FOLLOWING FREAK SHOW Video Podcast: Episode 7 – “Test of Strength”

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Welcome to episode 7 of Following Freak Show, a show that’s all about discussing the crazy things that go down on American Horror Story: Freak Show.  In “Test of Strength” Stanley (Denis O’Hare) blackmails Dell (Michael Chiklis) into killing a freak for him so that he can ship one off to the Morbidity Museum.  Meanwhile, Bette and Dot (Sarah Paulson) are back and they’re hell-bent on getting the upper hand at Elsa’s Cabinet of Curiosities.

You can catch new episodes of Following Freak Show right here on Collider each week the day after a new episode of American Horror Story airs.  And if you’d like to follow the panelists in between new releases, here’s everybody’s Twitter handles: @PNemiroff, @AlexisSaarela, @djSheSay and @ActuallySasha.  Hit the jump to check out this week’s Following Freak Show video podcast.

AMERICAN HORROR STORY: FREAK SHOW Recap: “Test of Strength”

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Dell (Michael Chiklis) needed some time in the spotlight and in American Horror Story: Freak Show episode 7 he finally gets it, but it doesn’t do him much good at all.  The show’s been playing the same game with the character since the moment he arrived at Elsa’s Cabinet of Curiosities.  Dell does terrible things, but then we get a quick glimpse of him looking sad and remorseful and are expected to believe the guy’s got a heart.  No more.  Dell wasn’t really in a position to carry an episode to begin with, but he gets away with it because the characters around him are so strong that his effect on them still has great value.  But, when it comes to Dell as an individual, at this point, he’s a lost cause.  There’s just no coming back from what he does at the end of “Test of Strength.”  The writers might as well stop playing the back-and-forth game and just turn him into a full-blown villain.

THE AFFAIR Recap: “6″

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Things took a hard turn in The Affair‘s “6,” as Noah (and viewers) discovered some new things about the Lockharts and their business interests.  The recollections also differed wildly again, and there was no present day perspective given.  While in past episodes, difficult truths have been met with compassion, the things uncovered in “6″ only drove Noah further away, while Alison stood fast.  Hit the jump if you worry that I’m just a really great dream.

HOMELAND Recap: “Halfway to a Donut”

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Things are both starting to come together and starting to fall apart on Homeland.  Though there wasn’t any trolling or dramatic meltdowns like in “Redux,”  “Halfway to a Donut” was a strong follow-up to that hour’s chaos.  What’s been really fun about this season of Homeland is that the major arc can never be fully predicted.  The detours and twists and resets have made this season an excellent showcase for Homeland‘s new dedication to the unexpected.  Hit the jump for why “they hate us.  Good luck finding common interest in that.”

SCANDAL Recap: “The Last Supper”

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Scandal was full of twists and turns and unholy alliances in “The Last Supper,” the most worrying of which is that Rowan appears to have his own private sniper squad.  Though Olivia, Fitz, David Rosen, and others may be masters of their domains, they are no match (apparently, yet), even as a team, against Rowan.  Hit the jump for why, “I don’t want justice.  I want to kill your father.”

GRACEPOINT Recap: “Episode Seven”

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For fans of Broadchurch, Gracepoint‘s “Episode Seven” is when this show completely distinguished itself as a separate crime story.  There have been clues in these later episodes that suggested the two would have different outcomes, but “Episode Seven” made it clear the circumstances leading to that revelation are vastly different, and a gamechanger on all fronts.  The story is now not only about Danny, but about a second mystery, with even more secrets yet to uncover.  Hit the jump; “I have a rifle in the van.  Don’t make me use it.”

FOLLOWING FREAK SHOW Video Podcast: Episode 6 – “Bullseye”

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Welcome to episode 6 of Following Freak Show, a show that’s all about discussing the crazy things that go down on American Horror Story: Freak Show.  In “Bullseye” a little romance for Mat Fraser‘s Paul winds up leading to a discovery that shakes up the Freak Show community big time all while Maggie (Emma Roberts) is busy making moves to appease Stanley (Denis O’Hare) by nabbing a freak to ship off to the Morbidity Museum.

You can catch new episodes of Following Freak Show right here on Collider each week the day after a new episode of American Horror Story airs.  And if you’d like to follow the panelists in between new releases, here’s everybody’s Twitter handles: @PNemiroff, @AlexisSaarela, @djSheSay and @ActuallySasha.  Hit the jump to check out this week’s Following Freak Show video podcast.

AMERICAN HORROR STORY: FREAK SHOW Recap: “Bullseye”

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Sarah Paulson, Evan Peters, Kathy Bates and a good deal of the American Horror Story veterans are delivering solid work, but as noted in my recap of the American Horror Story: Freak Show premiere, “Monsters Among Us,” the series newcomers and supporting cast members are stealing the spotlight with ease and episode 6, “Bullseye,” proves that they deserve it, especially Mat Fraser as Paul the Illustrated Seal.  Per usual, “Bullseye” covers a lot of ground, but it’s the mini single-episode arc that Paul gets that really starts to bring all of the separate storylines together for the first time this season.

HOMELAND Recap: “Redux”

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First off … let’s take a deep breath.  In “Redux,” Homeland‘s writers succeeded in some major trolling that they did well to keep quiet.  But for the rest of the hour, “Redux” was full of suspense, not because of Saul’s capture and what might happen to him, but because of Carrie’s descent into mania and complete mood destabilization, thanks to friggin’ Dennis.  Hit the jump to visit “the graveyard of empires.”

THE AFFAIR Recap: “5″

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Last week, in “4,” The Affair tinkered with its structure slightly by not replaying the events of the episode through the lens of both characters (for the most part).  It showed a growing cohesion in their recollections, that things maybe weren’t so dramatically different as in prior episodes.  In “5,” The Affair again shook things up slightly by starting with Alison’s narrative instead of Noah’s, and also allowing for even more solo moments for each, that just reinforced what a shelter their relationship has become in those few times of togetherness.  Hit the jump for why “we came to the end of our story.”

SCANDAL Recap: “Baby Made a Mess”

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In “Baby Made a Mess,” Scandal Pope’d us all — and it felt so good.  Everyone, particularly the ladies, are back on track.  Olivia did some old-school gladiating, while Abby dealt with her past head-on.  Even Mellie is back from being Drunk/Crybaby/Smelly/Chicken-Fried Mellie, leaving Fitz potentially regretting his tantrum that brought her back.  We, on the other hand, are ever so pleased.  Hit the jump if you want to drink a little more bourbon, and I’ll touch your boob.

GRACEPOINT Recap: “Episode Six”

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In “Episode Six,” Gracepoint took a specific look at the how the fallout from Danny’s death has become a kind of mob rule, fueled by those only looking to profit from the tragedy.  It has also managed to finally make some of its drama personally compelling beyond Beth (though she remains a highlight).  “Episode Six” proved how easily public opinion can be swayed, revealing the ugly underbelly of a town who supposedly loved one another.  Hit the jump for #JusticeForJack.

FOLLOWING FREAK SHOW Video Podcast: Episode 5 – “Pink Cupcakes”

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Welcome to episode 5 of Following Freak Show, a show that’s all about discussing the crazy things that go down on American Horror Story: Freak Show.  In “Pink Cupcakes” Stanley (Denis O’Hare) gets to work and concocts a plan to catch/kill a freak for his collection.  Meanwhile, Gloria (Frances Conroy) does her best to clean up after Dandy (Finn Wittrock) and Desiree (Angela Bassett) must address an unexpected health issue.

You can catch new episodes of Following Freak Show right here on Collider each week the day after a new episode of American Horror Story airs.  And if you’d like to follow the panelists in between new releases, here’s everybody’s Twitter handles: @PNemiroff, @AlexisSaarela, @djSheSay and @ActuallySasha.  Hit the jump to check out this week’s Following Freak Show video podcast.

AMERICAN HORROR STORY: FREAK SHOW Recap: “Pink Cupcakes”

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American Horror Story is moving along at a noticeably slower pace this season, but it’s actually working to the show’s benefit for the most part.  There are still some heavy-handed plays to one-up previous episodes and seasons via outrageously shocking material and every so often, there are a few narrative details that don’t add up, but for the most part, the key characters are progressing well and the writers are bolstering the effect of current episodes by acknowledging and respecting what’s gone down in previous ones.  Hit the jump for more in my American Horror Story: Freak Show recap.

HOMELAND Recap: “From A to B to Back Again”

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With its fourth season, Homeland has finally started taking some real risks.  It wiped out a character who had been central to the show, as well as all those associated with him.  It also totally realigned itself, meanwhile, in a new country and with a new set of targets.  While some of the things in this fourth season have felt recycled from seasons past, “From A to B to Back Again” proved that this really is a new Homeland, willing to make decisions that are best for the story and the characters, and not just about keeping viewers happy.  Hit the jump if you are resourceful.

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