Category: TV Recap

The Americans: Burn baby burn

In “The Summit”, the nearly perfect eighth episode of the final season (perfection would have included Oleg), Elizabeth finally puts humanity ahead of mission. The build-up has been going on for a while. The suspense was in wondering whether the…

Riverdale: Not-so-quiet riot

Poor Cheryl has had a rough year. Her twin brother was murdered by her father, her family fortune was temporarily lost when her father was outed as a drug dealer, her mother stuck her in a gay conversion program, she…

The Americans: Moving parts

In an effort to save his marriage, if not his country, Philip joins Elizabeth’s mission to rescue an illegal who the FBI has codenamed “Harvest”. Henry confides in his “Uncle” Stan, which rhymes with Sam. And somebody needs to tell…

The Americans: On my way

“Riffifi”, episode 6 of the final slog toward doom that is The Americans, is named for a film in which most of the protagonists die. This week Elizabeth doesn’t kill anyone, but she comes close to braining her husband…

Homeland: We have met the enemy and he is us

Did they purposely make Carrie unlikable all season—narcissistic, careless with the lives of others (including her kid), recklessly “running around like a crazed vigilante” according to Saul—only to give her a terrible comeuppance so we can feel bad about hating…

The Americans: Philip acts

Elizabeth’s senseless murder spree continues, but she needs Philip’s help for one final mission. In pushing him beyond where his conscience allows, will she seal both their fates? Episode 5, “The Great Patriotic War”, opens with Stan, tailed by members…

Homeland: Mission to Moscow: Wigstock Edition

Like every season’s penultimate episode of Homeland, “All In” was action-packed and showed Carrie at her most ingenious and determined. Plausibility, however, was lower than on a Saturday morning cartoon version of the A-Team. Saul, Carrie, her crew, and…

Riverdale: A Chorus Line Carrie-s on

Turn on the spotlights and raise the curtain, everybody! It’s showtime at Riverdale! If you remember from last episode, the kids are putting on a production of the musical Carrie. Not sure why they picked Carrie specifically, since…

Homeland: Bye-bye, Frannie-pie

In “Clarity”, the tenth episode of season 7, Carrie finally realizes what she needs to do to keep Frannie safe. But is it too late for a show that kept the kid around for way too long? With Dante’s death,…

Homeland: Just her 19th nervous breakdown

This week on Homeland: Yvegeny goes rogue, Bill says too much, and Carrie’s seasonal hallucinatory sequence may actually give her the clarity to make a tough decision, god willing. We open with Yvegeny and “Simmy” mapping out their future…

The Americans: Four wigs and no funerals

Welcome to another week of dread, close calls, and the longest long game on television. Can Elizabeth Jennings, the hardest working spy in Spytown, keep dodging bullets forever, literally? With only six remaining episodes, we’ll know soon enough. Gone…

Homeland: Bonnieskaya and Clydeski

What happened after Saul’s team grabbed Dante, and left a terrified Frannie in her mother’s arms? Did Carrie decide she and Frannie might as well squat at Dante’s since he wasn’t going to be home for awhile, or did Carrie…

The Americans: Your country or your wife

“Dead Hand”, the perfectly scored final season premiere of The Americans begins with a montage that wordlessly (except for the lyrics) shows us everything we need to know about the state of the Jennings’s marriage. Philip has renovated the dingy…