TV Recap: Catch-22 (Episode 3) – Happy, Happy, Happy, Happy, Dead

Catch-22
Episode 103
May 17, 2019

In episode 2 of Catch-22, Cathcart keeps raising the mission counts which makes Yossarian increasingly desperate to get out of this war ASAP!  Milo’s “syndicate” is expanding quickly, and Clevinger’s plane disappears midair during a mission. Catch up on all of the action with our deep dive recap and review here.  

Read on for all the crazy shenanigans Yossarian and his friends gets up to in episode 3 … BEWARE OF SPOILERS!

McWatt (Jon Rudnitsky), Yossarian (Christopher Abbott) shown. (Photo by: Philippe Antonello / Hulu)

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TV Recap: Catch-22 (Episode 2) – Who Is The Enemy?

Catch-22
Episode 102
May 17, 2019

Welcome back to the War.  In Episode 1 of Catch-22, we met our protagonist, John “Yo-Yo” Yossarian, and a peculiar cast of characters, stationed on the island of Pianosa, Italy during World War II. Yossarian is a bombardier in the Army Air Corps (the precursor to the Air Force being an independent branch of the military) and he’s terrified of dying. He’s terrified of dying and increasingly willing to do ANYTHING he can to get out of this war. However, the inscrutable commanders in charge of Yo-Yo and his friends aren’t quite ready to let them go home. At the end of Episode 1, John learns the meaning of a “Catch-22.”

Catch up on Episode 1 with our recap here. All caught up? Great. Now, read on for our recap of Episode 2  … BEWARE OF SPOILERS!!! 

Aarfy (Rafi Gavron), McWatt (Jon Rudnitsky), Yossarian (Christopher Abbott), Nately (Austin Stowell), Clevinger (Pico Alexander), Orr (Graham Patrick Martin), Kid Sampson (Gerran Howell) shown. (Photo by: Philipe Antonello / Hulu)

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TV Recap: Catch-22 (Episode 1) – That’s Some Catch, That Catch-22 …

Catch-22
Episode 101
May 17, 2019

War is hell. Catch-22 is a gritty representation of it and it’s effects on the men who show up in the face of danger and almost certain death. Some don’t deal with it and some find every way to get out of it. Adapted from the novel by Joseph Heller of the same name, Catch-22 is a six-episode limited series on Hulu. Read on for our deep dive recap of Episode 1.

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Yossarian (Christopher Abbott), Clevinger (Pico Alexander), Scheisskopf (George Clooney), and Major (Lewis Pullman), shown.(Photo by: Philipe Antonello / Hulu)

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Awesome Con 2019: The Princess Bride – Q&A Panel

The Princess Bride Q&A Panel
Awesome Con 2019
April 27, 2019

Awesome Con 2019 featured a number of reunion panels that would make any Gen Xer squee with joy but having Cary Elwes and Chris Sarandon come together to talk The Princess Bride was simply delightful!

Elwes and Sarandon were as humble and as likable as you would imagine them to be during The Princess Bride Q&A Panel. After coming out on stage, and taking in the crowd, Elwes said, “this is bonkers.”  And he’s not wrong.  The room was chock-a-block with fans, evident when the co-stars of the 32-year-old movie earned raucous applause. The dedicated fan base was excited to see them and celebrate them and this beloved movie.

Photo Sheila McGann

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Awesome Con 2019: Star Trek: The Next Generation – Q&A Panel

Star Trek: The Next Generation Q&A Panel
Awesome Con 2019
April 27, 2019

At Awesome Con 2019, Star Trek fans were treated to a reunion of cosmic proportions.  That’s right, 5 members of Star Trek: The Next Generation came out to relive some memories and chat with fans.  And PopCultureReview was there!!!

The Star Trek: The Next Generation Q&A Panel was a celebration of the iconic sci-fi show that spanned 7 seasons, from 1987 to 1994. The TNG cast members in attendance included Gates McFadden, Jonathan Frakes, Wil Wheaton, Marina Sirtis, and Brent Spiner.

Photo Sheila McGann

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Music Review: Tony Bennett – The Radio City Music Hall Concert

Tony Bennett In Concert
Radio City Music Hall
April 13, 2019

When Ticketmaster sends you an alert that THE Tony Bennett is performing in your town, you run right out to catch that performance, no questions asked. Mr. Bennett was coming home to New York and we were going to be there for it! Our reward was that we got to spend an evening with an American icon and were treated to the most charming of evenings.

Spoilers, this evening was a pure delight from start to finish. If nothing else, Mr. Bennett is so genuine in his passion for his music and his desire to make sure the audience is enjoying themselves. And enjoy ourselves, we did.   

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Awesome Con 2019: John Barrowman Q&A Panel

2019 Awesome Con
John Barrowman Q&A Panel
April 27, 2019

On Saturday, April 27, 2019, John Barrowman arrived at Awesome Con 2019 and tore the roof off the place with his humor and irreverent style.  This was my first live John Barrowman experience and can I tell you, my sides still hurt from laughing. From his haranguing the ASL interpreters, to his high heels and snarky delivery, John Barrowman is someone not to be missed at events like this.

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TV Recap: American Soul – This Is Your Dream …

American Soul
“Proceed With Caution” (Episode 110)
April 2, 2019

Last week on American Soul, we got a deep dive flashback into some of our main character’s formative past. While in the present, Encore cut a record and was offered a spot opening for Ike and Tina Turner and Brianne came into her own and said “Peace Out” to Barker!  Catch up on all of last week’s action with our deep dive recap and review here.

And now, continue reading for our deep dive recap and review of the season finale of American Soul!  … BEWARE OF SPOILERS!!!

Still of India McGee as Flo Davis, Katlyn Nichol as Simone Clarke, and Jelani Winston as Kendall Clarke from BET’s “American Soul” episode 110. (Photo: Boris Martin/BET)

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TV Recap: American Soul – There’s A Storm Coming …

American Soul
’68 B.C. (Episode 109)
March 26, 2019

Last week on American Soul, Don went to war against Dick Clark, who, in the face of Don’s refusal to sell him Soul Train, launched his own blatant copycat rival show.  Tessa auditioned for a dance troupe which is led by her former bestie who, once upong a time, boned Tessa’s ex-fiance (who also shows up). JT ran out of options and Brianne (along with Barker) went to San Diego for a last hurrah at her brother’s club and we learned some important backstory for Mama Clarke.  Catch up on last’s week’s full recap here.

Now, continue on for a recap of tonight’s action on an all new American Soul BEWARE OF SPOILERS!!!

Still of Jelani Winston as Kendall Clarke, Katlyn Nichol as Simone Clarke, and Christopher Jefferson as Jeffrey “JT” Tucker from BET’s “American Soul” episode 109. (Photo: Jace Downs/BET)

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TV Recap: American Soul – You Want To Run With The Big Boys?

American Soul
“Nothing Ventured … Nothing Gained” (Episode 108)
March 19, 2019

Last week on American Soul, the Soul Train national tour got underway and the gang experienced racism up close and personal. At home, Delores finds out about Ilsa and Don’s affair and Don walks out leaving it unresolved. If things weren’t bad enough for Don, he’s also under siege from his old business partner who wants his cut of the Soul Train riches. And back in LA, JT is brought in by the police for questioning on his role in the cop killing. Catch up on all of last week’s action with our complete recap here.

Now, continue reading for this week’s action-packed episode of American Soul ... BEWARE OF SPOILERS!!! 

Still of Kelly Rowland as Gladys Knight from BET’s “American Soul” episode 108. (Photo: Jace Downs/BET)

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