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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

'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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'Ray Donovan' Season 2, Episode 10: The Great Weed Money Caper

September 15th, 2014 10:34am EDT
'Ray Donovan' Season 2, Episode 10: The Great Weed Money Caper
Listen, it's no secret that the peanut gallery of "Ray Donovan" are not pleasant people. They're in a crime drama- thus, they must be criminals. Or those complacent to the actions of criminals.

So for the most part (other than Shorty- sweet, beautiful Shorty), we're looking at a group of "bad" people.

But "bad" doesn't necessarily mean "mentally unhinged." At least, it didn't until last night's episode of "Ray Donovan," entitled "Volcheck."

The hour had a very distinct structure. "Here is the cast of 'Ray Donovan,'" the episode explained to us. "Now watch as each one of them slowly loses...
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'The Strain' Season 1 Episode 10 Recap: Take my (Undead) Wife, Please

September 15th, 2014 8:51am EDT
'The Strain' Season 1 Episode 10 Recap: Take my (Undead) Wife, P
This was an unfortunate week (day, really, even though to us at home it feels week-ish) for Ephraim Goodweather.

All the guy wants is to reunite with his ex- he already hacked the head off her new man with the blade of a shovel, so that's the perfect opportunity to make a move. But as "Loved Ones" proves, vampires that specifically go after the ones they are just terrible news for everyone.

Last week's episode teased a great quest for Kelly's life, and this week doesn't disappoint. Except that we get about twenty minutes into this grand quest and Kelly jams a blender blade into Matt's ch...
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'Under the Dome' Season 2 Episode 10 Recap: Excitement! Suspense! A Spinning Dome That's Frozen For Some Reason!

September 9th, 2014 10:49am EDT
Under the Dome
Two more episodes and "Under the Dome" will have capped its second season. So at this juncture, we ask: which of the series' many crisis-of-the-week threats will be our Great Finale Crisis?

Barbie's dad and his evil tech corporation are a suitable end boss. Perhaps. But they've got the egg and they have zero idea what to do with it. As "Black Ice" proves, attempts to solve the egg with science result in people getting zapped by egg-lightning.

Chester's MIll's unseasonable cold spell was teased last week, and brought out in full force for "Black Ice." Might this be our fabled final crisis?...
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'Bachelor In Paradise' Season 1 Finale Recap: Two Couples Reign Supreme, One Has A Gross Hulk Fetish

September 9th, 2014 9:19am EDT
'Bachelor In Paradise' Season 1 Finale Recap: Two Couples Reign
The time has come for the final two hour chunk of "Bachelor in Paradise." Six couples enter. Anywhere from zero to six couples leave.

And, as promised last week by Chris Harrison, there'll be a shocking twist, which is necessary because there are no more elimination rounds and we need something to keep these two hours going.

So now, "Bachelor in Paradise," we beseech you. What's the twist? What could it be?

Harrison steps in front of the camera to deliver the shocking revelation (all caps added for shocking emphasis on our part):

"No more date cards!

No more new arrivals!

No more rose...
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'Ray Donovan' Season 2, Episode 9 Recap: To Squeal, Or Not To Squeal?

September 8th, 2014 10:42am EDT
Ray Donovan
As a parent, would you encourage your child to do the right thing in a difficult moral situation?

Yeah, probably (if you answered "no," you've got issues that a TV recap is incapable of curing). But what if "doing the right thing" and "being ripped apart in a hail of 9mm bullets" were a package deal?

That's what last night's "Ray Donovan," entitled "Snowflake" (appropriately, Cookie Brown's nickname for Bridget) mulls over.

After witnessing the unfortunate de-braining of her boyfriend Marvin and his manager/dad/guardian Re-Kon, Bridget has two options ahead of her.

1. Tell the truth, im...
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'The Strain' Episode 9 Recap: The Master's Face Revealed, And It's... Just OK

September 8th, 2014 9:33am EDT
The Strain
Downtime must exist in every serialized drama (that is, a drama where each episode's story runs into the next, and doesn't do the "Law & Order" thing where a bad guy is introduced, tried, acquitted and then shot down on the courthouse steps by a justice-seeking victim every week).

TV stories move in stages; they have to structure smaller conflicts around a larger conflict that will inevitably burst in about three months' worth of episodes.

So there are bound to be lulls, entire episodes where the writers just shift around the pieces and wind things just tight enough for a giant conflict-s...
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'Under The Dome' Season 2, Episode 10 Recap: Egg Hunts, Earthquakes And A Slight Wintry Mix

September 2nd, 2014 10:09am EDT
'Under The Dome' Season 2, Episode 10 Recap: Egg Hunts, Earthqua
Oh, "Under the Dome." You crazy, magnificent bastard. You're like the uncle who shows up every Thanksgiving with a sack of pigeon carcasses and a cheery toothless grin. Frightening, unnecessary and potentially dangerous to your well-being, but he's so much fun you keep inviting him over every year.

And you've been on a roll lately- ever since a handful of characters were jettisoned outside the Dome and into the harsh conditions of human civilization, you've been playing fast and loose, and upping the insanity every week.

Now, with "The Fall," and the relocation of all those characters bac...
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'Bachelor In Paradise' Recap: Jesse's Goodbye - Or, Love Amongst The Bat Guano

September 2nd, 2014 8:57am EDT
Bachelor in Paradise
Can you believe we've only got one week left of "Bachelor in Paradise?" Take some time and allow yourself to adjust. It's tough, we know.

After next week, there's not going to be any "Bachelor"-related material until January. That long streak that began in May with "The Bachelorette" and continued through this kinda-ok-at-times Mexican spin-off, is nearly dead.

For now, let's just suck the last drops of life from its brittle, dying husk (a husk-sucking hosted by Chris Harrison, of course).

Last week in Paradise, our our lovable, Macklemore-esque Cody told his island girlfriend Michelle h...
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'Ray Donovan' Season 2, Episode 8 Recap: Cookie Blows the Lid off of 'Ray Donovan'- And Also a Character or Two

September 1st, 2014 10:25am EDT
'Ray Donovan' Season 2, Episode 8 Recap: Cookie Blows the Lid of
Why, "Ray Donovan?" Why? Why do you do this to us?

Why do you trudge through seven episodes of ineffectual sludge, only for now- in "Sunny," the eighth episode of the season- to actually give us an undeniably terrific villain.

It's the same thing the show did last year. There was a bunch of jibber-jabber that didn't amount to much, and then in the latter half of the season- whoooooosh. Here's James Woods, to swoop in and terrorize the last couple episodes; a Big Bad that appeared out of nowhere and suffered greatly for the lack of introduction.

Now, Cookie Brown is doing the same. Had Co...
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