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'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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'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 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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'Homeland' Recap: You Need A Muscle Relaxant To Watch This Show

December 8th, 2014 8:21am EST
'Homeland' Recap Season 4 Episode 10: You Need A Muscle Relaxant
Previously - AAAIIEEEEHHHHHH!!!!!

This isn’t even hyperbole - Homeland is melting my face off. My face is currently oozing on the floor in front of my couch. That’s some pleasant imagery, eh? The show is that good this season. It’s a little less talky, and a little more feminist 24 but that isn’t a bad thing.

When we last left Carrie, Saul, Redmond and the US Marine equivalent of a Star Trek redshirt, their convoy had gotten all blowed up. Carrie is bloodied but alive. There was some talk that they might actually kill her or Saul off this episode and break the Internet in half. They ain’t...
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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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'Homeland's' Latest Is Very Intense

November 24th, 2014 8:35am EST
'Homeland' Recap Season 4 Episode 9: Latest Episode Is Beyond In
Previously - Everyone had a heart attack and died because this show is too intense.

You know how the ABC marketing team promos Scandal’s winter finale as this big deal where pulses will be pounded and none of us will ever be the same? Well, I’ve pulled this chair out for them so they can have a seat. They are the generic brand of suspenseful TV drama when compared to Homeland. I’m probably more into this show right now than my marriage (To the other Mr. Harvey: I kid, I kid!) because this “Brody who?” season 4 is killing it. Last night’s “winter finale” had me literally BELLOWING at the TV...
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Who Are TV's Sexiest Men?

November 21st, 2014 1:00pm EST
Matt Bomer
People magazine rightfully declared Aussie-born actor Chris Hemsworth as "The Sexiest Man Alive." The actor, who has impressive bulked up for roles in "Marvel's The Avengers" and Thor 2: The Dark World, has definitely earned the title. But this blogger, who loves all things television, couldn't help but wonder: who television's sexiest men alive? Here are my top 10 picks in no particular order.

White Collar's Matt Bomer
While "White Collar" may be shuffling off to that great TV vault in the sky, star Matt Bomer's career is just beginning its stratospheric rise, thanks in part to his...
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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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'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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