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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.

'Big Brother' Recap: The Return Of Zingbot

8/27/2015 9:15am EDT
'Big Brother' Review: Ranking And Analyzing The Zings Of BB17
Zingbot has become an essential rite of passage for any Big Brother cast mate. It’s everything that the show should be: cheesy entertainment that pokes fun at the ridiculous people that choose to be filmed 24/7. In the past, it’s even served as a wake-up call to certain players. In Big Brother 14, Danielle realized she might be looking like a stalker to her no-mance partner Shane. It only ramped up her obsession. In BB15, Andy’s zing was about him leeching onto Amanda’s game, causing him to rethink his strategy and ultimately win the game. In the end, Zingbot—the dad joke loving man in a pl...
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'BB17' Follows Same Predictable Formula

8/24/2015 9:04am EDT
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Now becomes the time that Big Brother 17 becomes dreadfully dull and predictable. The moment Austin won HOH, it was a given that this week would be a dud, much like his Judas persona. And to think, just a few weeks ago it felt like the season had warmed up to an exciting split in the house. However, since everybody is in an alliance with everybody and nobody seems to realize it, the season just drags on. And every episode is practically the same, following the same predictable formula.

The formula goes as follows:

First, the competition section:

One by one, each remaining houseguest remi...
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‘BB17’: Best Moments From Last Night’s Week 9 Eviction

8/21/2015 8:37am EDT
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Liz’s entire HOH run has been a dud. The Austwins alliance is frustrating to watch because they’re a strong trio that nobody has bothered to so much as nominate. When the majority alliance is in power, as they have been most of this season, nothing interesting comes from those episodes. The nominations stayed the same. There was no backdoor target. There was barely any scheming, no fighting, and no campaigning.

It’s telling that the best weeks’ worth of episodes were the ones where James and Becky were HOH. Those are players that are willing to make bold moves. Meanwhile, Vanessa is the on...
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Recap: 'BB17' Key Moments From Last Night’s Episode

8/20/2015 8:54am EDT
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How desperate were the Big Brother editors to make Johnny Mac the star of this season? Until recently, he’s done nothing of note, despite being heavily featured in nearly every episode. Now that he’s a target and in the cross hairs of Vanessa, he’s the star of the episode. Unfortunately, despite being one of the first in the house to catch on to Vanessa’s antics, John is a less than impressive player. Entertaining, sure, but not the power player that we all hoped he’d be. Seriously, what is this guy thinking?

Meanwhile, the other star of the season, Vanessa, is on a downward spiral that sh...
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The Most Memorable Moments From Last Night’s 'Big Brother'

8/17/2015 9:17am EDT
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Last week on Big Brother was a big old mess. Not only does the house miss out a golden opportunity to get rid of the scariest player in the game, but Steve pulls out the most baffling choices during the double eviction. The episode after double eviction is usually a good catch up on what truly went down. It’s meant to fill in the blanks on what couldn’t be shown during the live show. However, besides Steve’s cry baby antics, we barely get to see what went on behind the scenes. All around it was a pretty disappointing episode.

Here are the most memorable moments from the Week 9 HOH and Nomi...
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Recap: Can 'BB17' Get Any More Satisfying?

8/10/2015 9:05am EDT
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BB17 just gets more and more satisfying. It couldn’t have been written any better. Vanessa and Shelli ran the game for four weeks with a superiority complex to rival any former Big Brother player. Now that they’re on the bottom, watching them scramble to stay safe is the best kind of entertainment.

One of the other improvement this episode has for the overall season is focusing on characters that have previously been nothing but scenery. Becky won the endurance HOH, forcing the editors to show a side of her we haven’t seen before. Steve finally had something to say about his position in th...
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Did 'True Detective' Season 2 Finale Have A Satisfying Ending?

8/10/2015 8:36am EDT
'True Detective' Season 2 Finale Did Not Provide A Satisfying En
Can a bad season of television be redeemed by the final episodes? That’s what season 2 of True Detective seemed to be asking. The first half of the season was truly terrible. The plot has been so convoluted and contrived that it became hard to follow for casual viewers. No show should require multiple viewing to understand the basic plot. The dialogue was often cringe-worthy, especially scenes that required Vince Vaughn to deliver 5-minute monologues. It took far too long to showcase what really makes True Detective unique: the incredible chemistry between characters. Once Paul, Ani, and Ra...
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This Week's 'Big Brother' Was Full Of Incredible Moments

8/7/2015 8:48am EDT
'Big Brother' Review: War, Quitters, And The End of the Worst Sh
We got one of the most satisfying weeks of Big Brother under James’ HOH reign. We got to see a strong alliance fall apart at the seams, a power couple crumble, and personalities who have been in the shadows finally shine. With any lucky, this streak of incredible moments will continue with whoever wins the next HOH. Now that there’s a divisive split in the house, the game is really heating up. Even with the first unanimous vote of the season, there’s no more arguing about doing what “The House” wants. Now it’s all about conflicting sides and that’s just amazing.

Here are the top moments fr...
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'Big Brother': James Proves To Be A Contender & More

8/3/2015 9:02am EDT
'Big Brother' Review: Endurance, A New Power Player, And Karma F
See? Battle of the Block really was destroying the show. It’s no coincidence that the second that monstrosity of a twist ends, an underdog finally gets to make a big move. Hopefully the vast improvement in the gameplay is enough to convince the producers to never bring that twist back again. It’s not like the veto twist that actually enhanced the game when it was introduced over a decade ago.

Not to mention that it’s already week 6 and there have only been three different HOHs and most of them have been from the same alliance. The Sixth Sense alliance has dominated since week 2 and not had...
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'Big Brother' Sees A Power Shift & More

7/31/2015 8:48am EDT
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Our national nightmare is over! Battle of the Block is finally over. This twist has been a plague on Big Brother for two seasons and hopefully this episode has finally put it to bed forever. Now that the house is split into two warring alliances and they aren’t forced to put up at least 4 people every week, people can finally target each other without letting dumb twists stop them.

Here are the top moments from Week 5 Eviction:

Post Veto Meltdown

The fallout of Jason’s nomination is delicious. Finally, Jason, Meg, Jackie, and James have to wake up to the fact that they’re on the bottom o...
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