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Another murder scheme goes wrong in all the right ways on Bad Sisters [Apple TV+ recap] ★★★★☆


Bad Sisters recap Apple TV+: A paintball murder plot? What could go wrong?★★★★☆
A paintball murder plot? What could go wrong?
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It’s Bibi Garvey’s time to shine this week on Bad Sisters, Apple TV+’s dark, depraved and hilarious comedy. She deals with the insurance investigators and hatches a new plan to kill the Garvey sisters’ brutish brother-in-law John Paul. But is she the crack shot she remembers?

Bibi and Eva both must overcome personal trauma to make it to their next appointment with death, while Grace starts to crumble as nothing in her life goes even remotely well. This week’s fine episode flirts with hitting risky subtextual bull’s-eyes.

Five Days at Memorial grapples with Hurricane Katrina’s horrible aftermath [Apple TV+ recap] ★★★★☆


Five Days at Memorial recap Apple TV+: For Dr. Bryant King (played by Cornelius Smith Jr.), the horror is inescapable.★★★★☆
For Dr. Bryant King (played by Cornelius Smith Jr.), the horror is inescapable.
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Apple TV+ drama Five Days at Memorial, about the terrifying conditions inside a hospital after Hurricane Katrina, furthers its investigation into the actions taken by medical professionals in the wake of the disaster.

Investigators Rider and Schafer finally get inside Memorial Medical Center to survey the horrors waiting for them. And beleaguered doctor Anna Pou strengthens her defenses in preparation for a landslide. Bryant and Kristy get to tell their sides of the story, and the cuffs finally come out.

It’s a very fine episode of this miniseries as the show winds down.

Explosive revelations set See on a course for war [Apple TV+ recap] ★★☆☆☆


See recap Apple TV+: Oh, Kofun, what have you done?★★☆☆☆
Oh, Kofun, what have you done?
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This week’s See finds everyone taking stock of their miserable situations before the inevitable next course of action. The Apple TV+ dystopian sci-fi epic about a world where most people lost their sight generations ago is getting ready for war.

Sibeth is missing, Baba is back, Maghra finally sees the light, Tamacti Jun is at his wit’s end, and Kofun steps up.

For Central Park, the third time’s definitely not a charm [Apple TV+ review] ★☆☆☆☆


Central Park season 3 review Apple TV+: Here we go again ...★☆☆☆☆
Here we go again ...
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Central Park returns to Apple TV+ on Friday with more singing, dancing, rapid-fire jokes that aren’t funny and plots that go nowhere.

The third season of the cartoon from Bob’s Burgers creator Loren Bouchard, star Josh Gad and writer Nora Smith does the usual spinning in extravagant circles without gaining any momentum. And unfortunately, the songs don’t forward the plot, such as it is.

Cynical Gutsy flatters Hillary the Conqueror once again [Apple TV+ review] ☆☆☆☆


Gutsy review Apple TV+: Gutsy women Hillary Clinton, Amy Schumer and Chelsea Clinton.☆☆☆☆
Gutsy women Hillary Clinton, Amy Schumer and Chelsea Clinton.
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Apple TV+’s Gutsy, a deeply cynical PR stunt from former first lady Hillary Clinton and her daughter Chelsea, attempts to preach to a very specific choir while celebrating everything human about someone who at this point couldn’t be less relatable to the American public.

Gutsy is an expensive, self-aggrandizing road trip shared by women who were never really like the rest of us and now never will be. The series, which premiered Friday on Apple TV+, is replete with jaw-dropping guest stars, rehearsed banter, and about as much “fun” as an orientation day skit at college.

Basically, Gutsy is the unappealing answer to the question, “What do you give the woman who has everything?”

Five Days at Memorial tries to make sense of a disaster that left ’45 Dead’ [Apple TV+ recap] ★★★★☆


Five Days at Memorial recap: After Hurricane Katrina, there's a horrible mess to clean up.★★★★☆
After Hurricane Katrina, there's a horrible mess to clean up.
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Five Days at Memorial looks back at the events of horrifying devastation wrought by Hurricane Katrina in this week’s episode.

The Apple TV+ show about the terrible deaths of patients left behind after a hospital’s evacuation finally turns its sights on the investigation and trial that followed. As investigators try to work through the impossible situation that lead to the deaths of 45 patients, the show slackens its lead a little now that the “worst” is over. But of course, the ordeal of Memorial is nowhere near finished.

See can’t find a way to make the murk work [Apple TV+ recap] ★★☆☆☆


See recap Apple TV: Maghra (played by Hera Hilmar) and Baba Voss (Jason Momoa) come face-to-face again.★★☆☆☆
Maghra (played by Hera Hilmar) and Baba Voss (Jason Momoa) come face-to-face again.
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Baba Voss returns to civilization after a short-lived exile on this week’s episode of See, the Apple TV+ show about a world in the future where everyone on earth has gone blind.

Our hero Baba Voss (played by Jason Momoa) is trying to raise the alarm about explosives — but no one wants to hear it. Plus, his adopted sun Kofun is still shaky on the needs of fatherhood, and Baba’s wife Queen Maghra is between a rock and a hard place. Maghra’s sister, deposed queen Sibeth Kane, may have run out of ways to stay alive.

It’s a silly episode from start to finish — even if you manage to see what’s happening amid all the murky on-screen action.

On Bad Sisters, everyone’s got a motive for murder [Apple TV+ recap] ★★★★


Bad Sisters recap Apple TV+: Revenge is a family matter in Bad Sisters.★★★★
Eve Hewson and Eva Birthistle are good to each other on Bad Sisters.
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Apple TV+ hit dark comedy Bad Sisters takes us through Becka’s motive for a murder this week. In the devilishly good series about the murder of a selfish bastard, we flash back to witness the fourth sister’s experience with bad brother-in-law John Paul — and the dispiriting effect it had on all of Garveys.

Meanwhile, in the present, Becka deals with her complicated romantic entanglement with the man trying to bring her and her sisters down.  Elsewhere, Eva gets serious with Gabriel, Ursula runs out of options, and JP finds a new target in a truly stellar episode.

Surface finale will have Hitchcock rolling in his grave [Apple TV+ recap] ★★☆☆☆


Surface finale recap Apple TV+: Oh no ... it's a new mystery.★★☆☆☆
Oh no ... it's a new mystery.
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Dreary Apple TV+ series Surface — about a woman who can’t remember her life, and the trouble her condition causes everyone around her — wraps up with a new set of twists and turns and an unrelated mystery.

Despite trying to make it seem like Sophie has finally done something for herself, the particulars and the ambition don’t bear this out. Surface ends by starting from the beginning, having apparently decided its central mystery isn’t interesting enough.

I could have told them that after episode one.