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Dec 17 2014

The Missing Season 1, Episode 8 Review: Till Death

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For the past eight weeks the UK has been captivated by The Missing which has given the public a reason to stop politely ignoring one another and partake in water cooler talk, and the last time that happened was years ago with Lost. I was one of those many individuals that was hooked from the first episode and although the show faltered along the way I still hoped that it would pay off. That hope was elevated when I logged onto twitter as I always do when watching the show and saw the BBC promoting the use of #TheTruth, which made me believe that we might get closure for both the storyline and the characters. I’d had a nagging feeling that we wouldn’t, this is a British drama and they tend to leave too many things ambiguous to my liking but I was hoping that The Missing would actually give us #TheTruth, unfortunately I was incorrect. If they had cut the last first and last moments of the last episode the show would have been semi decent but I think the writers decided to be too intelligent, they wanted to keep the mystery alive, they wanted to drive us crazy.

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Dec 16 2014

The Newsroom: What Kind of Day Was It?

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Sick of my Newsroom posts yet?  Well, this will be the last one. The Newsroom is over.  It’s going to take some time to come to grips with the series as a whole; for right now, we can simply react to the end on its own merits.

The cringe-worthy penultimate episode was both a blessing and a curse for the finale.  While it left a mess to clean up, it also significantly lowered the bar – to feel uplifting after last week’s disaster, all the finale had to do was give us some kind of light at the end of the tunnel.

I think it did that.  It wasn’t a great episode – it wasn’t even in the Top 5 episodes of The Newsroom, and this is a show whose run consisted of ~30 episodes.  It was, like the show itself, riddled with flawed moments and brilliant moments alike, trying too hard in some places (the garage jam, oh my god, the garage jam), and curiously glossing over others. (Uh, welcome back for 15 seconds, Neal.)

In the end, maybe it wasn’t the finale we wanted, but it was the finale we deserved.  Fitting for the series, that is.

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Dec 15 2014

Ripper Street Season 3, Episode 6 Review: The Incontrovertible Truth

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It’s hard to believe that there has only been 6 episodes of Ripper Street season 3 so far as so many major events have occured. We have had Susan descending into a corrupt political life and even becoming a murderer, Mathilda has found her way back to Reid, and Reid almost died at the hands of Susan. When I started ‘The Incontrovertible Truth’ and saw that the run time was 1 hour 15 minutes I got more excited for a television show that I should have as I assumed it would all come to head in this episode. I thought that the trio would reunite and see Susan for what she has become, and make attempts to take her down, but boy I was wrong. Reid is back in the fold at ‘H’ division without much discussion of his injury which is quite frustrating. He was shot in the head and the abdomen so it’s not like it was an everday scrape or bruise, those injuries take time to recover from but the audience gets no information. It isn’t even explicitly said how much time has passed, or what has become of Susan and I understand that they want to keep the mystery alive but it just doesn’t make any sense to me.

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Dec 15 2014

Can The CW Achieve Golden Globes Glory?

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When you think The CW you don’t really think critically adored and award winning dramas do you? Up until recently the target audience for most of it’s programming was females in their teens and early 20s, upon it’s launch the networks flagship program was Gossip Girl and it was accompanied by the likes of 90210, Melrose Place and The Carrie Diaries. Some of the only shows that weren’t teen fan fare and garnered some acclaim were what was left over from UPN and The WB, but in the past couple of years the network has turned a corner and has put out some quality programming which we can probably thank the new president Mark Pedowitz for. In just a few short years the network seems to have come quite far which is evidence by two Golden Globe nominations for its freshman show Jane the Virgin.

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Dec 11 2014

Blair Underwood Set To Join Marvel’s Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D

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Blair Underwood is making the television rounds in the last few years isn’t he?  Most recently it’s been confirmed that he will be playing Dr. Andrew Garner, in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., according to The Hollywood Reporter.  The role will begin filming this week and Underwood’s series debut will be in March.

Mr. Underwood is a two-time Golden Globe nominee.  He’s best known for playing Jonathan Rollins on L.A. Law and that sexy neighbor guy in the lady series Sex and the City.  He has also starred in shows such as Dirty Sexy Money, The New Adventures of Old Christine, and In Treatment.  Movie wise you might remember him from movies including Gattaca and Deep Impact, and more recently appeared in the Lifetime movie A Trip to Bountiful.

Underwood isn’t the first big star to appear in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’s second season.  Underwood is following  the footsteps of Lucy Lawless and Adrianne Palicki. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. just entered its winter break, but will return to ABC in March.

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Dec 11 2014

The Newsroom Stumbles To The Finish Line

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Well, that happened.  After all the praise I heaped on the show, and after the first few episodes of Season 3 were quite good (Episode 2, “Run,” was a brilliant piece of television), as The Newsroom aired its penultimate episode, I felt like I was left holding the bag.

I’m glad my column comes out Thursday, because if I had tried to write this article on Monday, the day after “Oh Shenandoah” aired, it would have been nonsensical rants about how Toby ruins everything (The Office alumnus Paul Lieberstein directed the episode).

I don’t have to write that piece anymore.  It’s been done, quite thoroughly.

Pajiba called it “One dumb, excruciatingly tone-deaf episode of television.”  The Onion AV Club gave it a D- and led off its review with the caption, “Oh, brother.”  The Atlantic said there was “nothing good” about the episode, and I’m forced to agree.

Where do we go from here?  One episode left.  Is there any hope?  Read on to find out. (*Spoilers up to and including episode 5 ahead*)

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Dec 10 2014

The Missing Season 1, Episode 7 Review: Return to Eden

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So far in The Missing we’ve flitted between two timelines, the original investigation into Oliver’s disappearance in 2006 and the present day one, but with ‘Return to Eden’ we are placed in 2009 when another boy goes missing in similar circumstances as Oliver. In 2009 Tony and Emily marriage is hanging by a thread and upon hearing the news they, along with Mark, head back to France to see if there could possibly be a link between the two in the hopes the may uncover more about what happened to their son. The 2009 abduction ended up being a case of parental child abduction and had no links whatsoever to Oliver but it didn’t matter, even though it kicked off the events of this episode that wasn’t its focal point.

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Dec 09 2014

Ripper Street Season 3, Episode 5 Review: Heavy Boots

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After the chaos at the end of ‘Your Father, My Friend’ ‘Heavy Boots’ begins with Susan taking care of Reid at the Obsidian. She has granted Fred Best an interview so she can tell all of her shock regarding Capshaw’s activities and how justice has now been served with his demise, she also seems to be giving herself a pat on the back for finding Reid so quickly after the almost fatal shooting and getting him the treatment that he needed. It’s not a shock that she is making sure that he stays near by so she is able to watch over him in case he wakes, to discover what he remembers. Honestly, I thought the new Susan that we have grown to know over the course of the past four episodes would have made an attempt on his life at some point during the episode to silence him before he has a chance to wake.

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Dec 04 2014

15 Random Facts about Movies, Celebrities and Television Shows

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Here’s one thing that always pissed me off about Shawshank Redemption (other than it’s Oscar snubs): it actually LOST money!  How is this even possible?  It’s easily one of the best movies of all time. Anyway, we found some pretty awesome facts about random movies, celebrities and television shows that we’re 100% sure you will enjoy.   Put it this way, we know our audience pretty well and when you’ve got Mr. T,  Rocky IV, and Game of Thrones all in the same article you know something is going right.

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Dec 04 2014

Did The Newsroom Suddenly Turn into The Office?

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I’m loving The Newsroom these days.  The third and final season is six episodes long, and we’ve got two to go, and so far, this is television at its best.  Will’s glorious self-immolation is sad and wonderful and really lets him take a step back while other characters shine, which brings a nice “changing of the guard” feel to the whole thing.  More than any other Sorkin show, The Newsroom has shown how characters can evolve and change.  Think about Don Keefer and Reese Lansing and how they were originally portrayed, and their roles now.  That’s a pretty dramatic turnaround.

Today, though, I’d like to bring up something specific and strange and oddball from the last few episodes of The Newsroom.  I’ve already covered how good it is, so how about something a little different?  How about some striking similarities between three characters on The Newsroom and three characters from another American TV show – The Office?

Dive into the deep end of the pool with me and let’s talk about how eerily similar Jim Harper and Jim Halpert are, and also how the actors who played Toby Flenderson and Ryan Howard reprised their characters on The Newsroom, only they played idealized versions of themselves.

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Dec 03 2014

The Missing Season 1, Episode 6 Review: Concrete

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‘Concrete’ picks up in the past where we left of with ‘Molly’, Tony has just brutally killed Ian Garrett and is deciding what to do with the body. He very efficiently cleans the murder scene, wiping it of any trace of blood and DNA evidence and then wraps Ian’s body in a sheet and weighs it down. He then proceeds to sail out into the open water, dump the body and swim back, only to forget that his shirt was covered with Ian’s blood and he  to hide it in the concrete in the property that has yet to set. I’ve watched Tony for six episodes now and even when witnessing his violent outbursts I’ve still attempted to see his point of view and understand him but watching his actions gave me chills. He knew almost exactly what to do to get away with murder, like he’d done it before perhaps? I knew he was a violent man but he put me on edge during the opening of the episode.

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Dec 01 2014

Ripper Street Season 3, Episode 4 Review: Your Father, My Friend

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With ‘Your Father, My Friend’ Ripper Street gives us the episode that we deserved last week. In the closing moments of ‘Ashes and Diamonds’ Drake discovers that Reid’s daughter, Mathilda, is still alive and that Susan lied about her demise to ruin Reid. This episode doesn’t beat around the bush and we immediately have Drake discovering Reid at a beach hut in Margate where Reid’s family had vacationed many years ago. Once Drake has informed Reid that he is certain that the child is Mathilda the two immediately leap into action and head back to Whitechapel to find her and bring her home. It was refreshing to step away from the procedural format for once, they started off a compelling storyline with Mathilda and Susan so it was quite frustrating last week when they didn’t develop it, I know it has only been a couple of weeks but it feels like this episode is long overdue.

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Nov 26 2014

Super Mario Bros Invades Dancing with the Stars Duck Dynasty Routine

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Everyone in the world is loving Duck Dynasty’s Sadie Robertson right now. While Dancing with the Stars may have ended with The Carlton Dance taking home the prize, Sadie’s been a big name. What does that have to do with this website? For one of their performances in the finale of the latest series of Dancing With The Stars, Sadie Robertson and pro dancer Mark Ballas broke out some old school Nintendo moves. And of course the crowd went completely wild. Check out the video!

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Nov 26 2014

Let’s Talk about Gotham’s Fall Finale Fail

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Ok, I need a show of hands here, who was unimpressed by Fox’s “Fall Send Off” for their popular upcoming show, Gotham? The show ended and the credits rolled with what I thought was next week’s upcoming episode but it wasn’t. No, come to find out, amidst the preview they make mention that the show will be returning in the winter where we will find Jim Gordon in his new surroundings at Arkham Asylum. What the hell!? I’m sorry but if this was supposed to be any kind of finale at all, it failed to give that impression.

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Nov 26 2014

The Missing Season 1, Episode 5 review: “Molly”

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After last weeks episode I was certain that Ian Garrett had been killed by Tony and/or Emily, so I was perplexed at the opening of ‘Molly’. We witness Ian and his wife Mary on a boat in the middle of the Ocean. Ian may have a lot of money but how could he have pulled off the vanishing act that has lasted this long? Why is he bothering when he is not a person of interest in the present day investigation of Oliver’s disappearance? How could his wife run away with him knowing about his horrifying deeds without attempting to shove him off the boat? Clearly she shows signs of guilt but she takes her wedding vows a little too seriously, I think the man upstairs would forgive you if you left the creep. The bulk of this episode is set in the past and shows how the couple got to where they are, how Ian escaped his justice.

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