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Leslie Gilbert Elman
July 22 2014

Endeavour 2.04: Season Finale “Neverland”

The final episode of Endeavour Series 2 was a corker. We don’t do spoilers on Masterpiece Mystery programs, but I would suggest that you go and watch “Neverland” right now...
July 19 2014

Orange Is the New Black 2.13: Season Finale “We Have Manners. We’re Polite.”

Well, here we are at the end, my friends, and look how far we’ve come. Orange Is the New Black wraps up Season 2by tying up most of its major plot threads: the rise and reign of Vee Parker,...
July 17 2014

Orange Is the New Black 2.12: “It Was the Change”

Let’s talk about Red. When you think about it, the scarlet-haired Russian began this series as villain. Way back in the first episode of the show, Piper—unaware that Red ran the kitchen—...
July 15 2014

Longmire 3.07: “Population 25” Calls for Help

Victoria “Vic” Moretti (Katee Sackhoff) and her husband Sean (Michael Mosley) on a get-away of hopeful rest and relaxation have anything but and before you can yell, “Watch out...
Leslie Gilbert Elman
July 15 2014

Endeavour 2.03: “Sway”

Everyone is wearing a poppy for remembrance, which should give you a clue that this episode will concern the past and the sins committed then. It also concerns a murderer who is very much present...
July 12 2014

Orange Is the New Black 2.11: “Take a Break from Your Values”

Man, I do love me some radical left-wing nuns. I wasn’t raised Catholic, so I don’t have any of the strict, knuckle-rapping associations that have become the stuff of legend when it...
July 10 2014

Orange Is the New Black 2.10: “Little Mustachioed Shit”

After spending most of this season hopscotching between different characters, in Episode 10, Orange Is The New Black swings back around to Piper. She occupies both the flashback (which gives us...
Leslie Gilbert Elman
July 8 2014

Endeavour 2.02: “Nocturne”

Call this episode “Morse Goes Gothic.” The opening credits make it clear we’re not dealing only with the here and now, which, in Endeavour time, is 1966. The dead bodies of Victorian...
July 5 2014

Orange Is the New Black 2.09: “40 OZ of Furlough”

Piper is awake in bed, waiting for the day to start. This is probably the first time she’s looked forward to facing a day since she came to Litchfield. The reason for her anticipation is...
July 3 2014

Orange Is the New Black 2.08: “Appropriately Sized Pots”

One of the true classics of the prison genre flick is the 1947 Jules Dassin noir Brute Force. The movie helped establish many of the archetypes and motifs (and, yes, clichés) that we’ve...
Leslie Gilbert Elman
July 1 2014

Endeavour 2.01: “Trove”

Word to the wise: You’d better be on your toes when you’re dealing with Endeavour. If you’d forgotten this, the first two minutes of “Trove” will remind you. They’re...
Crime HQ
July 1 2014

Sherlock Will Air 2015 Christmas Special Before Series 4

Sherlock will return for a Christmas special, but eager fans will have to wait until 2015 to check back in with their lovable, banter-spitting duo. In an interview with The Telegraph, Martin...
June 28 2014

Orange Is the New Black 2.07: “Comic Sans”

Up to this point in Orange Is The New Black, Cindy “Black Cindy” Hayes (Adrienne Moore) has primarily been a source of comic relief. She’s always mouthing off—“always...
June 26 2014

Orange Is the New Black 2.06: “You Also Have a Pizza”

There’s a nice, tossed-off moment a few minutes into “You Also Have A Pizza” where the administrator Joe Caputo (Nick Sandow) is talking to the sweet prison guard, Susan Fischer...
Leslie Gilbert Elman
June 23 2014

Masterpiece Mystery: The Escape Artist: Episode 2

Remember that fabulous life Will Burton was living in Episode 1 of The Escape Artist? Right. Neither does he. All it took was the smallest gesture toward the wrongest person to shatter...
June 21 2014

Orange Is the New Black 2.05: “Low Self Esteem City”

As a writer, Jenji Kohan has a fascination with public and private faces. Again and again, we find her characters trying to navigate the uneasy space between what they show the world and what they...
June 19 2014

Orange Is the New Black 2.04: “A Whole Other Hole”

Now here is a damn fine hour of television. Episode Four of Orange Is the New Black is pretty much a perfect distillation of what makes this show great. It features multiple storylines—some...
June 18 2014

Aw Jeez, Don’t Tell Me You Missed Fargo: 9 Reasons to Binge

In 1996, Joel and Ethan Coen released Fargo, an instant cult-classic that offered a glimpse into an oft-ignored Hollywood locale—northern United States. The Coen brothers’ film centers...
Leslie Gilbert Elman
June 16 2014

Masterpiece Mystery: The Escape Artist: Episode 1

Will Burton has a really good life: a beautiful wife, a great kid, a fluffy dog, a fabulous city apartment, and a picture-perfect country home. Unfortunately, Will the barrister also has a client...
June 16 2014

Game of Thrones 4.10: Season Finale “The Children”

Game of Thrones concluded its fourth season last night with the aptly named episode “The Children”—a sprawling episode that jumped between the north and the south wrapping up...
June 14 2014

Orange Is the New Black 2.03: “Hugs Can Be Deceiving”

After kicking off Season 2 of Orange Is the New Black with a pair of atypical episodes—one involving Piper outside of Litchfield, and another involving Litchfield sans Piper—Jenji Kohan...
June 12 2014

Orange Is the New Black 2.02: “Looks Blue, Tastes Red”

Season 2 of Orange Is the New Black opened with Piper and followed her outside the gates of Litchfield, to another prison in Chicago where she got involved in the trial of the drug lord she used...
June 9 2014

Orange Is the New Black 2.01: Season Premiere “Thirsty Bird”

The last time we saw Piper Chapman—in the closing moments of Season 1 of Orange Is The New Black—she was pounding the face of Pennastucky Doggett into sausage. Season 2 begins with...
June 3 2014

Longmire 3.01: Season Premiere “The White Warrior”

“The White Warrior” opens with Walt Longmire (Robert Taylor) thundering across the dusty landscape in his SUV with Deputy Branch Connally’s bleeding body in the back en route...
Crime HQ
June 2 2014

“They’re All Dead”: First Trailer for Guillermo del Toro’s The Strain

Set to premiere July 13th, FX has released the first trailer for The Strain, and it is clearly a product of its director Guillermo del Toro. Del Toro also co-wrote the book it is adapted from,...
May 30 2014

Gotham: The City Without Batman

How can Gotham be an interesting show if it doesn’t have Batman? It’s a question I’ve been asked numerous times since Fox Television announced that Gotham would join their...
Leslie Gilbert Elman
May 6 2014

The Bletchley Circle 2.04: “Uncustomed Goods” Part 2

It’s disconcerting to see Millie in distress. When her confidence is shaken so is ours. We know she has a perfectly good reason to feel traumatized. In last week’s episode of The...
May 5 2014

A Matter of Perspective: A Defense of Cersei Lannister

After last night’s episode of Game of Thrones, “First of His Name”, I can finally write an article I’ve been wanting to for a while—a defense of Cersei Lannister....
May 4 2014

The Impossible Crimes of Thomas Banacek

Banacek came along just a bit before my time. When it began airing again on cable recently, the name rang a bell, but that's all. I'm pretty sure I didn't watch it back in the day—at...
April 27 2014

15 Fierce Female Roles: Women in Westerns

In a genre that revels in the lone male protagonist, there are few meaty roles for women beyond the standard soiled doves or window-dressing (seems more often than not, even the horse gets greater attention...