It’s elimination night! With an hour of other stuff in front of it to fill out the ABC schedule, but let’s just concern ourselves with the important part. Although we do learn who the judges see as contenders right before the hour break, which is worth noting. Bruno declares that in his mind there are two dark horses, and one is Kendra Wilkinson. If only she had more confidence! I really don’t think confidence is Kendra’s only problem. No BLEEPING elegance might be the bigger issue. But I digress. Bruno’s other dark horse is Ralph Macchio, who needs to stoke his fire to master Latin dances. Bruno and his fiery crotch comments! I swear the guy has an infection that needs clearing up or something. Carrie Ann says Hines Ward is best from a technical perspective but she also likes Kirstie Alley. And Len doesn’t get to answer the question, as Carrie Ann and Bruno babbled on too long.
Now in its final stretch, “The Event,” in this week’s episode “Strain” weaves together a story of presidential assassination, frozen corpses, influenza genocide and coffee. (You’ll be surprised which of those things gets the most screen time.) It’s an episode that features none of the show’s periodic strangeness, but all of its dull political intrigue plots. This is a series that can’t afford any more episodes slogged down by tiresome filler, and yet this is another.
[Full recap of Monday’s (April 25) “Event” after the break...]
Finales are hard work for some shows. On some levels, they are easy, in that they get to burn through story they’ve been holding back on all season long. But pacing everything in a satisfying manner can be difficult, often leading to rushed episodes that are sound and fury signifying…well, something, but something much less than potentially intended. “Fringe” is attempting to get around that conundrum by essentially staging a three-part finale, which kicked off tonight. As Act 1 of that trilogy, “6:02 AM EST” laid some satisfying groundwork for the next fortnight. But as an actual episode? It left a little something to be desired.
[Recap of Friday's (April 22) "Fringe" after the break...]
Elijah is BACK! Or, at least it seems fair to assume he is, as Elena plucked the dagger out of his chest last week. I’m also assuming that Elena hasn’t come to her senses and decided that said plucking was a CRAZY thing to do and promptly plunged that dagger right back in. I know, I know, she’s trying to save Bonnie’s life, as the dagger can be used to kill that other pesky original Klaus so that dear Bonnie doesn’t go toes up using her witchy powers to do the same thing. But that sort of overlooks the little complication that Elijah will not have a dagger in his chest during that time, and he’s SO much more agreeable when he’s sort of dead. Elena has her heart in the right place, but I fear that by the time this episode is over the rest of her organs may be in the wrong place and mostly dead.
Welcome to another Anything Can Happen Thursday (April 21) on "American Idol." Last night's recap predicted that Haley would go home, but several commenters disagreed. So who knows what might happen?
I certainly don't.
Click through for the full recap...
Eeeeee! Tonight is the bug challenge! This is both exciting and revolting at the same time, not unlike a Charlie Sheen podcast. Although part of me loves that “Top Chef Masters” comes up with some wacky challenges for our chefs, I do wonder if making them cook bugs is a bit too far, as I’m not sure it really shows whether or not they’re good chefs. I mean, I wouldn’t hold someone’s fried scorpion against them, literally or figuratively. Of course, that’s assuming I would eat the thing anyway.
[Full recap of Wednesday's "Top Chef Masters" recap after the break...]
Tuesday (April 20) night's "American Idol" theme is Songs of the 21st Century, which ought to give our Top 7 the chance to be a little bit more contemporary than our recent string of old-skewing themes.
Who benefited from going modern? Click through for my recap...