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The second season of Preacher ended last night with a slow burn of a finale punctuated by a few twists and turns. This has pretty much been the blueprint for this season, if not the entire series: long stretches of fizzle, followed by a few moments of sizzle. Given the show's source material, I expected so much more — but it's time to finally realise that's not this show.

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Humans is a sci-fi drama about a world where robots are as ubiquitous as smart phones. Much like in Westworld, the artificial lives born in Humans have been slaves to humanity's whims, and just like in the finale of Westworld, a rebellion has formed. But Humans has had much better success with exploring precisely what an advance in artificial sentience would look like to the world at large — and in the process it's done an arguably better job of showing just how predictably callous and afraid humans are when dealing with a group they have deemed "inferior".

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If you've been as bored watching The Walking Dead twiddle its decomposing thumbs this season as I've been, then the mid-season finale was probably equally satisfying to you. It was a pretty low-key episode — with a few violent exceptions — but one that finally got Rick out of his funk and put Alexandria and the other groups on the path to war with Negan and the Saviors.

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If you're invested in a TV series, it can be tough watching the protagonist making a decision you know to be dumb. If three protagonists all make a dumb decision — the same dumb decision — it can be agonising. The latest episode of The Walking Dead features three of our "heroes" all enacting doomed, stupid plans. And despite it being yet another needlessly 90-minute episode, only one of them even got close enough to actually fail.

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I really thought that after the brutal, annoying season premiere, the follow-up episode introducing the Kingdom, Ezekiel and his tiger would be the extent of the show's absurdity. It turns out I was wrong. Absolutely, delightfully wrong.