3 stars

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.

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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.

The Vampire Diaries, S02E09: Katerina; Review by Robin Franson Pruter

The Vampire Diaries, S02E09: Katerina; Review by Robin Franson Pruter

Exposition-heavy episode explores the history of Katherine, Klaus, and The Originals.

Black Sails, S01E07: VII.; Review by Robin Franson Pruter

Black Sails, S01E07: VII.; Review by Robin Franson Pruter

Complex episode gets pieces in place for the season finale.

The Vampire Diaries, S02E07: Masquerade; Review by Robin Franson Pruter

The Vampire Diaries, S02E07: Masquerade; Review by Robin Franson Pruter

Plot-churning episode is enjoyable provided the viewer doesn’t ponder it too much.

Vikings, S01E06: Burial of the Dead; Review by Robin Franson Pruter

Vikings, S01E06: Burial of the Dead; Review by Robin Franson Pruter

Out with the old, in with the new.

The Vampire Diaries, S02E02: Brave New World; Review by Robin Franson Pruter

The Vampire Diaries, S02E02: Brave New World; Review by Robin Franson Pruter

Candice Accola shines as new vampire Caroline runs amok at school carnival.