Black Summer – Heist Still Feels as Purposeless as its Zombies

Black Summer’s sixth episode, Heist, takes a similar approach as fourth chapter, Alone. That is, Heist is dialogue-light entry that focuses on suspense and constant momentum. On the hand, it’s an episode that never slows down and features its best zombie moment. Unfortunately, the episode also continues Black Summer’s narrative mess. Black Summer Gets the […]

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Black Summer – Diner Feels Like Walking Dead Leftovers

Like most Netflix series, Black Summer has a short first season order. Though Netflix’s zombies series has shined briefly for moments, it’s definitely suffering from an overarching sense of aimlessness. And there’s only eight episodes! As we dive into Episode 5, Diner, can Black Summer set some stakes and distinguishing itself from the zombie horde? […]

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Black Summer – Alone Quietly Stands Out

As Black Summer hits the season’s halfway point, Alone delivers what may be the best episode to date. If you were wondering what happened to Lance following Summer School, Alone picks up following his separation. It’s a largely dialogue-free episode focused solely on one character. Lance Goes Shopping … Alone At the start of Alone, […]

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Black Summer – Summer School Gets a Passing Grade

Black Summer’s ongoing narrative continues in Episode 3, which is entitled Summer School. As its title implies, Summer School finds the mysterious Spears along with Rose, Ryan, and Lance, seeking shelter in what appears to be an abandoned school. Of course, this is a dystopian zombie series so you probably assume the school isn’t all […]

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Black Summer – Drive An Adrenaline-Fueled Episode

Black Summer’s second episode, Drive, largely narrows its focus to one set of its characters. Just as its title implies, Drive constrains most of its action to desperate car ride through suburban streets. It’s a briskly paced episode with minimal zombie action but plenty of tension. Black Summer Does Some Sunday Driving At the end […]

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Black Summer – Human Flow Does Enough To Hook Zombie Fans

Another year, another zombie television drama. Today, Netflix released its latest original television series, Black Summer. Like Fear the Walking Dead is a prequel to The Walking Dead, Black Summer serves as a companion prequel to The Asylum’s Z Nation series. Even just a few years ago, a Netflix zombie series would have seemed like […]

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The Order – Episode 3, An Introduction to Ethics, PT 1

Here we go, Episode 3 of The Order. This one’s entitled, Introduction to Ethics, PT. I. The title potentially implies a bigger role for Sam Trammell’s ethics professor, Eric Clarke. Alternatively, the episode synopsis promises consequences for the use of magic. Either way it feels like we have a story that might start to gain […]

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The Order – Hell Week PT 2

Episode 2 of The Order, entitled Hell Week PT 2, picks things up immediately in the moonlit cemetery. This time around, we get more magic sleeping powder. Throw in some bad dialogue and a new supernatural ‘baddie’, and this episode has a little more life. But does any of this qualify The Order as ‘binge-worthy’? […]

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The Order: Hell Week, PT 1

Following on the heels of the successful Chilling Adventures of Sabrina and The Haunting of Hill House, The Order is the latest Netflix supernatural chiller. The Vancouver-based horror-fantasy show promises a college-based battle between werewolves and an ancient order of dark magic practitioners. Think of it as a Riverdale-style variation on Underworld. All ten episodes […]

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Don’t Watch This: Netfix Series Short on Scares

Last year, before Halloween, Netflix dropped a surprise horror-inspired series for fans – Don’t Watch This. The series, a collection of five horror film shorts, is a collaboration between Netflix, Crypt TV, and … Queer Eye for the Straight Guy. None of these horror shorts clock in at over 9 minutes. Two of the shorts […]

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