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As Santanico tries to turn Richie to her cause, Freddie confronts Carlos about his destiny and the temple's mysterious past. Seth, the Fullers, and Sex Machine battle their way deeper into the temple, where they meet an unexpected ally.

Episode Title: La Conquista
Airs: 2014-05-6 at 09:00 pm
  • David Hinckley

    Fans of the film will devour the TV series, and nonfans might give it a shot. Just be forewarned that it’s not “Blue Bloods.” It’s more like cold blood.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Matt Roush

    I suppose you could save time by just going back and watching the original movie (which starred George Clooney and Quentin Tarantino, who wrote the script), but if you liked that one, you'll almost certainly dig this.

    TV Guide Magazine Full Review
  • Rob Owen

    While the flashbacks deepen the characters, some elements are smack-you-in-the-head obvious. Still, the stylization of the story is impressive as is the way Rodriguez, who wrote and directed the premiere, introduces the robber characters, the more level-headed Seth Gecko (D.J. Cotrona) and his possibly crazy/possibly prescient brother, Richie (Zane Holtz).

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Full Review
  • Sonia Saraiya

    The original film’s strengths are washed out in this version, which is instead mining it for televisual drama.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Robert Lloyd

    It's probably enough to say that if you like this sort of thing, this is just the sort of thing you'll like. (If the tautology fits, wear it.) Rodriguez knows how this machine works as well as anyone alive. Whether such sensationalist kicks are good for us "as a people," or indeed as people in particular, is a question the culture and its guardians and gadflies have been batting around for years. A decision is not due any time soon.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Allison Keene

    As a 40-minute expansion on the first 10 minutes of the original film, the action can seem needlessly drawn out and played for time rather than for narrative sense. But the occasionally snappy dialogue, twisted humor and cinematic direction--which are all in Rodriguez's hallmark style--bode well for the rest of the series.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Brian Tallerico

    Some casting choices are inspired, others awkward. Some style choices by Rodriguez simmer, others fizzle. Full Review
  • David Wiegand

    Although the script isn't quite as memorable as Tarantino's film script, it is faithful to the events of the film as well as the signature mix of over-the-top violence, cartoonish dialogue and just a hint, so far, of the vampires who will form a welcoming party when the brothers get across the border to Mexico.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Brian Lowry

    After the plodding premiere, though, all I could think was wake me around the time they get to the snake dance. And maybe not even for that.

    Variety Full Review