‘Scandal’ Season 3 Episode 14 Recap: “Kiss Kiss Bang Bang”

Another Washington power player bites the dust — and interpersonal tensions run higher than ever in American politics’ most exclusive social circle. Last week, I predicted that if Jake’s bullet ended up inside anyone (I mean, besides his and James’ two faceless associates), it would be David. Today, I think it’s time to admit how terrible I am at predicting where Scandal is going with just about anything. … Read More

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What the ‘Veronica Mars’ Flixster Fail Tells Us About Big Media and the Web

Happy Monday, Marshmallows — did you enjoy the Veronica Mars movie that you paid for? Were you thrilled to see Ms. Veronica back in action? Were your expectations met w/r/t the Logan vs. Piz conundrum? Were you delighted by its “everybody’s back, plus James Franco!” casting? Most importantly, were you, y’know, able to watch the movie? As we noted Friday, Warner Brothers made the dubious decision to make the digital reward promised to Kickstarter backers available only via their Flixster app and Ultraviolet service, an interface that is, to put it mildly, problematic. (To put it less mildly: it blows.) And your film editor wasn’t the only one kicking and screaming over the endless logins and failed downloads; by 11:30 Friday night, director/creator Rob Thomas was emailing us with fixes and apologies. But was it too little, too late? … Read More

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‘Scandal’ Season 3 Episode 13 Recap: “No Sun on the Horizon”

Scandal is getting dark — and not just in the usual way. We’ve seen murders and rapes and stolen elections and terrorist plots, and surely we’ll see more of those things before the season is out. But, as the title “No Sun on the Horizon” suggests, last night’s episode moved Olivia Pope into darker, more desperate psychological and emotional territory than ever before. … Read More

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‘Scandal’ Season 3 Episode 12 Recap: “We Do Not Touch the First Ladies”

“I did this for me.” “I am a person.” “I am not a hen, and my house is not yours.” After a surprisingly low-key midseason premiere, this week’s Scandal had emotions — not to mention voice volumes — running high from the very first scene, a screaming fight between Olivia and Fitz. They’re arguing about Liv casting Jake in the role of Decoy Boyfriend, while the new leader of B613, arguably the most powerful man in the world, waits uncomfortably outside the door. … Read More

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‘Scandal’ Season 3 Episode 11 Recap: “Ride, Sally, Ride”

If you hadn’t already marked your calendar for February 27, you surely would have found out on Twitter: Scandal is back! After an excruciating two-and-a-half-month hiatus and a midseason finale featuring a holy-rolling murder cover-up, a tête-à-tête in which Rowan/Eli reduced POTUS to a mere “boy,” and the revelation that Olivia’s terrorist mom never left DC, Shonda Rhimes and co. gave us a slower than expected start to the second half of Season 3. … Read More

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ABC’s ‘Mixology’ Isn’t Just Bad — It’s Infuriating

There are so many negative things that can be said about Mixology. It is tactless, boring, occasionally offensive, and wholly unfunny. It is a romantic comedy that is devoid of both romance and comedy. It is an unwanted invitation to spend one night — over the course of 13 episodes — in the worst bar in the world, surrounded by a group of hollow people who manage to turn love and lust into something dismal and unsexy. It is a sitcom ostensibly about love but that is teeming with hate, maybe even reveling in hate. The characters hate each other and hate themselves. The show seems to hate its own concept, its viewers, and the very existence of television. The best thing I can say about Mixology is that it’s so hateful and negative that it has made me feel self-conscious about how hateful and negative I’m being toward it. It is also a show that has angered me to the point of talking in circles. … Read More

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Why Was Rebel Wilson’s ‘Super Fun Night’ Such a Disappointing Failure?

On paper, everything about Super Fun Night is appealing to me. It’s a female-created (Rebel Wilson), female-fronted (Wilson, Lauren Ash, Liza Lapira) sitcom. Conan O’Brien serves as executive producer. It has episodes written by Michael Showalter and one directed by Ken Marino. It has fine guest stars (Paul Rust, Ashley Tisdale, Molly Shannon). Most importantly, the show is about three women who are weird losers, and that’s what we need more of on television. On paper, Super Fun Night looks like it should have been my favorite new show of the season. In reality, Super Fun Night was a sitcom that I only watched reluctantly, often bored and sometimes even angry, and one that I couldn’t wait to see end. What happened between paper and execution? … Read More

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‘Scandal’ Season 3 Episode 10 Recap: “A Door Marked Exit”

Despite ABC’s nonsensical attempt to market the past two weeks’ episodes as some kind of two-part midseason finale “event” (I assume that, soon, at least 50 percent of every TV show’s episodes will be given some sort of “finale” label), “A Door Marked Exit” stands on its own as Scandal‘s final statement until February 27. And that’s a relief, because the last thing I wanted to see before the hiatus was more of the Huck-and-Quinn-and-Charlie torture porn that all but ruined last week’s episode. Instead, Scandal focused on its most pressing — and mind-bendingly tangled — storylines, and even delighted with a few twists that seemed to come out of nowhere. … Read More

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‘Scandal’ Season 3 Episode 9 Recap: “YOLO”

Here’s an easy way to tell whether you’re going to get a fun Scandal episode or an excruciating one: figure out which supporting character is going to get more screen time, Mellie or Huck. If it’s the FLOTUS, congratulations! You can settle in for some hard-drinking, quip-spitting, scheming good times. But if it’s Huck, a once-great character whose B613-inflicted psychological damage has made him into a one-dimensional torture robot… well, you’re going to get an episode like “YOLO.” … Read More

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