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BETTER CALL SAUL Review: “Mabel”

excerpt bcs Season 3, Episode 1 – Better Call Saul returns to take its place as one of the best dramas on television, with Vince Gilligan directing the season premiere. What is Chuck going to do with the secretly tapped confession of Jimmy’s sabotage? Who intervened to stop Mike from killing Hector, and what do they want?

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THE GET DOWN Review: Episodes 10-11

The Get Down ExcerptSeason 1, Episodes 10-11 – Seems like The Get Down gave up on itself. I expected to review 3 more episodes. Apparently, there are only 2 more. They are better than the first 3, but inconsistency kills this story’s chances of being liked. I guess the writers were like, “F*** it”. I share that sentiment.

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CRASHING Review: “Baptism”

crashing excerptSeason 1, Episode 8 – In the season one finale, accompanied by his trusted advisor Artie Lang, Pete goes to an old friend’s baptism and finds he might have another chance at the life that was taken away from him.

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BILLIONS Review: “The Kingmaker”

billions excerptSeason 2, Episode 8 – Bryan and Sacker come together to work a lead which may help take down Axe on Billions , only the timing isn’t right for Chuck. It isn’t until something Chuck Sr. does puts a dent in Axe’s calm demeanor, that Chuck sees an opening to take Axe down once and for all.

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FEUD Review: “Hagsploitation”

feud excerpt Season 1, Episode 6 – Feud continues to bumble its way through 1960s Hollywood, hitting sporadically upon events and issues without ever pausing to examine them. “Hagsploitation” is another example of the series’ aimlessness, presenting the characters as victims of circumstance without achieving a narrative goal or even providing cheap thrills.

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AMERICAN CRIME Review: “Season Three: Episode Five”

american crime excerptSeason 3, Episode 5 – It’s a tough hour to watch, but this is good television. American Crime‘s characters are all faced with the illusion of choice, but really are stuck between bad and worse.

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THE SON Review: “First Son of Texas; The Plum Tree”

the son excerptSeason 1, Episodes 1-2 – In Texas in 1915, family patriarch Eli McCullough realizes change needs to happen in his business to keep up with the times. Believing that his lands contain oil, Eli throws his family into new territory and new relationships to build the legacy he wants.

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TRAINING DAY Review: “Quid Pro Quo”

training day excerptSeason 1, Episode 7 – Training Day returns with an enjoyable if less action packed episode than usual. If you want to savor ever second of Bill Paxton’s final work, you should catch his performance here.

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THE GOOD FIGHT Review: “Self Condemned”

the good fight excerptSeason 1, Episode 9 – Maia is questioned by the FBI, Jane Lynch guest stars, and Colin Sweeney returns in this week’s penultimate episode of The-Good-Fight.

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THE GET DOWN Review: Episodes 7-9

The Get Down ExcerptSeason 1, Episodes 7-9 – The Get Down returns, and it continues in its tradition of bringing us an “aggressively mediocre” (borrowed from Damon Young of VSB notoriety) story. There are only two things that save it from being a double dose of disaster – the comic book perspective and The Get Down Brothers’ performances. Otherwise, it’s wack.

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MACGYVER Review: “Hole Puncher”

MacGyver ExcerptSeason 1, Episode 20 – MacGyver steps into a villain’s shoes in “Hole Puncher.” With the team working separate cases from different places, the episode gives Mac a chance to shine a little more brightly, and breaking the routine of the show makes for an interesting change.

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SUPERSTORE Review: “Glenn’s Kids”

superstore (1)Season 2, Episode 19 – In another great episode, Glenn brings his foster children to the store, but grows worried when his oldest (guest star Brenda Song) begins flirting with Jonah. Superstore is one of the most consistently funny shows on air right now.

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SUN RECORDS Review: “No Favors Here”

sun records excerptSeason 1, Episode 7 – Becky welcomes someone new to Sun Records as Elvis Presley’s popularity grows. Col. Parker meets Elvis for the first time and begins his quest for management. Johnny Cash returns from Germany, marries Vivian and settles in to domestic life. Jerry Lee gets expelled from the bible institute and his marriage, but finds his bliss selling brushes door-to-door.

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13 REASONS WHY Review: Episodes 9-13

13 reasons why excerptSeason 1, Episodes 9-13 – The last 5 episodes of 13 Reasons Why provides an unexpected conclusion that was undoubtedly worth the wait. The quiet analysis and commentary on high school life brings chills to your soul that will leave you broken open and questioning how you treated others while in high school.

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RIVERDALE Review: “La Grande Illusion”

riverdale excerptSeason 1, Episode 9 – Riverdale continues to get darker and more intensely dramatic in “La Grande Illusion.” With maple syrup, lots of ginger people, and Archie continually being naive about everything, the episode whips up an entertaining concoction like only Riverdale could.

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POWERLESS Review: “Van V Emily: Dawn of Justice”

powerless excerptSeason 1, Episode 7 – A marked improvement for Powerless this week, as a Van Wayne (Alan Tudyk) storyline steals the show, providing consistent laughs not present in recent episodes.

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THE GOLDBERGS Review: “The Dynamic Duo”

the goldbergs excerpt codeSeason 4, Episode 20 – The Goldbergs puts the focus on the family in “The Dynamic Duo.” With lots of Batman references and a classic over-confident fumble, the episode provided plenty of entertainment, but was light on the laughs.

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SHOTS FIRED Review: “Somebody’s Son “

shots fired excerptSeason 1, Episode 3 – This week’s episode of Shots Fired put “black-on black crime” on full display with politics at the center of all the turmoil, as we see learn how the investigations into the deaths of Jesse Carr and Joey Campbell affect the community.

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BLACK-ISH Review: “What Lies Beneath”

Black-ish ExcerptSeason 3, Episode 20 – Dre shows signs of maturity on an otherwise forgettable episode of Black-ish. It’s not the return to form fans might have hoped for after last week’s disaster, but it’s solid.

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DESIGNATED SURVIVOR Review: “One Hundred Days”

Designated Survivor ExcerptSeason 1, Episode 15 – While President Kirkman makes an ambitious speech, in order to bring his administration back on track, the First Lady makes a controversial statement, which creates an unexpected setback. Meanwhile, Agent Wells makes some vital headway in tracking down the mysterious woman involved with the bombing.

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THE MAGICIANS Review: “The Rattening”

the magicians excerptSeason 2, Episode 11 – Something strange is happening in Fillory. Fen is missing, a number of people have been turned into rats, and it may all be Margo’s fault. Quentin and Julia head down to the underworld to rescue Julia’s Shade, but find something else that catches their eye on The Magicians.

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UNDERGROUND Review: “Whiteface”

underground excerptSeason 2, Episode 5 – On this week’s Underground, Cato continues his ostentatious life in the north, but it’s not too long before old enemies threaten it. Meanwhile, Rosalee and Noah reunite and Ernestine mentors another slave.

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THE EXPANSE Review: “Here There Be Dragons”

the expanseexcerptSeason 2, Episode 11 – The Expanse finally shows off some of its monsters in “Here There Be Dragons,” paying off one of its big mysteries in a satisfying way that leaves plenty of room for future plot development. Every character has a chance to test their integrity and to choose their own battles.

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EMPIRE Review: “Strange Bedfellows”

Empire-ExcerptSeason 3, Episode 12 – Empire has it’s first miss of the season, deciding to focus on Hakeem’s birthday and Jamal’s lovelife over the growing legal problems and Anika’s disappearance. The one breakout of the episode has been Nia Long as Giusa, a character who seems to be of an old Mafioso era giving Andre Lyon a real run for his money.

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SPEECHLESS Review: “C-h-Cheater!”

Speechless ExcerptSeason 1, Episode 19 – It started like yet another bad episode of Speechless – obvious setups, poorly drawn characters, and of all things, Ray involved in a pyramid scheme – but a change in tone regarding J.J.’s future brings a needed dose of reality to the series.

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THE PATH Review: “Spiritus Mundi”

the-path-trailer-headerSeason 2, Episode 12 – The penultimate episode of The Path has some shocking twists, setting up an explosive (literally) finale. However, despite the drama, Sarah and Hawk’s characterization continues to frustrate.

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13 REASONS WHY Review: Episodes 5-8

13 reasons why excerptSeason 1, Episodes 5-8 – The core episodes of 13 Reasons Why continue to tackle themes like sexuality, death, bullying, rape, and more with aplomb, proving why this show is necessary viewing.

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IMPOSTERS Review: “Ladies and Gentleman, the Doctor Is In”

imposters excerptSeason 1, Episode 9 – The penultimate episode of Imposters starts to bring things to a close, though not without a few last-minute twists and turns to keep us on our seats. But really, how many times can they pull the “Ezra was in on it the whole time” scheme?

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PRISON BREAK Review: “Ogygia”

prison break excerptSeason 5, Episode 1 – Prison Break returns in a nine-episode limited event series featuring the return of the original cast. While the pace moves swiftly, nostalgia overruns the premiere episode as we catch up with the team.

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THE AMERICANS Review: “Lotus 1-2-3”

the americans excerptSeason 5, Episode 5 – Noah Emmerich directs The Americans with a lot of love and Elizabeth makes a few big revelations on her deep cover mission in Kansas. Oleg faces a lovely ambush set by his father and decides to meet with the CIA. Mischa places a call to Philip but it’s Gabriel who shows up for the meet and greet.

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