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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
96% The Walking Dead: Season 9 - A New Beginning (TV Episode) I'm surprised-and happy!-to report that the season nine premiere really feels like a new beginning, and damned if it didn't make me excited for the show all over again...mostly.‐ io9.com
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2018
100% The Venture Bros.: Season 6 (TV, 2015-2016) The Venture Bros. always has so much story to tell that you almost have to be a hardcore fan to get it all - which makes watching The Venture Bros. such an intensely rewarding experience for those who do love it.‐ io9.com
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2018
100% The Venture Bros.: Season 5 (TV, 2013) Feels just as comfortable and wonderful and entertaining as if it had aired three years ago. Welcome back.‐ io9.com
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2018
87% DC's Legends of Tomorrow: Season 2 (TV, 2016-2017) I could watch a show just about them going on their evil road-trip through time.‐ io9.com
Read More | Posted Jul 29, 2018
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
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
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
78% 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
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
72% 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
89% 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
100% The Flash: Season 1 - Fast Enough (TV Episode) Where "Fast Enough" improves on most Flash episodes is by adding genuinely poignant drama to its unabashed love of superhero comic plots.‐ io9.com
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2018
86% The Flash: Season 1 - Rogue Air (TV Episode) Jam-packed with everything that's made the second series in the DC TV-iverse so enjoyable, but also takes the show to a new level of goodness. ‐ io9.com
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2018
100% The Flash: Season 1 - Grodd Lives (TV Episode) The Flash... brought an evil, talking gorilla with psychic powers to primetime TV, and made it work better than it had any right to. But what's most amazing about "Grodd Lives" is that Grodd himself wasn't the best part of the episode - Iris West was.‐ io9.com
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2018
100% The Flash: Season 1 - The Trap (TV Episode) The conflict in Wells is so clear, so palpable, that Cavanaugh sells it completely - no minor task when he's playing a character a resolutely comic book-y as the Reverse Flash.‐ io9.com
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2018
80% The Flash: Season 1 - Who Is Harrison Wells? (TV Episode) The show does a great job mixing the weekly supervillain-catching procedural with its overarching plot... It's an extremely nifty bit of juggling, but The Flash makes it look easy.‐ io9.com
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2018
77% The Flash: Season 1 - All Star Team Up (TV Episode) Was "All Star Team Up" The Flash's goofiest episode to date? Yes. Was it full of giant plot holes? Sure. Was it bad? Not at all. ‐ io9.com
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2018
95% The Flash: Season 1 - Tricksters (TV Episode) I honestly couldn't think of a better way for the series to waste my time until the end game starts. So imagine my surprise - my pleasant surprise - when "Tricksters" not only included Hamill, but a Wells reveal I hadn't been expecting at all.‐ io9.com
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2018
85% The Flash: Season 1 - Rogue Time (TV Episode) "Out of Time" was an average episode with a thrillingly exciting core... Barry has a chance to do the episode over. The result? Now it's a great episode with an infuriating core.‐ io9.com
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2018
90% The Flash: Season 1 - Out of Time (TV Episode) The mystery of Harrison Wells has been solved, and even if we saw most of it coming, I feel safe in saying it still had most of us on the edge of our seats.‐ io9.com
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2018
90% The Flash: Season 1 - Fallout (TV Episode) The Flash put a giant evil telepathic monkey on screen, is going to make him a credible if insane villain! This is really happening, people!‐ io9.com
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2018
78% The Flash: Season 1 - The Nuclear Man (TV Episode) "The Nuclear Man" is yet another quality episode, and I think we can safely assume that the show has taken off its training wheels, so to speak, and feels confident enough to do more...‐ io9.com
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2018
80% The Flash: Season 1 - Crazy For You (TV Episode) "Crazy For You" might not be an outstanding episode of The Flash, but it's very good.‐ io9.com
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2018
83% The Flash: Season 1 - The Sound and the Fury (TV Episode) What "The Sound and the Fury" did so, so right is that it took a standard freak-o'-the-week story but married it into the season's overarching plot... This is the Flash show I was hoping for from the Arrow team, guys.‐ io9.com
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2018
100% The Flash: Season 1 - Revenge of the Rogues (TV Episode) The show has become sure-footed! It's found its runner's high! Whatever hackneyed way you want to say it, the fact is that "Revenge of the Rogues" was one of The Flash's best episodes yet.‐ io9.com
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2018
84% The Flash: Season 1 - The Man in the Yellow Suit (TV Episode) Unfortunately, the cool moments were outnumbered by the characters doing or saying really dumb things. ‐ io9.com
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2018
100% The Flash: Season 1 - Flash vs. Arrow (TV Episode) This would rank as one of the best episode of Arrow ever, and it's the best episode of The Flash by a country mile... "The Flash Vs. Arrow" was just massively entertaining.‐ io9.com
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2018
90% The Flash: Season 1 - Power Outage (TV Episode) I'm feeling jovial because after last week's stinker, The Flash is back on track, courtesy of one Mr. Harrison Wells.‐ io9.com
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2018
75% The Flash: Season 1 - The Flash Is Born (TV Episode) This was not a good episode of The Flash. In fact, this was an outright bad episode of The Flash, absolutely the creative nadir of the show so far, with a freak of the week so shockingly uncreative even Smallville would take it to task.‐ io9.com
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2018
90% The Flash: Season 1 - Plastique (TV Episode) Let's just say The Flash pretty much stays the course in "Plastique." The good stuff is still good, the weak parts are still weak, and the Harrison Wells reveal at the end of the episode is still awesomely mysterious. ‐ io9.com
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2018
90% The Flash: Season 1 - Things You Can't Outrun (TV Episode) "Things You Can't Outrun" is a major stumble. Where the last episode was cheesy, last night's episode was clunky.‐ io9.com
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2018
90% The Flash: Season 1 - Fastest Man Alive (TV Episode) Amidst the standard early questioning of "am I qualified be a superhero?" was a fun episode that's already shown a jump in quality from the premiere.‐ io9.com
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2018
95% The Flash: Season 1 - Pilot (TV Episode) Well, it moves a bit too fast. It also starts clumsily, much like Barry Allen does when discovering his powers, and eventually finds its step. ‐ io9.com
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2018
57% 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
58% 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
65% 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
55% 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
75% 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
86% 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
52% 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
60% 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
79% 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
67% 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
68% 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
44% 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