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The Strain Review: Kelly's Flashbacks

Great recap Hank. Thorough and entertaining. Look forward to the next one.

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@ Rey N

I appreciate that Rey, thanks! Loving this series, can't believe there are just 3 episodes left.

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@ Henry A. Otero

Henry, I'm having trouble understanding Fet: poor English, sloppy diction, poor delivery.... Can you understand him? Sounds like he has "canadien" marbles in his mouth!

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Marisol Nichols to Blast from Tony’s Past on NCIS Season 12

I can´t believe the selfishness from some people who favoured certain character who was abusive to Tony. Tony deserves to be happy, and who says this woman is a love interest? It is said that they worked together!!!!!! I am tired of Ziva/Tiva fans who can´t respect other actresses.

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Satisfaction Season 1 Episode 10 Review: The Perfect Time

Love the show.Great acting Has to be renewed

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Outlander Episode Preview: Ready for a Wedding?

I agree with Ron, Jim, if he didn't keep reminding me that Claire wanted to go back to the 20th century, I would not even remember that part of the story. It's all Jamie and Claire and the clans for me.

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Good one Hank! I loved this episode. Yes, the gas truck blew up but don't forget 10K conveniently found a couple of gas cans they then used to get the F out of Dodge. I think my favorite part was when Addy's baseball bat spike thing came flying back to her like she had a homing beacon. I was laughing at that. I'm intrigued by Cassandra's story and wonder if/when we'll get back story on some of the other characters. Like 10K. Where did he learn to shoot like that? And with a slingshot no less. Is there some superhero, supernatural stuff at play here? Or will we find out he just played a lot of Call of Duty prior to the zombie apocalypse. :) Looking forward to next week's episode.

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Satisfaction Season 1 Episode 10 Review: The Perfect Time

Wow! That was the fastest and most productive couples therapy session I could have imagined. All Grace had to say in the waiting room was that she was awarded the Scholarship to Milan and boom, Neil is in awe of her talent, Grace suddenly realizes she is appreciated by Neil, and the world is a better place; she doesn't need Simon any more and Neil has her love back. What he learned being an escort works! The writers completely control the ebb and flow of the emotions presented in this series. I'm fascinated how they create the excitement and interest expressed by many of you, and Carissa, in this program. Each of you must have a reason why the subject matter has caught your attention so completely that you want to express your opinion about the meaning of a current episode and the future of the whole series. I can tell you about the reason for my fascination. When I was a teenage boy (yes I am also male) I was totally captivated by a short story. It involved a man who was captured in war, lost his memory, and recovered it 10 years later. He went in search of the woman he married just before going into service. He found her and stood across the street watching. The government had declared him dead and she had fallen in love with another man. As the soldier watched, she greeted her husband and children with kisses and hugs of love. What does he do? He turned around and leaves, never letting her know he returned from the war. This story had a profound effect on me, and I develop strong emotions whenever a woman gives her body and soul to more than one man, whether its in ignorance, as in my story, or on purpose, as in the extended affair by Grace. The reasons for Grace's unhappiness are not as important to me as the sexual and emotional acts themselves. How many of you would be interested in this series if Grace simply did what she was supposed to do and sat down with Neil, talked about their problems, and resolved them by means many of you consider civilized? The first shown sex act of Grace willingly being pushed up against the wall by Simon was the powerful image that created the real start of the series. Without the physical and emotional turmoils created, no one would care. That's what the writers and producers are hired for.

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@ Winter

There is nothing like a man trying for a standing 'O' with another man's wife pushed up against a wall to get a show off to a roaring start. But there were other powerful scenes in the first episode, There are many very successful shows that center around marriages without including infidelity. This could have been one of them. All the main issues in a modern marriage are still there. I think Sean may have tried to straddle a line between
what he wanted to accomplish and what he thought he needed to do to get high ratings and in doing so failed in both.

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@ sojourner

I think that scene was too powerful. It turned many viewers off. Some like us see the issues they went though and can relate and want to watch. Others see it and relate and are afraid to watch. If there is a season 2 and Grace gets involved with Simon. I'm out of here because there is no way a man would ever stand for his wife dating a guy that she had an affair with and then goes back to him.

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@ Jojobobo

I think that is precisely why they would consider doing it. To show how much a man would endure, and forgive, for the woman he loves. I know that Carissa would probably disagee, but Grace has never actually resolved her feelings for Simon, as definitively as Neil did toward Adriana.

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@ golfingdocp

What would Anika think of the whole thing. In real life I doubt she would be so forgiving?

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@ Winter

You are right, that at some level we all recognize some vulnerbility or emotion in the characters which touch us. That is the consequence of good story telling and great acting. Neil's soliquey in the boardroom with the Asian buyers was truly amazing, and the highlight of the series to now.

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Z Nation Season 1 Episode 2 Review: Fracking Zombies

" Is she a mermaid ?" LOL I am also curious about Cassandra and her "big" secret, even if in that new-apocalypse-zombies world, I don't see how it could be THAT horrible ... the humor is what keep me here, because I'm not that crazy about the " long walks through Vancouver forest" type, like in TWD or "Revolution" ... I liked the dog story, tho ;) let's see what will happen next, I would like also to be "attached" to a character, because it's not really the case at the moment, I don't care who die or not ... except may be Citizen Z. Anyway, thank you Hank, great review, it's always a pleasure to read it !

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@ Marion

It just seemed so mysterious to me... what in the world could she be? LOL You're right, I'm not attached to any particular character either. That's probably a good thing, we might have a whole new cast by the end of the season Ha! It's that type of show. As always thanks so much for your feedback Marion, you're the best!

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Z Nation Season 1 Episode 2 Review: Fracking Zombies

didn't z-dog bite friendly-dog?

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@ sensorsweep

and they haven't really explained the specifics of the infection yet (is it just bites? what if they scratch you? blood splatter?) so if friendly-dog bit z-dog its possible that that should turn him.
who knows. in the pilot when walt's dad's soldier buddy was attacked, it seemed like he turned in a matter of minutes (and was polite enough to knock before entering).

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@ sensorsweep

I thought that as well, sure seemed like it. Maybe friendly dog will turn next week? Eeeeek!

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@ Henry A. Otero

That's what I thought, too. I was thinking if I was Citizen Z, I would keep the live dog crated when I'm sleeping. Also, I missed that he saved the people at the lab, I thought he chose to download the data instead. But I couldn't quite tell what was happening. The show is kind of growing on me. I like it that the vaccine guy is the equivalent of Doctor Smith from Lost in Space-not quite a villain, but no big hero, either. And wheelwell zombie and flaming oil slick zombies? Sniper teen? Post zombie world arms dealers? Actually rather original. I'll watch next week.

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Carissa, in your review, you suggest that Grace and Anika have lost their self-esteem. My take is that until the last episode, there was no indication of any cause for that except the suggested cause that her mother may feel that Grace had failed her. Postponing her career to raise a daughter should not lower a persons self-esteem unless she was told by an authority figure or she felt herself that she had failed. In the last episode, she told her sister that she was a bad mother and wife, so that could lead to low self-esteem. In the final episode she tells the Zen master that she has been
going through a period of self-discovery, so that is what led her to having an affair, not low self-esteem. As far as Anika, she is a-ok in the self-esteem department. She sold some songs and offered Mateo half of what she made to help him because he was going on the road. Being a man, he refused. That didn’t deter her. She bought a car and headed out to festival where Mateo would be playing. If there is anyone in this show to worry about, it isn’t Anika.

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@ sojourner

I agree with you! Grace simply wants and takes experiences that feel good to her. It's her wild side coming to the forefront with her complete agreement to let it out. I don't equate her actions with any loss of self-esteem. I don't even think self-discovery is in play; maybe re-discovery. She's always been this way; she just sublimated her true feelings for 18 years of marriage. Throughout the series she says "this is me", whether she's had sex with Simon (muddy shoes), or posing nude for Dylan and with her sister's encouragement, or telling Dylan about her college lap dance. Her marriage was probably more of an impulse decision when she fell in love with Neil and she kept her bad girl side hidden. Remember that her first encounter with Simon was at a club where she was letting her inhibitions go out the window. She was suddenly sexually attracted to Simon whose current date was annoyed with his interest in Grace, and the next day she decided to have an affair with him. She didn't know that he was a paid escort; she just wanted to let her wild side have an affair. I have no idea how Simon introduced her to pay for play. Maybe he gave Grace a free sample. Anyway, the developing relationship was exactly what Grace wanted and felt no real guilt since that was who she really wanted to be. I expect that her infidelity would have continued for a very long time.

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@ Winter

And her infidelity will probably flare up again.

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@ Winter

Hi, I had a little free time, so I re-watched the last episode. It was a productive session. First let me say the writers have done a masterful job of obscuring whatever would resemble a timeline. In the first episode we are taken back to 6 months prior when Grace begins the affair. In the most recent episode we are reminded, by the psychologist, that 6 months have gone by since Grace began the affair with Simon. So all the events, we have witnessed in the first 10 episodes have occurred presumably within this time frame. Grace started seeing the psychologist while she was actively bedding Simon. Grace, in some aspects, had a full understanding of her spouses' feelings and emotions. We will return to that in a moment. Grace began her affair consciously to cheat. We have been privy to her personnel justifications for the act, but she internally and consciously knows she did wrong. The exposition to Stephanie "I am a bad woman". That is true. Stephanie goes on a retort, about the fact that Grace should protect herself against Neil springing divorce papers on her ( probably citing adultery {southern state, no fault doesn't exist}). Grace's retort, "Neil would never do that, he love's me". Again, she knows, and has known, that Neil is hopelessly in love with her. She has some intuition that she is safe in the affair. Neil would never leave.
Now we come to the really interesting moment for me. Stephanie makes the masterful suggestion that Grace knows nothing about Neil's life in the 12 hours a day when he is gone. True, she doesn't. Recall her absence of knowledge of his work environment for the past 5 years. Grace consciously and intuitively realizes that there is a weakness to her safety perception of her marriage. What if Neil's acceptance of her affair, is not based on Neil's overriding love for her, but actually that he too has an alternate source of physical and emotional gratification, a mistress. That starts Grace searching through Neil's clothes looking for a hint, and the path to the zen master. is discovered. Self-discovery is the zen masters' euphemism for Neil's justification for his own bouts of adultery. Grace immediately grabs onto that handle for herself, not knowing that she is copying Neil exactly. Grace is now consciously and subconsciously convinced that Neil has been faithful, and that his acceptance of her affair is his overriding love for her, and not an alternative source for what she has been denying him. If you look at Grace, from this perspective, and that hints are right there in front of you, Grace is not actually a lost woman looking for herself. She is as stated earlier, just the true person escaping the shell she has been in. Grace is fundamentally a repressed party girl. She wants excitement, and adventure. Sexual freedom and open emotional expression are trademarks of that culture. Grace has repressed that portion of her personality during the 20 year course of marriage and motherhood. She has felt the bindings of that repression loosen during the past 6 months, not because of Neil, but because she perceived that Anika did not require much more maternal supervision. Recall in episode 9 "I didn't know that you needed me in that way", and also Stephanie's assertion that she has been an absent parent. This allowed Grace to take the bike ride to adultery. The knowledge of safety and time. Grace went to the psychologist because she realized that she was finally at a crossroad. Do I stay with my husband, or leave him for the other man? That is what she is actually grappling with. The exposition to the psychologist, that "maybe it is too late", comes from the fear that maybe Neil's lack of open confrontation comes from exactly the same source of activity as she has been engaged.. This is further proof that Grace is subconsciously afraid that Neil may dump her because of her betrayal. She knows Neil has changed since his plane meltdown, now she knows the real reason. Discovery of her affair.

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@ sojourner

In telling Stephanie that she felt that she was a bad mother and wife, Grace showed the first pangs of conscience.

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Supergirl Drama: Flying to CBS!

Another blonde headlining a show??? Not again!!!!!!!!!!!!

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