TV Reviews

Richard Dean Anderson as Jack O'Neill and Amanda Tapping as Samantha Carter in Stargate SG-1

Although this blog focuses on movies, I'm also a TV fan and have written about a variety of shows. I currently blog on Survivor and podcast about the Amazing Race Canada for Rob Cesternino's reality TV site Rob Has a Website. I began by recapping the final season of Chuck and Alphas' second season at Pop Optiq (formerly Sound on Sight). I also recapped Survivor for four seasons and wrote about three installments of The Amazing Race for that site. Those posts are compiled below, along with articles about specific episodes of other series.

Back in January 2014, I created a list of my 10 favorite TV shows. You can check out my rankings here.

The Stargate Franchise

One of my favorite TV series is Stargate SG-1, which became an obsession during its 10 seasons. When you add in the spinoff Stargate Atlantis and the intriguing third series Stargate Universe, you have one of the most prominent sci-fi TV franchises. I recently gave a second look to SGU and discovered there was a lot more to it. SGU's first season and other posts are chronicled here.

Colonel Young in the Stargate Universe episode "Water"

Reconsidering Stargate Universe Series
Reconsidering Stargate Universe: An Introduction
Reconsidering Stargate Universe: "Air"
Reconsidering Stargate Universe: "Darkness" and "Light"
Reconsidering Stargate Universe: "Water" and "Earth"
Reconsidering Stargate Universe: "Time"
Reconsidering Stargate Universe: "Life"
Reconsidering Stargate Universe: "Justice"
Reconsidering Stargate Universe: "Space"
Reconsidering Stargate Universe: "Divided"
Reconsidering Stargate Universe: "Faith"
Reconsidering Stargate Universe: "Human"
Reconsidering Stargate Universe: "Lost"
Reconsidering Stargate Universe: "Sabotage"
Reconsidering Stargate Universe: "Pain"
Reconsidering Stargate Universe: "Subversion"
Reconsidering Stargate Univers: "Incursion, Parts 1 and 2"

Other Stargate Franchise Posts
The End Was All Too Near: Stargate Universe - The Complete Final Season
The True Series Finale: Revisiting the Time Travel Adventure of Stargate SG-1's "Moebius"
One More Trip to the Pegasus Galaxy: Stargate Atlantis' Blu-ray Set
You Have a Go: Stargate SG-1 Saves the World at Cheyenne Mountain (Pop Optiq)

Ian McShane as Al Swearengen and Powers Boothe on Deadwood


One of my major blind spots for years was having missed seeing HBO's brutal western series. This summer, I finally sat down and watched the incredible first season. I wrote individual posts about each episode, and the results exceeded my high expectations. There are so many great character actors within this cast, including Powers Boothe, John Hawkes, and Brad Dourif. Timothy Olyphant makes an excellent leading man, and it's hard to say enough good things about Ian McShane as Al Swearengen. Get started with my essay on the Season 1 Finale.

Jeff Probst talks to the castaways in the premiere of Survivor: Blood vs. Water


I boarded the train of this legendary reality competition at the start, and it's still going strong. The most recent Cagayan season was its 28th installment, which makes its success even more surprising. I'm drawn to the strategy of the game, which requires players to treat others like chess pieces. The production values remain high, and even the weaker seasons still provide an entertaining hour. I wrote about four seasons for Pop Optiq starting with One World in 2012. I started writing for Rob Has a Website every week during Cagayan, and it's been great to connect with so many fans.

David Strathairn on Alphas


In 2012, I wrote reviews for Pop Optiq about the genre show Alphas. David Strathairn stars as Dr. Rosen, who led a team of "Alphas" with extraordinary abilities. While this sounds a lot like Heroes, the show sidesteps the problems that doomed that series. John Pyper-Ferguson is intriguing as Stanton Parrish, the adversary who may be too powerful. The surprise performance comes from Ryan Cartwright, who steals nearly every scene as Gary. The show provides great drama because the focus remains on characters, not just action.

Zachary Levi as Chuck and Yvonne Strahovski as Sarah on Chuck


I have a serious connection with Chuck and grew to love the characters. The geeky references and guest stars fell right in my comfort zone. The fifth season was probably the weakest and went in some odd directions, but I'm glad we had a chance to say goodbye to Chuck, Sarah, Casey, Morgan, Ellie, and the entire gang. The final two episodes were pitch-perfect and nearly made up for the issues from earlier in the season. I wrote about the entire fifth season for Pop Optiq

The Starting Line of The Amazing Race 20 with Phil Keoghan

The Amazing Race 

I've been a fan of The Amazing Race since its second season, and I admit that its best days are behind it. The casting can make or break each installment depending on the focus of the producers, and it hasn't great for a while. Despite my concerns, I still enjoy returning to watch Phil Keoghan and the new contestants. I wrote about seasons 20-22 for Pop Optiq beginning with the 20th season in 2012. After season 22, I decided not to keep writing about the show while hoping they corrected the issues. I outlined my ideas for how that could happen in this post for Rob Has a Website. I also co-hosted a podcast on seasons 3 and 4 of The Amazing Race Canada. If you're an old-school fan, you must check out its Canadian brother. 

Ben Browder as John Crichton on Farscape

I'm a big fan of genre TV, especially sci-fi, so I've periodically revisited episodes of classic shows. I've also created a few Top 5 Lists about TV in the same vein and separated the articles about my podcast appearances. Check out these posts using the links below and let me know what you think!

Top 5 Lists

Top 5 Firefly Episodes
Top 5 TV Shows of 2011
Top 5 TV Time Travel Episodes


The Walking Dead Podcast: "This Sorrowful Life"
The Televerse Podcast: Veronica Mars
The Televerse Podcast: Sports Night
The Televerse Podcast: Homicide: Life on the Street
The Demented Podcast: TV-to-Movie Adaptations

Jennifer Garner as Sydney Bristow and Victor Garber as Jack Bristow on Alias

Miscellaneous Articles

Luke Cage, Part 1 (Episodes 1-4)
Continuum: Evil Corporations, Righteous Terrorists, and Timey-Wimey Fun
Agent Carter and the Joys of the Short Season
How Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D Became Alias, and Why That's Such a Good Thing
Top of the Lake: No Escape from the Past
Orange is the New Black: Believe the Hype
Greatest Pilots: Prison Break
Greatest Series Finales: Homicide's "Forgive Us Our Trespasses"
The Groundbreaking Brilliance of Homicide: Life on the Street
Revisiting The X-Files' "Little Green Men"
Mission Impossible: The '89 TV Season (Pop Matters)
Machine! Go! Revisiting Farscape's "Kansas"
Needles of Fire: Revisiting Alias' "The Box"
Frak Earth: Revisiting Battlestar Galactica's "Sometimes a Great Notion"
Checking Out the Rocky Horror Glee Show
Revisiting the Black Lodge: The Twin Peaks Finale