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Outlander's season five premiere tells a different kind of love story with Jamie and Murtagh

Outlander's season five premiere tells a different kind of love story with Jamie and Murtagh
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Fittingly for a time-traveling love story, Outlander opens its fifth season with a lovely travel back in time. This opening flashback isn’t about the kind of romance that Claire and Jamie share—that pulsating thing at the core of the series—but rather about the tender intimacy between Jamie and Murtagh, who very much do love each other,...

Feb 14, 2020 at 13:45. 22 comments

Brooklyn Nine-Nine goes full-on Finding Dory with "Pimemento"

Brooklyn Nine-Nine goes full-on Finding Dory with "Pimemento"
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“Pimemento” was bound to be a Brooklyn Nine-Nine episode that comes in absolutely hot. It even does so in its cold open, with Jake’s harmless prank on Hitchcock turning into Hitchcock almost “being strangled to death.” (“How?!?”) But the exact reason it was always destined to come in hot was because of the return of Jason Mantzoukas’...

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Feb 14, 2020 at 10:00.

In its second episode, The Sinner starts to get weird

In its second episode, The Sinner starts to get weird
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“Strange, isn’t it? That some letter should determine your fate?” Jamie Burns says this to his student, while she protests his undercutting of the college recommendation letter she wrote for herself, but it’s also a clear (and ominous) foreshadowing regarding the destruction Jamie wreaked in his own life by inviting Nick Haas back into...

Feb 13, 2020 at 11:30. 23 comments

Winners go to War as Survivor delivers a thrilling start to its (overstuffed) 40th season

Winners go to War as Survivor delivers a thrilling start to its (overstuffed) 40th season
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Last week, ahead of Survivor’s fortieth—that is not a typo, it airs two seasons a year—season premiere, CBS aired a retrospective titled “Survivor at 40: Greatest Moments & Players.” It took viewers on a journey back to 2000, when Survivor was a hare-brained idea turned overnight cultural phenomenon, and walked us through a celebration...

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Feb 13, 2020 at 10:25. 8 comments

Modern Family heads to Paris for a middling episode

Modern Family heads to Paris for a middling episode
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This eleventh and final season of Modern Family has contained a lot of apparent “lasts.” From the Last Thanksgiving to the Last Christmas, the show has continually reminded us that this is the end of its run. This week’s episode is billed as the family’s final trip to Paris. I’m not entirely sure what that means, but watching this...

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Feb 12, 2020 at 10:10. 10 comments

The Flash serves up a Valentine's Day special that ends with a devious twist

The Flash serves up a Valentine's Day special that ends with a devious twist
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Only a week after promising shiny new variations on the Flash’s meta adversaries, “Love Is A Battlefield” brings back a couple of familiar faces. That’s not such a bad thing in this case, as few guest actors sink their teeth into the scenery with such gusto as Katee Sackhoff brings to Amunet. She’s campy and far enough over the top to...

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Feb 12, 2020 at 10:01. 10 comments

Kate’s relationships spiral in two This Is Us timelines

Kate’s relationships spiral in two This Is Us timelines
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A few seasons ago , Kate and Rebecca could barely make it through a conversation without it devolving into a fight. Tonight, Kate admits that her mom is becoming her best friend. “Stranger things have happened,” Rebecca jokes, but it’s well-earned payoff for a throughline that This Is Us has slowly, realistically developed over the...

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Feb 12, 2020 at 10:00.

A terrific Legends Of Tomorrow reminds us it’s the smartest dopey show on TV

A terrific Legends Of Tomorrow reminds us it’s the smartest dopey show on TV
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There’s a scene in “The Other Woman ,” one of many excellent episodes of Mad Men , that works a very specific kind of wizardry. It’s the scene in which Peggy quits. (Yes, I am comparing Legends Of Tomorrow to Mad Men, and I have no regrets.) Watch those few minutes and you’ll see two people dealing very specifically with the thing that...

Feb 11, 2020 at 13:00. 18 comments

This Bachelor season is way too toxic to be fun

This Bachelor season is way too toxic to be fun
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This 24th Bachelor season kicked off with a mega-ton of drama , but it was a good kind of drama. Former Bachelorette Hannah Brown showed up out of nowhere, threatening to usurp the whole operation, to the consternation of the twentysome women Pilot Peter had just agreed to start dating. In the end, Hannah had to depart (to go off and...

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Feb 11, 2020 at 10:00. 9 comments

John Paul III continues to soft sell his papacy as The New Pope says "no" to tainted love

John Paul III continues to soft sell his papacy as The New Pope says "no" to tainted love
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John Brannox is a weak man—or, at least, a soft one. Though he hides behind an air of seriousness (and John Malkovich’s charisma), it’s increasingly clear that he’s struggling to meet the challenge of the papacy. The church is beset on all sides, and Brannox’s lack of self-confidence, justified though it may be, has consequences for the...

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Feb 11, 2020 at 02:12. 17 comments

The Outsider takes one wild leap away from grief, terror, and “dumb cop shit like that”

The Outsider takes one wild leap away from grief, terror, and “dumb cop shit like that”
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“The One About The Yiddish Vampire” is, for the most part, a great episode of The Outsider. It’s brilliantly structured, slowly drawing the players together for one scene at the mid-point of the episode; then it sends them spiraling away from that moment, reeling from what they learn or refuse to consider. It’s about “dumb cop shit,”...

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Feb 10, 2020 at 11:39. 16 comments

Curb Your Enthusiasm tries to make us question Timothy Olyphant’s inherent likability

Curb Your Enthusiasm tries to make us question Timothy Olyphant’s inherent likability
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“You’re not going to get me to say anything bad about Mickey Larry.”

Well, here we are competing with the Oscars broadcast and Parasite’s historic win. This is fine, it’s totally fine—just like tonight’s episode of Curb Your Enthusiasm.

Although “Artificial Fruit ” ended with a bit of a cliffhanger and a typical conundrum for Larry,...

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Feb 10, 2020 at 10:30. 14 comments

Avenue 5 gains traction as the wet suit hits the fan

Avenue 5 gains traction as the wet suit hits the fan
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Comedy is subjective, and highly personal. What kills for some will land with a thud and crickets to others. Yet no matter how high-minded and cerebral the writing, no matter how lofty the inspiration and aspiration, sometimes the best comedic choice is a good old-fashioned poop joke. After three episodes filled with surprise reveals,...

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Feb 10, 2020 at 10:00. 14 comments

Homeland's final season premiere wastes no time putting Carrie back in danger

Homeland's final season premiere wastes no time putting Carrie back in danger
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It’s been almost two years since we’ve seen Carrie Mathison, although not nearly as much time has passed for her. It’s understandable if you need to refresh your memory before plunging into this final season of Homeland, but in short: Carrie was captured in Russia and spent six months undergoing enhanced interrogation, most of the time...

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Feb 10, 2020 at 09:10. 22 comments

Doctor Who is all over the map in an episode about mental health

Doctor Who is all over the map in an episode about mental health
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“Can You Hear Me?” starts out incredibly promisingly. The episode opens in 1380 Aleppo, where a spunky young woman named Tahira (Aruhan Galieva) is being treated for mental health issues. The Doctor later notes that 14th century Islamic physicians were known for their enlightened treatment of mental health problems, and I kind of wish...

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Feb 05, 2020. 22 comments

Ava feels some feelings in properly sloppy Legends Of Tomorrow fashion

Ava feels some feelings in properly sloppy Legends Of Tomorrow fashion
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One of the big but not always tremendously obvious strengths of Legends Of Tomorrow is its ability to anchor everything, even the really bonkers stuff, in character—and to make sure the things its characters are confronting are, for lack of a better term, terribly human. Sara Lance has to sort out her relationship with death and guilt...

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Feb 05, 2020. 23 comments

The Flash returns post-Crisis, alive and largely unchanged

The Flash returns post-Crisis, alive and largely unchanged
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The Flash returns from winter break a bit later than usual, thanks to the wrap-up of Crisis On Infinite Earths and the last two episodes of Arrow. Before discussing the changes the post-Crisis Earth-Prime has wrought upon our TV friends, let’s take a brief look back at the first half of the season. As you may recall, those episodes were...

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Jan 30, 2020. 5 comments

The Vikings are suddenly the raided, and nobody's in charge

The Vikings are suddenly the raided, and nobody's in charge
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“Why does it have to be like this? In my dreams it was never like this.”

Harald Finehair is, indeed, a dreamer, in that he envisioned himself all his life—untrustworthy little runt that he is—as king of all Norway. One of Vikings’ canniest thematic through-lines has been what people’s dreams say about them. And us, for that matter....

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Jan 29, 2020. 16 comments

Arrow says goodbye with tears, a mission statement, and—thank god—one last salmon ladder

Arrow says goodbye with tears, a mission statement, and—thank god—one last salmon ladder
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In its final hour, Arrow did what it has always done. In some ways, it reverted to what it was in the beginning, once again incorporating flashbacks, returning to the question of Oliver’s morality and when it is and isn’t okay to kill people, and questioning what a successful mission looks like, in the end. Yet in another sense, this is...

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Jan 29, 2020. 12 comments

This Is Us asks us to put our faith in M. Night Shyamalan

This Is Us asks us to put our faith in M. Night Shyamalan
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The problem with This Is Us’ Big Three trilogies is that it’s really hard to find parallel stories that are equally important for all three Pearson siblings. Last time, Kate got the short end of the stick with a middle episode that just didn’t quite sing like the others. This time around, that unlucky position falls to Kevin. While we...

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