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PITCH 1×01 Debriefing: Padres in the Outfield

PITCH: Kylie Bunbury in the all-new “Pilot” series premiere episode of PITCH airing Thursday, Sept. 22 (8:59-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. CR: Tommy Garcia / FOX. © 2016 FOX Broadcasting Co.

The Fall TV season is back (and so are we!), and first up at bat here at TYLL is the new baseball-themed drama Pitch on FOX. This series’ curveball? It centers around a promising young pitcher — who happens to be a woman. The pressure reaches a fever pitch, leaving everyone wondering if Ginny Baker is nothing but a flash in a pan. Can the rookie series hit a home run? (And could I use any more baseball analogies in this article so far?)

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Nels knew how to operate a TV remote control before she knew how to talk. As a result, she has spent an inordinate amount of time pretending she actually lives on a soundstage. When she isn’t watching whichever show is currently capturing her heart, she is writing about how said show is currently capturing her heart. She loves pie.

BONES 11×11 Debriefing: “You’re Essential to Me”

BONES: L-R: David Boreanaz, Emily Deschanel and Tamara Taylor in the Spring premiere "The Death In The Defense" episode of BONES airing Thursday, April 14 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX.  ©2016 Fox Broadcasting Co.  Cr:  Patrick McElhenney/FOX

Welcome back, Bones!

It is strange that the show is returning just as May Sweeps (the traditional end to the television season) are about to start. It’s even crazier to think that the show will be running until late July, too.

It’s been a bit over four months since we last saw our favorite squints, but only eight weeks have passed in Bones time. After the shocking ending to the midseason finale, the spring premiere opens with Hodgins being discharged from the hospital. He’s jarringly happy and hopeful — basically, in perfect denial.

The episode went all in with showing us Hodgins’ current struggle, and it shone a light into his and Angela’s relationship. I especially liked the storyline was not put into the background, rather than have it be in the backburner. It is such a big event in the characters’ lives, and it would have been a disservice to just focus on some other trivial thing. This is a show that prides itself in having such great actors with developed characters, and that is definitely felt here: as the close family they are, every character has a very distinct and emotional reaction to Hodgins’ condition.

So, let’s discuss that, and other things that went down on Bones 11×11, “The Death in the Defense”…

… is a young graduate student that has been way too passionate about television ever since she was little. While she insists she doesn’t have a specific type of show, they all usually have strong but flawed lady characters, some derivation of the stubborn friends-in-love/friends-to-lovers trope, and they all make her yell at her tv a lot. She just wishes she had more hours in the day so she could actually write about this.
You can usually find her on Twitter, Tumblr, and at cassidy at thankyoulizlemon.com

THE AMERICANS Season 4: Was Nina’s fate a harbinger of things to come?

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The Americans Season 4 definitely isn’t pulling any punches, taking more twists and turns than a couple of KGB agents evading FBI surveillance in 1980s Washington, D.C.

The world is definitely closing in for our spies, on both sides of the moral divide, and if the first few episodes of this season are any indication, the show is making good on the threats posed as far back as season 2 to some of our most beloved characters. From Nina’s stint in a Siberian gulag, to Phillip and Elizabeth’s dilemma over what to do now that their secret’s out, to Martha’s increased sense of danger in the workplace as Stan finally senses something’s afoot, it looks like no one will be left unscathed by the time the writers are done with us for another year.

However, there is one scene that will undoubtedly reverberate for the rest of the season, and that moment definitely sent shockwaves across this side of the television screen. It might have been one that was a long time coming, but that doesn’t make it any less heart-wrenching. Yet as shocking as said moment was, what really stands out, for now, is that it’s a pretty good metaphor (or harbinger) of things to come thanks to The Center, if my TV-watching experience is any indication.

[WARNING! The following post contains major spoilers for the first four episodes of The Americans this season. Enter at your own risk!]

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Nels knew how to operate a TV remote control before she knew how to talk. As a result, she has spent an inordinate amount of time pretending she actually lives on a soundstage. When she isn’t watching whichever show is currently capturing her heart, she is writing about how said show is currently capturing her heart. She loves pie.

BONES 11×10 Debriefing: Fate Dealt You a Tricky Hand

 

This is way overdue. We know, we know.

The fact two episodes aired the same night, coupled with exams, made uploading this recap difficult. Add in Christmas travels (and the holiday itself), and it was not a good time to upload this at all. We decided to save it for a bit until the spring premiere, thinking it would be in early March (or late March, at the latest) and boy, were we wrong. Enough with excuses, though.

It’s mid-April and the show is finally coming back this week after four months off the air. (And little promotion to anyone watching on TV, ahem.) The previous episode ended with Angela and Hodgins at odds about expanding their family, and Cam opting to finally give Sebastian a serious chance.

Needless to say, this episode is a doozy. There is an inherent, underlying tension because you know things are going too well, and they are certainly not going to be like that by the end of the double-header. The events were pretty hyped, and we got plenty of reminders this was supposed to be the season opener until they decided to scrap that.

Let’s just recap what happened in Bones 11×10, “The Doom in the Boom”…

… is a young graduate student that has been way too passionate about television ever since she was little. While she insists she doesn’t have a specific type of show, they all usually have strong but flawed lady characters, some derivation of the stubborn friends-in-love/friends-to-lovers trope, and they all make her yell at her tv a lot. She just wishes she had more hours in the day so she could actually write about this.
You can usually find her on Twitter, Tumblr, and at cassidy at thankyoulizlemon.com

NASHVILLE 4X11 Debriefing: Wedding Bell Blues

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Rejoice, Nashville fans! The day you’ve been wishing for since this show premiered four years ago finally arrives: Deacon and Rayna are tying the knot, come hell or high water! Which may be more than a figure of speech, if their history is anything to go by.

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Nels knew how to operate a TV remote control before she knew how to talk. As a result, she has spent an inordinate amount of time pretending she actually lives on a soundstage. When she isn’t watching whichever show is currently capturing her heart, she is writing about how said show is currently capturing her heart. She loves pie.

AGENT CARTER 2X10 Debriefing: L.A. Confidential

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Apologies for the delay, folks. I’m obviously not as resourceful as our dear Peggy!

For the entirety of its second season, Agent Carter has danced around the impending disaster of the Zero Matter showdown with Whitney Frost, using her terrorizing as a backdrop for all of our characters’ personal struggles.

In “Hollywood Ending,” the show doubles down on some of those questions, while leaving others tantalizingly unresolved. If this is is the end of the series as we know it (perish the thought), there’s no doubt that fans will certainly be left debating the outcome for years to come.

But when it comes down to it, there is only one question that really matters: will Peggy Carter ever find happiness? Read on to find out.

[Warning: the following post contains spoilers for the Agent Carter season finale.]

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Nels knew how to operate a TV remote control before she knew how to talk. As a result, she has spent an inordinate amount of time pretending she actually lives on a soundstage. When she isn’t watching whichever show is currently capturing her heart, she is writing about how said show is currently capturing her heart. She loves pie.

Agent Carter 2×08 and 2×09 Debriefing: The (Zero Matter) Force Awakens, or, this is why you should always do as Peggy says.

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Apologies for the delay in posting, folks. Better late than never?

I may have taken a break from writing about Agent Carter over the last few weeks, but that doesn’t mean our intrepid heroine has taken time off from taking down criminal masterminds.

Whitney Frost (Wynn Everett) has unleashed her true megalomaniacal self upon the world, and has taken Dottie Underwood (Bridget Regan) along for the ride, while poor Jason Wilkes (Reggie Austin) struggles just to stay whole, metaphorically and physically. But Peggy (Hayley Atwell) has more pressing matters: as if evil superpowers and love triangles weren’t enough to fill her plate, poor Ana (Lotte Verbeek) has gotten caught in the crossfire, and a gunshot wound to the abdomen at Frost’s hands leaves her life hanging in the balance. Jarvis (James D’Arcy) is inconsolable, and standing by her friend is of the utmost concern at this trying time. Can’t these guys ever catch a break?

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Nels knew how to operate a TV remote control before she knew how to talk. As a result, she has spent an inordinate amount of time pretending she actually lives on a soundstage. When she isn’t watching whichever show is currently capturing her heart, she is writing about how said show is currently capturing her heart. She loves pie.

THE X-FILES 10X06 Season Finale Debriefing: You reap what you sow

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Ain’t no party like an apocalypse party, y’all.

Spoiler alert: It turns out that colonization threat that made Mulder go on the lam days after his son was born 15 years ago was real, only planet Earth was off by a few years. (Darn calendar mix-ups!)

The stuff’s about to hit the fan — or the UFO — and it’s up to Scully to save the world, as per usual, thanks to a little help from some friends and foes from her past.

Villains, viruses and vehicles, oh my!

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Nels knew how to operate a TV remote control before she knew how to talk. As a result, she has spent an inordinate amount of time pretending she actually lives on a soundstage. When she isn’t watching whichever show is currently capturing her heart, she is writing about how said show is currently capturing her heart. She loves pie.

THE X-FILES 10×05 Debriefing: All you need is love — and narcotics

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If you ever wished you could see Fox Mulder high on magic mushrooms, boy, does The X-Files have the episode for you!

This week, the agents meet their younger doppelgangers, while trying to solve a case that is as nuanced as Mulder’s dance moves. (In other words, not.) It might all just be an excuse to get David Duchovny shirtless, but that’s about where the subtlety ends.

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Nels knew how to operate a TV remote control before she knew how to talk. As a result, she has spent an inordinate amount of time pretending she actually lives on a soundstage. When she isn’t watching whichever show is currently capturing her heart, she is writing about how said show is currently capturing her heart. She loves pie.

Very belated THE X-FILES 10×04 Debriefing: Still spooky after all these years

THE X-FILES:   L-R:  Gillian Anderson and David Duchovny in the "Home Again" episode of THE X-FILES airing Monday, Feb. 8 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX.  ©2016 Fox Broadcasting Co.  Cr:  Ed Araquel/FOX

Sorry for the radio silence the last two weeks, folks. Will be back to usual posting schedule as of this week, hopefully.

The X-Files always did know how to pull at our heartstrings back in the day. Mulder and Scully chasing monsters together often served to contextualize the tragedy of the human condition, whether it was at the victims’ expense or their own.

This week, our heroes suffer yet another loss, but in true X-Files-y fashion, they soldier on to crack yet another case — and learn a little about themselves in the process. There’s a lot of reminiscing going on, and perhaps even a little glance at the future, too.

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Nels knew how to operate a TV remote control before she knew how to talk. As a result, she has spent an inordinate amount of time pretending she actually lives on a soundstage. When she isn’t watching whichever show is currently capturing her heart, she is writing about how said show is currently capturing her heart. She loves pie.
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