Michael Patterson

Michael Patterson
Michael Patterson's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): What Culture
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T-Meter Title | Year
83% The Flash: Season 6 - Love Is A Battlefield (TV Episode) All in all, this one was a major step backwards for the show and its new direction. A fun little offering on the surface but, save for a moment or two, one that failed to offer much substance below it. - What Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2020
92% Arrow: Season 8 - Fadeout (TV Episode) "Fadeout" did its best to wrap up as many of the show's long-running narratives while also weaving in a few enjoyable nods to the past for good measure. - What Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2020
86% Arrow: Season 8 - Green Arrow & The Canaries (TV Episode) "Green Arrow and The Canaries" successfully set up a series that promises to be every bit as engaging as its predecessor, while also showcasing some of the Arrowverse's most under-appreciated actors. - What Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2020
79% Arrow: Season 8 - Crisis on Infinite Earths: Part Four (TV Episode) Not only was this a neat way of revisiting some of Arrow's best moments - especially since the show is about to bow out -- it was a highlight reel of sorts for Oliver Queen. - What Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 15, 2020
56% V Wars: Season 1 (TV, 2018) All in all, V Wars is a thrilling well-paced ride that offers its own unique contribution to the somewhat overcrowded vampire genre, and though not everything is perfect, it's damn good fun that compels you to keep watching. - What Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2019
92% Batwoman: Season 1 - Crisis on Infinite Earths: Part Two (TV Episode) Batwoman's offering of the crossover successfully follows a strong opener... allows us to catch up with some of our Smallville favourites in a surprisingly character-driven affair - all while managing to bring the main villain into play. - What Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2019
82% Batwoman: Season 1 - Mine Is a Long and a Sad Tale (TV Episode) Like the show itself, the result isn't perfect but it's one that kept this writer intrigued the whole way throughout. - What Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2019
100% Batwoman: Season 1 - Who Are You? (TV Episode) It isn't without its faults, but it does successfully use a gimmicky villain-of-the-week character in order to let Kate learn about the pros and cons of being Gotham City's watchful protector. - What Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2019
69% Batwoman: Season 1 - Down Down Down (TV Episode) 'Down, Down, Down' was, in many ways, the birth of Batwoman. But not just the character, as the show itself is now aware of what it is. - What Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2019
73% Batwoman: Season 1 - The Rabbit Hole (TV Episode) All in all, 'The Rabbit Hole' lived up to its intriguing title, taking us deeper into the mystery of the Kane family while firmly solidifying Ruby Rose's Kate Kane as a strong protagonist. - What Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2019
100% Batwoman: Season 1 - Pilot (TV Episode) It's a unique offering that has so much more to say than its trailers suggested and, with a little room to grow, all that potential could carry it to greatness. - What Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2019
100% The Flash: Season 6 - Crisis on Infinite Earths: Part Three (TV Episode) 'Crisis On Infinite Earths, Part Three' offered elements of both, pulling the trigger on the Crisis of Earth-1, all while serving as a midseason finale of sorts with an ending that will undoubtedly keep us all in suspense for the next month. - What Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2019
100% Supergirl: Season 5 - Crisis on Infinite Earths: Part One (TV Episode) Thankfully, it was an opening that succeeded, kicking off TV's biggest crossover with an offering that set the stage for grander adventures to come. - What Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2019
78% The Flash: Season 6 - The Last Temptation of Barry Allen, Pt. 2 (TV Episode) The urgency of his rampage made for a thrilling edge-of-seat adventure that successfully managed to set the stage for Crisis On Infinite Earths. - What Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2019
88% The Flash: Season 6 - The Last Temptation of Barry Allen, Pt. 1 (TV Episode) One of the best episodes of The Flash in years. - What Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2019
91% Arrow: Season 8 - Purgatory (TV Episode) A love letter to Season 1, the aptly titled 'Purgatory' takes Arrow right back to the beginning in order to propel it towards the end, and the result is poignant trip down memory lane that successfully kicks off the Crisis. - What Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2019
82% Arrow: Season 8 - Reset (TV Episode) A thoroughly compelling character-driven narrative that brought closure to some of the show's most important storylines and steered this season in another unexpected direction. - What Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 27, 2019
78% The Flash: Season 6 - Dead Man Running (TV Episode) More than anything, continued the season's successful trend of imbuing villain-of-the-week adventures with a lot more stakes than expected. - What Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2019
100% Arrow: Season 8 - Prochnost (TV Episode) This character-driven piece was successful in its attempts to reflect, while also managing to move the pieces on the chessboard in a somewhat unexpected direction - setting the stage for an even more interesting second half. - What Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2019
100% Arrow: Season 8 - Present Tense (TV Episode) "Present Tense" picked up where that cliffhanger left off, successfully bringing the past and present together in what was yet another strong offering from what is shaping up to be one heck of a final season. - What Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2019
85% Titans: Season 2 (TV, 2018) This hard-hitting drama provided much of the talented cast with some juicy material, while also allowing the show to continue to go from strength-to-strength. - What Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2019
88% The Flash: Season 6 - There Will Be Blood (TV Episode) Once again, both narratives complemented each other really well and produced a Halloween-themed episode with real heart. - What Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2019
100% Arrow: Season 8 - Leap of Faith (TV Episode) Capped off by another jaw-dropping cliffhanger that threatens to change the Arrowverse forever, and the whole thing was executed to perfection by some stunning direction from Katie Cassidy. - What Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2019
92% Arrow: Season 8 - Welcome to Hong Kong (TV Episode) Another strong offering, it accomplished exactly what it set out to do -- once again making us all nostalgic along the way. - What Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2019
100% Arrow: Season 8 - Starling City (TV Episode) A nostalgic thrill-ride that paid tribute to the past while setting up the future. A thrill-ride that may just be Arrow's best season premiere ever. - What Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2019
100% Riverdale: Season 4 - Chapter Fifty-Eight: In Memoriam (TV Episode) It's a rare thing for Riverdale to produce something of perfection, but this premiere was nothing short of magnificence. - What Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2019
100% The Flash: Season 6 - Into the Void (TV Episode) 'Into The Void' was a welcome change-of-pace for the show as it took a moment to focus on its characters ahead of the story, while also successfully reintroducing the Crisis as a major threat. - What Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2019
50% The Flash: Season 5 - The Girl With The Red Lightning (TV Episode) The results of that investigation, and the episode's ambiguous ending scene, has left The Flash in a state of uncertainty -- one that could end up rocking it to its very core. - What Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted May 8, 2019
100% Arrow: Season 7 - Spartan (TV Episode) Highlighted that there's still life left in John Diggle. A refreshing look into the veteran character's backstory that, coupled with an enjoyable turn from Ghostbusters legend Ernie Hudson, made for a great episode. - What Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2019
86% Supergirl: Season 4 - Crime and Punishment (TV Episode) 'Crime and Punishment' successfully utilised a self-contained plot to serve as a microcosm of the larger story, addressing the impact that Supergirl has had on humanity while highlighting how those around her were struggling with their belief in her. - What Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2019
91% The Flash: Season 5 - Godspeed (TV Episode) With some intriguing twists, a strong narrative and some excellent directing from Danielle Panabaker, this proved to be one of the season's best outings yet. - What Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 17, 2019
75% Arrow: Season 7 - Lost Canary (TV Episode) "Lost Canary" is the long-awaited Birds of Prey encounter that we had been waiting on and, to make matters even better, it finally placed the focus on one of the richest characters on the show... The season's strongest outing yet. - What Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 16, 2019
88% Arrow: Season 7 - Inheritance (TV Episode) All in all, 'Inheritance' gave the spotlight to two of the show's more underappreciated characters, taking their arcs in surprising (and perhaps frustrating) directions. - What Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2019
67% Supergirl: Season 4 - The House of L (TV Episode) In spite of the episode's strong frantic opening, its greatest strength lay in the fact that it finally slowed things down to tell the viewers a story that we have all wanted to see for quite some time now. - What Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2019
83% The Flash: Season 5 - Time Bomb (TV Episode) This season, the show has spent an awful long time stuck in the same place, but now that the truth is finally out, things are bound to start moving at a much quicker pace. - What Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2019
100% Arrow: Season 7 - Star City 2040 (TV Episode) 'Star City Slayer' successfully utilised a self-contained plot to delve into some of the season's deeper stories while laying the groundwork for its future ones. Though not perfect, it was a solid attempt at tying everything together. - What Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 19, 2019
100% Supergirl: Season 4 - O Brother, Where Art Thou? (TV Episode) 'O Brother, Where Art Thou' was a success on all fronts, introducing Lex Luthor in a way that remained relevant to the show while using the urgency of the current events to move the story forward in a major way. - What Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2019
67% The Flash: Season 5 - Failure is an Orphan (TV Episode) 'Failure Is An Orphan' was one of the season's finest outings so far as it effectively brought everything together and stayed on target the whole way throughout. The result was a long overdue thriller that also had some real heart. - What Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2019
63% Arrow: Season 7 - Training Day (TV Episode) 'Training Day' was a fun, self-contained adventure that allowed Team Arrow to return to the fold, but it was the episode's secondary narratives that proved the most interesting. - What Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 12, 2019
100% The Flash: Season 5 - King Shark vs. Gorilla Grodd (TV Episode) Not only was the individual presentation of both monsters far superior to some of their recent appearances, the fight scenes were very well-executed and, for the most part, were incredibly convincing. - What Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2019
78% Arrow: Season 7 - Brothers & Sisters (TV Episode) "Brothers & Sisters" provided us with some much-needed clarity in the flash-forwards, while also providing us with some well-paced progression in the present -- capped off by two of the most genuinely shocking cliffhangers the show has ever produced. - What Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2019
67% Supergirl: Season 4 - Menagerie (TV Episode) 'Menagerie' effectively resurrected the season's most relevant topics, creating some well-engineered conflict to serve as the perfect backdrop for the introduction of its newest superhero. Though it was far from perfect, it made for an enjoyable watch. - What Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2019
70% Arrow: Season 7 - Star City Slayer (TV Episode) "Star City Slayer" successfully utilized a self-contained plot to delve into some of the season's deeper stories while laying the groundwork for its future ones. Though not perfect, it was a solid attempt at tying everything together. - What Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2019
95% Young Justice: Outsiders (TV, 2010) With an intriguing new story and unexpected twists, Young Justice has remained true to form, setting the stage for what appears to be another strong season - ultimately proving that 'Outsiders' was well worth the wait. - What Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2019
83% The Flash: Season 5 - Cause and XS (TV Episode) No matter how hard [The Flash] is apparently trying to overcome its shortcomings, they still manifest...Nevertheless, it proved to be a fun adventure that played with elements we haven't seen featured on the show in quite some time. - What Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2019
92% The Flash: Season 5 - Goldfaced (TV Episode) While the storylining behind the team's Goldface mission was problematic...it's hard to deny that it was an enjoyable adventure. - What Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2019
100% The Flash: Season 5 - Memorabilia (TV Episode) All in all, 'Memorabilia' employed some interesting devices in an attempt to naturally progress the story, intertwining both of the season's main storylines nicely. - What Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2019
100% The Flash: Season 5 - Blocked (TV Episode) Despite a minor storyline issue, the episode itself was a strong follow up that didn't veer too far off course in its attempts to be fun. - What Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2019
91% Arrow: Season 7 - Emerald Archer (TV Episode) "Emerald Archer" was, in many ways, a love letter to everything that has made Arrow the success that it is today while remaining firmly grounded in the show's current storylines, and the result was near-perfection. - What Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2019
100% Arrow: Season 7 - Past Sins (TV Episode) A character study on the show's two most compelling individuals, reminding us that it's at its best when it strips things back and focuses on its tormented protagonists. The result was a thoroughly engaging piece of storytelling. - What Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2019