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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Constantine Episode 2 recap: “The Darkness Beneath”

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After a promising pilot episode, NBC’s new gritty magic series, Constantine, is on its way to a continent-crossing first season of Heaven vs. Hell. Although the second episode is focused primarily on introducing leading lady, Zed (Angélica Celeya), it also showcases more of Constantine’s power and gives us the sense that the series plans to cover a lot of geographical ground. Although it seems to be settling into a monster-of-the-week theme, they have plenty of time to rise about that and make this the new, groundbreaking show we’ve been waiting for from DC. Before I launch into the recap, we … Continue reading

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The Vampire Diaries Season 6 Episode 5 Recap: Welcome Home, Brother

The Vampire Diaries Season 6 Episode 5 Recap: Welcome Home, Brother

Boy oh boy. did this week’s episode of The Vampire Diaries have a ton of information packed into one hour-long episode. Plus, they made sure to stick to the usual scenario by making something happy out of a sad event, endlessly toying with our emotions. To start off, Trip calls Stefan to thank him for Enzo. Stefan thought Enzo was already dead, but Trip lets him in on his little secret weapon idea. He tells Stefan that he wants to know everything that Enzo knows, but there can’t be that big of a vampire problem because Enzo would’ve talked by … Continue reading

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#TBT TV: The Scare Factor III: Scare Factor Lives! (2002)

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This Throwback Thursday transports us to October 2002, when we celebrated Halloween with our annual Scare Factor series of tributes to the best in horror and sci-fi films and TV shows. Scare Factor III was my personal favorite, as our staff picked our favorite genre characters and wrote little epitaphs for them. From the October 2002 edition of Channel Guide Magazine: It just won’t die! Our annual homage to horror shakes off the rigor mortis for its third edition, this time celebrating our favorite characters who really make for big-scream TV. Our office asylum put their severed heads together and … Continue reading

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The Vampire Diaries Season 6 Episode 4 recap: Family Ties

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I have been waiting all week for this episode of The Vampire Diaries to see whether or not Elena and Stefan were going to rekindle the flame and get married. While I love Damon too, let’s face it he’s bad news for her. Tonight’s episode “Black Hole Sun” started off with Kai trying to pry out information from Damon. He asked exactly why they were stuck on a loop of May 10, 1994 thinking it had something to do with Damon’s past. It seems like Kai’s right because Damon doesn’t want to talk about what happened trapping him in this … Continue reading

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