Recaps

'The Voice' Recap: Season 6 Playoffs, Night 2

April 15th, 2014 9:03am EDT
'The Voice' Recap: Season 6 Playoffs, Night 2
After narrowing down Team Blake last Tuesday, The Voice is putting two more teams on the chopping block Monday. It's Team Shakira and Team Adam who are being narrowed down from five members to three, with their coach having to decide which two artists are going home.

Shakira's squad begins the night, with country singer Kristen Merlin batting leadoff after being montaged for last parts of the season. We're finally getting a good look at what Kristen can do with Carrie Underwood's "Two Black Cadillacs." Her take on the song certainly has enough power behind it, including one crazy note in t...
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'Game Of Thrones': Who Is Responsible For The Shocking Purple Wedding Death?

April 14th, 2014 11:45pm EDT
Game Of Thrones
At last, a satisfying and shocking killing in Game of Thrones for everyone to enjoy. After death coming down on Stark after Stark, and the villains suffering only a lost hand, we get to celebrate the poisoning of one of the most despicable characters in the series and indeed in all of television: the just-married King Joffrey. George R. R. Martin tweeted "You're welcome" after the show last night, and millions were thankful indeed that we won't have to see this sick vicious twit of a character again.

But two intriguing questions ensue - actually one question, in two parts: What will happe...
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'Game Of Thrones': The Best And Worst Of 'Lion And The Rose'

April 14th, 2014 4:20pm EDT
Game of Thrones
Last week’s premiere of Game of Thrones was a return to what the show does most mediocre. There were overly long scenes featuring the least interesting characters, unnecessary sexposition, and only brief glimpses of the real power players. Worrying for the opening of what should be the most thrilling season of the show yet, to say the least. However, it also did a bit of what it does the best, including the amazing dynamics between fascinating characters like Arya/The Hound, Sansa/Tyrion, and Jamie/Cersei. This week’s episode also served up much of what the show does well and what it does p...
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Recap: 'The Amazing Race' All-Stars, Episode 7 - 'Do You Want Me To Hold Your Hand?'

April 14th, 2014 10:01am EDT
The Amazing Race
It’s afternoon and teams open the first cryptic clue of the Leg telling them to fly to the Eternal City and find Hadrian’s Bridge. Some teams know what the Eternal City is, others don’t. Rachel thinks it’s in Ethiopia.

But all teams end up on the same direct flight from Sri Lanka to Rome, Italy departing later that night.

Arriving in Rome the next morning, Brendon & Rachel, Caroline & Jennifer, Leo & Jamal and Jessica & John manage to leave the airport first having been able to sit in the front of the plane and able to take the first shuttle bus to the terminal. The Globetrotters, Cowboys...
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'The Good Wife' Review: 'A Material World'

April 14th, 2014 9:15am EDT
'The Good Wife' Review: 'A Material World'
With Will Gardner's death addressed and Finn Polmar officially added to the team, The Good Wife is picking up where Season 5 left off before its crushing revelation, with legal wrangling and personal complications. "A Material World" is not the show's most perfectly put together episode, but this one will definitely leave you wondering.

The episode opens with Diane and Alicia having drinks after Will's funeral. Soon, they're more than slightly inebriated and riffing on not only the ceremony, but their professional futures. Diane suggests that the two firms merge and become one again, which...
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'Mad Men' Season 7 Premiere: Vignettes And Playboy

April 14th, 2014 9:04am EDT
Mad Men
Mad Men was back with its seventh season last night - it will be its last, though presented in two seven-episode parts, over two years. As was the case with much of season 6, this first episode of the final season offered a compelling series of interlocking vignettes, rather than a single overarching narrative. Indeed, the plot barely moved forward, making the episode more like a sequence of still life paintings, brilliantly rendered, hanging on diverse walls, than a story across time.

Among the highlights of this new form of television story telling -

Don's slowly deteriorating re...
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'Da Vinci's Demons' 2.4: Copernican Revelation

April 13th, 2014 3:35pm EDT
Da Vinci's Demons
Another outstanding episode of Da Vinci's Demons - 2.4 - last night, in which the resolution of a life-and-death conflict at sea hinges on Da Vinci's sudden insight that the planets revolve around the sun not the Earth, some fifty years before Copernicus published his On the Revolutions of the Celestial Spheres.

Of course, the ancient Greek astronomer Aristarchus of Samos (310-230 BCE) came up with a heliocentric theory of the solar system long before Copernicus or this fictional Da Vinci, and it would have been nice to see Da Vinci, who has been portrayed as very well versed in the classi...
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'Grimm' Recap: 'The Law of Sacrifice'

April 11th, 2014 11:34pm EDT
'Grimm' Recap: 'The Law of Sacrifice'
David Greenwalt ran episodes: “Provider” and “Sleep Tight.” “The Law of Sacrifice” lacks the crippling sadness of “Sleep Tight,” but it hits a rather striking note near the end.

“The Law of Sacrifice” continues last week’s adventures with Nick meeting Renard and Adalind in the hotel room. Two Verrat men die before the trio leave the hotel for the refuge of Monroe’s home. The major conflict between Nick and his boss and his boss’ lady is the fate of the child. Viktor flies from Vienna to Portland in pursuit of the baby. An FBI agent is in the employ of the Verrat, allowing Viktor to access...
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'Vikings' 2.7: Volatile Mix

April 11th, 2014 5:56pm EDT
Vikings
A rather grim Vikings 2.7 last night, featuring the slow death Ragnar metes out to Jarl Borg at the end. Not only do I think Ragnar might have been wise to include Jarl Borg on his next trip to England, but I found the death scene, well, off-putting. For all I know, this is indeed the way the Norsmen put certain kinds of enemies to death, but I would have been fine not to see this in such stomach-turning detail.

Also unfortunate is the souring of Ragnar's relationship with Floki. Yeah, I know the master shipbuilder is somewhat out of his mind, but his distrust of Ragnar seems unmotivate...
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'American Idol' Recap: Malaya Watson Goes Home + Power Rankings

April 11th, 2014 9:35am EDT
Eliminated contestant Malaya Watson
Even at 30 minutes, the results show feels like a waste of time.

Last night, the 'American Idol' results show tried to pack as little as possible into 30 minutes of live television. Spots normally reserved for musical guests and contestant backstories were eschewed in favor of...well...talking. And moving the camera around the stage. And...that's it.

It seems impossible to think that with the results show halved the producers would have trouble filling its running time, but then last night happened. A night where the Ford Commercial was the most entertaining part of the show. A night wher...
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