Episode Recaps

Category:Drama

Downton Abbey Recap: Series 5, Episode 4

Previously, on Downton Abbey: Mary’s “romantic getaway” is an epic failure, because all of a sudden she’s not nearly as into Lord Gillingham as she used to be. Baxter gets to keep her job, Thomas is scheming about something (we don’t know what, but do we really care?), the cops ask more questions about Bates and Mr. Green, several more people find out that Mary’s “sketching trip” was really not about drawing at all, and it turns out that the Dowager Countess had a sort of secret flirtation or something with one of Rose’s Russian Refugees back in the day when she visited Russia. Oh, and that guy is an actual prince. Because the Dowager’s life motto is basically go big or go home. There’s a lot more, so hit up last weeks’ recap if you need a refresher.)

This is technically the halfway point of the season, y’all. (Well, if we don’t count the Christmas episode, which will get tacked on to the end of this run here in the US. You get my point though. It’s all going so fast! How??!) Let’s dish this week, shall we?

Category:Drama

Downton Abbey Recap: Series 5, Episode 3

Previously, on Downton Abbey: Anna has to go shopping for Mary’s secret weekend getaway with Tony Gillingham. Related: Mary is the worst employer ever. Carson and Robert argue over the best spot for the village war memorial; Baxter tells Molesley the truth; Rose becomes obsessed with getting a wireless; Tom struggles with his internal identity for the 50th time and guest star Richard E. Grant arrives.  For more, see last week’s recap.)

Allrighty, guys. Let’s do this. 

Category:Drama

'Downton Abbey' Discussion: Series 5, Episode 2

Previously, on Downton Abbey: Kind of a lot happened, actually. It’s 1924 now and the status quo from Season 4 continues. Mary’s still waffling between her equally dull and/or stalkery suitors and has decided that she’s going to sleep with Lord Gillingham to find out if she really likes him. Edith’s still mooning about over her hidden illegitimate child, which is now not so hidden – and also, walking around – down at the neighbor farmer’s house. Thomas is still blackmailing Baxter, who confesses to Cora she once stole a bunch of jewelry from an employer. Jimmy’s creepy ex-employer visits Downton and he gets fired after he hooks up with her. (Yuck.) Carson is chosen by the villagers to spearhead a local war memorial and he basically blackmails them into including Lord Robert too. Oh, and Edith sets the house on fire. (I said there was a lot.) For more, read the Season 5 premiere recap.)

Allright, y’all. Let’s do this. 

Category:Drama

Revisiting ‘The Paradise’: Series 1, Episode 1

Now that we know US viewers are finally going to get to see the second season of the popular, lavish period drama The Paradise for themselves – and we know that so many of YOU all out there love it – it’ll be joining the recap lineup here at Telly Visions later this Fall.

However, that would also be about the time that I realized that if I’m going to recap the new season, I need a refresher on the old one. And I bet some of you do too! So, welcome to another installment of our Retrospective Recap Series – because we’re gonna do Series 1 of The Paradise here on the blog over the next few weeks. I hope some of you out there love it (or me?) enough to stick around and chat about it. If you too need a refresher, or would like to watch along with me, the entire first season can be streamed online via both Netflix and Amazon Instant Video (though, sadly, not the Prime service).

On with the show, shall we? Let’s get to chatting about The Paradise Season 1, Episode 1. Enjoy! 

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. 

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