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'Fringe' Season 3, Episode 20 Recap

by Mike Moody, posted Apr 23rd 2011 12:10PM
fringe s03e20['Fringe' – '6:02 AM EST']

It's the end of the world as we know it, and I feel ... tense.

This week's episode of 'Fringe' gave us a lot to ponder as the team hopped out of Olivia's head and back into the warring universes plot.

With only two episodes left this season, one big question still remains unanswered: Which universe will perish and which will prevail? Or -- to add another question to the pile -- is it possible for both worlds to somehow coexist without bringing harm to each other?

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'Supernatural' Preview: 6 Reasons Why You Can't Miss This Week's Rip-Roarin' Western Episode

by Laura Prudom, posted Apr 20th 2011 8:15AM
Jensen Ackles and Jared PadaleckiYou'd be hard-pressed to find a more fearless series currently on air than the CW's 'Supernatural'. Over the past six seasons, the dashing Winchester brothers have faced everything from Santa Claus to a spoof of Dr. McDreamy, but this Friday, they're facing a genre that few shows (or movies) dare to touch these days: The Western.

'Supernatural' already smashed the fourth wall with great aplomb earlier this season, but pulling off a believable Western on a TV budget would be a feat for any show without a premium cable network footing the bill. So it gives us great pleasure to report that, not only is 'Frontierland' gorgeous to look at, it's also one of the series' strongest episodes to date, providing humor and action while keeping up the momentum of the mythology as we approach the season finale.

TV Squad was lucky enough to see an advanced screener of this Friday's wild Western episode, and we've managed to whittle down an hour of memorable moments into a list of six reasons why this episode is not to be missed. Proceed with caution, pilgrims: there are mild spoilers ahead.

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'Stargate Universe' Season 2, Episode 17 Recap

by Mike Moody, posted Apr 19th 2011 12:15PM
stargate universe common descent['Stargate Universe' – 'Common Descent']

This week's episode of 'Stargate Universe' offered a gripping and mind-bending sci-fi tale that thrilled and depressed me all at once.

I was thrilled to see the show -- and the franchise -- return to its science-fiction roots with epic space battles, plenty of Gate usage and a plot that hinged on time travel. This episode even offered our heroes a rare peek at a dramatic and perplexing "What if?" scenario.

It was shocking and exciting to learn that alternate versions of Destiny's crewmembers had traveled back in time some 2,000 years and founded an entire civilization. But I was depressed two seconds after the episode ended when I remembered that 'SGU,' despite its recent creative winning streak, would be ending soon.

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'Smallville' Season 10, Episode 17 Recap

by Mike Moody, posted Apr 16th 2011 11:15PM
smallville kent['Smallville' - 'Kent']

'Smallville' is back! All hail Ultraman!

This week's episode, titled 'Kent,' was a worthy follow-up to last December's fun and twisted Earth-2 romp, 'Luthor.'

It's always a blast when Clark Luthor comes to town. These episodes give star Tom Welling a chance to cut loose a little and to unleash his inner Nicholas Cage by playing the malevolent and dangerous Ultraman.

Clark Luthor felt a little more restrained here than he did when we last saw him. I guess it's hard to keep acting like an entitled and self-important superdouche when everyone in the world is trying to kill you.

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'Fringe' Season 3, Episode 19 Recap

by Mike Moody, posted Apr 16th 2011 10:00AM
fringe Lysergic Acid Diethylamide cartoon['Fringe' – 'Lysergic Acid Diethylamide']

Just when you thought 'Fringe' couldn't get any weirder, the show returned with one of its trippiest episodes ever.

This week's installment – with its wonderfully bizarre cartoon world, brain-melting sci-fi chicanery and drug-induced whimsy – will not soon be forgotten. It's the kind of episode that, years from now, will inspire us to say things like, "Hey, remember that crazy one they did in the third season? That was so awesome!"

But there's another reason this episode will remain stuck in our brains (or what's left of them) for years to come: It marked a major turning point for the show's heroine and resident whipping girl, Olivia Dunham.

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'Stargate Universe' Season 2, Episode 16 Recap

by Mike Moody, posted Apr 12th 2011 9:00AM
stargate universe, the hunt, syfy['Stargate Universe' - 'The Hunt']

Rodney McKay was out of sight, but this week's episode of 'Stargate Universe' still inspired memories of the sunnier 'Stargate Atlantis.' A big, scary monster attacked our heroes during a scout trip and took two people captive, leading the team to embark on a dangerous rescue mission on an alien planet.

I make the 'Atlantis' comparison here because the plot of 'The Hunt,' at first blush anyway, felt like the same kind of well-worn sci-fi story that 'Atlantis' rehashed several times during its five season run: Alien creature attacks, important person is taken, others risk their lives to rescue them. But the comparisons pretty much end there. Despite some monster attack scenes and some so-so creature feature CGI, 'The Hunt' was less about reveling in sci-fi/action-adventure tropes and more about exploring Ronald Greer's troubled soul.

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'Stargate Universe' Season 2, Episode 14 Recap

by Mike Moody, posted Mar 29th 2011 12:15PM
stargate universe hope recap['Stargate Universe' – 'Hope']

It's nice to know that 'Stargate Universe' isn't above making a penis joke, especially in an episode so centered around death and dying.

'Hope' was somewhat of a nail-biter, but the writers added unexpected hits of humor to the dark and suspenseful hour, making this one of the most delightfully strange episodes of the season.

Not everything worked, and it was a bit frustrating to see alien technology save the day again, but this week's twin stories offered distinct joys and rewards despite their eye-rolling moments.

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'Fringe' Season 3, Episode 18 Recap

by Mike Moody, posted Mar 27th 2011 11:40AM
fringe bloodline recap, fringe bloodline['Fringe' - 'Bloodline']

The adventures of Ghost William Bell were put on hold (as was our enjoyment of Anna Torv's Leonard Nimoy impression) as 'Fringe' yanked us back Over There, where airships dot the sky, Opus is a peahen, and Coppola directed 'Taxi Driver.'

Our investment in the Alters (that's what I'm calling Walternate, Fauxlivia and their pals) was integral to the success of this week's excellent episode, aptly titled 'Bloodline.'

The Alters, who could have easily been presented as thinly drawn villains or caricatures this season, have become some of the most compelling characters on the show. Thanks to some great writing, solid character development and a few outstanding performances, I've come to care about these alt-folks almost as much as I care about Our Fringe Team (and I'm guessing that most of you feel the same way). So it wasn't hard for me to become extremely emotionally invested in this week's story and to root for Fauxlivia and her unborn baby. Saying that I got there emotionally during that intense delivery scene would be a huge understatement.

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'V' Season 2, Episode 10 Recap (Season Finale)

by Brad Trechak, posted Mar 16th 2011 7:10AM
V['V' - 'Mother's Day']

Keeping in mind that this could very well be the series finale as well as the season finale (no final word has yet been given from ABC), there were certainly enough twists to keep things interesting as well as a bit of a slaughter of some major characters.

It would be a shame to end the series on such a down note. Usually people prefer happy endings. From the looks of things, humanity will be licking some serious Visitor boot in the coming season.

On the plus side, we saw a lot of Visitor tail this episode. They seriously saved up the CGI budget for this one.

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'Stargate Universe' Season 2, Episode 12 Recap

by Mike Moody, posted Mar 15th 2011 6:20AM
stargate universe - twin destinies['Stargate Universe' – 'Twin Destinies']

Now that's what I call a comeback! This week's episode of 'Stargate Universe' was one of the most compelling hours of sci-fi TV I've seen all season. Unlike last week's episode, which wrapped up the events of the mid-season finale cliffhanger, 'Twin Destinies' worked as both a solid stand-alone mystery and as an important part of the larger story.

Of course, this episode was full of convenient coincidences, shock-value scenarios and time-wimey trickery, but it was still one hell of a ride.

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'V' Season 2, Episode 9 Recap

by Brad Trechak, posted Mar 9th 2011 1:00AM
V['V' - 'Devil in a Blue Dress']

As we prepare for the season (and possibly series) finale of 'V' next week, story lines are speeding up to a possible payoff.

Blue energy played a big role tonight. Apparently, Sid learned a great deal about the stuff by playing with a pair of balls (I'm sure there's a joke in there somewhere. What exactly does a "particle anti-particle construct" mean?). The large-scale spheres that power their ships and plants also seem to be surrounded by that double hula-hoop effect right out of the first two 'Superman' movies with Christopher Reeve.

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'V' Season 2, Episode 8 Recap

by Brad Trechak, posted Mar 2nd 2011 1:15AM
V['V' - 'Uneasy Lies the Head']

As mentioned before, Erica is getting more ruthless in her war against the Visitors, particularly since they're responsible for her ex-husband and son being taken away from her. Naturally, since she'd be feeling lonely, she'd take to the nearest bad boy around, which would be Mr. Hobbes. Since their brief flirtation last week, they pretty much skipped all the courting and went right to the bumpy-bumpy (hey, that's war).

Given time, there would probably be some sort of relationship, possibly romantic, between Erica and Father Landry as well, since she obviously cares for him too. Perhaps that's a third or fourth season story line.

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'V' Season 2, Episode 7 Recap

by Brad Trechak, posted Feb 23rd 2011 1:15AM
V['V' - 'Birth Pangs']

Several of the plot points for tonight's episode seemed to come out of left field. It's difficult to tell if these were planned in advance or off the cuff as a method to extend the story lines a little. I'm more inclined to think the latter due to the fact that they smack of poor writing.

There was a lot of concentration on the overall plans of the Visitors and we finally got an explanation as to why the human race isn't being raised as cattle at the moment. It does offer some interesting conjectures regarding the Visitors that I will get to shortly.

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'V' Season 2, Episode 6 Recap

by Brad Trechak, posted Feb 16th 2011 1:15AM
V['V' - 'Siege']

Things are moving along. One regular character lost his job and two recurring ones lost their lives.

The writing for 'V' remains a problem that keeps the series from living up to its potential. A sci-fi storytelling master like a Joss Whedon or a Ron Moore would never have telegraphed to such a degree the deaths that occurred. It made the actual events seem anti-climactic.

Don't get me wrong. It's understandable how the arc of the season has to be moved along, but it felt like the writers told us how the episode would end somewhere around the half-hour mark. Twist surprises work much better. See '24' for examples of this.

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'V' Season 2, Episode 5 Recap

by Brad Trechak, posted Feb 9th 2011 1:15AM
V['V' - 'Concordia']

Happy Birthday to Tyler Evans. Now that he's 18, he can join the army and die for his country, but still can't legally partake of an alcoholic beverage. That is the extent of my legal criticism in this review.

This episode was interesting in that it somewhat wrapped up some plot lines (and did move the story along), but left enough room to return to those ideas if the writers so desire. While Tyler may currently no longer be a cog in Anna's plot to rape all the women on Earth (an issue I'll return to in a moment), he could be again later on. It's also unlikely we've seen the last of Marcus.

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