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'Supernatural' 9.17 Recap: Soul Train

March 26th, 2014 10:10am EDT
Supernatural
It's tempting to think that after nine seasons, that "Supernatural" has wrung out every ounce of brilliance and cleverness their demon-hunting brothers premise contains. "Mother’s Little Helper," directed by the co-star Misha Collins, proved that notion wrong in epic fashion.

Grab your favorite glass jar and let's dive in, shall we?

The Case

It was Freaky Tuesday in the "Supernatural" bunker when Sam leaves to investigate what seems like a slam-dunk possession-driven murder in Milton, Illinois and Dean stays back to “research.” The murder, as we saw in the cold open, is a violent o...
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'Justified' Recap: 'The Toll'

March 26th, 2014 8:25am EDT
'Justified' Recap: 'The Toll'
There are only two episodes of Justified's fifth season left after tonight, so it's no surprise that things have been getting real for awhile now. The death of a Crowe last week is just the beginning of the usual mayhem that leads up to a Justified season finale. Part two is - after foreshadowing it with several episodes of his being limited to ominous cameo appearances - putting Art Mullen in the line of fire.

Having murdered Judith in the prison chapel, Ava is cleaning up in the nearest bathroom when Penny (Danielle Panabaker) appears, and the two try to act like nothing is wrong. It's o...
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'The Good Wife' Leaves TV Viewers Shocked And Stunned

March 24th, 2014 4:03pm EDT
'The Good Wife' Leaves TV Viewers Shocked And Stunned
If you haven't seen The Good Wife season 5 episode 15, don't read any further. If you have:

Shocker! It all happened because Josh Charles wanted out of the series. And as sometimes happens when an actor or actress wants to leave, the producers decide to grant the wish, with a vengeance, and have the character leave not only the series, but life on the series, completely. Last year, at the end of the season of Downton Abbey, Matthew got this treatment.

And, last night, Will Gardner got it in on The Good Wife. The character had already lost twice in the past year. First, he lost Alicia, as...
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9 Things You Didn't Know About Game of Thrones

March 23rd, 2014 12:00pm EDT
9 Things You Didn't Know About Game of Thrones
Game of Thrones is one of the most popular series on televison, arguably HBO's biggest hit since The Sopranos. As we move forward towards Season 4's premiere on April 6, the hype surrounding the show based on A Song of Ice and Fire by George R.R. Martin just continues to grow. Here are 9 fun facts about Game of Thrones to help tide you over. And remember, winter is coming.

Thrones pays homage to other famous fantasy worlds

Take a good look at the famous throne in King's Landing the next time that brat Joffrey is shown in a close up. The designers planted some cool Easter eggs in plain vie...
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'The Walking Dead' 4.14: Too Far

March 17th, 2014 3:29pm EDT
The Walking Dead
Everyone has their limits. Years ago, I recommended The Sopranos to a well-known science fiction author. She told me that from what she had seen and heard of the series, the violence went too far for her. I understood that, even though the violence in The Sopranos - and in many other television shows - doesn't bother me.

But everyone has their limits. And The Walking Dead reached mine in the brutally powerful episode - 4.14 - Sunday night. There's something about killing of children - whether by a psycho, or as the result of a cold-blooded irrefutable logic - that I just can't abide. I...
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The Walking Dead S4 E13 Recap: Alone

March 14th, 2014 3:33pm EDT
The Walking Dead S4 E13 Recap: Alone
Another great episode. That makes two in a row that I thoroughly enjoyed. This time, we checked in with a lot of our characters, although we didn't see Rick at all. I'm guessing we've got to check in with him next week, right? This week, however, we followed two of our main groups. Let's take each in turn.

In flashback, we see Bob on his own. Glenn and Daryl find him, ask him the three questions, and invite him back to the prison with them. In present day, Maggie, Bob, and Sasha are traveling around, searching for Glenn. Bob has a close call with a Walker, but he only gets bit on his banda...
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'Vikings' Star Linus Roache Rules The World

March 13th, 2014 12:10pm EDT
'Vikings' Star Linus Roache Rules The World
Linus Roache is ruling the world.

Well, maybe not the entire world. But tonight, he joins History's Vikings as King Ecbert, ruler of Wessex, the largest of England's five kingdoms. And when it comes to the acting world, he's most definitely one of its true titans. You'd be hard-pressed to find an actor who brings as much intensity to each and every one of his performances as Linus Roache.

That makes him an inspired choice for the role of King Ecbert, a character set to play a pivotal part in Vikings' ambitious and violent sophomore season. It's Ecbert who presents a real threat to Viking ...
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'Justified' Recap: 'Wrong Roads'

March 12th, 2014 9:10am EDT
'Justified' Recap: 'Wrong Roads'
What happens when Raylan Givens goes on vacation? A lot more than ever would happen on any of our vacations. But that's to be expected, because nobody wants to watch an hour of Justified that involves Raylan taking his daughter to Disney World or looking for a parking space at the mall.

But before we get to that, we're still dealing with the misfit brigade, who've at least managed to find their way into the United States, so they've accomplished something since we saw them last. They're still trying to move product back into the country, while Boyd and Daryl are drinking in the back office...
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'Banshee' Season 2 Finale: Sneak Preview Review

March 10th, 2014 10:00pm EDT
Banshee
Continuing with my sneak preview reviews of Banshee - this time, episode 2.10, the season 2 finale, set to air March 14, 2014 - courtesy of a screener disk provided by HBO/Cinemax. As always, these reviews will deal in generalities and avoid specific spoilers.

As I've hinted at and even said point blank in previous reviews, this finale is fabulous, in terms of action, surprises, and changes that will affect all of Banshee that comes after. In short, it is one best season finales of any series I've seen, and is well worth waiting for.

One way of telling you what the finale is about without...
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'True Detective' Season One Finale: Light Above Darkness

March 10th, 2014 9:40pm EDT
True Detective Finale
The ending of the ending of the first season of True Detective on HBO - by which I mean, starting at the moment that Rust and the psycho are in that room, right up to moment that Marty takes Rust towards the car outside the hospital - is about the best, longest extended ending of anything I've seen in a long while if ever on television.

The ending does but a few things, but the things are profound indeed, and the ending does them extraordinarily well.

Rust and Marty's relationship is at last repaired. In retrospect, it could never have been repaired with their sicko quarry still at large....
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