HOMELAND Season Four Finale: “Long Time Coming”

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Oh, HomelandHomeland, Homeland, Homeland.  This is why we can’t have nice things; because you go and do a thing like that.  Last week, at the end of “Krieg Nicht Lieb” I thought, “this would have been a dynamite finale.”  Imagine it: after all of that crazy build-up and all of the emotion after Aayan and the slaughter at the Embassy, and Quinn going rogue on Haqqani, and Carrie finally getting her shot at him, and Khan stopping her because of Dar Adal … it would have allowed this season to be a beautiful capsule, and tribute to Homeland‘s glorious resurrection, leaving us hungry for next season.  Instead, we got “Long Time Coming.”  Hit the jump because “I know how this goes.  It ends badly.”

THE AFFAIR Season One Finale Recap: “10″

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All season, The Affair has ridden a dark, moody, emotional wave, intertwining Noah and Alison’s stories of not just the carefree days of a summer fling, but of the harsh, cold reality of what it has meant for them and their families afterwards.  Its first season finale, “10,” felt like an odd coda given all that had come before; a lot of answers and teased moments were addressed quickly and boldly, but left in doubt where a second season might pick up.  Hit the jump for why being alone is all very glamourous — until you need a kidney.

FOLLOWING FREAK SHOW Video Podcast: Episode 10 – “Orphans”

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Welcome to episode 10 of Following Freak Show, a show that’s all about discussing the crazy things that go down on American Horror Story: Freak Show.  In “Orphans,” we flash back to Elsa’s (Jessica Lange) past and explore what Pepper (Naomi Grossman) truly means to her.  Meanwhile, Desiree (Angela Bassett) grows increasingly suspicious of Maggie (Emma Robert) while Stanley (Denis O’Hare) is busy cooking up another scheme to add an exhibit to his growing collection at 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: “Orphans”

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I finally got what I wanted from American Horror Story: Freak Show, it just didn’t come at the right time.  Ever since episode 6, “Bullseye,” it’s been clear that the Freak Shows supporting cast deserves more than a scene here or there, and now Naomi Grossman further proves it.  Pepper’s always been a fine, likable member of the troupe, but “Orphans” takes the character well beyond just being the resident pinhead.  It’s easily one of the most moving episodes of the season, but it’s hard not to wonder, why now?  Perhaps it’s my own fault for having specific expectations for the final episode before the holiday break, but at the end of “Orphans,” I had more interest in revisiting American Horror Story: Asylum than seeing what’s to come on January 7th.

HOMELAND Recap: “Krieg Nicht Lieb”

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Has any show had such a complete turnaround like Homeland has this season?  It has been unafraid to raise the stakes to the highest possible degree throughout the season, and yet, all of it has connected intimately with the overall idea of (as Dar Adal says in the promo for the finale) questions of “moral clarity.”  In “Krieg Nichy Lieb” (roughly translated to something to “War not Love”), Homeland is also seeming to consider the idea that maybe the bad guys win; and maybe that’s because the good guys let them.  Hit the jump for why,”there was a Taliban flag hanging over my head. I can’t let that go.”

THE AFFAIR Recap: “9″

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The Affair is trying to break us.  That’s been it’s point all along, right?  To emotionally devastate viewers so intensely that it’s impossible to bounce back?  The show has always been heavy.  It’s has portrayed difficult themes with an unflinching honesty.  It’s not that Noah or Alison are heroes (in fact, much of how Noah especially conducts himself is repugnant), but there is still a magnetism to their relationship and the show that keeps bringing us back to the wreckage.  Hit the jump for why “your pride cost you his life.”

FOLLOWING FREAK SHOW Video Podcast: Episode 9 – “Tupperware Party Massacre”

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Welcome to episode 9 of Following Freak Show, a show that’s all about discussing the crazy things that go down on American Horror Story: Freak Show.  In “Tupperware Party Massacre,” Dandy (Finn Wittrock) takes his murderous rampage to a new extreme while Jimmy (Evan Peters) drowns his sorrows in alcohol.  Meanwhile, Elsa continues (Jessica Lange) to try to figure out what to do about the twins (Sarah Paulson).

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: “Tupperware Party Massacre”

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Who would have thought a tupperware party massacre would come hand-in-hand with some major emotional breakthroughs?  Dandy’s murderous rampage may have stolen a good deal of the spotlight, but American Horror Story: Freak Show episode 9, “Tupperware Party Massacre,” is also a standout because it moves a number of key characters forward, and in promising directions at that.  Folks like Dell and Elsa seemed irredeemable, but after the events of this episode, it looks as though a little remorse and a common cause could be exactly what they need to stop the monotony of their selfish behavior and make them engaging and possibly likable characters as well.

THE AFFAIR Recap: “8″

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After its holiday break, The Affair returned with yet another difficult and deeply emotional episode.  But, it also showed how much more there is to explore within The Affair’s world, even outside of the murder (which has always felt tangential, and maybe even nonessential to show).  The nuances of Noah and Alison’s affair don’t follow a typical trajectory, and where the show really shines is its portrayal of mundane things.  Hit the jump why “it’s an honor to be in the presence of such a powerful female lineage.”

HOMELAND Recap: “13 Hours in Islamabad”

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Wow.  Homeland continues to find ways to top itself this season.  “13 Hours in Islamabad” was an unflinching and often harrowing coda to last week’s shocking ending.  What happened to the convoy wasn’t just a one-off attack, he was part of Haqqani’s ISI-backed larger scheme to get a top secret list of assets so he could kill them.  It also mean that “13 Hours in Islamabad” was part of a long nightmare that never seemed to end.  When it finally did, nothing was resolved.  But there’s still so much promise.  Hit the jump for why “I’m trying to kill the motherfucker trying to kill us!  What do you think I’m doing??”

FOLLOWING FREAK SHOW Video Podcast: Episode 8 – “Blood Bath”

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Welcome to episode 8 of Following Freak Show, a show that’s all about discussing the crazy things that go down on American Horror Story: Freak Show.  In “Blood Bath,” the freak show is in disarray after the disappearance of Ma Petite (Jyoti Amge).  Ethel (Kathy Bates) is more suspicious of Elsa (Jessica Lange) than ever and has had it with her selfish behavior, so she calls Elsa out on it.  Meanwhile, over at the Mott mansion, Gloria (Frances Conroy) makes one last attempt at putting Dandy (Finn Wittrock) on a better path.

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: “Blood Bath”

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American Horror Story: Freak Show continues to boast stellar content, but the further along we get in the season, the more evident it becomes that the writers are having a tough time putting all the pieces together.  “Blood Bath” certainly has loads of standout moments, but they play very well on their own, not in the context of the episode or the season and that severely reduces the forward momentum of the show.  This isn’t a devastating problem for “Blood Bath” itself by any means, but with only five episodes to go, it’s time to connect the dots, firm up the direction of the season narrative and ensure we’re building towards a big and satisfying finish.

SONS OF ANARCHY Recap: “Red Rose”

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It was a good thing that Sons of Anarchy took a breath last week, and paused before its final two episodes, because Lord, they were (and are going to be) incredibly intense.  The carnage continued in “Red Rose,” but the deaths were all from choices that those characters specifically made. Yet, among all of the emotional moments, there was still business to take care of.  The chaos of the streets doesn’t ever take a break, not even for family trauma (which, in this case, also happened to cause it).  Hit the jump for why “I’m ready.”

THE AFFAIR Recap: “7″

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In “7,” The Affair (both proper noun and otherwise) had a reckoning.  As I’ve noted all season, one of the things that makes The Affair so engaging, but also so difficult, is how real and natural its dialogue can feel.  The fights and confrontations in “7″ were hard to experience, even from a removed perspective, because they had in them such universal truths.  And, while seemingly removed from one another for most of the episode, Alison and Noah’s stories both followed similar structures.  Hit the jump for why “it’s the end of summer, are you heading back to Gotham soon?”

HOMELAND Recap: “There’s Something Else Going On”

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“There’s Something Else Going On” was another incredible, tense, and twisted hour from Homeland that stuck to what the show does best: political posturing and CIA business.  It’s not surprising that almost all of this season’s best episodes have done away with the soap opera elements (Carrie’s “trip” through the city ignited a few, they were contained in her mind, so they get a pass).  “There’s Something Else Going On” showed just how difficult and sprawling this war has gotten, and that, as Carrie said last week, even the right choices are wrong.  Hit the jump for “what the fuck?  What the fucking fuck??”

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