Reviews from the Small Screen

Here’s what we’ve been watching on television.

Bates Motel: First You Dream, Then You Die

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

  • Excerpt: Bates Motel borrows elements from another television series about small-town weirdness and strange goings-on. It draws heavily from Twin Peaks, and the influence the short-lived David Lynch series is clear in our first episode…

Dirk Gently

Luke Bonanno @

  • Excerpt: Dirk Gently is a light and moderately enjoyable entry to the long tradition of British detective series.

Golden Boy: The Price of Revenge

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

  • Excerpt: The Price of Revenge is like the pilot, more character-driven than mystery-driven, though this is more a plus than a minus.

Golden Boy: Young Guns

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

  • Excerpt: Young Guns did something that Golden Boy has not done in the preceding two episode: put the crime as a major part of the story.

Top of the Lake, Episode 3

Tony Dayoub @ Cinema Viewfinder

  • Excerpt: …if the answer to the mystery at its heart is slow in coming, at least the investigation into each of TOP OF THE LAKE’s players is proceeding apace.

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