Scout Tafoya, author at Cult of Mac

The Last Thing He Told Me finale packs an emotional wallop [Apple TV+ recap] ★★★


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Hanna (played by Jennifer Garner) must make a tough decision in the series finale of The Last Thing He Told Me.
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TV+ Review Apple TV+ limited series The Last Thing He Told Me comes to a shockingly emotional end this week.

In the series finale, Hannah makes a calculated risk on behalf of her stepdaughter and herself, and they’re both still distraught over the disappearance of their husband and father. Plus, a shadowy criminal and a U.S. Marshal offer competing visions of safety for the pair — and no one’s sure which one is better.

The Big Door Prize season finale spits out cliffhangers large and small [Apple TV+ recap] ★★★★☆


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Surprise! The Morpho machine has even bigger mysteries to spin.
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TV+ ReviewThe Big Door Prize closes its first season with a blackout at Deerfest and a big twist from the Morpho. The show, about a mysterious machine that reads people’s futures, throws harsh weather and hard truths at its cast of misfit townies this week.

Father Reuben and Hana experience a few troubling realizations. Cass and Izzy have another blow-up. Jacob and Trina try to make it through their first real date. And more than one storm is brewing in this compelling cap to a winning season of a wonderful show.

Ted Lasso starts to wrap up loose ends this week [Apple TV+ recap] ★★★☆☆


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Toheeb Jimoh and Phil Dunster in "Ted Lasso," now streaming on Apple TV+.
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TV+ ReviewApple TV+’s runaway hit Ted Lasso starts closing up shop this week as the show nears the end of season three. The stars of AFC Richmond are out of town, but that doesn’t mean we can’t wrap up some loose ends.

Keeley finds herself without a job or an office. Rebecca has a big meeting, and one small chance to make a difference. Roy starts thinking about human connection. Sam suffers a series of letdowns. And Nate goes on a soul-searching trip back home.

While undoubtedly enervating, this week’s episode, entitled “International Break,” occasionally scores a win.

High Desert is the right kind of rolling disaster [Apple TV+ recap] ★★★★☆


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Peggy Newman (played by Patricia Arquette) is a marvelous disaster in edgy new comedy High Desert.
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TV+ Review In the tragicomic new Apple TV+ series High Desert, Patricia Arquette plays Peggy Newman, a drug addict and serial liar/improviser who’s trying to remake her life after her husband goes to jail and ruins her social standing.

The perpetually broke and broken Peggy is a marvelous creation. The first three episodes of High Desert arrived on Apple TV+ today, and the show is mighty good company.

3 Reasons to Watch: Silo on Apple TV+


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Rebecca Ferguson's gutsy performance is just one reason to watch epic sci-fi series Silo.
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In this installment of 3 Reasons to Watch, our hand-cranked Apple TV+ recommendation engine, we’re looking at the dystopian sci-fi show du jour, Silo.

Created by Graham Yost (Justified, Speed), and based on the books by Hugh Howey, the show focuses on the last people on earth, who live in a huge, underground structure and slowly start to learn there’s more to their predicament than meets the eye. We’re only three episodes into the series, but Silo is already a bona fide hit. Here’s why you should get in now.

Drops of God uncorks some doozies this week [Apple TV+ recap] ★★★★☆


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Issei (played by Tomohisa Yamashita) gets some big surprises this week.
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TV+ ReviewDrops of God, the impressive new Apple TV+ series about an impossible contest to determine the winner of a fortune in wine, brings us to our second challenge this week.

In the episode, entitled “The Link,” Issei deals with the fallout from his father’s latest and most devastating decision. And Camille is given even more choices as she struggles to come out ahead in the latest contest.

Still: A Michael J. Fox Movie will inspire and entertain you [Apple TV+ review] ★★★


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Still stands strong as a stirring portrait of actor Michael J. Fox.
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TV+ ReviewNew Apple TV+ documentary Still: A Michael J. Fox Movie tells the story of the charismatic actor’s life, his complicated relationship with stardom, and the degenerative disease that hit him at an early age.

Directed by Davis Guggenheim (An Inconvenient Truth, He Named Me Malala), it’s a fleet, funny, tragic and humane portrait of a man desperate to get everything out of his head while he still can.

The Last Thing He Told Me serves up some chilling secrets [Apple TV+ recap] ★★★☆☆


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Hannah (played by Jennifer Garner) finally gets to the bottom of her missing husband's real identity.
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TV+ ReviewThe Last Thing He Told Me nears its endgame this week as Bailey goes AWOL and Hannah must make a tough choice.

The Apple TV+ thriller, about a software developer with a rap sheet who goes missing and leaves a trail of breadcrumbs for his wife and daughter, finally starts to spill its last bunch of secrets before a showdown or a retreat in next week’s finale. Hannah needs to decide which of those sounds more appealing, and which will keep her stepdaughter the safest.

Silo goes deep into the machine [Apple TV+ recap] ★★★


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Juliette (played by Rebecca Ferguson) tries to repair the silo's gigantic generator.
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TV+ ReviewNew Apple TV+ sci-fi series Silo examines the social machinations at play in the titular structure, and takes us deep inside the belly of the beast for a truly thrilling sequence.

The show — about the last people on earth, who live inside an incalculably huge structure powered by a huge generator — takes a long walk with the mayor for political points. And Juliette lands a job offer, but she needs a big favor before she’s ready to take it.

After so much table-setting, Silo gets down to business in the episode, entitled “Machines.”

City on Fire tries to capture the heat of NYC in 2003 [Apple TV+ recap] ★★★☆☆


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The death of Samantha (played by Chase Sui Wonders) ties together a string of ugly events in New York City, circa 2003, in City on Fire.
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TV+ ReviewNew drama City on Fire is here to shake up the Apple TV+ lineup. Set in New York City in 2003, it’s a twisty, coincidence-laden tale of a girl killed in Central Park. It focuses on an interconnected web of people who want to know what happened and why, as well as suspects who want the world to forget about her death.

With its sprawling depiction of crime and the NYC music scene, City on Fire looks like a coin toss: a qualified success or an interesting misfire. Either way, this one’s worth a watch.