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TV Review: GLEE – SEASON 2 – “Substitute”

© 2010 Fox | Matthew Morrison and Gwyneth Paltrow in GLEE - Season Two - "Substitute"

One good thing could be said for the latest, lackluster episode of GLEE. The title “Substitute” didn’t result in a show choir version of The Who’s “Substitute.” Now that would be too obvious for a show, that occasionally lacks in subtlety. What is obvious?  “Substitute” features movie star Gwyneth Paltrow in yet another one of GLEE’s throwaway episodes designed to showcase a particular concept (“The Rocky Horror Glee Show”/Britney Spears songs) or to give a guest star the full court treatment to suck away valuable screen time from the very able recurring cast. “Substitute” isn’t as bad as many episodes […]Read On »

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TV Review: CHUCK – Season 4 – “Vs. The Fear Of Death”

© 2010 NBC Universal | Summer Glau in CHUCK - Season 4 - "Vs. The Fear of Death"

After the last episode of CHUCK, where our intrepid titular character (Zachary Levi) had the Intersect scrambled by his double crossing spy mother (Linda Hamilton), we get an episode focused on Chuck trying to get the Intersect back online. With “The Fear of Death,” CHUCK finds the show finding its comedic rhythm again and opening the story up even wider than before. The episode is aided by guest star Rob Riggle who plays the hilarious agent Jim Rye. He’s a master at psy-ops, and understands what it will take to repair Chuck’s Intersect in his brain (namely fear). However, everything […]Read On »

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TV Review: THE WALKING DEAD – Season 1 – “Tell It To The Frogs”

© 2010 AMC | Norman Reedus, Andrew Lincoln, Steven Yeun and Robert 'IronE' Singleton in THE WALKING DEAD - Season One - "Tell It To The Frogs"

With two new vehicles and one less racist, the team that braved the zombie-clogged Atlanta streets returns to the survivors’ camp in the powerful third episode of THE WALKING DEAD, “Tell It To The Frogs.” The most significant development is Rick’s (Andrew Lincoln) long-awaited reunion with wife Lori (Sarah Wayne Callies),  son Carl (Chandler Riggs), and best friend Shane (Jon Bernthal). That’s Shane, the man that replaced Rick as Carl’s father figure and Lori’s lover in addition to ruling over the fearful fiefdom that serves as our microcosm of human society. Now that Rick is back, what will happen to […]Read On »

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TV Review: DEXTER – SEASON 5 – ‘Take It!’

Desmond Harrington in DEXTER - Season 5 - "Take It!" | ©2010 Showtime/Randy Tepper

Over its five seasons, DEXTER has come close to what happens in “Take It” a few times. Dexter (Michael C. Hall) found a measure of mutual understanding with fellow killers Lila (Jaime Murray) in Season Two and Miguel (Jimmy Smits) in Season Three, but neither of them had a code and both eventually became his deadly nemeses due to their differences. Now, however, Dexter has Lumen (Julia Stiles), whose motivations are sympathetic – she feels an urgent need to avenge her rape, torture and captivity at the hands of a ring of serial killers, the kind of men who are Dexter’s natural prey.

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TV Review – GLEE – Season 2 – “Never Been Kissed”

Dot-Marie Jones in GLEE - Season 2 - "Never Been Kissed" - | © 2010 Fox

Something very right happened on the latest GLEE episode “Never Been Kissed.”It was an important episode about fitting in, feeling bad about yourself, forging new friendships and singing songs that actually fit perfectly in with the theme of the episode (and without feeling force-fed).

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TV Review: DEXTER – SEASON 5 – ‘Circle Us’

Jonny Lee Miller in DEXTER - Season 5 - "Circle Us" | ©2010 Showtime/Randy Tepper

The DEXTER episode “Circle Us” may be a good indicator that when Dexter (Michael C. Hall) is mulling things over rather than reaching epiphanies, the episode tends to feel like its holding back, even when its action lunges forward. Such is the case here.

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TV Review: THE WALKING DEAD – SEASON 1 – “Guts”

THE WALKING DEAD - Season 1 - Guts - Andrew Lincoln

Stars: Andrew Lincoln, Jon Bernthal, Sarah Wayne Callies, Laurie Holden, Jeffrey DeMunn, Steven Yeun, Chandler Riggs, IronE Singleton, Michael Rooker Writer: Frank Darabont based on the Robert Kirkman graphic novel Director: Michelle MacLaren Network: AMC, airs Sunday nights Original Telecast: November 7, 2010 Following the brilliant, emotionally intense debut of THE WALKING DEAD, we return to the claustrophobic confines of an abandoned tank surrounded by the living dead on the streets of post-apocalyptic Atlanta as sheriff’s deputy Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) – recently awakened from a coma and into a living nightmare – meets an ally via radio. Glenn (Steven […]Read On »

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TV Review: FRINGE – SEASON 3 – “Amber31422”

©2010 Fox Broadcasting Co. CR: Liane Hentscher/FOX | Lance Reddick in FRINGE - Season Three - "Amber31422"

Beginning to believe that the visions she is having of Peter (Joshua Jackson) and what he is telling her is actually the truth and not just lies made up from her subconscious. At the beginning of the season, the Olivia from our universe had been replaced by the alternate version from the other universe. Dark Walter (John Noble) then went about brainwashing Olivia in order to get her to believe she was the Olivia from the alternate universe.

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TV Review: CHUCK – Season 4 – “Vs. The First Fight”

Zachary Levi in CHUCK - Season 4 - "Vs. The Cubic Z." | © 2010 NBC Universal

Well, we’re back to relationship woes as a centerpiece on CHUCK. In “Vs. The First Fight”, it’s all about Chuck (Zachary Levi) and Sarah (Yvonne Strahovski) having their first big fight as a couple.

The problem is, it’s not really that big of fight. Sarah arrested Chuck’s turncoat spy mom Mary (Linda Hamilton) and didn’t tell him. That’s not a fight, that’s betrayal. Get your emotions correct.

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TV Review: THE WALKING DEAD – SEASON 1 – “Days Gone By” – Season Premiere

© 2010 AMC | Zombies in THE WALKING DEAD - SEASON ONE - "Days Gone By"

Stars: Andrew Lincoln, Jon Bernthal, Sarah Wayne Callies, Laurie Holden, Lennie James, Emma Bell, Jeffrey DeMunn Writer: Frank Darabont based on the graphic novel by Robert Kirkman Director: Frank Darabont Network: AMC, airs Sunday nights Original Telecast: October 31, 2010 Forgive me for my obvious lack of judgment, but ten years ago, I had a conversation with someone about how zombies were not mainstream enough and no studio would even consider releasing a zombie movie as a major release. How wrong was I? From the uber-successful DAWN OF THE DEAD remake, the RESIDENT EVIL franchise,  28 DAYS LATER and so […]Read On »

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