Author Archives: Lacy Baugher

WILL Review: “Your Houses”

will excerptSeason 1, Episode 8 – Jamie Campbell Bower steals the show this week as Christopher Marlowe attempts to pen his masterpiece “Doctor Faustus”, and spirals into existential despair.

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WILL Review: “What Dreams May Come”

will excerptSeason 1, Episode 7 – “What Dreams May Come” is probably the first episode in which Will manages to find a real, workable balance between it’s light, silly spirit, and the darker storylines that the show seems determined to focus on.

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WILL Review: “Something Wicked This Way Comes”

will excerptSeason 1, Episode 6 – As Will passes the halfway point in its first season, the series is still struggling to figure out what kind of show it wants to be. The fun, summer romp? Or the overly serious melodrama?

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WILL Review: “The Marriage of True Minds”

will excerptSeason 1, Episode 5 – This week’s episode of Will decides to ignore everything that makes the show fun in favor of a dull slog through its least successful storylines. Better luck next week!

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WILL Review: “Brave New World”

will excerptSeason 1, Episode 4 – This week’s episode of Will encapsulates almost everything that is great about the series, as Will attempts to navigate his newfound fame, manage his illicit relationship and attend a a raucous and only partially historically inaccurate party with Kit Marlowe. But the religious persectu

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WILL Review: “The Two Gentlemen”

will excerptSeason 1, Episodes 3 – When TNT’s Will focuses on the business of theater and art, there’s plenty to enjoy about this historical drama that doesn’t mind playing fast and loose with the facts. But multiple dragging subplots make this episode feel unbalanced.

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WILL Review: “The Play’s the Thing” / “Cowards Die Many Times”

will excerptSeason 1, Episodes 1-2 – TNT’s new Shakespeare drama Will‘s first outing is generally hit or miss, but there’s something intriguingly joyful at the heart of its Bowie-esque take on the Bard.

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THE WHITE PRINCESS Review: “Old Curses”

the white princess excerptSeason 1, Episode 8 – The White Princess wraps up this week with a shocking finale that manages to both honor the history we all knew had to happen, and put an entirely new spin on it at the same time.

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THE WHITE PRINCESS Review: “Two Kings”

the white princess excerptSeason 1, Episode 7 – When alleged pretender to the throne Perkin Warbeck arrives at King Henry’s court, his presence means the women of The White Princess, must all decide who they are, and who they wish to be.

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THE WHITE PRINCESS Review: “English Blood on English Soil”

the white princess excerpt Season 1, Episode 6 – As the threat of a pretender to her husband’s throne grows, Lizzie comes into her own on this week’s episode of The White Princess, as a queen, a schemer, and as a absolute force to be reckoned with.

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THE WHITE PRINCESS Review: “Traitors”

the white princess excerpt Season 1, Episode 5 – This week, The White Princess jumps forward in time, and skips over some key emotional beats in the process. But as Maggie visits her aunt’s court in Burgundy to attempt to discredit the young “Prince Richard’s” identity, Lady Margaret’s emotional downward spiral leads her to a dark place.

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THE WHITE PRINCESS Review: “The Pretender”

the white princess excerpt Season 1, Episode 4 – This week on The White Princess, Duchess Margaret of Burgundy threatens war, as Lizzie and several other women of the Tudor household must decide where their loyalties lie.

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THE WHITE PRINCESS Review: “Burgundy”

the white princess excerpt Season 1, Episode 3 – This week on The White Princess, a new female ruler enters the game in Margaret of Burgundy. And Lizzie gives birth to a son, but soon realizes that Arthur puts her in a difficult position, as both a York princess and a Tudor mother.

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THE WHITE PRINCESS Review: “Hearts and Minds”

the white princess excerpt Season 1, Episode 2 – If last week’s premiere showed us that the real story of The White Princess is driven largely by the women at its center, the series’ second episode illustrates just how difficult it is for women to wield real power in their own right. After an attempt on Henry’s life, Lizzie manages to show everyone what a real queen looks like.

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THE WHITE PRINCESS Review: “In Bed with the Enemy”

the white princess excerpt Season 1, Episode 1 – Starz’s new original series The White Princess, tells the story of the conclusion of England’s Wars of the Roses, as King Henry VIII marries defeated Princess Elizabeth of York. But by focusing on the perspective of the women in this story, it kicks off a soapy, but intriguing look at female power in an era when they weren’t supposed to have either.

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BIG LITTLE LIES Review: “You Get What You Need”

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Season 1, Episode 7 – Big Little Lies’ finale answers the question we’ve been waiting all season for: who died, and who killed them? But the murder is still the least interesting part of this tense, thrilling and ultimately extremely satisfying finale which highlights, as usual, the strength of the women at its core.

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BIG LITTLE LIES Review: “Burning Love”

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Season 1, Episode 6 – Big Little Lies penultimate episode both illustrates how far we’ve come from the series’ premiere and sets us up for its ending, as Jane, Celeste and Madeline grapple with the things in their lives they’d rather not face.

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BIG LITTLE LIES Review: “Once Bitten”

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Season 1, Episode 5 – In the best episode of the season to date, the women of Big Little Lies struggle to confront personal demons of all sizes, with varying degrees of success. (And Nicole Kidman proves once again that if she doesn’t win an Emmy for her performance here, there’s no justice in the world.)

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BIG LITTLE LIES Review: “Living the Dream”

big little lies excerptSeason 1, Episode 3 – So much about Big Little Lies centers around women, motherhood and the idea of having it all. These Monterey women are all parents, and they all struggle with it. They also grapple with who they are, separate and apart from their children, and how their own neurosis can burden their kids’ lives.

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BIG LITTLE LIES Review: “Serious Mothering”

big little lies excerptSeason 1, Episode 2 – There’s no clarity waiting for viewers as far as Big Little Lies‘ central murder mystery goes this week. But there is a pretty terrific episode focused on the petty, competitive parenting of Monterey’s posh mom set, and a deep, occasionally disturbing look at the marriages of queen bees Madeline and Celeste.

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BIG LITTLE LIES Review: “Somebody’s Dead”

big little lies excerptSeason 1, Episode 1 – in the series premiere of HBO’s brand new prestige miniseries, a murder occurs in the beautiful seaside town of Monterey, California. But that’s hardly the most dramatic (or interesting) thing that happens in this soapy drama about suburban moms with hidden rage and secret tragedies.

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CONVICTION Review: “Past, Prologue and What’s To Come”

Conviction ExcerptSeason 1, Episode 13 – By finally featuring a central case that’s largely background noise, “Past, Prologue and What’s to Come” manages to show off a level of both series’ continuity and character development that Conviction had not previously achieved. If only the other 12 episodes had been this good.

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CONVICTION Review: “Enemy Combatant”

Conviction ExcerptSeason 1, Episode 12 – On this week’s Conviction, the CIU team must investigate the case of a terrorism suspect who’s been held for six years without trial. But the real drama on this week’s episode comes from the fact that we finally meet Hayes’ father, former President Morrison.

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CONVICTION Review: “Black Orchid”

Conviction ExcerptSeason 1, Episode 11 – As Hayes and Wallace attempt to make a real go of things romantically, the CIU team is drawn in to an active crime investigation. Another murder has taken place which fits the pattern of the infamous Black Orchid serial killer. Is the man the system put behind bars for the crime actually innocent, or is a copycat on the loose?

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CONVICTION Review: “Not Okay”

Conviction Excerpt Season 1, Episode 10 – Hayes and the CIU team tackle a controversial case involving a girl serving a life sentence for murdering a college basketball star she accused of raping her. Elsewhere, Hayes and Wallace attempt to figure out there out their relationship status, while Tess finally comes clean to the man she sent to prison.

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CONVICTION Review: “A Different Kind of Death”

Conviction Excerpt Season 1, Episode 9 – Hayes, Wallace and the CIU team must race against the clock to determine whether a death row inmate is actually guilty before his execution. The case, and its outcome, have emotional ramifications for everyone, but most especially Hayes and Wallace.

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CONVICTION Review: “Bad Deals”

Conviction Excerpt Season 1, Episode 8 – When a teenage girl who’s been missing for ten years turns up alive, the CIU team must investigate the case of the man who was convicted of kidnapping and murdering her. There’s a catch though – one of their own is the man who put the alleged kidnapper away the first time.

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CONVICTION Review: “A Simple Man”

Conviction Excerpt Season 1, Episode 7. This week, the Conviction team re-opens the case of a man with diminished capacities convicted of arson, as documentary team films their investigation. For a show that loves to be controversial, this episode really doesn’t have much to say.

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CONVICTION Review: “#StayWoke”

Conviction ExcerptSeason 1, Episode 6 – The accidental death of an African-American boy, shot by a cop, sparks a racial firestorm and leads Hayes and her team to re-examine a controversial case. The best part of this episode is honestly that Hayes herself is in so little of it – and several secondary characters, particularly Merrin Dungey’s Maxine are given a chance to shine.

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CONVICTION Review: “The 1% Solution”

Conviction Excerpt Season 1, Episode 5 – Fallout from her shocking interview has the CIU investigating a case that pits the haves vs. the have-nots, as Hayes attempts to make amends to her mother, Jackson and Wallace. If we all just accept that this show is a soap opera instead of a serious drama, it’s kind of fun.

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