Downton Abbey: Season 5, Episode 7: A lack of compassion and an excess of tears

Downton Abbey: Season 5, Episode 7: A lack of compassion and an excess of tears

Feb 16, 2015

A lack of compassion can be as much a curse as an excess of tears. Despite quite a lot of running around, a fake kiss, a real proposal, and a diagnosis of cancer for poor Isis, it seemed like not a lot happened in Downton Abbey episode 5.07. I mean, this season has been a […]

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The Wire Bingewatching: a 6-part series

The Wire Bingewatching: a 6-part series

Feb 16, 2015

Woe to them that call evil good and good evil. –Proposition Joe My very best friend Albert watched The Wire from the beginning–either when it originally aired, or as soon as each season became available on DVD–and has been telling me about it ever since. He’s watched many other series since that time, and has […]

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Basket of News, Feb. 7-13, 2015

Feb 13, 2015

The premiere of Better Call Saul was the biggest series premiere in cable history, while The Walking Dead‘s mid-season premiere was the highest performing regularly-scheduled entertainment program of 2015. Better Call Saul‘s Peter Gould and Bob Odenkirk talk to Entertainment Weekly (and THR) about Tuco.  Raymond Cruz talked to THR and The Daily Beast about […]

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Outlander: The Medium is the Message

Outlander: The Medium is the Message

Feb 12, 2015

Every viewer of Outlander comes to the community with a vastly different background and set of expectations. Millions of novels have been sold, including the corollary Lord John series and several ancillary novellas and short stories, the graphic novel The Exile, and The Outlandish Companion. Many viewers have read them; many have not. Many read the books in hardcover years […]

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Better Call Saul 1.02: Mijo

Better Call Saul 1.02: Mijo

Feb 11, 2015

Better Call Saul‘s second episode, Mijo, proved one of two things: That this show might take a while to find its legs, or that a two-hour premiere was overkill. Or both. You got a mouth on you. There was some great stuff in this episode. I want to call out the “It’s Showtime” montage, which […]

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Downton Abbey Season 5, Episode 6: Born This Way

Downton Abbey Season 5, Episode 6: Born This Way

Feb 10, 2015

Since you are indifferent to my opinions Mr Bates, it is only fitting that I am indifferent to yours. In watching the latest Downton Abbey, I can’t help feeling that Julian Fellowes wants a pat on the head for being so forward-thinking about The Gay. But it feels glaringly anachronistic to have both Baxter and […]

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Open Thread: Better Call Saul still sort of the premiere

Feb 9, 2015

Talk! Talk a lot because the recap won’t go up until Wednesday!

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Blog schedule

Feb 9, 2015

I’ll catch up with Downton Abbey tonight and post the recap tomorrow. I’ll therefore be a day late with Part 2 of the Better Call Saul series premiere. I’ll watch Tuesday night and you’ll have your review on Wednesday. Next week, Better Call Saul reverts permanently to Monday nights. You’ll have Downton Abbey‘s recap on […]

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Better Call Saul Episode 1.01: Uno

Better Call Saul Episode 1.01: Uno

Feb 9, 2015

Better Call Saul‘s premiere episode, Uno, has arrived. It is a weird piece of perversity. Throughout watching the first two seasons of Breaking Bad (watched only recently, and we are still finishing off the final season, so I hope there are no spoilers in Better Call Saul) (OR IN THE COMMENTS), I was struck by […]

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The Walking Dead Recap: Struggling Man

The Walking Dead Recap: Struggling Man

Feb 9, 2015

As The Walking Dead returns with episode 5.09, What Happened and What’s Going On, the survivors seek safety in a gated community, we encounter some old friends (and enemies), and we say goodbye to someone we loved. Welcome back to the fight — and if you’re not okay with spoilers, please stop reading now.

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Open Thread: Walkin' Saul

Open Thread: Walkin’ Saul

Feb 8, 2015

Tonight! Better Call Saul premier (10pm Eastern) and mid-season return of The Walking Dead (9pm Eastern)!!! Anne B will be recapping TWD and Deborah will give BCS a shot. Pull up a very tension-absorbing chair and enjoy!

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Basket of News, Jan. 31-Feb. 6, 2015

Feb 6, 2015

The Walking Dead showrunner Scott M. Gimple, Andrew Lincoln, and Steven Yeun did a TimesTalk: ComicBook.com has the highlights, if you’re super-busy.  They also have video of a Google hangout with Gimple, Lincoln, Lauren Cohan and Michael Cudlitz. The Today show visited The Walking Dead set and met with Andrew Lincoln, Norman Reedus, Steven Yeun and […]

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Outlander: May the Fourth Be With You

Outlander: May the Fourth Be With You

Feb 5, 2015

We were told that each of the #4Droughtlander video clips, which have been coming on the Fourth of each month prior to the April 4th Outlander return, would be increasingly good, and this one did not disappoint. I watch them, even dissect them, because I know I’m in the competent, safe hands of fantastic showrunners. They’ll […]

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