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BONES 10×22 Debriefing: “Change is Good, Right?”

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A little over five years ago, the team went their separate ways as a result of Booth and Brennan needing time and space between them; seven months into their planned absence, they returned to help their friend in need. Tonight, they now leave their jobs for the unknown, to have some quiet family time together. After the struggles they’ve faced, can we blame them? The biggest question to be answered now is, how will they come back to this life they want to put behind them? We’ll have to tune in come fall to find out.

There are similarities with season five’s finale “The Beginning in the End” — and I’m not referring to all the hugging and sadness. There are now five years (possibly more, in the show’s timeline) of personal growth and evolution, in which everything has changed and that’s reflected in their decisions — not only Booth and Brennan’s, but Hodgins and Angela’s.

There’s been much chatter around the fact the episode feels like the end but isn’t; how Stephen Nathan and the writers were told to write towards a series finale just in case, even if chances were they were coming back. This episode has a sense of finality to it that works, and I cannot imagine how they could have ended it differently.

Before I get too far ahead of myself (this should not be the lengthy last part of this recap!), let’s discuss Bones 10×22 “The Next in the Last” (or is it “The End in the End” again?) and some of the points above more in depth after the break…

… 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

CLASSIC ALICE Books 8+ Preview

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Literary webseries are special.

Normally, they are modern-day adaptation of a classic you either love or have read (at school or for fun). It’s more than just a five-minute video: there’s the added element of seeing the social media interaction, tying you up between video postings.

Yet, you know the basic beats of the story because the internet gives you unlimited access to a detailed synopsis; a lot of the expectation comes from wondering “How are they going to adapt this?” and guessing what each episode will cover.

Classic Alice, however, is different and that’s why I love it.

… 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

BACKSTROM 1X13 Debriefing: It’s not common, it’s spectacular.

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Well, here it is, folks.

After many inexcusable delays, my Backstrom finale recap is finally up. Just in time for FOX to unceremoniously pull the plug on the delightfully cynical procedural.

Though I’m sad about this being the end of the Sunshine Division as we know it, I’m grateful for the time we got to spend with them, and in that spirit, I’m going to give the show one last hurrah, to the best of my abilities.

Remember when Backstrom explored our detective’s Daddy Issues when Sheriff Blue rolled into town a few months ago? Well, nothing throws fuel onto a fire quite like accusing your own father of corruption and possibly murder, but that’s all in a day’s work for Everett Backstrom.

You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll definitely curse the TV gods.

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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.

MAD MEN 7X13 Debriefing: We’re not in Kansas anymore. (Which is probably a good thing.)

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With only one (!) episode left until the series finale, Mad Men has a lot of loose ends to tie up — or not, as the case may be, because if there’s one thing this show has always reinforced, it’s that you don’t always get a storybook ending in life. Boy, is that ever true for Don and everyone else on the show tonight.

Nels
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 Debriefing: Schnapps and sucker punches

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Apologies for the delay everyone. Crazy real-life work schedule + terrible internet connections = awful backlog on my DVR and not nearly enough time to talk about any of it.

This week on Agent Carter, we delve a little deeper into the Stark disappearance mystery, while gaining some much-needed backstory on one Mr. Edwin Jarvis (James D’Arcy). Plus, Peggy (Hayley Atwell) foils her colleagues by pretending she’s dumb, while proceeding to kick ass in a variety of ways, as per usual. Then someone at SSR is killed (spoiler alert!), and the plot thickens.

Nels
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.

PARKS AND RECREATION Season 7 Premiere: “Thank you, Commissioner Gordon, people of Gotham…”

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I am quite sad Parks and Rec is coming to an end.

I really respect their decision to end on their own terms, before it overstayed its welcome — while the show might not be as brilliant as it was at its peak, it’s still consistently funny and heartwarming. The first two episodes of this season prove it.

Finishing last season with the time jump to 2017 allowed them to refresh their world and shake up their dynamics and characters just enough that the show’s current story lines feel rejuvenated

… 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

EMPIRE Premiere Debriefing: This is what would happen if Shakespeare wrote television dramas

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In one of the most highly anticipated premieres of the season, Empire finally debuted tonight on FOX, and didn’t waste any time jumping right into its world of corporate intrigue, backstabbing and family drama.

It’s not the first show about a music empire on television, but it may just have the most riding on it, given the caliber of its stars (Terence Howard and Taraji P. Henson for starters). The real question is, will it live up to the hype?

Nels
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.

SLEEPY HOLLOW 2×12 Thoughts: Ain’t no party like a purgatory party

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(Yes, I know I used that in the previous post. I can’t help it, I didn’t think I’d be writing a second post this week!)

I know this usually falls outside my scope on this website; it’s not my weekly Ichabod-brings-the-laughs quote-of-the-week feature, but it’s not quite enough to write a full-out recap, either.

But I just wanted to take the time to highlight how much I’m enjoying how the writers of Sleepy Hollow are nurturing the friendship between Ichabod and Abbie this season. So consider this a little ode to our favorite apocalypse-fighting witnesses.

When you survive near-certain death with someone, you can’t help but form a strong union with that person, and Ichabod and Abbie are without a doubt the epitome of that. They come from two different worlds — two different centuries — yet they’ve forged a path together in spite, or maybe precisely because of it.

Nels
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.

REVENGE Debriefing: It’s always the little things that’ll getcha

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It’s a new year, and a new recap here at TYLL!

Revenge returned tonight right where it left off last month, and didn’t waste a second getting right back into the swing of things.

Allegiances are realigned and tested in “Epitaph,” and one thing’s for sure: we aren’t really sure where anybody stands these days. (So stay away from balconies just to be safe, everyone.)

Once again: here be major spoilers from the fall finale, so 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.

Flashback Friday: THE LATE, LATE SHOW WITH CRAIG FERGUSON (Or, we aren’t ready to say goodbye)

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Sniff. It hurts just to type that out.

Okay, technically, The Late, Late Show is still on the air. But tonight is Craig Ferguson’s final episode as host of the show, so it seemed like a good idea to resurrect our hiatus feature to coincide with his imminent departure from our airwaves in order to celebrate a series that is not like anything else on late night television.

In the last ten years, we’ve laughed, we’ve cried, we’ve danced with puppets and robot skeletons. In other words, it’s been a real trip. On no other show would you be discussing testicles in one segment, then talking with Archbishop Desmond Tutu in the next. At times wacky and at others completely heartfelt and heartbreaking, Craig’s stream-of-consciousness approach to his show really set him apart from the pack during his tenure at CBS.

As Craig takes his final kick at Secretariat’s stable, why not take a stroll down memory lane, since there hasn’t been, and will never be, anything quite like him on TV.

It might be a great day for America, but it’s a bittersweet one for us fans.

Nels
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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