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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.

'Halt And Catch Fire' Recap 'The 214s'

July 21st, 2014 9:19am EDT
'Halt And Catch Fire' Recap 'The 214s'
John Bosworth is the MVP of the Cardiff Electric team. It just took his downfall for people to realize it. The core team of three, Joe, Gordon, and Cameron, have spent so much time engaging in power plays over who is the most important to the PC project. Joe is all about being the vision. Gordon has been desperate to make up for his failings with the Symphonic that he has worked himself to the bone creating The Giant. Cameron is the raw talent in coding. It’s easy to overlook just how important a sane-minded business person is to this project.

John started off as one of Joe’s biggest naysa...
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'Masters Of Sex' Recap: The Top 5 Moments From 'Kyrie Eleison'

July 21st, 2014 8:24am EDT
'Masters Of Sex' Recap: The Top 5 Moments From 'Kyrie Eleison'
Here are the top moments from “Kyrie Eleison:”

New Additions to the Cast

Masters of Sex can already boast of having one of the best ensembles on television, with Lizzy Caplan, Michael Sheen, Alison Janney, Beau Bridges, and Julianne Nicholson making up the cast. It’s always a risk to add members to an ensemble so filled with chemistry because there’s the chance that it can change the dynamic. However, so far the two new additions seem great.

First there’s Keke Palmer as Coral, the Masters’ new nanny. She’s young, sweet, and has plenty in common with Libby. Coral and Libby bond early on o...
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'Masters of Sex': Top Moments From 'Parallax'

July 14th, 2014 9:40am EDT
'Masters of Sex': Top Moments From 'Parallax'
Masters of Sex’s first season was yet another in a long line of Showtime critically acclaimed debut series. The true story of Bill Masters and Virginia Johnson’s quest to discover what happens to the body during sex was often riveting, touching, and female-friendly in a way that’s rare on TV these days. The last episode left viewers with a few hanging questions. Would Virginia take up Ethan’s marriage proposal? Would Bill and Virginia begin an affair? What was going to happen to the study now that Bill was fired from his position at the university?

The biggest question left lingering was w...
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"Halt and Catch Fire" Recap: "Giant"

July 14th, 2014 9:10am EDT
"Halt and Catch Fire" Recap: "Giant"
Introducing the Contrail. Joe has finally decided on a name for his PC project. The Cardiff Electric team is another milestone closer to finishing the project. They’re now on the quest to find the perfect case for the PC. If the case is simple and boring, like Gordon is hoping for, then their work is practically done. They won’t have to do any extra work to ensure the hardware works within the case.

However, Joe has his heart set on Simon (played by D.B. Woodside), one of the top industrial designers in the world to create the case. He has a hand in designing the DeLorean, which is as 80s ...
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5 Reasons We're Excited for 'Masters of Sex' Season 2

July 13th, 2014 10:00am EDT
5 Reasons We're Excited for 'Masters of Sex' Season 2
With the Masters of Sex second season premiere approaching, it’s time to get excited about the return of our favorite series about the science of sex. When the show first debuted in September of last year, it was a risky sell for audiences. It was yet another one of the many period pieces that popped up after the success of Mad Men, with the added bonus of being centered solely on a study about sex. There was the risk that it would pale in comparison to the other great Showtime series and focus more on titillation than strong writing. However, Masters of Sex soon proved naysayers wrong by b...
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'Halt And Catch Fire' Recap: 'Landfall'

July 7th, 2014 8:50am EDT
'Halt And Catch Fire' Recap: 'Landfall'
These days we’re so used to technology being such an interactive, immersive universe that it can be tough to remember that there was a time that it was simpler. Much of tonight’s Halt and Catch Fire is centered on Cameron’s quest to give their operating system a personality, like a stone-age version of Siri. She compares it to her ugly childhood doll. She knew it wasn’t much, but when her father gave it a voice and wiggled it around, it created a bond between her and the doll. That’s what she believes the new computer needs too, something that makes people who are computer illiterate want a...
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'Halt And Catch Fire' Season 1 Episode 5 Recap: 'Adventure'

June 30th, 2014 9:30am EDT
'Halt And Catch Fire' Season 1 Episode 5 Recap: 'Adventure'
Well, we finally got some insight into why Joe is the sociopathic monster that he’s proved to be for the past few episodes. As it turns out his borderline-evil mastermind conduct is learned behavior. After weeks of heavy handed hints, we finally meet Joe SR, the IBM business man with whom Joe has massive issues. For the most part, the mystery of why Joe is as manipulative as he is

Well, we finally got some insight into why Joe is the sociopathic monster he’s proven to be for the first half of the season. As it turns out his borderline-evil conduct is learned behavior. After weeks of heavy ...
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'The Challenge' Recap: Free Agents 'A Walk In The Clouds'

June 27th, 2014 8:21am EDT
'The Challenge' Recap: Free Agents 'A Walk In The Clouds'
“Free Agents” is all about the power of the individual competitor. Although the players were paired up and put in groups during many of the challenges, in the end it was really up to each person to make their way to the final through skill, politics, and strength. In most other seasons, you have to depend on the same team throughout the whole season to get you to the end. However, in this last final the competitors have to depend on three different teammates to make it through some of the toughest challenges. When we last saw the challengers, they were kayaking down a rough river with their...
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'Tyrant' Recap: Memorable Moments From The 'Pilot'

June 25th, 2014 8:34am EDT
'Tyrant' Recap: Memorable Moments From The 'Pilot'
Tyrant, FX’s newest addition to its excellent roster, was brimming with controversy before it ever aired. Many brilliant creative minds put their hands on the show in the beginning stages, such as Ang Lee and David Yates, only to promptly exit. The show was originally supposed to shoot in Morocco, but was forced to move to Israel after the pilot. Recently, discussions about casting a white actor, Adam Rayner, to play the main character, a Middle Eastern man, also cast a shadow over the series. It’s always troubling when a show has many public creative shifts and controversies in its early d...
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A History Of Hatred And Bigotry In The 'Big Brother' House

June 23rd, 2014 8:57pm EDT
A History Of Hatred And Bigotry In The 'Big Brother' House
Big Brother has never been the classiest reality television program. Viewers go into their favorite summer obsession knowing that they’re going to be outraged by unfair twists, blatant rigging, and characters that make our stomachs turn. Big Brother 15 set the bar for how low a season could get. In only one week, BB15 was declared the most controversial season in the show’s history. It featured racism, homophobia, anti-semitism, misogyny, and every other stop on the bigotry check list from the least likeable cast to ever darken CBS’s doorway.

During and after the season, Big Brother produc...
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