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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: 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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'How To Get Away With Murder' Recap: Smile Or Go To Jail

October 10th, 2014 8:47am EDT
'How To Get Away With Murder' Recap: Smile Or Go To Jail
I love me some law shows. I devour them, living vicariously through them for my own unfulfilled lawyer desires. I mean, The Good Wife is my favorite show on television right now. However, this show is definitely more murder mystery than law, which is a bit of a shame. How To Get Away With Murder could take a note from The Good Wife in terms of cleverness.

I may always be too harsh on this show for two reasons: my love of law and mystery shows and my intimate knowledge of Philadelphia and Pennsylvania. But also, maybe I’m not being too harsh on this show because logic isn’t exactly its stro...
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'The Mindy Project' Recap: It Slipped Is Code For Freaky Sex

October 8th, 2014 9:53am EDT
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Did Mindy just have an entire episode about anal sex without ever saying the word?

Yes it did.

I admire The Mindy Project’s audacious move to talk about anal sex (without mentioning the word, I’ll stress) on network television by saying “It slipped." It’s great that Danny and Mindy are nervous about experimenting with freakier stuff with one another to push their sexual limits. And a lot of the bits were really funny.

I just don’t buy it. Chris Messina is one hell of an actor, but even he couldn’t sell “it slipped” wholly seriously. The episode almost sets up that maybe these two are a...
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'How To Get Away With Murder' Recap: Like Father, Like Daughter

October 3rd, 2014 10:35am EDT
'How To Get Away With Murder' Recap: Like Father, Like Daughter
How To Get Away With Murder’s second episode is both more interesting and less interesting than its pilot. More interesting because it focuses on Queen Supreme Annalise Keating, pulling back a layer to expose some vulnerability and her genuine fear over her husband. And less interesting because the flashbacks feel more like a countdown than anything really shocking.

The case of the week is intertwined with Annalise’s growing suspicion and fear that her husband Sam slept with and killed local college girl Lyla Stanguard (which is a great name for a dead girl. In the ranks of Lily Kane and L...
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'The Mindy Project' Recap: The Jokes Keep Flying, But Mindy's In A Plot Rut

October 1st, 2014 11:19am EDT
'The Mindy Project' Recap: The Jokes Keep Flying, But Mindy's In
"My butt does not sound like Fat Marlon Brando.” With jokes like that, you’d assume Mindy scored this week, but instead it is in a bit of a rut, plot-speaking. Sure the jokes are standardly superb, and The Mindy Project produces a solidly standard episode week. It’s just formulaic. The formula goes like this:

Mindy and Danny scene that is casual, but sets the pieces of the plot up. Then an office scene with everyone together. Peter has his own subplot, this season involving his girlfriend Lauren. And back to the issue of what Mindy and Danny are going through. That doesn’t mean any of what...
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'How To Get Away With Murder' Pilot Recap: Who Do The Kids Kill?

September 26th, 2014 11:13am EDT
'How To Get Away With Murder' Pilot Recap: Who Do The Kids Kill?
Our story plays with time quite a bit, shifting back and forth between the night of covering up the murder of an unknown person and the first days of law school with Annalise Keating. Oh Annalise Keating, you scary bitch. Perfectly played with such authority by the phenomenal Viola Davis, we know this is going to be a special show even right before the credits.

See, four of Annalise Keating’s prized students have murdered someone and they have to decide what to do with the body. With two against two, they flip a coin to decide whether or not they go to jail tonight and–shocker–they move th...
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'How To Get Away With Murder' Preview: Everything You Need To Know About The Show

September 25th, 2014 2:42pm EDT
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How To Get Away With Murder is about to become ABC's next star show. Lead by Viola Davis and a good supporting cast, this show is as juicy and sexy as all the promos have led you to believe. Before you go and call it the next Scandal (even though it totally is the next Scandal), here's what you need to know about the show and the premiere.

1. Annalise Keating Is No Olivia Pope, Thank God

Annalise Keating, played by the brilliant Viola Davis, is not pouting her lip or stuck in a old white guy love triangle like Scandal's Olivia Pope (I'm not hating on Olivia Pope, I love her, but these...
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'The Mindy Project' Recap: We Finally Get To Meet Mrs. Castellano And It's Hysterical

September 24th, 2014 9:01am EDT
'The Mindy Project' Recap: We Finally Get To Meet Mrs. Castellan
After two seasons of building up to it, The Mindy Project grants our greatest wish: not to see Mindy and Danny together as a couple but to finally meet Danny’s mom, Annette Castellano! And luckily for us, she’s played by Cheers veteran Rhea Perlman, who is simply fantastic as Danny's overbearing, tough and secretive mother.

The episode wastes almost no time into introducing us to the infamous Mrs. Castellano, stopping by to drop by TV Magazines for Danny’s apartment, who mistakenly (and with great racism) assumes Mindy is a cleaning lady. Mindy is horrified. Dear young Mindy is too self-ab...
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