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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.

'Scandal' Recap: Did 'The Lawn Chair' Lose Focus?

March 6th, 2015 10:00am EST
'Scandal' Recap: The Wasted Potential Of 'The Lawn Chair'
“The Lawn Chair” will definitely be a divisive episode of Scandal. Some will proclaim it the best hour of TV, while others will declare it a waste of time. That’s the danger of doing a Very Special Episode. Like Law and Order: Special Victims Unit does every other week, it took a hot topic, built an eerily similar but fictional case around it, and put our hero on the “right” side. However, unlike most procedural dramas, Scandal can’t simply wrap around a case-of-the-week without losing sight of its characters and the overall development of the show. Does it really feel appropriate for a soa...
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'The Walking Dead' Review: 5 Badass Moments From 'Remember'

March 2nd, 2015 9:15am EST
'The Walking Dead' Review: 5 Badass Moments From 'Remember'
Remember when Rick’s best friend and most trusted ally ended up being his worst enemy? Remember when the group found a safe location in the prison that they thought could sustain them with that puny garden and fenced walls? Remember when a charismatic one-eyed leader promised to take care of his people? Remember when Terminus was going to be the savior community? All of those things may have happened before, but that doesn’t mean they can’t happen again. Is it even possible for our group of survivors to ever feel safe again?

“Remember” explores that idea of acclimating to a society again a...
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'Shameless' Review: 5 Best Moments from 'Tell Me You F***ing Need Me'

March 2nd, 2015 8:28am EST
'Shameless' Recap: 5 Best Moments from 'Tell Me You F***ing Need
In last night's Shameless, everybody is showing a little bit of desperation. Lip is running from unhelpful office to office on his college campus to uncover the mystery of why his class schedule isn’t showing up. Debbie is asking her short list of guy-experts on how to get her glib boxing buddy to stop placing her in the mythical friendzone. Even pathetic little Chuckie is desperate not to have his slacks and button up ruined by a bully or bad stomach at his first day of school. As the episode’s title suggestions, they’re each frantic for each other’s help. It’s a common theme for Shameless...
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'The Walking Dead' Recap And Review: 5 Badass Moments From 'The Distance'

February 23rd, 2015 9:35am EST
'The Walking Dead' Recap: 5 Badass Moments From 'The Distance'
A safe location, the promise of food and safety, and new characters who don’t look like they slept in the gutter for a month? Things are looking up for both the group and the viewers. After years and years in Atlanta, encountering the same walker-filled wooded area, with the potential for the same type of villains, the group has finally gotten somewhere new. There’s a lot of exciting potential for the future of this show, but its success all depends on the next episode and on the characters that are introduced there. The Governor and the hipster cannibals were terrific antagonists, so those...
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Scandal Review: 5 Insane And Incredible Moments From 'No More Blood'

February 20th, 2015 10:07am EST
Scandal
Can we just agree that no matter how farfetched and insane Scandal gets, as long as Olivia is still a badass it’s still an awesome way to spend an hour? Every time Fitz does something that no President would ever be allowed to do or Huck gets away with torturing yet another person by flashing puppy eyes, we can always say “at least Olivia Pope is still awesome.”

In fact “No More Blood” proves that all of Scandal’s women are MVPs of any scene they’re in. Mellie goes from being blackmailed to being back on track to the presidency in the space of a day. Olivia talks her way out of being sold ...
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Shameless Recap: 5 Best Moments From 'Crazy Love'

February 16th, 2015 10:26am EST
Shameless Review: 5 Best Moments From 'Crazy Love'
Two of the biggest plots of season 5, regarding two of the biggest Shameless couples, have finally started to gain traction. Jimmy has spent all season off screen since his appearance in the final scene of season 4, but the presence of his partner, Angela, has kept him on our minds. Meanwhile, Mickey has avoided the question of Ian’s mental health most of the season in favor of the good old “ignore it until it goes away” method of dealing with issues. Finally, “Crazy Love” forces both of these characters to face the reality of their situations. Meanwhile, the rest of the cast is in arrested...
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'The Walking Dead': 5 Badass Moments From 'Them'

February 16th, 2015 9:00am EST
'The Walking Dead' Recap: 5 Badass Moments From 'Them'
It’s fitting that the slowest episode of The Walking Dead is the one where the gang most resembles walkers. The crew is trudging towards Washington DC fueled by their last remaining energy. Without a car, food, clean water, or much hope left, the gang is barely surviving as they inch towards their destination. They’re also all dealing with the recent loss of two of their group. To say morale is low would be an understatement.

Although “Them” is by far the slowest episode of the season, and perhaps the entire series, it made way for some pivotal moments. The episode felt like it was trying ...
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'Scandal' Review: 5 Best Moments From 'Gladiators Don't Run'

February 13th, 2015 9:50am EST
'Scandal' Recap: 5 Best Moments From 'Gladiators Don't Run'
So, it looks like those last two episodes were a complete fluke. Scandal is back to its wack-a-doodle nonsense plots fueled by insane twists and unwanted love triangles. The past two episodes showcased Olivia at her finest. Despite being under tremendous pressure, Olivia handled her captures like a pro and proved that she isn’t a damsel in distress just because she’s in a distressing situation. But “Gladiators Don’t Run” put out a strong “oh nevermind” message when it took every bit of control out of Olivia’s hands. Instead, it was all the men around her who held her fate in their hands whi...
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'Shameless': 5 Best Moments From 'Rites Of Passage'

February 9th, 2015 10:14am EST
Shameless
Well that was so much better than last week. The Gallaghers interacted with each other. Plots connected with the overall storylines. Slow building stories finally got to a breaking point. Thank God last week’s weak episode was just an aberration.

Here are the top 5 best moments from “Rites of Passage:”

Frank’s New Family

Wherever this Frank’s Liver Family plot is going, it can’t be good. Either Frank has the best or worst luck, because when he got his new liver from a guy named Dave, who died in a home invasion, Frank also got a cuckoo new family. Now that Sheila is gone and Sammi is wea...
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'The Walking Dead' Recap: 5 Badass Moments From 'What Happened And What's Going On'

February 9th, 2015 8:24am EST
'The Walking Dead' Recap: 5 Badass Moments From 'What Happened A
Wow. What an episode to open the second half of the season. Although it started off feeling like a new art school graduates attempt to be deep, all of the pieces eventually came together to make a stunning episode. Not only did “What Happened and What’s Going On” advance the plot quite a bit and introduce a possible new danger, it was also a beautiful send off to a character who never really got a chance to be his best self. Only The Walking Dead could manage to make a slow episode also exhilarating and filled with tension. If this is the quality we can expect from the rest of the season, n...
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