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Recap: “The Master,” The Strain, Season 1, Episode 13

What do you call a finale in which nothing gets resolved? In the case of "The Master" and The Strain I call it the end to a bad season of TV.

Recap: “Last Rites,” The Strain, Season 1, Episode 12

With just one episode left before the season finale, "Last Rites" ties up loose ends and fills in backgrounds as it builds towards a conclusion.

Recap: “The Third Rail,” The Strain, Season 1, Episode 11

Can a show be scary when the audience can't take the villain seriously? That and the outcomes of bad special effects in this week's recap of The Strain.

Recap: “Loved Ones,” The Strain, Season 1, Episode 10

How do two concepts from Greek drama relate to "Loved Ones," latest episode of The Strain?

Recap: “The Disappeared,” The Strain, Season 1, Episode 9

In an episode of The Strain focused on character, the person who's supposed to b the most despicable turns out to be the most interesting.

Recap: “Creatures of the Night,” The Strain, Season 1, Episode 8

The addition of a strong structure and exciting action—things lacking in the series to date—make this the best episode of The Strain so far.

Recap: “For Services Rendered,” The Strain, Season 1, Episode 7

Guilt is often at the heart of good horror. Consider Father Karras' guilt over his neglect of his mother in The Exorcist: it's the path that Pazuzu chooses to attempt Karras' corruption. The Strain knows the power of guilt, and tries to use it—but with less success.

Recap: “Occultation,” The Strain, Season 1, Episode 6

The Strain often gets referred to as dumb fun by its fans, but this episode is long on one of those qualities, with the other vitally absent.

Recap: “Runaways,” The Strain, Season 1, Episode 5

About three quarters of the way through “Runaways,” the fifth episode of The Strain, Season 1, a man who cleans up messes for the rich and famous shows up at Goth rocker Simon Bolivar’s townhouse.

Recap: “It’s Not for Everyone,” The Strain, Season 1, Episode 4

Ever been forced to watch a chorus that's off key...? Episode 4 of The Strain is kinda like that.

Recap: “Gone Smooth,” The Strain, Season 1, Episode 3

The third time isn’t quite a charm for the first season of The Strain, but in its third episode the series shows its first signs of promising life.

Recap: “The Box”, The Strain, Season 1, Episode 2

Hmmm. Watching grass grow is boring. But, The Strain?

Recap: “Night Zero,” The Strain, Season 1, Episode 1

There’s nothing classical about The Strain’s take on bloodsuckers....

Precap: The Strain, Season 1

The Strain is coming to FX. Here's what we know.

Recap: “Mizumono,” Hannibal, Season 2, Episode 13

Is there any refined and beautiful skill Hannibal Lecter hasn't mastered? Find out.

Recap: “Tome-wan,” Hannibal, Season 2, Episode 12

Dreams in Hannibal take viewers to a whole new level.

Recap: “Ko No Mono,” Hannibal, Season 2, Episode 11

Week to week, Hannibal grows more horrifying and fascinating. You just can't look away.

Recap: “Naka-Choko,” Hannibal, Season 2, Episode 10

Hannibal recap: in which we learn that meat, frightened as it is being killed, becomes acidic.

Recap: “Shiizakana,” Hannibal, Season 2, Episode 9

Is there anything more disturbing and fascinating on TV these days?

Recap: “Su-zakana,” Hannibal, Season 2, Episode 8

How can ice fishing evoke such horror? Read the re-cap to find out.

Recap: “Yakimono,” Hannibal, Season 2, Episode 7

More horrifyingly luscious imagery in the latest Hannibal recap.

Recap: “Futomano,” Hannibal, Season 2, Episode 6

I feel like it's not a theory anymore: when people go to see Will, they are shot behind bars if they don't know that...

Recap: “Mukozuke,” Hannibal, Season 2, Episode 5

For all its repulsive imagery, Hannibal is also a visual delight for lovers of food porn.

Recap: “Takiawase,” Hannibal, Season 2, Episode 4

San Costello takes us along for another trip in the bizarre world of Hannibal

Recap: “Hassun,” Hannibal, Season 2, Episode 3

Violence on Hannibal is so operatic, so rococo. Its inventiveness is so refreshing that, if it weren't upsetting, it would almost be beautiful.

Recap: “Sakizuke,” Hannibal Season 2, Episode 2

No show is as obsessed with the details of mutilation and gore than Hannibal. It's equally obsessed with the elegant, geometric composition of shots.

Recap: “Kaiseki,” Hannibal, Season 2, Episode 1

In case you missed it, a recap of of the Season Two opener of Hannibal

Hannibal Season 2 Precap: The Nightmare Encyclopedia

Hannibal is the most visually distinctive show on TV.

Recap: “The Seven Wonders,” American Horror Story: Coven, Episode 13

Wrapping up the season, Sam discusses where Coven went wrong and...where Coven went wrong.

“Go to Hell,” American Horror Story: Coven, Episode 12

In early December, I saw an advanced screening of The Unknown Known, the latest documentary by Errol Morris (even if you're not a documentary...