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Emily E. Steck is a writer, aspiring good person and middle child. An avid reader & traveller, she professionally writes about everything but her #1 passion is television. When she isn't busy working, watching TV or being boring, she plays a lot of Super Smash Bros and hangs out with her dog.

'The Mindy Project': A Christmas Holiday Story

December 10th, 2014 11:31am EST
the Mindy Project - Christmas
I love Christmas episodes and thankfully, so does The Mindy Project, which has nailed all of its Christmas episodes. Make no mistake: this is not a holiday episode, as the office boos about, but a Christmas episode which has so many punchlines and side characters (except a notable absent Tamara) that it’s just a blast to watch.

The episode sticks itself to another Danny and Mindy plot, but this time it doesn’t feel repetitive even if it’s the same material we’ve seen before: Mindy wants to be engaged my Christmas. She’s stalking and investigating Danny’s weird habits only to learn he boug...
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'The Mindy Project' Recap: Blind Dates, Double Dates, Online Dates

November 26th, 2014 11:02am EST
The Mindy Project
What’s most impressive about tonight’s episode is how tightly plotted it is and how uniform the themes are. Usually, there is a clearly an A plot and a B plot and maybe a few little one liners for the cast. Tonight’s plots are interweaved together, showcasing these cartoonish characters as being more of family than anything else.

Annette is overbearing, over involved and judgmental, and Mindy does a great job of putting up with her. But when she interrupts her erotica bath with Danny, it’s another final straw that makes Mindy decide to take action. That means setting Annette up with a very...
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'How To Get Away With Murder' Recap: Who Killed Sam?

November 21st, 2014 11:36am EST
How to Get Away with Murder
Who killed Sam? Well, that’s a complicated question. Physically, it’s Michaela who injures him on the staircase. After a Scream like resurgence, it’s Wes who bashes a trophy over his head when he tries to strangle Rebecca (which isn’t even in murder; it’s justifiable homicide). However, it’s the group that thinks they all killed him—which is absolutely ludicrous—but in the end they all might as well have since they burn his body and chop it up into little pieces, callously throwing it in a Philly dumpster.

And then, in the final moments of an episode that basically just rehashes (in order)...
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'The Mindy Project': Diary Of A Mad Indian Woman

November 19th, 2014 12:07pm EST
The Mindy Project
If there was an episode for Mindy Kaling to submit to the Emmys, it should be this one. Sure, there are episodes that showcase her character’s amazing chemistry and romance with Danny Castellano, or where she spars against Annette Castellano or wingman for Peter. But this episode is a welcome change to the season three Mindy formula. Mindy’s a doctor again and finally, finally, there is a crack in TV’s best relationship since Tammy and Coach Taylor.

Mindy, equipped with a brand new hair-do courtesy of a dead woman, wants Danny to spend more time at her place, which is an apartment full of...
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'How To Get Away With Murder': #WhoKilledSam Is A Hollow Mystery

November 14th, 2014 12:03pm EST
'How To Get Away With Murder' Recap: #WhoKilledSam Is A Hollow M
I saw something on Twitter (in the #WhoKIlledSam tag) last night that struck me as very odd. Someone said something like "#WhoKilledSam is the #WhoKilledLauraPalmer of this generation tbh." It couldn’t further from the truth.

First of all, Laura Palmer was a flawed sixteen year old girl. Sam Keating is a manipulative, lying middle aged white man who murdered a girl not too much older than Lila. Speaking of Lila, I’m unsure as to why tonight was the night we finally meet the dead girl, if that makes sense. Is it so we can see the reveal that she came to Annalise’s house the night she was mu...
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'The Mindy Project' Recap: We Need To Talk About Annette

November 12th, 2014 11:06am EST
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"We Need To Talk About Annette” is one of Mindy’s finer episodes by far because it pits Mindy versus Annette against one another. Are the Mindy writers taking from the Annette well a little too much? Possibly. But pitting these two against each other doesn’t feel tired yet.

What’s interesting about this episode is that it sets itself up to be about some more soul searching for Mindy. Through Annette’s shoplifting crimes, maybe Mindy will learn stealing is bad. Instead we are reminded that Mindy is petty, but loyal and that she really doesn’t change. She’s the perfect foil for another woman...
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'How To Get Away With Murder' Recap: 'He Deserved To Die'

November 7th, 2014 1:35pm EST
'How To Get Away With Murder' Season 1 Episode 7 Recap: We’re No
I’m not really sure what How To Get Away With Murder really wants to be. A night-time soap? A courtroom drama? A crime show? With exceptions of an undercurrent of saying things about race and gender (which is very impressive and some great television), I’m not really sure what the show is saying about it’s subject matter in general. Is murder and autopsies sexy/disturbing, like when Wes and Rebecca get it on cut with Lila’s second autopsy? Is all of this just a game, like the cat and mouse game played between the three lawyers this episode? Is it ignoring its procedural elements and going f...
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'The Mindy Project' Recap: 'Caramel Princess Time' Focus On Our Three Favorite Characters

November 5th, 2014 10:55am EST
'The Mindy Project' Season 3 Episode 6 Recap: 'Caramel Princess
What The Mindy Project may have been missing with the past few episodes is just some good old-fashioned character stories. Did we really need Mindy’s dalliance with a lesbian doctor? No. This episode tries to correct that bad taste left in viewer’s mouths by focusing on its favorite three characters Mindy, Danny and Peter with some typical Mindy humor.

What drives the Mindy and Danny stories this episode is Mindy’s inconsiderate perpetual lateness, a character quirk that directly hurts Danny’s fragile psyche. What the episode does so well to resolve this issue by separating them to work it...
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'How To Get Away With Murder' Season 1 Episode 6 Recap: A Dweeb In D-bag's Clothing

October 31st, 2014 10:43am EDT
How to get Away With Murder
After weeks of being left out of the murder club, tonight we finally get a glimpse into Asher Millstone, who is really just a complete dweeb in douchebag’s clothing. Asher provides some much serious comic relief on the show and is also perhaps the “purest” of the kids. Sure, he’s the poster boy for white privilege and wears it proudly on his button down-sweater combos, but there’s something also so sweet about his awfulness.

Asher may have grown up as a rich, entitled little Main Line brat (I’m assuming he grew up on the Main Line, which is a very rich and old area of Philadelphia suburbs)...
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'How To Get Away With Murder' Recap: Maybe The Show Should Spend More Time On Why Then How

October 24th, 2014 11:05am EDT
'How To Get Away With Murder' Recap: Maybe The Show Should Spend
How To Get Away With Murder has an interesting problem to deal with: do we show the how or the why? It's chosen how nearly every time and it's not making the show stronger.

Look at the season-long murder mysteries: the murder of Lila Stanguard, the college student who was most definitely sleeping with future murder victim number two, Sam Keating. Usually on shows like these, the victims are really fleshed out to feel like real people and to gain our interest. Shows like Twin Peaks and Veronica Mars did this was aplomb, but How To Get Away With Murder is neither of these shows.

The show is...
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