3 1/2 stars

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.

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Vikings, S01E08: Sacrifice; Review by Robin Franson Pruter

Vikings, S01E08: Sacrifice; Review by Robin Franson Pruter

Unsettling but powerful episode.

Vikings, S01E07: A King’s Ransom; Review by Robin Franson Pruter

Vikings, S01E07: A King’s Ransom; Review by Robin Franson Pruter

Episode about culture clash shows strong character development.

The Vampire Diaries, S02E05: Kill or Be Killed; Review by Robin Franson Pruter

The Vampire Diaries, S02E05: Kill or Be Killed; Review by Robin Franson Pruter

Satisfying episode successfully blends story action and character interaction.

The Vampire Diaries, S02E04: Memory Lane; Review by Robin Franson Pruter

The Vampire Diaries, S02E04: Memory Lane; Review by Robin Franson Pruter

A solid, character-focused episode reveals Katherine’s version of past events.

Vikings, S01E05: Raid; Review by Robin Franson Pruter

Vikings, S01E05: Raid; Review by Robin Franson Pruter

Strong episode depicts events leading up to a showdown between Ragnar and Earl Haraldson.

The Royals S01E10: Our Wills and Fates Do So Contrary Run; Review by Robin Franson Pruter

The Royals S01E10: Our Wills and Fates Do So Contrary Run; Review by Robin Franson Pruter

The king is dead! Long live King Cyrus?