Recaps

'The Affair' Review: 'I Don't Want This Life'

December 16th, 2014 2:32pm EST
The Affari: Ruth Wilson and Dominic West
Episode 9 takes The Affair into full-blown, soap opera, melodrama territory and I don’t completely hate it. It has definitely taken a significant turn with the mounting drama surrounding these characters especially in these last few episodes. What began as a contemplative examination of human behavior has evolved into an intensely distraught and messy narrative with various threads and characters intertwining. While it may seem like a drastic shift, it doesn’t all feel out of the realm of possibilities. Let’s not forget that the series opened with an unknown crime story, a kid faking a suic...
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'The Voice': Who Will Win The Season 7 Finale?

December 16th, 2014 9:04am EST
'The Voice': Predicting The Season 7 Finale
Normally, this would be when we'd showcase the top performances from The Voice, and tell you who we'd vote for. But we had a first-rate problem on Monday night: each of the four finalists was equally great.

So rather than pick and choose favorites, we're going to look back at the highlights of the evening as a whole - and try to decipher how America might have voted last night.

In the cover songs category, all the artists played it fairly safe, with three of the four going the ballad route. The exception to this was Team Adam's Chris Jamison, who fully embraced his funk-pop persona by tak...
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'Brooklyn Nine-Nine' Recap: Terry's Picture Book Will Give Us Nightmares for Years

December 15th, 2014 10:18am EST
'Brooklyn Nine-Nine' Season 2 Episode 11 Recap: Terry's Picture
Well, "The Stakeout" confirmed it. The Gigglepig task force was a rousing success, Deputy Chief Wuntch has been made to look a fool in front of the entire police force and "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" has made it through its very first long-form story arc.

What did everyone think? We were a little... nonplussed with "Brooklyn Nine-Nine's" foray into major story arcs, quite frankly. Outside of a few key episode, Gigglepig was mostly given lip service here and there; just enough so we'd remember it was still going on.

It never felt like it had built to a satisfying conclusion, even if Holt's giggly...
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'Bob's Burgers' Recap: The Brett Favre of Thunder Girls

December 15th, 2014 9:32am EST
'Bob's Burgers' Season 5, Episode 7
Some TV shows justify genre homages with characters who are so pop culture-obsessed that acting out scenarios from their favorite works of fiction is just a natural part of their daily lives. That element is at play somewhat in “Bob’s Burgers” (as in this season’s premiere, “Work Hard or Die Trying, Girl”), but what really distinguishes this show when it comes to pastiches is how hard every member of the Belcher family commits to any new obsession. Tina and Louise did not jump into the job of drawing out the Thunder Girl mole because they are devotees of the spy thriller, but because that...
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'Homeland' Recap: Vengeance Is Mine, Sayeth Quinn

December 15th, 2014 9:04am EST
'Homeland' Recap Season 4 Episode 11: Vengeance Is Mine, Sayeth
Previously - What? I don’t know. I’m wrapped in a blanket and trying to talk myself down. I think Fara’s dead.

It’s pretty much an impossibility to sustain tension across multiple weeks of episodic television. When you overinflate the balloon, it’s got to pop cuz’ physics or something. If they had opened this ep. with Carrie trying to defuse a bomb (that’s foreshadowing), it might have devolved into later seasons of 24 i.e. totally ridiculous. Hence, it was nice that we were given a sort-of breather this week. We needed it. Otherwise, my cheap-ass IKEA couch was going to finally bust from ...
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'The Newsroom' Series Finale Review And Recap

December 15th, 2014 9:02am EST
'The Newsroom' Series Finale Review: 'What Kind of Day Has It Be
The Newsroom aired its series finale on Sunday night, signing off after three seasons, a mere twenty-five episodes, and a whole lot of debacle. That last episode, "What Kind of Day Has It Been" - yes, the same title used for the first-season finale of the first three Aaron Sorkin television series - probably isn't going to change anyone's opinion about the show. But it was everything to be expected of the last episode, in every sense of that word.

SPOILER ALERT - This review obviously discusses the series finale of The Newsroom. If you have not watched "What Kind Of Day Has It Been," and d...
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'Saturday Night Live' Recap: Martin Freeman And Charli XCX

December 14th, 2014 8:30am EST
'Saturday Night Live' Recap: Martin Freeman Hosts With Musical G
It was the British invasion on the penultimate 2014 episode of “SNL,” with first-time host Martin Freeman and first-time musical guest Charli XCX. It is not every week that “SNL” has the perfect actor to play nebbishy scamps, so this episode took every opportunity it could to fit Freeman into his wheelhouse. Indeed, at least regarding the host, this was one of the most well-cast episodes of “SNL” in a while. Meanwhile, the show in general continued its Season 40 pattern of focusing on original material, with a single character on Weekend Update serving as the lone recurring bit of the ni...
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'White Collar' Recap: 'Whack-A-Mole' - Almost To The End

December 12th, 2014 8:11am EST
'White Collar' Recap And Review: 'Whack-A-Mole' - Almost To The
Just two episodes remain for White Collar, so it's time to get down to business - the business of bringing down the Pink Panthers, that is. Things ramp up massively in "Whack-A-Mole," which contains a number of show staples - like Neal hiding things and bad guys being bad - en route to preparing the audience for the finish line.

Picking up right where last week's episode ended, Neal tries to placate Panthers boss Woodford (Gavin Lee), who's convinced that Neal is the only person not potentially betraying him. Woodford is determined to find the mole himself, or put the crew's master plan to...
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Survivor Recap: Outwit, Outplay, Outlast Trumps Trust

December 11th, 2014 11:55am EST
Survivor
Previously on, Survivor: After Jon blindsided Natalie’s ally Jeremy, and revealed he’d found another hidden idol, Natalie and Baylor wanted him out. When Jon won the Immunity Challenge, the majority alliance decided to vote out Keith.

Bu Natalie had a different plan, and at Tribal, Natalie secretly switched her vote to ruin Jon’s plan. Alec was voted out. Six are left; who will be voted out tonight?

Post Tribal, Natalie told her allies that she’d made a mistake in voting Alec, and thought that that was what she was supposed to do. Baylor could see through Natalie’s lies, but Jon was obliv...
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'Arrow': 10 Heart-Stopping Moments From 'The Climb'

December 11th, 2014 9:35am EST
'Arrow' Recap: 10 Heart-Stopping Moments From 'The Climb'
Oh, mid-season finale cliffhangers. How cruel you are.

But few are as cruel as "Arrow"- because we can't even call "The Climb's" ending a "cliffhanger." That implies Oliver still had the hand strength to hang off a cliff edge, and at the end of this hour he was way too stabbed-to-death to handle that.

Really, this is more of a cliff-flopper. Cliff-dier, maybe.

But it was a pretty intense way to end a year of "Arrow," so let's not overthink the semantics. Instead, let's get down to the last "Arrow" countdown of 2014.

10. The League of Assassins Goes Kill-Crazy!

Ra's al Ghul is not a pat...
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