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'BB17' Follows Same Predictable Formula

8/24/2015 9:04am EDT
BB17
Now becomes the time that Big Brother 17 becomes dreadfully dull and predictable. The moment Austin won HOH, it was a given that this week would be a dud, much like his Judas persona. And to think, just a few weeks ago it felt like the season had warmed up to an exciting split in the house. However, since everybody is in an alliance with everybody and nobody seems to realize it, the season just drags on. And every episode is practically the same, following the same predictable formula.

The formula goes as follows:

First, the competition section:

One by one, each remaining houseguest remi...
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'Rick And Morty' Recap: 'Get Schwifty'

8/24/2015 7:47am EDT
Rick and Morty
Rick Sanchez does care. He might be a pain to deal with, an unnecessary emotional wringer, but he knows what he is doing, and the people who mean something to him have generally survived without any lasting (physical) damage. Similarly, “Rick and Morty” cares enough to not just produce an episode that is a silly lark. It would have been so easy to make this whole episode just an episode of the Cromulon reality show, with everyone going on their merry way no matter what the results. But this show cares enough to raise the consequences to earth-shattering levels. And it also cares enough to g...
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‘Hannibal’ Recap: ‘The Number Of The Beast’ Is Total Nightmare Fuel

8/23/2015 10:55pm EDT
Hannibal TV Series
Hannibal’s always maintained a very delicate balance. One chunk of the show maintains that snail-slow art film vibe where characters spout mystical-sounding metaphors at each other. And then the other chunk produces some of the nastiest, most stomach-churning gore on TV.

“The Number of the Beast is 666…” last night’s second-to-last (sob) episode of Hannibal, felt like one of the first times the show really whiffed on that balance. This hour felt slow, right? Like, ponderously, upsettingly slow? At least until the last fifteen minutes or so, when the Red Dragon started rippin' lips and turn...
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'Strike Back' Recap : Section 20 Loses A Member

8/22/2015 9:02am EDT
'Strike Back' Recap And Review: 'Episode 34' - Section 20 Loses
Strike Back begins this week with the team broken up, so what better to do than break them down further? "Episode 34" pulls no punches, blows a few things up and shoots a few more, and it ends with what might be one of the show's most controversial moments. There's no shortage of things to be worked up about here, so let's not waste any time.

Michael Stonebridge is still where we left him, cursing up a storm and pinned down by Yakuza on Shiro's private island. He'd be screwed if not for Faber (Dustin Clare) and Mason (Leo Gregory), the not actually drug smugglers who reveal themselves to b...
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This Week's 'Impractical Jokers' Scorecard

8/21/2015 10:02am EDT
'Impractical Jokers' Scorecard: 'Tied and Feathered' - The Best
In this week's Impractical Jokers, Sal, Murr, Q and Joe bring back one of their most notorious bits, while getting into a really uncomfortable situation at the local discount warehouse that actually has nothing to do with the making of the show itself. Let's just say it's a very exposing episode. Read on for our blow-by-blow from "Tied and Feathered."

Challenge #1: Out of Remote Control

The remote control car is back, terrorizing passersby while the guys absolutely cannot apologize for wherever their colleagues steer it. Q goes first and gets out pretty much unharmed, as does Joe.

But th...
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'Rookie Blue' Recap: The Baby Makes Four

8/21/2015 9:05am EDT
'Rookie Blue' Recap And Review: 'Ninety Degrees' - The Baby Make
This week's Rookie Blue will forever be known as "the one where Andy delivered Marlo and Sam's baby." But other than that, "Ninety Degrees" can also be referred to as the one where Oliver gets his job back, and the one with a bunch of subplots in between. Mostly, though, this is about Marlo, Sam, Andy, the baby and what it means for the series should it continue to another season.

We're still trying to process the fact that Steve is a dirty cop, including Traci, who wants nothing to do with her now ex-boyfriend. Apparently it's been a while since the previous episode because Gail makes a r...
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‘BB17’: Best Moments From Last Night’s Week 9 Eviction

8/21/2015 8:37am EDT
BB17
Liz’s entire HOH run has been a dud. The Austwins alliance is frustrating to watch because they’re a strong trio that nobody has bothered to so much as nominate. When the majority alliance is in power, as they have been most of this season, nothing interesting comes from those episodes. The nominations stayed the same. There was no backdoor target. There was barely any scheming, no fighting, and no campaigning.

It’s telling that the best weeks’ worth of episodes were the ones where James and Becky were HOH. Those are players that are willing to make bold moves. Meanwhile, Vanessa is the on...
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'Review' Recap: 'Cult; Perfect Body'

8/21/2015 1:06am EDT
Review
Leading a 5-Star Life

Analyzing “Review” is becoming a practice in tracking Forrest MacNeil’s obliviousness. It appears that the deeper he gets into hosting his show, the less tethered he is from reality. This is ironic considering that the entire purpose of the show is to provide an objective investigation into real-life experiences. Perhaps the only way to maintain self-awareness when living life is to accept an inherently subjective point of view. Or maybe the problem is that Forrest does not realize that his nominal objectivity is in fact clouded by a great deal of subjectivity. It doe...
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'Suits' Recap: 'Uninvited Guests'

8/20/2015 9:04am EDT
'Suits' Recap And Review: 'Uninvited Guests' - The Devils You Kn
We're just one episode away from the midseason break for Suits, which means it's time to throw gasoline on the fire. In "Uninvited Guests," Harvey and Mike continue to battle Hardman and Jack Soloff, while Rachel struggles with whether or not to tell her mother the truth about her future son-in-law. There's really no right answer to any of these questions, but who would want that?

Starting things off, Jessica is reminding Harvey to play nice just before the vote on his future. With that in his head, Harvey admits to the assembled partners that he did hit Louis and apologized to him but add...
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Recap: 'BB17' Key Moments From Last Night’s Episode

8/20/2015 8:54am EDT
BB17
How desperate were the Big Brother editors to make Johnny Mac the star of this season? Until recently, he’s done nothing of note, despite being heavily featured in nearly every episode. Now that he’s a target and in the cross hairs of Vanessa, he’s the star of the episode. Unfortunately, despite being one of the first in the house to catch on to Vanessa’s antics, John is a less than impressive player. Entertaining, sure, but not the power player that we all hoped he’d be. Seriously, what is this guy thinking?

Meanwhile, the other star of the season, Vanessa, is on a downward spiral that sh...
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