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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.

'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
'The Mindy Project' Season 3 Episode 7 Recap: We Need To Talk Ab
"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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'How To Get Away With Murder' Recap: The Curious Case of Connor Walsh

October 17th, 2014 11:12am EDT
'How To Get Away With Murder' Recap: The Curious Case of Connor
Anyone else a little fatigued about all of these flashbacks? For me, it's because I’m not learning too much from them; I'm learning more about the present, which is more interesting. Case in point: what did we really learn about the season long mystery?

Other than the new fact that Asher knew his fellow law students were in Keating’s office the night they murdered her husband, we don’t learn much in these flashbacks. Michaela is still a hot mess, Rebecca’s oddly calm back at the Murder House and something has obviously cracked inside Connor.

The present is far more interesting than the fu...
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'The Mindy Project' Season 3 Episode 5 Recap: Shonda Rhimes Is The Reigning Beer Pong Champion

October 15th, 2014 10:56am EDT
'The Mindy Project' Season 3 Episode 5 Recap: Shonda Rhimes Is T
After last week’s semi-disapointing and pretty groundbreaking episode, we get a more classic episode for this rocky season. I’ve talked about how the show was getting redundant in its set-ups — a Danny and Mindy A-plot followed by whatever Peter and (cast member who is probably Morgan) are doing — and tonight gladly switches up a bit of the formula.

Yes, Mindy has put the practice in jeopardy by showing up extremely late to a hospital meeting and having her “Fancy” ringtone insult Jean, the HBIC. The practice is given the graveyard shift for their C-sections at the hospital, reminding all ...
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