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The Royals S02E01: It Is Not, nor It Cannot Come to Good; Review by Robin Franson Pruter

The Royals S02E01: It Is Not, nor It Cannot Come to Good; Review by Robin Franson Pruter

Originally aired on 15 Nov 2015 Written  and directed by Mark Schwahn Starring Elizabeth Hurley, William Moseley, Alexandra Park, Tom Austen, and Jake Maskall My rating:  ★★ stars Too much bad, not enough good.

Vikings, S02E01: Brother’s War; Review by Robin Franson Pruter

Vikings, S02E01: Brother’s War; Review by Robin Franson Pruter

A strong series of events that never coalesces into a strong whole. But changing viewing practices may render the issue of episode construction moot.

Vikings, S01E09: All Change; Review by Robin Franson Pruter

Vikings, S01E09: All Change; Review by Robin Franson Pruter

New characters and new situations hamper season finale.

Manhattan, S01E03: The Hive; Review by Robin Franson Pruter

Manhattan, S01E03: The Hive; Review by Robin Franson Pruter

Episode reveals complex characterization and subtle storytelling.

Black Sails, S02E02: X.; Review by Robin Franson Pruter

Black Sails, S02E02: X.; Review by Robin Franson Pruter

The themes of the instability of circumstances and of the importance of the perception of power connect thoughtful, complex, character-driven scenes and engrossing conflicts.

Black Sails, S02E01: IX.; Review by Robin Franson Pruter

Black Sails, S02E01: IX.; Review by Robin Franson Pruter

A promising start to a great season.

Vikings, S01E08: Sacrifice; Review by Robin Franson Pruter

Vikings, S01E08: Sacrifice; Review by Robin Franson Pruter

Unsettling but powerful episode.