TV Review: CASTLE – Season 4 – “Pandora”

Nathan Fillion, Russell Edge and Stana Katic in CASTLE - Season 4 - "Pandora" | ©2012 ABC/Karen Neal

Stars: Nathan Fillion, Stana Katic, Susan Sullivan, Molly Quinn, Tamala Jones, Seamus Deaver, Jon Huertas, Penny Johnson Jerald Writer: David Amann Director: Bryan Spicer Network: ABC, Monday nights, 10 p.m. Original Telecast: February 13, 2012 The interesting thing about “Pandora,” the first of a two-part CASTLE, is that it’s not about whodunit. We see that in the first scene, as a man comes crashing through an upper story window onto a car, then we see the killer looking through the window. Huh? Well, there’s lots of that floating around. Author Richard Castle (Nathan Fillion) is the last to find out that his daughter Alexis […]Read On »


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TV Review: ONCE UPON A TIME – Season 1 – “Skin Deep”

Jessy Schram and Tim Phillips in ONCE UPON A TIME - Season 1 - "Skin Deep" | ©2012 ABC/Jack Rowand

Stars: Ginnifer Goodwin, Jennifer Morrison, Robert Carlyle, Lana Parrilla, Jared Gilmore, Josh Dallas, Raphael Sbarge Writer: Jane Espenson Director: Milan Cheylov Network: ABC, Sunday nights, 8 p.m. Original Telecast: February 12, 2012 OMG! “Skin Deep” is one of those episodes of ONCE UPON A TIME where I really, really wish this weren’t a no spoiler zone, because we find out something about Mr. Gold (Robert Carlyle) and I would so love to debate the issue. It’s a twist at the end, though, and it’s no fun to zap you that way. You will have to set your gag reflex on low, however, because the Disney references are really in your face. The episode […]Read On »


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TV Review: THE RIVER – Season 1 – “Marbeley”

Joe Anderson in THE RIVER - Season 1 - "Marbeley" | ©2012 ABC/Mario Perez

Stars: Bruce Greenwood, Joe Anderson, Leslie Hope, Eloise Mumford, Paul Blackthorne, Thomas Kretschmann, Daniel Zacapa, Shaun Parkes, Paulina Gaitan Writers: Michael Green & Zack Estrin, series created by Michael R. Perry & Oren Peli Director: Jaume Collet-Serra Network: ABC, Tuesdays @ 9 PM Original Broadcast: February 7, 2012 You know how creepy old dolls can look? Yeah, so do the makers of THE RIVER, who give us a whole tree grove full of the things in the second episode “Marbeley.” Flashbacks via video clips show us Emmet Cole (Bruce Greenwood) with his then-young son Lincoln. Emmet is an adoring dad […]Read On »


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TV Review: THE RIVER – Season 1 – “Magus” – Series Premiere

Paul Blackthorne, Daniel Zacapa, Thomas Kretschmann, Paulina Gaitan, Shaun Parkes, Leslie Hope, Eloise Mumford, Joe Anderson and Bruce Greenwood in THE RIVER - Season 1 | ©2012 ABC/Bob D'Amico

Stars: Bruce Greenwood, Joe Anderson, Leslie Hope, Eloise Mumford, Paul Blackthorne, Thomas Kretschmann, Daniel Zacapa, Shaun Parkes, Paulina Gaitan, Jeff Galfer Writers: Michael Green and Michael R. Perry, series created by Michael R. Perry & Oren Peli Director: Jaume Collet-Serra Network: ABC, Tuesdays @ 9 PM Original Broadcast: February 7, 2012 At this point, “found footage” horror is a genre unto itself, but Oren Peli, who made the first PARANORMAL ACTIVITY film and has produced the franchise since then, knows how to make it work long-term. THE RIVER, which Peli created with Michael R. Perry, is proof of this. It […]Read On »


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TV Review: REVENGE – Season 1 – “Perception”

Emily VanCamp and Madeleine Stowe in REVENGE - Season 1 - "Perception" | ©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: Nikki Toscano & Sallie Patrick Director: Tim Hunter Network: ABC, Wednesday nights, 10 p.m. Original Telecast: February 8, 2012 There is a problem with elaborate plans, such as Emily Thorne’s (Emily VanCamp) to exact REVENGE on Victoria and Conrad Grayson (Madeleine Stowe and Henry Czerny) for arranging to have Emily’s father David Clarke (James Tupper) wrongfully convicted of terrorism. You could even legitimately argue that it’s a problem inherent in the premise of the show, but we won’t. The more elaborate a plan is, the more things can go wrong. And in […]Read On »


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Exclusive Interview: Paul Blackthorne heads down THE RIVER

Paul Blackthorne in THE RIVER - Season | ©ABC/Bob D'Amico

There has been plenty of horror on television, and there have been pseudo-documentaries on television, but THE RIVER, airing on ABC Tuesdays at 9 PM, is the first narrative series to combine the two. With PARANORMAL ACTIVITY maker Oren Peli as one of the show’s creators, Michael R. Perry (PARANORMAL ACTIVITY 2, STEPHEN KING’S DEAD ZONE TV series, MILLENNIUM) as its other creator and Steven Spielberg as one of the executive producers, the series arrived on the scene with plenty of genre street – or waterways – cred, even before proving itself to be truly scary in its first episode. In […]Read On »


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TV Review: CASTLE – Season 4 – “The Blue Butterfly”

Stana Katic and Nathan Fillion in CASTLE - "The Blue Butterfly" | ©2012 ABC/Karen Neal

Stars: Nathan Fillion, Stana Katic, Susan Sullivan, Molly Quinn, Tamala Jones, Seamus Deaver, Jon Huertas, Penny Johnson Jerald Writer: Rob Hanning Director: Thomas J. Wright Network: ABC, Monday nights, 10 p.m. Original Telecast: February 7, 2012 In “The Blue Butterfly,” the CASTLE team pays tribute to the great detective films of yore with a case that harkens back to June 1947, and let’s be real here, the result is little more than an excuse to get the cast all duded up in great 1940s fashions and hairstyles. But it’s a really good excuse! The 1940s scenes happen as Castle (Nathan Fillion) reads the 1947 diary […]Read On »


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TV Review: ONCE UPON A TIME – Season 1 – “Fruit of the Poisonous Tree”

Richard Schiff and Ginnifer Goodwin in ONCE UPON A TIME - Season 1 - "Fruit of the Poisonous Tree" | ©2012 ABC/Jack Rowand

Stars: Ginnifer Goodwin, Jennifer Morrison, Robert Carlyle, Lana Parrilla, Jared Gilmore, Josh Dallas, Raphael Sbarge Writer: Ian Goldberg and Andrew Chambliss Director: Bryan Spicer Network: ABC, Sunday nights, 8 p.m. Original Telecast: January 29, 2012 I get that with a character named “The Evil Queen” evil is kind of the point. Nonetheless, in this episode of ONCE UPON A TIME, “Fruit of the Poisonous Tree,” Regina (Lana Parilla) is getting more than simply scary. It all starts in the modern world, when a storm breaks down young Henry’s (Jared Gilmore) wooden castle play yard by the ocean. Not only does Regina get all over Emma Swan (Jennifer Morrison) for […]Read On »


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TV Review: CASTLE – Season 4 – “An Embarrassment of Bitches”

Hilarie Burton in CASTLE - Season 4 - "An Embarrassment of Bitches" | ©2012 ABC/Karen Neal

Stars: Nathan Fillion, Stana Katic, Susan Sullivan, Molly Quinn, Tamala Jones, Seamus Deaver, Jon Huertas, Penny Johnson Jerald Writer: Rob Hanning Director: Thomas J. Wright Network: ABC, Monday nights, 10 p.m. Original Telecast: January 23, 2012 Let’s just get this out of the way, “An Embarrassment of Bitches” is referring to the dogs. Bitch is a perfectly legitimate term for a female dog and is commonly used in dog show circles, where this episode of CASTLE opens. At first, it looks like we’re going to have a lovely take-off on Best In Show, with all the jealousy and sniping, but since it turns out that […]Read On »


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TV Review: ONCE UPON A TIME – Season 1 – “7:15 A.M.”

Meghan Ory in ONCE UPON A TIME - Season 1 - "7:15 A.M." | ©2012 ABC/Jack Rowand

Stars: Ginnifer Goodwin, Jennifer Morrison, Robert Carlyle, Lana Parrilla, Jared Gilmore, Josh Dallas, Raphael Sbarge Writer: Story by Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz, Teleplay by Daniel T. Thomsen Director: Ralph Hemecker Network: ABC, Sunday nights, 8 p.m. Original Telecast: January 22, 2012 It’s “7:15 A.M.” in Storybrooke, and Mary Margaret Blanchard (Ginnifer Goodwin) is off to get coffee at the diner where David Nolan (Josh Dallas) is getting coffee for himself and his wife Kathryn (Anastasia Griffith). Oh, and there’s a stranger (Eion Bailey) in town, with a strange wood box. There’s also the fairy tale world, in ONCE UPON A TIME, from whence all these people came when The Evil […]Read On »


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