Author Archives: Lacy Baugher

THE CROWN Review: Episodes 5-7

the crown excerptSeason 2, Episodes 5-7 – The Crown returns its focus to Queen Elizabeth and Season 2 suddenly goes from good to great.

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THE CROWN Review: Episodes 1-4

the crown excerptSeason 2, Episodes 1-4 – The second season of Netflix’s lavish “The Crown” remains fascinating television, even as it frequently sidelines its main character.

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GHOSTED Review: “Haunted Hayride”

ghosted excerptSeason 1, Episode 8 – Ghosted‘s” latest episode “Haunted Hayride” feels like a step backward for the show.

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GHOSTED Review: “Ghost Studz”

ghosted excerptSeason 1, Episode 7 – Ghosted‘s “Ghost Studz” is the sort of bizarre humor that probably wouldn’t work on any other show.

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GHOSTED Review: “Sam”

ghosted excerptSeason 1, Episode 6 – Ghosted finally manages to put all of its best pieces together in the fun – and funny – “Sam”.

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GHOSTED Review: “The Machine”

ghosted excerptSeason 1, Episode 5 – This week’s episode is a pretty strange installment, but for the most part it’s weird in a way that works.

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GHOSTED Review: “Lockdown”

ghosted excerptSeason 1, Episode 4 – “Ghosted’s” first ensemble episode turns out better than expected, but is still mostly just okay.

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GHOSTED Review: “Whispers”

ghosted excerptSeason 1, Episode 3 – “Ghosted” still struggles to balance its stories, but “Whispers” is its funniest half hour to date.

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GHOSTED Review: “Bee-Mo”

ghosted excerptSeason 1, Episode 2 – The second episode of Ghosted is an improvement over its first, but the paranormal comedy still has some work to do.

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RILLINGTON PLACE Review: Season One

Season 1, Episode 1-3 – A dark, uncomfortable look at one of Britain’s most famous serial killers, Rillington Place reminds us that the worst monsters are human.

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WILL Review: “Once, Bright Angel”

will excerptSeason 1, Episode 10 – The first season of Will comes to an uneven conclusion, as Shakespeare’s company puts on a play that takes a very public aim at a well-known enemy.

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WILL Review: “Play the Devil”

will excerptSeason 1, Episode 9 – The major storylines of Will begin to finally come together this week, as Shakespeare and Marlowe try to pen two different plays for two very different reasons.

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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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