Category Archives: Television

Head games: ‘Legion’ is a different kind of comic book adaptation

By Jim Sabataso Correspondent When I first heard Noah Hawley was developing a TV series based on the X-Men comics character Legion, I was more than a little excited. Hawley’s…

X marks the spot: ‘Logan’ is a gritty, moving triumph of superhero moviemaking

By Jim Sabataso Correspondent When Hugh Jackman was cast as Wolverine, fans were skeptical that the jaunty Aussie actor could cut it as the gruff, clawin’ and brawlin’ X-Man. Nearly…

Everyday people: ‘Powerless’ fails to take flight

By Jim Sabataso Correspondent I’m a sucker for meta humor — the type of self-aware, fourth-wall-breaking jokes that comment on what I’m watching. I’m also a fan of stories that…

You are what you eat: ‘Santa Clarita Diet’ is a charming, dark comedy

By Jim Sabataso Correspondent I’ll be honest, at this point I’m pretty much over the zombie genre. “The Walking Dead,” with all its crushing nihilism and gratuitous violence has sucked…

The audacity of pope: ‘The Young Pope’ is an unexpected, confounding treat

By Jim Sabataso Correspondent I don’t know what to make of “The Young Pope.” The new Paolo Sorrentino series starring Jude Law premiered on HBO last month amid much ribbing…

Don’t look away: ‘A Series of Unfortunate Events’ is a darkly comic treat

By Jim Sabataso Correspondent Adaptations of beloved books are tricky things. Expectations are high and the potential for disappointment is even higher. For better or worse, we are living in…

This is it: ‘One Day at a Time’ is a relevant update of a TV classic

By Jim Sabataso Correspondent It’s been a while since I’ve intentionally tuned in to a multi-camera sitcom. Years of single-cam shows have caused my multi-cam muscles to atrophy. The sound…

History lessons: ‘The Man in the High Castle’ is a slow yet gripping thriller

By Jim Sabataso Correspondent In 2017, “The Man in the High Castle” — a Philip K. Dick novel about an alternate history where the Axis powers won World War II…

To the rescue! Checking in on TV’s superhero shows

By Jim Sabataso Correspondent It’s a good time to be a fan of superhero television. Between ABC, CW and Netflix, it’s an embarrassment of riches, with a bevy of shows…

What lies beyond: ‘The OA’ is a half-baked mystery show

By Jim Sabataso Correspondent When “The OA” appeared in my Netflix recommendations queue in mid-December, I was excited. I recalled “Making a Murderer,” 2015’s end-of-year gift from the streaming video…