2 1/2 stars

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.

Vikings, S01E02: Wrath of the Northmen; Review by Robin Franson Pruter

Vikings, S01E02: Wrath of the Northmen; Review by Robin Franson Pruter

Series still suffers from trite writing, but episode is a great improvement over the pilot.

Whitechapel S03E03-E04; Review by Robin Franson Pruter

Whitechapel S03E03-E04; Review by Robin Franson Pruter

Good character moments can’t make up for a ridiculous mystery.

How to Get Away with Murder, Season One; Review by Robin Franson Pruter

How to Get Away with Murder, Season One; Review by Robin Franson Pruter

Outrageous, campy fun marred by slipshod writing.

The Vampire Diaries, S01E12: Unpleasantville; Review by Robin Franson Pruter

The Vampire Diaries, S01E12: Unpleasantville; Review by Robin Franson Pruter

A solid, yet unremarkable episode.

The Vampire Diaries, S01E11: Bloodlines; Review by Robin Franson Pruter

The Vampire Diaries, S01E11: Bloodlines; Review by Robin Franson Pruter

Shaky premise and some bad writing choices redeemed by good performances and a few knockout revelations.

The Vampire Diaries, S01E04: Family Ties; Review by Robin Franson Pruter

The Vampire Diaries, S01E04: Family Ties; Review by Robin Franson Pruter

Episode tries to do too much, but developing relationship between the Salvatore brothers shows promise.