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@Nick: "Steve and Abigail are more computability than either of them come across." Compatible? I don't pay a lot of attention to character development on W13 because it's so arbitrary and haphazard. Helena is good, no she's bad, no she's good, no she's really bad, no she's sort of good, no she's really good. I don't give W13 much credit for big character moments, either, because they're always so hit-you-over-the-head unsubtle. That Claudia invited the kid to come back to the Warehouse made no sense. Their bonding was minimal; it was nothing like the family connection Artie had to Claudia. And since when do you invite people back to the warehouse for the heck of it? He's supposedly a homeless kid with no special talents. It's not lie he demonstrated any qualities the Warehouse would be looking for. He got invited back because that's what the writers wanted to happen, logic be damned.

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2. ... Maggie's resistance to the idea is disappointing. She'd rather have him shagging Karen. Oh, wait, he didn't mention that part to her. And the idea of Hal just leaving on his own ... where Karen can make him into her permanent love slave ... Seriously? In other words, this being a good episode didn't preclude it also containing a lot of lame material. 3. On that point, Carla's absolutely right about the scouting party (?) attacking the 2nd Mass. It makes no sense. It also makes no sense that the general doesn't see the point of making contact with the "true" president. The guy's an idiot; why is he still in uniform? 4. It looks like next episode is going to be pretty explosive. Looking forward to it.

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1. This was one of the best episodes Falling Skies has produced. They handled the death of a well-liked character well; the introduction of a new faction (the "true" president's forces) was an interesting development; the "Liberty Tree" (which was better and appropriately non-ideological as the "Tree of Life") was a nice touch, although it would have been better if it had come in the wake of a deadlier battle; and the tacit battle between Pope and Tom for Matt's allegiance is another nice touch. 2. We already know from next week's trailer that the baby was genetically altered, so the plot line that had us wondering about mom's sanity was a cheap trick. Hal is not the mole, and Hal knows he's not the mole because he couldn't have killed Locke (he was in the clinic at the time), so turning himself in as the mole is stupid. Turning himself over to the clinic because he's been hacked would have been smart, which is why Maggie's resistance to the idea is disappointing. She'd rather have him shagging Karen. Oh, wait, he didn't mention that part to her. In other words, this being a good episode didn't preclude it also containing a lot of lame material. 3. Carla's absolutely right about the scouting party (?) attacking the 2nd Mass. It makes no sense. It also makes no sense that the general doesn't see the point of making contact with the "true" president. The guy's an idiot; why is he still in uniform?

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The Killing Review: The Voice

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3. @Elissa is right; the boyfriend is the taxi driver, not the parole officer. 4. I was already expecting mom's boyfriend to be a Bad Guy, so I wasn't surprised when that turned out to be true. Could he be The One? They're arresting him next week, so either he isn't or he's going to get out on a technicality. 5. This show does not like mothers. Linden is a terrible mother. Michelle Forbes' character was a terrible mother. Kallie's mother is beyond terrible. It's not all that keen on adult women, either. Some of the show's worst Bad Guys are women, like the native American cop who abused her girlfriend, and Aunt Terry, the person who actually killed Rosie.

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The Killing Review: The Voice

1. A very good episode, perhaps one of the best since the early days of season 1, like the one where they raided the mosque. It was not an episode with no new clues. We got the link between a dead girl and the videos, a link between a live girl and the videos, and the name of the video guy. 2. I still like Bullet. Lyric is still a loser and a user and pretty damn stupid, but, yeah, he has become more sympathetic. Not sure why intentionally getting his ass kicked helped him deal with being raped. 3. I liked the dialogue between Lyric and his P.O., where Lyric was about to give the P.O. a blow job but objected that he "wasn't gay" when being told to pull down his own pants. Then the P.O. said "I'm not either." It doesn't really ring true for white guys today, but in the past giving a blow job didn't necessarily mark a man as gay (or bi) and in some cultures a man who penetrates another is not considered gay. 3. @Elissa is right; the boyfriend is the taxi driver, not the parole officer. 4. I was already expecting mom's boyfriend to be a Bad Guy, so I wasn't surprised when that turned out to be true. Could he be The One? They're arresting him next week, so either he isn't or he's going to get out on a technicality.

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4. I was also shocked when Datak went bezerk and then killed Lang. But it was a good shock. And no, Datak is not going to die; even if Stahma is (mostly) pulling his strings, he's at the core of the show. I'm almost certain that a woman would not be allowed to take over the family business, so they can't kill Datak unless they pull a Godfather and turn the weaselly son into Michael Corleone. That seems pretty unlikely.

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1. I didn't like any of the individual elements of the episode, but I liked it overall. Not sure why. 2. Throwing all of the Irathients into a camp seemed like a heavy-handed way to connect to the Japanese incarceration during WWII. Why didn't the IRs suggest an alternative? Why weren't they asked? Are they sullen victims because that's how they've adapted to oppression, or because the writers think they're too stupid to say "Hey, as carriers of this disease, we do have a responsibility to make sure we don't pass it to humans." 3. It was explicitly stated in the pilot that Stahma was the power behind the throne, and that's been borne out in every episode. You didn't pick up on that??? 4. I was also shocked when Datak went bezerk and then killed Lang. But it was a good shock. And no, Datak is not going to die; even if Stahma is (mostly) pulling his strings, he's at the core of the show. I'm almost certain that a woman would not be allowed to take over the family business, so they can't kill Datak unless they pull a Godfather and turn the weaselly son into Michael Corleone. That seems pretty unlikely.

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1. There were good bits and bad bits in this episode, but overall it had the choppy and cheap feel of something slapped together by amateurs. 2. The producers appear to be completely immune to fan complaints about the huge cast of characters and the proliferation of pointless subplots. I suppose you can praise them for sticking to their guns. You could possibly argue that the source material is so weak, they have to have a handful of plotlines in play ... except that very little of what's going on this season comes from Charlaine Harris' novels. 3. If I was allowed to cut one of the stupid and annoying subplots, I can't decide whether it would be the one involving Alcide and his "bitches" or the one with Andy and his babies. Aw, hell! As annoying as I find the werewolf stuff, Andy and the "alien" babies is just too stupid to bear. 2. I suspect they killed Luna because they didn't know what else to do with her. Thanks, @Reema, I know the grizzled old guy was familiar, but I couldn't place him. Rutger Hauer. Roy Batty. Hm.

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Twisted Review: Socio

@Leigh: "peak your interest" It's "PIQUE" as in "a fit of pique," not "peak" or "peek".

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Sad that they don't have a King and Maxwell review here on TVFANATIC. It's more fun than Major Crimes (which I still like), has a better mix of drama and humor than most buddy cop shows out there (meaning that the humor is not too over the top), and has two great leads in Jon Tenney and Rebecca Romijn. The opening episode was totally unbelievable and packed with transparent "let's fill in the back story" moments, but it was still enjoyable. Looks very promising to me.

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