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    The Red Road, Ep. 1.05, “The Great Snake Battle” a disappointingly standard season finale setup

    After last week’s character-centric outing, this episode ramps up the plot, preparing for next week’s season finale. Unfortunately, little we get here is as compelling as the thoughtful interpersonal drama of the previous installment. The elements of this series that should set it apart, its unique setting and characters, are mostly set aside this week in favor of tired crime procedural dramatics (accusations of police corruption, moves and countermoves between Philip and Harold, a police shootout), and it’s disappointing. More

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    The Red Road, Ep. 1.04, “The Bad Weapons” handles its characters with care

    Two thirds of the way through its inaugural season, The Red Road is somewhat of a puzzle. It has interesting, well-explored characters and an appropriately teased slow-burn Deep Dark Past mystery. Where it falls down is its pacing and urgency- very little of interest is happening in the present. There’s plenty the characters don’t know but due to the split narrative approach, following each of our leads through the past several weeks rather than adhering to one or another’s POV, the audience has these answers and that, combined with the strong sense that the central trio is here to stay, leaves the show sputtering on a plot level while it excels with its character beats. More

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    The Red Road, Ep. 1.02, “The Wolf and the Dog” adds interest, specificity to characters

    In its pilot, The Red Road introduced viewers to a community rarely represented on television, a (state, but not federally, recognized) Native American tribe, along with a local white police officer and his family. The pilot, a solid though somewhat generic episode, struggled with some of its central figures, but separated itself thanks to its unique setting. This week, that element unfortunately remains almost completely relegated to the background, but the writers make up for this lack of specificity by developing their central trio in surprising and entertaining ways. More

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    The Red Road, Ep. 1.01, “Arise My Love, Shake Off This Dream” a promising, but uneven opener

    With Rectify, Top of the Lake, and The Returned, SundanceTV made a name for itself in 2013, creating and/or distributing thoughtful, stylish short-run television. The Red Road, their first series of 2014 and only second original series (the first being Rectify), doesn’t live up to these antecedents, at least in its pilot, but is nonetheless interesting. While it lacks the emotional depth and gorgeous visuals of these other series, the pilot makes the case for following for this first, six-episode season thanks to two of its central performances and its unique setting. More

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    Video of the Day: Watch the first 12 minutes of the new Sundance Channel show ‘The Red Road’

    One of the unexpected entries in the 2013-2014 television landscape was the Sundance Channel, which garnered critical acclaim for its shows Top of the Lake, The Returned, and Rectify. Excitement over a new show premiering on the channel was only heightened by news that the project was created by Prisoners scribe Aaron Guzikowski, with Southland […] More

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    Boardwalk Empire, Ep. 4.07, “William Wilson” continues season’s recurring strengths, weaknesses

    Boardwalk Empire, Season 4, Episode 7, “William Wilson” Written by David Matthews and Terence Winter Directed by Jeremy Podeswa Airs Sundays at 9pm EST on HBO Kate is new to Boardwalk Empire this season and her reviews will approach the acclaimed series from the newbie’s perspective. This week, on Boardwalk Empire: Knox gets a name, […] More