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'Strike Back' Flashback: Season 1, Episode 5

May 29th, 2015 12:09pm EDT
'Strike Back' Flashback: The Worst Kind Of Family Business, Part
In "Cinemax Season 1, Episode 5," the Strike Back boys head to Darfur and collide with a very bad man named Gerald Crawford. We know he's bad, because he's portrayed by Iain Glen, whose best known roles include menacing Richard Armitage in Spooks and being the villain in Lara Croft: Tomb Raider. Some people are just very good at playing bad.

Crawford's daughter, Dr. Clare Somersby (Laura Haddock, Guardians of the Galaxy and Da Vinci's Demons), is not so evil. She's working at a primary care clinic, which is the TV kiss of death (remember the Transporter: The Series episode "Beacon of Hope"...
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Did You Find The 'Aquarius' Premiere Boring?

May 29th, 2015 9:45am EDT
'Aquarius' Premiere Recap: Mulder And Manson Make For A Surprisi
This is a recap, not a review. But when has that ever stopped me from providing you, my one reader (hi, Ma!), with my opinion? Aquarius is kind of a bore. Yes, it's nice to see David Duchovny (hi, Fox Mulder!) back on network TV. The production values are high. The cinematography is suitably dingy for a cop show. The music budget must be astronomical because man, did they obtain every 60s song you can imagine. A dude even gets slashed by a razor to "Daydream Believer!" But the goings-on are kind of a bore. In a way, the Manson component hinders the show. They're fusing historical fact with ...
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Rutledge And George's Next Patient, A 1972 Toyota Land Cruiser FJ-40.

May 29th, 2015 9:08am EDT
'Lost In Transmission' Recap: 'Off Road Rust Bucket' - Anything
In the fourth episode of Lost in Transmission, Rutledge Wood and George Flanigen's next patient is a 1972 Toyota Land Cruiser FJ-40. But in "Off Road Rust Bucket," our boys are doing anything but cruising.

Amy is hoping that they can get the FJ-40 back in shape, so she can take her kids riding in it like her father did with her. But it hasn't run in some 20 years, and as the episode title indicates, it's got plenty of rust inside and out. "Something was living in this at some point," Rutledge comments as they survey the carcass. Ever the optimist, he still thinks they can do the job for $2...
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'Wayward Pines' - Our Town, Our Law

May 29th, 2015 8:45am EDT
'Wayward Pines' Recap: Season 1 Episode 3 'Our Town, Our Law'
The last Wayward Pines' episode proved that things can get a whole lot worse than you think, and really quickly.

Beverly broke a major rule on last week's Wayward Pines, and we saw the severity of going against the town's rules. Now Ethan Burke must fight his way out of town or accept these rules. In last night's episode, Ethan continued his plan to leave Wayward Pines, but he discovered that the town may answer to an even more dangerous authority than Pope.

This episode of Wayward Pines opened up right after Beverly's execution. Sheriff Pope then makes everyone in town recite the rules...
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'RHONY' Dishes Out The Drama With Champagne And Caviar

May 27th, 2015 8:50am EDT
Dorinda
Now that we have finally finished celebrating Ramona’s never-ending birthday, we get to commemorate Dorinda’s.

The two friends go for drinks and talk about the party weekend Dorinda is throwing for herself at her home in the Berkshires. Because no story can’t be topped by Ramona, she shares that Mario has been contacting her. Now that he and Avery have made up, he wants Ramona and his family back, but she did not elaborate past that.

Carole is running for the board of her building. Anyone who knows about the process knows that basically you throw your hat in the ring, write up a summary o...
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'Community' Gang Attends A Wedding

May 26th, 2015 3:29pm EDT
Community
“Homer’s Enemy,” a classic episode of “The Simpsons” featured the story of Frank Grimes, a mild-mannered new hire at the Springfield Nuclear Power Plant, driven insane while forced to work alongside incompetent buffoon Homer. Since that episode aired, “Frank Grimes” has become shorthand in certain TV nerd circles for a one-off guest character who is a sort of audience surrogate who demonstrates just how maddening it would be to actually live alongside crazy TV people.

“Community” first explored this trope in Season 3’s “Competitive Ecology,” with Todd, who declared that the study group lov...
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'Orphan Black' Continues To Wow

May 26th, 2015 9:14am EDT
'Orphan Black' Recap: With One Episode, Season 3 Improves Drasti
Previously - Cosima got laid. Arthur brought Gracie to Mrs. S and Felix, and she later collapsed. We learned that the Castors' "glitch" is communicable via sex. Helena and Sarah busted Helena out of the compound's brig, but Helena (and her scorpion sidekick) left Sarah to rot.

THIS is Orphan Black. This episode was heartfelt emotion, committed performances (hell, even Dylan Bruce brought it), and startling twists. "Certain Agony of the Battlefield" was aces all-around. Maybe we were SUPPOSED to invest in the long game and wait for the wow? IMHO, it wasn't the best strategy. I have fellow ...
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'The Bachelorette' Full Of Punches, Who Went Home This Week?

May 26th, 2015 8:30am EDT
'The Bachelorette' Recap: Punch Drunk Love... Literally, And Oth
Last week's three-hour "The Bachelorette" premiere madness has ended. Do you feel a wave of tranquility across your entire body? That's what this is. Now Kaitlyn and her many menfolk can begin their rigorous love-finding search in earnest.

Oh, and "in earnest" means "strapping on boxing gloves and clobbering each other in the head." It's a boxing competition! The guys get to train with Laila Ali (awesome), then use their day's worth of boxing expertise to duke it out in the ring.

Here's a question: does Kaitlyn actually box? Usually group dates have some kind of connection to the Bachelor...
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Best Moments From Last Night's 'Game of Thrones'

May 25th, 2015 8:54am EDT
'Game of Thrones' Review: Memorable Moments from 'The Gift'
An episode without Arya, very little Jon Snow, and an extra helping of Samwell Tarly’s gnarly sex scene? An episode where the Sand Snakes continue to be the worst written characters in the history of the television medium? What did we do to deserve this, Game of Thrones?

“The Gift” starts out slow, filling time with mind-numbingly slow stuff at The Wall, Dornish women showing their breasts for no reason other than boredom, and sex scenes that serve no narrative purpose. But at least the hanging threads in the major storylines are still interesting. Here are the most memorable moments from ...
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'Strike Back' Flashback Recap

May 22nd, 2015 12:07pm EDT
'Strike Back' Flashback: Picking Up The Pieces, Part 2
In the conclusion to Strike Back's South African hacker arc, "Cinemax Season 1, Episode 4," everyone is left wondering about the fate of Damien Scott. Little do we know that it's not the new guy we should be worried about, as this is the episode that would put the audience on notice that this show would never be safe.

When we left off last episode, Scott was in a world of hurt at the hands of former IRA member Daniel Connelly (a superb Liam Cunningham) after impulsively making the decision to sub in for a hacker that Stonebridge had no choice but to shoot. The episode ended with Section 20...
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