Game of Thrones: Season 3 Finale ‘Mhysa’ Recap

Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen in GAME OF THRONES (Image Credit: HBO)

Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen in GAME OF THRONES (Image Credit: HBO)

After last episode I wasn’t sure I wanted to watch the finale, what other horrors would they subject us Stark fans too?  The episode starts off with The Hound escaping Lord Frey’s castle with Arya who unfortunately sees her brother’s body being carried around with the dead wolf’s head attached. Continue reading

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5 Things To Know About FX’s Upcoming Show ‘The Bridge’

Demian Bichir and Diane Kruger in THE BRIDGE (Image Credit: FX Network)

Demian Bichir and Diane Kruger in THE BRIDGE (Image Credit: FX Network)

1. The ads for The Bridge suggest a grungy, stylized and perhaps even surrealist feel a la FX’s other controversial fan-favorite American Horror Story. If the show is indeed anything like these teasers, there’s sure to be high level of creepiness accompanied by a notable sense of dread and intrigue – something every great crime drama should have.

2. It features a great cast, including Inglorious Basterds Diane Kruger and Academy Award-nominated Demián Bichir in the title roles. The excellent and underrated Ted Levine (Silence of the Lambs) is also onboard as what looks to be Kruger’s coworker or boss.

3. The plot follows two detectives, one from the U.S. (Kruger), the other from Mexico (Bichir) as they work together to bring down a ruthless serial killer operating on both sides of the Texas-Mexico border. I’m going to go ahead and say “viewer discretion advised.” Although, that’s not really a surprise coming from the daring network that aired Nip/Tuck and the above-mentioned American Horror Story. Also, expect, as with any intriguing crime drama nowadays, plot twists. C’mon, who doesn’t like plot twists?

4. It’s based loosely on a Scandinavian TV crime drama series of the same name which took place on the bridge connecting Sweden to Denmark. Actually, that show has only one season under its belt, and the renewal of a second season has been announced. So, just how closely can the creators stick to the original series? AMC’s The Killing is another Scandinavian crime drama with a similar story that received an American adaptation.

I’m excited to see how the creators have accommodated the story to the Mexico-American border, a presumably different location and culture than what is seen on these Scandinavian series. The atmosphere hinted in previews for The Bridge also suggests a tone not unlike David Fincher’s Seven. Bring it on.

5. It comes from the creators of Cold Case and the Golden Globe-winning Homeland, so these people know how to operate a crime drama.

Be sure to tune in to this intriguing crime drama on FX when it debuts on July 10 and check out some images and TV spots for the show below.

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Game of Thrones: Season 3 Episode 309 ‘The Rains of Castamere’ Recap

Richard Madden as Robb Stark and Oona Chaplin as Talisa Maegyr in GAME OF THRONES (Image Credit: HBO)

Richard Madden as Robb Stark and Oona Chaplin as Talisa Maegyr in GAME OF THRONES (Image Credit: HBO)

Holy crap this was the worst episode EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Robb Stark is finally listening to his mother’s advice after realizing she was right about Greyjoy not being sent to negotiate with his father.  Catelyn Stark looks over his plan and points out the flaws in his and he takes the advice.  Robb also apologizes to House Tully for turning his back on the marriage pledge with his house.  Walder Frey is a dirty old man who decides to dissect the reasons behind Robb’s broken oath, aka, publically sexually harass Robb’s wife.  There is something very off about this situation. Continue reading

Bates Motel: Season 1 Episode 110 ‘Midnight’ Recap

Freddie Highmore as Norman Bates and Olivia Cooke as Emma Decody in BATES MOTEL (Image Credit: Joseph Lederer)

Freddie Highmore as Norman Bates and Olivia Cooke as Emma Decody in BATES MOTEL (Image Credit: Joseph Lederer)

Norma is freaked about Abernathy threatening her with a gun and ordering her to bring $150,000 to the docks at midnight.  She bursts into the Sheriff’s office and tells Romero who promises to take care of it.  Norma doesn’t feel any better about the situation so she asks Dylan to get her a gun.  He refuses.  Meanwhile, Romero retrieves this $150,000 from his secret hiding spot. Continue reading

Game of Thrones: Season 3 Episode 308 ‘Second Sons’ Recap

Peter Dinklage as Tyrion Lannister in GAME OF THRONES (Image Credit: HBO)

Peter Dinklage as Tyrion Lannister in GAME OF THRONES (Image Credit: HBO)

Arya and Joffrey’s dog are together and Arya is sure he is going to hurt her until he reveals his reason for snatching her; he plans to take her back to her mom and brother for a fee.  So their journey begins to the Frey house wedding.

Khaleesi and her advisors meet with the Captains of the Second Sons (mercenaries) whose leader is the most disgusting sex hungry pig in the realm.  They agree to think upon her proposal to join forces.  Upon exit, Khaleesi and the young Second Son lieutenant exchange a look.  Ooh la la.  In private, the captains decide to kill Khaleesi while her unsullied sleep; the young one draws the fateful chip. Continue reading

Bates Motel: Season 1 Episode 109 ‘Underwater’ Recap

Vera Farmiga as Norma Bates in BATES MOTEL (Image Credit: Joseph Lederer)

Vera Farmiga as Norma Bates in BATES MOTEL (Image Credit: Joseph Lederer)

Norma is horrified at finding Deputy Shelby’s dead body in her bed, when the Sheriff comes over to investigate Norma says something hilarious, “Why do crazy people gravitate towards me?”  The look on Norman, Dylan, and the Sheriff’s face was priceless.  While Norman and Dylan are trashing the mattress the body was found on, Norma smells people smoking pot.  The “guests” Dylan brought from Oregon are not surprisingly smoking a joint while relaxing on the porch and Norma goes ballistic on them. Continue reading

Bates Motel: Season 1 Episode 105 ‘Ocean View’ Recap

Freddie Highmore as Norman Bates and Max Thieriot as Dylan Massett in BATES MOTEL (Image Credit: Joseph Lederer)

Freddie Highmore as Norman Bates and Max Thieriot as Dylan Massett in BATES MOTEL (Image Credit: Joseph Lederer)

Somebody got laid – go Norman!  After Norman practically skips home from Bradley’s house, he finds Norma has been taken to jail.  He goes to see her and half-heartedly offers his help.  She doesn’t take it, instead screams at both sons to get out.  It is pretty clear that Norman is in a sex haze, nonetheless, he puts the motel up for collateral against Norma’s $100,000 bail to get her out of lock up.  Is she grateful?  Of course not, she is absolutely livid. Continue reading

Bates Motel: Season 1 Episode 3 ‘What’s Wrong With Norman’ Recap

Vera Farmiga as Norma Bates and Freddie Highmore as Norman Bates in BATES MOTEL (Image Credit: A&E)

Vera Farmiga as Norma Bates and Freddie Highmore as Norman Bates in BATES MOTEL (Image Credit: A&E)

Norman and his CF girlfriend are wigging out over being chased by the pot field guards.  That fainting scene in Norman’s language arts class was one of the best I’ve seen, mostly due to his leg flying up and knocking over the desk.  I don’t know why but it was pretty funny.  Turns out Norman’s brother is one of the new guards for the weed being paid $300 a day to watch the crop.  I have to say that I don’t find this unlikely in rural Oregon; actually it is probably quite accurate. Continue reading

New web series ‘The True Heroines’ hits all the right notes!

Jovanna Huguet as Margie Hepburn, Fiona Vroom as Pearl Andrews, and Paula Giroday as Dottie Rodriguez in THE TRUE HEROINES (Image Credit: http://thetrueheroines.com)

Jovanna Huguet as Margie Hepburn, Fiona Vroom as Pearl Andrews, and Paula Giroday as Dottie Rodriguez in THE TRUE HEROINES (Image Credit: http://thetrueheroines.com)

Oh The True Heroines, I did not know my life was missing a Mad Men, Heroes, cabaret mash-up until your web series graced my screen. I will not lie, it took me until “Part Two” of the pilot to become truly engrossed, but considering each episode is only a few minutes long, you pretty much hooked me within what would be considered the first first half of a traditional television pilot and that’s impressive.   Continue reading

Bates Motel: Season 1 Premiere Recap

Bates Motel: Season 1 Premiere

Freddie Highmore as Norman Bates in BATES MOTEL (Image Credit: Joe Lederer Copyright 2011)

Hello, Norman.  A&E quickly introduces us into the creepy world of Norman and Norma Bates by starting the show off with the suspicious death of Norman’s father.  Shortly thereafter, Norman and his Electra complex mother move to the coast of Oregon to purchase the infamous old motel and house behind it.  As they settle into their new digs Norman meets some awfully friendly local girls on the way to school. He also meets his new language arts teacher, Miss Watson (see our Keegan Connor Tracy interview for more on her), who seems genuinely concerned for Norman’s well-being. Continue reading

Laurie Holden as Andrea in THE WALKING DEAD

The Walking Dead: Episode 314 ‘Prey’ Recap

Laurie Holden as Andrea in THE WALKING DEAD

Laurie Holden as Andrea in THE WALKING DEAD (Image Credit: Gene Page/AMC)

The episode starts with a little background on Michonne, those pets of hers were apparently malevolent acquaintances.  In her words, “they weren’t human to begin with.”  However, this episode ends up all about Andrea.

Various medical tools are being gathered for Michonne’s hand over including a speculum…[shudder].  Torture of the worst kind is what the Governor has in mind and that guy is one sick f@#$.  Andrea finally starts to wake up to his insanity ( I think the speculum must have done the trick) a little too late but manages to get out of Woodbury before crap hits the fan.  Does the Governor let her go?  Of course not, he goes chasing after her leading her deeper into the Georgia countryside and off course. Continue reading

Freddie Highmore as Norman Bates and Vera Farmiga as Norma Bates in BATES MOTEL

Will you check in to the ‘Bates Motel’?

Freddie Highmore as Norman Bates and Vera Farmiga as Norma Bates in BATES MOTEL

Freddie Highmore as Norman Bates and Vera Farmiga as Norma Bates in BATES MOTEL (Image Credit: Joe Lederer Copyright 2011)

On March 18th A&E will premiere its new drama series, Bates Motel, which serves as a prequel to Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho.  As you can imagine, it revolves around Norman Bates and his mother, Norma who buys the motel after a tragic incident.  The Daily Quirk was privy to a press screener of the premiere episode courtesy of A&E and it certainly did not disappoint this Hitchcock fanatic.  The series decided not to take us back to the 60’s when the original movie was made, instead it takes a pseudo retro style with the costuming of mother and son.  Additionally, the infamous house behind the motel also serves as a flashback but the townspeople and modern electronics do pop up to remind us that they are living in the new millennia.

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Steven Yeun as Glenn in THE WALKING DEAD

The Walking Dead: Episode 310 ‘Home’ Recap

Steven Yeun as Glenn in THE WALKING DEAD

Steven Yeun as Glenn in THE WALKING DEAD (Image Credit: Gene Page/AMC)

All fight and no play makes the Rickinator go crazy!  Our poor Georgian hero has gone off the deep end after seeing Lori watch over him and his group at the end of the last episode.  His delusions continue throughout the grounds of the prison as he chases her ghost in hopes of figuring out why she’s haunting him.  Apparently, it made the newcomers rush off because we did not see not hide nor hair of them in this week’s episode. Continue reading

The Walking Dead Episode 309 ‘The Suicide King’ Recap

Lauren Cohan as Maggie Green, Andrew Lincoln as Rick Grimes, and Norman Reedus as Daryl Dixon in THE WALKING DEAD

Lauren Cohan as Maggie Green, Andrew Lincoln as Rick Grimes, and Norman Reedus as Daryl Dixon in THE WALKING DEAD (Image Credit: Gene Page/AMC)

Don’t forget that the end of season three, part one ended with our fearless group coming down hard on “The Governor” and the town of Woodbury to save Glenn and Maggie.  It all ends with ultimate death match: Darryl vs. Meryl – who wins?  Neither because the Calvary comes back to save the day – boosh – hang ‘em high Rick! Continue reading