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Zack Handlen

Zack Handlen

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
B 93% The Night Manager: Miniseries (TV, 2016) "The series is well-made and well-acted throughout, and if it's rarely thrilling, it's also rarely dull. " ‐ AV Club
Posted Apr 19, 2016
C 47% The Walking Dead: Season 6 Episode 16 "This is lousy, manipulative storytelling, a cliffhanger that robs a powerful moment (because good or bad, watching Negan beat someone we kind of like to death would've been powerful) of its effect for the mercenary purpose of dragging this nonsense out. " ‐ AV Club
Posted Apr 4, 2016
B 68% The Walking Dead: Season 6 Episode 15 "We at least get some good character beats and one shining moment of ass-kicking, albeit a moment which has severe emotional repercussions for the character doing the kicking. " ‐ AV Club
Posted Mar 28, 2016
B+ 59% The Walking Dead: Season 6 Episode 14 "We don't necessarily need the tension of a new threat to keep going, of course. The show often does its best work when it's dealing with moment-to-moment concerns. " ‐ AV Club
Posted Mar 21, 2016
B 100% The Walking Dead: Season 6 Episode 13 ""The Same Boat" works best when we see just how much Carol's efforts to stay alive and move past tragedy have cost her. " ‐ AV Club
Posted Mar 14, 2016
B+ 96% The Walking Dead: Season 6 Episode 12 "There are very few bad eggs on the series now, and that's something to be thankful for. " ‐ AV Club
Posted Mar 7, 2016
B+ 96% The Walking Dead: Season 6 Episode 11 ""Knots Untie" lacks the goofy charm of last week's entry, and it's one visceral set-piece is comparatively muted, but it does its job, and does it well. " ‐ AV Club
Posted Feb 29, 2016
C- 32% The X-Files: Season 10 Episode 6 "Now that the miniseries (or tenth season, or whatever you want to call it) is over, and ended so badly, it's easy to say this never should've happened. It's easy to scoff at anyone foolish enough to believe it might have worked. " ‐ AV Club
Posted Feb 23, 2016
A- 96% The Walking Dead: Season 6 Episode 10 "There's something refreshingly relaxed about the episode - there's danger, but not a whole lot of it, and the bigger focus is just on watching these people live their lives outside of the constant threat of violent death. " ‐ AV Club
Posted Feb 22, 2016
B 69% The X-Files: Season 10 Episode 5 "Wanting to believe is maybe the most powerful drug there is, and it can work chaos or miracles, or something in between. At its best, "Babylon" is somewhere in between those two poles. " ‐ AV Club
Posted Feb 16, 2016
B- 97% The Walking Dead: Season 6 Episode 9 "The sight of the Alexandrians teaming together to beat back the herd of walkers was at least sort of inspiring, and it'll be good to have Rick trying to protect them rather than dismiss them as a waste of his time. " ‐ AV Club
Posted Feb 15, 2016
B- 85% The X-Files: Season 10 Episode 4 "There are moments of quiet beauty in "Home Again," and the death of Scully's mother is big enough even to warrant some screen time. But the end result, while watchable, doesn't live up to its ambitions. " ‐ AV Club
Posted Feb 9, 2016
A 100% The X-Files: Season 10 Episode 3 ""Mulder & Scully Meet The Were-Monster" is the first episode of the show's new season that feels like a legit defense of season 10's existence. " ‐ AV Club
Posted Feb 3, 2016
B 86% The X-Files: Season 10 Episode 2 "This isn't the best episode of The X-Files ever made, but it's far more competent and confident than the premiere. " ‐ AV Club
Posted Feb 3, 2016
C+ 58% The X-Files: Season 10 Episode 1 "There's a certain queasiness underlying "My Struggle," an unshakable sense that something isn't exactly what it ought to be. The world of the show is askew in ways that I don't believe were intentional. " ‐ AV Club
Posted Feb 3, 2016
A- No Score Yet The Venture Bros.: Season 6 (TV, 2015) "It all moves fast, and the best advice is just to enjoy the rush and not get too hung up on the details. But some things linger. " ‐ AV Club
Posted Feb 1, 2016
C+ 58% The X-Files: Season 10 (TV, 2016) "If there isn't much grace in the execution, it's not as bad as it could've been. Which is small praise, no doubt. " ‐ AV Club
Posted Jan 25, 2016
B+ 82% F Is for Family: Season 1 (TV, 2015) "Frank's important, but nearly every member of the Murphy clan gets their chance to suffer in the spotlight. It's these shifting perspectives, and the way they frequently contradict and overlap with each other, that makes the show so promising. " ‐ AV Club
Posted Dec 17, 2015
A- 76% The Expanse: Season 1 (TV, 2015) "This is smart, thorough stuff, and that thoroughness helps to convince even when the immediate story concerns are more about setting things up than tearing them down. " ‐ AV Club
Posted Dec 15, 2015
A 100% Fargo: Season 2 Episode 10 "There has been considerable change over these past few weeks, and the final episode finds everyone, if not in a definitive place, at least in one that makes sense for them as an ending. " ‐ AV Club
Posted Dec 15, 2015
A 100% Fargo: Season 2 Episode 9 "Well, the Sioux Falls Massacre certainly lived up to its name. " ‐ AV Club
Posted Dec 9, 2015
A 100% Fargo: Season 2 Episode 8 "Things get a bit crazy there, and it's a mark in this show's favor that I have absolutely no idea what's going to happen next. " ‐ AV Club
Posted Dec 1, 2015
C+ 35% The Walking Dead: Season 6 Episode 8 "This was an empty, calorie- free hour of television, providing no new information, and failing to deliver much on thrills or character development. After seven episodes of rising calamity, the dam finally bursts, and nothing much comes of it. " ‐ AV Club
Posted Nov 30, 2015
A- 100% Fargo: Season 2 Episode 7 "Thankfully, Simone's end (if it was an end) was the only dud element in an otherwise terrific hour, an episode full of smart, unexpected choices that has us gaining momentum as we head towards the final stretch. " ‐ AV Club
Posted Nov 24, 2015
B 52% The Walking Dead: Season 6 Episode 7 ""Head's Up" opens and closes with a bang, the former metaphorical, the latter implied. In between those two dramatic explosions, there's a lot of talking. " ‐ AV Club
Posted Nov 23, 2015
B+ 82% Longmire: Season 1 (TV, 2012) "The pilot ends on a note of hope, and with strong sense of purpose. I'm looking forward to seeing how that purpose develops in the weeks ahead. " ‐ AV Club
Posted Nov 19, 2015
A 100% Fargo: Season 2 Episode 6 ""Rhinoceros" is a crackerjack hour of television, holding over the level of tension from last week's episode while upping the ante considerably, as nearly every character finds him or herself facing down a life-or-death situation. " ‐ AV Club
Posted Nov 17, 2015
B+ 87% The Walking Dead: Season 6 Episode 6 "Most of what happens in "Always Accountable" is about laying the groundwork for the future. Nowhere is that more apparent than in the final seconds. " ‐ AV Club
Posted Nov 16, 2015
A 100% Fargo: Season 2 Episode 5 ""The Gift Of The Magi" shakes up the status quo in a way that will surely have a major impact in the weeks ahead. " ‐ AV Club
Posted Nov 10, 2015
B 44% The Walking Dead: Season 6 Episode 5 "Maggie and Aaron make a good team, and the moderate optimism with which their story ends this week is satisfying, even if it is potentially misguided. But then, on The Walking Dead, optimism is always misguided. " ‐ AV Club
Posted Nov 9, 2015
A 100% Fargo: Season 2 Episode 4 "There's an effort to give every character his or her dignity that helps to invest all their behavior with greater resonance. " ‐ AV Club
Posted Nov 3, 2015
A 97% The Walking Dead: Season 6 Episode 4 ""Here's Not Here" is a Morgan-centric entry, and Morgan-centric entries tend to be strong. " ‐ AV Club
Posted Nov 2, 2015
A- 100% Fargo: Season 2 Episode 3 "Purely from a story construction standpoint, Noah Hawley isn't re-inventing the wheel here, but he's attached four of 'em to a very reliable vehicle. Now we're just waiting to see where the drive takes us. " ‐ AV Club
Posted Oct 27, 2015
B+ 97% The Walking Dead: Season 6 Episode 3 ""Thank You" maintains a level of intensity throughout, which helps to gloss over the rougher bits. " ‐ AV Club
Posted Oct 26, 2015
A 96% The Walking Dead: Season 6 Episode 2 ""JSS" is a great episode, opening with dread, achieving a pitch of horrifying chaos at about 15 minutes in and then committing to that chaos until the very end. " ‐ AV Club
Posted Oct 19, 2015
B+ 96% The Walking Dead: Season 6 Episode 1 "The premiere never lags completely, and the main problem -- taking care of the herd of walkers trapped in the quarry -- is a solid, and interesting, one. " ‐ AV Club
Posted Oct 12, 2015
B+ 86% The Walking Dead: Season 6 (TV, 2015) "We get to be both impressed by the heroes' cleverness and affected by the obvious, terrifying tedium of their work. But those flashbacks keep breaking up the tension. " ‐ AV Club
Posted Oct 12, 2015
A 100% Fargo: Season 1 Episode 9 "A Fox, A Rabbit, And A Cabbage" is yet another example at how expert this series has been at generating tension; there were several scenes throughout where I found myself nearly unable to breathe. " ‐ AV Club
Posted Oct 7, 2015
B+ 86% Fargo: Season 1 Episode 7 "As for everything else, "Who Shaves The Barber?" doesn't hold together as well as the last two episodes, but it does have some terrific scenes in it. " ‐ AV Club
Posted Oct 7, 2015
A 100% Fargo: Season 1 Episode 5 "Part of what I'm enjoying about this show is its willingness to directly engage ideas that other series would leave as subtext. " ‐ AV Club
Posted Oct 7, 2015
A- 100% Fargo: Season 1 Episode 3 "There's something immensely refreshing about that-about seeing someone decide to come clean without having to be forced. Much of Fargo is pretty darn cynical about human interaction, but here is a sequence of pure, unadulterated optimism. " ‐ AV Club
Posted Oct 7, 2015
B 67% The Walking Dead: Season 3 Episode 9 "More than anything, "The Suicide King" feels like it's shuffling folks around so it can get to the next big step in the season's arc, and while I wish it did so with a little more grace or character, those make-or-break stakes remain. " ‐ AV Club
Posted Jul 30, 2015
B 83% The Walking Dead: Season 3 Episode 11 "The Walking Dead is good at the most basic mechanism of suspense there is. " ‐ AV Club
Posted Jul 30, 2015
B+ 83% The Walking Dead: Season 3 Episode 8 ""Made To Suffer" wasn't the strongest hour of the fall, but it got the job done and it kept things moving. Right now, that's the only way to stay alive. " ‐ AV Club
Posted Jul 30, 2015
A 100% The Walking Dead: Season 3 Episode 12 ""Clear," the best episode of the third season so far, and possibly the best episode since the pilot, is full of stories we have to put together ourselves. " ‐ AV Club
Posted Jul 30, 2015
B 73% The Walking Dead: Season 3 Episode 13 "The thing is, "Arrow On The Doorpost" isn't really that bad. It's better than the two episodes before "Clear," and it brings Rick and the Governor together for their first (and probably last) face to face conversation. " ‐ AV Club
Posted Jul 29, 2015
A- 100% The Walking Dead: Season 3 Episode 7 "Season three of The Walking Dead has gone a long way toward fixing most of my complaints about the show, and one of the most important fixes is the pacing. " ‐ AV Club
Posted Jul 29, 2015
A- 87% The Walking Dead: Season 3 Episode 6 ""Hounded" picks up the pace from last week, cramming three stories into the hour and cutting between them in a way that never lets the tension entirely drop. " ‐ AV Club
Posted Jul 29, 2015
B+ 67% The Walking Dead: Season 3 Episode 14 "Huzzah for focus! "Prey" isn't an amazing hour of television, but it's fundamentally sound in a way this show often struggles with; it's also something that's easier to draw conclusions from. " ‐ AV Club
Posted Jul 29, 2015
B 81% The Walking Dead: Season 3 Episode 15 "Goodbye, Michael Rooker. You deserved better than you got, but at least your exit was memorable. " ‐ AV Club
Posted Jul 29, 2015
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