Recapping Television's Hottest Shows with Monkeys as Critics
Eliza Dushku gets imprinted as a back-up singer on a new 'Dollhouse'
Echo shines some light in the latest episode of "Dollhouse."
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Starting with a “Previously on...” this time, hitting the high points: super-secret organization supplies rich people with brainwashed sex cookies with kung-fu skills – including our heroine, Echo – and the dogged FBI agent, Ballard, who’s trying to expose the place.
Then we’re looking at a hot chick in a metal fringed bikini dancing in a cage. I’m wondering where I’m supposed to go to get my bills changed into singles. She’s a singer in the Britney/Christina/Beyonce mold. And now one of her back-up singers is on fire.
No, seriously. It’s so out-of-nowhere that I’m laughing until I snort. You have BritTinaYonce moving like a pole dancer, and then boom, someone’s hosing down a girl with a fire extinguisher.
And here’s our culprit, staring from the audience. Not much of a mystery. He might as well have a shirt that says “STALKER WITH DANGEROUS OBSESSIVE QUALITIES” in glow-in-the-dark lettering.
[More after the break...]
Jerry was sick, Erinn was happy, Coach found an assistant and somebody found an Idol
Benjamin 'Coach' Wade of 'Survivor: Tocantins'
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Through two weeks on "Survivor: Tocantins," the eliminations have followed a very simple pattern: It's bad to be weak or old or sickly or have a name starting with "S," but it's worse to be an opinionated woman with an ample bosom and a name starting with "C." Good for Sandy and Sierra. Bad for Carolina and Candace.
Would the pattern continue on Thursday (Feb. 26) night's "Survivor: Tocantins" episode?
Pre-credit sequence. In Timbira camp, Erinn is pretending like she knew Candace was going home the whole time. She claims that her friendship with Candace was an elaborate ruse, an elaborate, exclusive, conspiratorial ruse. Coach isn't buying it. "For her to say that to us is insulting," the Pony-Tailed Machiavelli declares, making it clear that his alliance never had a place for Erinn anyway.
[Full recap, with spoilers, after the break...]
Two favorites and one dark horse joined Danny, Alexis and Michael in the 'American Idol' Top 12
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After the "American Idol" Top 36 Group One sang, I was pretty confident that Danny "The Redeemer" Gokey and Alexis Grace were going through. I was even able to narrow the final spot down to either Anoop Desai and Michael Sarver and while I guessed the wrong one, I came close.
As Wednesday (Feb. 26) night's "American Idol" begins, I have a couple hunches, but I'm not sure I would be willing to bet on who's advancing...
8:00 p.m. "The foundation of this show has always been the vote," Ryan Seacrest begins, proclaiming his own Magna Carta. He closes with his usual "What have you done?" and looks directly at Nick "Normund 'Norman' Gentle" Mitchell.
8:01 p.m. It seems 25 million votes were cast last night.
[Who did they vote for? Spoilers and recap after the break...]
John Locke finally takes that walkabout... just not the way he expected
Terry O'Quinn brings the awesome as Locke on 'Lost'
Here's why I loved tonight's episode. And I did.
"Lost" in increasingly defined as a battle of wills between two men. Benjamin Linus. And Charles Widmore. Almost every other dynamic on the show can be defined by how it relates to one of these two or, even better, both.
Last night's episode was written by Carlton Cuse and Damon Lindelof. Two in a row now, and I'm not surprised. These were both pivotal moments, and I would imagine they wanted to be able to fine-tune and calibrate all the reveals themselves.
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Nick 'Normund Gentle' Mitchell brings down the house, but which singer was compared to Robert Pattinson?
Nick 'Normund Gentle' Mitchell
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Last week, the first group of Top 36 singers started strong (Ricky Braddy, Alexis Grace), came crashing down in the middle (Casey Carlson, Stevie Wright) and ended with the official "American Idol" coronation of Danny "The Redeemer" Gokey.
Would Wednesday (Feb. 25) night's "American Idol" be more consistent? Would anybody rise to challenge the Gokey Juggernaut? Or would Wednesday's show only be about making fun of Nick "Normund Gentle" Mitchell?
Full results after the break...
Having successfully captured Noah, several fugitive heroes seek to unravel the plot to imprison those with powers.
Greg Grunberg of 'Heroes'
You'll be forgiven, "Heroes" fans, if you suffered more than a slight case of déjà vu watching tonight’s episode, entitled “Cold Wars.” In essence, the show sought to combine Season 1’s greatest episode, “Company Man,” with that season’s overarching “major city will be obliterated” arc, only to yield something far less than the sum of its parts. While the latter regurgitation is lazy at best, the former is almost offensive: it took the remaining shreds of a once iconic figure and potentially threw it under the bus once and for all.
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Ever want to know what would happen if somebody slapped Jack Bauer and asked him to feel?
Devoted "24" fans have probably heard the story (I know I've heard the producers tell it a half-dozen times): One possible ending to the show's sixth season involved Jack Bauer, physically and psychically beaten after the fourth or fifth most difficult day of his life, standing on a cliff staring into existential limbo, uncertain what to do next. A car pulls up. A stranger's inside. It's TONY ALMEIDA! He's ALIVE and he asks Jack to come with him. The jaws of the collective "24" fanbase drop. Credits roll.
For various reasons, that ending was discarded and viewers were left mostly with Jack's ever-increasing ennui and a Southern California dawn.
Monday (Feb. 23) night's episode showed exactly how much the "24" writers and producers still loved that ending.
[More on how Jack Bauer spent the hour between 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. after the bump, complete with spoilers...]
The latest 'Race' leg included cream pies, paragliding and a miracle
Mel White and Mike White of 'The Amazing Race'
Maybe it was the emotion of the night, rushing to recap Sunday's (Feb. 22) "The Amazing Race" after five or six hours of writing about Heath Ledger, Sean Penn, Mickey Rourke's dog and those adorable kids (you know, like Freida Pinto) from "Slumdog Millionaire," but the episode left me all emotional and misty-eyed.
Teasingly titled "Your Target Is Your Partner's Face," Sunday's "Amazing Race" was the second consecutive really strong hour to kick off the show's 14th season, a season that already seems to be better cast, better challenged and better arced than the past couple installments.
Thoughts on "The Amazing Race," complete with spoilers, after the bump...
Are you ready to get your 'Most Dangerous Game' on? So was 'Dollhouse' in Week Two
Matt Keeslar and Eliza Dushku have an unusual first date on 'Dollhouse'
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So we’re at the Dollhouse, and all the living sex toys – sorry, “actives,” – are in a panic, guys with guns and body armor are scuffing the hardwood yoga floor, and the resident science geek, Topher, is saying this shouldn’t have happened, because, after all, he’s only using a dangerous, untested method for wiping people’s minds and implanting memories and skills instead. How could that possibly go wrong? Well, surprisingly, there’s a rogue active running around – Alpha – and he’s killing people with all the memories and skills he’s not supposed to have any more.
Echo, however, is spared from Alpha’s slasher rampage while all the other actives around her are dropped like snotty Kleenex. In the shower, naked, of course, because hey, let’s not kid ourselves about why we’re here, people.
And that’s how this week’s episode of “Dollhouse” begins, and it’s basically more exciting than everything happened in the pilot episode, so I’d call that a good start.
[The rest of the recap (spoilers included) after the break. Click through...]
A rain-soaked challenge, an Exile Island twist, a bromance and another blindside on 'Survivor'
Sierra, Sydney and Candace get wet on 'Survivor: Tocantins'
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A quick note before Thursday (Feb. 19) night's "Survivor: Tocantins." Dear Jalapao, Why did you vote out Carolina? She wasn't just eye-candy. She appeared to actually work around camp. Or was that the problem? She was too industrious? Oh well. Good luck with Sandy. I hope you like crazy. Love Daniel.
Pre-credit sequence. It's nightime in Jalapao and the Carolina-free tribe is rationalizing their voting decision, while making fire, or "far," as Sandy calls it. Sandy's grateful and lets everybody know it, but Spencer makes it clear that last week's vote just swapped things at the top of the elimination chart. It could have been Sandy-Carolina. Now it's Carolina-Sandy.
[Full recap, with spoilers, after the bump... Click through...]