic looks like, is a choice that brings a necessary levity to the show. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2018
78% Gotham: Season 3 - Heroes Rise: Light the Wick (TV Episode) It's really a shame to see the Lee Thompkins character reduced to nothing more than a madwoman in the back half of this season. There used to be layers there, but now there's just exaggerated emotional freakouts. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2018
90% Gotham: Season 3 - Heroes Rise: The Primal Riddle (TV Episode) The search for The Riddler here provides a clear structure that keeps the episode from feeling sluggish or listless. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2018
70% Gotham: Season 3 - Heroes Rise: These Delicate and Dark Obsessions (TV Episode) Gotham has always struggled to make Gordon's storylines compelling, and this nonsense with Uncle Frank is just the latest example. It's a mess of convoluted storytelling... - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2018
92% Gotham: Season 3 - Mad City: The Gentle Art of Making Enemies (TV Episode) I'm happy to report that the chaos promised in last week's stirring final shot is in full form in Gotham's winter finale. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2018
100% Gotham: Season 3 - Mad City: Smile Like You Mean It (TV Episode) This is the best episode of Gotham this season by far, and I think a large part of that is due to the fact that the Jim/Lee drama is relegated to the backseat. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2018
75% Gotham: Season 3 - Mad City: Ghosts (TV Episode) Victor Zsasz is such a welcome presence on this show. Anthony Carrigan's performance is a near-perfect balance of menacing and charming. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2018
75% Gotham: Season 3 - Mad City: Beware the Green-Eyed Monster (TV Episode) The way most of Jim's chase and investigation of Mario played out was predictable and dull, but the climax was a lot of fun. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2018
91% Gotham: Season 3 - Mad City: Time Bomb (TV Episode) Never change, Barbara. You're perfect. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2018
85% Gotham: Season 3 - Mad City: The Executioner (TV Episode) Isabella's demise feels rushed, a predictable and dull way to complicate what was otherwise a loving, productive relationship between Cobblepot and Nygma, while failing to provide any new insight into the characters. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2018
58% Gotham: Season 3 - Mad City: Blood Rush (TV Episode) Goes from somewhat inspired to insipid real fast. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2018
69% Gotham: Season 3 - Mad City: Red Queen (TV Episode) I've said this before, but I'll say it again: it's really hard to buy into the supposed consequences of these stories each season when Gotham has a tendency to go through villains like napkins at a BBQ joint. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2018
92% Gotham: Season 3 - Mad City: Follow the White Rabbit (TV Episode) There are two intertwined things that "Follow The White Rabbit" gets right: pacing and structure. More than any other episode this season, the cat-and-mouse game between Jervis Tetch and Jim Gordon moves along at a solid clip - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2018
86% Gotham: Season 3 - Mad City: Anything for You (TV Episode) Barbara is a great character now. Laughing at villains getting punched in the face and swirling martinis while forming a badass team with Tabitha on the side? I'm all in. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2018
92% Gotham: Season 3 - Mad City: New Day Rising (TV Episode) Somehow Gotham has managed to construct a legitimately charming relationship between two outsized villains. I care about them more than any other characters on the show. That's insane. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2018