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'How I Met Your Mother' recap: Holy confetti!

In the episode, Ted was having a tough time dealing with Robin and Barney’s engagement — even though we saw him “let her go” for the hundredth time back in December. But what can I say? This is Ted. Ted is always okay with everything until he realizes he’s not and then it eats him up inside. Oh, Ted.

Anyway, Ted masked all his pain by being overly eager to plan Robin’s wedding, which, in HIMYM land, will take place on May 25, 2013. He’d picked her colors (cream and lilac), a location (“that little church on Long Island where Victoria almost got married”), and had a binder of cake choices. Lily was one angry would-have-been-wedding-planner, and her inner beast really came out when she discovered that Ted wanted them to get a DJ instead of a band. (I was with Ted on that one.) Needless to say, the battle got heated. But later, Lily discovered that Ted’s issues with the wedding went far beyond musical choices. READ FULL STORY

'The Walking Dead': Comic book series creator Robert Kirkman talks about last night's 'Guts'-y episode

the-walking-deadLast night, AMC broadcast the second episode of The Walking Dead, its adaptation of Robert Kirkman’s still ongoing zombie comic book saga. Would executive producer and show creator Frank Darabont maintain the jaw-dropping level of carnage featured in the pilot, which opened with Andrew Lincoln’s sheriff hero Rick Grimes shooting a cute zombified girl in the head (and which scored record-breaking ratings for AMC)?

The answer was a definite “Yes-and-then-some!” as the appropriately titled Guts found Grimes and his new buddy Glenn (Steven Yeun) attempting to blend in with the undead hordes of Atlanta by covering themselves with blood, viscera, and even a severed foot. (Between this show and the just released 127 Hours, I can only assume it must have been National Detached Extremities Weekend. My, it seems to come earlier every year!) The second episode also introduced a number of characters including the racist Merle Dixon, played by Michael Rooker of Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer infamy.

After the jump, Kirkman—who in addition to creating the original comic, is one of the show’s writers and executive producers—ruminates on the episode, talks post-apocalyptic sex, and admits that the severed foot may possibly have been… a step too far! (Warning: The post does contain an image of an extremely gore-covered Grimes.)


'Star Wars: The Clone Wars': Is Cad Bane the coolest character? C-3PO?

clone-wars-evil-planImage Credit: TM 2010 Lucasfilm Ltd. All Rights Reserved.Star Wars: The Clone Wars’ third season keeps taking us to some pretty unexpected places. I, for one, never imagined that an episode would hinge upon Anakin and Padmé’s party-planning skills. But that’s what “Evil Plans” offered up. Don’t worry, it was a lot cooler than that description would  make out. Actually, “Evil Plans” worked for me because of three key factors—it saw the return of Cad Bane, it beautifully realized the “used future” concept of the original film, and it centered around C-3PO and R2-D2, the Laurel & Hardy of that Galaxy Far, Far Away. That C-3PO finally had his moment to shine—and believe me, he does shine with that gold plating—on The Clone Wars was particularly satisfying to me. READ FULL STORY

'Star Wars: The Clone Wars': Always in motion is the future

Star-Wars-Clone-WarsImage Credit: Lucasfilm Ltd. & TMNo disturbance in the Force here! After a couple of mildly disappointing episodes set on Mandalore, Star Wars: The Clone Wars got back on track with a brooding, mysterious installment last night. “Assassin” is the first ep this season to dive deeply into Star Wars’ underlying mythology, and, most impressively, it didn’t have to be a Skywalker-centric episode to have some Joseph Campbell-worthy heft.

Like Anakin in Revenge of the Sith, though, Ahsoka found herself having unsettling Force-fueled visions. And just like the future Darth Vader, visions of Padmé’s death, no less! READ FULL STORY

'No Ordinary Family' recap: Clear eyes, heavy hand(ed), can't lose?

no-ordinary-familyImage Credit: Michael Desmond/ABCIs it just me, or are any of you worried that No Ordinary Family wants to be the Grey’s Anatomy of superhero shows? (I’m filling in for Jeff Jensen this week, so you’ll have to settle for soapy medial drama references instead of comic-book ones.)

Think about it, though: In the halls of Seattle Grace, it seems like no medical case exists that doesn’t shed introspective light into the dark corners of the protagonist physicians’ minds. Similarly, last night’s “criminal of the week” story arc on No Ordinary Family was nothing more than an extended riff to drive home the Very Special Message to Jim that “family > work/hobbies/extracurricular crime-solving activities.” During Jim’s two conversations with the prime suspect, Tortured Vigilante Guy didn’t talk about his shooting crimes in Franklin Park, but rather, discussed his crimes of poor parenting against his late son:

* “One day you’re their hero, the next they want nothing to do with you.” (Get it? “Hero?” The subtlety didn’t slip past anyone, right?)
* “I lost him because I was so busy with work.”
* “I was his father, and I should’ve been there.”
* “I did it. I killed my son.” (Metaphorically, obvs.)
* “You love your kid so much, what the hell are you doing here with me?”

Cue lightbulb over Jim’s head: D’oh! I shouldn’t have canceled my Friday night camping trip with pint-sized, troubled, and curiously coiffed 14-year-old J.J.! (And then he wouldn’t have ended up at a boozy party for high school seniors!) READ FULL STORY

'Star Wars: The Clone Wars' Recap: Mandalore rots from the head down

star-wars-clone-warsImage Credit: Lucasfilm Ltd. & TMYou have to hand it to Star Wars: The Clone Wars for taking some major risks in its third season. First, the series hasn’t lately put the spotlight on icons from the movies like Anakin and Obi-Wan. Instead it’s devoted episodes to lesser known characters like Baron Papanoida, Senator Chuchi, Bail Organa, Shaak Ti, and Duchess Satine. The objective of the series now is clear: to show that the Star Wars galaxy encompasses many more stories beyond those related to the Skywalker clan. Second, with the exception of the season premiere episode, The Clone Wars hasn’t featured…well, much of the Clone Wars.

Last night’s episode, “The Academy,” followed up on “Corruption” with another story set on Mandalore. READ FULL STORY

'No Ordinary Family' recap: Liar, Liar, Secret Identity On Fire!

no-ordinary-Family-MalcoImage Credit: Adam Larkey/ABCOne of the things I have enjoyed most about No Ordinary Family so far has been how the show makes use of superhero conventions in overt and thematic ways in the context of a family drama — or rather, a drama about a family suddenly blessed/cursed with super-powers. Last night was all about secret identities, and how having and maintaining one requires the hero — an archetype of ethical, virtuous character — to lie and live a lie and do all of this lying with a skill that would make a super-villain stand and slow-clap with admiration. But the deception must be perpetrated, no matter how uncomfortable it makes the hero, for the sake of protecting the hero’s family, friends, and himself or herself.

No Ordinary Family found clever ways to explore and play with this conceit. Super-fast Steph conspired to hide her speedster ID from her employer after Global Tech took an insurance policy out on the prized egghead. Her ditzy, well-meaning lab assistant Katie — a little bit too ditzy in this ep — took it upon herself to pose as Steph and take the mandatory physical on her behalf. (Steph might be the company’s prized asset, but it seems not a lot of people can recognize her on sight — which isn’t too far-fetched, as viewers of Undercover Boss can attest.) Steph knew the lie wouldn’t fly — it actually made her situation worse, because if Katie’s criminal ruse to mask the truth about Steph’s radioactive/magical/mystery plant-enhanced blood sample was exposed, both of them would be fired — and so she had to swap one cover-up for another. Yet by episode’s end, Steph’s nefarious boss Dr. Dayton King became suspicious, and with that, the show’s slow-burning mythology storyline sizzled forward by centimeters…

Nobody told more fibs in the episode than Daphne, which was ironic, given she was the episode’s chief tub-thumper for total transparency. READ FULL STORY

'Star Wars: The Clone Wars' Recap: White Lies, Black Markets

Star-Wars-Clone-305Image Credit: Lucasfilm Ltd. & TMThe Clone Wars is not just a kids show. That was clear tonight in “Corruption,” an episode that took us far away from the front lines of that titular conflict and its kid-friendly laser blasts and lightsaber duels to explore that Galaxy Far, Far Away’s equally dangerous black market. Last week’s geektastic ep transported us to fan-favorite galaxy hotspots like Jabba’s Palace and the Mos Eisley Cantina, and at first glance “Corruption” seemed to promise the same: a return to Mandalore, homeworld of Jango Fett, with its long history of warfare and insidious court intrigues.

Mandalore was the focal point of my favorite season 2 story arc, which introduced us to Duchess Satine, advocate for peace in an otherwise militaristic culture and old flame of one Obi-Wan Kenobi. (Attention Moulin Rouge! fans. You will recall that Nicole Kidman’s Satine was the love interest of that erstwhile Obi-Wan Ewan McGregor in Baz Luhrmann’s musical tour de force.) Giving Obi-Wan, poster boy for chastity that he is, a love interest was an inspired idea, and in the hands of writer Paul Dini (the Rod Serling of TV animation), their repartee flew with screwball ferocity. READ FULL STORY

'Jersey Shore' recap: A wretched hive of scummy villains

The problem is that, with Angelina gone, the house has lost its scapegoat. You could blame anything on her. Our letter-writing campaign blew up in our faces? Blame Angelina! We couldn’t bring home any chicks? Blame Angelina! I’m a roid-addled botox-slurping man-child who unironically wears my sunglasses at night? Blame Angelina! But the Great Nemesis is gone now, and that leaves our beloved housemates in an awkward position. They are left with nothing but one stark truth: They are all quite awful people, actually. They lack even the most basic communication skills. They are vain, selfish, materialistic, proudly uneducated. They drink like college freshmen and smush like horny mutant bunny rabbits. But their self-proclaimed leader is the worst of them all. As last night’s episode proved, The Situation is the secret villain of Jersey Shore.

You could tell things were bad when Sitch put on his vest before he went out to the club. “Sitch wearing a vest” is like “Spider-Man wearing the black costume”: you just know some weird Freudian evil is going to happen. Sure enough, Mr. Circumstance attacked ladies with his trademark panzer-tank charm. One girl charmingly screamed, “Help me!” Another girl flirtatiously pleaded, “I’m, like, begging you. I’m trying to have fun, but you’re, like, too much.” Rargh! Women refusing Situation! Situation angry! Situation become passive-aggressive! READ FULL STORY

'Caprica' midseason premiere: Are you giving the 'BSG' spin-off a second chance?

CAPRICA-Alessandra-TorresaniImage Credit: SyfyCaprica ambitiously tries to be many things — a family drama, a crime thriller, a sci-fi mindbender, a prequel to a great TV show — but to judge by last night’s mid-season premiere, the show is closing in on its ultimate tone: Religious Soap Opera. The episode began with a vision of a virtual heaven that all could see, which would lead to “a religion that removes the need for faith.” The recovering Catholic in me finds this stuff fascinating. But 10 episodes in, with a second-season pickup far from certain, Caprica is starting to look a little bit lost.

Let’s start with the good stuff: Eric Stolz, Eric Stolz, and Eric Stoltz. In the manic genius techno-patriarch Daniel Graystone, Stoltz has molded Caprica‘s one truly original character. READ FULL STORY

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