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Grimm recap Season 4 episode 19 — “Iron Hans”

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An overcast day at a farm somewhere, as group of campers is getting their gear together for a trip. A woman comes by to collect all their gadgets as a father and son team helps the campers load up a van. Once packed, they head out, leaving the woman, Maggie, behind to head out on their boy’s adventure. At the Apothecary, Rosalee, Monroe, Nick and Hank are discussing the Juliette problem and, unfortunately, Rosalee and Monroe haven’t found any sort of a cure. Well, there is always Adalind, since she made it all happen. Nick opposes the idea, but they … Continue reading

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Grimm recap Season 4 episode 18: “Mishipeshu”

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“Two days from now,” reads the title card as Hank and Nick have a big ol’ brawl to start out this week’s Grimm. Hank seems to be getting the better of Nick, which is strange until we see that Hank’s eyes seem to be glowing yellow. Which isn’t a good thing on any show, let’s be honest, but especially not on this one. Cut to “Now” as Monroe and Rosalee have Nick and Hank over for a quiet dinner. Monroe offers everyone wine because they drink a lot of wine in Portland, but Nick needs something stronger. The whiskey just … 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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Grimm Season 4 episode 16 recap: “Heartbreaker”

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Aah, domestic bliss. Renard is sleeping in his bed when Juliette comes storming into his room, furious. After she cut her hand to open Adalind’s little book, there is nothing in it that can fix her. She want’s her life back, and if she doesn’t get it, she warns, something very bad is going to happen. Poor Renard hasn’t even had his coffee yet. Meanwhile, a group of mountain bikers are racing along a trail. They stop to take a breather. A guy starts to get fresh with one of the riders, Bella, but she’s having none of it, because … Continue reading

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Recap: The Walking Dead Season 5 finale, “Conquer” — Wolves at the door

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As we head into The Walking Dead Season 5 finale, the delicate peace — at least what we assume to be peace — at Alexandria has been amassing stress fractures since the moment Our Gang arrived at the gates. The dream of “Civilization” is a good one, but it has been postponed out of necessity. The townsfolk have been exposed as being seriously unprepared to deal with good guys, let alone the absolute batshit crazies we meet tonight. The events of the episode could have been so much worse (the group cohesion that looked like it was breaking remains intact … Continue reading

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Watch Yourself, “Freak Out” is Back!

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ABC’s freaky and funny hidden camera show returns with new scares and a fresh crop of unsuspecting marks. Freak Out first aired as part of ABC Family’s 13 Nights of Halloween. Now, the series is back with even bigger scares. In each episode, unsuspecting mark witness their greatest fears coming to life before their eyes. What they don’t know is they’ve been set up by the people who know them best and are supposed to love them most — their friends and family members. Executive Producer SallyAnn Salsano reveals the motivation behind the pranks. “People say, ‘Hey, my friend did X, Y and Z … Continue reading

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Recap: The Walking Dead Season 5 episode 15 “Try”: Us and them ….

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Alexandria has become something of a Rorschach test. For some it’s a paradise, for others it is possibly the last or first bastion of a civilized society, while some see it as a flock of sheep waiting to be lead. Those illusions are being exposed rather quickly. It’s no coincidence that things went south in Alexandria almost as soon as Our Gang stepped through the gates. The friction is palpable, with people who once thought of themselves useful or even heroic have been exposed as frauds, and a town that once seemed civilized is coming to see that their utopia … Continue reading

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The Lizzie Borden Chronicles: Christina Ricci returns with a vengeance in campy new Lifetime series

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Lifetime’s new limited series The Lizzie Borden Chronicles premieres Sunday, April 5 at 10/9CT. In January 2014, Lifetime took a proverbial whack at bringing the sordid tale of Lizzie Borden to a new generation of horror fans with its original film Lizzie Borden Took an Ax. Starring Christina Ricci as the parent-dispatching Lizzie and Argo’s Clea DuVall as her obedient sister Emma, Lizzie was a bloody good time and a ratings killer, luring 4.4 million viewers on its way to becoming cable’s second-most-watched original film of the year. A few months later, the network approached Ricci with another idea — reuniting with … Continue reading

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The Walking Dead recap Season 5 episode 12: “Remember”

The Walking Dead recap Season 5 episode 12: "Remember"

It’s not hard to see The Walking Dead as an extended metaphor for war and the problems that arise when a person (or a group of people) has been fighting for too long and now returns to the home front, so to speak. We can also see this episode — or story arc — as an extended riff on The Magnificent Seven/Seven Samurai: a band of hardened fighters is hired to protect simple townsfolk who aren’t prepared to deal with the badness that surrounds them, and what happens when that hardness comes into contact with “civilization.” While the episode is … Continue reading

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The Walking Dead Season 5 episode 11 recap “The Distance” — People Like Us

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I have often been hard pressed to explain, or even understand, why such a bleak, brutal and often hopeless show is so damn popular, and after tonight’s episode, I think I know what it is: Stockholm Syndrome. There really is no other show on television that plays with us, we’re like a cat chasing a laser pointer. What other show can take surviving a tornado and make it feel tiring? What other show can make you afraid of bottled water? What other show can make you fear a well-scrubbed, clean-cut stranger and still keep you on board? After last week’s … Continue reading

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