Author: Marion Stein

Homeland: Carrie's so-called life

Once upon a time, the opening credit sequence incorporated real world footage and voices. Obama might not have been the president of Homelandia, but we saw his image and heard him in the montage; Reagan and (Bill) Clinton too. It…

Homeland: Everybody hates Elizabeth!

Previously on Homeland: Dar Adal, General McClendon, Brett (Not Alex Jones) O’Keefe, Black Hat Guy, and the rest were involved in shenanigans up to and including false flag bombings and murder in an attempt to keep Elizabeth Keane, a…
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The Americans: Breathing room

This week’s penultimate episode offers more smiles than have ever been seen before on The Americans. There are even some happy surprises, but it ends with the proverbial ticking time bomb and we won’t know till next week whether there…

The Americans: Your life is a lie

We open this 100% Paige-free episode with Henry, the changeling-childe/early adapter/multi-tasker, listening to his Walkman while doing homework and/or inventing a new digital language. Philip asks if he knows where his mother is. A ruse if ever there was one!…

The Americans: The Monsters Next Door

Ever since The Sopranos, television has been in love with anti-heroes – not bad guys turned heroic (usually due to the transformative power of romantic lurve) but people who do very bad things just because. Who wouldn’t want…

The Americans: Anticipation

Henry’s narrating the “previously on.” Does that mean he’ll finally be important in the story? Probably not because this is a show that loves to lead you down a path, which inevitably turns out to be a dead end. We…
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House of Cards Season 5 coming soon to Trumpmerica

How can television top a White House taken over by a cabal of billionaires, Russian agents, and white supremacists, nominally led by an elderly orange-skinned, ignoramus TV star with spray-tan goggle eyes, whose trophy wife comically refuses to live with…

The Americans: Immersion is a euphemism

Nobody gets killed or gets laid (except possibly off-screen), but the relentless sense of dread, burn-out, and general malaise continues. How much more of this can we take? Philip gets back from saying good-bye to Gabriel, and chats with Elizabeth…

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 that sounds like something Jesus would…
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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 video being circulated by Brett…

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 (sometimes) between identities. Things get interesting…

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 late? We begin where we left…
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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. Is he…

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  says (or has been digitally enhanced…

The Americans: Fake it till you make it

This week on The Americans, Elizabeth proves once again how much self-awareness she lacks (all of it). Stan and Aderholt might want to rethink their recruiting techniques. The noose tightens around Oleg, and we get a surprise blast from the…