Category: Recaps

Rick and Morty Season Three is (Mostly) Its Darkest Season Yet

Overview: Rick escapes the Galactic Federation and destroys the Citadel of Ricks, Beth and Jerry go through a divorce, and Morty seems to be slowly realizing the damage Rick is doing to his life. 2017; Adult Swim; TV-14; 10 episodes. Spoilers for Rick and Morty season three Szechuan Sauce: After almost exactly a year and a half since its last episode, Justin Roiland and Dan Harmon’s Rick and Morty returned with The Rickshank Redemption last spring and promised the “darkest year” of their adventures. Season three delivers on that promise with the darkly clever episode Rickmancing the Stone, the unceasingly...

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Twin Peaks: The Return Finale

Part 17 In South Dakota, Gordon tells Albert and Tammy a secret he has kept to himself for years. Before he disappeared, Major Briggs shared with him and Cooper his discovery of an entity once called ‘Jiao Dai’, later called ‘Judy’, an “extreme negative force”. The trio had a plan to lead them to Judy, before something bad happened to both Cooper and Briggs. Phillip Jeffries, “who doesn’t really exist anymore”, told him that he was onto Judy before he disappeared. The last thing Cooper told Gordon was to do everything he could to find him if he disappears...

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Twin Peaks: The Return Part 16

Recap: We begin with Richard and Mr. C driving through the night. Mr. C has received three sets of coordinates, and two of them match. He sends Richard to go check it out, as Jerry Horne watches them through some improperly utilised binoculars. As he reaches the exact location, Richard is electrocuted until he disintegrates. “Goodbye my son” Mr. C says, unfazed. He texts an unknown number ‘: – ) ALL.’ In Lancelot Court, Hutch and Chantal arrive to stake out Dougie Jones’ house. The FBI also arrive but find that no one is home. Meanwhile, Dougie is in...

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Twin Peaks: The Return Part 15

Recap: In Twin Peaks, Nadine approaches Ed at the Gas Farm, having walked all the way from town with her golden shovel. She reveals to Ed that she has had an epiphany: she has been manipulating him for years and guilting him into staying with her, but now she wants him to be free. Once Ed works past his disbelief, he heads straight to the Double R Diner to find Norma. Once he finds her, as is always the way for this couple, they are kept apart by the arrival of Walter. As Otis Redding’s Montery Pop Festival performance...

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Twin Peaks: The Return Part 14

Recap: In Buckhorn, South Dakota, Gordon Cole rings the Twin Peaks Sheriff Department to return a call. Frank tells him that they found missing pages from Laura Palmer’s diary, and says they have learned of the possibility of two Coopers. Albert fills Tammy in on the origins of the Blue Rose taskforce. In 1975, two young field agents were investigating a murder in Olympia, Washington. They arrived at a motel to arrest the suspect, Lois Duffy, when they heard a gunshot. Entering the room, they found Lois dying from a bullet wound, a woman with a gun standing over...

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Twin Peaks: The Return Part 13

Recap: In the offices of Lucky 7 Insurance, a conga line of the Mitchum Brothers, Dougie, Candie, Sandie, and Mandie enter to a bizarre off-beat percussion, much to the shock of Anthony, who believed they were going to kill Dougie. Instead, they give Bushnell some gifts, while a terrified Anthony hides under his desk and rings Duncan Todd to give him the bad news. For his failure, he now only has one day to kill Dougie himself. Back at Dougie’s house, the Mitchums’ gifts have arrived. Janey-E receives the gym set for Sonny Jim, as well as a brand...

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Twin Peaks: The Return Part 12

Recap: We begin with Gordon, Albert, and Tammy, who are drinking wine and discussing the case. The two older agents decide to bring Tammy (and the audience) into the loop regarding the “blue rose” cases, with material that ties into what some of you may have read in Mark Frost’s book The Secret History of Twin Peaks. He reveals that in 1970 the United States Air Force shut down Project Blue Book (which really existed), their 20-year investigation into UFOs. They concluded that no credible evidence existed, which was a massive cover-up (the project continued in secret with Windom...

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Twin Peaks: The Return Part 11

Recap: We begin with three children playing catch, the camera following the ball they throw. In any other show, this might be respite, but for Twin Peaks, we’re immediately on edge. There’s something about kids that feels even more vulnerable after the hit and run. Something isn’t right, but it turns out it’s for the better – Miriam is alive, crawling her way to help in bloody desperation. Becky desperately needs to see Stephen, so she rings Shelly to bring her car to the trailer park. Norma stands up after eleven episodes of sitting at the same table to...

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Twin Peaks: The Return Part 10

Recap: First of all, Richard Horne turns up at Miriam’s trailer. He knows that she saw him fleeing the scene of the crime after he ran over the young boy, but tries to act innocent. She warns him to stay away, as she has mailed a letter to the Sheriff Truman informing him of what Richard has done. While she thinks that might protect her, she’s fatally wrong. Richard breaks in to her home, brutally beats her, then leaves the gas on with a lit candle to burn the trailer down. He rings up Chad, asking him to intervene...

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Twin Peaks: The Return Part 9

Recap: Entirely unlike last week’s groundbreaking experimental experience, part 9 is pretty straight forward. In fact, it’s probably the easiest one so far to recap, right after the part 8 became known as “the one that broke recappers.” We begin where we left off (chronologically, anyway), as Cooper’s doppelganger is bloodied but otherwise fine, approaching a farm where Hutch and Chantal, who we last saw in Part 2, are waiting. Hutch, played by Tim Roth in another astoundingly small role for a big name, who has killed the owners of the establishment. Hutch treats Cooper’s wounds, gives him a...

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Doctor Who Recap: The Doctor Falls

DOCTOR WHO – SEASON 10 EPISODE 12 THE DOCTOR FALLS WRITTEN BY STEVEN MOFFAT DIRECTED BY RACHEL TALALAY And here it is, the episode we’ve been waiting for, the episode that has caused this recapper to lose sleep all week. Will Bill come back? Will we meet the new Doctor? Will we meet an old Doctor? Will Missy fall on the side of the angels, or is there just too much devil in her? Are you ready? No, me neither. Let’s do it. Recap: We open on green fields with pastoral, Songs of Praise music playing in the background. A...

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Twin Peaks : The Return Part 8

I was away and unable to write these recaps for parts 6 & 7, but luckily Josh covered me for both and kicked ass in the analysis as they went. I was pretty eager to get back into writing these when I saw Part 8. On the one hand, I’m a little perplexed on how to even approach an episode like this, but I do get to write about one of the best hours of television ever made, which itself confirms for me that David Lynch is the best living filmmaker. I’ve been waiting for my excessively high expectations...

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Twin Peaks: The Return, Part 7

Recap: The episode opens with Jerry Horne calling his brother Ben from deep in the woods. He says that he’s high, someone stole his car, and he doesn’t know where he is. Ben, in his office at the Great Northern, seems frustrated. At the Sheriff’s Office, Hawk and Frank look over the pages Hawk found in the bathroom. It turns out that they’re from Laura’s secret diary. One of them details Laura’s dream about Annie, which says that the good Cooper is trapped in the Lodge. Another says that Laura has figured out that her father, not BOB, is...

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The Handmaid’s Tale: Night

The final episode of the season begins with a flashback to the Handmaids’ introduction to the Red Center, where they are called sluts for their clothing. “Humble yourself in the sight of the Lord and he shall lift you up”–they are taught to be demure and submissive. At the end of the opening scene, Aunt Lydia takes June to a room with a single chair, where a tag is put on her ear, and she reflects on how the handmaids looked at each other then–with terror–and that they don’t look at each other that way anymore. “They should never...

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Doctor Who Recap: The Eaters of Light

DOCTOR WHO – SEASON 10 EPISODE 10 THE EATERS OF LIGHT WRITTEN BY RONA MUNRO DIRECTED BY CHARLES PALMER We’re very close to the end of what has been one of the best seasons of Doctor Who ever. Capaldi has finally made the role his own and Bill has been the shot of adrenaline the show needed. Next week will be the beginning of the end so let’s see what the Doctor gets up to on his last standalone adventure before regeneration beckons. Recap: We open in present day Scotland where two kids are climbing a hill so that the...

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