Back from the Beyond: “Penny Dreadful: City of Angels” Details Surface

Vanessa Ives’ curtain call in season three of Penny Dreadful marked the end of the gothic horror series leaving its passionate fanbase in shock and still wanting more. Well, Dreadfuls, your day as come. In November 2018, Showtime announced that the show would be returning to tell new stories set in 1938 Los Angeles. Original …

Star Trek: Discovery – “The Escape Artist”

The fourth installment of Star Trek: Short Treks—the series of monthly mini-episodes leading up to the premiere of Star Trek: Discovery Season 2—brings to a close an enjoyable run of stories focusing on both main and secondary Discovery characters. Each one has given us a little window into a corner of the Discovery universe that we wouldn't have otherwise gotten, adding …

The Kite and the Line: Marriage and Mental Illness in The Haunting of Hill House

However you choose to interpret The Haunting of Hill House—supernatural, psychological, or somewhere in between—one thing is certain: there is something terribly wrong with Olivia Crain. Ghost stories aside, Olivia’s descent into madness and the ripple effect that has on her husband and children are the heart of the series. At 25YL we have previously …

Killers, Demons, and Ghosts: Mahershala Ali Takes On All Three in Latest “True Detective”

  Fresh off his win for Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture at the Golden Globes, previous Academy Award winner (Moonlight) Mahershala Ali anchors the highly anticipated third season of HBO’s crime thriller anthology True Detective. After a highly divisive second season that saw many fans and critics wondering what had gone wrong, the …

My Dinner with Alan offers a compelling discussion of The Sopranos

I had the pleasure of attending the World Premiere of My Dinner with Alan (directed by Kristian Fraga) during The Sopranos film festival at IFC on the evening of January 11, 2019. The film consists of a conversation between critics Matt Zoller Seitz and Alan Sepinwall located at Holsten’s Diner---the location of the infamous final scene …

Star Trek: Discovery: “The Brightest Star”

Prequels in a franchise as long-lived as Star Trek can be problematic. The temptation to create whole plotlines and new character races is strong, even though those plotlines and races have no reference in preceding but post-dated series. Just ask Star Trek: Enterprise! A decade and a half ago, ENT introduced us to the Denobulans, a race that we saw …