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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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TV Review: DEXTER – SEASON 5 – ‘Everything is Illumenated’

Julia Stiles in DEXTER - Season 5 - "Everything is Illumenated" | ©2010 Showtime/Randy Tepper

“Everything is Illumenated” (the idiosyncratic spelling refers to both the character and the blood-illuminated substance) is a DEXTER episode in which a great deal, albeit not everything, is in fact illuminated. We see what gets under Dexter’s (Michael C. Hall) skin, we learn a lot about Lumen (Julia Stiles), we see the dangerous double game Quinn (Desmond Harrington) is playing and Batista (David Zayas) and LaGuerta (Lauren Velez) start communicating. All this plus two murders and baby Harrison’s first words make for quite a show.

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TV Review: DEXTER – SEASON 5 – ‘First Blood’

Julia Stiles in DEXTER - Season 5 - "First Blood " | ©2010 Showtime/Cliff Lipson

Before baby Harrison was even conceived on DEXTER, Dexter (Michael C. Hall) worried that any child of his might inherit his homicidal tendencies. It appears that Harrison, now ten months old, may have scratched the cheek of a playmate, drawing blood, which sends Dexter spiraling into anxiety. Not that he’s all that calm anyway, what with assault/kidnap victim Lumen (Julia Stiles) wanting Dexter to help her kill her remaining assailants, a desire that almost leads Dexter to mistakenly taking out the wrong man. Meanwhile, Quinn (Desmond Harrington) persists in his quest to tie Dexter to the mysterious Kyle Butler (the alias Dexter used to get close to the Trinity killer) and Batista (David Zayas) almost screws up a sting operation in his jealousy over what his wife/boss LaGuerta (Lauren Velez) may be doing to save her husband’s job. Deb (Jennifer Carpenter), continuing to investigate the Santa Muerte murders, finds clues in a very messy, maggot-infested murder scene.

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TV Review: CHUCK – SEASON FOUR – “Vs. The Aisle of Terror”

Robert Englund in CHUCK - Season 4 - "Vs. The Aisle of Terror" | ©2010 NBC

Robert Englund, aka Freddy Krueger himself, plays Dr. Stanley Wheelwright, the creator of toxin that creates waking nightmares in “Vs. The Aisle of Terror,” another great episode of the spy series CHUCK that adds a more beefed up role for Linda Hamilton as Chuck’s mom Mary and a return guest spot for Morgan Fairchild as Captain Awesome’s mom.

Let’s get back to the toxin first. Englund is a scientist who has created the toxin and wants to put it out on the open market. Mary who claims she is deep undercover as Frost, wants to meet up with Chuck so he can purchase the toxin for the C.I.A. and get it off the market.

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CD Review: THE ROCKY HORROR GLEE SHOW

THE ROCKY HORROR GLEE SHOW | ©2010 Sony Music

As GLEE hits Season Two, the balance between karaoke and reinventing classic songs has lately fallen into the bland karaoke treatment. And with the latest CD (and digital release) THE ROCKY HORROR GLEE SHOW, we get predominantly karaoke. Good karaoke, mind you, but karaoke nonetheless.

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TV Review: DEXTER – SEASON 5 – ‘Beauty and the Beast’

Michael C. Hall in DEXTER - Season 5 - "Beauty and the Beast " | ©2010 Showtime/Cliff Lipson

After the “!!!!” moments of last week’s episode “Practically Perfect,” it makes sense that in feels like both DEXTER the series and Dexter the character (Michael C. Hall) are taking a little time to recover from various shocks and plan ahead. A good portion of “Beauty and the Beast” is concerned with Dexter’s dilemma over Lumen (Julia Stiles), the young woman who was captured and tortured by Dexter’s latest target. Problematically for Dexter, Lumen witnessed him killing Lumen’s captor. Dexter tries to nurse Lumen back to health – she’s got criss-crossing cuts all over her back – while trying to figure out what he can do that won’t cause either of them to die. Harry’s shade (James Remar) urges Dexter to kill Lumen, as the number one rule remains “Don’t get caught,” but Harry instead tries to get the wary woman to trust him. When she does, it turns out that Dexter’s victim wasn’t her only tormentor, and now that Lumen knows she’s not going to be killed, she wants payback.

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TV Review: CHUCK – SEASON 4 – “Vs. The Couch Lock”

Adam Baldwin in CHUCK - Season 4 - "Vs. The Couch Lock" | ©2010 NBC

Someone behind-the-scenes at CHUCK must have been paying attention to how much the quality control had been suffering the last couple of weeks and made some drastic changes that got the show back on track. With “Vs. The Couch” we get a Casey-centric episode which finally gives the under-utilized Adam Baldwin some cool stuff to do after being sidelined the last couple of weeks as his character had an “injury.”

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Movie Review: CONVICTION

CONVICTION movie poster | ©2010 Fox Searchlight

Although parts of CONVICTION have no doubt been fictionalized to make a better story, the heart of the film is what in fact happened. When Kenneth (Sam Rockwell) was convicted of a vicious murder and lost his first appeal, his sister, small-town barmaid Betty Anne Waters (Hilary Swank) put herself through law school for the purpose of becoming a lawyer so she could re-open her brother’s case and exonerate him. The entire process took eighteen years.

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