Under the Dome 2×04 ‘Revelation’ : Playing God

This week’s episode is split pretty evenly between discovering the mystery of Melanie, and saving the town from starvation. That second storyline turns out to be the more interesting one, mostly because it’s disturbing as heck. As for throwing in a murdered girl and a possible time warp…it just seems like too much.

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The Fosters 2×05 “Mother”: Frankie.

Finally it’s all about Lena – usually Lena is there to pick everybody else up or to deal with somebody else’s problems. I think her deterioration was a long time coming but I didn’t expect it to go down like it did… Read more »

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The Leftovers 1×04 ‘B.J. and the A.C.’: The pain of isolation

How do we navigate loss?  Are we supposed to bathe in it until it feels okay?  Are we supposed to avoid it in order to keep our heads above water?  Or are we supposed to lean on others for support until we can stand on our own?  We’re never really taught how to recover from loss, but we all operate under the impression that we have some answer that keeps us sane.  Of course, it’s never the right answer, but it’s something, and it keeps us alive while we keep searching.  It’s when we stop searching that we’ve really given up.  Because searching, all by itself, is so painfully difficult because we have to realize that we don’t have the answer.  And there’s nothing scarier than not having the answer. Read more »

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Switched at Birth 3×17 ‘Girl with the Death Mask (She Plays Alone)’: Daphne has lost her mind.

It’s been two weeks since Angelo’s death and everyone is in fragments. Bay gets a letter from Angelo’s mother and says she has a cousin who Angelo lived with in Chicago. Kathryn and John thinks it is a great idea to get out of the house especially since Northwestern’s pre-med program, is on Daphne’s list. , and so Bay, Daphne and John head out on the great adventure to the Windy City.

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The Strain 1×01/1×02 ‘Night Zero/The Box’: Scary vampires. Scarier wig.

The Strain opens with a plane full of passengers descending upon New York City. As the plane heads down to the landing strip, something breaks out of the cargo hold and… we fade to black. Whatever it was, it cut off communications with the airport control tower and killed almost everyone on the plane. Almost everyone, but four. Now a CDC team, Holocaust survivor turned Harlem pawnbroker, a street level thug, and an exterminator, all begin to cross paths for different reasons but everything leads back to… The Strain.

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The Last Ship 1×05 ‘El Toro’: A world worth saving

My biggest criticism for The Last Ship is that it hasn’t been connecting to the viewer emotionally. Well this week, I got what I asked for. Was it cliched? Yes. Was it emotionally manipulative? Yes. Did it work? Yes.

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Halt and Catch Fire 1×08 ‘The 214s’: Chasing dreams

It’s fascinating how television shows can bounce back from a string of terrible episodes.  Audiences tend to have a short memory span, where a show can produce an absolutely awful episode of television, but a great new episode can erase the bad taste of that awful entry.  Of course, there’s no way to completely erase a bad episode of television, as serialized art is immortalized as it is made, a bad episode being a part of a show’s history.  But it’s possible to come back from a bad run, just like it’s possible for a person to change their own future.  The restitution just has to match the magnitude of the failure. Read more »

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The Sopranos 1×10: “A Hit is a Hit”

Before I dive in, let’s get one thing out of the way.  “A Hit is a Hit” is, by far, the worst episode of Season 1 of The Sopranos.  The story reeks of writing that’s trying to be gritty for the sake of being gritty.  The gangster rap story tries to capitalize on a current trend that feels outdated, even for 1999.  And, juxtaposed with Tony’s interactions with Dr. Cusamano, it just looks even worse.  Not to mention the ridiculous Defiler metal band.  While The Sopranos often will exaggerate something to poke fun at it, everything in Christopher and Adriana’s storyline is exaggerated to the point where it’s difficult to sift through the stupidity of a lot of what is going on. Read more »

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Reckless 1×04 ‘Blind Sides’: Betrayal and more betrayal.

Well this week it would appear that we have another lukewarm filler episode to pass the time. Admittedly the story was slightly more interesting than last week, but it was still pretty weak. There were some important developments this episode however, and yet another cliff hanger ending. I’m hoping by next week we will start getting into the meat and potatoes of the police department conspiracy storyline. Read more »

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Graceland 2×05 ‘H-A-Double-P-Y’: The fate of their love

Graceland operated fantastically last week, with every character’s story working in concurrence to show how they try so intently to deal with the problems in their life, only to still feel the weight at the end of the day.  “H-A-Double-P-Y” doesn’t quite work on that level, as some of the stories aren’t compelling enough to land like they should, but it’s still a decent enough entry in a season that’s turning out to be way better than the first. Read more »

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Extant 1×02 ‘Extinct’: Intrigue…in space!

The space agency intrigue continues, John continues to pursue the most unexciting and confusing version of an android ever, and Ethan goes to a natural history museum, in an all-new episode of Extant.

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Young & Hungry 1×04 ‘Young & Pregnant’ : Your boxes always get you in trouble

Here it is, the pregnancy scare episode. If you’ve ever watched a sitcom in your life, you saw this coming as soon as Gabbi and Josh slept together. So as usual with this show, no points for originality. The question then is, was this tried and true plotline done in a way that was funny? Read more »

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The Fosters 2×05 “Truth Be Told”: I solemnly swear that I am up to no good.

So this week on The Fosters each and every family member tackles, creates and reflects upon their secrets. Unsurprisingly there are a lot of secrets that reside within the Foster household. From the wise words of The Marauder’s (Harry Potter reference for those of you that do not know) they solemnly swear that they are up to no good… Read more »

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The Night Shift 1×08 ‘Save Me’: Fighting the good fight

Well this is it kids! The season one finale of The Night Shift is upon us! Will it live up to the hype? Will people be disappointed? It’s all up in the air after the cliff hanger last episode. There’s an explosion at a nearby fertilizer plant and the hospital is swamped. Jordan is forced to save the man who may have killed Topher and almost killed her. The biggest surprise of all is that TC finally gets some character development and isn’t a total jerk this episode! Let’s get going. Read more »

Under the Dome 2×03 ‘Force Majeure’ : Bleeding in the rain

Oh boy. If you’re a fan of intelligent characters making solid decisions, beware this episode. Seriously, the plot is almost entirely overshadowed by the God-awful characterization. Actually, the plot is defined by the God-awful characterization, which is worse.

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The Bachelorette 10×09 ‘Week 9′: And then there were two

After Marquel and Marcus were booted, I decided that my favorite was Chris.  Out of Chris, Josh and Nick, he’s the best guy.  Smart, sweet, accomplished and driven, he would make a great husband and father — which Andi said herself, after denying him entrance to the Fantasy Suite.

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Switched at Birth 3×16 ‘The Image Disappears’: Their lives changed forever

So everything starts off sad but hopeful on Switched at Birth. We start out with a flashback, Angelo and Regina waiting for a genetic (sort of) test on Daphne, and it becomes a huge argument. Regina tells Angelo to leave and we start in our present situation.

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The Leftovers 1×03 ‘Two Boats and a Helicopter’: Seeking validation

“If we can no longer separate the innocent from the guilty, everything that happened to us, all of our suffering, is meaningless” – Rev. Matt Jamison Read more »

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Halt and Catch Fire 1×07 ‘Giant’: Becoming relevant

In a continuation of the current trend of Halt and Catch Fire taking a step forward and then taking another back, “Giant” moves us into Season 1’s final act with a some great ideas that are horribly muddled by deeply flawed storytelling.  While it continues to examine the notion that everybody wants to leave some sort of legacy and therefore longs for relevance in a changing world, we don’t know enough about these characters to really understand their internal desire for those things.  And considering how the season needs to start kicking its plotting into high gear soon, these half-baked attempts at character development are going to make the season, as a whole, much worse if the final three episodes don’t do something to reverse the damage. Read more »

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24: Live Another Day ’10:00pm – 11:00am’: Samurai Jack

All that worrying last week about 24 not being able to wrap everything up in a satisfying manner were all for naught. 24: Live Another Day ends an outstanding 12 episode run with an episode in the truest of 24 fashions: Even when they win, the good guys don’t really win. Jack, Belchek, and Chloe team up to reveal the truth behind the attack on the Chinese carrier while Kate and the CIA head to rescue Audrey.

The following review recaps the final hour(s) of 24: Live Another Day. You’re reading this final review in real time. Read more »