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??”

SCANDAL Recap: “Where the Sun Don’t Shine”

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Last week on Twitter, Kerry Washington promised that Scandal‘s holiday-break finale would be “bananas.”  “Where the Sun Don’t Shine,” though, was also a kind of recap of the entire season so far, boiled down into one hour.  There were some twists and turns and some dancing, and a good set up for the next half of this season, but was it completely bananas?  Hit the jump for why “I’m marrying a whore, but at least I know what I’m paying for.”

GRACEPOINT Recap: “Episode Eight”

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Hmmm.  In my enthusiasm over “Episode Seven’s” big departure from Broadchurch, I might have overestimated Gracepoint‘s decision to really strike out on its own.  “Episode Eight” was more or less a kind of reset, and the kind that made “Episode Seven” look largely like wheel-spinning.  Nothing much was revealed in this new episode, either, which seems to suggest that the two-episode expansion from the original series may not ultimately yield any different results.  Hit the jump for why I’m running hot and cold about this series.

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.

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