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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

'The Strain' Season 1, Episode 8 Recap: Insert Boxcutter, Remove Worm

September 1st, 2014 9:01am EDT
The Strain
Every television show in existence must do a bottle episode- it is written in the great cosmic TV code. Whether bound by a low budget (a "bottle episode" being an episode of a TV show that's filmed almost entirely in a single location) or just a sense of "hey, wouldn't it be cool if the whole cast was stuck in a walk-in freezer for a full hour?" the bottle episode must come.

"The Strain" is no different. Once "Creatures of the Night" gets going, it never leaves the confines of a lonely gas station convenience store (well, technically some people leave, but there's a 50% survival rate for t...
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'Bachelor In Paradise' Recap: Paradise Says A Fond Farewell To, Uh... What's-Her-Nuts

August 27th, 2014 8:25am EDT
Bachelor in Paradise
Yesterday was tough. Night sweats. Day sweats Full-body, uncontrollable itching. And all because we had to wait another day to find out if Graham actually accepted AshLee's rose (note: if you actually suffered symptoms because you had to wait a day for more "Bachelor in Paradise," please call an ambulance. And then a good psychotherapist).

But at long last, the wait is over. AshLee said those fateful words: "Graham, will you accept this rose?"

And Graham took a minute to think it over, then fled the stage at full speed. And when we pick up tonight, Graham's still fleeing. And sweating. Re...
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'Bachelor in Paradise' Recap: Cody/Macklemore is a Sweetheart, AshLee is a Dangerous Nutcase

August 26th, 2014 8:40am EDT
Bachelor in Paradise
Is anyone drawing up a flowchart for "Bachelor in Paradise?" Because this is a show that needs ample flowcharting. It's difficult enough that our kooky tropical dating show is a hefty two hours long, but it's near impossible to keep track of the many love triangles, love quadrangles, and love parallelograms that have cropped up among our many Paradisers.

Example: Michelle likes Robert, but Robert likes Sarah- oh, and Graham is, like, totally into Michelle, even if Graham has been going steady with AshLee this WHOLE TIME, and then Cody shows up and puts the moves on Michelle but now Kalon ...
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'Under the Dome' Season 2, Episode 9 Recap: Spirals, Spirals Everywhere

August 26th, 2014 8:12am EDT
Under the Dome
Put aside that Emmy chatter for a moment. It's time for a series that couldn't win an Emmy if there was an entirely separate ceremony just for shows about domes.

It's "Under the Dome" time, people. And in true "Under the Dome" form, this week's episode- "The Red Door"- was both charmingly stupid and stupidly fun.

Let us begin.

"The Red Door" is an exciting hour, but one of the side effects of introducing an entirely new setting (the great Domeless; the outside world) is that we've got all kinds of players scattered across a vastly increased landscape. Luckily, the episode ties everyone ...
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'Ray Donovan' Season 2, Episode 7 Recap: It's My Party, and I'll Cry/Scream/Destroy a Car if I Want to

August 25th, 2014 9:18am EDT
Ray Donovan
Week in and week out we've seen Conor talk on Skype (or whatever non-branded Skype clone Showtime has created) with movie star Tommy Wheeler. And week in and week out, we've wondered- is there a point to this?

Will Conor and Wheeler's friendship (a friendship that, like many between a grown man and a fourteen year-old boy, causes an unintentional full-body shiver every time it's mentioned) actually lead to a plot point or something of any real significance?

Well, with "Walk This Way," Tommy Wheeler's head appearing on a laptop finally means something. Ray overhears his voice blaring out o...
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'The Strain' Season 1 Episode 7 Recap: Drunken Nazis and a Vampire SWAT Team

August 25th, 2014 8:35am EDT
'The Strain' Season 1 Episode 7 Recap: Drunken Nazis and a Vampi
"For Services Rendered," last night's episode of "The Strain," doesn't push the story forward much, if at all. Especially in comparison to previous weeks, which rocketed us through the exposition like a vampire in search of a scrumptious carotid artery.

Really, our two major plot threads for the week were Eph, Norah, Setrakian and Jim (really, everyone who matters, at this point) trying to pull a double cross on ol' Eichorst, and the continuing saga of lawyer lady Joan Luss, who at this point is now fully a vampire, and fully in favor of chewing on both her husband and her children.

Our ...
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'Under the Dome,' Season 2 Episode 8 Recap: Barbie The Scientist, Big Jim the Conspiracy Nut

August 19th, 2014 10:10am EDT
'Under the Dome,' Season 2 Episode 8 Recap: Barbie The Scientist
Last week, "Under the Dome" defied all logic and normal convention by putting out an episode that was actually... dare we speak it out loud... good.

Well, "good" under "Under the Dome" terms, which means it was so unabashedly ridiculous that it soared above all other "Under the Domes" this season. And solely for one reason- it grabbed a handful of characters, threw them outside the Dome's confines, and commanded them to scatter about the real world.

We're continuing in the same vein with "Awakening," which finds Barbie very much wanting to return to the Dome's comforting confines (also, ...
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'Bachelor In Paradise' Recap: Chris And Elise Fall For Each Other, In The Creepiest Way Possible

August 19th, 2014 9:10am EDT
'Bachelor In Paradise' Recap: Chris And Elise Fall For Each Othe
Here's how you know the last episode of "Bachelor in Paradise" was the greatest thing to happen in the history of people acting foolish on reality TV: after the usual "last time on 'Bachelor in Paradise'" recap, detailing the walking barrel of pyschosis that is Elise, we get a second recap, courtesy of the remaining contestants.

Because Dylan dumping Elise- who then assumed the act of being dumped was a secret code for "I love you madly, please stalk me"- was so compelling that ABC thinks the "Bachelor in Paradise" audience will gladly watch it at least three times.

They're totally right,...
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'Ray Donovan' Season 2 Episode 6 Recap: Moguls, Molestation And Mickey Donovan: The Movie

August 18th, 2014 9:34am EDT
Image from Ray Donovan
It's no secret that a great gulf exists in "Ray Donovan." On one side you have the stuff that, frankly, is dullsville- some generic crime elements here, some waaaaaah, Ray's not a particularly capable father/husband/business partner there.

And on the other side are the talking dolphins, porn kidnapping schemes, and nearly every morsel of dialogue coming out of Jon Voight's mouth (here's a fun quote from last night: "Well, they say write about what you know. I know about two things: robbing banks and f@#king black chicks").

Normally, that gulf tends to favor the doldrums, even if it alwa...
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'The Strain' Season 1 Episode 6 Recap: Ephraim Goodweather And The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

August 17th, 2014 11:03pm EDT
'The Strain' Season 1 Episode 6 Recap: Ephraim Goodweather And T
Hey, remember that time when a hungry vampire tore through a nursing home and start draining the elderly of their precious fluids? You know- last week on "The Strain?"

Apparently "The Strain" doesn't.

Look, it's not like "The Strain" is the most deadly serious show on TV. The subject matter is (vampires, Nazis, the inevitable bloodless death of the entire Earth), but it handles those subjects with equal parts horror and gleeful giggling. So "The Strain" isn't really a show we should be picking apart, plot point by plot point.

But that an old folks' home could be invaded by vampires, tha...
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