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Hello again. Several of my colleagues follow this site, so this comment pertains to them also. I have heard opinions that Anika's story is a diversion from the central theme of this series. I believe that she is the glue holding the Truman family together. Grace's commitment to Niel has waned for the moment. It is Anika's stated reliance on the intact family that has prevented Grace from immediately bolting. There are people who are so averse to conflict or to admitting failure at any level, that flight or a new beginning is the only viable option . Grace was going to run, her feelings for Neil or marital commitment, are secondary to Anika's perceived needs. That is why we still have a storyline. I love Simon's line "I am a professional, I know what to do". Amateurs know what to do, they just don't get paid for it.

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@ golfingdocp

But Adrianna called him out on it. She said you fell in love with a client, how unprofessional of you.

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10 Best Supernatural Episodes

And then Carver came in season 8 and threw canon out the window and Sam under the bus by NOT looking for Dean.
I did not like Sacrifice as it was just Sam having a pity party and me screaming at my TV, "Actions speak louder than words, Sam".
Swan Song, Lazarus Rising and French Mistake are super, and season 4 with the Angel/Demon story is my favorite. My top 10 in order Swan Song, Lazarus Rising, On The Head of a Pin(4), The End(5), A Very SPN Christmas(3), The French Mistake(6), What is and What Should Never Be(2), I know What You Did(4), Heaven & Hell(4), Dark Side of the Moon(5)

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@ rehabber

And where was he supposed to look for Dean? When Dean went to hell, at least Sam knew that his brother went to hell. He had no freakin' idea that his brother went to Purgatory when he killed Dick. Also he didn't have anyone. No Bobby. No Cas. He was all alone. And during Season 7, Sam was pretty vulnerable. He had so much s*** going on for him and he needed to get himself back together. It's a lot different for him now. At least this time around he has an inkling of where his brother is and that makes it a lot easier for him to go look for the man. And Sam wasn't having a "pity party" as you so wrongly put it. It's like no matter how many times Sam sacrifices himself, it's not gonna be enough. The man was willing to die, because he believed that his life wasn't worth it and once again he wanted to sacrifice himself to save the world and yet here you are saying it was a "pity party."

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@ Ashy

Well since Sam did not know where Dean went in Time After Time, he got
with Sheriff Mills and they figured it out. It was just to easy.."RAN,
HIT DOG, MET GIRL", did not even try to find Dean. All he would have
had to say was I did look, found nothing. He did not call anyone to
help him..that is NOT the Sam of the first 7 years.

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@ rehabber

Got It. Know you're mad at Sam because he didn't look for Dean.

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@ Laura LaFleur

I am mad at the writers for writing Sam this way, Sam would always look for Dean.

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@ rehabber

Word!!!!!

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Hated the ending, hated, the entire last season. I don't think anymore could be said.

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The Strain Review: Kelly's Flashbacks

By the way... we've seen/heard nothing (that I am aware of??) about the strange stirogi-looking characters that rescued the lawyer's nanny and kids (and deftly disposed of the nanny's daughter) since that episode. I wonder if that's who they're talking about in the episode synopsis on IMDB:
The Master (s1e13 oct 5) Eph and Fet recon for an all-out assault that Setrakian assures them will finally kill the Master. Gus aligns himself with a strange new force, one that may swing the fight in an unforeseen direction.

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@ TiffL

That hooded strigoi soldier doesn't appear until Book 2. They brought him in early because he's an important character. However, I had a feeling we wouldn't see him again til the season finale. The ending is going to be a major cliffhanger, that's my prediction ;)

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@ Henry A. Otero

Yikes! Well, here's hoping we get an early season 2 renewal like Sleepy Hollow did. I am so tired of investing in shows that never come back :( We've decided my husband is the cancellation curse. If he really looks forward to a show, we get no season 2 (or even finish season 1 sometimes!). Warning: he loves this show too. Fingers crossed! Do you think if I picked up the books that it would enhance the story (like GoT does for me), or ruin the surprises? How close are they staying to the source material?

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@ TiffL

The Strain was renewed back in August for Season 2. Read more here: http://www.tvfanatic.com/2014/... I read book one and while the bigger events have appeared on the show, the WAY things happen is different. Having read the book I do feel I knew too much going in. Kept expecting certain things to happen you know? It's a fun, quick read so you might want to pick it up once Season 1 ends.

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@ Henry A. Otero

Oh sweet! I won't freak out then :) Great tips re the book. That was kind of the case with retroactive reading. It colored S1 and S2, and I realized how at certain times there were 25 important people in a room and I had no bleeping idea. I decided GOT should have the characters wear name tags. That would definitely help. ANYHOW very exciting. I'm sure hubby will be glad to know he didn't ruin this show ;)

Paula-duffy

Abby's only known one kind of man, and although she claims to abhor Ray's "dirty business", her desperation leads her to demand Jim become mini-Ray. Terry's "being a man" the only way he knows, which is to provide for what he hopes will be his new family. He knows better, as does PO Ronald Keith. Mickey Donovan is the Pied Piper of the show. But the specter of Ray losing control of his own manliness, once Kate inevitably uncovers the truth, makes me wonder if a healthy Ray Donovan is character I'd tune in to see. http://tvruckus.com/2014/09/15...

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Outlander Review: I Will Break You...

Dougal's corn-grinding comment CRACKED ME UP. Seriously. The acting in this episode was amazing. Watching Randall recap his encounter with Jamie was incredible; so hard to watch, but the acting....just...Wow. You got the real sense that Randall derived pleasure from torturing people, but not in the obvious way; he is not some mindless brute; he's calculating, intelligent, and DOES possess the wherewithal to be a better man, but simply has no desire to make that change. We got that from the books of course, but the acting just brought it to life so incredibly well. I also thought the interaction between Clare and Jamie at the end was perfect; subtle, light-hearted as could be given the situation, and just right. I cannot tell you how sad I was to hear just TWO more episodes left.

Hanko9

Fantastic stuff Jim! A couple of very enlightening tid bits. I'm surprised Chuck didn't see the negative feedback about The Master's face on Twitter. I run the @MastersMinions account as you know and man I was getting fed up already. There were people claiming the reveal killed the show for them and they were dropping it. Personally I didn't hate it, but it didn't scare me so I felt very underwhelmed. Ready to see more of Quinlan!

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Sons of Anarchy Round Table: "Black Widower"

Do four intelligent women really have to go to his "abs" during any part of the
discussion of an extremely serious episode? Disappointing and why I will want to stay away from this site if the Round Table will consist of the same individuals.

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Another problem for me is how does Neil get Grace to the Zen Master without admitting openly that he knew about Simon?

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@ golfingdocp

Isn't Neil trying to help himself through Zen with issues not necessarily related to the affair. Grace has seen the book. She might be going on her own.

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@ golfingdocp

Simon has a copy of the book, and I bet Adriana has one also. In fact, Adriana may recommend the Zen Master to Grace!

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The Strain Review: Kelly's Flashbacks

Just wanted to say that you are one of the best reviewers around! I mentioned before that I loved your reviews on Helix. Same with The Strain. There is another TV website, not sure if I'm allowed to mention the name...so I won't, but the reviewer who reviews The Strain obviously hates it because he criticizes the every episode from beginning to end. I'm so glad you write mostly about the positive instead of the negative. I really enjoy watching every week and then reading your insights on the episode. Great job!

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@ USA Fan

I've said this before, but I really appreciate your kind words! Definitely try my best to go for the positives. I've never been a fan of reviewers that get a kick out of slamming/bad mouthing a show or movie. That's not cool if you claim to be a fan you know? Love love love that you're enjoying The Strain and my reviews! Going to share your comment now via Twitter. We all love compliments and they're rare believe it or not. I appreciate your comment tremendously! Thank you.

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