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Rob Bricken

Rob Bricken
Rob Bricken's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): io9.com

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
90% Gotham: Season 3 - Heroes Rise: Heavydirtysoul (TV Episode) Honestly, things had gotten so insane that it was genuinely shocking to me to see Gotham suddenly take such a large step back towards some semblance of normality.‐ io9.com
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2018
80% Gotham: Season 2 - Rise of the Villains: The Son of Gotham (TV Episode) This is Gotham at its Gotham-iest; making the most insane, ridiculous decisions at every single point, both at a character level and at a narrative level. ‐ io9.com
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2018
63% Gotham: Season 2 - Rise of the Villains: A Bitter Pill to Swallow (TV Episode) "A Bitter Pill to Swallow" isn't dull, then, as much as it is pointless. ‐ io9.com
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2018
63% Gotham: Season 2 - Rise of the Villains: Tonight's the Night (TV Episode) Somehow raised the bar for the show just not giving a sh**.‐ io9.com
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2018
63% Gotham: Season 2 - Rise of the Villains: Mommy's Little Monster (TV Episode) Honestly, Gotham may have gone so far off the rails at this point that it's possibly broken through the atmosphere and has attained orbit.‐ io9.com
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2018
59% Gotham: Season 2 - Rise of the Villains: Scarification (TV Episode) Gotham has lost what little remnants of sanity it had.‐ io9.com
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2018
61% Gotham: Season 2 - Rise of the Villains: Strike Force (TV Episode) "Strike Force" lacks that sharp focus that the first three episodes of Gotham had this season...‐ io9.com
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2018
71% Gotham: Season 2 - Rise of the Villains: The Last Laugh (TV Episode) This is the third eminently watchable episode of Gotham in a row, and honestly it may be the best of the show's run so far.‐ io9.com
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2018
88% Gotham: Season 2 - Rise of the Villains: Knock, Knock (TV Episode) It was enough to give anyone tonal whiplash. The craziest part is that Gotham has still definitively improved over its first season.‐ io9.com
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2018
82% Gotham: Season 2 - Rise of the Villains: Damned If You Do... (TV Episode) A definite improvement over season one's aimlessness, although I worry that it's just a temporary fix.‐ io9.com
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2018
59% Gotham: Season 1 - All Happy Families Are Alike (TV Episode) Seriously, if anybody knows what the hell was up with the chicken, please let me know.‐ io9.com
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2018
56% Gotham: Season 1 - The Anvil or the Hammer (TV Episode) The writing and plotting was just as bad as it has been, but at least occasionally this time it was entertainingly bad.‐ io9.com
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2018
63% Gotham: Season 1 - Under the Knife (TV Episode) The show seems determined to go from guilty pleasure to interminable slog... "Under the Knife," in particular is without mystery, without surprise, without fun, without artistry, and almost entirely without nuance.‐ io9.com
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2018
58% Gotham: Season 1 - Beasts of Prey (TV Episode) It was less an episode of a TV series and more a collection of disparate scenes that had nothing to do with each other, and very little of consequence anyways.‐ io9.com
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2018
79% Gotham: Season 1 - Everyone Has a Cobblepot (TV Episode) Much like Batman '66, any attempt to bring logic to this scenario utterly annihilates it. So you can't. You just have to accept this is how things work on Gotham...‐ io9.com
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2018
85% Gotham: Season 1 - Red Hood (TV Episode) Unlike so many other episodes, this one used its insanity to stay pretty entertaining from start to finish.‐ io9.com
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2018
67% Gotham: Season 1 - What the Little Bird Told Him (TV Episode) This is, in fact, about as good as Gotham gets, so let's take a few minutes to celebrate what the episode achieved.‐ io9.com
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2018
63% Gotham: Season 1 - The Scarecrow (TV Episode) Gotham finally came out and gave us the straight-up origin of a supervillain... but managed to squander most of what it did right in last week's episode.‐ io9.com
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2018
83% Gotham: Season 1 - The Fearsome Dr. Crane (TV Episode) It's true! "The Fearsome Dr. Crane" is Gotham's best episode in several weeks, thanks to a solid villain, the Penguin (as usual), and just a smidge of total insanity.‐ io9.com
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2018
46% Gotham: Season 1 - Rogues' Gallery (TV Episode) Gotham works overtime to be unlikeable sometimes, and last night's episode - "Rogues Gallery" - is a prime example.‐ io9.com
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2018
71% Gotham: Season 2 - Rise of the Villains: Worse Than a Crime (TV Episode) Even though most episodes of Gotham leave me with my jaw open, disbelieving what I've just seen, last night's episode actually has me doubting my own sanity.‐ io9.com
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2018
65% Gotham: Season 1 - Welcome Back, Jim Gordon (TV Episode) Gotham is getting worse. I don't mean the city... No, I mean the show, and the most obvious example is the way Gordon is somehow turning dumber every episode.‐ io9.com
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2018
76% Gotham: Season 2 - Rise of the Villains: By Fire (TV Episode) "By Fire" was one of the most relentlessly moronic episodes of television I have ever watched. ‐ io9.com
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2018
54% Gotham: Season 1 - The Blind Fortune Teller (TV Episode) It's compelling like a car wreck is compelling, and even as I marveled at how terrible the episode was, I literally had a smile on my face as I sat and watched the insanity unfold. ‐ io9.com
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2018
100% The Flash: Season 2 (TV, 2015-2016) I believe The Flash season 2 is building a framework to keep from completely baffling its viewers later; they've started by re-establishing the foundation, the very basics of the show.‐ io9.com
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2018
No Score Yet Superman: The Animated Series: Season 2 (TV, 1997-1998) World's Finest beats Batman v Superman in every other category: entertainment, authenticity, making sense, humor, being viewable by children whose favorite characters are Batman and/or Superman, fun, ability to actually see what is happening on screen.‐ io9.com
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2018
71% Avengers Assemble: Season 1 (TV, 2013-2014) Sometimes it's just not very good, and sometimes, it's so bad I have to dust off the "Worst Episode Ever" column to fully explain what a disaster it is.‐ io9.com
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2018
72% Westworld: Season 2 - The Passenger (TV Episode) When Lost pulled this crap, I was upset; but having made my peace with it, when Westworld does this-and honestly, it's still not that egregious yet-I'm fine.‐ io9.com
Read More | Posted Jun 25, 2018
81% Westworld: Season 2 - Vanishing Point (TV Episode) If you watch Westworld for the shocks, last night's installment couldn't have disappointed you.‐ io9.com
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2018
85% Gotham: Season 4 (TV, 2017-2018) Dammit, I love this show.‐ io9.com
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2018
97% Westworld: Season 2 - Phase Space (TV Episode) "Phase Space" worked for me because it checked in with all the different groups whose stories we're following and either tightened them up, advanced them, or at least gave us some info we didn't have before. ‐ io9.com
Read More | Posted May 29, 2018
66% The Walking Dead: Season 7 - Something They Need (TV Episode) My biggest issue with the show has always been that it has so often given us protagonists who seem scarcely better than the antagonists, if that.‐ io9.com
Read More | Posted May 22, 2018
68% The Walking Dead: Season 7 - The Other Side (TV Episode) It was The Walking Dead's responsibility to make us care about Rosita, something it's resolutely failed to do since introducing her back in season four.‐ io9.com
Read More | Posted May 22, 2018
81% The Walking Dead: Season 7 - Bury Me Here (TV Episode) "Bury Me Here" is mainly about doing the necessary plot work of finally getting Ezekiel and the Kingdom on board with the idea of fighting the Saviors.‐ io9.com
Read More | Posted May 22, 2018
78% The Walking Dead: Season 7 - Say Yes (TV Episode) An unusually quiet episode of The Walking Dead, one whose conflict was almost solely devoted to some medium-stakes zombie danger.‐ io9.com
Read More | Posted May 22, 2018
82% The Walking Dead: Season 7 - New Best Friends (TV Episode) No longer bad or boring, it's still a definite improvement over the first half of the season. But now, it's, uh... insane?‐ io9.com
Read More | Posted May 22, 2018
59% The Walking Dead: Season 7 - Swear (TV Episode) If The Walking Dead wants me to feel like Eugene has done something wrong here, or has somehow betrayed the group in some way, it's failed.‐ io9.com
Read More | Posted May 22, 2018
2/5 92% Westworld: Season 2 - Akane No Mai (TV Episode) We're halfway through the second season, and I fully admit I don't have the faintest clue where the show is heading-which is exciting, to a degree, but also frustrating‐ io9.com
Read More | Posted May 21, 2018
35% The Walking Dead: Season 8 - The King, the Widow, and Rick (TV Episode) Last night's episode was a bit of a letdown from its recent hot streak, but as a lead-in to the half-season's "third act" it serves its purpose well.‐ io9.com
Read More | Posted May 14, 2018
81% The Walking Dead: Season 8 - The Big Scary U (TV Episode) "The Big Scary U" was a reminder that the show can be legitimately excellent TV thanks to its first truly thoughtful and compelling look at Negan-and the reason why he calls his people the Saviors.‐ io9.com
Read More | Posted May 14, 2018
89% The Walking Dead: Season 8 - Some Guy (TV Episode) Watching the show basically break Ezekiel down into his component parts was compelling, even if it wasn't particularly surprising or deep.‐ io9.com
Read More | Posted May 14, 2018
56% The Walking Dead: Season 8 - Monsters (TV Episode) I don't recall The Walking Dead ever being so direct and overt about asking whether compassion has a place in a world like this, if there's a value in showing mercy to those that would do you harm.‐ io9.com
Read More | Posted May 14, 2018
48% The Walking Dead: Season 8 - The Damned (TV Episode) Alexandria, Hilltop, and the Kingdom continued their assault on the Saviors last night on several fronts. The result was The Walking Dead turning into a live-action video game with barely any zombies in it.‐ io9.com
Read More | Posted May 14, 2018
90% The Walking Dead: Season 8 - Mercy (TV Episode) "Mercy" is a pretty solid start to the new season, which is heartening after a painfully slow season six and seven.‐ io9.com
Read More | Posted May 14, 2018
82% Game of Thrones: Season 7 - Beyond the Wall (TV Episode) Last night's episode was sometimes baffling, and occasionally outright sloppy on a storytelling level, as characters made countless questionable decisions-and yet the show continued to astonish with such incredibly epic, fantastic moments.‐ io9.com
Read More | Posted May 14, 2018
94% Game of Thrones: Season 7 - Eastwatch (TV Episode) While these episodes have all been packed, the craftsmanship seems to be suffering.‐ io9.com
Read More | Posted May 14, 2018
96% Game of Thrones: Season 7 - The Spoils of War (TV Episode) "The Spoils of War" was the reason we watch Game of Thrones, one of those episodes that starts entertaining and ends with an epic spectacle it's hard to believe you're actually seeing.‐ io9.com
Read More | Posted May 14, 2018
91% Game of Thrones: Season 7 - The Queen's Justice (TV Episode) All in all, it was another terribly efficient episode of Game of Thrones.‐ io9.com
Read More | Posted May 14, 2018
98% Game of Thrones: Season 7 - Stormborn (TV Episode) Like last week's premiere, "Stormborn" wasn't much for themes or artistry.‐ io9.com
Read More | Posted May 14, 2018
92% Game of Thrones: Season 7 - Dragonstone (TV Episode) "Dragonstone" won't go down as one of the show's grander season premieres, as it's more interested about reestablishing where its main characters are before rushing into the game's "final round," as it were.‐ io9.com
Read More | Posted May 14, 2018