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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
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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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'Homeland' Season 4 Episode 3 Recap: Quinn Loves Carrie, Carrie Loves Herself

October 13th, 2014 11:16am EDT
'Homeland' Season 4 Episode 3 Recap: Quinn Loves Carrie, Carrie
Previously - Having taken a position as the CIA station chief on the Afghanistan border, Carrie orders a missile strike on a Taliban target. Unfortunately, the target was attending a civilian wedding. Medical student Aayan survives the bombing and his smartphone video of the incident goes viral. Carrie and Quinn investigate the source of their bad intel - CIA station chief Sandy Bachman. Sandy is killed by an angry Pakistani mob, and it's later discovered he was trading intel for intel. A situation of which CIA director Lockhart was aware. Carrie blackmails him into installing her as Islama...
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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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'Homeland' Season 4 Premiere Recap: Mother Of The Year

October 6th, 2014 8:33am EDT
'Homeland' Season 4 Premiere Recap: Mother Of The Year
There’s some burning questions to answer about the season premiere of Homeland. Is Carrie blonde or brunette? Did Quinn have to show off his penis again? Did Dana finally tie her goddamn laces? I kid. The real question is - does it look like Homeland will survive without its co-anti hero, Sgt. Nicholas Brody? Spoiler alert for last season - dude bounced around til’ death on the end of a bright red rope in the season finale. Answer? Well, I have a stomach ache after watching the two-episode mega premiere. That’s indicative of the show being in top form! Brody’s gone, but not forgotten. Carr...
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'Ray Donovan' Season 2 Finale Recap: Ray Magically Fixes All Of Life's Problems

September 29th, 2014 10:13am EDT
'Ray Donovan' Season 2 Finale
Tensions are running high in "The Captain," "Ray Donovan's" second season finale. And for one reason above all: this season has so many concurrent storylines running all at once that it would take a minor miracle (or act of God) to be able to close them all out in a single hour.

Less, really, when you consider "Ray Donovan" usually wraps things up by the 45-minute mark.

But here are the many things "The Captain" has to take care of:

The fallout from the botched weed robbery.

Steve Knight being a creeper.

Cookie menacing the Donovans.

Ed Cochran menacing different Donov...
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'Masters Of Sex' Recap: 5 Memorable Moments From 'The Revolution Will Not Be Televised' And Thoughts On Season 2

September 29th, 2014 8:43am EDT
'Masters Of Sex' Recap: 5 Memorable Moments From 'The Revolution
Individually, the episodes that make up Masters of Sex’s second season have been brilliant. The development of Virginia and Bill has moved at a steady, believable pace, as well as the character development of side characters like Libby, Betty, Lester, and Austin. We lost one of the show’s best characters, Dr. Lillian DePaul, probably too soon, but it was effective nonetheless. The introduction of Bill’s brother and exploration of his relationship with his father was another strength. However, as a whole, season two has been rocky.

The show rid itself of some of season one’s strongest eleme...
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