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'The Americans' Premiere Recap: Keri Russell Is Everything

January 29th, 2015 11:01am EST
'The Americans' Season 3 Premiere Recap: Keri Russell Is Everyth
Previously - Claudia informed Elizabeth and Phillip that Paige will be groomed to be a spy like them. Elizabeth was for it, Phillip against. Stan was forced to betray Nina, and she was arrested by her embassy. Paige got heavily into her church, and protesting societal ills. Frank Gaad was annoying.

The recap's titled that because the Season premiere of The Americans opens with this audacious sequence wherein Keri Russell's steely yes sensitive KGB spy Elizabeth Jennings throws down with two FBI agents. One of the agents she battles is Richard Thomas' terminally annoying Frank Gaad. He gets...
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'Girls' Recap: Someone Finally Tells Jessa Off!

January 26th, 2015 9:09am EST
'Girls' Recap Season 4 Episode 3: Someone Finally Tells Jessa Of
Previously - Hannah discovered that she's not exactly a revelation as a writer. And Elijah came to stay.

This episode of Girls finds the majority of the characters just talking and talking and talking these BS touchy-feely circles around everyone else as a way of masking their own selfish wants and needs. You’re like “uh, that’s pretty much the show, J.” I know, but it felt a lot more prevalent this evening.

Hannah has been in Iowa for pretty much a day when she’s all of a sudden deep into a personal crisis over writing. Maybe she doesn’t WANT to be a writer, she questions? As she tells ...
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'Girls' Recap: Welcome To Iowa

January 19th, 2015 9:23am EST
'Girls' Season 4 Episode 2 Recap: Welcome To Iowa
Previously - Hannah prepared to move to Iowa for grad school and leave Adam behind. Marnie found being a musician is actual work. Shoshana had awful parents. Jemma was pissed at Hannah for leaving.

"Triggering" is the title of last night's episode and it caused me to tense up for a bit before viewing. I snarked last recap that Girls is actually a horror series, but Season Two's ending episodes WERE horrific. Hannah Horvath's obessive compulsive disorder, which had only been hinted at previously, reared it's exceptionally ugly head. Remember the Q-tip? And the haircut? The t-shirt without p...
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Is '12 Monkeys' Worth Your Time?

January 17th, 2015 8:41am EST
'12 Monkeys' Might Be Worth Your Time
(Warning: Spoilers ahead for the first two episodes of 12 Monkeys.)

The concept of time travel, when taken to a certain extent in a fictional narrative, can break your brain. When characters start talking about paradoxes, and how time isn't actually linear, I normally have to talk myself down with something on Bravo. Syfy's small screen adaption of Terry Gilliam's twisty 1995 flick (which itself was inspired by a French sci-fi short from the early 60s) dumbs it down enough for the regular folks, but keeps it interesting with some sharp performances and just enough mystery to keep you tunin...
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'Girls' Season 4 Premiere: Everyone's Still Awful

January 12th, 2015 7:11am EST
'Girls' Season 4 Premiere Recap: Everyone's Still Awful
Girls is the only show that the other Mr. Harvey actively hates. My husband hates Girls the way you hate moving, root canals, and the RMV. It’s not that he doesn’t get the humor inherent in watching four young emotional sociopaths rampage through life in NYC. He just doesn’t find it funny.

Your faithful recapper, on the other hand, finds Girls to be a sharply written, often hilarious, more often cringe-inducing horror series that always spurs a reaction. Yes, Girls is a horror series with comedic overtones. If you approach it from that viewpoint, you won’t want to hurl something heavy at ...
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'Homeland' Season Finale: Is That All There Is?

December 22nd, 2014 8:22am EST
'Homeland' Season Finale Recap: Is That All There Is?
Before I begin with my last recap for Homeland season 4 (*sob*), I’d like to give some shout-outs. Firstly, thanks to Starpulse for letting me write these inane recaps. Thanks to the three of you who read these recaps (especially my girls Erin and Suzie) and the ones who Tweet with me every Sunday night. Big thanks to Homeland actor Maury Sterling (Max rules!) who has Tweeted with me and the other fans all season long during every episode. It was a Hollywood-adjacent type thrill for me when he would like or re-tweet. His wife is real nice, too. Ok, on to the end.

Previously - POTUS called ...
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'Homeland' Recap: Vengeance Is Mine, Sayeth Quinn

December 15th, 2014 9:04am EST
'Homeland' Recap Season 4 Episode 11: Vengeance Is Mine, Sayeth
Previously - What? I don’t know. I’m wrapped in a blanket and trying to talk myself down. I think Fara’s dead.

It’s pretty much an impossibility to sustain tension across multiple weeks of episodic television. When you overinflate the balloon, it’s got to pop cuz’ physics or something. If they had opened this ep. with Carrie trying to defuse a bomb (that’s foreshadowing), it might have devolved into later seasons of 24 i.e. totally ridiculous. Hence, it was nice that we were given a sort-of breather this week. We needed it. Otherwise, my cheap-ass IKEA couch was going to finally bust from ...
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'Homeland' Recap: You Need A Muscle Relaxant To Watch This Show

December 8th, 2014 8:21am EST
'Homeland' Recap Season 4 Episode 10: You Need A Muscle Relaxant
Previously - AAAIIEEEEHHHHHH!!!!!

This isn’t even hyperbole - Homeland is melting my face off. My face is currently oozing on the floor in front of my couch. That’s some pleasant imagery, eh? The show is that good this season. It’s a little less talky, and a little more feminist 24 but that isn’t a bad thing.

When we last left Carrie, Saul, Redmond and the US Marine equivalent of a Star Trek redshirt, their convoy had gotten all blowed up. Carrie is bloodied but alive. There was some talk that they might actually kill her or Saul off this episode and break the Internet in half. They ain’t...
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'Homeland's' Latest Is Very Intense

November 24th, 2014 8:35am EST
'Homeland' Recap Season 4 Episode 9: Latest Episode Is Beyond In
Previously - Everyone had a heart attack and died because this show is too intense.

You know how the ABC marketing team promos Scandal’s winter finale as this big deal where pulses will be pounded and none of us will ever be the same? Well, I’ve pulled this chair out for them so they can have a seat. They are the generic brand of suspenseful TV drama when compared to Homeland. I’m probably more into this show right now than my marriage (To the other Mr. Harvey: I kid, I kid!) because this “Brody who?” season 4 is killing it. Last night’s “winter finale” had me literally BELLOWING at the TV...
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'Homeland' Recap: Save Saul

November 17th, 2014 10:06am EST
'Homeland' Recap Season 4 Episode 8: Save Saul
Previously - Saul and his captor Haqqani debated world religions. Carrie’s bipolar meds were switched out by Prof. Boyd and Tasleem which drove her completely around the bend. All the way around. She’ll be coming around the mountain when she comes? She came around that mountain. Wow, was she tapped. She ended up at Khan’s house, and hallucinated he was Brody.

The best episodes of Homeland are physically uncomfortable, if not outright painful. Your chest tightens. You get hoarse from screaming at the TV. Honestly, it's the only television show that leaves me a little nauseated from the adre...
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