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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 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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8 Action Stars Over Sixty We Want For 'Expendables 4'

August 15th, 2014 10:00am EDT
Expendables 3
This weekend marks the opening of our third "Expendables" film. Yes it leaked online weeks ago, but that's small potatoes.

No minor setback could hinder Sylvester Stallone's box office take, not when he's in a film so inundated with action stars that each one has roughly 4.2 seconds of screen time (at which point they have their choice of high-fiving Stallone, casually ignoring an explosion or shooting an intern dressed in SWAT gear, before being hurriedly shuffled off-screen).

It is our firm belief that "The Expendables" should continue for at least seven more sequels, enough that Stallo...
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'Under the Dome' Season 2 Episode 7 Recap: Barbie Leaves the Dome Behind

August 12th, 2014 10:18am EDT
Under the Dome
If you were shown any old episode of "Under the Dome," it's probably safe to say you wouldn't associate the lunatic antics of Big Jim, Barbie and a bunch of glowing pink teenagers as the work of Stephen King. Rogue butterfly attacks aren't really King's thing (ok, maybe they're totally King's thing, but he'd find a clever twist to make them halfway scary).

That's why "Going Home" is such a shocking episode of "Under the Dome." It's actually... good. Solidly written, competently acted. Good. And not "Under the Dome's" usual bahahahaha this is terrific type of good.

For one, the episode's m...
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'Bachelor In Paradise' Episode 2 Recap: Love In The Face Of Overwhelming Insanity

August 12th, 2014 8:45am EDT
'Bachelor In Paradise' Episode 2 Recap: Love In The Face Of Over
Whenever Chris Harrison comes out at the beginning of any "Bachelor"- based television show, you know it's about to get real. He wouldn't be interrupting this carefully planned sob-and-make-out-fest unless there was a serious truth bomb that needed deploying.

But last night's bomb might actually be the greatest piece of drama that "The Bachelor/ette/Pad/in Paradise" has ever achieved. And it was entirely accidental and probably cost a guy his job.

You'll remember that last week, Michelle K was playing things weirdly coy about her relationship status, but with all the subtlety of a sledge...
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'The Strain' Episode 5 Recap: The V-Word

August 11th, 2014 11:33am EDT
The Strain
"The Strain" has been content to sit idly by and tease us with the promise of a giant vampire horde that, so far, hasn't really materialized. Oh, we've made progress in these last few episodes- moving from a few small tidbits of vampiring each hour, to one or two solid maulings each week.

But that was nothing compared to "Runaways." This week, "The Strain" was pure vampire mayhem; like Guillermo del Toro had been struggling to twist the lid off of his 64oz vampire jar, and this week it came flying off.

First and foremost: the word "vampire" has finally been uttered. It's a momentous occas...
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'Ray Donovan' Season 2 Episode 5 Recap: Ray Weaves A Tangled Web... But Why?

August 11th, 2014 9:17am EDT
Ray Donovan
Sometimes, in watching "Ray Donovan," a peculiar feeling sets in. A glaze.

It's a sense of "I understand, more or less, why these people are committing various deeds, but is it all leading somewhere?"

And in "Irish Spring," the fifth episode of "Ray Donovan's" second season, the answer to that great glazed question is: we have no idea. This season's main event- that of Single Female Journalist vs FBI Chief Ed Cochran in a battle to uncover/re-cover the truth, respectively, has basically been wrapped up in the course of five episodes.

Five episodes of death threats and shootings and the...
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Why Fans Will Love (or Hate) Michael Bay's 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles'

August 8th, 2014 6:53pm EDT
Why Fans Will Love (or Hate) Michael Bay's 'Teenage Mutant Ninja
"Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" will be in theaters this weekend. And despite being a film about cartoon turtles- perhaps one of the most universally loved subjects in all of filmdom, just behind fluffy bunny rabbits and superheroes that team up with other superheroes- "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" is a film rocked by controversy.

Maybe it has to do with the presence of a certain Michael Bay; maybe it has to do with with the Turtles looking like four Shrek knockoffs who were horrifically disfigured in a grease fire. Who knows? We're not here to judge.

We're here to say: "Teenage Mutant Ni...
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