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Yaysa Roque-Rivera is a college graduate with a degree in Cinema Studies currently delaying the inevitability of graduate school by writing about film and television on the internets. She is passionate and borderline obsessive when it comes to her favorite TV shows which include Mad Men, Parks and Recreation, Friday Night Lights, 30 Rock, Lost, among many, many others.

'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 Affair' Recap & Review: 'Safe'

December 10th, 2014 10:24am EST
The Affair
Remember when I thought Noah was the most reliable narrator on the show? Midway through the season, I began to deeply question Alison’s recounting of her experiences that summer. Week after week her story was a depressing tale of a meek, generally innocent and troubled woman, who just got swept up by a suave and attractive but married man. Noah was her only source of contentment, the only means of escape from her tragic existence. She was a martyr, supporting herself and her husband after the death of her son, liked and nurtured by everyone around her. It was a little much, and it turned me...
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'The Affair' Review: 'A Selfish Act'

November 25th, 2014 10:25am EST
The Affair
Focusing on the fallout of Noah and Alison’s affair, Episode 7 might be the finest hour the show has given us. There is no question that the most interesting material in the show hasn’t necessarily been the actual scenes between Noah and Alison indulging in their affair, but everything else, really: the scenes that show them dealing with their respective families/world and how their actions affect, however small or inconsequential, their lives and the people around them. Week after week I find myself wondering more about Helen, Cole, the Lockhart Ranch and even the criminal mystery than I d...
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'The Affair' Recap: 'Don't Wake Up Now.'

November 18th, 2014 1:50pm EST
The Affair
“Sometimes I worry you’re just a really great dream.”

We were warned from the very beginning that this affair would probably end in bad terms or cause a lot of hardship not just for Noah and Alison but also to the people close to them (a murder investigation will do that) and Episode 6 seems to be the beginning of the end for their brief period of adulterous bliss. Sooner or later that dream was inevitably going to turn into a giant mess of a nightmare. In this latest episode, it is specifically Noah’s nightmare that, despite the usual two-act structure, is the driving force of he entire ...
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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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'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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'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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'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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'The Affair' Pilot Recap: Showtime Has A Most Interesting And Fascinating Drama On Its Hands

October 13th, 2014 9:55am EDT
'The Affair' Pilot Recap: Showtime Has A Most Interesting And Fa
The Affair kicked off its first season with an engrossing pilot episode that went beyond what most of us assumed the show to be about. This isn’t just another titillating story about two people embarking on an illicit, extramarital affair; it is a compelling study of memory, perception and so much more.

The first episode serves as a captivating introduction to the lives of our main characters, Noah (Dominic West) and Alison (Ruth Wilson), and establishes the enthralling narrative structure that makes the series such an intriguing exploration of human behavior. Told from two different persp...
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TV Theory Of The Week - 'Orphan Black': Is This The End For Cosima?

June 11th, 2014 8:43am EDT
Tatiana Maslany as Cosima
The latest episode of Orphan Black did not end on a high note. It seems that Dr. Ethan Duncan’s addition to the Dyad came a wee bit too late. Just when we think things are on the up and up for dear ol’ Cos, BOOM! she dramatically collapses into a seizure in the final moments of the episode. Will this be the end of the brilliant Cosima? It certainly doesn’t look good for her. All signs are pointing to her tragic death, but will the writers actually kill a seminal member of the Clone Club?

The second season hasn’t been quite compelling for Cosima, her arc has been utilized to inform the plot...
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