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November 2015

The Leftovers: the story so far

We are only two episodes away from the season 2 finale of The Leftovers and – as is usually the case with truly great shows – a lot of previously unconnected or unsolved mysteries seem to be coming together as we approach the end of the season, but a lot more questions remain unanswered.

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Binge watching: Graceland

After devouring all six seasons of White Collar, the next logical step would be for me to start binge-watching yet another Jeff Eastin show. According to the IMDb trivia for Graceland, he actually wrote it before White Collar, but decided not to pitch it to the network right away and wait until he felt they were ready for something ‘darker’.

If there’s one thing both shows have in common it’s that the viewer is constantly caught off guard: we hardly ever expect the frequent plot twists. Although admittedly much darker (and violent) than White Collar, both shows move in a similarly fast pace; there’s depth to the characters, each of them balancing between loyalty, work ethic, personal agendas and a multitude of secrets slowly revealed throughout the seasons.

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TWD: Heads Up

Well, it’s definitely not the first time TWD makes us go “FUCK YEAH” and “OH SHIT” over the course of a single episode, and I’m willing to bet it’s not the last.

First off, the good news:

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The Leftovers: International Assassin

Holy crap was this episode unreal! Literally.

I couldn’t possibly recap this one better than Vulture, but I do need to take a moment to comment on how gorgeous Justin Theroux is, both butt-naked and in a fitted suit, especially when he’s bathed in light in that hotel room and we get to appreciate his lovely eyes. Swoon.

Anyway. Looks like it’s bye-bye Patti, and Kevin is back from the dead. I still have no idea what is up with all the water references, but the scene at the well was a very eerie reminder of the cave-woman in the first episode of the season.

Only a couple of episodes to go until the season finale, and boy do we have a lot of questions. Here’s hoping for some answers – but you know what? If the remaining episodes are as captivating – and heartbreaking – as this one, I won’t mind if not all my questions are answered. Not one bit.

The Affair: Noah just can’t help himself

Ah, Noah, Noah, Noah. Just when I start to see you as a decent human being rather than a cheating spoiled brat, you go ahead and do something stupid again.

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Weekend Roundup: TGIT recaps

Let’s just say that out of the three TGIT shows, Bones closely resembled the fake-turkey Brennan wanted to serve for Thanksgiving, Grey’s Anatomy was the staple heaping pile of stuffing everyone loves, and HTGAWM… well, it’s like that godawful yam/marshmallow casserole that I still can’t wrap my brain around why is has a place on the dinner table and isn’t served as dessert: some people seem to love it; I just have no appetite for the stuff.

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Movie night: Spy Movies

Full disclosure: for the longest time I didn’t enjoy spy movies. I never liked the old James Bond flicks and found Sean Connery to be a lousy actor, neither sexy nor marginally attractive (also, too freaking hairy).

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TWD: Always Accountable

Okay, I’ll admit it: I didn’t particularly love this episode – or the one before it. The format TWD has been following these last few weeks reminds me of the all the character-centric episodes leading up to the group’s reunion in Terminus; except back in season 4 neither the group nor we had any idea what they were walking into: would Terminus indeed be their sanctuary, or was it all an elaborate trap?

This time, we are pretty much aware of all the dangers our group has to face: will the herd return? Will the Alexandria walls hold? How many people are out there waiting to attack? We know there’s going to be a huge blow-out eventually, so building up suspense isn’t as effective as in previous seasons.

Which brings me to Sunday’s Always Accountable. I’m sure Daryl fans were super-excited to see him doing something other than riding his motorcycle, but I felt it dragged on too long, like a filler episode to hold us over until the big mid-season finale.

A few random thoughts:

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The Leftovers: A Most Powerful Adversary

Well, this was unexpected. From the moment the episode started, with Kevin handcuffed to the bed and Nora nowhere to be found, to the tragic (and bizarre) ending, this episode may have well been the best one yet.

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