sarahrasher

Sarah Rasher is, among other things, a freelance writer based in Chicago. You can read her writing at the Friendly Atheist and Graphic Policy as well as on her own blog, Sarah Explains the Finer Sports.
  • Brooklyn Nine-Nine: 3.10 Yippie Kayak Review

    I’m not a big fan of sitcom Christmas episodes. It’s easy to blame that preference on the fact that I’m Jewish and Hanukkah is already over, but it’s more that shows so often suspend their usual tone for a message more befitting the spirit of the season. But Brooklyn...
  • Brooklyn Nine-Nine: 3.09 The Swedes Review

    An episode or two ago, I noticed that the vending machine in the Nine-Nine’s break room had an “Out of Order” sign. For the rest of that episode, I waited for the joke to drop because this show is too smart to waste a stealthy visual clue like that....
  • Rosewood: 1.10 Aortic Atresia and Art Installations Review

    If there is one thing Rosewood doesn’t need for its two-part fall finale, it’s a serial killer. The killer in question is the kind who only exists in TV crime procedurals, a deranged genius who stages his murders to taunt police with cryptic riddles. When this kind of storyline...
  • Rosewood: 1.9 Fashionistas and Fasciitiss Review

    Rosewood loves dressing its main characters up in pretty clothes, and it’s obsessed with making sure we notice. This week’s excuse is a fashion show, and as usual, Rosie repeatedly insists this is not a date. But Villa’s sparkly mini-dress is more important than character development. Rosie nods to...
  • Blindspot: 1.10 Evil Handmade Instrument Review

    By the end of “Evil Handmade Instrument,” you’ll know who gave Jane her tattoos, wiped her memory, and delivered her to the FBI. If you’ve been paying attention to the clues, the culprit is on your list of suspects. The reveal seems intended as a shock to the audience,...
  • Brooklyn Nine-Nine: 3.8 Ava Review

    Brooklyn Nine-Nine does a lot of things well, but heartwarming isn’t usually one of them. From time to time, it succeeds in slipping in a small dose of “aww,” but the small dose is key. Other sitcoms reach peak humor and sweetness when a baby is born, but at...
  • Rosewood: 1.8 Bloodhunt and Beats Review

    Shows that aren’t musicals shouldn’t let their actors sing. This is not a knock against Gabrielle Dennis, who has a lovely voice and is clearly excited to open this week’s episode with an airy rendition of R&B standard “Misty Blue.” It’s also shrewd cross-promotion since Rosewood seems to be...
  • Blindspot: 1.9 Authentic Flirt Review

    This week’s Blindspot begins with an adorably dorky moment between Patterson and David. It ends with something I’m not going to spoil, except to say that I am mad at this show for making me ship them and then ripping my heart out. It’s the good kind of mad,...
  • Brooklyn Nine-Nine: 3.7 The Mattress Review

    Every time I start to get tired of the Jake and Amy romance, Brooklyn Nine-Nine does something new to make them endearing and believable. This week, despite Captain Holt’s efforts to keep them separated, they out-logic him into letting them team up on a case. Things go wrong –...