'American Horror Story Freak Show' Recap: Rundown On 'Edward Mordrake Part 1'

October 23rd, 2014 8:39am EDT
'American Horror Story Freak Show' Recap: Rundown On 'Edward Mor
Can anyone decipher the main plot of Freak Show? Is it Elsa Mars’ quest for fame and the horrors she’ll commit to get it? Is it about Dot and Bette skirting the law, joining a freak show, and fighting each other? Or maybe it’s about the tough life of Jimmy, who was born into a world he despises? Or is it about a crazy clown, his rich best friend, and the town they’re terrorizing? There are so many major plots that they all start to feel insignificant as the episodes go on, especially since there’s a new threat introduced in every episode. It could be the result of having too many beloved ac...

Emmy Nominee Allison Tolman Reflects On Her Trip To 'Fargo'

October 16th, 2014 2:05pm EDT
Emmy Nominee Allison Tolman Reflects On Her Trip To 'Fargo'
Allison Tolman shot to deserved recognition with FX's Fargo, and her fantastic turn as small-town deputy Molly Solverson. After the show's first season, the still emerging actress had become an Emmy Award nominee and Critics' Choice Television Award winner. Now that season one is available on Blu-Ray and DVD, we sat down with Allison to look back on Molly's journey and how much she loved her time on Fargo.

Everything turned out fantastic, but she was initially surprised by the idea of a TV series inspired by the 1996 Coen Brothers movie. "When I first heard that they were doing the project...

'American Horror Story: Freak Show' Recap: Rundown On 'Massacres And Matinees'

October 16th, 2014 8:21am EDT
American Horror Story: Freak Show
American Horror Story has never excelled at creating strong plots and characters with coherent motivations. But the one thing it has always done well is embracing its campiness. The episodes that take themselves too seriously are often the least successful. Freak Show is still in that stage of taking itself seriously, but “Massacres and Matinees” also managed to be one of the most ridiculous and funny episodes in the show’s history. Here’s a rundown of the episode:

New Characters Worth Remembering

“Massacres and Matinees” saw the introduction of two new performers in the Freak Show:


'American Horror Story: Freak Show' Premiere Recap: Rundown On 'Monsters Among Us'

October 9th, 2014 8:29am EDT
'American Horror Story: Freak Show' Premiere Recap: Rundown On '
Here’s a rundown of what’s sure to be the scariest season of American Horror Story yet.

Important Characters to Remember

Dot Tattler (Sarah Paulson) is one half of the Siamese twin duo. As the darker girl, she’s more reserved and conservative than her sister. You can recognize her by her brown headband and constant look of disdain plastered on her face.
Bette Tattler (Sarah Paulson, again) is the gentler twin, with the persistent head-in-the-clouds look about her. She’s also most likely to be the evil twin. She killed her mother for not taking her to the movies. She’s also more sexually m...

'The Strain' Season 1 Finale Recap: Beware Of Vampire Cliffhangers

October 6th, 2014 8:59am EDT
The Strain
As a season finale, "The Master" swung a big sack of game-changers all over "The Strain." Gus got a game-changer. Palmer got a game-changer. The Master (and by association, our entire group of hero vampire hunters)- game changer.

This episode was the Oprah WInfrey of plot development.

But what "The Master" delivered in change, it lacked in closure. The hour was divided into three easy-to-follow subheadings- "Good Guys," "Bad Guys" and "Gus, Who Is More of an Outlier Than Ever Before"- and none of those stories ended with anything remotely resembling an ending.

Not even a "well, we won th...

6 Secrets of 'The Strain' We Learned from Kevin Durand

October 3rd, 2014 2:30pm EDT
The Strain
There are just days to go before "The Strain" airs its season finale. And for a brief hour, we'll all revel in sludgy, slime-drenched vampire goodness.

Maybe someone will be killed off. Maybe Eichhorst. Maybe the Master! Maybe the entire vampire-killing crew (which would mean a fairly uneventful second season).

But after that hour: nothing, for almost an entire year. So while we still have that last little bit of "Strain" left, let's enjoy ourselves.

Recently, Kevin Durand (Vasiliy Fet) held a conference call with reams of writers from sites across the Web, where he detailed the ins and ...

'The Strain' Episode 12 Recap: Owner Of A Lonely Heart

September 29th, 2014 9:46am EDT
The Strain
Setrakian went a little nuts last week. Something about that whole "yes, there are only four of us, but we have to fight our way through these 80,000 vampires RIGHT FREAKING NOW" thing didn't seem quite right.

Well, "Last Rites," the second-to-last episode of "The Strain's" first season, delves into that part of Setrakian's past that made him such a hardcore vampire hater. The moment when those damn strigoi took typical vampire/vampire hunter business and they made it personal.

Essentially, it goes like this: a middle-aged Setrakian was out one day, perusing the countryside, looking for a...

'The Strain' Season 1, Episode 11 Recap: A Trip to the Master's House

September 22nd, 2014 8:51am EDT
The Strain
We probably shouldn't hold "The Strain" under any kind of close logical inspection. It's big and spectacular and gruesome and, on occasion, kinda dumb.

This is a gift horse we should not look in the mouth (if for no other reason than "its mouth probably contains a horrid vampire stinger").

But here's a nitpick that must be made: surely, there was some other option for Zack than to leave him alone with a dementia-ridden senior in the middle of the full-on vampire apocalypse.

At least lay down a few ground rules. No doing what Mrs. Martinez says, if it sounds especially crazy. No picking u...

'The Strain' Season 1 Episode 10 Recap: Take my (Undead) Wife, Please

September 15th, 2014 8:51am EDT
'The Strain' Season 1 Episode 10 Recap: Take my (Undead) Wife, P
This was an unfortunate week (day, really, even though to us at home it feels week-ish) for Ephraim Goodweather.

All the guy wants is to reunite with his ex- he already hacked the head off her new man with the blade of a shovel, so that's the perfect opportunity to make a move. But as "Loved Ones" proves, vampires that specifically go after the ones they are just terrible news for everyone.

Last week's episode teased a great quest for Kelly's life, and this week doesn't disappoint. Except that we get about twenty minutes into this grand quest and Kelly jams a blender blade into Matt's ch...

'The Strain' Episode 9 Recap: The Master's Face Revealed, And It's... Just OK

September 8th, 2014 9:33am EDT
The Strain
Downtime must exist in every serialized drama (that is, a drama where each episode's story runs into the next, and doesn't do the "Law & Order" thing where a bad guy is introduced, tried, acquitted and then shot down on the courthouse steps by a justice-seeking victim every week).

TV stories move in stages; they have to structure smaller conflicts around a larger conflict that will inevitably burst in about three months' worth of episodes.

So there are bound to be lulls, entire episodes where the writers just shift around the pieces and wind things just tight enough for a giant conflict-s...