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Revolution Recap: ‘Children of Men’ (Season 1, Episode 19)

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May 28th, 2013

Thankfully, the show gives another reason why it would be dangerous to return power. Sure, we get the usual crap exchange of “we can’t do it because people will have guns and be dangerous” with the follow up of ”But hospitals!” But tonight, we learn that when the light is restored, there’s a chance that the world will catch on fire.

Revolution Recap: ‘Clue’ (Season 1, Episode 18)

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May 21st, 2013

Season 1 has progressed in such a way that it’s like the show is trying to write itself out of the corner it painted itself in in the “Pilot.” If the series wants to completely reboot itself every year, I’d find that almost admirable.

The Office Recap: Finale (Season 9, Episode 23)

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May 17th, 2013

“Finale” is about bringing them all together for one last hurrah, and it works emotionally and comically. Unlike “Goodbye Michael,” which was really farewell Steve Carell, this episode says good-bye to Jim Halpert, not John Krasinski; Stanley Hudson, not Leslie David Baker; and Creed Bratton, not Creed Bratton.

Revolution Recap: ‘The Longest Day’ (Season 1, Episode 17)

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May 14th, 2013

There are a lot of interesting concepts operating within Revolution‘s borders. Unfortunately, it rarely makes proper use out of any of them. As the season progresses, it’s hard to not be increasingly disappointed by the potential it has squandered in favor of frustrating redundancy.

Revolution Recap: ‘The Love Boat’ (Season 1, Episode 16)

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May 7th, 2013

If there’s one thing Revolution has done wrong, and it’s done so, so many things wrong, it’s been the sidelining of Captain Tom Neville. Thankfully, “The Love Boat” at least attempts to remedy this problem by putting Neville close to the forefront as he joins Miles as a representative from the Georgia Federation.

Community Recap: ‘Heroic Origins’ (Season 4, Episode 12)

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May 3rd, 2013

According to Abed’s Crazy Quilt of Destiny, the study group members have all crossed paths before, sometimes multiple times.

The Office Recap: ‘Livin’ The Dream’ (Season 9, Episode 21)

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May 3rd, 2013

One of my favorite aspects of The Office (both incarnations) is that we are watching sad people. Not damaged in the way the gang from Community are/were, but normal and pathetic. Painfully average. When the show started obtaining some popularity around the second or third season, this aspect kind of floundered. But “Livin’ The Dream” brings it back and moves forward many long-running story lines.

Revolution Recap: ‘Home’ (Season 1, Episode 15)

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April 30th, 2013

Since the start of this show, Aaron has always been the most problematic character. While Tracy Spiridakos is probably Revolution‘s worst actor (though she has been improving), Charlie serves an important function both within the story and as a trope of the genre. But after more than half the season, the show still hasn’t figured out Aaron’s place.

Community Recap: ‘Basic Human Anatomy’ (Season 4, Episode 11)

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April 26th, 2013

Trying to recapture the “outside the box” antics that made Community so beloved in the earlier seasons, “Human Anatomy” focuses on Abed and Troy doing a Freaky Friday-style body switch for most of the episode. While no one believes they have actually switched bodies, the rest of the group goes along with it so that they can complete the History project that is conveniently due very soon.

The Office Recap: ‘Paper Airplane’ (Season 9, Episode 20)

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April 26th, 2013

Overall, “Paper Airplane” was one of those middle of the road episodes. Not particularly memorable, but not terrible. The humor is toned down so it’s not cartoony/goofy and has the feeling of classic era Office, but it lacks many comedic moments of note, though it has a decent share.

Revolution Recap: ‘The Night The Lights Went Out in Georgia’ (Season 1, Episode 14)

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April 23rd, 2013

There are two ways to view tonight’s episode of Revolution, both equally valid. One involves completely shutting off one’s brain to an extent that very few television shows or movies require you to do and enjoying the ride. The other involves taking it with a modicum of seriousness, which means going after ridiculous plotholes and developments.

Community Recap: ‘Intro to Knots’ (Season 4, Episode 10)

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April 19th, 2013

I wish someone could Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind me so all memory of this terrible season could be wiped from my brain. Ignorance is bliss and it would be wonderful to live in a world where Season Four of Community doesn’t exist.

The Office Recap: ‘Stairmaggedon’ (Season 9, Episode 19)

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April 12th, 2013

How many episodes of The Office: An American Workplace did they release to the press? Assuming that each “night” corresponds with a “season,” Senator Lipton did not appear until Season 7 and he was not officially outed until Season 9. Does each episode focus on a different character instead? Also, the poor documentarians had one thing of public interest in all their footage, and the news had to go and spoil it.

Community Recap: ‘Intro to Felt Surrogacy’ (Season 4, Episode 9)

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April 12th, 2013

In puppet world, we learn that the group grew tired of the monotony of Greendale, left campus, hopped in a hot air balloon, took off without the pilot (played by Sara Bareilles), crash landed in the woods (unharmed), met a former Greendale student turned wood-dweller (Jason Alexander), ate some trippy berries and then shared their most intimate secrets with each other resulting in the awkward silence that opened the episode.

Revolution Recap: ‘The Song Remains the Same’ (Season 1, Episode 13)

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April 9th, 2013

When Revolution was first proposed, those were some of the interesting concepts that one could imagine it dealing with. After Revolution premiered, it was obvious it wasn’t going to tackle them well, but they still existed and post-apocalyptic landscapes are kind of cool. What I didn’t expect was that we’d actually have to contend with a “find the nuke” plotline. At least not this soon.

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