Scout Tafoya, author at Cult of Mac

Echo 3 is a deeply strange military thriller [Apple TV+ recap] ★★☆☆

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Echo 3 recap Apple TV+: New series Echo 3 takes Apple TV+ to a weird new battlefront.★★☆☆
Echo 3 takes Apple TV+ to a weird new battlefront.
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TV+ ReviewNew Apple TV+ series Echo 3 follows two very different military men who venture to South America to rescue a mutual loved one during a clandestine war.

Written and produced by Mark Boal, the mind behind Zero Dark Thirty and The Hurt Locker, the series is deeply strange, if certainly memorable. And it shows Apple TV+ heading in a new, possibly suspect, direction.

The Mosquito Coast gives us that sinking feeling [Apple TV+ recap] ★★★★☆

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The Mosquito Coast recap Apple TV+: The Fox family finds itself with a boatload of troubles this week.★★★★☆
The Fox family finds itself with a boatload of troubles this week.
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TV+ ReviewApple TV+’s Mosquito Coast finds sanctuary at long last this week, but is it everything it appears to be? The Foxes are still learning hard lessons the hard way, surrounded at once by people who are like them and not —  and who know their place, unlike the Foxes.

Dina, Margot and Charlie have their doubts about their new home but Allie is all in, and he’s going to make sure they know how he feels. A hefty new complication rears its head in a tense episode of the thriller series about a family on the lam.

Shantaram shines with a street fight in Bombay’s slums [Apple TV+ recap] ★★★

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Shantaram recap Apple TV+: Just as in real life, everybody's flawed in Shantaram.★★★
Just as in real life, everybody's flawed in Shantaram.
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TV+ Review In this week’s edition of Apple TV+ limited series Shantaram, Lin recovers from cholera with Karla’s help, and she’s discovering she isn’t the moral person she’d been hoping she was deep down. Shah and Khan go to war over water, Prabhu gets a win, Ravi makes a chilling discovery, and Lisa and Modena have an ultimatum or two in front of them.

As the show enters its back half, Shantaram’s becoming a very agreeable place to hang — even with all the bad people hanging around.

Mythic Quest crushes it at the brunch [Apple TV+ recap] ★★★★★

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Mythic Quest recap Apple TV+: Are you ready to laugh so hard your neighbors complain?★★★★★
Are you ready to laugh so hard your neighbors complain?
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TV+ ReviewIt’s girlboss brunch time on this week’s Mythic Quest, the Apple TV+ show about the overworked, undervalued and confused team of executives and developers who keep a gaming company afloat. Jo, Poppy and Rachel go to brunch together and make some discoveries about themselves and each other.

Meanwhile, Ian and Dana search for inspiration in the desert. David gets excited because a Mythic Quest movie might be in the works, even though everyone and everything is screaming at him that it’s a bad idea. Also, Brad might not be the changed man he appears to be.

Acapulco reverts to its unsatisfying sitcom roots this week [Apple TV+ recap] ☆☆☆

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Acapulco recap Apple TV+: Just when it seemed like the show was ready to break free of its sitcom bindings, a hopelessly frothy episode ensues.☆☆☆
Just when it seemed like Acapulco was ready to break free of its tedious sitcom bindings, a hopelessly frothy episode ensues.
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TV+ ReviewApple TV+ comedy Acapulco, about an old millionaire reminiscing about his early life as a wage slave at a popular resort in the ’80s, takes two trips down memory lane this week. Diane relives her glory days before Las Colinas, while Maximo remembers a moral dilemma that cost him and rewarded him in equal measure.

There’s a party at the resort, and all the ghosts of Diane’s past are invited in an unfortunately middling episode.

Adorable Interrupting Chicken teaches kids about storytelling [Apple TV+ review] ★★★★☆

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Interrupting Chicken review Apple TV+: Interrupting Chicken puts a new spin on old fairy tales.★★★★☆
Interrupting Chicken puts a new spin on old fairy tales.
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TV+ ReviewInterrupting Chicken, the new Apple TV+ children’s show about a family of chickens who get lost in the power of books and storytelling, is a winning combination of beautiful animation, good voice acting, and charming and warm-hearted stories.

Based on the Caldecott Medal-winning book series of the same name, written and illustrated by David Ezra Stein, it’s another solid entry in Apple’s growing catalog of kids shows.

Spirited will haunt you with the ghost of Christmas crap [Apple TV+ review] ☆☆☆☆

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Spirited review Apple TV+: There's plenty of singing and dancing in ☆☆☆☆
There's plenty of singing and dancing in Spirited, but do you really expect jokes in your musical comedies?
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TV+ Review Spirited, the Apple TV+ musical comedy remake of A Christmas Carol, is a depressingly literal, overly sarcastic and nightmarishly unfunny look at the lives of the people who work from beyond the grave to make Christmas cheer.

In the film, which hits the streaming service today, Will Ferrell plays a spirit who’s lost his mojo when he meets a man who’s more persuasive than he is. The laughs never start and the songs never stop in this gaudy waste of money and talent.

Cholera and shady sex take a toll on Shantaram [Apple TV+ recap] ★★★

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Shantaram recap Apple TV+: During an outbreak of disease, Lin Ford (played by Charlie Hunnam) makes a sketchy deal.★★★
During an outbreak of disease, Lin Ford (played by Charlie Hunnam) makes a sketchy deal.
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TV+ Review There’s a cholera outbreak this week on Apple TV+ epic Shantaram, and impostor doctor Lin Ford finds himself in the thick of it. If he saves lives, he’ll become a hero. If he doesn’t, he’ll be a pariah.

Meanwhile, Lisa and Karla make business arrangements that threaten relationships with the people closest to them. Abdullah gives Maurizio an ultimatum, Khan gives the competition a scare, and Lin must make some very hard choices.

It’s another gripping episode of the Bombay-set thriller.

It’s party time in Acapulco! [Apple TV+ recap] ★★★☆☆

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Acapulco recap: A trip to a club doesn't play out as planned.★★★☆☆
A trip to a club doesn't play out as planned.
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TV+ ReviewCandy-colored Apple TV+ comedy Acapulco takes stock of its situation on an eventful trip to the city this week. Sara is sleeping at Las Colinas illegally, and her mother Nora still wants to put the fear of god into her. Meanwhile, Memo’s feeling down and Maximo’s solution just makes things worse. Also, Chad wants to dance, and Don Pablo wants out.

Acapulco goes through a few ups and downs this week as the creative team takes a few risks, and the writers fall back on bad habits.

The Foxes need quick fixes on this week’s The Mosquito Coast [Apple TV+ recap] ★★★★☆

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The Mosquito Coast recap Apple TV+: Engine trouble leads to big trouble -- and big revelations -- for the Fox family.★★★★☆
Engine trouble leads to big problems -- and big revelations -- for the Fox family.
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TV+ ReviewThis week on Apple TV+ thriller The Mosquito Coast, the Fox family’s boat suffers some serious damage but the show itself refuses to run aground.

Allie suffers a bad bug bite that takes him out of the equation when they need him most. Plus, Charlie finally comes clean about his guilt, and Dina starts being honest with herself. It’s an excellent episode with all the tension and beauty you could hope for.