Author Archives: Jeff Iblings

OUTLANDER Review: “Freedom & Whisky”

outlander excerptSeason 3, Episode 5 – Roger drops in unannounced on Claire and Brianna to tell them he’s found evidence of Jamie on Outlander.

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HALT AND CATCH FIRE Review: “Goodwill”

Halt and Catch Fire ExcerptSeason 4, Episode 8 – Zack Whedon pens a devastatingly moving portrait of loss in tonight’s Halt and Catch Fire.

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TIN STAR Review: “Episodes 5-7”

Jim hits the bottle hard on “Tin Star” as he hunts down the assassins who killed his son.

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TIN STAR Review: “Episodes 1-4”

Season 1, Episodes 1-4 – A London policeman working in the Canadian wilderness finds himself in trouble on “Tin Star”.

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OUTLANDER Review: “Of Lost Things”

outlander excerptSeason 3, Episode 4 – Claire searches for Jamie on “Outlander” but fears she’s just chasing after a ghost.

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HALT AND CATCH FIRE Review: “Who Needs A Guy”

Halt and Catch Fire ExcerptSeason 4, Episode 7 – Halt and Catch Fire comes out with a gut punch of an episode you won’t soon forget.

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THE EXORCIST Review: “Janus”

Exorcist ExcerptSeason 2, Episode 1 – The season premiere of The Exorcist acts as a bridge between seasons, setting up the spiritual battle to come.

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OUTLANDER Review: “All Debts Paid”

outlander excerptSeason 3, Episode 3 – The fate of Jamie, as well as Claire and Frank’s marriage, is up in the air on Outlander.

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HALT AND CATCH FIRE Review: “A Connection Is Made”

Halt and Catch Fire ExcerptSeason 4, Episode 6 – Gordon learns something unexpected about Hailey on “Halt and Catch Fire”.

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OUTLANDER Review: “Surrender”

outlander excerpt Season 3, Episode 2 – Jamie is a shell of his former self without Claire on Outlander. His presence at Lallybroch puts everyone he loves in harm’s way, and has devastating consequences for Fergus. Claire and Frank’s relationship changes, setting a distance that may remain for the rest of their marriage.

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HALT AND CATCH FIRE Review: “Nowhere Man”

Halt and Catch Fire ExcerptSeason 4, Episode 5 – A near tragedy has everyone reassessing their lives on Halt and Catch Fire. Donna continues to be skeptical about who wrote the new algorithm for Rover, and Cameron deals with the guilt of helping Bos at the expense of Joe’s business.

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MANHUNT: UNABOMBER Review: “USA Vs. Theodore J. Kaczynski”

manhunt unabomber excerpt Season 1, Episode 8 – The entire series of Manhunt: Unabomber has been a psychological push and pull between Fitz and Ted. As the case comes to trial will Ted be able to outmaneuver Fitz and get the case dropped on a technicality, or will his own lawyers close that door leaving him no other option but to either plead guilty or plead insanity? If so, which will he choose?

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TOP OF THE LAKE Review: “Who’s Your Daddy” / “The Battle of the Mothers”

top of the lake excerptSeason 2, Episodes 5-6 – In the final two episodes of Top of the Lake: China Girl, Griffin comes close to losing her daughter, as the disgruntled former lover of Cinnamon takes her hostage. Can Griffin find Mary and rescue her before it’s too late?

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TOP OF THE LAKE Review: “Surrogate” / “Birthday”

top of the lake excerptSeason 2, Episodes 3-4 – While Griffin attempts to connect with her estranged daughter on Top of the Lake: China Girl, all roads lead to Mary’s boyfriend Alexander being involved with the murder. Can Griffin save her daughter before this manipulative man ruins Mary’s life?

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OUTLANDER Review: “The Battle Joined”

outlander excerpt Season 3, Episode 1 – In the season premiere of Outlander we find out how life has treated both Claire and Jamie since she went back to the future. Does Jamie survive the battle of Culloden? How does Claire cope with a life without, living Jamie with a man who looks exactly like her former tormentor?

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TOP OF THE LAKE Review: “China Girl” / “The Loved One”

top of the lake excerptSeason 2, Episodes 1-2 – Jane Campion and Elisabeth Moss team up once again for Top of the Lake: China Girl, relocating Robin Griffin to the police squad in Sydney, Australia. Life has not been particularly kind to Griffin since we’ve last seen her, so she buries herself in a new case after a dead Asian woman is found in a suitcase washed up on shore.

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MANHUNT: UNABOMBER Review: “Lincoln”

manhunt unabomber excerpt Season 1, Episode 7 – Now that they know Ted Kaczynski is behind the terror campaign on Manhunt: Unabomber, the FBI needs to get a warrant signed by a judge, which is not an easy task. Will a man with a penchant for explosives just simply allow himself to be arrested without incident?

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LOADED Review: “The End of Cat Factory?”

loaded excerptSeason 1, Episode 8 – Everyone’s lives have gone in separate directions on Loaded after the fiasco at the gaming Expo. The new Cat Factory 2 game is a mess, so Leon gathers everyone together to fix it on the sly. The camaraderie is contagious and soon the boys have plans to start something new.

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TWIN PEAKS Review: “Part 17” / “Part 18”

twin peaks excerptSeason 3, Episodes 17-18 – The finale of Twin Peaks ends much like the original series did, leaving the ending open to both interpretation and revisiting. Many questions are left unanswered, and new mysteries are presented as Cooper alters the Twin Peaks timeline and enters into another.

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HALT AND CATCH FIRE Review: “Tonya and Nancy”

Halt and Catch Fire ExcerptSeason 4, Episode 4 – Cameron finds herself in a bit of a mid-life, or mid-career crisis on Halt and Catch Fire. With her relationships to Joe, Gordon, and Bos, she’s safely in the middle, a neutral observer of their competing businesses, but her restlessness leads her to do something that may jeopardize everything.

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MANHUNT: UNABOMBER Review: “Ted”

manhunt unabomber excerpt Season 1, Episode 6 – Manhunt: Unabomber takes a deep dive into the life of Ted Kaczynski to see what events may have led to his being alone and angry in the woods, lashing out from long distance at others. This episode is an origin story about what turns a man into a monster.

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LOADED Review: “The Expo”

loaded excerptSeason 1, Episode 7 – Casey’s bad influence on Loaded has finally driven a wedge between the four friends right as they announce their new game at the Expo. Tempers flare, and everyone quits the company to head their separate ways except Ewan, who Casey plans on exploiting.

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TWIN PEAKS Review: “Part 16”

twin peaks excerptSeason 3, Episode 16 – The sleeper has awoken on Twin Peaks! Richard and Evil Cooper have a father/son outing that doesn’t go well, and Diane reveals her true nature to Gordon, Albert, and Tammy. Audrey finally makes it to the Roadhouse, or does she?

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HALT AND CATCH FIRE Review: “Miscellaneous”

Halt and Catch Fire ExcerptSeason 4, Episode 3 – Donna and Gordon’s daughter Hailey comes up with the next big thing with an internet indexing website on Halt and Catch Fire, but it’ll pit personal relationships against financial and business concerns, as Donna’s Rover team races to beat Joe and Hailey to the punch.

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MANHUNT: UNABOMBER Review: “Abri”

manhunt unabomber excerpt Season 1, Episode 5 – Fitz is able to finally put a name on the board of the Manhunt: Unabomber investigation and convince Ackerman and Cole of his findings. Tabby faxes Fitz a letter both she and Fitz weren’t supposed to have seen which helps crack the case. Fitz’s obsession with the Unabomber case causes him to lose his family and destroy important relationships in his life, but is it worth it to catch a killer?

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LOADED Review: “The Red List”

loaded excerptSeason 1, Episode 6 – Casey continues to groom Leon into becoming just like her, which means not letting the other guys in on everything that’s going on behind the scenes in Loaded. Abi won’t accept any of Josh’s money to get her idea funded, so he finds a sneaky way of funding her without her knowledge.

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TWIN PEAKS Review: “Part 15”

twin peaks excerptSeason 3, Episode 15 – Twin Peaks bids a touching farewell to the Log Lady, Evil Cooper trudges through a dream labyrinth to see Philip Jeffries in order to find out who Judy is, and Ed and Norma finally find their way into each other’s arms after all these years.

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HALT AND CATCH FIRE Review: “So It Goes” / “Signal To Noise”

Halt and Catch Fire ExcerptSeason 4, Episodes 1-2 – Halt and Catch Fire picks up three years after the contentious group meeting that resulted in Gordon, Cameron, and Joe splintering off on their own and coming together to develop one of the first web browsers. Things haven’t turned out like anyone planned, but a huge reconciliation may be in the works for season 4.

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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 5 – 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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