The Walking Dead 5.01: The Butcher

The Walking Dead 5.01: The Butcher

Oct 13, 2014

In its thrilling fifth-season premiere (No Sanctuary), The Walking Dead takes us back to Terminus — the survivors’ concentration camp where our heroes were imprisoned at the end of last season. Terminus is a place with its own special mission, values, and amenities; but you probably wouldn’t want to spend a weekend there.

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Homeland 4.03: Shalwar Kameez

Homeland 4.03: Shalwar Kameez

Oct 12, 2014

I was shaky about Homeland Season 4 last week, but with episode 4.03, Shalwar Kameez, I am fully on board. Shalwar Kameez did exactly what I asked the show to do last week; it mixed the personal and the political; caring about the characters gave the machinations an emotional edge. And it did more: The [...]

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Scandal Recap: Dinner?

Scandal Recap: Dinner?

Oct 10, 2014

It’s another sunny day in Fitzmerica: Land of coffee by day and wine by night, where even the fake boyfriends are hot! Where a Republican President actually pushes for gun-control legislation, if only because he misses his girlfriend!

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Basket of News, Oct. 4-10, 2014

Basket of News, Oct. 4-10, 2014

Oct 10, 2014

Bryan Batt wed Tom Cianfichi on Sept. 28 in New Orleans; Christina Hendricks attended the ceremony. The Walking Dead, which starts Season 5 this Sunday, has already been renewed for Season 6. Lauren Cohan shamelessly flirted with Craig Ferguson. She also did a GQ photo shoot, and talks to Entertainment Weekly about Maggie. Norman Reedus [...]

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Things I Want to Know Before Mad Men Ends

Things I Want to Know Before Mad Men Ends

Oct 8, 2014

[Hey, Basketcases. Here's another post that was published in the "dead zone"--before the site crash, after the cut-off of data we were able to recover. It's not identical to how it was before, because it was still a draft as of cut-off, but it's still ripe for discussion. Enjoy! -- Deborah] In this “wish list” [...]

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Scandal Latecap: You Owe Me

Scandal Latecap: You Owe Me

Oct 7, 2014

I begin with an apology: my laptop’s internal keyboard died last Wednesday night, leaving me unable to recap Scandal for quite a while. I and my technology are back in business now. Good thing, too: Fitzgerald Grant’s America moves at a much faster pace than our own.

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Homeland Season 4 Premiere: Drone Queen/Trylon and Perisphere

Homeland Season 4 Premiere: Drone Queen/Trylon and Perisphere

Oct 6, 2014

So, here I am, my first Homeland recap, the two-hour, two-episode season 4 premiere: Drone Queen and Trylon and Perisphere. About three-quarters of the way through Drone Queen, Professor Spouse and I turned to each other and said “This is not fun.” We watched a Breaking Bad episode right before Homeland (yes, I’m finally watching), [...]

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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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