'The Strain' Episode 5 Recap: The V-Word

August 11th, 2014 11:33am EDT
The Strain
"The Strain" has been content to sit idly by and tease us with the promise of a giant vampire horde that, so far, hasn't really materialized. Oh, we've made progress in these last few episodes- moving from a few small tidbits of vampiring each hour, to one or two solid maulings each week.

But that was nothing compared to "Runaways." This week, "The Strain" was pure vampire mayhem; like Guillermo del Toro had been struggling to twist the lid off of his 64oz vampire jar, and this week it came flying off.

First and foremost: the word "vampire" has finally been uttered. It's a momentous occas...

'Masters Of Sex' Season 2 Episode 5 Recap: Top Moments From 'Giants'

August 11th, 2014 9:28am EDT
'Masters Of Sex' Season 2 Episode 5 Recap: Top Moments From 'Gia
Here are the top moments from “Giants:”

The Lillian/Virginia Confrontation

The Lillian and Virginia pairing continues to be the heart and soul of Masters of Sex. It’s so refreshing to see a female relationship that’s so strife with conflict that has nothing to do with fighting over some boy. When these two fight, it’s clear they’re fighting for each other. Their relationship is built on respect and a similar interest in making an impact in medicine. The first season illustrated that Lillian needed a person like Virginia in her life, but this season proves that Virginia needs her even more...

'Ray Donovan' Season 2 Episode 5 Recap: Ray Weaves A Tangled Web... But Why?

August 11th, 2014 9:17am EDT
Ray Donovan
Sometimes, in watching "Ray Donovan," a peculiar feeling sets in. A glaze.

It's a sense of "I understand, more or less, why these people are committing various deeds, but is it all leading somewhere?"

And in "Irish Spring," the fifth episode of "Ray Donovan's" second season, the answer to that great glazed question is: we have no idea. This season's main event- that of Single Female Journalist vs FBI Chief Ed Cochran in a battle to uncover/re-cover the truth, respectively, has basically been wrapped up in the course of five episodes.

Five episodes of death threats and shootings and the...

'Masters Of Sex' Recap: The Best Moments From 'Dirty Jobs'

August 4th, 2014 11:04am EDT
'Masters Of Sex' Recap: The Best Moments From 'Dirty Jobs'
Here are the top moments from Masters of Sex, “Dirty Jobs:”

Langham Catches Bill and Virginia

It was bound to happen. Bill and Virginia’s non-affair was always going to be caught, especially since their efforts to hide it were shallow at best. But who could have predicted that Dr. Langham, the resident horn-dog, would be the one to uncover what was happening, even if it was only part of the truth. He handles it as well as you’d expect. First, he goes to Virginia to subtly point out what he saw, but he doesn’t get the dirty details that he’s looking for. She masterfully lies on the spot wi...

'Ray Donovan' Season 2 Episode 4 Recap: Fear Of A Fat Man Falling

August 4th, 2014 10:56am EDT
Liev Schrieber in Ray Donovan
Before we get to anything else about the charmingly named "S U C K," let's take a moment to celebrate. Grab a drink, grab a loved one, and let's toast to the mystical talking dolphin that continues to be a bigger influence on Mickey Donovan than any of his friends or family.

However, just because "Ray Donovan" made our lives worth living by re-introducing Ghost Dolphin doesn't mean it gets to slack off on crafting a tense and uniquely exciting hour of TV. Because for the most part, "S U C K" was not tense or uniquely exciting.

Just the stuff with Tiny, really (and the dolphin- duh).


'Masters Of Sex' Recap: Top Moments From 'Fight'

July 28th, 2014 9:41am EDT
'Masters Of Sex' Recap: Top Moments From 'Fight'
Here are the top moments from an amazing bottle episode of Masters of Sex:


Most of “Fight” takes place on a single night, in a single hotel room, during one of Virginia and Bill’s session. The first two episodes of the season demonstrated that work-only affair between the two colleagues had been taking place in a hotel, under the assumed name of Dr. Francis Holden, but left much to the imagination. In “Fight” we not only get to see the contents of a night between these two, but also feel the atmosphere.

Besides a few short scenes, the episode is solely shot within the hotel room,...

'Ray Donovan' Season 2, Episode 3 Recap: Adventures In Pornography

July 28th, 2014 8:32am EDT
'Ray Donovan' Season 2, Episode 3 Recap: Adventures In Pornograp
There is an established pecking order on "Ray Donovan." Family-based dramaticisms come first; then, Mickey and his kooky shenanigans; then, time permitting, Ray patching up the careers of various Hollywood types.

"Gem and Loan" does away with this entirely. That's a wonderful thing, because "Gem and Loan" is easily the strongest episode so far this season.

Here, the family schtick and the celebrity cover-up schtick are lumped into the same category. Bridget is a bright student, so much so that she's eligible for a powerfully ritzy private school. Unfortunately for her, it's also the priva...

'Ray Donovan' Season 2, Episode 2 Recap: Ray Vs. The Bob Seger Cover Band

July 21st, 2014 9:38am EDT
'Ray Donovan' Season 2, Episode 2 Recap: Ray Vs. The Bob Seger C
Last week on "Ray Donovan," we learned everything there is to know about what already happened on last season of "Ray Donovan." This week, we're in for a treat- a fairly substantial nudge into this brave new world called Season Two.

And like last week foretold, Season Two is heading in more or less the same direction as Season One. But at least now we know what the differentiating factors are going to be.

There's still going to be a family-sized portion of Ray/Mickey daddy drama, but now the drama has a new twist! Parole! Which has already given us a new location in Mickey's brand new th...

'Masters Of Sex' Recap: The Top 5 Moments From 'Kyrie Eleison'

July 21st, 2014 8:24am EDT
'Masters Of Sex' Recap: The Top 5 Moments From 'Kyrie Eleison'
Here are the top moments from “Kyrie Eleison:”

New Additions to the Cast

Masters of Sex can already boast of having one of the best ensembles on television, with Lizzy Caplan, Michael Sheen, Alison Janney, Beau Bridges, and Julianne Nicholson making up the cast. It’s always a risk to add members to an ensemble so filled with chemistry because there’s the chance that it can change the dynamic. However, so far the two new additions seem great.

First there’s Keke Palmer as Coral, the Masters’ new nanny. She’s young, sweet, and has plenty in common with Libby. Coral and Libby bond early on o...

'Ray Donovan' Season 2 Premiere Recap: Like Season One, But With More Talking Dolphins

July 14th, 2014 10:30am EDT
'Ray Donovan' Season 2 Premiere Recap: Like Season One, But With
Hey, did you know you can show gratuitous sex and naked people on Showtime? Showtime does. And that's why last night's season premiere of "Ray Donovan," entitled "Yo Soy Capitan," opened with the series' two leads (that would be Ray Donovan and his dad, Mickey), in various stages of doin' it.

Also, both Ray, played by Liev Schrieber, and Mickey, played by Jon Voight, start off the premiere with their own individual dream sequences. And as is completely typical of "Ray Donovan," Ray gets the less interesting, slightly generic one, while Mickey gets the one that is completely nutso and thus ...