In its lesser moments, "The Amazing Race" has been prone to being geographically irrelevant. All too often, teams fly thousands of miles around the globe, arrive at one of the world's most remote, most exotic locations and then teams are asked to bungee jump or to swim a few laps in a pool. They're asked to do things that could pretty much be done anywhere on Earth without any variation in the task or the outcome.
Champagne challenges and incorrect directions cause tensions to bubble up
Daniel and Joseph take two very different approaches to locate their daughter's avatars
Fans of “Caprica” are almost universally also fans of “Battlestar: Galactica.” Not all, but most. So when I tell you that everything has happened before, and will happen again, you have more context for the speech than simply Amanda’s utterance of it last week. What tonight’s episode, “Ghosts in the Machine,” sought to demonstrate was just how one iteration of one stage of the neverending cycle started to pick up speed. Both Daniel and Joseph spent this episode looking for their daughters, fully unaware of how much they are fueling the fire of the younger generation’s imminent revenge.
As yes, I use the phrase “fueling the fire” intentionally. Between Zoe’s pathological fear of it to the invocation of Prometheus in New Cap City, the episode foreshadowed the fire the will engulf the Twelve Colonies in the near future. But that’s a tale for another time. Let’s focus our recap on the here and now, shall we?
[Full recap of Friday's (March 19) "Caprica" after the break...]
Which contestant will throw the other one under the bus?
Okay, I’ve finally figured out that Lifetime, home of the woman in peril/menopause/a tawdry extramarital affair with the underage but ripped pool boy movie, is not entirely trustworthy when it comes to promos. But, even after seeing and scoffing at the ridiculously over-the-top plug for this week’s “Project Runway” (“But NO ONE is prepared for what happens NEXT, bah dah DUM!”), I’m still excited to see this episode. After all, it’s a team challenge, and if there’s one thing we know about “PR” is that this is a certain recipe for the kind of passive aggressive sniping, angrily thrown pin cushions and weeping/high-pitched screeching that makes reality television so much fun but sucks eggs in real life. But good news, this isn’t real life (or at least it isn’t ours), so let the hysterics begin!
In another 90-minute episode, the models get naked and two are sent home
After an hour of filler, 'Idol' cuts to 11 without a major surprise and without using the Judges' Save
9:00 p.m. We begin the episode with a Top 12 montage set to The Everly Brothers' "All I Have To Do Is Dream." Presumably the joke is that the dream is about to become a nightmare for one contestant?
9:01 p.m. Close, but not quite. "One dream is on the line," bombastic text informs us. Uh-oh!
[Find out whose dream became a nightmare on Wednesday's (March 17) "American Idol" after the break..]
Sawyer takes center-stage in an episode that feels like a stepping stone
As an important part of the overall mythology in this final season of "Lost," episode 6.08 was well-constructed by writers Jim Galasso & Elizabeth Sarnoff, and it certainly laid out certain information in a way that sets a number of things into motion for the next few episodes. But there's still something about it as a stand-alone epsiode that seems disappointing. Slight, even, and when there are only eight episodes after this before the finale, then it's no time for "slight."
The featured player in this week's flash-sideways TIMELINE A segments is Sawyer, although he's not Sawyer in this version of reality. Instead, he's James Ford, Los Angeles cop with a dark secret and a partner named Miles. The notion of Ken Leung and Josh Holloway teamed up in a buddy cop show is just plain great, and I highly advise ABC to get busy on the spin-off right away, regardless of how the series ends. The introduction to undercover officer Sawyer is pretty canny, a spin on what we've learned about him over the years. He starts the episode in bed with a woman, and he starts to run a con on her. It's the familiar pigeon drop we've seen him do before, and the problem is that she recognizes the move as well. She draws a gun on him and tells him she knows he's a con artist since her husband is as well, and she knows the moves. He tells her that he's actually a cop, and that she's walked into a trap designed to catch her husband. It's a fun game for viewers for a few minutes, because as AlternaLocke observes later in the episode, "You're the best liar I've ever seen." James could be a cop. It could be a way to get out of trouble. It could be another layer of scam. For a few minutes, there are some rich possibilities in play.
Siobhan Magnus earns Adam Lambert comparisons, but several other singers also shine
New stage set-up. New announcer. New Top 12. This is "American Idol."
Tuesday (March 16) night is the music of the Rolling Stones and I can't wait to hear what Lilly Scott and Alex Lambert are going to sing!
Huh. Well, click through for a full recap of tonight's episode. [And also check out my interviews with the Top 12.]
As CTU stretches itself thin to contain the growing threat, the terrorists make a move to secure their endgame.
You never know when your TV-watching habits are going to pay off, friends. Take “24,” for instance. At its heights a blockbuster action show worthy of extra-buttered popcorn; at it’s worst, well, full of redneck ex-boyfiends. But I never knew the show could teach me valuable life lessons as well. Just today, I found a half-foot of water in my basement and knew that I should calibrate my “DAMNIT” just slightly higher than when a suspect breaks a CTU perimeter and slightly lower than when a witness dies in Jack’s arms before (s)he can tell him the vital piece of intel that could end that day’s threat.
So thank you, “24.” I underestimated you. Onto the recap!
Adam Baldwin's Casey gets quality time in an episode that's all about choices
World War I proves confusing for all, while Morse Code proves impossible for one team