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American Crime Episode 7 recap

American Crime Episode 7 recap

The opening of American Crime Episode 7 juxtaposes the current fates of Hector (Richard Cabral) and Carter (Elvis Nolasco), the latter of whom we barely saw in last week’s episode. Now we see what is going on with him. Hector is moved into a more secure facility, as per his request for a deal in exchange for info on Carter last week. There, he has an individual cell, and is actually allowed outside for exercise. We then flash to Carter, who is shivering in a cramped, dim basement of sorts. We find out later in the episode that Carter is … Continue reading

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The Messengers — The CW’s new drama is Rapture-ous.

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A strange occurrence in the New Mexico desert stops the hearts of five strangers, then resurrects them again — as Earth-bound angels. Not the white-robed, harp-toting kind. The “oracles of the apocalypse” kind, in Everyman clothing. As these unwitting emissaries — a scientist, a single mom, a bullied student, an FBI agent and a televangelist — come to grips with extraordinary new powers and how they got them, their lives begin to intersect with one another’s and that of a mysterious figure known only as “The Man” (Diogo Morgado). Meet The CW’s The Messengers. “If Close Encounters and The Stand … Continue reading

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Jane the Virgin Chapter 18 Recap: Monster-in-Law

Jane the Virgin Chapter 18 Recap: Monster-in-Law

On Chapter 18 of Jane the Virgin, Rafael still doesn’t seem to be putting Jane before his hotel, leaving her supported only by a wall at a birthing class. Jane doesn’t need to talk negatively about Rafael to her mother to only further prove Xo is right about Rafael being the wrong guy for Jane. Instead Jane turns to Andie to vent, which might not have been the very best decision. Jane tells Andie the huge doubts she’s been having about Rafael and Andie’s advice is to stay calm because it’s only hormones that are making her feel this way. Yeah, I’m … Continue reading

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Battle Creek recap episode 7: “Mama’s Boy”

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A crowd has gathered behind the line of police tape. Russ scoots underneath, dismayed to see the FBI crawling all over the place. He sidles up to Commander Guziewicz who informs him the reason the FBI is present: Two teenagers stumbled on the scene and posted what they found on Facebook (apparently Milt has quite a following online). Smack in the middle of a black tarp is what all the fuss is about: a severed foot, inside a sneaker that had washed up on the shore. According to Milt, there was no trauma where the foot had separated from the … Continue reading

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Grimm Season 4 episode 17 recap: “Hibernaculum”

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As we being this week’s Grimm, sad Nick is eating alone at home. He sadly looks at a picture of him and Juliette from before and, sadly, lays it face down. Did I mention he is sad? Meanwhile, in a no less sad place, Renard is at home, presumably after the throwdown with Prince Kenneth (not a very Royal name, I must add) checking out his battle wounds. Juliette barges in all hot under the collar asking where Adalind is and if she’s still in town, because Juliette is going to kill her. Renard admits that’s a pretty good idea … Continue reading

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“Daredevil” an effectively dark entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe

"Daredevil" an effectively dark entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe

Sure, colorfully outfitted superheroes soaring to great heights, wielding magic hammers, wearing iron suits and engaging in fisticuffs of the innocuous, blood-free comic-book sort are great fun to see on the big screen, hence the success of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) and its box-office blockbusters like The Avengers, Captain America, et al. But once in a while, as comics fans know, it’s also fascinating to get down to street level, and all the grittiness and life-or-death battles down there. Covering those more (sometimes brutally) real adventures is the goal of a batch of Marvel Netflix series based on those more down-and-dirty heroes, the … Continue reading

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End of the road for Raylan and Boyd in FX’s Justified series finale: “The Promise”

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Remember the summer of 2009 and FX’s announcement of a 13-episode order for Lawman, based on the work of the late, great crime fiction author Elmore Leonard? After six seasons, the tale of Harland, Ky., lawman Raylan Givens (Timothy Olyphant) and career criminal Boyd Crowder (Walton Goggins) comes to a close on FX on Tuesday, April 14, at 10pm ET/PT in the Justified series finale, “The Promise.” “I will say that it is nice knowing that, you know, the show — to have an opportunity to know the end is coming,” Olyphant says. “Usually, when things end, I’m not the first person … Continue reading

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American Crime Episode 6 recap

American Crime Episode 6 recap

Even as horrible events continue in reality, such as the police shooting of Walter Scott in South Carolina this week, American Crime continues its gritty reflection of our reality. Looking at Twitter comments the past few weeks during AC episodes, I’ve noticed a theme among some viewers that are similar to what I have been feeling: American Crime, in its storylines, themes and presentation, can be so realistic that it is almost hard to watch. When you hear and read about, and look at, events such as the Scott killing, do you really want to watch a show that reflects a similar reality, or would … Continue reading

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George R.R. Martin cautions viewers about shocking deaths in Game of Thrones Season 5

George R.R. Martin cautions viewers about shocking deaths in Game of Thrones Season 5

Game of Thrones fans have probably learned by now not to feel too safe in terms of what to expect on the show even if they have read the books on which the hugely popular series is based. And it sounds like they should be geared up for even more shocks when the show returns for Season 5 this month. “Everybody better be on their toes,” author George R. R. Martin warned Game of Thrones fans in comments made at the Writers Guild Awards in February. Martin, who wrote the novels, elaborated that, “people are going to die who don’t … Continue reading

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Summer Schedule 2015: USA Network

Summer Schedule 2015: USA

On Tuesday, USA Network announced its summer slate of new and returning shows. I was happy to see the return of familiar faces like Royal Pains and look forward to meeting new friends like Mr. Robot, which recently slayed at SXSW, and Complications. I interviewed Jason O’Mara about Complications for the June issue of Channel Guide Magazine, and he was an utter dream and his thrilling show is a total adrenaline-rush. It certainly proves the line from Wicked, “No good deed goes unpunished.” And, as you can imagine, I’m beyond the moon with excitement at the news that Playing House has … Continue reading

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