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‘The Last Man on Earth’ Season Two Finale Recap: Silent Night

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Last night’s season finale of The Last Man on Earth was a somber and disorienting experience, one with no shortage of emotional highs and lows. It was also maybe the first episode in the show’s history where nearly every moment was imbued with a narrative tautness, a parallel tension that opened with the episode and remained there for its duration. It was, in the end, The Last Man on Earth’s finest moment, albeit one where the group’s existential precariousness and psychological fragility were on full display.
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‘Scream Queens’ Season 1 Finale Recap: Nothing Made Sense and Everything Hurts

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In retrospect, how else was this season of Scream Queens going to end but with a parody of — nay, a loving  homage to — the infamous Sorority Email of 2013? Sure, last night’s two-hour finale also revealed the final Red Devil’s identity and M.O., but Emma Roberts’ final raging monologue feels like the true culmination of what Ryan Murphy was trying to accomplish here. And if there’s anything “Dorkus” and “The Final Girls” taught us, it’s that Murphy, Brad Falchuk, and Ian Brennan never gave a sauce-soaked cotton ball about plot anyway. 
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Is ‘Empire’s’ Commitment to Soap Opera Overshadowing Its Strongest Storylines?

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Though Empire remains highly addictive, endlessly watchable appointment television in its second season, it’s hard to argue that this current season is better than its first. There are still the twists and turns, the gasp-worthy tweetable moments, and the songs made of pure fire (“Born to Lose” will be stuck in my head for at least another decade). But, as evidenced by last night’s mid-season finale, Empire might be committing a little too much to soap opera-style dramatics, and therefore squandering opportunities to flesh out important and enthralling storylines.
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