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‘Hannibal’ Season 2, Episode 8 Recap: “Su-zakana”

With four episodes to go until the Jack-Hannibal blowout this season’s opening scene promised, Hannibal has briefly opted to return to its status quo. “Su-zakana” hews the closest to the show’s first-season procedural format than any episode since Will was imprisoned. Our protagonist isn’t just out of prison: he’s back in the field, assisting Jack Crawford, and back in the patient’s chair, consulting with Hannibal. The case of the Chesapeake Ripper is temporarily solved, and Will’s entrapment of the real killer has moved from a high-speed chase to a slower-speed seduction. Conveniently, though, as soon as Will and Hannibal stop duking it out for real, they find a couple of foils—perfect for a proxy war. … Read More

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‘Parenthood’ Season 5 Finale Recap: “The Pontiac”

Spill it: how long did it take before you cried during the Parenthood season finale? I have to admit, I started to tear up about three minutes in with the reveal that Victor won his school’s essay contest. And then again when he read said essay. I love Victor! If this show gets a sixth season, I… Read More

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How ‘Community’ Season 5 Won Back a Frustrated Fan

Community became my favorite TV comedy almost immediately. The 2009 series premiere, which I distinctly remember watching on my computer via a Facebook preview link, wasn’t perfect, but it was strong for a sitcom pilot. I watched it twice. It managed to be expositional without sacrificing quality, full of hints of what the show would eventually become — a clever subversion of sitcom tropes, deep pop culture references, a heavy dose of self-awareness, and a perfect balance of humor and emotion. And did I mention it was funny? It was! Extremely funny. … Read More

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‘Hannibal’ Season 3, Episode 7 Recap: “Yakimono”

When it comes to the Chesapeake Ripper, apparently, the third time’s the charm. The FBI’s first investigation led them to Will Graham, freshly exonerated by the physical evidence from the latest Ripper crime scene. Its second gave us false hopes that Jack and company would finally land on Hannibal. But this week gave us a plot twist enough to make sure Hannibal and Jack won’t have that throwdown for at least another five episodes: Dr. Lecter still has a few tricks up his sleeve; now that he’s set Will free, he’s framed Dr. Chilton (and gone to considerable lengths to do so).  … Read More

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‘Parenthood’ Season 5 Episode 21 Recap: “I’m Still Here”

When Parenthood goes for the jugular, it really goes for the jugular. The reason why viewers often joke that Parenthood can often be a full hour of tears — from both the fictional characters and the audience — is because it’s true. The Bravermans love to cry and they cry often; Parenthood loves to makes its audience feel and it does a fine job. But what Parenthood does even better is show how the Bravermans are always there for each other. Even if you’re not a blood relative, but just an honorary member, they will be there. … Read More

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‘Hannibal’ Season 2, Episode 6 Recap: “Futamono”

A recurring theme in “Futamono” is the paradoxical fact that even though he’s behind bars, Will Graham now has more control than he ever did once he was free. He successfully manipulated Chilton into bringing back Abel Gideon; ditto to the orderly he convinced to do the dirty work of murdering Hannibal. But “Futamono” was the episode where Hannibal regained the upper hand. “Cannibalism is an act of dominance,” Chilton observes, and this was an episode where Hannibal reasserted control: over Alana, over Gideon, and over the narrative of the Chesapeake Ripper. … Read More

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‘Parenthood’ Season 5 Episode 20 Recap: “Cold Feet”

How do you know when a marriage is over? How do you know when it’s time for you to move on? These are the questions that plague Julia in this episode though it’s safe to say that she figured it out by the end. Last week’s great “Fraud Alert” also dealt with Joel and Julia’s marriage but in a much more direct and interesting way. Joel said he didn’t want to work on the relationship — though it’s unclear if he meant at this moment or forever — and Julia broke down. This week’s approach isn’t as great, and Joel and the children are absent, but Julia does jump into something new.  … Read More

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‘Hannibal’ Season 2, Episode 5 Recap: “Mukozuke”

For a killer as shrewdly calculating as Hannibal Lecter, making a literal public display out of Beverly Katz seems…ill-advised. Hannibal hasn’t just stopped Bev from snooping around his basement house of horrors. He’s taken her kidneys, preserved her body, and mounted sections of it on slides like a nightmare version of a high school biology class. To top it all off, he even reuses an old crime scene and sends off an anonymous tip to the Hannibal-verse’s version of Rita Skeeter. Freddie Lounds is one of two recurring characters who shows back up on the scene in “Mukozuke.” The other, thank God, is Eddie Izzard. … Read More

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