Episode Recaps

Category:Drama

'Last Tango in Halifax' Mid-Series Recap: Discuss the Dramatic Twists of Series 2

Like many of you, I’ve been faithfully watching  Series 2 of Last Tango in Halifax, a late-in-life romance/family drama. But half way through last Sunday’s episode I started to wonder why we haven’t done recaps of this exceedingly chat worthy show. I won’t lie, more than once I’ve rolled my eyes at the constant barrage of melodramatic circumstances that have befallen the Buttershaw/Dawson clan. But I’ve also witnessed authentic family dynamics that ring so true I feel that they are speaking directly to me. In my opinion, the merits outweigh the soap opera elements. In fact, I liken it to a more serious and decidedly adult-themed Brady Bunch for our time.

So Last Tango fans, here’s my rehash of the most important developments in the very eventful lives of our favorite West Yorkshire residents. So far this series has boiled down to three major themes: estrangement, money and babies.

Category:Sci-Fi

The Great 'Doctor Who' Rewatch: 'World War Three'

Previously, on Doctor Who:  The Doctor and Rose return to modern day London, an alien spaceship crashes into the Houses of Parliament, flatulent aliens called the Slitheen are actually walking around in zip-up human costumes and have taken over the government, Downton Abbey’s Penelope Wilton is the best MP ever, and about five different characters are currently being attacked by the aforementioned kind-of-gross aliens.  Yes, we’re experiencing our first two-parter, which is part of the reason this previously doesn’t make a lot of sense. We’re still in the middle of things.

This week, we continue on into the back half of this adventure, called not-at-all-dramatically World War Three. Wish I could tell you the flatulence jokes are fewer in this half.  They’re not. 

Category:Sci-Fi

The Great 'Doctor Who' Rewatch: The Unquiet Dead

Previously, on Doctor Who:  Rose and the Doctor take their first trip together and travel five billion years into the future to watch the literal end of the world, Rose meets her first aliens who actually look like aliens, has her first near death experience and we learn a bit about why the Doctor looks so sad all the time.

This week, we’re going back to the past to meet Charles Dickens, watch Nine turn into the world’s biggest fanboy, meet yet another interesting secondary character who sacrifices themselves for the Doctor, and witness Rose’s first real lesson in feminism. Click through and come chat with me and feel free to leave your favorite moments, funny lines, video clips or whatever floats your boat in the comments. 

Category:Sci-Fi

The Great 'Doctor Who' Rewatch: The End of the World

Previously, on Doctor Who: Simple shopgirl Rose Tyler meets a leather jacket-clad stranger called the Doctor who rescues her from living plastic, introduces her to aliens and invites her to go on adventures all over time and space. It’s fantastic.

Our recap series continues this week with The End of the World.  This is the the Ninth Doctor’s second adventure, and is really our first proper Doctor Who story, featuring a trip into the future, a great number of fairly bizarre aliens and a mystery to solve. So click through, come chat and leave your thoughts in the comments! 

Category:Sci-Fi

The Great 'Doctor Who' Rewatch Begins: Rose

This is not a drill:  The Great Doctor Who Rewatch is here at last! I realize that I’ve been promising to get to this series for months and months now, so I’m pretty excited (and oddly relieved) to get started on this thing finally. Thank you to everyone that’s hung in there waiting for me to not quite be so excruciatingly slow, and double thank you to the people that have asked me when I was ever going to get around to doing this thing. Harassment generally works, so make a note of it.

Ever since we finished the Great Doc Martin Rewatch, I’ve been itching for something new to watch and write about. I ultimately decided that  The Great Doctor Who Rewatch seemed to be an obvious choice for one of these reap series here on the blog – several readers have expressed interest in chatting about it and we’ve been airing the series (well, onward from the 2005 “reboot”) on WETA UK, so it feels like a good fit. Plus, as I know I have mentioned ad nauseum by now around here, it is my favorite show. Finding ways to talk about it is never going to be the problem. 

So, here we are, done dusted and official, the Great Doctor Who Rewatch begins right now. But first, a bit of history: Doctor Who holds the Guinness World Record as the longest running science fiction television program in the world. It premiered on November 23, 1963 and has pretty much just kept going ever since. However, the show did take quite a substantial break after 1989 (with a small break for a television film in 1996) until it was re-launched in 2005 under showrunner Russell T. Davies. This is known in some Whovian circles as the “reboot”, and it’s where our Great Rewatch will get started. (I love all things Who but even I’m not sure if I could get us through every episode of both the new AND classic series. Maybe someday!) The 2005 re-launch featured Christopher Eccleston as the Ninth incarnation of the Doctor alongside companion Billie Piper, and, well, it’s been pretty successful ever since.

So, sit back, relax, and let’s chat about a time traveling alien, his human companion(s), and their adventures through time and space in a blue police box. 

Category:Drama

Recapping Mr. Selfridge: Episode 3

Previously, on Mr. Selfridge: Selfridge and Ellen’s affair continues apace, sparking gossip around town and forcing us to suffer through another horrible “musical” bit. There’s an inter-staff debate about whether it’s appropriate to sell Sekrit Ladies Items such as perfume on the ground floor of the store. Henri Leclair and his amazing reactions to things are maybe the best part of this show. Mrs. Selfridge finds out some specifics about her husband’s affair with Ellen and decides maybe she does want to be friends with Edwardian Hipster the painter after all. Henri sets Ellen up with a scandalous photoshoot, which somehow seems to make Selfridge like her less, though it’s not really clear why. Agnes gets punched in the face by her dad and gets to flirt with Henri.

Mr. Selfridge rolls on this week with its third episode, complete with an appearance by a prima ballerina, an emotional meltdown, some eavesdropping, an embarrassing public scene and more. Click through for a play-by-play and come dish the latest drama in the comments. It’ll be fun. Promise. 

Category:Drama

Recapping Mr. Selfridge: Episode 2

Previously, on Mr. Selfridge: American entrepreneur Harry Gordon Selfridge is bound and determined to open the greatest department store the world has ever seen in London. This process is a dramatic one. He gets a shopgirl (Agnes) fired, joins forces with a semi-scandalous society lady (Lady Mae), develops a crush on an actress (Ellen), has the most awesome staff ever (Mr. Crab, Fraser, Henri Leclair) and hires about a billion random workers who all have varied storylines intersecting with each other (Kitty, Victor, George, Miss Mardle, Mr. Grove, etc.). It’s a lot of plot – and a lot of character names – to remember, and I didn’t even mention the actual members of the Selfridge family yet. Whew.

Anyway. Mr. Selfridge rolls on this week with its second episode, complete with debates over beauty products, scandalous affairs, flirting and all manner of drama. Click through for a play-by-play and come dish the latest developments in the comments.

Category:Drama

Let's Talk Mr. Selfridge: Recapping Episode 1

New Masterpiece drama Mr. Selfridge is here – and it has all the makings of a great series. Of course these things include elaborate sets, fancy costumes and a bevy of characters whose names you will have no hope of remembering for at least a week. Welcome to period drama, people. Selfridge tells the story of the famous Oxford Street department store and the people who work there, and there looks to be plenty of romance, intrigue and poor life decisions to keep us entertained in a world without Downton Abbey. At the very least, it’s going to be fun to talk about.

Join us below for a rundown of events from the Mr. Selfridge premiere – and tell us what you think of the show so far in the comments!  (Fair warning: The premiere was two hours tonight, so this is a bit on the long side. Get comfy!) 

Category:Drama

Downton Dish: Let's Talk Everything You Need to Know About Episode 4

Previously, on Downton Abbey: Tom’s behavior means he and Sybil have to flee Ireland, Ethel gives her son to his grandparents, Anna and Bates have a whole episode where their main storyline is whether they get letters from each other (zzzzzzz…), Carson hires the most attractive footman in Northern England, and Robert should not be trusted with Monopoly money, let alone an estate fortune.

Series 3 rolls on this week with an episode packed with emotional moments large and small and one shocking, unexpected twist. Click through and let’s get to chatting.

Category:Drama

Downton Dish: Let's Talk Everything You Need to Know About Episode 3

Previously, on Downton Abbey: Edith has the worst wedding ever, Carson is a supersleuth, Vera Bates had a super creepy neighbor, Matthew got a letter from his dead almost father-in-law, Isobel went on about prostitution a lot, Mrs. Hughes turned out to be okay so everyone can breathe again and apparently we won’t be needing that dreadfully tiny Downton Place after all.  

How is Downton going to top all this? Let’s find out, as Series 3 rolls on with another exciting episode. We meet some new faces, new storylines begin and Carson finally gets to hire more staff. (Huzzah!) Click through and let’s discuss all the dramatic twists and turns from this week’s episode.

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