Author: Marion Stein

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 of Stock Phraseeze. She talks about…

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 time? Philip can’t quite get…

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 used to sock Tommy)? Will Quinn,…

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 the Paige/Matthew romance, Mischa on…

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 maybe not as smart as…

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 of an upcoming New York magazine…

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 certain who is behind what,…

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 fallout for Carrie, Madam President…

The Old Dead Truth Bit

The Once Free Press: Excuse me, sir, uh, madam, I’m here to ask about the statement the President’s press secretary made about the crowd size at the inauguration… Kellyanne Conway: Ah yes! The one and a half million…

Sherlock: A bumpy night

It's fake-out on top of fake-out in the season and likely series finale of Sherlock, so fasten your seat belts, as Jim (Still Dead) Moriarty will say, and take a Valium if you have a fear of flying because we open with this nightmare flight scenario...

Sherlock: The Adventure of the Combover Monster

Babies are notorious show killers, so let's hope we won't be seeing much of her. Then again, if Americans have learned anything from Downton Abbey, it's that British children are not meant to be seen or heard, except except maybe for an obligatory ten minute period every other week, between tea and supper.