Up to and including last week, the lack of main characters kicking the bucket in Boardwalk Empire's final season was becoming a bit surprising, especially since 'No One Goes Quietly' was plastered all over the promos for the bootlegging drama's fifth year. In the first five episodes, barely any of the series regulars met their untimely end, but that trend finally came to end in "Devil You Know." To the lost!
Yes! The Walking Dead is back. And not just ease-us-into-the-season back, but full-on explosive-return back! We heard the first six minutes or so of the Season 5 premiere were going to be brutal and they weren't kidding. In fact, the whole first episode was like concentrated The Walking Dead suspense and thrills from beginning to end.
If you thought last week's Doctor Who didn't have enough going on, then this week's caper should fix that. Come for the recap, stay for our longest list of episode notes this season.
The Arrow third season premiere was titled "The Calm" but we might have caught a bit of 'the storm' by episode's end. Or middle. Actually, where was the calm? Things were kind of stormy right from the opening chase. To be fair, it was relatively calm before the date blowing (up) bomb but after that, it was bombshell after bombshell. A baby was born, a 'bird' died and, as usual, a lot of references to the DCU were made. It's nice to have Arrow back.
As premieres go, it wasn’t quite as strong as our introduction to Rubber Suit Man in the first season, but it’s definitely more confident in its universe building than Asylum and Coven. Though it’s too soon to really call it, I’m already on board with calling Freak Show a winner.
Wait a second. Did that just happen? Is this real life? Because wow. Just... And it's at this point that we drop the obvious spoiler warning. If you haven't seen tonight's Season 3 premiere of Arrow ("The Calm") stop reading now! We're about to go into specifics about that unexpected moment...
Supernatural kicked off its tenth season with a six-week time jump and an intimate story that moved last season’s cliffhanger forward in a compelling way while failing to launch any big storylines. This was new territory for a show that religiously uses premieres to show the audience a glimpse of where they’re going in the episodes to come. What we found in “Black” was our favorite characters in vastly different places than where we left them.
Last week’s massacre at Diosa, beyond taking down a slew of escorts, put Henry Lin and his Chinese gang in everyone’s crosshairs, and the lie that he was responsible for Tara’s murder has now entered everyone’s ears, even Lin’s own.
Last week on The Strain, the board was set for one seemingly final assault on The Master and his army of bloodsuckers. With their base camp destroyed and everyone taking some sort of vengeful stance against the vampires that have ravaged the city, it's time to take the fight to the doorstep of the enemy. Thankfully, “The Master” does not disappoint, capping off a first season to remember.
The first four episodes of the fifth and final season of HBO’s Boardwalk Empire felt a little light on the body count for the normally bloody bootlegging drama. Sure, there have been a few grisly murders, yet Joe the Boss and Sally are the only two regulars six feet under. Forget ‘No One Goes Quietly,’ Season 5 is starting to feel like ‘No One Goes At All.’
This week's Doctor Who is so controversial, you might have already heard about it. Still, just to be safe, you should click into our recap and see what we have to say.
Working all the angles means having one’s eyes and ears in all places at once, which is virtually impossible, even when everybody’s working together. Jax has been biting off more than he could chew for years now, but his schemes are now a lot more impulsive than they used to be, and SAMCRO is a lot more transparent than it used to be. Which is how we get to another signature Sons of Anarchy massacre.
It's hard to believe that the final season of Boardwalk Empire is already half-over. Time is running out for HBO's consistently brilliant but often overlooked period piece. And while this season hasn't always delivered the 'good stuff,' it's still better than most dramas on TV and deserved a longer shelf life. But it's about the bottom line. How many people are tuning in? How much does it cost? Or should I say, "Cuánto?"
With just one week until The Strain's first season finale, it's time to start upping the ante a little. Did "Last Rites" give the series new life, or is it one step closer to the grave?
Robots, personal drama, and a fair amount of spillage? Looks like a job for "The Caretaker!"