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Recap: 'The Leftovers,' Season 1, Episode 5 'Gladys'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 27, 2014 11:00 PM
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Ann Dowd and Amy Brenneman in "The Leftovers"
Loyalty is a bond that can be stronger than blood ties, but creating that connection requires a careful balance of trust and vulnerability to show that you can be both sensitive and stoic to the needs of someone else. But loyalty can also be dangerous, and that becomes clear in "The Leftovers' " fifth episode "Gladys," where we witness in rather chilling fashion how and why the Guilty Remnant stay so devoted to their cause even in the wake of horrific acts.

Recap: 'The Leftovers' Season 1, Episode 4 'B.J. And The A.C.'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 20, 2014 11:00 PM
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The Leftovers
"There is no family," Patti Levin (Ann Dowd) mysteriously and somewhat gravely writes on her notepad, and it's a theme that will come to bear in "B.J. And The A.C." Christmas has arrived in Mapleton, and all police chief Kevin Garvey (Justin Theroux) wants is a little bit of peace for the holiday. And so he has reached out to Patti and the GRs to ask for a simple favour. There is a Christmas dance coming up, a fundraiser for the new library, and he would appreciate it if the GRs kept their distance. But his request comes with a threat — if they do show up, and things turn ugly, he won't step in to protect them like he has in the past. Levin's enigmatic is answer is the aforementioned quote, leaving Kevin to counter in exasperation, "What the fuck does that mean?" And the town will soon find out.

Recap: ‘The Leftovers,’ Season 1, Episode 3, ‘Two Boats And A Helicopter’

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 13, 2014 11:00 PM
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The Leftovers
With just two episodes so far, Damon Lindelof’s “The Leftovers” has already laid out a strong handful of mysteries, the central one being what exactly happened on October 14th that caused 2% of the world’s population to vanish. But as Lindelof has been stressing since even the show first aired, that instigating event is not the hook of the series. “If that’s why you’re watching the show, don’t watch the show,” Lindelof recently said. And as I’ve stressed over the past two recaps, “The Leftovers” is about the characters and consequences, and no better is this exemplified than in this week’s “Two Boats And A Helicopter,” which rewardingly breaks the format.

Colin Farrell Puts On Badge For 'True Detective' Season 2, Taylor Kitsch In Contention For Role

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 11, 2014 1:47 PM
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Colin Farrell, True Detective
“The two scripts we have … I hate to jinx it … they are more exciting than the first season,” HBO programming president Michael Lombardo bold said at the Television Critics Association press tour in Beverly Hills yesterday about the second season of "True Detective." (via EW) But the question on everybody's mind is: who is going to take over from the fantastic performances by Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson? Well, we might have our answer.

Recap: ‘The Leftovers,’ Season 1, Episode 2, ‘Penguin One, Us Zero’

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 6, 2014 11:00 PM
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The Leftovers
If the pilot for Damon Lindelof and Tom Perrotta’s “The Leftovers” established the landscape of the show — one where semi-supernatural phenomenon bump up against personal drama — the second episode, “Penguins One, Us Zero,” makes a smart play and narrows the focus. Unlike “Lost” which forever expanded the question marks around the central mystery, Lindelof pivots much more wisely here to the repercussions on his characters. For now, “The Leftovers” is less concerned with what happened and why, and instead on how it has altered the people still dealing with the loss and grief three years later.

Recap: 'The Leftovers,' Season 1, Episode 1, Teasingly Sets The Stage For A Fascinating Supernatural Drama

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 29, 2014 11:15 PM
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The Leftovers
“There might be a lot of noise around the show, and people might love the pilot, but it might completely and totally sputter and burn out,” Damon Lindeolf told New York Times Magazine about “The Leftovers.” “We have not written a script or produced an episode yet where I go: ‘Booyah! That’s what I’m talking about!’ They’ve all been a gargantuan struggle.” And indeed, the first episode of HBO’s latest hopeful, won’t make anyone exclaim in excitement. Running 75 minutes long, much of the pilot is mere placesetting, establishing the scope and world the show will take place in, and the characters that will be our conduit into something that, at least from the outset, will be drawing comparisons to “Lost.”

Review: Award Winning Gay Rights Documentary 'The Case Against 8'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 23, 2014 10:05 AM
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The Case Against 8
"This to me was a defining civil rights issue," attorney David Boies recently told The Wall Street Journal about taking on the legal fight to strike down Proposition 8. "A wide variety of rules and regulations…were generated from the idea that somehow gays and lesbians were different in a defective or inferior way. By going for marriage equality, you struck at the heart of that bias." It's an accurate summary of the approach Boies and co-counsel Ted Olsen used in their long, long journey from California all the way to the Supreme Court, in fighting the ruling that eliminated the right for same-sex couples in the state to marry. It was a case that didn't just rock The Golden State, but the entire country, with the ruling a potentially game-changing, precedent setting one that would have an effect across the whole country. It was an issue that touched on politics, religion, "traditional" family values and more, and forced a conversation about how inclusive and tolerate a society America was ready to be. Unfortunately, you won't find any of those latter issues at the front of center of the award winning documentary, "The Case Against The 8."

Recap: 'Game of Thrones' Season 4, Episode 10 'The Children' Bids Farewell

  • By Katie Walsh
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  • June 16, 2014 6:56 AM
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Game Of Thrones, Season 4 finale, The Children, lead image
Here we are, time to bid farewell to another season of "Game of Thrones," just as soon as we get through this extra long (66 minute) episode — with slim chances that all of our characters are going to make it out intact. If anyone checked out the news about the Emmy submissions last week, you might have noted that this week's finale "The Children" was the only episode that HBO submitted for best writing, so we were expecting a lot from this one (though last week's episode "The Watchers on the Wall" would have made a fine submission too, as though it was rife with action and bloodshed, had some damn fine speeches and story moments. Also giants). But this finale definitely lived up to the hype, with some incredible twists, turns and monologuing along the way as well.

5 Reasons Season 2 Of 'Orange Is The New Black' Is Better Than The First

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • June 9, 2014 3:41 PM
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Orange Is The New Black
If you were at the movies this past weekend, you were likely weeping over "The Fault In Our Stars" or thrilling to Tom Cruise in "Edge Of Tomorrow," while small-screen viewers gathered around for the giant battle for The Wall in "Game Of Thrones." But plenty of us were getting our binge on, because Friday brought one of the most hotly-anticipated events of the summer: the arrival of the entire second season of Netflix's "Orange Is The New Black."

Review: 'Silicon Valley' Season 1 Boots Up Unique Premise, But Comedy Is Still Loading

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 2, 2014 10:05 AM
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Silicon Valley
Earlier this spring in our preview of the first season of HBO's "Silicon Valley," we wrote that "Office Space" mastermind Mike Judge had "booted up something with a lot of promise, but it's success will be determined on how the latter half of the season lands." And indeed, the tech world comedy has had a wobbly ride to the finale, but the good news is "Optimal Tip-To-Tip Efficiency" closed out the eight-episode season one with arguably its best entry. The bad news is that while the show has been quickly renewed, the longevity will require Judge and co. balancing their ambitions for realistically skewering the industry and the tendency to indulge in broader gags on which entire subplots hang. Essentially, the more pointed the satire, the better "Silicon Valley" becomes, but whenever it strays from those intentions, the thin framework of the show is clearly seen.

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