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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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'The Affair' Recap: 'Stop Doing Bad Things'

November 11th, 2014 3:20pm EST
The Affair
After deviating somewhat from the established narrative structure The Affair returns to the standard formula (albeit in the reverse order) with Episode 5. In a notable development, we finally learn who the victim of the crime in question is and are closer to understanding the larger, intertwined mystery. But while this development is crucial to the narrative, the show doesn’t dwell on this new piece of information. It treats it as nonchalantly as possible, because, while it is a pretty major detail, it is not the focus of the show or the episode. This hour is all about family. Noah and Alis...
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'Homeland' Recap: One Pill Makes You Larger...

November 10th, 2014 8:52am EST
'Homeland' Season 4 Episode 7 Recap: One Pill Makes You Larger
Previously - Aayan’s dead, Saul’s a human shield, and Carrie’s cracking. SPOILER ALERT - the med switch this episode isn’t going to help her with that.

What’s a classic and shifty way in modern literature and storytelling to get an enemy out of the way when you have to be all circumspect about it? DRIVE THEM CRAZY. Evil people have been making our heroines look kazoo since they did a number on Ingrid Bergman in Gaslight (1944). Nowadays, though, you don’t have to bother with spooky noises and moving the furniture around to mess with their heads. In 2014, you just switch out their bipolar m...
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'The Affair' Recap: 'Are You A Good Person?'

November 5th, 2014 8:21am EST
'The Affair' Season 1 Episode 4 Recap: 'Are You A Good Person?'
Episode four of The Affair takes a markedly different approach exploring a significant development in the Alison/Noah relationship. Though the structure of the episode is similar to what has come before (Noah’s POV followed by Alison’s POV) the two perspectives don’t portray the conflicting experiences of the two characters, instead Alison’s recollection continues from where Noah’s ended and goes on to narrate what happened consequently as opposed to going back and recounting her experience of the same events. It is a surprising and slightly jarring divergence from a formula that we have gr...
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'Homeland' Season 4, Episode 6 Recap: I Just Called To Say I Love You

November 3rd, 2014 10:07am EST
'Homeland' Season 4, Episode 6 Recap: I Just Called To Say I Lov
Previously - Saul was kidnapped. Quinn didn’t love that Carrie seduced Aayan. AAYANN finally admitted to Carrie that his terrorist uncle is alive. Everyone at home fell back in disgust at Carrie’s behavior.

Guilt is a terrible thing. For the person feeling it. The rest of us are just looking at her and screaming “it’s not like you didn't see this coming, you weirdo!”

Carrie and Aayan are spending a lazy Islamabad Sunday in bed, She’s grilling him on his cover story for when they “go to London.” That’s a euphemism for “reveal that I used and betrayed you.” She lies her awful lies about the...
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'The Affair' Season 1 Episode 3 Review: 'Don't Wake Up'

October 27th, 2014 9:45am EDT
'The Affair' Season 1 Episode 3 Review: 'Don't Wake Up'
For a show entitled The Affair, it sure is taking a long time getting to the affair part of the story, but I guess that has been the point all along. Even though the series’ premise suggests we’d be watching a titillating story about an illicit and potentially tragic love affair and nothing more, the show has delivered an intriguing and intricately built narrative that goes beyond its initial appeal. It is not just about two people falling into bed together; it is about how their unexpected attraction will leave a trail of consequences and lasting impressions on the lives of those around th...
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'Homeland' Season 4 Episode 5 Recap: Here's To You Mrs. Robinson

October 27th, 2014 8:46am EDT
'Homeland' Season 4 Episode 5 Recap: Here's To You Mrs. Robinson
Previously - Ambassador Martha’s husband Dennis was the deceased Sandy’s intel source, and now he's being blackmailed by the ISI. Fara discovered the deceased Haissam Haqqani is actually undeceased. Carrie’s morals remain deceased as she seduces Aayan to bring him into the fold.

In this episode, Quinn asks the dumbest question that has ever been asked on this show. I’m talkin’ Nicholas Brody’s son-level dumb (No offense to the actor, but man, did they make that kid look clueless). “Go to your room, Chris.”

Quinn asks Carrie if there is any line she won’t cross to get what she wants. *wild...
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Fall TV Report Card: Grading 'The Affair,' 'black-ish,' 'Gotham' And More...

October 26th, 2014 11:00am EDT
Fall TV Report Card: Grading 'The Affair,' 'black-ish,' 'Gotham'
The first few weeks of the television season are behind us, and like the fall leaves, this new crop of shows have had a few episodes to show their true colors. The 2014-15 season has only seen one cancellation, which is a refresher indicator of the quality of freshman programs. I'm here to issue grades to the good, the bad and the 'meh' for this year's new shows, including "The Affair," "black-ish," "Gotham" and more...

Showtime's The Affair, Sundays 10/9c

A married man and a married woman have an affair. It’s a mundane as a Tuesday, and yet Showtime’s provocative new drama, “The Affai...
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'The Affair' Season 1 Episode 2 Review

October 20th, 2014 3:52pm EDT
The Affair
The Affair is back with its second episode complete with a brand new title sequence and song courtesy of Fiona Apple. The new intro is a nice antecedent to the drama with its evocative beach-themed visuals and dramatic musical style; it certainly sets the stage for what is to come.

If the pilot for the series introduces us to the main characters and its compelling narrative structure, then the second episode begins to weave the intricate web of circumstances/events that bring these people to where they are in the present day. The narrative unfolds like a Rube Goldberg machine, little bits ...
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'Homeland' Season 4 Episode 4 Recap: Do It For Your Country

October 20th, 2014 8:22am EDT
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Previously - Quinn tried to leave the CIA but you don’t leave the CIA unless Carrie says you can leave the CIA. Fara and Max are working with Carrie to acquire Aayan as an asset. And Quinn is SSSSOOOOO in love with Carrie, It’s, like, totally obvious. Jenn saw him, like, STALKER-LEVEL staring at her in Trig. It was totally pathetic. He’s kinda cute, though, if you don’t mind the PTSD stare.

How far is too far when it comes to your country? Is there such a thing? It doesn't look like it for Carrie Mathison. She used her body in service to her cause this episode, and it didn't require clothe...
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