Author Archives: Lacy Baugher
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.)
Season 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.
Season 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.
Season 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.
Season 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.
Season 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.
Season 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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
Season 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.
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.
Season 1, Episode 4 – The CIU team must investigate the case of a woman who went to prison for poisoning her own son on this week’s Conviction, as Hayes must face the music for her recent transgressions on national television. A somewhat unremarkable episode, but it’s much more solid than last week.
Season 1, Episode 3 – The third episode of legal drama Conviction does some of its best character work yet, as the CIU team divides over a case involving a controversial and disturbing defendant. If you can ignore the incredibly contrived ending to this week’s case-of-the-week plot, it’s probably the show’s most intense episode to date.
Season 1, Episode 2 – The second episode of new legal drama Conviction has many of the same problems as its first. The show still can’t seem to decide what kind of character it wants its leading lady to be, and much of the episode’s case-of-the-week plot felt predictable. However despite its flaws, there’s still something appealing at the heart of Conviction, and star Hayley Atwell continues to shine.