Author: Leona Laurie

THE AMERICANS Recap: (S05E12) The World Council of Churches

If I refuse to recap the penultimate episode of the penultimate season of The Americans, will it stop the end from coming? No? Well, OK then… The episode opens with Paige (Holly Taylor) helping Pastor Tim (Kelly AuCoin) and some anonymous church friends with something related to the food pantry. Paige and the pastor are soon alone together, and he confides in her that he’s accepted a job that came from out of the blue. He and his family will be moving to Argentina for his new position with “The World Council of Churches.” When she comes home, Paige finds Philip (Matthew...

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DOCTOR WHO Recap: (S10E06) Extremis

When we last saw the Doctor (Peter Capaldi), he was confessing to Nardole (Matt Lucas) that he’s completely blind. If you were hoping that would have somehow been resolved before tonight, you’re in for a disappointment. He’s just as blind when “Extremis,” the sixth episode of this season of Doctor Who, opens and, spoiler, when it closes. (With a brief break in the middle…) This engrossing, taut episode jumps back and forth between two stories. In the forefront is a thriller of an adventure that takes our heroes to the Vatican, the Pentagon and beyond. And interspersed throughout the story...

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THE AMERICANS Recap: (S05E11) Dyatkovo

How can the end of the penultimate season of The Americans already be in sight?!? Tonight’s episode, “Dyatkovo,” is the 11th of only 13, which means (sob): TWO LEFT. As far as I can tell, The Americans only has the budget for one kid, which is probably why Henry (Keidrich Sellati) and Paige (Holly Taylor) rarely appear together onscreen, let alone in the same episode. That’s the best explanation I have for how this works, anyway. Because of it, Henry gets the full quota of kid screen time tonight, and Paige only appears in the “previously on…” part at the beginning....

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Anaheim’s Chance Theater Is Utterly Charming

This weekend I attended the Southern California premiere of Will Eno’s Middletown at the Chance Theater in Anaheim, CA. It was my first experience with this theatre, which had been described to me as “probably what South Coast Repertory was like in 1969.” I knew that the performance space was going to be intimate, and that the play was inspired by Thornton Wilder’s Our Town, but that’s as far as my foreknowledge extended. I’ll be honest: I didn’t love the play. I don’t want to go on about that, because I think it was more personal preference than any...

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DOCTOR WHO Recap: (S10E05) Oxygen

Ay ay ay. Doctor Who delivers a seriously suspenseful episode with “Oxygen,” which sends the Doctor (Peter Capaldi), Bill (Pearl Mackie) and Nardole (Matt Lucas) into outer space, sometime in the future, in response to a distress call from a space mining station.  Before the opening credits, we see two worried crew members on what appears to be a space walk outside the space station, tensely monitoring the oxygen levels on their suits (measured foreshadowingly in “credits”) as they make their way towards an airlock door. We’ve also seen two other crew members, sans helmets, floating free of the space station. The...

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STEVEN UNIVERSE Recap: (S04E24) I Am My Mom

When the last episode of Steven Universe ended, Steven (Zach Callison) was losing consciousness in a forest clearing as Aquamarine (Della Saba) and Topaz absconded with Connie (Grace Rolek) and the rest of Steven’s friends. When “I Am My Mom” opens, Steven has woken up and raced home to tell the Crystal Gems that there’s an emergency afoot.  He’s figured out that the Homeworld Gems are only targeting his friends and that if they don’t act fast, they’ll take them into space– although he still doesn’t know why. When he tells the Crystal Gems that it’s an Aquamarine and a Topaz fusion...

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THE BIG BANG THEORY Season Finale Recap: (S10E24) The Long Distance Dissonance

Maybe the most delightful episode of The Big Bang Theory ever, season 10’s finale, “The Long Distance Dissonance,” ends with a cliffhanger– and it’s a good one! For Shamy ‘shippers, this episode was a tense treat. Amy (Mayim Bialik, whose new book, Girling Up, just came out) has only been away at Princeton for a few days when old lovesick puppy Dr. Ramona Nowitzki (Riki Lindhome) shows up at Cal Tech. Poor Sheldon (Jim Parsons) is as clueless as ever about Dr. Nowitzki’s intentions towards him, but the rest of the gang sees her for what she is immediately.  It begins with lunch...

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STEVEN UNIVERSE Recap: (S04E23) Are You My Dad?

When the latest episode of Steven Universe, “Are You My Dad,” opens, Steven (Zach Callison) is waiting impatiently for a package while Amethyst (Michaela Dietz) drinks beans from a can. Steven is confused because mailman Jamie (Eugene Cordero) is usually so punctual. Amethyst suggests that he stop waiting around for the mail and go into town for donuts.  It seems like an ideal day. Garnet (Estelle) and Pearl (Deedee Magno) are building a sand castle for crabs to live in, the sun is shining and Steven is about to have some donuts. Alas, in Beach City, perfect days like this usually mean danger is...

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STEVEN UNIVERSE Recap: (S04E22) The Good Lars

In today’s episode of Steven Universe, “The Good Lars,” Steven (Zach Callison) is hanging with Lars (Matthew Moy) and Sadie (Kate Micucci) at The Big Donut, sampling Lars’s latest creation: pumpkin bread shaped into a little pumpkin, when Buck Dewey (Lamar Abrams) comes in and invites them all to a potluck. Lars, as usual, loses his shiz when one of the “cool kids” talks to him, and he starts making weird faces and noises. Once Buck leaves, an embarrassed and deflated Lars needs some convincing from Sadie and Steven to agree to attend the potluck. They get him to come around, and he...

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THE AMERICANS Recap: (S05E10) Darkroom

Oh my gosh. I hardly know where to start with the latest episode of The Americans. All the best stuff in “Darkroom” happens within the Jennings family, but should I make you wait for it, or…? OK. You can have the Jennings family first. You’re welcome! I’ll start by addressing the elephant perpetually in the room with this show: Where’s Henry? Henry (Keidrich Sellati) is at Chris’s house. He doesn’t appear at all, although it is not because they’ve shipped him off to boarding school… yet.  Paige (Holly Taylor), on the other hand, is home when we first see...

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