Jammer's Reviews

The Rating Scale

My rating scale is fairly straightforward. It's a general analysis of the episode as a whole. This includes elements such as the story's strength, sometimes the episode's validity to the series, and technical concerns (acting, directing, effects). Often, the star rating simply conveys the overall entertainment value of the show. There's no clear-cut application of a rating; it's just a useful estimate of my feelings about an episode.

****Excellent
A great episode — a truly compelling installment.

***1/2Standout
A step below "excellent," but not by too far.

***Recommended
A good episode. Not necessarily great, but worthwhile.

**1/2Average
Okay. It could be better, but it could be a lot worse, too.

**Mediocre
Not good ... could be on either side of the line separating "fair" and "pretty bad." Still some grace-saving moments, though.

*1/2Poor
Ball dropped. Quite bad. We hope not to see many of these.

* (or lower) — Abysmal
Like 1 1/2 stars, only worse.

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