TV Club: Charleston shines in an episode centered around Carolina-style, whole-hog barbecue

Because The A.V. Club knows that TV shows keep going even if we’re not writing at length about them, we’re experimenting with discussion posts. For certain shows, one of our TV writers will publish some brief thoughts about the latest episode, and open the comments for readers to share theirs.

  • I’d just like to start by saying this episode delivered pretty much everything a good episode of Top Chef can deliver. A tough, relatable challenge, regional flair, meaningful character development, and the kind of culinary ingenuity that makes these “cheftestants” so impressive. I will say, however, that it’s becoming more and more clear just how stacked the deck is against the rookies. The biggest flaw of this episode is also the biggest flaw of this season: the rookies are both outmatched and overshadowed by chefs who are both, for the most part, further along in …

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