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7.5
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Boardwalk Empire – Family Limitations

In the Boardwalk Empire universe, the time has come for the characters to all take a good long look in the mirror.  From Nucky, trying to balance seeing himself as a good man and the debaucherous life he leads, to Margaret imagining herself as Cinderella transforming from commoner to princess; to more minor characters such as Agent Van Alden with his strange obsession with Margaret and Lucky Luciano, who finally realizes it’s not Jimmy’s wife who he’s been sleeping with, but his mother.  All around the show, everyone seems to be being forced to confront the lies they’ve been telling themselves so they can sleep at night.

8.9
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Breaking Bad – The Show You Should Be Watching

There’s some television shows, such as Grey’s Anatomy, Desperate Housewives and CSI (any cop procedural show will fit the bill as well) that do not have to make an attempt whatsoever in order to pull in massive ratings.  Once shows that were considered contenders for Emmy awards, they’ve become the butt of jokes in the TV community.  In a way, they’re the TV equivalent of fast food; it’s fun while it’s around, but in the long run, you’re left unsatisfied, craving a little something extra and nursing clogged arteries for the rest of your life.  Okay, maybe not the last one, but I’m assuming everybody understands my little diatribe.  On the other hand, there are shows that win every award under the sun (“Mad Men” and “30 Rock” jump immediately to my mind) yet fail to pull in the ratings of the aforementioned “fast food” shows.  I realize that there are probably numerous fans of Grey’s Anatomy and CSI that are throwing food, drinks or anything sharp at their computer monitors, cursing me for saying these horrid things, but it’s just my opinion.

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Lost – LAX, Parts 1 and 2

Move aside, Damages. Get out of the way, 24. The men and women who have helped model one of the greatest serial television shows of all time are back with a vengeance, bringing the same level of intrigue and mystery as always. Lost has made a habit out of reinventing themselves each season, changing the game in ways that most writers and directors wouldn’t dare to do. Where some shows play it safe from season to season, rarely departing from the same tired format, Lost has been able to change the game every season and keep people interested. The story may be confusing as hell and leave millions of people each week screaming at their televisions, but it’s important to realize that Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse have an endgame in mind. If you remember that, as I do, the show is that much more enjoyable.

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Lost – What Kate Did

It’s always tough for shows to follow up premieres, especially if your show has an incredible premiere, and especially if that show is Lost. Luckily, Lost is able to keep the momentum moving, even if it’s not quite as energetic as last week.  Kate is a character that is almost universally hated on Lost, and I’ll admit that, on occasion, I’ll cringe a little bit when I hear a Kate-centric episode is approaching us.  However, the focus on Kate is actually somewhat interesting thanks to a superb performance once again by Josh Holloway as Sawyer and the sideways-flashes, which continue to frustrate as much as they intrigue.

Part of me expected this to be your typical “Kate runs away from the cops” episode, but it was quite the surprise to see the Kate and Claire reunion last well beyond the taxi cab ride. The parallels between each universe continue to appear, as we see that Ethan ends up being Claire’s doctor when she goes into labor, and even though Kate and Claire clearly do not know each other in this parallel universe, Kate is still helping Claire and her son.  Kate has made it clear, between last season and the beginning of this one that she is on the Island for no other reason than to find Claire and reunite with her. The fact that the writers have found a way to unite these two characters in both the normal, straight-forward story-line we’ve come to know and love AND the alternate universe makes everything much more interesting. I have to give many props to the writers for setting up the universe this way because it’s really bringing up some interesting points. The way that Claire said the name “Aaron” just came to her is almost a sign that these two realities are going to have to merge at some point and become one. They’re related to each other in ways they don’t know yet and Juliet’s phrase “It worked” may end up being the phrase to remember this season.

9.5
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Chuck: Chuck vs. The American Hero

After last weeks slump, the show picks right up again, delivering another brilliant installment of action, spying, heroism, romance and comedy. AND with a surprising twist near the end!

10
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Chuck: Chuck vs. the Beard

Wonderful, wonderful episode which had me giggling, gasping and squealing throughout – entertainment at its best! *spoilers*

Finally the moment (or ONE of the moments, at least) we’ve all been waiting for: Morgan figures out Chuck’s secret. And in the best way possible, I think. Not through overhearing something he shouldn’t, not through a guilt ridden confession which Morgan would not be able to believe – but because Chuck chose to save his friend over maintaining his cover, and with a handful of competent bad guys to corroborate his story there was no “Dude, get serious”-moment either. And Morgan did what we all hoped he would – he thought it was awesome. πŸ˜€

From Buy More employees on the barricades to Morgan’s bravery in the face of danger, this episode had its fair share of crowning moments of Awesome, and I can’t wait to see where the show will take us next. Will Captain Awesome continue to crumble under the pressure?

Will Ellie agree to join Awesome on a trip to “No-spy-land”?

Will Chuck’s new found insight about Sarah lead anywhere?

And who is that mysterious voice from Casey’s past? πŸ˜€

10
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Burn Notice: Devil You Know

An episode heavy on story arc action, with a cliffhanger leaving you ready to tear your hair out. *spoilers*

As Michael and his team rushes to recapture mysterious criminal “Simon” from last episode, things heat up both on the front line and at home.

While Michael runs from cops and federal agents, his mother is being interrogated by the same in her own home.

Usually, Madeline is mostly annoying, aggravating and occasionally pathetic – but here she stepped up to the plate as a Momma Bear, not allowing threats or manipulation to sway here from protecting her son as best she knows how. From the code for “stay away” used during Michael’s father’s drinking binges, to telling the surprisingly engaging and likeable federal agent that if Michael wanted him dead, he’d be DEAD, Madeline Westen stands by her son, no matter whether she doubts him or not.

7.0
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It’s Always Sunny-Dennis Gets Divorced

After last week episode I was hoping we would get a classic Sunny episode but it quickly became apparent that it was not the case. I stated last week that these two episodes, Mac Fights Gay Marriage and Dennis Gets Divorced, are meant to be shown together and the two episodes on their own are just not up to typical Sunny quality. While it is possible that upon watching the two episodes together they could be great, as it stands this weeks episode is just as flawed and, at times, not funny.

9.0
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Chuck: Chuck vs. the Nacho Sampler

I think this is one of the most painful episodes I’ve seen of this great show. Forget unhappy love, forget Buy More indignities, forget Dad coming and going: The sight of Chuck doing what must be done, turning into a “real” spy, is truly painful.

10
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Burn Notice: Friendly Fire

Crowning moments of awesome, putting a face to our new übervillain, and a few moments of heartwarming as well – pretty much one of the best “basic” episodes of Burn Notice I’ve seen.

I tend to separate Burn Notice into two parts, I’ve realized. The “basic”, which is the plot of the week, with its victims and villains, witty dialogue and things that go boom. And then there’s the emotional/storyarc bit, which focuses more on Micael’s relationships with the people closest to him, and the overall direction of the plot – sometimes background noise, sometimes a red thread, and sometimes real and immediate.

Although this episode had a bit of the latter – a nice ending with Michael and Fiona, and finally putting a face to what appears to be this seasons main villain – it was above all a wonderfully over-the-top “basic” version.

In some episodes Michael goes up against real pros, facing difficult odds and pulling on all his training and experience.
And then there’s cases like this one, where the opposition is just weak enough to let him pull off really cool feats of Awesomeness. πŸ˜€
The ultracool persona he portrayed made a bit of preplanning look like magic, and reminded me of a Mission:Impossible episode where the villain is convinced he’s dealing with the devil himself.

The not-so-subtle “hints” pointing in the same direction here are entertaining and impressive, and at the end of the episode I had to resist the urge to snap my fingers… πŸ˜€

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