Articles written by: Diana Keng

Diana is a grassroots television geek living in the wilds of Vancouver, Canada where her day job takes her to the borders of Storybrooke and her home life exists within the borders of Star City and Central City. She grew up on the sitcoms and dramas of TV's Golden Age and devouring the fantasy, romance, and science-fiction novels of the pre-Internet world. She is passionate about intelligent, fun, character-driven shows with strong production value.

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Deadly Class Takes the Trippiest Road Trip with “Saudade”

Titles matter. I write this a lot in my reviews because the title usually points to a more subtle theme than the main narrative draws you to. Here we have “Saudade” which Wikipedia tells me is a Portuguese word meaning “missing” but is also used as an idiom referring to […]

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Deadly Class Salutes The Breakfast Club in “Mirror People”

In the aftermath of the events of “Snake Pit”, Chico, Marcus, Saya, Jayden, Viktor, and Petra are punished with a forty-eight hour (!) detention in the school library. There’s no way that it was an accident that the detention set-up strongly evoked the iconic scene from the film The Breakfast Club. Even […]

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Deadly Class Competition Turns into a “Snake Pit”

The 1980s was the hey day of the high school dance drama and Deadly Class really uses the well-known setting to its max potential with King’s Dominion’s annual “Sleeping With the Fishes” Legacy-only dance. It comes in shades of Sixteen Candles, Pretty in Pink, Heathers, and even Carrie. The cliques come into play, especially as […]

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Deadly Class Proves It’s More Than Just “Noise, Noise, Noise”

Where “Reagan Youth” might’ve left your head spinning with the rapid introduction of characters and cliques, “Noise, Noise, Noise” delves into the relationships and personal plot-lines of the core cast. The episode opens on the morning after Marcus does Willie’s hobo homework and the aftermath isn’t pretty. He doesn’t sleep, […]

Deadly Class Premiere Spins the “Reagan Youth”
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Deadly Class Premiere Spins the “Reagan Youth”

“World War One was started by a teenager with a pistol…” and so begins a seemingly dry history lesson but neither the lecture nor the action of the opening scene is what it seems. We learn quickly that this is a school with consequences. They may wear uniforms but they […]

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Deadly Class Preview: Hogwarts, This Ain’t

Ahead of its January 16th premiere, Syfy dropped the pilot episode of its newest graphic novel adaptation on December 20th, aired it on December 30th, and has left it available for streaming. But, still, I guess I should still mention: WARNING: SOME MINOR SPOILERS. Focused on Marcus Lopez Arguello (Benjamin […]

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The Little Drummer Girl Episode 2 Reveals the Orchestrations

I love having scenes replayed from new perspectives. The cleverness of the twist delights me with the reveal of hidden layers to what initially appeared to be stock material. So when Charlie’s screen test scene from the premiere plays again but we get to see behind the auditioner’s table and […]

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The Little Drummer Girl Series Premiere Sets a Rhythm

There’s something about how John LeCarre’s work is adapted for the screen that has always stood apart from other espionage brands. Although the world is still full of suspense, with potential for sex and violence, it doesn’t play the bling-encrusted game like Fleming or rack up the bullet count like […]

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Castle Rock Season Finale “Romans” is Cagey in its Ambiguity

Hm, I guess no one realistically expected a happy ending, did we? Did we? Sigh. I kinda did. But I should’ve known better. Castle Rock doesn’t breed the carefree hero. Every joy is paid for. Every action tinged with doubt. And it’s been an amazing, tragic, mesmerizing ride. I’ve truly […]

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Castle Rock’s Once and Future “Henry Deaver”

Oh, the genius of a well-written parallel ‘verse! I am in awe of the elegance of this amazing reveal of The Kid’s identity. No way to emphasize this enough. It was just brilliant. Not only brilliant but mind-bending as well since it takes TIME and basically knots it fourteen ways […]