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TV Review: Glee 6.5 “The Hurt Locker, Part Two”
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Glee Season 6 Rachel Kurt

Glee
Season 6 Episode 5: “The Hurt Locker, Part Two”
Directed by Barbara Brown
Written by Ian Brennan
Created by Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk, and Ian Brennan
Starring Lea Michelle, Chris Colfer, Darren Criss, Jane Lynch, Matthew Morrison, Dot Jones, Amber Riley, and Chord Overstreet
FOX
Air Date: Friday, January 30, 2015, 9:00pm

Last week’s Glee 6.4 “The Hurt Locker, Part One (spoilers!) explored the crazier side of Sue (Jane Lynch). The crazy we know – her irrational hatred of all things Glee. The crazy we didn’t know – her obsession with “Blurt” (Chris Colfer & Darren Criss), complete with shrine. It’s kind of uncomfortable. However, the songs were fabulously sung and performed as usual. My new obsession is that Vocal Adrenaline singer that looks like a 70s greaser and sings like Dennis DeYoung.

Glee 6.5 “The Hurt Locker, Part 2 picks up at the exact spot last week’s episode ends, at the end of the Vocal Adrenaline “Whip It” performance, where Sue announces that she will be judging the Invitationals to Will Schuester’s (Matthew Morrison) dismay.

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TV Review: Backstrom 1.2 “Bella”
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Backstrom
Season 1 Episode 2: “Bella”
Directed by Alex Chappa
Written by Joe Hortua and Leif G.W. Persson (author)
Created by Hart Hanson
Starring Rainn Wilson, Beatrice Rosen, Page Kennedy, Genevieve Angelson, Dennis Haysbert, and Kristoffer Polaha
FOX
Air Date: Thursday, January 29, 2015, 9:00pm

Last week on Backstrom 1.1 “Dragon Slayer” (possible spoilers – beware!): We met Everett Backstrom (Rainn Wilson): cranky, overweight, pessimistic, negative, unhealthy……did I mention cranky? We’re also introduced to his band of much merrier men and women. And we met their first case and Backstrom’s unorthodox methods for solving crimes, or even seeing crimes when everyone else doesn’t see one. A senator’s son was murdered and while the whodunnit was interesting, it got a little overshadowed by the exposition. In pilots, that is sometimes to be expected. However……

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TV Review: The Americans 3.1 “EST Men”
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The Americans Season 3 Episode 1 Keri Russell as Elizabeth Jennings

The Americans
Season 3, Episode 1 – “EST Men”
Directed by Daniel Sackheim
Written by Joe Fields and Joe Weisberg
Starring: Keri Russell, Matthew Rhys, Lev Gorn, Annet Mahendru, Susan Misner, Costa Ronin, Keidrich Sellati, Holly Taylor, Richard Thomas, Alison Wright, Noah Emmerich, Gillian Alexy, and Frank Langella
FX
Air date: January 28, 2015, 10pm

Spoilers for The Americans season premiere. You’ve been warned.

The Americans doesn’t waste any time in telling you what its third season is going to be about. In the opening seconds of the season premiere, “EST Men,” we see quick shots of Henry (Keidrich Sellati), Paige (Holly Taylor), and Phillip (Matthew Rhys). The shot is framed and lingers in such a way that it’s hard to notice Elizabeth (Keri Russell) in the tub off to the right of the screen until she slides into focus.

She takes a breath and then plunges underwater. It’s a quick calm before the storm. Our opening proves that more than ever, a dark tone of desperation and dread hangs over the show.

Welcome back to the fascinating world of The Americans.

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TV Review: Gotham 1.13 “Welcome Back, Jim Gordon”
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Gotham
Season 1 Episode 13: “Welcome Back, Jim Gordon”
Directed by Wendey Stanzler
Written by Megan Mostyn-Brown
Created by Bruno Heller
Starring Ben McKenzie, Donal Logue, Jada Pinkett Smith, Sean Pertwee, Robin Lord Taylor, David Mazouz, Camren Bicondova, Erin Richards, Zabryna Guevara, Andrew Stewart-Jones, and Victoria Cartegena
FOX
Air Date: Monday, January 26, 2015, 8pm

Last week on Gotham 1.12 “What the Little Bird Told Him” (spoilers!!!!), Jim Gordon (Ben McKenzie) rolled the dice with his and Harvey’s (Donal Logue) careers, as he guaranteed they would bring in the Arkham escapee Gruber to the Commissioner. He, in turn, only gave them 24 hours or they would be assigned to Arkham forever. This “electrifying” episode also had Fish Mooney’s (Jada Pinkett-Smith) plan blow up in her face as Falcone (John Dorman) remembered what he had forgotten in the face of Liza’s betrayal. Penguin’s (Robin Lord Tayor) revenge has come to gleeful fruition.

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TV Review: Glee 6.4 “The Hurt Locker, Part One”
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Glee Publicity Photo Season 6

Glee
Season 6 Episode 4: “The Hurt Locker, Part One”
Created & Written by Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk, and Ian Brennan
Starring Lea Michelle, Chris Colfer, Darren Criss, Jane Lynch, Matthew Morrison, Dot Jones, Amber Riley, and Chord Overstreet
FOX
Air Date: Friday, January 23, 2015, 9:00pm

The Gleek-down continues with Glee Season 6 episode 4 of the final 13, “The Hurt Locker, Part One,” which delves a little more deeply into the insanity that is Sue Sylvester (Jane Lynch). This Sue-centric episode explores her hatred of the glee club, and of her also surprising fandom of “Klaine” (Chris Colfer & Darren Criss). She vows to get them back together by any means possible. The lengths she goes to in this episode are hilarious. I think I will miss her the most.

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TV Review: Backstrom 1.1 “Dragon Slayer”
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Backstrom
Season 1 Episode 1: “Dragon Slayer”
Directed by Mark Mylod
Written by Hart Hanson and Leif G.W. Persson (author)
Starring Rainn Wilson, Beatrice Rosen, Page Kennedy, Genevieve Angelson, Dennis Haysbert, Mamie Gummer, and Kristoffer Polaha
FOX
Air Date: Thursday, January 22, 2015, 9pm

Rainn Wilson stars in this procedural that follows no procedure as Backstrom, a cranky detective trying to get himself back into the homicide division, after being put on traffic duty. He just needs to pass his physical, but his Hindu doctor Deb thinks he will drop dead at any moment.

The case he needs to solve to prove himself is the homicide of a college student, the wealthy son of a prominent senator. He manages to offend everyone and everything, while also pretty much modeling what NOT to do during an investigation. His team consists of Detective John Almond (Dennis Haysbert from 24), a levelheaded guy that looks out for Backstrom); Sgt. Niedermayer (Kristoffer Polana), poetic forensics expert who idolizes Backstrom; Detective Nicole Gravely (Genevieve Angelson, House of Lies), Nadia Paquet (Beatrice Rosen), a sexy tech who fills a Backstrom prescription; and Moto (Page Kennedy, Weeds), a beat cop who is Backstrom’s designated runner.

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TV Review: Gotham 1.12 “What the Little Bird Told Him”
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Gotham
Season 1 Episode 12: “What the Little Bird Told Him”
Directed by Eagle Egilsson
Written by Ben Edlund
Created by Bruno Heller
Starring Ben McKenzie, Donal Logue, Jada Pinkett Smith, Sean Pertwee, Robin Lord Taylor, David Mazouz, Camren Bicondova, Erin Richards, Zabryna Guevara, Andrew Stewart-Jones, and Victoria Cartegena
FOX
Air Date: Monday, January 19, 2015, 8pm

It’s been two long weeks since our last Gotham fix, so here’s a bit of what you missed from Gotham 1.11 “Rogue’s Gallery”. Spoiler alert!

In our first Arkham-centric episode, Jim (Ben McKenzie) finds some strange goings on at the asylum, to no one’s surprise. Someone is doing electric experiments on the patients. Jim looks to Dr. Thompkins (Morena Baccarin) and Harvey (Donal Logue) for help. Go, Montoya (Victoria Cartagena)! She is becoming one of my favorite characters as she kicks Barbara (Erin Richards) to the curb for her own good. But when Barbara tries to call Jim, Ivy Pepper answers sneakily, infuriating Barbara. Poor Cat’s (Camren Bicondova) kind deed backfire’s on Jim. Don Maroni (David Zayas) teaches Penguin (Robin Lord Taylor) a hubris lesson, by leaving him to stew in jail after he tries to squeeze more money out of fisherman without Maroni’s consent.

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TV Review: Glee 6.2 “Homecoming”
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Glee Season 6 Cast

Glee
Season 6 Episode 2: “Homecoming”
Directed by Bradley Brueker
Created & Written by Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk, and Ian Brennan
Starring Lea Michele, Chris Colfer, Darren Criss, Jane Lynch, Matthew Morrison, Dot Jones, Amber Riley, Mark Salling, Naya Rivera, Diana Agron, Heather Morris, Jenna Ushkowitz, Kevin McHale, and Chord Overstreet
FOX
Air Date: Friday, January 9, 2015, 9:00pm

It’s homecoming at McKinley High, which means many of our faves that made the original class so appealing are coming back to rile up some support for the glee club revival. The only thing is….once again…as in the first year, no one wants to join. Can Kurt and Rachel (Chris Colfer and Lea Michele) revive some Shue magic?

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TV Review: Glee 6.1 “Loser Like Me”
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Glee
Season 6 Episode 1: “Loser Like Me”
Directed by Bradley Brueker
Created & Written by Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk, and Ian Brennan
Starring Lea Michelle, Chris Colfer, Darren Criss, Jane Lynch, Matthew Morrison, Dot Jones, Amber Riley, and Chord Overstreet
FOX
Air Date: Friday, January 9, 2015, 8pm

Glee begins its swan song tonight with a 2-part opener that brings everyone back home to Lima, Ohio. Although some feel that the show should have ended before the main members graduated, ending it this year does feel right.

Glee has always really been about misfits (ok – really pretty misfits) coming together and singing (and sometimes dancing) their feelings. It’s cheesy, it’s campy, it really stretches the boundaries on what actually happens in high school, but it still has what draw Gleeks to it in the first place – the songs. I still YouTube certain favorites like the “Dream On” duet by Matthew Morrison and Neil Patrick Harris (who hit the high note!); “Forget You” by Holly Holiday (Gwyneth Paltrow); the entire Rocky Horror episode, Artie (Kevin McHale) doing the “Safety Dance”; the Warblers singing “Teenage Dream” or singing anything; Puck (Mark Salling) singing “Beth” by KISS; and so much more.

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TV Review: Gotham 1.11 “Rogue’s Gallery”
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Gotham 1.11 Rogue's Gallery

Gotham
Season 1 Episode 11: “Rogue’s Gallery”
Directed by Oz Scott
Written by Sue Chung
Created by Bruno Heller
Starring Ben McKenzie, Donal Logue, Jada Pinkett Smith, Sean Pertwee, Robin Lord Taylor, David Mazouz, Camren Bicondova, Erin Richards, Zabryna Guevara, Andrew Stewart-Jones, and Victoria Cartegena
FOX
Air Date: Monday, January 5, 2015, 8pm

Spoiler Alert! Here is a brief recap of Gotham 1.10 “Lovecraft”!

November’s mid-season finale had Gotham fans excited at the potential possibilities, as Jim Gordon (Ben McKenzie) got reassigned to the Arkham Asylum, for basically not kissing the mayor’s ass a la Harvey Dent (Nicholas D’Agosto), in repentance of the whole Lovecraft mess. Selina (Camren Bicondova) had been hiding out at Wayne Manor, bonding with Bruce (David Mazouz), when an assassin comes after them and they are forced to flee into her world (Poison Ivy cameo alert!). Fans were surprised and delighted as Alfred (Sean Pertwee) kicked ass in this episode.

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