Author Archives: Jeff Iblings

MANHUNT: UNABOMBER Review: “Publish Or Parish”

manhunt unabomber excerpt Season 1, Episode 4 – Fitz’s bosses continue to downplay his ideas about how to capture the Unabomber until their line of inquiry leads to a dead end on Manhunt: Unabomber. Ackerman puts his reputation on the line, and Janet Reno and Ted Kaczynski’s brother and sister in law join the show, adding extra depth to the drama.

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LOADED Review: “The Boat”

loaded excerptSeason 1, Episode 4 – With The Emperor in favor of the boy’s idea for a game about Viking conquest, Casey now turns the screws on them to get the game finished in record time. When the place they designed Cat Factory doesn’t seem to get their creative juices flowing on Loaded, Leon buys a yacht with a sordid history as their new workspace.

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TWIN PEAKS Review: “Part 14”

twin peaks excerptSeason 3, Episode 14 – Truman, Bobby, Hawk, and Andy follow Major Briggs directions and find someone who may be the key to helping Cooper. It’s someone we’ve seen before. Sarah Palmer has a dark secret inside of her that comes out when she gets agitated at a bar. Both of these things will definitely have a role in the endgame of Twin Peaks.

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MANHUNT: UNABOMBER Review: “Fruit of the Poisonous Tree”

manhunt unabomber excerpt Season 1, Episode 3 – The timeline of Manhunt: Unabomber bounces back and forth between Fitz’s investigation of the manifesto and his attempts to get Ted to make a guilty plea in prison. Both show a cat and mouse game of one man trying to outsmart the other, but with Ted clearly being a genius, how will Fitz ultimately tie the bombs and the manifesto to him?

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LOADED Review: “Watto’s Mum”

loaded excerptSeason 1, Episode 4 – Watto learns a hard lesson about the limits of money on this week’s Loaded when his estranged mother shows up out of the blue. Casey is all in a tizzy as her own boss, who she calls The Emperor, shows up to look in on her purchase of Idyl Hands.

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TWIN PEAKS Review: “Part 13: What Story Is That, Charlie?”

twin peaks excerptSeason 3, Episode 13 – Cooper/Dougie unwittingly uncovers a huge conspiracy on Twin Peaks, and Anthony is going to testify against the ringleaders. Evil Cooper finally gets the coordinates he needs after an unlikely arm-wrestling match, and there are a lot of men in Twin Peaks yearning for lost love.

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MANHUNT: UNABOMBER Review: “UNABOM” / “Pure Wudder”

manhunt unabomber excerpt Season 1, Episodes 1-2 – Discovery Channel’s new show Manhunt: Unabomber is an intriguing look at the men and women tasked to catch the notorious mail bomb killer. The series focuses on new profiler James Fitzgerald, the techniques he uses to finally catch Ted Kaczynski, and how the investigation affects Fitzgerald’s own life.

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LOADED Review: “Josh’s Mum and Dad”

loaded excerpt Season 1, Episode 3 – Josh’s three-month world tour vacation gift to his parent’s backfires on Loaded, right as Casey decides to trim the fat at work. Ewan is tasked to fire a woman he’s attracted to, Leon must justify his position at the company, and Watto struggles with an odd addiction.

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TWIN PEAKS Review: “Part 12: Let’s Rock!”

twin peaks excerptSeason 3, Episode 12 – Despite the long awaited return of Audrey Horne, and the deeper insight into the Blue Rose Project, Part 12 of Twin Peaks feels like it’s treading water. All indications seem to point to a final confrontation in the town of Twin Peaks, but first Cooper needs to wake out of his stupor.

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OZARK Review: “Episodes 8-10”

ozark excerpt Season 1, Episodes 8-10 – Marty may have found a solution to all of his problems on Ozark, as well as a compromise that’ll benefit both the Snell’s and the Cartel. Will prejudices get in the way and ruin the deal, or can Marty smooth both sides over? Ozark ends on a high note, with a lot of strong possible story lines ready to go for a second season.

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OZARK Review: “Episodes 5-7”

ozark excerpt Season 1, Episodes 5-7 – The more ingrained the Byrde family becomes in the Lake of the Ozarks community, the more trouble they kick up on Ozark. No matter what Marty does, he always steps on someone’s toes, and now the Snells take aim at Marty when all he wants to do is keep his family safe from Del and the Mexican Cartel.

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LOADED Review: “Leon’s Teacher”

loaded excerpt Season 1, Episode 2 – Josh and Leo learn a hard lesson on Loaded about what money can and cannot buy you, while Ewan finally speaks up for himself, and it completely backfires on him. Now that their boss Casey has taken over the office, will she cramp their styles or inspire them to create something new?

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OZARK Review: “Episodes 1-4”

ozark excerpt Season 1, Episodes 1-4 – The new Netflix series Ozark is a blend of Breaking Bad and Bloodline. It’s about one man fighting to keep his family alive and safe while at the mercy of a Mexican drug cartel. For every problem Marty Byrde solves, new problems arise to take their place. Will he find his way out of the cross hairs, or are he and his family doomed?

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TWIN PEAKS Review: “Part 11: There’s Fire Where You Are Going”

twin peaks excerpt Season 3, Episode 11 – Fire and Electricity play a huge part in the mythos of Twin Peaks, and we are close to learning the similarities and significance of the two. Becky’s father is revealed after she goes off of the deep end, and a cherry pie saves Cooper’s life.

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LOADED Review: “Lawsuit”

loaded excerpt Season 1, Episode 1 – The new AMC show Loaded is a British comedy/drama set inside of a mobile game developer. It features four friends who’ve gone from rags to riches overnight when a large corporation purchases their company. How will the instant influx of cash affect them?

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TWIN PEAKS Review: “Part Ten: Laura Is the One”

twin peaks excerpt Season 3, Episode 10 – In Part 10 of Twin Peaks Janey E finds true love again with Dougie/Cooper, but time is running out for them as forces align to take Dougie down. Richard Horne is on the verge of being caught for the hit and run incident, and does everything in his power to cover his crime up. Will Laura Palmer make a triumphant return from the dead?

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TWIN PEAKS Review: “Part Nine: This Is the Chair”

twin peaks excerptSeason 3, Episode 9 – The ninth episode of Twin Peaks focuses on Major Briggs and Cooper, as three sets of investigative trios each work the case from different angles. Has the key to waking Cooper out of his clouded Dougie persona been revealed, and has Briggs had it all this time?

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TWIN PEAKS Review: “Part Eight: Gotta Light?”

twin peaks excerptSeason 3, Episode 8 – Twin Peaks returns with a confoundingly beautiful episode that features one of the most experimental sequences ever witnessed on television, very little dialogue, a performance by Nine Inch Nails, and perhaps the birth of true evil into the world. It’s an episode open to interpretation, but it’s also a feast of nightmare images to haunt us until next week.

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BETTER CALL SAUL Review: “Lantern”

excerpt bcs Season 3, Episode 10 – The finale of Better Call Saul ends on a powerful note, as Jimmy and Chuck come to accept who and what they really are. Nacho’s plans for Hector finally come to fruition, but has he been found out for his role in Hector’s incident?

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TWIN PEAKS Review: “Part Seven”

twin peaks excerpt Season 3, Episode 7 – Part seven of Twin Peaks is the most accessible episode to date, as the show really begins to hit its stride. There are a lot more questions to be asked once Hawk has found the missing pages of Laura’s diary, and both Evil Cooper and Dougie have big moments that change the momentum of their story.

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BETTER CALL SAUL Review: “Fall”

excerpt bcs Season 3, Episode 9 – With Jimmy running out of money on Better Call Saul, he pulls off an elaborate manipulation that’ll line his pockets for a long time. Something Jimmy set in place a few episodes back rears its head to cause a rift between Howard and Chuck, and Kim is burning the candle at both ends, which may have serious consequences.

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TWIN PEAKS Review: “Part 6”

twin peaks excerpt Season 3, Episode 6 – The mysteries and violence deepen in this episode of Twin Peaks as Hawk finds what he’s looking for and Cooper gets a warning from the one armed man. Janey cleans up Dougie’s mess and shows she’s tougher than she appears, but will she and Sonny Boy end up casualties to the threat on Dougie’s life?

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HOUSE OF CARDS Review: Episodes 9-13

house of cards banner Season 5, Episodes 9-13 – As Frank’s Presidency continues to unravel, it becomes clear the snowballing scandals on House Of Cards are not something he’ll easily be able to weather for the rest of his term. Could the cloud hanging over Frank taint Claire’s chance at becoming President?

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BETTER CALL SAUL Review: “Slip”

excerpt bcs Season 3, Episode 8 – Jimmy can’t seem to help himself on Better Call Saul, and ends up falling into old bad habits. Mike finds a body buried in the desert, and then has to decide what to do with the money he stole from Hector. The big question is whether Nacho will be able to pull off switching Hector’s drugs without being noticed, and what will happen if it works.

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THE LEFTOVERS Review: “The Book Of Nora”

TitleCard Season 3, Episode 8 – Damon Lindeloff breaks his finale curse, and sticks the landing on the final episode of The Leftovers. The Leftovers is an epic series about starting over in the face of tragedy and having a fresh start, but it’s also a touching love story.

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TWIN PEAKS Review: “Part Five”

twin peaks excerpt Season 3, Episode 5 – Like most of the season of Twin Peaks so far, episode five gives us some answers, while at the same time leaving us scratching our heads. Cooper continues to live as Dougie, walking in a daze, as little by little things come back to him. Evil Cooper appears to have a hand in every nefarious thing going on. Major Briggs’ fingerprints keep showing up at crime scenes, does this mean he isn’t really dead?

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HOUSE OF CARDS Review: Episodes 5-8

house of cards banner Season 5, Episodes 5-8 – A constitutional crisis occurs on House Of Cards when Tennessee and Ohio refuse to certify their election results, throwing the vote for Vice President and President to Congress. Can Frank and Claire manipulate their way into keeping power, or is Conway inevitable as the next President?

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BLOODLINE Review: Episodes 8-10

bloodline excerpt Season 3, Episodes 8 – 10 – Bloodline closes out the season, and the series, in a disappointing and ambiguous way. An accident happens which makes John question reality, Kevin’s relationship with Roy Gilbert backfires on him, and Sally attempts to sell the Inn and pass the money down to her grandchildren.

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HOUSE OF CARDS Review: Episodes 1-4

house of cards banner Season 5, Episodes 1-4 – With two weeks left until the election, and slipping poll numbers showing a close race on House Of Cards, Frank and Claire will lie, cheat, and steal to stay in the White House.

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BLOODLINE Review: Episodes 5-7

bloodline excerpt Season 3, Episodes 5-7 – Kevin needs to keep his story straight on Bloodline as Marco’s murder goes to trial. Meg leaves her family and her troubles behind, starting a new life for herself, and Sally makes a heart rendering admission to the court that finally tells the truth about an event in her family’s past. Will the truth sink the Rayburn’s or free them from their guilt?

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