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Television that Home Video Forgot: Starved (2005)

Whether you find Schaeffer’s work to be brilliant or incredibly awful, there’s no denying that it takes a certain kind of filmmaker to be able to draw that kind of strong sense of appreciation or distaste, and those are typically from directors who put a lot of themselves in their work.

Fargo, Ep 2.01, “Waiting for Dutch”

With the first season of Fargo, Noah Hawley and company did something unheard of in television: he took an iconic American film, and turned it into a better TV show, adapting the dark, twisted humor of the 1995 Coen Brothers classic into a show that both felt abundantly familiar, and wildly original.

The Strain, Ep. 2.12, “Fallen Light”

The season finale can’t come soon enough; interpret this as a very positive statement. Several episodes this season have fallen flat as a result of not making the most of their time slot.

The Strain, Season 2, Ep. 11, “Dead End”

Eichorst is a monster. This has been made very clear. He’s a former Nazi. He serves an ancient evil who wants to transform the world into his brood. He’s a strigoi, making him a literal monster.

The Bastard Executioner -- Lee Jones as Wilkin Brattle. Cr: Ollie Upton/FX

The Bastard Executioner, Season 1 never soars and often stumbles

Kurt Sutter has been a familiar name to fans of television and FX for a number of years, and the channel wasted no time in bringing Sutter back onboard after the end Sons of Anarchy, giving a series order greenlight to his new series, The Bastard Executioner.

Dutch and Eph wait for the right moment

The Strain, Ep. 2.10, “The Assassin”

“The Assassins” is an episode whose (practically) every moment is packed action, drama, and even melodrama. With the season drawing to a close in just a few episodes, it’s no wonder why.

Eichorst and Catholic imagery

The Strain, Ep. 2.08, “Intruders”

Vaun’s death at the beginning of the season solidified Gus’s determination to serve only himself. However, it seems as if fate says otherwise. When Quinlan tracks him down and gives him an ultimatum, it’s clear that Gus has a special calling.

Setrakian and Fet team up

The Strain, Ep. 2.07, “The Born”

While musing over how the story has progressed so far in the second season, something came to light: it’s no wonder that side characters in The Strain have a habit of not living very long once they come into contact with any one of our band of heroes. Sometimes the loss is effective—the deaths of Leigh and Fitzwilliam in last week’s episode are still worthy of lamenting because their characters had been defined.

Kelly and the feelers seek out Zach

The Strain, Ep. 2.06, “Identity”

There is a frustrating trend in the treatment of a recently introduced character in The Strain, and “Identity” warrants a more detailed analysis of her. She is the daughter of the Tandoori restaurant owners and a key character in the intersection of Gus and Angel’s character arcs: Aanya.

Palmer and Coco get close

The Strain, Ep. 2.05, “Quick and Painless”

Here’s a recap of what happens in “Quick and Painless”: Ephraim goes undercover to take Nora’s and his findings to Washington DC, Nora and Dutch negotiate Fet’s release from police custody, Abe consorts with a rare item-finder who should have his own Discovery channel show, and Palmer and Coco get close. That’s it. This week’s episode is sadly underwhelming for a series with so many interesting plot points to expand upon.

The Strain S02E04

The Strain, Ep. 2.04, “The Silver Angel”

The cold opening of episode four connects itself to The Strain in three different ways. The relevancy of the first two to the series are easily discernible. First, the narrative of the black-and-white lucha libre B-horror and the present day horror drama series share the same major conflict: human vs vampire.

Abraham isolates himself in his books

The Strain, Ep. 2.01-2.03: Abraham remains series’ best character

Danger escalates within season two’s first three episodes as inter-state highways are closed off and travel becomes heavily regulated. The constant sound of sirens and gunfire mixed with panicked voices in the background serves as a relentless reminder of how quickly humans are succumbing to The Master’s plan.

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