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The 30 Best TV Episodes of 2018, Ranked

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In an age when people are far too used to blasting through entire seasons (or series) in a weekend, it’s a pleasure to celebrate the concept of the great episode: a concise bite of storytelling that functions as its own narrative as well as a part of a larger whole.

Last year’s list was 25 episodes, but expanding this list to 30 became necessary given the incredible scope of television to be considered — across all platforms, there was too much to celebrate. Some of the series below represent the year’s most significant programs, while others may not have made IndieWire’s best-of lists, but deserved recognition for what they achieved within individual installments. From soul-deep despair to giggle-inducing joy, the range of TV in 2018 covered all corners of the human existence.

IndieWire’s picks for the best episodes of the year are an eclectic bunch, but what they have
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Movie Review – Silencio (2018)

Silencio, 2018.

Directed by Lorena Villarreal.

Starring Melina Matthews, Rupert Graves, John Noble, Michel Chauvet


Ana has to find a mythic stone to save her son’s life. During the search through space and time, she encounters family secrets and enemies who will stop at nothing to utilize the stone’s power.

In Mexico’s ‘Zone of Silence’ – a sort of real-life Bermuda Triangle area where all sorts of unexplained events have apparently taken place – two scientists researching a meteorite storm discover a mysterious stone, the like-of which they have never encountered before. The composition of it is deeply strange to them, as though it has come straight from the unknown of outer space. Soon enough, they find out the true power of the stone as it whisks them back to Prof. James (John Noble) tragic past and the loss of his entire family. Sensing a chance at changing the past,
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Film Review: ‘Silencio’

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Film Review: ‘Silencio’
It’s become a reigning pulp cliché of our era that practically every dramatic protagonist must have a dead or endangered child motivating them. It’s the fallback device to provide “depth” to a troubled character, or to explain why they might bother saving the world or doing anything else for the greater good. Lorena Villarreal’s “Silencio” takes that lazy writer’s emotional choke-chain to ridiculous extremes, as eventually here it seems there’s almost no central figure who doesn’t have a child’s life to rescue or avenge. This turgid fantasy thriller, boasting scant thrills or imagination, douses a mystic time-travel concept with soap operatic hand-wringing to mawkishly unconvincing effect. The U.S.-Mexican co-production is getting released to some 300 Stateside screens, primarily targeting Hispanic markets.

A prologue depicts a Nasa missile going off-course and crashing in the Zone of Silence, “the Bermuda Triangle of Mexico” which
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Interview: Writer/Director Lorena Villarreal Talks Silencio

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Set against the backdrop of Mexico’s Bermuda Triangle—the Zone of Silence—Lorena Villarreal’s sci-fi thriller Silencio is centered around a psychologist named Ana (Melina Matthews) who must locate a special stone discovered by her grandfather (John Noble) that has special abilities that can not only save her son’s life, but impact the world as we know it.

Silencio arrives in theaters this Friday, and earlier this week, Daily Dead spoke to Villarreal about how this strange phenomenon in Mexico inspired her to make this film, working with her incredible cast, the joy of having her film headed to the big screen for a theatrical run, and more.

Great to speak with you today, Lorena. I would love to start at the beginning of this, and talk about what inspired your story for Silencio. I didn't know much about the Zone of Silence myself, and I just
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Review: Silencio, Time-Bending Thriller That Misses Opportunities

Science fiction, arguably, has always been the more ponderous of the fantastic genres, in that in its various high-concept scenarios, it asks its audience to contemplate large questions regarding the nature of human existence, and how we function within that existence. Lorena Villarreal's english-language feature debut, Silencio, gives such a scenario, but sadly takes a long time to get there, and misses many opportunities to consider deeper and more interesting questions along the way. In the Zone of Silence, an area of Mexico names as such for its magnetic properties, scientists James (John Noble) and Peter (Nic Jackman) discover a strange stone, which, when handled at precisely 3:33, transports them to a tragic moment in time: when James' daughter, son-in-law, and grandaughters were killed in...

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‘DC’s Legends of Tomorrow’: Why the CW Underdog Is Television’s Most Delightful Series

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This fall, “DC’s Legends of Tomorrow” star Dominic Purcell offered a withering indictment of the first season in an Instagram post — namely, that it “sucked.” This was not an uncommon opinion of the series when it initially launched in 2016. But it meant something coming from Purcell, who still plays Mick Rory on what has become, in Season 4, the most flat-out enjoyable show on television.

However, Purcell clarified that while the first season of the time travel adventure show “was a dud” and he “wanted off it,” the second season was “a genius master stroke” by the writers, who realized they could “have fun with it.”

Much like Purcell, fans have come to embrace the beautiful strangeness of “Legends.” It’s just one of the 14 series on which uber-producer Greg Berlanti currently has his name, but the only one that brings together a revolving door of lower-tier characters drawn
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Silencio Explores the Zone of Silence and its Mysteries this October 26th in Theatres

Silencio is an upcoming science fiction thriller. Filmed on the U.S./Mexico border, the film looks at some of strangeness that occurs in the Zone of Silence. Here, people have experienced real life mechanical troubles, or have simply disappeared. A trailer was released for the film, recently (found below). This exciting thriller will debut in the United States later this month and in Mexico, this November. As well, Silencio stars John Noble (The Lord of the Rings), Rupert Graves (V for Vendetta), Melina Matthews and Michel Chauvet. Director Lorena Villarreal developed her story from some of her research on the area. All of the details, on Silencio, are hosted here. Director Villarreal mentioned some of bizarre experiences that have taken place in the Zone of Silence. She says of the mysteries there: "we really wanted to focus on the mysterious occurrences that had no explanations. We did a lot of research,
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31 Characters Who Surprised Us With Their Amazing Vocals

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Everyone has, at some point, imagined a scenario where he is an amazing singer stepping onto a stage, and wowing thousands of people with his voice. 

Since we can't do that, we'll stick to the next best thing -- writing about those people who can sing -- because living vicariously through them is so much more fun.

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Also, try not to smash your phone to pieces when you come across characters from canceled shows you're still pissed about, because it is a cruel world we live in, and no one likes us having good things.  

Settle down as we count down these 31 characters who you'd never expect can sing anyone back from the edge, and do it with style! 

1. Walter Bishop (Fringe) Yes, John Noble does sing. Walter sings his way
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Review: Legends of Tomorrow the Complete Third Season

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“Insane is what we do best.”

To appreciate fully the CW’s Legends of Tomorrow, you just have to lean in with the crazy. An antidote to the overly grim Arrow, the spinoff show embraces its sloppiness. The “legends” wear their inefficiency as a badge of honor and each episode of the third season amplifies this while also tightening the bonds between them.

Legends of Tomorrow the Complete Third Season is a three-disc set out now from Warner Home Video, In addition to all 18 episodes, we get the complete “Crisis on Earth-x” crossover with Arrow, Flash, and Supergirl. Taken as a whole, the season introduces a major threat and deals with it, while also pausing to focus on the various characters while also setting up the fourth season, doing a better job than its peers do.

We open with time having been broken and the Legends racing about repairing the
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Legends of Tomorrow Deleted Scene: Sara Learns About Ava's Ability to Love

Rip Hunter has words both laudatory and revelatory for Sara Lance in this deleted scene from DC’s Legends of Tomorrow.

In Season 3’s penultimate episode, titled “Guest Starring John Noble,” the Legends were ramping up toward their final clash with Mallus, while also processing the recent reveal that Agent Ava Sharpe is a clone, created when Rip founded the Time Bureau.

In the scene above, Rip (played by Arthur Darvill) reassures a second-guessing Sara (Caity Lotz) about her performance-to-date as captain of the Waverider. He then ponders Ava’s own accomplishments, before sharing some very important intel about how
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Octane Entertainment to trumpet 'Silencio' in Tiff (exclusive)

Octane Entertainment to trumpet 'Silencio' in Tiff (exclusive)
Rupert Graves, Melina Matthews, John Noble star in Zone of Silence thriller.

Octane Entertainment has taken on worldwide sales to the elevated thriller Silencio starring Rupert Graves and Melina Matthews and produced by Mexico’s Barraca Producciones.

Octane president Jack Campbell has introduced the project to Toronto buyers. Lorena Villarreal directs and Denisse Chapa serves as producer.

Silencio centres on a woman who, desperate to save her son’s life, embarks on a dangerous search for a mystical stone that her grandfather discovered in Mexico’s Zone of Silence. John Noble also stars.

The Zone of Silence is the name
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Are We Getting Sharp-er Objects? Does Sinner Need DNA Test? Showtime Has a Leaving Lady Problem? And More Qs!

Are We Getting Sharp-er Objects? Does Sinner Need DNA Test? Showtime Has a Leaving Lady Problem? And More Qs!
We’ve got questions, and you’ve (maybe) got answers! With another week of TV gone by, we’re lobbing queries left and right about shows including Wynonna Earp, Sharp Objects, Fear the Walking Dead, The Good Doctor, Better Call Saul and more!

1 | Was anyone else excited to see NBC’s late, great Great News arrive on Netflix, only to disappointedly realize the streamer only has rights to Season 1?

2 | Does Wynonna Earp‘s Bulshar look more like The Mask or Roger Rabbit‘s Judge Doom?

3 | ‘Member how at TCA press tour, Sharp Objects EPs insisted that this is a one-season limited series?
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Intriguing First Look at John Noble & Rupert Graves in Silencio [Trailer]

Over the years, I've seen, heard and read about many a strange occurrence (thanks "Coast to Coast"), but there's always some other unexplainable thing around the corner and today I learned about another one: the Zone of Silence which also happens to be at the centre of Lorena Villarreal's Silencio.

The movie stars Melina Matthews as Ana, a woman on a quest to find a powerful stone which she thinks can save her son's life. I've watched the trailer twice and I can't quite figure out what the stone's power is but I'm getting some Looper vibes here and am starting to think that John Noble, who plays Ana's father, maybe travelling back in time.

The movie also stars Rupert Graves as an expert on the Zone of Silence and from the looks of it, his expertise isn't wholly scie
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TV Stars Who Deserve Emmys but Have Never Been Nominated — IndieWire Critics Survey

Every week, IndieWire asks a select handful of TV critics two questions and publishes the results on Tuesday.

This week’s question: Who is the one performer deserving of an Emmy but has never been nominated?

(Of all time. This is open to any actors on canceled TV shows also, not just current contenders.)

Ben Travers (@BenTTravers), IndieWire

It’s Justin Theroux. It’s Eva Green. It’s Aya Cash. It’s Nick Offerman. It’s Constance Wu. It’s any number of singular, stand-out performances infuriatingly ignored over the course of multiple seasons. Each of these actors played the same role for three or more seasons in “The Leftovers,” “Penny Dreadful,” “You’re the Worst,” “Parks and Recreation,” and “Fresh Off the Boat,” respectively, and the TV Academy’s refusal to acknowledge their top-tier evocations is maddening.

But it’s also Lauren Graham, Adam Scott, Courteney Cox, Wendell Pierce,
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Elementary Season 6 Episode 10 Review: The Adventure of the Ersatz Sobekneferu

I'm in favor of any reason to get John Noble back on TV.

That's why it was great that Sherlock's father Morland, played by Noble, came to visit on Elementary Season 6 Episode 10.

Walter Bishop on Fringe is my favorite of Noble's roles, but Morland is right up there. He does villains equally well.

Morland hasn't been seen since Elementary Season 4 Episode 24. That was when he took over the criminal network formerly run by Jamie Moriarty to protect Sherlock and Joan.

I figured that criminal mastermind that he is, Morland would have been already aware of Mycroft's death. But apparently not, as Sherlock ended up breaking the news to Morland.

That was what brought Morland to New York, to visit with his remaining, and implied lesser, son, Sherlock. Mycroft was set to inherit Morland's fortune and give the eulogy at his funeral, which should tell you where Sherlock stands in his father's estimation.
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Elementary Sneak Peek: John Noble Returns Following [Spoiler]'s Death

The death of a family member reunites father and son on Monday’s Elementary (CBS, 10/9c), and in TVLine’s exclusive sneak peek, Sherlock uses the unfortunate occasion as an opportunity to make amends with his pops.

Former series regular John Noble returns for a two-episode arc as Papa Morland Holmes, who has surfaced in New York following his son Mycroft’s death, which viewers — and Sherlock — first learned about during last week’s episode. In the wake of the loss, Morland informs Sherlock that he needs to update his will, seeing as how Mycroft was the sole heir. Awkward!
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The Legends try to fix Time, get it wrong in The Complete Third Season

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Burbank, CA – The future is bright. Prior to its fourth season return on The CW, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment releases DC’s Legends of Tomorrow: The Complete Third Season on Blu-ray and DVD on September 25, 2018. Fans can get up to speed with all 18 captivating episodes from the third season, plus timeless special features including the show’s 2017 Comic-Con Panel, an epic crossover featurette, a gag-reel and more. DC’s Legends of Tomorrow is The CW’s #3 show among Total Viewers, with over 2.6 million viewers tuning in weekly. ⃰ DC’s Legends of Tomorrow: The Complete Third Season is priced to own at $29.98 Srp for the DVD and $39.99 Srp for the Blu-ray, which includes a Digital Copy.

*Source: Nielsen National TV View, 2017-18 broadcast season to date (09/18/2017 – 03/18/2018), Live + 7 Day ratings; excluding movies, sports, repeats, specials, less than 3 telecasts

After defeating the Legion of Doom, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow face a
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Will Brittain, Stephen Carrasco, Eli Gelb & More Join Idina Menzel in Skintight

Roundabout Theatre Company Todd Haimes, Artistic DirectorCEO has just announced the complete cast of the world-premiere production of Skintight, by Roundabout Underground alumnus Joshua Harmon Bad Jews, Significant Other, with direction by three-time Obie Award winner Daniel Aukin Bad Jews. Joining the previously announced Tony Award winner Idina Menzel as Jodi Isaac are Will Brittain as Trey, Stephen Carrasco as Jeff, Eli Gelb as Benjamin Cullen, Cynthia Mace as Orsolya and John Noble as Elliot Isaac.
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DC’s Legends of Tomorrow Season 3 Episode 17 – ‘Guest Starring John Noble’

Jessie Robertson reviews the seventeenth episode of DC’s Legends of Tomorrow season 3…

What in the actual hell is going on here? Legends loves to bend the rules quite a bit but there’s just so much happening this episode. A young “Barry” Barack Obama guest stars? Grodd is back, again and gets stuck inside a bottle. Damien Darhk teams with the Legends…and then of course, betrays them.

I put Ray’s face up here because he was just fantastic in this episode. From his song about Nate’s special codes for emergencies to him geeking out that he met John Noble because, well, the demon possessing Nora Darhk sounds a lot like him (he does the voice for Mallus). Tonight’s episode I enjoyed because it’s classic Legends craziness, but you could make an argument it’s just too busy. The main storyline I really was invested
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Legends Of Tomorrow Season Finale Promo Reveals Mallus

If anything, the season finale of Legends of Tomorrow will be a star-studded affair, to say the least. I mean, not only will we bear witness to the returns of both Jonah Hex and Jefferson Jackson, but none other than John Constantine will be putting in an appearance as well!

Come to think of it, the Waverider crew will be needing all the help they can get, for next week’s conclusion will feature the final battle against Mallus, the very demon whom we merely heard the voice of to this point. It was a calculated risk by the producers, sure, but it made last night’s demise of Nora Darhk – whom he’d used as a vessel – all the more tragic.

So, if you tuned in for “Guest Starring John Noble,” you too saw the physical form of Mallus in the closing moments. But, if you want to savor the details,
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