2 1/2 stars

Manhattan, S01E02: The Prisoner’s Dilemma; Review by Robin Franson Pruter

Manhattan, S01E02: The Prisoner’s Dilemma; Review by Robin Franson Pruter

Series struggles to find its footing with this uneven episode.

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Manhattan, S01E01: You Always Hurt the One You Love; Review by Robin Franson Pruter

Manhattan, S01E01: You Always Hurt the One You Love; Review by Robin Franson Pruter

Not a bomb, but not an explosive beginning.

Black Sails, S01E08: VIII.; Review by Robin Franson Pruter

Black Sails, S01E08: VIII.; Review by Robin Franson Pruter

First season finale fails to excite.

The Vampire Diaries, S02E08: Rose; Review by Robin Franson Pruter

The Vampire Diaries, S02E08: Rose; Review by Robin Franson Pruter

Uneven episode introduces major storyline and characters.

The Vampire Diaries, S02E06: Plan B; Review by Robin Franson Pruter

The Vampire Diaries, S02E06: Plan B; Review by Robin Franson Pruter

Episode has a few good scenes but is hampered by excessive violence.

Black Sails, S01E06: VI.; Review by Robin Franson Pruter

Black Sails, S01E06: VI.; Review by Robin Franson Pruter

Same stuff, different day.

Black Sails, S01E03: III.; Review by Robin Franson Pruter

Black Sails, S01E03: III.; Review by Robin Franson Pruter

Plot-heavy episode provides set-up for far delayed pay-offs while lack of solid exposition causes confusion.