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Yaysa Roque-Rivera is a college graduate with a degree in Cinema Studies currently delaying the inevitability of graduate school by writing about film and television on the internets. She is passionate and borderline obsessive when it comes to her favorite TV shows which include Mad Men, Parks and Recreation, Friday Night Lights, 30 Rock, Lost, among many, many others.

'American Horror Story: Coven' - 'The Magical Delights of Stevie Nicks' Recap

January 10th, 2014 2:13pm EST
Jessica Lange as Fiona
Its becoming more and more clear that Coven is just a big ol’ mess, an undoubtedly fun mess, but an utter mess all the same. American Horror Story has never been a source of exceptionally crafted storytelling, it lacks any kind of subtlety and grace, any nuance or pacing, even logic and continuity. Instead it provides an array of fantastical scenarios full of over the top characters and performances that one can’t help but enjoy. Murder House suffered from not so great characters with questionable motivations and sense (did anyone really care about the Harmons? That show was all about Const...

'American Horror Story: Coven' Theory Of The Week - Is Queenie Really Dead?

December 18th, 2013 10:03am EST
Gabourey Sidibe as Queenie
The wait is long for a new episode of American Horror Story, so in order to quell my (and yours of course) longing for new material, I’ll be checking in periodically with some theories, quandaries and reflections on Coven, so far.

Last week’s brilliant episode, “Head” ended with a shocking and devastating final sequence that found Marie Laveau’s entire tribe decimated by Hank: the witch hunter. Most devastating of all, they killed Queenie! Worst of all, it appears that she is actually dead, not Coven dead, but dead dead. Say it isn’t so. Queenie is a truly interesting character and her jou...

'Trophy Wife' Review: 'Russ Bradley Morrison' & 'Twas The Night Before Christmas... or Twas It'

December 11th, 2013 1:57pm EST
Trophy Wife
Doubling up on Trophy Wife reviews again. The show is consistently producing amusing and entertaining half-hours and there isn’t that much to say in terms of growth or issues, the writers have really hit their stride. “Russ Bradley Morrison” is a fun installment, with an adequate use of the ensemble, though it could have benefited from a bit more cohesiveness. The two main storylines (Kate at the field trip with Diane and Warren and Pete stuck at home with crazy Jackie) worked well, the story with Bert and Hillary felt like an afterthought and filler. And we all know that Bert deserves more...

'American Horror Story: Coven' - 'The Sacred Taking' Recap

December 7th, 2013 2:49pm EST
Gabourey Sidibe as Queenie
“Coven” is back! Finally, that one-week gap was unexpectedly torturous, I had been so used to the weekly fix of witchy bitchery that suffering through that annoying mini-hiatus (who cares about Thanksgiving, really?) gave me some serious withdrawal symptoms. But all is good now that there is a new episode to dissect.

“The Sacred Taking” opens with Queenie asserting her new Voodoo badass persona, cutting a rapist’s heart out, dissing the coven and saying things like, “This is Voodoo,” and “War is coming.” Zoe and Madison try to convince her to come back, Queenie makes it clear that once you...

'American Horror Story:Coven' - 'The Dead' Recap

November 22nd, 2013 3:06pm EST
Emma Roberts as Madison
“I got one life and I’m not wasting it,” says a pre-bus crash Kyle in the episode’s opening flashback. He and his fraternity brothers find themselves in a tattoo parlor where they all get douche-y tats, except for dear ol’ Kyle who waxes on about his reasons, not to. Another attempt to show how exceptional Kyle was, what a great future he had ahead of him, and that he had a semblance of a personality before he turned Franken-monster. It’s the seventh episode in and they are still trying to make me care about Kyle, its not working. Though I have to say that Franken-Kyle’s reaction too findin...

'American Horror Story: Coven' Theory Of The Week - Who Threw The Acid?

November 19th, 2013 10:10am EST
American Horror Story: Coven
“Burn, Witch, Burn” shows Fiona successfully convincing the council that Myrtle was the culprit behind Cordelia’s attack, stealthily framing her long-time rival with the help of Queenie and Spalding. In “The Axeman Cometh” Marie denies any involvement in the assault, introducing the potential existence of a new force threatening the witches of Miss Robichaux’s, and leaving the mystery open for discussion.

Sure, there is the slight possibility that Myrtle could still be guilty of perpetrating the acid attack, or Marie could be lying to Hank about her non-role in the assault, but it works ...

'Trophy Wife' - 'The Date' & 'Lice and Beary White' Review

November 13th, 2013 4:17pm EST
Trophy Wife
Let me preface this review with celebrating the fact that ABC has given ‘Trophy Wife’ a full season order. Huzzah! Though the series hasn’t broken out and gotten the ratings it deserves, it’s certainly a great to see the network supporting the show. Hopefully ABC will actually give invest in some advertising for the family sitcom. That said, on to the review, which will cover the last two episodes “The Date” and “Lice and Beary White”.

Last week’s “The Date” is another great showcase for Michaela Watkins. The writers obviously enjoy exploring Jackie’s levels of craziness and seem to be rea...

'American Horror Story: Coven' Theory Of The Week - Who Is The Next Supreme?

November 12th, 2013 9:01pm EST
Nan, Queenie, and Zoe
Who is the next Supreme? It has been a significant question posed by the series since the first episode of the season. With Madison’s death and the subsequent reveal that she was not in fact next in line for the coveted title, the mystery remains, intriguing both the audience and the characters alike. No doubt that being Supreme is an appealing prospect for many a witch, but the potential dangers that face the witch that would ultimately dethrone Fiona are undesirable at best. So, who will be the one to fall under Fiona’s desperate wrath?

After last week’s “Burn, Witch, Burn” the show de...

'American Horror Story: Coven' Theory Of The Week - What Is Hank Up To?

November 6th, 2013 1:34pm EST
American Horror Story: Coven
“American Horror Story” is one of the most insane, absurd and simply entertaining series currently airing, and with its flawless performances, campy and witty dialogue, relentless pacing, and audacious approach to drama, Coven has quickly become a fan favorite season. Only four episodes in and so much has happened, copious flashbacks have filled us in on the contentious history between Salem and Voodoo witches as well as the tumultuous racial history of New Orleans establishing an already drama-laden environment for our contemporary characters. In the present-day, the narrative takes a fast...

'Trophy Wife' - 'Halloween' Review

October 30th, 2013 8:45am EDT
Trophy Wife
The show had fun with some 80s inspired costumes in last week’s “The Tryst”, but that was just a tease for this week’s Halloween-themed episode. The aptly named “Halloween” may be the most entertaining installment of the show thus far. The writers certainly made use of the series’ talented ensemble successfully, with the usual exception of Natalie Morales, every actor is given his/her moment in the spotlight. Plus, there is a lot of fun character interaction that hasn’t been explored previously. We already knew that Kate and Bert make a fine comedic pair, but this episode the dynamic betwee...