tv reviews

These are TV reviews from BRUSIMM. If you’re looking for the artistic take or what not on a TV show… that’s not this place. Here on Brusimm, we just have fun and after watching something on TV, we tell you if it hurt or was fun. Did it inspire or numb the senses? It’s what we do. We see, we write, we report. Nothing fancy! -Bruce

Channel Zero Candle Cove review

Syfy‘s Channel Zero: Candle Cove, through the run of its short season, felt like Rectify meets Fortitude meets Fargo and they all end up meeting American Horror Story!!! IT was surprisingly good.

Channel Zero is an anthology series telling the stories of Creepypastas, Internet short form horror stories, including Candle Cove and the No-End House. (No-End House will be the next season.)

The cast includes Paul Schneider, Abigail Priowsky, John Carrol Lynch, Fiona Shaw, and more.

Channel Zero on Amazon

The series starts out with a slow, methodical story that focuses on one man’s trauma in two eras, the present and the past, from his youth, 1980. As the story develops, we see children become manipulated, which in turn, manipulates adults.

But during this slow build of a story,I found myself drawn in by where the story was taking us, in the present and the past events. They made no sense and still came together to make more and more sense with each episode.

Candle Cove feels like a blend of some of the previously noted twisted shows. It starts becoming messed up, it’s dark, it’s engaging, and at times, it can actually shock you.

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The Whispers

Did anyone catch this new ghostly looking series, The Whispers, on ABC Monday night? It is a curious little tale of games that children play with an unseen entity. But the games they play can get people seriously hurt.

The FBI is brought in to check out one such incident of extreme damage done to an adult.

Then there’s the man who does not know who he is, but seems to be following the entity around town. Plus he has tattoos all over his body that seem closely related to events we were watching.

On top of that, there’s a dad of one of the kids, who is chasing down something that has apparently snatched a military aircraft out of the sky 4,000 miles away and is holding on to it somewhere in the desert of a foreign land.

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Review of FORTITUDE on Pivot TV

June 3, 2015

Fortitude is a fascinating, slow burn of a show that keeps you on the edge of your seat while waiting for something dead to sit up and take credit. Despite not being a Sci-fi series. – Fortitude stars Stanley Tucci, Sienna Guillory, Christopher Eccleston, Michael Gambon, Jessica Raine, Luke Treadway, Richard Dormer and more. The […]

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Review of Marvel’s AGENT CARTER on ABC

June 1, 2015

I just finished binge watching ABCs Agent Carter on my DVR. The first season was a quickie eight episode run, because if for nothing else, I suspect there was a mild lack of faith with the show, hoping it would be received well enough by viewers and Marvel fans. But I found myself enjoying the […]

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THE FLASH, Season One Finale Was Eye Opening

May 20, 2015

The first season finale of The Flash on The CW came at the fans with such an intensity of story that I kept double checking I was watching the same show, but sure enough, after establishing several character stories, after doing a few cross overs with Arrow, and showing us Barry Allen’s (Grant Gustin) journey […]

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LAST MAN ON EARTH Season Finale And Thoughts

May 7, 2015

The Last Man on Earth was about a guy (LIGHT SPOILERS ahead) that thought he was the last human alive after some disease ravaged the world. But as we learned throughout the season, he was NOT the last man or human on Earth. But in his travels, he left signs all around that he was […]

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GREY’S ANATOMY – The Powerful Episode We Won’t Forget

April 24, 2015

Last night’s episode of Grey’s Anatomy, titled “How to Save a Life,” (aired on Apr 23, 2015) was about as powerful of an episode from this series that I could ever remember. It was powerful, yet not shocking and for some, quite spoiled. We also know WHY events in this episode took place. – Last […]

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THE WALKING DEAD Season Five Finale

April 1, 2015

The fifth season of The Walking Dead has come and gone. And to be honest there was a refreshing aspect to the show in this season that had it stand out above other seasons. That is, throughout the season, there was never one real enemy or challenge, but in general, the overall challenge of surviving […]

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BETTER CALL SAUL, Two Episodes To Go And…

March 25, 2015

This week’s latest episode of Better Call Saul, “Rico,” was yet another exceptionally entertaining 40 minutes from Vince Gilligan. Gilligan knows how to deliver scenics and silence, all while still telling the story without the words. It’s almost magical. And the whether the scenics are in a room, looking through some parking lot posts and […]

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BATTLE CREEK Premiere Review

March 10, 2015

So far, I have caught the first two episodes of the new show called Battle Creek, starring Josh Duhamel (Transformers film franchise) and Dean Winters. (Yes, if you think his voice seems familiar, he was in those Allstate Insurance disaster ads, but he’s also been on Law & Order: SVU, 30 Rock and Rescue Me) A […]

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THE LAST MAN ON EARTH: A Review of Sorts

March 2, 2015

If you mean to catch series premiere of The Last Man on Earth, and missed it, don’t worry. You did not miss much. SPOILERS FOLLOW because it was the only way to review this show. When I saw the ads, I thought to myself how can a single man, with nothing to do, carry a […]

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THE WALKING DEAD’s “Remember” Is A Huge Trap!

March 2, 2015

On the latest episode of The Walking Dead, we saw the group accept the invitation and enter Alexandria. Let’s keep in mind the promo art tagline from this season of The Walking Dead as we keep watching, “The new world is going to need Rick Grimes.” We watched the den mother of the place accept […]

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A Quick WALKING DEAD Recap and Perspective

February 24, 2015

Holy Crap people… can you believe what is taking place in The Walking Dead as of this last weekend? The Walking Dead SPOILERS abound if you have not seen the latest episode last night, on 2-22-15. – Last night on AMC’s The Walking Dead, the group has been made aware of the man named Aaron. […]

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THE SLAP, A Review Of Sorts

February 13, 2015

The Slap series premiere aired Thursday on NBC (2-12-15) to just over 5 million curious television viewers, which some industry experts refer to as a modest start to this eight-episode miniseries. (This show has been running since 2011 down in Australia, so it has rating legs there!) The cast is impressive for a television series: […]

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THE WALKING DEAD Season Five Mid-Season Premiere Recap

February 9, 2015

The second (mid) season premiere of AMC’s The Walking Dead returned last night to what I am sure will be yet more stellar TV rating numbers night for the network. Numbers that not only looked good as the episode started, but also good in retention throughout the hour, because this mid-season premiere was riveting, odd […]

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BETTER CALL SAUL Series Premiere Recap

February 9, 2015

The series premiere of Better Call Saul showed us that this show is going to stand out on its own and soon, we will probably forget that this is a prequel to Breaking Bad, it feels like it will be that good, all within the scope of the brain-scape of Vince Gilligan. Well, it will […]

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12 MONKEYS: “Splinter” and “Mentally Divergent” Review and Recap

February 6, 2015

Whether behind the guise of a deep space adventure or a fantastical monster romp, science fiction films lend the perfect background for an exploration of philosophical and ideological questions. 12 Monkeys trips through time, allowing the viewer to reimagine their conceptualizations of memory and self. It’s a staple in the 90’s  sci-fi canon. Directed by […]

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PARENTHOOD Series Finale, Farewell and Thank You

February 2, 2015

The last episode of Parenthood has come and gone. It delivered on the story about the Braverman’s over the last six seasons, giving us closure on all fronts with the family we’ve come to know and love as TV fans. Here I chat a little about the sixth season of Parenthood, the people behind it, […]

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