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Laura Hudson

Laura Hudson
Laura Hudson's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): New York Magazine/Vulture

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
48% Powers: Season 1 (TV, 2015) While Powers' comic book precursor was boundary-pushing, its TV counterpart has softened its edges and failed to keep pace with the scores of superhero shows that have come since its debut. ‐ Wired
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2018
64% Marvel's The Punisher: Season 1 (TV, 2017) No matter how many sad faces Frank Castle makes about his trauma, The Punisher can never escape the terrible gravity that its most basic purpose is inviting viewers to enjoy watching an angry man murder as many people as he can.‐ The Verge
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2017
100% Game of Thrones: Season 4 - The Children (TV Episode) The Stark girls are the most triumphant note of this season, two perpetual pawns who finally emerge from the shadow of their father's death and start to live on their own terms.‐ Wired
Read More | Posted May 29, 2018
91% Game of Thrones: Season 4 - The Watchers on the Wall (TV Episode) As necessary as the battle may be to the larger story, it comes across as "important" far more than "interesting," a bit like mandatory history homework.‐ Wired
Read More | Posted May 29, 2018
97% Game of Thrones: Season 4 - The Mountain and the Viper (TV Episode) Game of Thrones is a sort of bloodsport too, but one with a diametrically opposed purpose: not to offer us justice, but to show us how foolish it is to expect it from a world ruled by senseless violence.‐ Wired
Read More | Posted May 29, 2018
100% Game of Thrones: Season 4 - Mockingbird (TV Episode) The childhood trauma of the past isn't past: it's the reason why almost everyone in this episode does what they do.‐ Wired
Read More | Posted May 29, 2018
95% Game of Thrones: Season 4 - The Laws of Gods and Men (TV Episode) The episode is really about one thing, and one thing only: Peter Dinklage absolutely killing it as Tyrion Lannister.‐ Wired
Read More | Posted May 29, 2018
97% Game of Thrones: Season 4 - Oathkeeper (TV Episode) "Oathkeeper"...feels kind of like reaching into a grab bag of jewels and broken glass. There's some really good stuff in there, but you probably aren't going to get through it without wincing a little. ‐ Wired
Read More | Posted May 29, 2018
95% Game of Thrones: Season 4 - Breaker of Chains (TV Episode) This week's episode is here to remind both [Arya and Sansa], and us, of the truth: this is not a pleasant story.‐ Wired
Read More | Posted May 29, 2018
100% Game of Thrones: Season 4 - The Lion and the Rose (TV Episode) Finally. This is the episode we've all been waiting for, the great karmic reckoning for the countless sins of Joffrey Baratheon. ‐ Wired
Read More | Posted May 29, 2018
93% Game of Thrones: Season 4 - Two Swords (TV Episode) In its fourth season, Game of Thrones has become about what happens when the fairy tale ends, or rather when we finally realize that it was never really that story at all.‐ Wired
Read More | Posted May 29, 2018
100% Game of Thrones: Season 3 - Mhysa (TV Episode) I feel like I've seen this [White Savior phenomenon] trope so many times before that it feels emotionally flat and boring, especially in comparison to [Daenerys'] astonishingly badass siege of Astapor.‐ Wired
Read More | Posted May 29, 2018
90% Game of Thrones: Season 6 - Blood of My Blood (TV Episode) Regardless, the High Sparrow has proved himself a master of manipulation yet again, dominating through submission.‐ Wired
Read More | Posted May 25, 2018
98% Game of Thrones: Season 6 - The Door (TV Episode) We finally get to hear several long-awaited origin stories in this episode, including Hodor, the Faceless Men, and the White Walkers, though their motivations end up seeming more opaque than ever.‐ Wired
Read More | Posted May 25, 2018
100% Game of Thrones: Season 6 - Book of the Stranger (TV Episode) Forget Jon Snow's resurrection: the moment that Daenerys walked out of the cinders of the Dosh Khaleen temple was when Game of Thrones came back to life.‐ Wired
Read More | Posted May 25, 2018
88% Game of Thrones: Season 6 - Home (TV Episode) The resurrection of Jon Snow, then, is something of an anomaly for Game of Thrones: an anticipated, hoped-for moment that actually comes to pass. ‐ Wired
Read More | Posted May 25, 2018
97% Game of Thrones: Season 5 - Mother's Mercy (TV Episode) The most exciting thing about [the finale] might be that for the first time in the history of the show, no one in the audience knows what's going to happen next.‐ Wired
Read More | Posted May 25, 2018
89% Game of Thrones: Season 5 - The Dance of Dragons (TV Episode) That's Game of Thrones in a nutshell: A familiar fairy tale about valorous knights and happy endings that opens like a trap door into something much more brutal. And it's about to happen again.‐ Wired
Read More | Posted May 25, 2018
100% Game of Thrones: Season 5 - Hardhome (TV Episode) [This episode] plunges even further into the unknown as Jon heads to meet the Wildlings in Hardhome, Daenerys and Tyrion have their first strategy session, and the zombie apocalypse begins.‐ Wired
Read More | Posted May 25, 2018
88% Game of Thrones: Season 5 - The Gift (TV Episode) This week several very precious gifts are either demanded or offered: the life of a daughter, vengeance against a hated foe, the antidote to a deadly poison, and Tyrion Lannister himself.‐ Wired
Read More | Posted May 25, 2018
61% Game of Thrones: Season 5 - Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken (TV Episode) Forcing [Sansa] back into the role of victim and sexually humiliating her at the hands of yet another sadistic fiance adds nothing that we haven't seen before, and indeed, feels regressive.‐ Wired
Read More | Posted May 25, 2018
97% Game of Thrones: Season 5 - Kill the Boy (TV Episode) The dragons are back-and they're hungry.‐ Wired
Read More | Posted May 25, 2018
100% Game of Thrones: Season 5 - Sons of the Harpy (TV Episode) Way to totally weaken your son and his kingdom in the name of your petty vendettas[, Cersei]! ‐ Wired
Read More | Posted May 25, 2018
100% Game of Thrones: Season 5 - High Sparrow (TV Episode) Margaery's knives are palpably sharper now that she's been crowned. She isn't afraid anymore, perhaps isn't even cautious.‐ Wired
Read More | Posted May 25, 2018
97% Game of Thrones: Season 5 - The House of Black and White (TV Episode) And listen: Cersei might not actually be very good at leading, but this is absolutely, 100 percent sexism. ‐ Wired
Read More | Posted May 25, 2018
100% Game of Thrones: Season 5 - The Wars to Come (TV Episode) We're entering thorny and uncharted territory here, where we won't always know...what the "real" story is.‐ Wired
Read More | Posted May 25, 2018
100% Halt and Catch Fire: Season 4 (TV, 2017) While this is ostensibly a show about technology, focused on people [who create it], their story-and the story of technology-always circles back to that most basic of human emotions: the desire to connect with people.‐ Wired
Read More | Posted May 24, 2018
86% Game of Thrones: Season 7 - The Dragon and the Wolf (TV Episode) If the finale of the seventh season of Game of Thrones says anything, it is that this show has failed its fans, and has been doing so slowly for a long time. It did not want to admit it, nor did they.‐ Wired
Read More | Posted May 24, 2018
82% Game of Thrones: Season 7 - Beyond the Wall (TV Episode) Game of Thrones has devoted years to developing the sweeping personal arcs of these people, so it's a bit disheartening to watch it now and feel like suddenly I don't know them, or perhaps that the show doesn't. ‐ Wired
Read More | Posted May 24, 2018
94% Game of Thrones: Season 7 - Eastwatch (TV Episode) The intense dadliness of this episode feels a little strange at a time when the old ways are changing, when virtually all power in Westeros now resides in the hands of women.‐ Wired
Read More | Posted May 24, 2018
96% Game of Thrones: Season 7 - The Spoils of War (TV Episode) But for all their otherworldly visions and mass assassinations, if you draw lines from the children they were to the people they have become, you'll find them parallel and true: They have become more of themselves, not less.‐ Wired
Read More | Posted May 24, 2018
91% Game of Thrones: Season 7 - The Queen's Justice (TV Episode) If there is anything to be learned from Cersei and Dany and Sansa, it's that there is no way to forget-suffering cannot be erased.‐ Wired
Read More | Posted May 24, 2018
98% Game of Thrones: Season 7 - Stormborn (TV Episode) This episode is a valuable reminder that Game of Thrones is still the same thing it always was: a show that loves to mess with you.‐ Wired
Read More | Posted May 24, 2018
92% Game of Thrones: Season 7 - Dragonstone (TV Episode) And no matter where we look in Westeros, the future is female: Cersei to the South, Sansa to the North, Daenerys to the East. ‐ Wired
Read More | Posted May 24, 2018
98% Game of Thrones: Season 6 - The Winds of Winter (TV Episode) Now that the board of the great game has been reset, now that it's all finally happening, there's only one thing we know for sure: they can't all win, and so characters we love are going to die.‐ Wired
Read More | Posted May 24, 2018
98% Game of Thrones: Season 6 - Battle of the Bastards (TV Episode) George R.R. Martin's novels have long promised us ice and fire, and that's exactly what the show gave us in the penultimate episode of the season: one long-awaited battle...in the frozen north...and one...to the east.‐ Wired
Read More | Posted May 24, 2018
85% Game of Thrones: Season 6 - No One (TV Episode) After seasons of meandering, it's nice to finally see so many stalled plots finally advancing, but it'd be even nicer if we could linger long enough to make these plot points feel a little more human and a little less mechanical.‐ Wired
Read More | Posted May 24, 2018
96% Game of Thrones: Season 6 - The Broken Man (TV Episode) The Hound and Arya are different, though. Violence might have ruined their lives, but they still see it as something more complicated: sometimes a disease, sometimes a weapon, sometimes a tool. ‐ Wired
Read More | Posted May 24, 2018
94% The Walking Dead: Season 6 - Thank You (TV Episode) Forget leaving no man behind-pragmatism is the modus operandi for Rick Grimes 2.0, and it is sweet, sweet music to my ears.‐ Wired
Read More | Posted May 24, 2018
92% The Walking Dead: Season 4 - Isolation (TV Episode) More and more, it feels like the job of the audience...to somehow find a way hold on till the next episode no matter how unrelentingly bleak things feel. ‐ Wired
Read More | Posted May 24, 2018
93% The Walking Dead: Season 4 - 30 Days Without an Accident (TV Episode) And as the extinction of humanity looms even larger than before, it's no surprise that their primary concern seems to be children.‐ Wired
Read More | Posted May 24, 2018
93% The Deuce: Season 1 (TV, 2017) Rather than a show about sex, this a show about an industry that turns sex into cash, and the women whose bodies provide that conversion.‐ Wired
Read More | Posted May 23, 2018
3/5 87% The Handmaid's Tale: Season 1 - Night (TV Episode) The show overplays its hand here, sapping the terror and brutality out of this world at its most climactic moment.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2017
3/5 100% The Handmaid's Tale: Season 1 - The Bridge (TV Episode) It's some spectacular acting from Elisabeth Moss, pretending to be a woman who's doing a solid bit of pretending of her own.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2017
4/5 75% The Handmaid's Tale: Season 1 - Jezebels (TV Episode) This is why structural inequality and the systems of our cultures are so important: By and large, they determine how monstrous we become.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2017
3/5 80% The Handmaid's Tale: Season 1 - The Other Side (TV Episode) This is the episode where we rewind the tape and watch it again from the very beginning, this time with the camera fixed on Luke.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2017
4/5 100% The Handmaid's Tale: Season 1 - A Woman's Place (TV Episode) In this episode, the flashbacks belong to Serena Joy, Our Lady of Self-Inflicted Sorrows.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2017
4/5 100% The Handmaid's Tale: Season 1 - Faithful (TV Episode) Gilead, like so much of patriarchy itself, is about the emotional precariousness of entitled little boys, acted out on the world by grown-ass men with fists and knives and guns and no self-awareness.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2017
4/5 100% The Handmaid's Tale: Season 1 - Nolite Te Bastardes Carborundorum (TV Episode) The world has shrunk for Offred, and it just keeps on shrinking. She has a life in miniature, a dollhouse life, and she is a doll to be taken out, played with, then put away.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2017
4/5 90% The Handmaid's Tale: Season 1 - Late (TV Episode) If things are bad for Offred, they're worse for Ofglen.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2017