Author: Marion Stein

The Americans: You gotta believe

Which imaginary boyfriend will get Paige’s rose? Will it be Jesus or Karl Marx? Gabriel isn’t making it easy. In their long-awaited meeting, he love bombs her with a Karl Marx quote about sacrifice...

Homeland: Deathcar for cutie!

Previously on Homeland, President-Elect Elizabeth Keane sings “And I’m telling you, I’m not going,” as the lamestream media asks if she’s quitting on account of her son’s being a coward according to the swiftboating...

The Americans: Role play

More than any other show, The Americans lives and dies by the adage that the world’s a stage, and we each play a lot of parts. It’s not just the Jennings who move effortlessly...

Homeland: It's happening here

Homeland has a history of penultimate episodes that deliver, and R for Romeo is no exception. Keane confronts her tormentors, Quinn gets revenge, and Saul is vindicated, but is it all too little, too...

The Americans: Dissatisfaction

In What’s the Matter with Kansas, episode four of season five, nobody is happy with the status quo, but only one man decides to shake things up. Elizabeth and Philip are visiting their collective parent handler Gabriel....

Homeland: Black Ops Jesus

Saul prepares to go on the lam. Carrie gets some unexpected news about Franny. Quinn runs into an old friend from a different life. The stingray leads Quinn to a diner. While the sign...

Homeland: The wrong horse

We’re a fly on the wall listening to Carrie explain herself to the shrink she must appeal to in order to see her daughter. This might be more fun if she spoke English instead...

The Americans: Paigeland

After mercy-executing Elizabeth’s  fav asset, she and Philip meet Gabriel to hand over the virus sample. Gabriel must be thrilled to have yet another deadly pathogen on his hands. What could possibly go wrong this...

Homeland: Treason season

We all agree Dar Adal has to die. The only question is who takes him out and how. Will Carrie beat him to death with Franny’s stuffed rabbit (stuffed with the coin-stuffed sock Peter...

The Americans: Meet the Eckharts

Amber Waves, the season five premiere of The Americans opens with the wheat crop in the Soviet Union failing. The Jennings, a Potemkin Village of a family, may be nearing their own implosion. There’s...

Homeland: Dar's game

When a character’s first name is spelled D-A-R and it’s not short for “Darling,” the writers aren’t being subtle. “Imminent Risk”, the current episode, proves Dar is more evil than we imagined, and possibly smarter—but...

David Letterman says a thing

Retired talk show icon David Letterman and his beard are calling on comedy to save us all from “crazy” Donald Trump. But is comedy up to the task? This and more will be part...

Homeland: Some deep rabbit hole

The United States of Homelandia didn’t elect Trump, but this season’s Homeland captures our paranoia. Homeland gives us an almost Trumpian fantasy of intelligence agencies running amok — or are they?  At midpoint, it’s not...

Homeland: Quinn goes Rambo

Previously on Homeland, Sekou’s van blew up, taking out Sekou and much of a three block radius of Manhattan. The good news is there were only two other deaths. The bad news is the...