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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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

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

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

Precap: The Strain, Season 1

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

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

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

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

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Dreams in Hannibal take viewers to a whole new level.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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More horrifyingly luscious imagery in the latest Hannibal recap.

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

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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

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

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

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

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

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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

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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

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

Hannibal Season 2 Precap: The Nightmare Encyclopedia

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Hannibal is the most visually distinctive show on TV.

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

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

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

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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...