Syfy gets in the holiday spirit with “Christmas Icetastrophe”

Syfy gets in the holiday spirit with "Christmas Icetastrophe"

If anything, Syfy’s latest original movie, Christmas Icetastrophe, will give local newscasts a new term — “icetastrophe” — to add into their weather reports, along with “snowpocalypse” or “snowmageddon.” Given the film’s title, and tagline — “Don’t Get Iced” — it is surprisingly more serious than your average Syfy flick, and with not as many ice-related puns as I was expecting (I only noticed one, in fact, when a guy yells out “Chill!” just before getting crushed by a huge ice block). The movie takes place on Christmas in a small town in the mountains of Washington state. As the … Continue reading

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The Vampire Diaries Season 6 Episode 10 Recap: A Very Unmerry Christmas

The Vampire Diaries Season 6 Episode 10 Recap: A Very Unmerry Christmas

On the midseason finale of The Vampire Diaries, Kai is home for the holidays and he feels that there’s no better way to spend that time than with family. He starts with his sister Jo, injecting her with something while she’s working on his stab wound victims at the hospital. Because nothing says “Happy Holidays!” like a good stab in the neck. Alaric realizes that Jo has been missing, which could only mean that Kai has come to town. In order to keep Kai from getting what he wants, Alaric and Damon let Elena know their plans on how they’re … Continue reading

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“Mad Men” in space? Tricia Helfer climbs aboard Syfy’s “Ascension”

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By Eric Kohanik Tricia Helfer admits she has somewhat of a soft spot for science fiction. But there’s a good reason. “I started my career with Battlestar Galactica,” the 40-year-old actress explains. “And I got lucky for my first job to be on something that was so character-driven and something that made people think.” It was that combination of strong characters and storylines that drew Helfer to her latest TV project: Ascension (on Syfy Mondays at 9pm ET/PT beginning Dec. 15) a six-part series inspired by Project Orion, a real top-secret space mission authorized by U.S. President John F. Kennedy. … Continue reading

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The Vampire Diaries Season 6 Episode 9 Recap: Forever Alone

The Vampire Diaries Season 6 Episode 9 Recap: Forever Alone

This week’s episode of The Vampire Diaries starts off with Alaric doing the task that Damon compelled him to do — get Jo to tell him where the ascendant is. He wines and dines Jo with a candlelit date night and sure enough, he’s able to deliver the ascendant to Damon. Stefan warns Damon about the consequences he’ll face if Alaric finds out what Damon did but Damon’s sure that won’t happen. I wouldn’t be betting on anything with the way your life has gone so far, Damon. Elena tells Jeremy about Bonnie still being alive in the prison but he’s … Continue reading

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Constantine recap episode 5: “Jackass of All Trades”

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Has anybody else been wishing Constantine would get around to answering any of the dozens of questions it’s been asking since premiere? How and why can Chas survive a giant hole in his chest? Who is Zed and what’s her problem? Why does everybody on this show love John Constantine even though he’s clearly a jerk? Danse Vaudou might not have answered any of these questions, but it did start to hint at them so hopefully we don’t have long to wait now… The cold open’s murder is of a fashion student having an ironic phone conversation about how not-in-danger … Continue reading

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The Vampire Diaries Season 6 Episode 8 Recap: Friendsgiving

The Vampire Diaries Season 6 Episode 8 Recap: Friendsgiving

On this week’s The Vampire Diaries, we start by going back into time to the specific date of May 9, 1994. This is the night that Kai went on a killing spree involving four members of his family. In the short flashback, we see Kai trying to kill a young Jo — so it looks like I was right on the two being brother and sister. In fact, they’re twins — and not the only set of twins in the family. As Kai is running after Jo, whom he just stabbed, she is trying to hide the other twins in … Continue reading

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Constantine Episode 4 recap: A Feast of Moral Questionability

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It’s episode four and Constantine just got dark. “A Feast of Friends” takes a classic Hellblazer story, some seriously unsettling imagery, a clichéd take-home message (don’t do drugs, kids!) and starts stepping up to the plate on the series’ potential. Instead of the nameless red shirt we’ve come to expect in the cold open, this week we are introduced to Gary Lester who just got off a plane and is trying his hardest to get through customs even though he’s obviously strung-out. Airport security does an unimpressive job of interrogating him and then breaks his priceless antique jar, unleashing a … Continue reading

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The Vampire Diaries Season 6 Episode 7 Recap: Aching For Your Love

The Vampire Diaries Season 6 Episode 7 Recap: Aching For Your Love

This week on The Vampire Diaries, we start where we left off in last week’s episode with Damon  in Elena’s room, where she tells him that she still can’t remember anything good about him or the memories they shared. She thought that once she saw Damon face-to-face, the memories would come back, but nothing is working. She feels bad and apologizes to Damon, but he can’t stand to look at her with her inability to share his strong emotions. I guess you can’t blame Elena for trying because she could’ve blown Damon off, but you can tell that she can’t … Continue reading

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Constantine Episode 3 recap: The Devil’s Vinyl

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Welcome back, Constantine fans! I’m glad to see you’ve stuck around long enough to give this series a shot. I figure by the time you’ve hit episode three, you might as well finish out the season, right? We’ve had time to introduce all major players in the plot, set the tone, and establish the season’s big arch and now that you’ve all gotten properly invested with me, I say we finish our strong and see if NBC can do this series justice for fans new and old. We cold-open as a pretty blond lady wanders into an abandoned building filled … Continue reading

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The Vampire Diaries Season 6 Episode 6 recap: Crashing on Memory Lane

The Vampire Diaries Season 6 Episode 6 recap: Crashing on Memory Lane

On this week’s episode of The Vampire Diaries, Damon is finally back. He clues Stefan in on the twilight zone he was living in and says he can’t seem to stop thinking about Elena. Elena, on the other hand, doesn’t want anything to do with Damon. When Caroline lets her know that he’s back, Elena rearranges her plans so she can completely avoid Damon. Stefan finally tells his big brother about Alaric helping Elena to forget about Damon. Of course Damon has no idea why anyone would want to forget about him and is beyond upset at Alaric for allowing … Continue reading

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