TV Episode Recaps
The Bachelor Watch: Juan Pablo And The Whisper Games
Pssst… hey, you guys: can I tell you a secret? It’s private just between us and you probably didn’t realize it by now, but Sharleen is not ready to get engaged to Juan Pablo. And in the whisper games that were Monday night’s The Bachelor, the "Oprah singer" (his words) from Germany sent herself home. But that wasn't even the most dramatic part of the evening, natch.
True Detective Watch: Episode 5 - The Secret Fate Of All Life
Even before last week kicked off 'Act Two,' audiences had already started debating whether or not True Detective was the best (new) show of the year. Then the drama dropped "Who Goes There" and assured its spot thanks to the six-minute continuous shot heard round the world at the end of the already impressive fourth installment. Forget all the other shows, how could True Detective possibly top that? Well, by revealing “The Secret Fate of All Life”...
The Walking Dead Season 4, Episode 10 Watch: Inmates
The Walking Dead continues its approach of separate catch-ups for the split-up characters. While last week's episode focused entirely on Carl, Rick and Michonne, tonight's episode filled us in on the rest of the characters, and offered a few twists that some people saw coming. Spoilers (obviously) if you haven't seen the "Inmates" episode of The Walking Dead!
The Bachelor Watch: Juan Pablo Goes to Hobbiton. Seriously.
We’ve reached the serious point of the competition on ABC’s The Bachelor. How do we know? Because I almost know all of the girls names now when I see them (sorry, Kat and Chelsie). And Juan Pablo’s gotten to the ‘let’s just not even pretend we’re going to talk unless they force us’ portion of the dates, where every word is met with a quick facial caress that turns into a hair-behind-the-ear tuck and a kiss. Because that’s the only way you’ll meet your soulmate, guys: strictly via salivary-based osmosis. Pretty sure that’s science.
True Detective Watch: Episode 4 - Who Goes There
The monster at the end of the dream. That’s where True Detective left audiences hanging two long weeks ago. The stellar new HBO drama decided to take last Sunday off so as to not compete with the (super dull) Super Bowl and fans have been dying to get back into the action and see "Who Goes There." The slow burning series seemed to be just about to start cooking with gas and things certainly caught fire.
The Walking Dead Season 4, Episode 9 Watch: Michonne Wins
Spoilers if you haven't seen The Walking Dead, Season 4, Episode 9 - "After" Rather than catching us up with what became of everyone after the mid-season finale prison exodus, tonight's episode of The Walking Dead focused entirely in three characters, with Rick and Carl set on one side of the split and Michonne set on the other side, leaving us to wait until next week to see what happened to Glenn, Maggie and everyone else who boarded the bus or left by some other method.
Arrow Season 2, Episode 13 - Heir To The Demon: 4 DCU Tie-Ins And Easter Eggs
Amongst all the build up to our hero’s first encounter with an al Ghul, The CW forgot to highlight that once “Heir to the Demon” was over, audiences would have to wait three weeks for the next Arrow. Let’s look at it like a mid-season finale for the second half of the second season. Right? Maybe not. But the episode did feature enough action to make it feel like an event with Katrina Law's (titular) guest spot featuring four or five big set-pieces. And, as always, several DCU tie-ins…
Supernatural Watch: Season 9, Episode 11 - The Purge
After nine seasons a TV show can spend an entire episode focused on the little things. “The Purge” featured small tweaks to the Supernatural formula that were sure to get noticed by diehard fans. There were small changes, like Sam and Dean wearing something other than their shirt/jacket/jeans/boots combo or their federal agent suits. A small detail that made me smile was in the hotel room when Dean was sitting on the bed with two pillows behind his back.
Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. Watch: T.R.A.C.K.S. - Agents On A Train And Stan Lee
If you're going to do an episode that takes some risky jumps through time, it's probably a good idea to get a director who's had experience with shows that deal with that sort of thing, and Paul Edwards would fit the bill, having helmed episodes of both Fringe and Lost.
The Bachelor Watch: Juan Pablo And The Night of The Maybe Beach Sex
At the beginning of the episode, we saw Juan Pablo standing in front of a beautiful Vietnamese vista, proclaiming he was “ready to take it to the next level.” Do we think he realized how literal that would be going into this episode of ABC’s The Bachelor? But without getting too ahead of ourselves, Juan Pebbles and his harem of minnows — “he travels and we follow!” proclaimed the one — traversed to Vietnam to get into the drama.
Sherlock Finale Watch: The 3 Most Shocking Twists From His Last Vow
Tonight’s third season ender for Sherlock was everything you loved about the series amped up by a billion. A nonstop, twisty-turny, action-packed, and clever as hell little jaunt, "His Last Vow" took us out the insular world of Watson and Holmes and into the reality of the situation. It exposed — at last — not only our big baddie, but a new character we’re dying to see more of (Bill Wiggins), a side of Mary Morstan we’d previously not seen, and a heck of a lot of slapping. Being trapped in a bunch of mind palaces never felt so good.
Parks And Recreation Watch: Season 6, Episode 13 - Ann And Chris
Parks & Rec says goodbye to Ann & Chris in a funny, sweet and perfectly handled send off for the two. Ann and Chris have caught some flack from time to time as of late and the show felt like it was really spinning its wheels this season with the two.
Arrow Season 2, Episode 12 - Tremors: 5 DCU Tie-Ins And Easter Eggs
Arrow returned from its brief holiday hiatus with a renewed focus on the battle with the season long villain and a recently revealed even bigger bad. While "Blast Radius" and then "Blind Spot" dug deeper into the dastardly plans of Sebastian Blood and Deathstroke, "Tremors" turned to a different although familiar villain and weapon for its central conflict.
American Horror Story: Coven Finale - A Wonder-filled But Not Wonderful Ending
es, it was the final episode in this performance-heavy season of American Horror Story, with its permeable storyline and unpolished characters. “The Seven Wonders” was by no means a perfect hour of television…and that’s it. All the ins are out now, and the Supreme has been crowned. After two previous seasons of rampant mysteries that went unanswered, I’m a little disappointed by the little black bow used to wrap this season up. It’s like I want to dig through the tissue paper to make sure I’m not missing anything.
Supernatural Watch: Season 9, Episode 12 - Sharp Teeth
If you’ve watched Supernatural regularly over the years, you knew the reunion that ended this episode was coming. This show can’t operate more than a couple episodes with Sam and Dean apart so it was only a matter of time before they hit the road in the Impala once more. Something was different this time out, though. Sam said that something is broken between him and Dean and he identifies the source of that fracture a minute later.