Author: Leona Laurie

OUTLANDER Recap: (S03E10) Heaven and Earth

It’s Outlander: Hospital Ship Edition in “Heaven and Earth” as Claire goes full-tilt against a typhoid outbreak on The Porpoise while seasick Jamie gets thrown in a cell on The Artemis. Who says this isn’t a medical show? The episode opens with us seeing Claire’s (Caitriona Balfe) abduction by The Porpoise’s captain from Jamie’s (Sam Heughan) point of view aboard The Artemis. He and Fergus (César Domboy) are talking on deck when Fergus notices the other vessel unfurling its sails and hastening away. Jamie jumps up to assess the situation and begins giving orders to the crew to pursue. Unfortunately, he...

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THE BIG BANG THEORY Recap: (S11E08) The Tesla Recoil

Everyone is getting screwed on the latest episode of The Big Bang Theory, “The Tesla Recoil.” Perhaps mostly Penny (Kaley Cuoco), whose character has devolved this season to be a person with a hairdo who makes “I don’t get science jokes” while standing at her kitchen counter. Bernadette (Melissa Rauch) may be the one on bedrest, but a casual observer might think Penny is under house arrest or something.  For reals, though, after watching a documentary about the famous feud between Tesla and Edison, Howard (Simon Helberg) and Leonard (Johnny Galecki) learn that Sheldon (Jim Parsons) has figured out how to adapt the...

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OUTLANDER Recap: (S03E09) The Doldrums

Last time on Outlander, we found out Jamie (Sam Heughan) was married to Laoghaire (Nell Hudson), Laoghaire shot Jamie, Jamie and Laoghaire’s marriage was nullified and Young Ian (John Bell) was kidnapped by pirates. By comparison, “The Doldrums” is a welcome relief with just one major story arc.  Claire (Caitriona Balfe) and Jamie have made the natural progression from seeing Young Ian kidnapped to securing passage on a ship so they can pursue and retrieve him. They’ve pretended to Jenny and Ian that they’re going to France, but in truth they’ve done some detective work to determine that the ship that took their...

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THE BIG BANG THEORY Recap: (S11E07) The Geology Methodology

Two things I don’t understand about The Big Bang Theory, both of which were at play in “The Geology Methodology”: why Raj (Kunal Nayyar) is ever written to behave in a sexist manner, and why Sheldon (Jim Parsons) is so dismissive of the natural sciences. Here’s what we know about Raj:  He’s obsessed with his tiny, ridiculous dog He loves The Bachelor He is a total romantic He loves to shop and pamper himself The line between romance and bromance between him and Howard (Simon Helberg) is a little blurry He slept with Penny (Kaley Cuoco) a million years ago and...

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OUTLANDER Recap: (S03E08) First Wife

Claire (Caitriona Balfe) and Jamie (Sam Heughan) return to Lallybroch with Young Ian (John Bell) in tonight’s Outlander, but the welcome isn’t a warm one. Jenny (Laura Donnelly) spends most of “First Wife” freezing Claire out, and as shiz begins to go down, it’s clearer and clearer why.  When the three refugees from the print shop fire arrive at Lallybroch, Claire is obviously hoping for a joyful reunion with Jamie’s sister and her family. What she finds instead is a Jenny who will barely meet her eye and seems almost resentful of her sister-in-law’s reappearance. The house is full of Jenny and Ian’s...

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THE BIG BANG THEORY Recap: (S11E06) The Proton Regeneration

Sorry to be delivering this Big Bang Theory recap to you late, but the show does seem determined to air episodes against major geek movie openings, doesn’t it? Note to CBS: just show a rerun when Marvel, DC or Star Wars has a movie opening on a Thursday night! Am I right? Anyway, THOR: RAGNAROK IS RAD. There are weeks when I feel really critical of BBT for the reasons anyone ever cites– despite many progressive elements, they do tend towards the conventional with gender dynamics and character stereotypes. However, an episode like “The Proton Regeneration” goes a long way...

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Peridot Takes Over Cartoon Network’s Twitter to Announce New Episodes of STEVEN UNIVERSE

Peridot, that lovable imp from Homeworld, took over the Cartoon Network’s Twitter account today to help announce that new episodes of Steven Universe will appear on the network’s app on Friday, November 10.    pic.twitter.com/s3ax6Qye8q — CartoonNetworkPR (@CartoonNetPR) October 30, 2017 After beginning by naming herself the “Best Character in Every Show Ever,” she shared some personal pics of Pumpkin and some new art.  I, Network of Cartoons, have awarded Peridot the great honor of “Best Character Ever in Every Cartoon Ever.” CONGRATULATE HER. pic.twitter.com/JcovWt2onB — Cartoon Network (@cartoonnetwork) October 30, 2017 My latest Meep Morp expands my plumbing-inspired...

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OUTLANDER Recap: (S03E07) Crème de Menthe

Sigh. Remember last week, when Outlander was all sexy sexy and romance excitement? This week they were like, “What if instead we did graphic surgery, arguing and business?” AND THEN THEY DID. We last saw Claire (Caitriona Balfe) being attacked by a strange man in Jamie’s (Sam Heughan) room at the brothel. (I’ve heard some very reasonable criticisms of the show since then about the frequency of sexual violence as a plot device- notably in Go Fug Yourself’s recap of the last episode.) When we rejoin her this week, we see her grab a knife and successfully fight the man...

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Kat Green’s Oral History of Roger Corman’s THE FANTASTIC FOUR

Her mother was a Rockette. Her father, a movie producer. Her brother, James Marshall, plays James Hurley on Twin Peaks. But Renaissance woman Kat Green’s role in Roger Corman’s never-released The Fantastic Four is likely to echo as long as any of their (or her) accomplishments. For a woman who grew up in Hollywood and has produced a significant body of work across film, television and the music industry, it’s a funny thing to be recognized for a movie that never would have seen the light of day if it weren’t for bootlegs and the internet. In the spirit...

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THE BIG BANG THEORY Recap: (S11E05) The Collaboration Contamination

“The Collaboration Contamination” is 100% in The Big Bang Theory’s sweet spot: mixing and matching the members of the ensemble and finding new opportunities for the characters to reveal themselves. Who would have thought that Amy (Mayim Bialik) and Howard (Simon Helberg) would be a totally winning combo? Put them in a lab together, and it’s (literally) magic. When the gang is all having dinner together, Penny (Kaley Cuoco) asks Amy what’s happening with her. Amy explains that she’s been experimenting with neuroprosthetics, but that they’ve been having trouble localizing the signal from the EEG cap that allows brainwaves to control robotic...

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