Hell on Wheels 4.10: Return to Hell

Hell on Wheels 4.10: Return to Hell

Oct 5, 2014

On the list of things I imagined I’d see on this week’s Hell on Wheels: Return to Hell, a dark meditation on grief did not appear. Yet, grief is a subject of Westerns nearly as often as heroism. The West is a harsh place where life is short, and the bereaved make up much of [...]

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Basket of News, Sept. 27-Oct. 3, 2014

Oct 3, 2014

The Homeland Season 4 premiere gets thumbs-up from THR. Remember Homeland will be recapped here at the Basket! The Walking Dead‘s Season 5 premiere gets kudos at Variety. TWD‘s Scott Gimple, Melissa McBride, Michael Cudlitz, Andrew J. West, Emily Kinney, and Norman Reedus all talk to Entertainment Weekly ahead of the S5 debut. Andrew Lincoln talks [...]

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Site news: SWITCHEROO!

Oct 2, 2014

Hey Basketcases! We’re switching things up around here. After three years of writing Homeland recaps, Basketwriter Anne B. just can’t go on without Brody. Meanwhile, our Walking Dead recaps have suffered from some inconsistency, with three different regular writers (Arthur, Peg, and me) in just four seasons. From here on out, Anne B. is in [...]

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Agents of SHIELD Season 2: Where we're at

Agents of SHIELD Season 2: Where we’re at

Oct 1, 2014

A year ago, I never could have imagined saying this: Agents of SHIELD is genre fiction done right. Last year, the show floundered, frustrated fans, and occasionally dangled fascinating plots that never went anywhere. It’s obvious in retrospect that Agents of SHIELD was spinning its wheels waiting for Captain America: Winter Soldier to be released, [...]

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Masters of Sex: The Revolution Will Not Be Televised

Masters of Sex: The Revolution Will Not Be Televised

Sep 29, 2014

Masters of Sex Season 2 ended with a cry of anguish for almost all concerned. The Revolution Will Not Be Televised was, as a title, disappointing. In retrospect, it is literal: Masters and Johnson will not air a television special, certainly not a revolutionary one. Meanwhile, the subversive and angry intent of the title’s origin [...]

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Hell on Wheels Schedule for the Remainder of Season 4

Sep 29, 2014

Hello Basketcases! After much discussion in comments, I have gotten verified and official information from AMC: This is, indeed, Hell on Wheels’ first 13 episode season. The schedule is… Episode 4.10: October 4 Episode 4.11: November 8 Episode 4.12: November 15 Episode 4.13 (Season Finale): November 22

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Hell on Wheels 4.09: Two Trains

Hell on Wheels 4.09: Two Trains

Sep 28, 2014

The theme of this week’s Hell on Wheels, Two Trains, is alliances. Even the title, ostensibly about the final battle between Cullen Bohannon and Sydney Snow, suggest two different conveyances to an ultimate goal, and choosing how to get there.

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Scandal Recap: Hoping is Bad

Scandal Recap: Hoping is Bad

Sep 26, 2014

Welcome, Scandal Nation! Season 4 has begun, Olivia Pope has returned from paradise for some reason, Gettysburger has a new sandwich on the menu called the Underground Railroad, and pretty much everything is a mess. Shall we discuss how our friends are doing in the fake nation’s capital? 

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Basket of News, Sept. 20-26, 2014

Sep 26, 2014

AMC is making a seven-figure pitch to advertisers who want to be part of the final episode of Mad Men next year. (via Polly Draper) AMC is also looking for people (mostly Los Angelinos) to appear in a documentary promo for Mad Men. The Season 5 premiere of Downton Abbey drew an average audience of 8.4 million [...]

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Television Review: Gotham

Television Review: Gotham

Sep 25, 2014

Gotham is a coattail-riding kind of show; wanting to have its superhero cake and eat it too…or something. It’s riding the wave of superhero success, certainly. Television is still figuring out how to do that in a way that keeps pace with the phenomenon that is happening at the movies. There have been successes and [...]

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Hell on Wheels 4.08: Under Color of Law

Hell on Wheels 4.08: Under Color of Law

Sep 24, 2014

This week’s epiosde of Hell on Wheels: Under Color of Law, got us back on track. While not a brilliant episode of television, it was very good and I’m feeling it. Under Color of Law did a lot of things: For one, it looked in on every major character that the show has (and several [...]

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Masters of Sex: One for the Money, Two for the Show

Masters of Sex: One for the Money, Two for the Show

Sep 22, 2014

Libby is on the floor rolling around with Robert. This has been inevitable for quite some time. We understand Libby to have been gawking at Robert with a complex desire for years. She wants The Other, she wants a less sanitized life, she wants the Sexualized Black Man, she wants wants wants and gets nothing [...]

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Blog Note

Sep 21, 2014

Professor Spouse and I went away for the weekend. There will be a Masters of Sex post on Monday and a Hell on Wheels catch-up post on Tuesday.

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