<p>&nbsp;Paula Malcomson and Eric Stoltz of 'Caprica'</p>

 Paula Malcomson and Eric Stoltz of 'Caprica'

Credit: syfy

Recap: 'Caprica' - 'Know Thy Enemy'

As Joseph restarts his search for Tamara, Daniel's main rival comes to Caprica to claim a debt

“Caprica” set the stage for the next phase of its narrative in tonight’s episode, entitled “Know Thy Enemy.” In some ways, the episode looked back to the pilot, revisiting key moments and shedding new light upon them. But it also clearly demarcated new arcs, as Sister Clarice and Daniel Graystone both had old rivals reintroduced into their lives. One came back on the scene brandishing bombs, the other came back brandishing smiles. Both proved equally charismatic and formidable. While the over-aching storyline of “Caprica” can only end one way, it’s nice to see these smaller arcs show such promise. Onto the recap! 

[Full recap of Friday's (March 5) "Caprica" after the break...]

Read Full Post
<p>&nbsp;Colby of 'Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains'</p>

 Colby of 'Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains'

Credit: CBS

Recap: 'Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains' - 'Tonight, We Make Our Move'

Coach recovers his mojo, Idol searching runs amuck and a new alliance is floated
Pre-credit sequence. Poor Randy. You just know that life isn't going to suddenly become unlivable for the Villains in his absence. He was just one of those things that happened and then ceased to happen. It's Night Eight for the Villains and they return to camp laughing. Well, everybody's laughing except for Coach, whose feelings are still hurt from Sandra's semi-stinging words a Tribal Council. We think Coach is tough, but hath not a Coach hands, organs, dimensions, senses, affections, passions? "I'm human. I'm sensitive. I'm probably more sensitive than most people. I just hide it behind a lot of things that I've done and accomplished and a lot of machismo," Coach laments, before approaching Tyson to find out why he's unloved. "There's never been somebody like me out here and there's never gonna be anybody like me again," Coach tells Tyson. He's The Man and he doesn't need anybody to tell him he's The Man, but he'd kinda like for somebody to acknowledge that he's the man. Tyson nods patiently, as Coach begins to cry because nobody every says anything good about him. The words and feelings pour out of Coach and the snot pours down his nose. Tyson volunteers to play Henry Higgins to Coach's Eliza Doolittle, tutoring him on how to be more loved. But Coach doesn't want to hear that. He may leave tonight, Coach says. Tyson knows his tribe needs strength and doesn't want Coach to quit.
 
Full recap of Thursday's "Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains" after the break...
Read Full Post
<p>&nbsp;Mila of 'Project Runway'</p>

 Mila of 'Project Runway'

Credit: Lifetime

Recap: 'Project Runway' - 'Hard Wear'

It’s a hard(ware) challenge, but the designer with the biggest disaster doesn’t go home

Whoo hoo, it’s the final ten designers! Everyone’s super excited, although I would think any week you don’t get sent home is probably super exciting, but people like nice, round numbers for some reason. Mila’s sad so many women have eaten it, but she’s empowered that she hasn’t, which pretty much kills off any of the warm fuzziness I built up for Mila in the last episode.  

[Full recap of Thursday's (March 4) "Project Runway" after the break...]

Read Full Post
<p>&nbsp;John Park of 'American Idol'</p>

 John Park of 'American Idol'

Credit: FOX

Recap: 'American Idol' Results - 4 more singers head home

After a surprising first week, the cuts to 16 are more predictable for 'Idol'

It's time for another unpredictable Thursday night on "American Idol."

Last week, I think I mentioned all four of the eliminated contestants as being "In Danger," but when it came to actually predicting, I may have gone 0-4. It wouldn't be at all surprising if this week's results were just as flummoxing. 

Click through for all of the minute-by-minute excitement and tedium of Thursday's (March 4) "American Idol"...

Read Full Post
<p>&nbsp;Crystal Bowersox of 'American Idol'</p>

 Crystal Bowersox of 'American Idol'

Credit: FOX

Recap: 'American Idol' - The Top 10 Women perform

Crystal Bowersox rises from a hospital bed to lead a night of mixed performances

Idol Nation had been unable to sleep or digest solid foods for the better part of two days, but just minutes before showtime on Wednesday, the final word came through Ryan Seacrest's Twitter feed: Crystal Bowersox will perform!

And, with that, Wednesday's (March 3) performances by the Top 10 "American Idol" women had their luster and sense of wonderment restored.

Click through for a full recap of Wednesday night's performances...

Read Full Post
<p>Dogen faces down Sayid in what turned out to be a pivotal episode of the final season of 'Lost'.</p>

Dogen faces down Sayid in what turned out to be a pivotal episode of the final season of 'Lost'.

Credit: ABC

Recap: 'Lost' 6.06 'Sundown' brings some serious darkness

A Sayid-centric episode advances Smokey's endgame considerably

"There's a man in the jungle about a mile south of here by the outer wall.  He sent me back here to give you a message.  He wants you to know that Jacob is dead.  And because he's gone, none of you have to stay here any longer.  You're free.  The man that I met is leaving the Island forever.  Those of you who want to go with him should leave the Temple and join him.  You have until sundown to decide."

"What happens at sundown if we stay?"

"You die."

I'm looking at my Twitter feed right now as I gear up to write this week's recap, and the reaction to this season as a whole seems to be slowly but surely dividing "Lost" fandom.  There's a rift developing among fans that's as pronounced as the one developing on the Island, and it's interesting to see why people are checking out and suddenly proclaiming themselves to be upset.

First, I'm going to revise the way I've been doing these recaps, because I think I was falling into a bad habit of simply writing a transcription of what happened, instead of offering up any analysis or speculation, and that's the fun of a show like "Lost" in the first place.  One of you complained about it in the comments section last week, and then several of you also e-mailed me about it, and I think you're right.  We'll discuss what happened, but at this point, with only ten episodes to go after this, there's an endgame coming into focus that is absolutely worth discussing.

Read Full Post
<p>&nbsp;Alex Lambert of 'American Idol'</p>

 Alex Lambert of 'American Idol'

Credit: FOX

Recap: 'American Idol' - The Top 10 Men perform

How would the 'Idol' men respond to having their performances pushed up a day?

There ought to be a long, complicated German word to describe the sensation of settling in to watch Didi Benami and Lilly Scott and, instead, finding yourself watching Tim Urban and Alex Lambert.

That's what "American Idol" viewers experienced on Tuesday (March 2) night, when Crystal Bowersox's medical issues caused the show to reverse field and move the Top 10 "Idol" Men up by a night. After all, if the men were bad last week, what could be better than seeing how they'd do when rushed and underprepared? A little quick housekeeping: I've had a couple people ask me about my usual game of substituting all of the "Idol" judges' names for famous trios and quartets, leaving only Simon. For now, I'm holding off on that game because I'm confused about the judging dynamic this season. The joke always used to be that Simon was giving the valid opinion and the judges around him were interchangeable and irrelevant. Last week, though, both Kara and Randy were substantive and helpful. Only Ellen was superfluous. Was that an anomaly or is this developing as a topsy-turvy season?

Stay tuned...

And now, on to the recap of Tuesday's "Idol"...

Read Full Post
<p>&nbsp;Anil Kapoor of '24'</p>

 Anil Kapoor of '24'

Credit: FOX

Recap: '24' Day 8 - '1 a.m. to 2 a.m.'

As CTU closes in on Farhad, Hassan realizes his family problems have only just begun.

You know “24” is slipping when the acronym of its fictional country is IRK. Go ahead, sound it out. I’ll wait. Yup, the show that IRKs me to know end didn’t quite think through the implications of having President Hassan rule over the Islamic Republic of Kamistan. That sort of short-sighted viewpoint is a hallmark of the show, which should probably be put into the bottom of the lake alongside the not-so-dearly departed Kevin sooner rather later. But we’re getting ahead of ourselves here with that reference. Onto the recap!    

 

[Click through for a full recap of Monday's (March 1) "24"...]

Read Full Post
<p>&nbsp;Yvonne Strahovski of 'Chuck'</p>

 Yvonne Strahovski of 'Chuck'

Credit: NBC

Recap: 'Chuck' - 'Chuck vs. the Fake Name'

In which Chuck does a bad, bad thing and we learn Sarah's real name
NBC just finished a two-week Olympic run featuring some of the network's highest ratings in years. During that time, when NBC was averaging 20+ million viewers per night (and a goodly number during the day and across different cable platforms), did anybody notice a single ad for "Chuck"?
 
I didn't watch every second, so that's not a leading question. It's completely possible that NBC promoed "Chuck" quite thoroughly when I was watching "American Idol" or "Survivor" or something.
 
I saw plenty of love for "Parenthood," which I like.
 
I saw entirely too much love for "The Marriage Ref," which was pretty poor.
 
There were copious reminders that after shooting the fall all to heck, Jay Leno is returning to 11:35. 
 
I also saw recurring spots for the baby coming to "The Office," Lisa Kudrow helping people trace their genealogy, Donald Trump firing a new pack of semi-celebrities and new slots for shows containing the words "law" and "order."
 
Heck, I may have even seen a commercial for "Wings."
 
But "Chuck"? Nowhere to be seen or heard from, even during yesterday afternoon's episode USA-Canada hockey game, when a "Hey, 'Chuck' comes back tomorrow" reminder might have been helpful. 
 
Thus endeth my rant. NBC really plugged the heck out of "Chuck" back in January, so you can't say the network has been utterly apathetic, just that NBC has been apathetic lately, when a little interest might have helped.
 
Plus, "Chuck vs. the Fake Name" was a good episode and I kinda hope people tuned in.
 
Thoughts on Monday's "Chuck" after the break...
Read Full Post
<p>&nbsp;Amanda Seyfried of 'Big Love'</p>

 Amanda Seyfried of 'Big Love'

Credit: Lacey Terrell/HBO

Recap: 'Big Love' - 'Next Ticket Out'

Amanda Seyfried leaves 'Big Love' in a messy episode with some brilliant moments.

"Next Ticket Out" is another deeply flawed episode of "Big Love," but at least it's not as bottom-scraping as last week's episode. Indeed, the whole thing moves with the illogic and terror of a nightmare, with all the strengths and weaknesses that that implies. Some of the episode's best sequences - and there are many - have that sense you get when you wake up in the middle of the night, your gut churning with the sense that something has gone wrong, not quite able to remember the dream that sent you in that direction. And some of the episode's worst sequences have the feeling you get in a nightmare, where logic and reason are tossed aside simply because it's time for more bad stuff to happen. Nobody's running from any monsters here, but they are running from the sense that all of their bad decisions are slowly catching up to them, and there's nothing they can do to fight back.

[Full recap of Sunday's (Feb. 28) "Big Love" after the break...]

Read Full Post