This week in Mystic Falls, everyone's all about technology -- cell phones, texting, chat rooms. Can double dates, out of control MILFs, and Jeremy's Internet research cause half as much drama as the army of old-new bloodsuckers congregating in Pearl's Vampire Halfway House in the woods, learning how to -- gasp! -- text message?
The new vamps in town cause problems, while Elena and Stefan go on a double-date
In the wake of Olivia's discovery of Peter's true nature, Walter reveals how he came to this universe.
If any recently launched genre show learned the true lesson of “Lost” (“It’s the characters, stupid!”), it’s “Fringe.” While its individual episodes can be hit or miss, it has at its core the type of unorthodox family that’s necessary to hold an audience’s interest even if The Pattern doesn’t. Tonight, in “Peter,” we saw the start of The Pattern, itself derived from an easily understood starting point: a father’s grief over a lost child. In fact, the mythology of “Fringe” was summed up nicely tonight by Carla, Walter’s assistant in 1985: “For the sake of one life, you will destroy the world.” Much more eloquent than my previous version: “Two worlds. One door. WHO YA GOT?”
[Full recap of Thursday's (April 1) "Fringe" after the break...]
The Heroes begin to recover their mojo and Boston Rob and Russell continue to bicker
In 'America's Next Top Vampire,' the girls get drenched in blood for a shoot
Oh, here it comes. We’re just far enough into Cycle 14 that the crying begins in earnest. Right off the bat, we get to hear from a model mommy who had to leave her baby for this, like, amazing opportunity. Now taking bets on how long it takes for Anslee to cry.
After a 'Clash of the Titans' plug and a Diddy performance, one singer is sent home
Another stepping stone episode drops one major bombshell
"A wise man once said war is coming to this Island. I think it just got here."
This week's episode of the final season of "Lost" was deceptively simple, and at this point, watching fans of the show micro-manage their expectations from week to week is fascinating. I think part of the problem is a sort of separation anxiety that's setting in, and so instead of enjoying the ride from here to the end, fans are starting to go a wee bit crazy. As a result, anything that strikes them as less than perfect gets magnified and they seem to be lose focus.
Relax, kids. Even a week like this week, where things seem very direct and surprisingly linear, is packed with information and answers and suggestions for where we're going in the next two months. Also, let's be fair... almost anything would have seemed like a comedown after last week's Richard Alpert episode, but I think Paul Zbyszewski and Graham Roland did solid work in building this Jin/Sun-centric installment, and in a few moments, I think they may have given us some major peeks behind the curtain.
It had to happen eventually that we'd get an episode that focused on the drive to get Jin and Sun together again, and they've been hinting at it in moments, but tonight, this long-separated couple took center stage, and there were some powerful emotional punches thrown and landed as a result. In TIMELINE A, we backed up a few steps from the point we've already seen, picking up with Jin and Sun at LAX, just after Jin has been questioned by customs about the $25,000 in cash he was trying to carry into the country. He's released, but customs keeps the money. When Sun asks why he was carrying it, he admits that he's not sure. Her father gave it to him just before they left and, as he puts it, "I do what your father tells me."
After more than four months away, 'V' returns with a new showrunner in tow
First things first: "Welcome to the War" is, all told, a pretty good episode of "V." It doesn't fix all of the show's problems, but it gives a clearer indication that the show knows where it's headed than the first four episodes of the season did. New showrunner Scott Rosenbaum wrote it, and it meets his stated goal of including three or four moments that make the viewer go "Holy crap!" as they watch. And while the show is improved on that score and on the score of feeling like it's going somewhere, I don't know that it's improved on the show's fairly consistent problem of making each episode a distinct unit. Increasingly, the show feels like a collection of scenes, not a TV show. But let's back out to some TV theory for a second.
[Full recap of Tuesday's (March 30) "V" after the break...]
Usher mentors and Lee Dewyze and Crystal Bowersox shine on 'Idol'
Tuesday (March 30) night is Soul and R&B Night for the "American Idol" Top 10.
After the unavoidable mockery that accompanied last week's guest mentor, a certain Ms. Miley Cyrus, I can't say anything bad about Tuesday's mentor. Usher's status in the recording industry and the world of popular music is hard to contest. Let's hope he can help the Top 10 on Tuesday.
Recap of the performances after the break...
A pivotal episode delivers Chuck-Sarah goodness and Shaw staring down The Ring
The President learns the price for keeping NYC safe and a major cliffhanger
It’s a bittersweet time to be a “24” fan, given that we now know this will be the final season of the show. We’ve had ups, downs, and unfortunate appearances by cougars over the years. At its best, the show has provided enough adrenaline and fast-paced action to satisfy even the most jaded of fans. At its worst, it turns into a parody of itself, with fans able to spot the plot twists and narrative machinations hours before anyone in CTU can.
But I come neither to praise nor bury “24”: I come merely to recap the latest hour. So here we go!