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'Silicon Valley' Delivers Smart Nerd Humor

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Move over, Sheldon. The Big Bang Theory may have helped popularize or mainstream “nerd culture,” but Silicon Valley keeps it real with sharp wit, spot-on tech references and just a touch of social awkwardness — the makings of any true geek.  

Breaking 'Mad'

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 9, 2014
It’s the beginning of the end for Don Draper, the ’60s and another quality AMC drama as Mad Men (Season Premiere, 10 p.m. Sunday) embarks on the first half of its final chapter.   

Geeking Out over 'Game of Thrones'

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 2, 2014
When it comes to a series that transports viewers to another world and forces us to connect with countless characters, only to have them hurled into a different direction (cue the “Red Wedding” reaction reel), Game of Thrones (Season Premiere, 9 p.m. Sunday, HBO) is king.  

The Ted Mosby Saga Concludes with a Mother of a Finale

0 Comments · Wednesday, March 26, 2014
In 2030, a man sits his children down to tell them the story of how their parents got together. Nine seasons later, audiences are still eavesdropping on the Longest Story Every Told, How I Met Your Mother (Series Finale, 8 p.m. Monday, CBS).  

Spring TV Preview

0 Comments · Tuesday, March 18, 2014
Spring is coming — despite what the weather would have us believe — with a fresh crop of new series and returning favorites.  

Indulging in Vices for a Different Kind of News

0 Comments · Wednesday, March 12, 2014
Over the course of the second season of Vice we’ll delve into Evangelical support for Israel in the American Bible Belt, climate change in Greenland, bonded laborers in Pakistan’s brick kilns and other international stories of politics and culture from a wide range of correspondents.  

'True Detective' Closes with Another Stunning Performance by Matthew McConaughey

0 Comments · Wednesday, March 5, 2014
Matthew McConaughey’s star power has exploded over the past couple years, capped off with Sunday’s Academy Award win for Best Actor in Dallas Buyers Club.  

Bryan Fuller's Beautiful Dark, Twisted Fantasy

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 26, 2014
The dark and decadent dinner party that is Bryan Fuller’s Hannibal (Season Premiere 10 p.m. Friday, NBC) returns this week, continuing its grotesquely beautiful take on the story of Dr. Lecter, his companions and victims.  
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'Downton Abbey' Season Four Finale

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Oh, blah. I don’t know about you, but I was expecting more out of Sunday's finale of Downton Abbey Season Four. The entire season, in general, seems to have lost its touch. Moments that used to flow together now seem forced with excessive violin string plucks. And have I mentioned I’m still grieving for Matthew? I think the reason why I am left so unsatisfied with this season is the fact that the characters have been, well, happy. (By English standards). So where does this leave the cast of Downton? Mary, who seems to be stuck between her two men, has a decision to make regarding her future. She continues to refer to her son without any affection and turn her nose down at Rose’s bad decisions. Paul Giamatti’s cameo as Cora’s brother was the only surprising thing to happen during the 92-minute finale. I became bored with his American “bad-boy” act rather quickly. His relationship with Rose’s friend was dull because there was no character background to support the story. Come on, Fellowes! Make me connect and bond with the characters before you make them fall in love with Paul Giamatti. Edith still remains the strongest, most progressive character on the show. With her boyfriend missing, she went abroad and had a damn baby in Switzerland. Toward the end of the episode, Edith makes a deal with the local pig farmer to secretly raise her baby. Will Michael Gregson appear again next season? Is he secretly involved in some Nazi business? If you can’t get enough of Lady Edith, Laura Carmichael hosted an “Ask Me Anything” on Reddit’s r/television thread Monday. She talks about taking Downton personality quizzes online says about her fictional baby daddy’s disappearance: “It’s a mystery. It’s always a mystery to us, the cast, when they do these storylines. We’re constantly trying to figure out where a character is going to go next. We read the script, Charlie (Gregson) and I, and were as in the dark as everyone else!” Read more here. I suppose this season needed to be one of healing, since most of our characters have endured extreme trauma (Anna). I expect Season Five, which is filming now, to bring the heat. I need death, I need scandal. Because as much as I hate to admit it, the constant agony these characters are put through makes for some damn good television. Until next season.
 
 
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'Downton Abbey' Season Four, Episodes 1-2

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Downton Abbey Season Four is here, guys. Well, at least for those of us who live on this side of the pond and refuse to download PBS illegally. It’s here, and Masterpiece Classic has delivered that beautifully crafted stiffness that can only be described as “English” once again. Two episodes into the season and we’ve already had countless snide remarks and drama from both upstairs and downstairs, all while the ever-crumbling 20th century class system hangs over everyone’s heads. So, while I work on my interpretive dance to the opening score, here is your weekly analysis and recap. Upstairs Recap: The season premiere did not start out with the usual shot of Labrador butt; instead, a dark view of the abbey. Matthew’s death, comparably shocking to the beheading of a certain Game of Thrones character, left us all in pieces. Julian Fellows, the show’s creator – who is like the Hitchcock of period dramas – cruelly chose to skip ahead six months, robbing us of our chance to grieve with the Grantham family. What about the viewers, Julian? Am I the only one who spent the last year in darkly beaded clothing, mourning the death of beloved Matthew? I need closure, or at least a hug from Carson, the overly attached butler.   While Lady Mary is busy perfecting her dead-behind-the-eyes look and ignoring her son George, Edith is living in scandal with an (almost) divorced man. “Poor Edith” is constantly trying to prove herself and her love to her father, who is so god forsakenly set in his old ways. Meanwhile, Lord Grantham mutters little gems like, “Who’s the glamorous pirate?” and “What does one say to a singer?” while secretly gambling away all of his family’s money. Rose, the blonde cousin from the Highlands, has been a rogue element since last season. From dressing up in a housemaid’s outfit to sneaking off to smoking houses and dance halls, she seems to represent everything new and threatening to upper-class English society. Maggie Smith, who plays the matriarch and Dowager Countess of Downton, is as snarky as ever: “If I were to search for logic, I should not look for it among the English upper-class”. Oh, Violet, how right you are. And of course, with the ever-changing times comes the impeccable 1920s women’s fashion. Think neutral colors, beaded flapper outfits and perfectly pleated day dresses. Downstairs Recap: The lady’s maid we love to hate, Miss O’Brien, abruptly moved to India with some distant Scottish relatives, and there’s no telling when she’ll be back. But hold up, there’s a new bitch in the abbey: Edna Braithwaite. Last season, Braithwaite was fired from Downton because she was hitting on Tom Branson, the widower of the family’s youngest daughter. (RIP Sybil, you could have had a future in politics.) This season, Braithwaite’s weaseled her way into another job, and is taking full advantage of Tom’s vulnerability. (Seeing that his wife is dead and he doesn’t know how to mingle with high society.) And Thomas Barrow, the under-butler, stirs up trouble with quips like: “There’s no one so jealous as a lady’s maid,” because obviously everyone knows that. And the plot thickens. Molesley seems to be developing a severe case of asthma to pair with his mid-life crisis while Mrs. Hughes intervenes in Carson’s personal life. Ms. Patmore continues to run around like a chicken with her head cut off trying to handle the stress of cooking for all of these stuck up rich people and eventually goes into full-blown panic mode. Disappointingly, the end of this week’s episode leaves us with the unsettling rape scene of Anna, something that was both unexpected and horrifying to watch as a critic and lover of the show. I would advise viewers to watch with caution, as it may be potentially triggering for many. Let’s hope the rest of the season handles this delicate subject in a tasteful manner. So, in the words of Isobel Crawley, “They say life must go on and of course it must.”
 
 

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