Author Archives: Jeff Iblings

BETTER CALL SAUL Review: “Sunk Costs”

excerpt bcs Season 3, Episode 3 – Chuck’s true motives for manipulating Jimmy come to light in this episode of Better Call Saul. Can Jimmy find a way out of the corner Chuck’s painted him into with Kim’s help? Mike and Gus meet face to face. Mike may be able to get revenge on Hector without killing him, while at the same time helping Gus.

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THE LEFTOVERS Review: “Don’t Be Ridiculous”

TitleCard Season 3, Episode 2 – The second episode of The Leftovers focuses on Nora, and it’s a strong and powerful look into how she’s dealing with the loss of her children, including Lily. The sitcom Perfect Strangers plays a front and center role in this episode, as Mark Linn-Baker reaches out to Nora with a strange offer to see her children again.

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BILLIONS Review: “With Or Without You”

billions excerptSeason 2, Episode 10 – In the aftermath of Axe’s deceit, Lara takes the boys leaving Axe in the dark about where she is, or if she’s coming back. He’s a complete mess without her. While Axe’s marriage may be falling apart, Wendy and Chuck seem to be getting closer to reconciliation on this week’s Billions.

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THE MAGICIANS Review: “We Have Brought You Little Cakes”

the magicians excerptSeason 2, Episode 13 – The season finale of The Magicians mostly sets up the next season, without tying up some of the loose threads left over from this season. Quentin and Alice reconnect, but it’s almost instantly interrupted by both of their past actions catching up with them. Ember and Umber are gods, but they have parents, older gods who don’t have any regard for humanity, and they are pissed off.

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BETTER CALL SAUL Review: “Witness”

excerpt bcs Season 3, Episode 2 – Better Call Saul makes good on its hidden promise in last years episode titles and brings back a beloved character from Breaking Bad, but what does it mean for Mike? Jimmy falls into a trap laid by Chuck, but what’s Chuck’s endgame, and how will it affect his and Jimmy’s relationship going forward?

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BILLIONS Review: “Sic Transit Imperium”

billions excerptSeason 2, Episode 9 -The day of Axe’s birthday celebration, he contemplates life, his commitment to do things above board, and his relationship with Wendy on Billions. Chuck begins making Sandicot personal, and turns it into an unofficial campaign stop, but runs into obstruction when Foley’s relationship’s make it harder for Chuck to prosecute Axe.

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THE LEFTOVERS Review: “The Book Of Kevin”

TitleCard Season 3, Episode 1 – A lot has changed after the Guilty Remnant overtook the city of Jarden during the finale of The Leftovers last season. Relationship dynamics are completely different, the town has altered, and the populace believes something dramatic is going to happen on the seven-year anniversary of the Departure.

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THE MAGICIANS Review: “Ramifications”

the magicians excerptSeason 2, Episode 12 – Quentin attempts the impossible on The Magicians when he tries to reunite Niffin Alice and her shade to make her human again. After Penny retrieves the book from the Poison Room, Julia and Kady have the ability to kill Raynard, but things don’t go as planned. Eliot and Quentin track down the original gateway to Fillory but find something unexpected.

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BETTER CALL SAUL Review: “Mabel”

excerpt bcs Season 3, Episode 1 – Better Call Saul returns to take its place as one of the best dramas on television, with Vince Gilligan directing the season premiere. What is Chuck going to do with the secretly tapped confession of Jimmy’s sabotage? Who intervened to stop Mike from killing Hector, and what do they want?

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BILLIONS Review: “The Kingmaker”

billions excerptSeason 2, Episode 8 – Bryan and Sacker come together to work a lead which may help take down Axe on Billions , only the timing isn’t right for Chuck. It isn’t until something Chuck Sr. does puts a dent in Axe’s calm demeanor, that Chuck sees an opening to take Axe down once and for all.

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THE MAGICIANS Review: “The Rattening”

the magicians excerptSeason 2, Episode 11 – Something strange is happening in Fillory. Fen is missing, a number of people have been turned into rats, and it may all be Margo’s fault. Quentin and Julia head down to the underworld to rescue Julia’s Shade, but find something else that catches their eye on The Magicians.

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BILLIONS Review: “Victory Lap”

billions excerptSeason 2, Episode 7 – Axe is in damage control mode on Billions after his Sandicot investment falls through, while Chuck does a victory lap basking in the light his conviction of Boyd has shined on him even though he and Wendy’s relationship may be irreparably damaged. Axes’s struggle between being a human being or a ruthless capitalist takes a toll on those around him, but which will he choose?

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THE MISSING Review: “The Mountain”

the missing excerptSeason 2, Episode 8 – The season finale of The Missing fills in the details of what exactly took place when “Alice” returned to the Webster family only to leave a gapping hole in their hearts after she was gone again. Can Baptiste find Getterick and save the girls before it’s too late?

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THE MAGICIANS Review: “The Girl Who Told Time”

the magicians excerptSeason 2, Episode 10 – The Magicians returns with a fun time line shifting, drug induced shade visiting, overdue book tracking down, fairies waiting to steal babies tale. This show has the ability to be incredibly enjoyable to watch, and this episode hits all the right notes.

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THE MISSING Review: “1991”

the missing excerptSeason 2, Episode 7 – There’s a big twist at the end of this penultimate episode of The Missing that changes the entire dynamic of what it seems happened to Alice and Sophie. Baptiste learns the truth about what took place in Iraq in 1991, and Getterick slips away after being confronted by Baptiste.

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BILLIONS Review: “Indian Four”

billions excerptSeason 2, Episode 6 – The women on Billions continue to be treated like second-class characters as their intelligence is questioned and the men take center stage. Wendy makes a decision that may permanently alter her relationship with Chuck, and Axe gets one pulled over on him by Chuck’s father.

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THE MAGICIANS Review: “Lesser Evils”

the magicians excerptSeason 2, Episode 9 – The Magicians takes the show into uncharted territory this week as it features a fun musical section leading into a battle. Quentin is dying because Alice’s Niffin is trapped inside of him. Can he get it out before it’s too late? Penny and Kady find Raynard’s son, but will he help them before Raynard can get to him?

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THE MISSING Review: “Saint John”

the missing excerptSeason 2, Episode 6 – This episode of The Missing is a tour de force of Baptiste’s struggles against his own mortality in order to get to the truth. His obsession to solve this case has put his health, his family, and his legacy on the line. Can he solve the case and survive, or will it be his finale as a detective?

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BILLIONS Review: “Currency”

billions excerptSeason 2, Episode 5 – Billions continues to relegate its powerful women to the sidelines of the show, which diminishes their importance, and erodes a good portion of what made the first season so damn watchable. The chemistry on Billions suffers because of it.

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THE MAGICIANS Review: “Word As Bond”

the magicians excerptSeason 2, Episode 8 – Fillory and Loria are at war on The Magicians, but Eliot is out of the picture since his consciousness is trapped inside of his dead golem, which leaves Margo in control. Julia and Kady search for Dana’s demigod child so they can kill Raynard once and for all, but Dana has covered her tracks well. Alice attempts to use her time in control of Quentin’s body to find a way out. Can she save herself?

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BILLIONS Review: “The Oath”

billions excerptSeason 2, Episode 4 – Chuck plays a long con against both his father and Boyd in this episode of Billions. Axe attempts to refine his image, but it backfires when he gets caught trying to take advantage of a Bill Gates type philanthropist, and loses any opportunity of acquiring an NFL team.

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THE MISSING Review: “Das Vergessen”

the missing excerptSeason 2, Episode 5 – Eve and Gemma search for who the third girl in the photograph is on The Missing, while Baptiste attempts to break through Mr. Stone’s Alzheimer’s to get to the truth. As Jorn and Baptiste connect the dots of who may be involved with the kidnapping of the girls a third suspect is revealed, and he kills to keep the information secret.

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THE MAGICIANS Review: “Plan B”

the magicians excerptSeason 2, Episode 7 – There is one thing both Julia and the kingdom of Fillory need to deal with their problems on The Magicians, and that’s gold. The only way they can get enough of it is to rob a bank, and magicians guard the vaults of banks. Will they be able to pull of the heist and save themselves?

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THE MISSING Review: “Statice”

the missing excerptSeason 2, Episode 4 – In the aftermath of Alice’s apparent suicide, Sam blames both Mathew and Gemma on The Missing. Baptiste finds out who Henry Reed was sending money to in Iraq, and why, and in 2014 joins forces with German Policeman Jorn Lenhart to trace Alice’s movements in the hours before her immolation.

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BILLIONS Review: “Optimal Play”

billions excerptSeason 2, Episode 3 – Chuck sacrifices something incredibly important to him, Taylor steps into a larger role for Axe Capital, Axe considers buying an NFL team, and Wendy suddenly finds herself in the middle of two powerful men having a pissing contest on this week’s Billions.

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THE MAGICIANS Review: “The Cock Barrens”

the magicians excerptSeason 2, Episode 6 – Quentin attempts to manifest Alice from the dead with the help of her parents on The Magicians, which is not much help at all. Eliot and Margo find themselves in a predicament after a Lorian prince proposes marriage to her and she treats him poorly.

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TABOO Review: “Episode Eight”

taboo excerptSeason 1, Episode 8 – James has been playing an intricate Chess game with the East India Company, The Crown, and the Americans on Taboo, but does he have the moves to finish the game? James makes a deal with Strange, but is it one both men can live with, or even live through?

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THE MISSING Review: “A Prison Without Walls”

the missing excerptSeason 2, Episode 3 – Baptiste comes closer to finding out the truth about whether the girl who came back was really Alice or if it was Sophie Giroux on The Missing. Gemma finds proof Alice and Sophie spent time outside of captivity, and Baptiste finds Daniel Reed in Iraq. The girl who returned from captivity takes drastic measures to cover up her true identity.

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BILLIONS Review: “Dead Cat Bounce”

billions excerptSeason 2, Episode 2 – Chuck could be in a world of trouble as Dake pushes his investigation on Billions and reveals his willingness to take Chuck down at any cost. Wendy and Axe are both questioned, and Chuck is able to pull a 180-degree turn to save his job momentarily.

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THE MAGICIANS Review: “Cheat Day”

the magicians excerptSeason 2, Episode 5 – Quentin has turned his back on the magical life in The Magicians, but magic doesn’t seem to be done with him. Penny’s hands have been fixed, but are unable to do magic anymore, so Fogg sends him to see an old teacher. There’s dissent in Fillory, will Eliot be able to put it down?

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