22nd Nov2015

‘Flesh and Bone 1×08: Scorched Earth’ Review

by Gretchen Felker-Martin

“Now go out there, and fuck ’em in the heart.” Scorched Earth gives the largest single bite of its extended running time to Claire actually dancing Toni’s Dakini. It’s a gutsy choice, hanging a season finale on a play within a play, but while it delivers moments of transcendence it also edges out all possible resolution for loose ends […]

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22nd Nov2015

‘Flesh and Bone 1×07: Full Dress’ Review

by Gretchen Felker-Martin

“A little pain is a fact of this life. To feel it is a choice. I choose no.” Paul said it way back in the premiere: a ballerina’s job is to make the arduous look effortless. Full Dress takes that thought and runs with it, giving us a full hour of people trying desperately to […]

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20th Nov2015

‘Flesh and Bone 1×06: F.U.B.A.R’ Review

by Gretchen Felker-Martin

Ross: “Which movement do you want?” Paul: “Childhood.” F.U.B.A.R is messier, less visually stimulating, and broader than the hard-hitting ‘M.I.A,’ an unending procession of gloom and doom which spends far too long showing us how fucked up each and every character is when it comes to work, love, and family. The holidays, stressful even for […]

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19th Nov2015

‘Flesh and Bone 1×05: M.I.A’ Review

by Gretchen Felker-Martin

“There are many girls, Angel. Who can keep track of them all?” The third act of ‘M.I.A’ is wrenchingly confident in its pacing, a tense and ugly progress toward a muted tragedy in the backseat of a luxurious private town car. If the first two acts spend their time in puzzling ways, branching into multiple […]

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18th Nov2015

‘Flesh and Bone 1×04: Boogie Dark’ Review

by Gretchen Felker-Martin

“A rumble comes. The ground opens up. A black tongue reaches out. Bodies get pulled down, down, down. Swallowed, whole, before they even know they’re dead.” Flesh and Bone has been showing stress fractures since its premiere. Four episodes in there’s a pervasive sense that the messages the show espouses, the martial succinctness of the title […]

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12th Nov2015

‘Flesh and Bone 1×03: Reconnaissance’ Review

by Gretchen Felker-Martin

“‘There is no ‘there’ there.’” Reconnaissance, the third of Flesh and Bone‘s eight episodes, is as preoccupied with spying, interrogation, and information as its title suggests. The hour of inquest and mystery has its ups and downs, but the strange Hitchockian climax to which it builds is worth the bumpy ride. The dizzying sprint down the […]

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11th Nov2015

‘Flesh and Bone 1×02: Cannon Fodder’ Review

by Gretchen Felker-Martin

“Your brain plays all kinds of tricks on you when you’re overseas. Tells you all kinds of fucked-up shit.” The motormouth veteran unlucky enough to pick Bryan as a seatmate on the bus to New York, a man who both looks and sounds like the voice track in a Godspeed You! Black Emperor single, knows exactly what […]

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10th Nov2015

‘Flesh and Bone 1×01: Bulling Through’ Review

by Gretchen Felker-Martin

“It’s no big deal. I lost a toenail.” The smeared boundary line between art and obsession has been rich storytelling fodder since long before Darren Aronofsky’s bloated Black Swan – perhaps the most obvious point of comparison for Flesh and Bone – plié-d joylessly into movie theaters. A new eight-episode Starz miniseries from Breaking Bad veteran Moira Walley-Beckett(writer of Ozymandias, maybe the most viciously […]

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