Author Archives: Jeff Iblings

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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BLOODLINE Review: Episodes 1-4

bloodline excerpt Season 3, Episodes 1-4 – Season three of Bloodline catches up with the Rayburn family in the aftermath of another tragedy. Will it finally fracture the family for good, or will they draw together for the sake of the family? Ray Gilbert poses as a friend to the Rayburn’s, but he may be their biggest liability.

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TWIN PEAKS Review: “Part Three” / “Part Four”

twin peaks excerpt Season 3, Episodes 3-4 – Episode three of Twin Peaks introduces the third doppelganger of Agent Cooper, a guy named Dougie Jones. The real Cooper finally makes it out of the Black Lodge, but there’s something wrong with him, and Gordon and Albert have an unsettling visit with the Evil Cooper in a federal prison.

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THE LEFTOVERS Review: “The Most Powerful Man In the World (and His Identical Twin Brother)”

TitleCard Season 3, Episode 7 – Kevin takes an incredible journey to settle matters on the penultimate episode of The Leftovers. Can he find Christopher Sunday and learn the song to stop the rain? Is the flood really coming? Will Kevin save humanity or will the seventh anniversary of the Departure end in calamity?

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BETTER CALL SAUL Review: “Expenses”

excerpt bcs Season 3, Episode 7 – Jimmy is at the end of his rope on Better Call Saul as the community service, lack of income, and dwindling bank accounts push him closer to becoming Saul Goodman. Kim struggles with guilt for what she and Jimmy did to Chuck during the disbarment hearing. Will this be the wedge that finally pulls Kim and Jimmy apart?

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THE LEFTOVERS Review: “Certified”

TitleCard Season 3, Episode 6 – Tonight’s episode of The Leftovers focuses on Laurie as she finds a way out of the situation she’s in. Will Kevin do what everyone asks of him and die again so he can go to the afterlife hotel and deliver messages and possibly learn a song that may save the world?

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TWIN PEAKS Review: “Part 01” / “Part 02”

twin peaks excerpt Season 3, Episodes 1-2 – Twenty-five years after going off of the air with a huge cliffhanger, Twin Peaks is back. The series broadens its mystery by introducing a slew of new characters before winding its way back to the town and the characters we’ve missed so much. Lynch and Frost have created a much darker series where patient viewing is rewarded.

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12 MONKEYS Review: Episodes 8-10

12 monkeys excerpt Season 3, Episodes 8-10 – Where has the Witness disappeared to, and how will Cole and Cassie find him on their own without the help of Jones and the rest of the team? While Cole and Cassie search for their child, Deacon and Hannah hunt them through time in an attempt to stop them in the final three episodes of 12 Monkeys. Can Cole and Cassie change their child’s mind and also change the destiny of humanity?

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12 MONKEYS Review: Episodes 5-7

12 monkeys excerpt Season 3, Episodes 5-7 – With the revelation to Cole and Cassie that their own son grows up to be the Witness, and is responsible for everything they’ve been trying to stop, hard choices must be made on how to deal with their situation in these episodes of 12 Monkeys. Must they kill their son to save the future, or is there an alternative?

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12 MONKEYS Review: Episodes 1-4

12 monkeys excerpt Season 3, Episodes 1-4 – The new season of 12 Monkeys finds the group separated after their unsuccessful assault on Titan. Cole attempts to track down Titan as it moves through time so he can find Cassie again, but as the members of the team come back together, new loyalties and divisions arise leading to a dramatic death.

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BETTER CALL SAUL Review: “Off Brand”

excerpt bcs Season 3, Episode 6 – Jimmy and Kim find out the verdict of Jimmy’s disbarment hearing on Better Call Saul. Chuck is an emotional wreck in the aftermath, but will he finally get the help he needs? Nacho finds working for Hector has lost its appeal, but what can he do to get out of his situation?

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THE LEFTOVERS Review: “It’s A Matt, Matt, Matt, Matt World”

TitleCard Season 3, Episode 5 – What was the explosion that grounded all flights on The Leftovers, and how does it affect Matt, Kevin, and the others? Matt has maniacally followed what he believes is God’s plan for his life, but has what he considers God testing him only been in his mind, or is there a higher power involved?

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BETTER CALL SAUL Review: “Chicanery”

excerpt bcs Season 3, Episode 5 – Tonight’s episode of Better Call Saul is basically a classic courtroom drama in the vein of Perry Mason. Will Jimmy be disbarred from practicing law in New Mexico, or can he and Kim find a way to save himself and his career?

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BILLIONS Review: “Ball In Hand”

billions excerptSeason 2, Episode 12 – With Axe about to be arrested on Billions, he spends the day planning on how to both get out of the mess he’s in, and change his life once he gets through it. Chuck has made huge sacrifices to see Axe in jail, but has he covered his tracks sufficiently, or has he left a loose thread that could unravel all of his future plans?

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THE LEFTOVERS Review: “G’Day Melbourne”

TitleCard Season 3, Episode 4 – Nora and Kevin head to Australia as their relationship reaches a critical junction in this episode of The Leftovers. Has the compartmentalization of their neurosis kept their relationship strong, or are they on the precipice of drifting apart? Kevin finds someone from his past, but they may not be who he thinks they are.

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BETTER CALL SAUL Review: “Sabrosito”

excerpt bcs Season 3, Episode 4 – Hector, Gus, and Mike take center stage on this episode of Better Call Saul, as tensions between the two North American arms of Don Eladio’s cartel begin to spin out of control. Kim and Jimmy prepare for Jimmy’s PPD and disbarment hearings. Can they get Chuck to misstep in order to save Jimmy’s legal career?

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BILLIONS Review: “Golden Frog Time”

billions excerptSeason 2, Episode 11 – As Ice Juice is about to go public, Chuck allows his father access to his trust in order to invest in it on Billions. It seems like a sure thing, until Axe finds out about the stake Chuck Sr. has in the company, and moves to wreck things for the Rhoades boys. Will Chuck find himself the victim or does he have ulterior motives?

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THE LEFTOVERS Review: “Crazy Whitefella Thinking”

TitleCard Season 3, Episode 3 – Kevin Sr. wanders around Australia like a madman on a quest from God in tonight’s episode of The Leftovers. Is his mission a construct of his own schizophrenic imagination, or is there a higher power involved? He believes only he can stop the coming flood. What if he’s right?

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