Television

TV Review: CASTLE – Season 4 – “Linchpin”

Jennifer Beals, Josh Stamberg, Nathan Fillion, Stana Katic in CASTLE - Season 4 - "Linchpin" | ©2012 ABC/Colleen Hayes

Stars: Nathan Fillion, Stana Katic, Susan Sullivan, Molly Quinn, Tamala Jones, Seamus Deaver, Jon Huertas, Penny Johnson Jerald Writer: Andrew W. Marlowe Director: Rob Bowman Network: ABC, Monday nights, 10 p.m. Original Telecast: February 20, 2012 “Linchpin” is one of those odd episodes of CASTLE that feels satisfying in the moment, but when you think about it later, something feels off. Maybe it’s because it falls back on the ol’ “Who’s the Real Bad Guy” routine that’s more than a little clicheed. Or that even hoarier cliche of having to save the world. So Castle (Nathan Fillion) and Becket (Stana Katic) just barely get out …Read On »

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TV Review: ONCE UPON A TIME – Season 1 – “Whatever Happened to Frederick”

Ginnifer Goodwin in ONCE UPON A TIME - Season 1 - "What Happened to Frederick" | ©2012 ABC/Chris Helcermanas-Benge

Stars: Ginnifer Goodwin, Jennifer Morrison, Robert Carlyle, Lana Parrilla, Jared Gilmore, Josh Dallas, Raphael Sbarge Writer: David H. Goodman Director: Dean White Network: ABC, Sunday nights, 8 p.m. Original Telecast: February 19, 2012 If you want to know “Whatever Happened to Frederick,” keep your eye on the guy with the soccer balls in the school scene.  That’s because just about everyone in Storybrooke, Maine, has a fairy tale counterpart in ONCE UPON A TIME.  We’ve got two basic problems in the episode, both revolving around the relationship between Snow White and Prince James Charming and their real world counterparts Mary Margaret (Ginnifer Goodwin) and David (Josh Dallas) and that problem …Read On »

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TV Review: ALCATRAZ – Season 1 – “Johnny McKee”

ALCATRAZ S1 Johnny McKee | © 2012 Fox

Cast: Sarah Jones, Jorge Garcia, Sam Neill, Parminder Nagra, Jonny Coyne, Robert Forster Writers: Toni Graphia Director:  Brad Turner Network: Fox, airs Mondays @ 9 p.m. Original Telecast: Feb. 20, 2012 I’m beginning to doubt the longevity of ALCATRAZ. This isn’t a show like FRINGE or SUPERNATURAL that can give us compelling and cool experiments and weird s*** happening all the time in a non-mythology story or even two or three episodes that will stand alone and we’ll be happy. The whole premise of the show is finding out why these inmates have traveled through time and are re-appearing and …Read On »

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TV Review: SUPERNATURAL – Season 7 – “Repo Man”

Mark Pellegrino in SUPERNATURAL - Season 7 - "Repo Man" | ©2012 The CW/Jack Rowand

Stars: Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Mark Pellegrino, Russell Sams, Nicole Oliver Writer: Ben Edlund, series created by Eric Kripke Director: Thomas J. Wright Network: The CW, Fridays @ 9 PM Original Airdate: February 17, 2012 The standalone plot of SUPERNATURAL’s “Repo Man,” scripted by Ben Edlund, dovetails nicely into the arced storyline, featuring Sam (Jared Padalecki) being continuously bedeviled by his visions of Lucifer (Mark Pellegrino). The thematic resonance between the two works well, and having a recurring smartass along for the ride, especially one as insinuatingly menacing as Pellegrino’s Devil in Chief, works even better. Four years ago in …Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: THE WALKING DEAD wants the brains of Robert Kirkman and David Alpert

Andrew Lincoln, Sarah Wayne Callies and Jon Bernthal in THE WALKING DEAD - Season 2 | ©2012 AMC

Robert Kirkman created the Eisner Award-winning THE WALKING DEAD comic book series, first published in 2003 and still running today. The comics chronicle the travails of a small group of people trying to survive after the world is overrun with the title element. When AMC commissioned THE WALKING DEAD as a series which began its run in October 2010 – Season Two is currently running Sundays at 9 PM – Kirkman came aboard as one of the executive producers and staff writers. Kirkman and David Alpert, another of WALKING DEAD’s executive producers, are available for a quick private chat about …Read On »

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TV Review: FRINGE – Season 4 – “A Better Human Being”

Blair Brown, Seth Gabel and John Noble in FRINGE - Season 4 - "A Better Human Being" | ©2012 Fox/Liane Hentscher

Cast: Joshua Jackson, John Noble, Anna Torv, Seth Gabel, Lance Reddick, Jasika Nicole Writer: Alison Schapker & Monica Owusu- Breen based on a story by Glen Whitman & Robert Chiappetta Director: Joe Chappelle Network: Fox, airs Friday nights Original Telecast: February 17, 2012 The FRINGE episode “A Better Human Being” is a good premise, that isn’t as fully fleshed out or as creepy as it should be. Yet, the creepy A-story, is truthfully the B-story to the episode’s stronger mythology storyline about what’s going on with Olivia (Anna Torv) and why she’s having memories of her life with Peter (Joshua …Read On »

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TV Review: THE RIVER – Season 1 – “Los Ciegos”

Eloise Mumford and Joe Anderson in THE RIVER - Season 1 - "Los Ciegos" | ©2012 ABC/Mario Perez

Stars: Bruce Greenwood, Joe Anderson, Leslie Hope, Eloise Mumford, Paul Blackthorne, Thomas Kretschmann, Daniel Zacapa, Shaun Parkes, Paulina Gaitan Writer: Glen Morgan, series created by Michael R. Perry & Oren Peli Director: Michael Katleman Network: ABC, Tuesdays @ 9 PM Original Broadcast: February 14, 2012 Too much character development is normally not a complaint for an episode of a TV series – the problem is usually the reverse. “Complaint” and “problem” are perhaps words too strong for what happens in THE RIVER’s third episode “Los Ciegos,” but it starts feeling like a bit of overkill when both of the show’s …Read On »

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TV Review: REVENGE – Season 1 – “Chaos”

Emily VanCamp and Josh Bowman in REVENGE - Season 1 - "Chaos" | ©2012 ABC/Colleen Hayes

Stars: Emily VanCamp, Madeleine Stowe, Henry Czerny, Josh Bowman, Nick Wechsler, Gabriel Mann, Ashley Madekwe, Christa B. Allen, Connor Paolo Writer: Mark Fish & Joe Fazzio Director: Sanford Bookstaver Network: ABC, Wednesday nights, 10 p.m. Original Telecast: February 15, 2012 The episode “Chaos” is perhaps the most aptly titled episode of REVENGE yet – there is so much going on, and it all ties into what we all came here to see, namely the shooting at the beginning of the season, which also starts the episode. And, oh, yes, there is one humdinger of a surprise twist at the end. More cynical minds might suggest we could have seen this coming. I totally …Read On »

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TV Review: SPARTACUS: VENGEANCE – “The Greater Good”

Liam McIntyre and Katrina Law in SPARTACUS: VENGEANCE | ©2012 Starz

Stars: Lucy Lawless, Liam McIntyre, Manu Bennett, Peter Mensah, Viva Bianca, Craig Parker Writer: Tracy Bellomo, Created by Steven S. DeKnight Director: Brendan Mehr   Network: STARZ, airs Friday nights Original Telecast: February 10, 2012 The last two episodes of SPARTACUS: VENGEANCE have moved kind of slowly. Yes, there has been plenty of violence and sex, but without a main storyline of action to move them; it just becomes an explicitly painted canvas to look at. Now with “The Greater Good” the storyline jumps into overdrive and ends with what could easily be classified as a cliffhanger. The season gets more …Read On »

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Blu-ray and DVD picks of the week including HUMAN CENTIPEDE 2: FULL SEQUENCE

THE HUMAN CENTIPEDE 2 | © 2012 MPI Home Video

Your time is short. We know this. So in order to expedite your buying and Netflix decision making, we provide you with a list of the cool and not-so-cool titles coming out for movies, television and everything in-between. So put your feet up, grab some popcorn and check out this week’s selections. MOVIES HUMAN CENTIPEDE 2: FULL SEQUENCE – There was a huge hubbub about this horror flick when it was released because it had some moments that not only were completing unnecessary but that they were graphically so. So going into it, I was expecting to be shocked and …Read On »

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