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Adam Bellotto is an entertainment writer (that is, film, television, gaming, comics, and anything else) and TV blogger for Starpulse. His work can be read at Film School Rejects and Perihelion Science Fiction, among other places. Find him on Twitter right over here- https://twitter.com/Eat_Sleep_TV

'Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.' Season 2, Episode 2 Recap: Season Premiere Redux

October 1st, 2014 9:20am EDT
'Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.' Season 2, Episode 2 Recap: Season Premi
Last week, "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." blasted out of the gate with a terrific opener, "Shadows." A lot of that was due to The Absorbing Man (aka Carl Creel, aka "Crusher" Creel, aka that guy who can turn into pavement at a moment's notice).

It often seems like "Agents" is saddled with the dregs of comicdom's heroes and villains, and a genuine B-lister like Creel is enough to make people stand up and pay attention.

Also, the episode was sharply written and threw in a bunch of neat twists to get the season rolling. That helps too.

"Heavy is the Head," our second episode of season two, follo...
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'Ray Donovan' Season 2 Finale Recap: Ray Magically Fixes All Of Life's Problems

September 29th, 2014 10:13am EDT
'Ray Donovan' Season 2 Finale
Tensions are running high in "The Captain," "Ray Donovan's" second season finale. And for one reason above all: this season has so many concurrent storylines running all at once that it would take a minor miracle (or act of God) to be able to close them all out in a single hour.

Less, really, when you consider "Ray Donovan" usually wraps things up by the 45-minute mark.

But here are the many things "The Captain" has to take care of:

The fallout from the botched weed robbery.

Steve Knight being a creeper.

Cookie menacing the Donovans.

Ed Cochran menacing different Donov...
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'The Strain' Episode 12 Recap: Owner Of A Lonely Heart

September 29th, 2014 9:46am EDT
The Strain
Setrakian went a little nuts last week. Something about that whole "yes, there are only four of us, but we have to fight our way through these 80,000 vampires RIGHT FREAKING NOW" thing didn't seem quite right.

Well, "Last Rites," the second-to-last episode of "The Strain's" first season, delves into that part of Setrakian's past that made him such a hardcore vampire hater. The moment when those damn strigoi took typical vampire/vampire hunter business and they made it personal.

Essentially, it goes like this: a middle-aged Setrakian was out one day, perusing the countryside, looking for a...
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'Brooklyn Nine-Nine' Season 2 Premiere Recap: Mafia Jake Is The Best Jake

September 29th, 2014 8:35am EDT
Brooklyn Nine-Nine
Last season of "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" left us with so many pressing questions. Questions like:

How long will Jake Peralta stay undercover?

Will this be the start of a new recurring story arc?

Is it humanly possible for Holt to get any sterner?

And "Undercover," the "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" season premiere, delivered a series of succinct answers. "Not long." "Yes, but not in the way you'd think." "NO."

First up is Peralta's undercover duty. Which, given its importance at the end of last season (it even spurned Jake into sharing his feelings with Santiago, for God's sake) seems lik...
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'Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.' Season 2 Premiere Recap: Hello Darkness, My Old Friend

September 24th, 2014 9:32am EDT
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
We really could have used an episode like "Shadows" a year ago. Back when "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." was first premiering, it presented lackluster episodes to a hungry audience and primed them for disappointment, only to rocket into greatness out of nowhere at the end of the season.

What season one could have used was a premiere like "Shadows," an hour of zippy comic book mayhem, with a balance of color and "Dark Knight"-esque brooding (hence the title) all mingled together.

Also, the Absorbing Man swinging his ball and chain, which is a requirement in every piece of media that features th...
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'Under The Dome' Season 2 Finale Recap: Seriously, You Call That A Finale?

September 23rd, 2014 11:10am EDT
'Under The Dome' Season 2 Finale Recap: Seriously, You Call That
"Go Now," the second season finale of "Under the Dome," can best be described in five simple words.

What the hell was that?

It's not like we were expecting great things from an "Under the Dome" finale. Or even reasonably satisfying things. But we were expecting... some things. A little closure here, a plot twist there. Maybe a clue into this whole pink egg/dome mystery.

Nope! "Under the Dome" provided us with the least final finale of any series in recent memory. No closure, no secrets, no new info of any kind. It barely even sets up anything for next season.

Just the usual running arou...
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'Ray Donovan,' Season 2 Episode 11 Recap: Night of the Two Dozen Cliffhangers

September 22nd, 2014 10:21am EDT
Ray Donovan
You've got to hand it to "Ray Donovan"- the show's got some serious chutzpah. Or, moxie, spunk, cojones- whatever the appropriate Hollywood underworld slang might be.

Because every penultimate episode of every TV season ends on a cliffhanger. But "Ray Donovan," and "Rodef," it's own second-to-last ep, is not satisfied with a single cliffhanger.

"Rodef" wants every cliffhanger, ever, all smushed into a single TV episode like a "to be continued" buffet.

So at the end of "Rodef," we're left with the following questions:

Will Abby kill Cookie Brown?

Will Ray kill Cookie Brown?

Will R...
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'The Strain' Season 1, Episode 11 Recap: A Trip to the Master's House

September 22nd, 2014 8:51am EDT
The Strain
We probably shouldn't hold "The Strain" under any kind of close logical inspection. It's big and spectacular and gruesome and, on occasion, kinda dumb.

This is a gift horse we should not look in the mouth (if for no other reason than "its mouth probably contains a horrid vampire stinger").

But here's a nitpick that must be made: surely, there was some other option for Zack than to leave him alone with a dementia-ridden senior in the middle of the full-on vampire apocalypse.

At least lay down a few ground rules. No doing what Mrs. Martinez says, if it sounds especially crazy. No picking u...
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How To Pick The Perfect Show To Binge-Watch

September 20th, 2014 5:01pm EDT
How To Pick The Perfect Show To Binge-Watch
We've all been there: a day or two with nothing to do. Maybe a day off, maybe a weekend. You know exactly what you're going to do with all that free time.

You are going to sit indoors and watch twenty straight hours of television.

We all do it; whether it's catching up on a show you didn't have time for last season, or giving in to your friends' constant pestering and finally starting "Breaking Bad."

According to the latest polls, a good 61% of TV viewers binge-watch on a regular basis. Ever since Netflix started that whole "releasing an entire TV season at the same time" thing, binge-wa...
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'Under the Dome' Season 2, Episode 12: Let's Get Stabby

September 16th, 2014 9:06am EDT
Under the Dome
Last week on "Under the Dome," we ended on a deadly contracting Dome. This week, with "Turn," we still have that deadly contracting dome... that's contracting way slower than it was last week.

C'mon, last week Joe and Norrie could barely outrun the thing. Now it's moving a foot every four hours.

But the Dome's eventual-crushing speed is neither here nor there. What matters is that in a certain amount of time (given the Dome's current shrink rate, probably two or three weeks), everyone and everything in Chester's Mill will be compressed into a tiny sphere the size of a marble.

Realizing t...
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