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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.

'Sleepy Hollow': 5 Ridiculous Moments From 'Magnum Opus'

November 25th, 2014 9:56am EST
'Sleepy Hollow' Review: 5 Ridiculous Moments From 'Magnum Opus'
The magic is gone. Officially. Everything good about season one has been burned away or overdone. This season began with so much potential, from the addition of Ichabod’s Moloch-aligned son to a larger role for the Headless Horseman. Yet, everything that had a strong possibility of being successful has failed.

Henry, despite having the single most complicated backgrounds of all the characters, was not much more than a mustache-twirling henchman. Katrina’s faith in her son is based on absolutely no facts or shows of humanity on his part, making her seem idiotic. The horseman turned from a g...
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'The Walking Dead': 10 Badass Moments From 'Crossed'

November 24th, 2014 9:40am EST
The Walking Dead
“Crossed” proves that episodes that feature all of the characters are stronger than the episodes featuring one group at a time. Last week’s jaunt with Carol and Daryl was great, but we also had to endure Beth and Abraham’s episodes in order to get to it. These standalone episodes probably have more to do with filming schedules than creative opportunities, but they’re to the detriment of the show. In “Crossed” there was plenty of time for each of the groups: Rick’s group, those left at the church, Abraham’s dawdlers, and the hospital crew. Most of the characters got a moment to shine, even o...
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'Constantine': 5 Best Moments from 'Danse Vaudou'

November 22nd, 2014 4:22am EST
'Constantine' Review: 5 Best Moments from 'Danse Vaudou'
Here are the top 5 moments from “Danse Vaudou:”

The Introduction of Jim Corrigan

Jim Corrigan (Emmett Scanlan) is introduced as a potential ally for John. He’s a detective in New Orleans who has stumbled onto the dark underworld of the Constantine universe simply because he needed a drunken alleyway bathroom break. His first scene is actually hilarious in a way that the show often attempts but rarely nails. As he positions himself on the alley wall to pee, a girl walks behind him, clearly disgusted. He drunkenly waves his police badge like a permission slip. The girl is confronted by the ...
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'Scandal': 5 Best Moments From 'Where The Sun Don't Shine'

November 21st, 2014 9:20am EST
'Scandal' Review: 5 Best Moments From 'Where The Sun Don't Shine
ABC’s winter finales are usually bonkers and Scandal usually epitomizes that. For the most part, “Where the Sun Don’t Shine” was a calmer episode than we’re used to, but the ending really ramped things up. Here are the top 5 moments from the episode:

Killing B613

It’s almost as if Scandal heard our prayers. The B613 conspiracy is by far the weakest part of the show. It weighed down last season and its continual mentions this year have elicited quite a few groans. But in “Where the Sun Don’t Shine” the show is trying to rectify that problem by killing off the members of B613. Unfortunately...
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'American Horror Story: Freak Show': Rundown On 'Test Of Strength'

November 20th, 2014 9:06am EST
'American Horror Story: Freak Show' Episode 7 Recap: Rundown On
“Test of Strength” was a more emotional episode than we’re used to from American Horror Story. The show is always all about the scares and the gross out scenes, but rarely do they attempt to uncover the characters’ more emotional side. That is the power of this episode. There’s still plenty of disgusting imagery and shockers, but there’s also character development.

Characters Worth Remembering

Morris the Artist may never return, but it’s certainly possible. After what he did to Penny, tattooing her face beyond all recognition at her father’s behest, it’d be a shame if he didn’t get some g...
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'Sleepy Hollow' Review: 5 Best Moments From 'Mama'

November 18th, 2014 9:01am EST
'Sleepy Hollow' Recap: 5 Best Moments From 'Mama'
Abbie Takes Center Stage

Most of season two has centered on Ichabod, Katrina, their elderly son, and their marital issues. Part of the reason the season has been less successful than the first is due to Abbie taking a backseat to these less than interesting plots. Even Ichabod, a once great character, has become a repetitive, cliché joke.

Luckily “Mama” addresses the concern early on by giving Ichabod a cold, having Hawley trick him into taking a sleep aid (aka the one good thing Hawley has ever done), and keeping him off-screen for most of the episode. Without him around to make the apoc...
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'The Walking Dead': 10 Badass Moments From 'Consumed'

November 17th, 2014 8:58am EST
'The Walking Dead' Review: 10 Badass Moments From 'Consumed'
The past few episodes didn’t quite capture the excitement of the opening ones. With the group once again split up, it’s tough to care for a full hour about characters that haven’t had enough time or emotional resonance to carry an episode. “Consumed” is proof that episodes where the group is split off can work and be shining examples of what the show should be.

First, the collection of characters is perfect. Daryl and Carol are two of the show’s most popular and interesting characters, both of which still have pasts to explore. Previous episodes featuring Beth and Abraham as the leads were...
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'Constantine' Recap: Rundown on 'Feast of Friends'

November 15th, 2014 10:02am EST
'Constantine' Review: Rundown on 'Feast of Friends'
“A Feast of Friends” was hyped to be the episode that would finally grab the majority of the audience and prove worthy of their time. Producer Daniel Cerone even claimed the episode to be the “show at its pinnacle and it just sort of set the bar of everything we hope this show can be and can do.” That’s certainly a lot of excitement to live up to. Did this episode do just that? Did it showcase the potential of the entire series?

All in all it was a pretty successful episode, as part of the entire mythos of the Constantine world and as a standalone saga. While the show still hasn’t quite fo...
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Scandal Review: 5 Crucial Questions From 'The Last Supper'

November 14th, 2014 9:45am EST
Scandal Recap: 5 Crucial Questions From 'The Last Supper'
“The Last Supper” is the latest in a streak of good Scandal episodes. With the winter finale only one episode away, everything started shifting into gear. Olivia showed the boys why she’s the best in the business. Rowan showed them why he’s even better. Meanwhile Fitz and Jake just showed their asses. Overall, it was a satisfying episode, but it left us with a few questions.

Who Treats Olivia Worse: Fitz or Rowan?

The opening scenes of “The Last Supper” seemed like a race to see which of the men in Olivia’s life could treat her like an inanimate object in the grossest way possible. Fitz w...
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'American Horror Story: Freak Show': Rundown On 'Bullseye'

November 13th, 2014 8:54am EST
'American Horror Story: Freak Show' Recap: Rundown On 'Bullseye'
Everything is unraveling for Elsa. That’s good news for viewers, as it finally feels like things are ramping up and heading in an exciting direction. While some of the characters still feel half-formed and poorly characterized, for the most part the show is piecing together all the best bits and turning into a fully realized season.

Here’s the rundown from “Bullseye:”

New Characters to Remember

While not exactly a new character, Penny the Candy Striper (Grace Gummer) returns on screen for the first time since the first episode. She’s recovered from the drug-induced, and definitely not co...
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