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'Gossip Girl' season 6 premiere recap: A fresh start

With age comes wisdom? Whoever said that should have passed the memo to the Gossip Girl gang, because after six seasons, they’re still as clueless as ever. Of course, with only ten episodes of joy this season, I would ask for nothing else. If this season began with anything other than their normal ridiculousness, I would have cried foul.

Instead, this final season of kicked off in fine form, with a hot Chuck and Blair hotel room romp, one very confusing pairing, Serena overdosing on a train (stay classy), and enough one-liners to fill every last crystal bowl in Lily’s Upper East Side mausoleum.

Most of the episode centered on the gang reconvening from their summer adventures to find their loose cannon friend Serena. Minus the cannon. Her mom came home from traveling with Bart only to realize that Serena had not been seen in months. (“How could I have thought it was okay to go all summer without actually talking to my own daughter?” Lily later asked. To which we say, because you’re a horrible mother.)

So of course the gang dropped what they were doing to look for the group flake. Nate had been very busy flirting with a fetus and a carrying around sheets of paper, Blair was flirting with Frenchmen who know her flight preferences, Dan was getting bossed around by a giant GeorGINA, and Chuck was channeling his daddy issues into business. READ FULL STORY

'Hart of Dixie' premiere: Did Zoe make the right choice? -- POLL

Hart of Dixie‘s sophomore season kicked off with Zoe Hart in a conundrum many girls would love to find themselves in — being pined after by two hot guys — but it was a conundrum nonetheless, and Zoe spent the entire episode fretting over whether to be with newly-single George Tucker or latest bedmate Wade Kinsella.

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'How I Met Your Mother' react: It should be simple

After more than seven seasons, I’m surprised that How I Met Your Mother can still pull a fast one on me.

Tonight’s episode was packed with the general silliness that has become the show’s hallmark. Barney constructed the most ridiculous prenup known to man, there was talk of “honka-honka” (you don’t want to know), and there was a naked German.

Then, in the last two minutes of the episode, the silliness was put in perspective, a point was made, my heart strings were tugged, and the world seemed just a little sweeter.

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'Castle' season premiere react: Are you glad fans got what they wanted?

There’s a lot of risk involved in giving fans exactly what they want, especially when you’re talking about a romantic relationship. When shows built up the tensions between two characters, We’ve seen these things play out in both good and very, very bad ways. (Hello, Moonlighting.)

After watching tonight’s season premiere of Castle — our very first taste at how the show will deal with finally getting Castle and Beckett together in a romantic relationship — I’m confident in saying that this, so far, is a very, very good thing. READ FULL STORY

'How I Met Your Mother' season premiere recap: It's [spoiler]!

With this season of How I Met Your Mother possibly acting as the show’s last, it’s clear the show has its sights set on the end. Because tonight we got closer to the mother than we ever have before…

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'Doctor Who' react: Cubes and the power of three

As many of you have mentioned in the comments over the weeks, the impending departure of Amy and Rory has been made even more tragic by these last few excellent episodes of Doctor Who — because it’s never easy to say goodbye to something as special as what these three share on screen. In some ways, it almost feels like a mean tease, does it not? How great are they together?! Yes, they truly are. Oh, by the way, enjoy it while it lasts, suckers!

I’m sure that’s not how it was intended to be. But if we weren’t already aware of Rory and Amy’s exit after next week, this week’s episode would have completely thrown me off the scent, because they seem more dedicated than ever to their adventures with the Doctor. Of course, that’s not how it began.

In the beginning of the episode, Rory and Amy were questioning how much longer they could neglect “real life” in the name of time-travel adventure. For a moment, it seemed the arrival of some mysterious cubes would quickly throw them back into action, but there was nothing “quick” about these cubes. The period of time following their mysterious arrival one morning was referred to as “the year of the slow invasion” for a reason.

The Doctor and Co., of course, had no idea this was the case. But after four days of “eating endless cereal” and waiting for the cubes to do something interesting — or something at all — the Doctor was stir crazy. (“I hate patience. Patience is for wimps!” he said.) So he took off, leaving Amy, Rory and Rory’s dad, Brian, to watch the cubes. In the absence of the Doctor in their lives, Amy and Rory found they were rather fond of monotony. Rory accepted a full-time nursing position and Amy committed herself as a bridesmaid, two things they could never have done while in and out of life with the Doctor. Brian, meanwhile, kept a dedicated log of cube activity.

On a slightly related note: I adore Rory’s dad! The Doctor has really taken to him in such a way that’s been great to watch — like the great scene that transpired after Brian asked the Doctor what had become of some of his former companions. “Some left me, some got left behind…and some died,” the Doctor answered honestly. “But never them, Brian. Never them.” READ FULL STORY

'Doctor Who' react: Have mercy

In last week’s episode of Doctor Who, the comment section engaged in a lively debate about the Doctor’s actions in the episode. One commenter’s biggest complaint? “…The Doctor has become an executioner, when before he was a pacifist.” Many of you rushed to the Doctor’s defense and while I’m not yet qualified to¬† speak authoritatively on the matter (this is where I give my weekly disclaimer that I’m new to Who) the debate stayed in my mind all week.

So it was extremely cool that this very subject seemed to be the focal point of Saturday’s episode.

In “A Town Called Mercy,” the Doctor, Amy and Rory found themselves in a slightly anachronistic western town that, as it turns out, was protecting alien doctor Kahler-Jex from a mysterious cowboy assassin. Local lawman Isaac, played by Ben Browder (Farscape, Stargate SG-1), was the main person charged with protecting Jex — in fact, much of the town wanted to hand him over so they could end their three-week-long stand-off with the gunslinger. But Isaac claimed that Jex had been an asset to the town, helping save lives and even providing them with electricity and water. (Rory, re: electric streetlamp: “It’s only a few years out.” Doctor: “That’s what you said when you left your phone charger in Henry VIII en suite.”) According to Isaac, Jex’s good qualities outweighed his murky past, and he intended to protect him.

What exactly was that past? The Doctor found out when he broke into Jex’s old ship and learned that Jex and a group of doctors had experimented on people, creating cyborgs to help end a war. (How creepy was it when Jex referred to himself as a “father”? Ick.) But after the war’s end, their creations turned on them, killing everyone involved in the inhumane actions. Jex was the last of the doctors standing.

After learning the truth — and after Jex took Amy hostage — the Doctor was ready to hand him over to the assassin. And he got very close to doing so. Amy was the one who knocked some sense into him during a very emotional and excellent scene. “This is not how we roll, and you know it. What’s happening to you, Doctor? When did killing someone become an option?” she asked him. The Doctor admitted that he was tired of people like Jex, and that the evil man had “to answer for his crimes.” “Today, I honor the victims first…all the people who died because of my mercy,” the Doctor screamed at Amy. She wouldn’t hear it. “We can’t be like him. We have to be better than him,” she said.

His face softened at that statement. And the only response he could muster was: “Amelia Pond.” (Swoon.) READ FULL STORY

'Doctor Who' react: How do you start a triceratops?

As someone who has only recently jumped upon the Doctor Who train, I don’t (yet!) have the advantage of several seasons of Who viewing to help me rank episodes on a very large scale. In fact, I have yet to watch an episode of the show that I haven’t liked. And Saturday’s new episode was no exception. Of course, with a title like “Dinosaurs on a Spaceship,” what’s not to like?!

The strange thing is that while I was looking forward to seeing Who dinos and spaceships, my favorite part of the episode ended up being neither of those things. That honor goes to Rory’s golf ball-carrying dad, Brian, who ended up on the adventure after the Doctor swung by to pick them up in the middle of a random day after being MIA for ten months. (“He hates traveling,” Rory told the Doctor at one point. “Why’d you bring him then?” “I didn’t!”) Not only did Dad have some great soundbites (“I’m riding a dinosaur on a spaceship, and I only came to fix your light.”), but his presence made for some great father-son moments.

Dear old dad wasn’t the only new face in this episode. The Doctor decided that he wanted “a gang” and brought an oversexed Nefertiti and explorer John Riddell along for this adventure in which they went up against a deranged man whose ship was about to collide with Earth. Oh, and there were dinosaurs on the ship.

As expected, the majority of the dinos (which, in case you were wondering, were extremely impressive looking) were not friendly. However, one triceratops very much worked its way into the heart of the Doctor and Co. after helping Rory, his father, and the Doctor escape an encounter with the slowest robots I’ve ever seen. Sadly, the prehistoric, fetch-playing bundle of adorable was later killed by one of the robots. And since Land Before Time gave me a life-long soft spot for dinosaurs, I came very close to crying about it. (In comparison, I really didn’t connect with Nefertiti or Riddell much. But animal co-stars often tend to outshine humans — even when mechanical.) READ FULL STORY

'Doctor Who' react: Oh my gosh, it's [SPOILER]!

Take tonight’s endlessly clever and heartfelt episode, for instance. “Asylum of the Daleks” plunged the Doctor — along with (divorced!) Amy and Rory — into the heart of a Dalek “dumping ground.” (“The ones even you can’t control,” the Doctor told the Dalek Prime Minister at one point.)

Before arriving the gang had made contact with a souffl√©-making lass named Oswin, who said she was trapped inside the center of the asylum after crashing her ship. Yes, that Oswin. Jenna-Louise Coleman, the new companion, wasn’t scheduled to appear until the Christmas special, so this was a great surprise. (Also, she’s cute as a button!)
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'Pretty Little Liars' summer finale: Who 'betrAyed' the gang?

Pretty Little Liars fans owned Twitter tonight in anticipation of tonight’s big “betrAyal.” And the reveal sent some fans into people-think-I’m-being-murdered screams. Others, like this fan, simply lost control: “Full on shaking and balling [sic] my eyes out. #PLL.”

So, in normal people terms, was the twist worth the (over)reactions? You be the judge: READ FULL STORY

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