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Under the Dome 3×11 ‘Love Is A Battlefield’: Karaoke time with Joe and the Amethyst

I have “Love is a Battlefield” stuck in my head now, thank you very much. Oh and that ending scarred me a little bit, and Marg Helgenberger’s dulcet tones did not help that any. Again, those were the two scenes that seem to have an impact last night, and that makes me kind of upset.

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Scream 1×09 ‘The Dance’: Who stole the Sheriff?

Last week’s episode ended with a suspect being arrested and the police thinking that they caught the killer. Well we viewers know a lot better than that. It’s clear that that arrest is just another red herring, but with the season ending next week, the answers will be revealed soon enough. Or, you know, the writers could be jerks and wait till next season. There’s that too.

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The Whispers 1×12 ‘Traveller In The Dark’: Wait, this wasn’t the finale?

What the hell am I supposed expect next week that will be more intense than the last 10 minutes of this episode? And in all honesty, I don’t think my heart can take much more. It was near beating out of my chest throughout this episode actually, and now I can’t believe that the character I literally despised last week has pretty much all my sympathy this week. What an episode.

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Show Me a Hero 1×03-1×04 ‘Part 3 and 4′: “What are we trying to accomplish?”

There’s a very important scene maybe two-thirds of the way through “Part 3” of Show Me a Hero.  Spallone takes a camera crew into the housing projects and drives around while pictures are taken.  This is after his first set of pictures was shown during a city council meeting to a cascade of fear and rage.  But here we see the cameraman linger over an image of kids walking by and then take a shot of the two kids fighting.  We see kids playing on a playground but see a shot taken of a drug deal.  It’s an explanation of why the citizens of Yonkers are so scared, of why people believe new low-income housing would bring crime and pain.  People create the narratives that work to their advantage.  Racism benefits white people, especially white people in power whose constituents feed off of it.  So creating a narrative that reinforces the belief systems of those constituents works to not only keep those politicians in power, but to solidify the worldview of those exposed to it.  We generally believe the things we see, and the more that we’re exposed to narratives that involve racism, the more racist we become.  We have to shield ourselves against negative and manipulative narratives in order keep from being manipulated.  But if those shields aren’t up, if we aren’t critically analyzing those narratives, then they continue to poison us, blinding us from reality. Read more »

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Fear the Walking Dead 1×01 ‘Pilot’: Beginning of the end

The intrigue behind having a The Walking Dead spinoff comes not simply from its central gimmick that this particular show enters the Walking Dead world at the beginning of the apocalypse.  That entry point is certainly fascinating, as it offers a new lens with which to view the very small world that The Walking Dead inhabits.  But it’s also the fact that this new show, Fear the Walking Dead, is free from the constraints of the comic books.  It doesn’t have to deal with gimmicky characters like The Governor, like Eugene Porter, like the inevitability of Negan, like Michonne (even though she is one of the better comic characters). Read more »

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Hannibal 3×12 ‘The Number of the Beast is 666′: “You owe me awe”

Countless television shows explore the struggle within a person as they fight against their worst impulses.  Breaking Bad was entirely about Walter White trying to assert that his actions were for his family, when he kept leaning closer and closer to his darkest impulses.  Mad Men was about Don Draper trying to find his way in the world, when he continually self-destructed through his womanizing behavior.  The Sopranos was about those closest to Tony Soprano desperately trying to evade dark impulses that were fostered by his presence.  And Hannibal works the same way, with Will Graham trying to push back against his darkest impulses, only to have them unhinged by the manipulation of those around him. Read more »

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Under the Dome 3×10 ‘Legacy’: Throwing all the shade

You trying to get both women at the same time, Barbs?! Eh, I’m just messing with you. You looked like you wanted to puke about a dozen times just from kissing Eva. Your regret is so palpable that even Junior figured you out. And Junior is freaking AWFUL. Like who beats up Joe? Do you hate adorable enthusiasm in a stick figure frame THAT much? I hope someone tries to bring Junior back by hitting him in the head with a shovel. Repeatedly.

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Scream 1×08 ‘Ghosts’: Did they catch the killer?

The countdown continues. With two episodes left on the clock and some major questions answered this week, it’s a wonder to see just what the heck is going to happen in the two final episodes. But first, it’s time to deal with the shocking ending of last week’s episode and to see how Emma is holding up. And of course to see what other red-herrings the writers are going to throw our way.

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Proof 1×08 ‘Tsunami: Part Two’: An almost sad end

We have proof! Patricia is gone, so that means it exists, all of it! And you know what? I was so freaking nervous last week that if we got a full touch of the other side, as in Cat being a believer, it wouldn’t work. The show would go nowhere after that. Well, I’m still not all that sure that much more needs to be done with Cat’s character, but there is room! It could happen! Also, I need Zed to stay in the country, get with Janel who everyone enjoys making sad, and Cat needs her job back. So season 2, you must happen!

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The Whispers 1×11 ‘Homesick’: I smell a red herring

Whatever you think, I don’t care, Minx is not who those kids say she is. Hello, those kids are either terrified of Drill, or love Drill, and they are known for going to great lengths to hide him. Also those kids singled out Minx to begin with, and it’s just too simple! I don’t want simple answers anymore The Whispers, you hear me?!

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Show Me a Hero 1×01-1×02 ‘Part 1 and 2′: “…and I’ll show you a tragedy”

David Simon’s television shows have been met with heaps of critical praise, from his television series Homicide: Life in the Street, The Wire, and Treme, to his television miniseries The Corner and Generation Kill.  There isn’t one of his shows that isn’t a magnificent work of art, and Show Me a Hero is no different.  A soaring, brilliant indictment of the disconnect between politics and the people politicians are supposed to serve, Show Me a Hero doesn’t hold the hand of the audience, instead throwing them into the story.  A show about the glacial pace of politics would be tedious and mind-numbing in anybody else’s hands, but Simon transforms it by including multiple voices and perspectives that lend the political story meaning and poignancy.

To put it simply, you need to watch this show. Read more »

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Hannibal 3×11 ‘…And the Beast From the Sea’: The sacrificial lamb

Hannibal is ending the series with one of the best story arcs it has ever done.  While the first half of the season was fascinating and gruesome, it doesn’t hold a candle to the kind of character study the second half of the season is doing.  The lines between Dolarhyde, Hannibal, and Will continue to blur in a way where it slowly becomes difficult to tell one from the other.  All three of them want control over their lives, and as that control is threatened, all three of them lash out in ways that make sense, given their situations.  Thematically, each episode in this back half of the season has dealt with a new angle on a familiar idea; a serial killer is gearing up to kill again and the FBI has to stop him before he does, but it’s not that simple. Read more »

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Under the Dome 3×09 ‘Plan B’: And we’re back!

I don’t think I have ever mourned a broken ship like I have Jarbie’s (well maybe one), and through the months of harsh words and tonight’s literal torture and fist fight, we finally got Jarbie back with a…kiss? When did this show become Once Upon a Time? Alright I did squeal when he finally broke from the Kinship, but it was still kind of dorky. Also, Barbie better apologize to Indy immediately!

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True Detective 2×08 ‘Omega Station’: The world we deserve…

This particular finale of True Detective feels different than the last, and it’s more than the Game of Thrones-esque way that most characters have been brutally murdered during the last two episodes of the season.  It’s darker than last time, more hopeless, more cynical.  Where last season ended with the light gaining ground against the dark, this season ends with dark eviscerating nearly every ounce of light to be seen.  Ray is gunned down in a forest by Burris and his commandos, Frank is stabbed and bleeds out in Death Valley, and Ani is forced to leave the country to ensure her survival.  Tony Chessani becomes mayor and, while some of the conspirators are killed, many still survive to corrupt the world another day.  The only redeeming factor here is Ani sending the story with a reporter to someday tell the truth about the corruption in Vinci.  Aside from that, it’s all dismal stuff. Read more »

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Pretty Little Liars 6×10 ‘Game Over, Charles’ Summer of Answers Reveals All

Well we found out who A is. Although the episode told us everything we have been wondering over the last 6 seasons, it was fairly underwhelming the way it all came out. One thing is for sure though, I was right about Sarah Harvey all along! Read more »

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Proof 1×08 ‘Tsunami: Part One’: A whole mess of hearts

There were more than a few hearts that needed a shock tonight, and I’m not just talking about Turing that heart transplant guy. Matters of the heart became a serious sub-plot with Cat and Len, and Janel and Zed and their topsy-turvy relationships. The rest of the episode was given to the fact that Cat seems to be toeing the line between our side and the other one, and doesn’t know if she has the heart to go all the way. While this episode was really just a buildup to next week’s season finale, it proved to be one of the most dramatic of the season.

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Scream 1×07 ‘In the Trenches’: Breaking all of the horror movie rules

Now that this show is finally getting somewhere, it’s slightly hard to believe that there are only three episodes left. But since a second season of Scream has been confirmed, there’s a little worry that maybe not everything will wrap up at the end of this season (unless they decide to go the American Horror Story route and do different stories each season). However, if you thought the ending of last week’s episode was a big deal, you ain’t seen nothing yet.

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Tyrant 2×09 ‘Inside Men and Outside Women’ : Drowning

So this week, Jamal is a drunken fool, Sammy continues work on his whiney teenage thing, and Molly breaks up with her almost-boyfriend when she learns her husband isn’t quite dead. Things get extra bloody as more bombs drop, and Jamal the drunk orders his son killed. Just another day in Abbudin, folks.

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The Whispers 1×10 ‘Darkest Fears’: Oh, so now you want to be painful!

What the actual hell? When did this show decide to stop being a creepy, fun, summer romp, and just started to make everything so upsetting?! Why you do that? It wasn’t even the best episode because there are still some glaring freaking plot holes in this show, but that ending! Oh my God, I’m still in shock.

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Hannibal 3×10 ‘…And the Woman Clothed in Sun’: Competing identities

Hannibal, in being a show about family and relationships, is also just as much a show about the different identities that we take on.  Relationships are about contorting identity to fit in with a group of people, about code-switching between facets of yourself.  And, when we extricate ourselves from the context of relationships, sometimes it can be difficult to understand just exactly what we are.  What “self” is our real “self”?  Sometimes, we can come up with an answer.  More often than not, there is no real answer. Read more »