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'Homeland' Season 4 Episode 4 Recap: Do It For Your Country

October 20th, 2014 8:22am EDT
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Previously - Quinn tried to leave the CIA but you don’t leave the CIA unless Carrie says you can leave the CIA. Fara and Max are working with Carrie to acquire Aayan as an asset. And Quinn is SSSSOOOOO in love with Carrie, It’s, like, totally obvious. Jenn saw him, like, STALKER-LEVEL staring at her in Trig. It was totally pathetic. He’s kinda cute, though, if you don’t mind the PTSD stare.

How far is too far when it comes to your country? Is there such a thing? It doesn't look like it for Carrie Mathison. She used her body in service to her cause this episode, and it didn't require clothe...
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'Homeland' Season 4 Episode 3 Recap: Quinn Loves Carrie, Carrie Loves Herself

October 13th, 2014 11:16am EDT
'Homeland' Season 4 Episode 3 Recap: Quinn Loves Carrie, Carrie
Previously - Having taken a position as the CIA station chief on the Afghanistan border, Carrie orders a missile strike on a Taliban target. Unfortunately, the target was attending a civilian wedding. Medical student Aayan survives the bombing and his smartphone video of the incident goes viral. Carrie and Quinn investigate the source of their bad intel - CIA station chief Sandy Bachman. Sandy is killed by an angry Pakistani mob, and it's later discovered he was trading intel for intel. A situation of which CIA director Lockhart was aware. Carrie blackmails him into installing her as Islama...
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'Homeland' Season 4 Premiere Recap: Mother Of The Year

October 6th, 2014 8:33am EDT
'Homeland' Season 4 Premiere Recap: Mother Of The Year
There’s some burning questions to answer about the season premiere of Homeland. Is Carrie blonde or brunette? Did Quinn have to show off his penis again? Did Dana finally tie her goddamn laces? I kid. The real question is - does it look like Homeland will survive without its co-anti hero, Sgt. Nicholas Brody? Spoiler alert for last season - dude bounced around til’ death on the end of a bright red rope in the season finale. Answer? Well, I have a stomach ache after watching the two-episode mega premiere. That’s indicative of the show being in top form! Brody’s gone, but not forgotten. Carr...
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Comfort Movies We Can Watch Again And Again

October 5th, 2014 3:05pm EDT
Comfort Movies We Can Watch Again And Again
You’ve heard of comfort food, but comfort movies? They’re the movies you watch when you’re home alone and sad, or hungover from the night before and need something stomach settling, or maybe they’re on TV, one of your favorites, and there’s no way you’re changing the channel! Your comfort movies are one of the few things that will never change (well, unless you’re Episodes IV through VI of Star Wars because George Lucas is the devil) in this life. They’re the old friends you can always depend on to, well, comfort you.

After an informal survey, we noticed several of the same flicks were nam...
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'True Blood' Series Finale Recap: Fangs For The Memories

August 25th, 2014 7:20am EDT
'True Blood' Series Finale Recap: Fangs For The Memories
Yep, it's over. HBO's very bloody action/drama/comedy/horror series is finally at rest, and you're free to walk the streets of Bon Temps unafraid once more. That's not actually true seeing as, in the True Blood universe, vampires, werewolves, shifters, witches, maeneads, and incredibly annoying fairies still live in the world. Don't you kinda wish you lived there?

The final ep was sad but sweet. A little too much focus on Sarah Newlin (uh, Lafayette? Lafayette anybody?), but everything got pretty much handled. It was a happy ending for most. And before anyone asks (who am I kidding, they ...
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‘True Blood’ Season 7 Episode 9 Recap: Suicidal Toddlers

August 18th, 2014 2:02pm EDT
‘True Blood’ Season 7 Episode 9 Recap: Suicidal Toddlers
Previously - Hoyt and Jessica re-connected. Eric used Sarah Newlin to cure himself of Hep-V. Vampire Bill Compton inspired a Bon Temps-wide eyeroll when he refused to take the cure.

Ah, it’s the penultimate episode of this epic vampire saga. "Love Is To Die" was sort of necessary but somewhat low-key, obviously intended to clear the decks of all of our secondary characters’ needs, wants, and problems. It also gave Eric some time to show some depth beyond “I’m going to eat Sarah Newlin's face!!” and displaying airbrushed disease veins.

As often happens on True Blood, we start off where we ...
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Summer TV 2014's Top Villains!

August 17th, 2014 6:00pm EDT
Summer TV 2014's Top Villains!
You can’t have a good TV show without a villain. Even if it’s a reality show about making widgets, there’s got to be an evil widget in the mix making trouble for the rest of em’. With Summer 2014’s television season just about to set, we thought it would be fun to talk a look back and see which television evil-doers positively sizzled!

In no particular order (here there be spoilers!) …

Thomas Eichorst - The Strain (FX)

If you've been watching FX’s schlocky end-of-the-world vampire drama The Strain you've probably enjoyed Richard Sammel's chilly portrayal of the head vamp’s slithery ass...
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'True Blood' Season 7 Episode 8 Recap: Beautiful Friendships

August 11th, 2014 4:15pm EDT
'True Blood' Season 7 Episode 8 Recap: Beautiful Friendships
Previously - Violet imprisoned Wade and Adilyn. Pam, Eric, and the Yakua cornered Sarah Newlin. Sookie and Bill reunited and made love. Jason was hot.

Crazy lady Sarah NEWLIN is cowering in her former cult compound when Eric Northman comes a’looking for her. Her realization that she is about to die is confirmed by another Jason STACK HOUSE hallucination. He’s wearing some really tight jeans and they’re highly flattering, If that’s death, sign my ass up. Sarah surrenders outside and Eric quickly goes to murder her. Pam’s threat to put a bullet into herself halts Eric’s murderous progress. S...
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'True Blood' Season 7 Episode 7 Recap: Vampire Jenny Craig

August 4th, 2014 9:29pm EDT
'True Blood' Season 7 Episode 7 Recap: Vampire Jenny Craig
Previously - Jessica spilled the tea on Bill having the Hep-V to Sookie. Violet planned to use Adilyn and Wade to avenge Jason’s betrayal. Sarah Newlin (aka "Newme") appears to be the cure for Hep-V.

I feel like True Blood is winding down (or up) in a satisfactory fashion. Showrunner Brian Buckner and his writing team swore up and down that this final season would be all about Bon Temps, and they seem to have been telling the truth. The only glaring mistake this season (well, besides those endless, ponderous Vampire Bill Compton’s origin flashbacks which damn well better have a point) is c...
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'True Blood' Season 7 Episode 6 Recap: Meet Newme

July 29th, 2014 6:15am EDT
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Previously - Sookie was the reluctant hostess of a “We Saved Arlene, Holly, That Drunk Broad & Sam’s Baby Mama!” party. Jessica got over finding her boyfriend James and Lafayette boning in the back of their SUV by boning Jason. Eric caught up with Sarah Newlin. Bill discovered he’s got Hep-V.

We’re vamp-speeding closer and closer to the finale and the storylines may be slightly lame but they’re trying their best. They really are. Hey, there’s no rapist were-panthers, women duct-taped to toilets, or Christopher Meloni staking children. They’re trying!

Eric’s weak with the Hep-V but that do...
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