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Alyssa is a freelance writer who has worked in almost every field of writing. But no genre is more enjoyable than snarking on the latest episode of her favorite TV shows.

'Scream Queens': The Disappointment Of 'The Final Girl(s)'

12/9/2015 8:52am EST
Scream Queens
The final two episodes of Scream Queens give a strong indication that there was never any plan. Ryan Murphy and co just wrote minor scenes of mayhem in between their zingers and constant political statements that had no bearing on plot. While a lot of these whodunit TV shows focus too heavily on plot and ramping up the bloodiness, Scream Queens had the exact opposite problem. It became more about showcasing witty speeches and over the top character moments than anything to do with the mystery of the Red Devil killers and the babies in the bathtub.

Not once in the finale did these character...
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'Scream Queens' Recap: 'Black Friday'

12/2/2015 9:19am EST
'Scream Queens' Recap: The Curious Case Of The Unkillable Dean M
With only two episodes left after “Black Friday,” you’d think the show would waste less time on pointless filler. But then it just wouldn’t feel like a Ryan Murphy show if there was any economy of screen time. Shouldn’t the remaining time be spent on character development or delving further into the mystery of the Red Devil? Instead, we get a huge chunk of time spent on Chanel shopping for bad presents as a power play to her sisters, despite the fact that she just decided to be better to her Kappa sister last week. Tons of time is spent on dumb jokes that are basically a mouthpiece for the ...
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Memorable Moments From 'The Walking Dead' Midseason Finale

11/30/2015 8:32am EST
'The Walking Dead' Recap: Memorable Moments From 'Start To Finis
That was a fitting end to a completely unmemorable first half. The midseason finale is meant to tide hardcore The Walking Dead fans over until the second half of the season begins in a few months. It’s supposed to tie up loose ends and get us excited for the rest of the episodes. “Start to Finish” does none of that. It feels as empty, unfinished, and barely thought through as the rest of the season.

With any luck the second half of the season will have:

Better character relationships: We barely got to see any of the amazing central relationships of the show develop. Rick/Michonne, Rick/...
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'Scream Queens': A Rundown From 'Thanksgiving'

11/25/2015 9:21am EST
'Scream Queens' Recap: 'Thanksgiving,' Accusations, And Bloodlin
Last week was such a tease. Nearly everything we were promised from “Thanksgiving” ended up cut in favor of a lot of whodunit chatter. There was no Grace and Zayday trip to the house of the chainsaw loving grandma. Chad’s house wasn’t remotely haunted like he described. We barely saw anything of Chanel #3’s mom who allegedly had an affair with Charles Manson. Only a few moments were devoted to the twisted Thanksgiving shenanigans of Gigi and the last remaining Red Devil. Overall it was a disappointment. Although there were many revelations and plenty of funny moments, it didn’t live up to t...
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'The Walking Dead' Review: Awards For 'Heads Up'

11/23/2015 8:31am EST
'The Walking Dead' Recap: Noteworthy Award Moments From 'Heads U
“Heads Up” is one of the better episodes from the 6th season. It has a nice mixture of characters, without ever making the mistake of pretending to care about the Alexandrians on their own. It finally ended the farce of a certain “death” while marching the story forward a bit more. Now if only we could put an end to the constant speeches that make up every episode these days.

Here are the character and scene awards for “Heads Up:”

Least Surprising Moment: Glenn’s Alive

Duh. While it looks like he might not be the voice on the radio from the end of the last episode, he hid under the dumps...
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'Scream Queens' Is At Its Peak Of Campiness And Fun

11/18/2015 10:18am EST
Scream Queens
Scream Queens is on a roll. Could this ridiculous show actually be finding its happy medium between cartoonish tomfoolery and narrative storytelling? “Ghost Stories” is funny, campy, and still manages to further the story. The standout characters, Denise, Chad, and Hester get to shine while characters who haven’t yet and never will catch fire, like Pete and Wes, were completely absent. Even Dean Munsch, who is funny but often exists only as a quote machine, had a limit to her presence.

Whether or not you care about the mystery of the Red Devil, there was quite a bit of development on that ...
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'The Walking Dead': Best And Worst Moments From The Episode 'Always Accountable'

11/16/2015 8:47am EST
'The Walking Dead' Recap: Best And Worst Moments From 'Always Ac
“Help.”

That may be the last word spoken in “Always Accountable” but it might as well also be the mantra of this season’s writers. So far they’ve managed to make one of the most exciting shows on television completely forgettable. Many seasons from now (and there will definitely be many, many more seasons) what will be remembered from the first half of this season, besides maybe Carol fighting the wolves in “JSS.” Maybe viewers will remember the bad writing for Glenn’s “death” or the extreme time spent on characters who’ve barely built connections with our main heroes. The focus on the wor...
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'Scream Queens': A Rundown Of 'Mommie Dearest'

11/11/2015 8:45am EST
Scream Queens
“Mommie Dearest” might be the one episode that takes the mystery of the Red Devil the most seriously. It’s a genuinely great episode, if you apply it to the low standard that Scream Queens has set. There was still a lot of the Ryan Murphy level humor that relies on racism, sexism, and dated pop culture references. However, it also introduced horror homages, new rivalries, and plenty of clues to the mystery of the Red Devil. Best of all, it had the perfect amount of Chanel, which is to say very little compared to every other episode.

Here’s a rundown on “Mommie Dearest:”

Plot

In the last ...
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'The Walking Dead': Alexandria's Very Bad, Long Day And Highlights From 'Now'

11/9/2015 8:33am EST
The Walking Dead
Has this whole season of The Walking Dead taken place over just one day? It seems that, besides Morgan’s dip into the past and the black and white flashbacks from the pilot, everything has happened in the other 4 episodes in a single day. In this one day, a group went out to lure away a large horde of walkers, Wolves breached the walls and killed dozens of inept townspeople, outside the gates more incompetent Alexandrians got torn apart, and the writers tried—and failed—to convince us that Glenn died in the lamest way possible. All in one day.

“Now” finally ends this inexplicably long day ...
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'The Walking Dead': The Best And Worst From The Episode All About Morgan

11/2/2015 8:35am EST
'The Walking Dead' Recap: Best And Worst Moment From 'Here's Not
“Here’s Not Here” is an episode all about Morgan. If you, like many others, have already gotten sick of his “All Life is Precious” spiel this season, the prospect of watching a supersized episode that’s just about him probably isn’t appealing. Everything about Morgan’s character development thus far has felt completely dated, as if he’s missed the incredibly important life experience that Rick and company have suffered through to reach conclusions that he’s clearly missing. To Rick’s group, and viewers who’ve watched for 5 years, it’s obvious that not killing dangerous people can make the d...
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