The West Wing 20th Anniversary – The Top 25 Best Episodes, Episodes Ranked 20-16

The West Wing 20th Anniversary
Top 25 Best Episodes
Episodes 20-16
July 22, 2019

Premiering on September 22, 1999, this Fall will mark the 20th Anniversary of Aaron’s Sorkin’s seminal political drama, The West Wing. Telling the story of fictional President, Josiah Bartlet, and the trials and tribulations of his senior staff, The West Wing helped to usher in the Golden age of serialized drama that we’re still living in today. It is not hyperbole to say, The West Wing changed television in a real way, and for the better. In the end, The West Wing is a love letter to civil servants who sacrifice so much their idealism and the greater good.

This Top 25 List represents the second in a series of articles I will be writing over the coming months, celebrating the show’s 20th Anniversary. Read my first entry here, the Best Seasons of The West Wing.  Due to the size of these articles, I’ll be publishing the List in 5 Episode Installments.


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TV Recap: Krypton (Episode 204) – The End of the War …

“Danger Close” (Episode 204)
July 3, 2019

Last week on Krypton, Seg managed to kick Brainiac out of his brain via the natal chamber on Colu – the same chamber that originally brought Brainiac into being. Afterwards, Seg and Adam were able to Zeta Beam out of the chamber (and back to Krypton) just as Lobo regenerated, leaving the Main Man to get his revenge on Brainiac. Elsewhere, Zod decided to send Lyta in to squash the rebellion on Wegthor. And Nyssa further muddied the waters of her her life as double agent but also, got some sexy times with an old flame who is now in the Resistance. Catch up on our deep dive recap and review of the episode here.

Let’s see what’s happening now on this week’s all new episode of Krypton, “Danger Close” … BEWARE OF SPOILERS!!! 

(Photo by: Steffan Hill/SYFY)

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TV Recap: NOS4A2 (Episode 108) – All Alone …

“Parnassus” (Episode 108)
July 21, 2019

Every week, you’ll notice that we title the NOS4A2 recap with an Episode number such as 10_. This signifies the episode number in Season 1. Well, we can congratulate NOS4A2 on being picked up for a Season 2! Officially announced at San Diego Comic Con on Saturday, see below for the official NOS4A2 twitter handle’s tweet:

Now, on to the business of tonight’s dark and terrifying episode of NOS4A2, “Parnassus” … BEWARE OF SPOILERS!

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TV Recap: Yellowstone (Episode 204) – All The Angels Are Gone

“Only Devils Left” (Episode 204)
July 17, 2019

Last week on Yellowstone, things continued to spiral for the Duttons. Kayce was introduced to the Livestock Association, a law enforcement agency of which his father is the Commissioner. Danny Jenkins and Thomas Rainwater announced a joint venture to open an off-reservation casino and hotel. This news raised the ire of the Beck brothers, shady mafia types who paid Danny a threatening visit. The Governor and John had a meetup to discuss old times and new. And Jamie bowed to family pressure and dropped out of the AG race. Catch up on all of the action from last week’s episode with our deep dive recap and review here.

All caught up? Good, cause the action and suspense are high in tonight’s new episode of Yellowstone, “Only Devils Left” … BEWARE OF SPOILERS!!!

Kayce’s (R-Luke Grimes). Paramount Network.

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TV Recap: Krypton (Episode 203) – A Struggle Within Me …

“Will to Power” (Episode 203)
June 26, 2019

Last week on Krypton, Seg learned that Brainiac is inside him, trying to take over his body. The upside is that Seg currently has Brainiac-level skills including telepathy and telekinesis, all of which are useful in trying to keep Lobo from killing him and Adam. On Wegthor, The Resistance is gathering steam as Nyssa, now a spy for Zod, returned to them. Lyta is stressed over her pain and feelings for Seg, but tries to channel it to help Zod overcome the rebels on Wegthor. Jayna is on a mission out in the Outlands to rescue her daughter, Lyta, from Zod. You can catch up on all the action from last week with our deep dive recap and review here.

Now that you’re ready to dive back into the world of Krypton with me, read on for our recap of Episode 3 of Krypton, “Will to Power” … BEWARE OF SPOILERS!!!

KRYPTON — (Photo by: Steffan Hill/SYFY)

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TV Recap: Krypton (Episode 202) – Embrace The Future …

“Ghost in the Fire” (Episode 202)
June 19, 2019

Last week, on Krypton‘s Season 2 premiere, Seg escaped the Phantom Zone but accidentally let Brainiac free as well. The unlikely duo traveled to Colu, to Brainiac’s home planet. After being provoked by Brainiac, it appears that Seg has killed him.  Meanwhile, back on Krypton, we were caught up on The Resistance, a rebellion to Zod’s dictatorial rule, and its leaders: Nyssa, Val and Jax, with some help from Adam. Nyssa and Seg’s baby, Cor-Vex, is 6 months old and being held by General Zod as ransom to get Nyssa to end the rebellion. Last, Adam finds Seg on Colu and then Lobo finds the both of them.  The episode ends with Lobo knocking them out and dragging them away. Catch up on all of last week’s action with our recap on Episode 1 here.

And now, continue reading below for everything that went down in Episode 2 of Krypton, “Ghost in the Fire” … BEWARE OF SPOILERS!!!

KRYPTON — Pictured: Emmett J. Scanlan as Lobo — (Photo by: Steffan Hill/SYFY)

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TV Recap: NOS4A2 (Episode 107) – Simpler Times …

“Scissors for the Drifter” (Episode 107)
July 14, 2019

Last week on NOS4A2, the Wraith ran down Maggie and, while it didn’t kill her physically, it murdered all of her beliefs. Meanwhile, Vic, still at the hospital, met up with Jolene, the strong creative from Charlie’s past. Jolene recovered her vigor and used her knife to show Vic the path to killing Charlie Manx. Destroy the Wraith! She also gave Vic the keys to getting out of the psych hospital.  In character development, we got a lot of backstory on younger Charlie Manx and his time with Jolene from 1954.

Now, on to tonight’s all new episode of NOS4A2, “Scissors for the Drifter” … BEWARE OF SPOILERS!!!

Ashleigh Cummings –  Photo Credit: Zach Dilgard/AMC

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PopCultureReview Presents: 7/16/19 Blood & Treasure LIVE Reaction Show with Stephen Scaia!

Blood & Treasure
LIVE Reaction Show (Episode 4)
July 16, 2019

Tonight, at 10pm (PT) (that’s 1am on the East Coast), Mike from sits down with Blood & Treasure‘s co-creator and executive producer, Stephen Scaia, to discuss tonight’s brand new episode of B&T, “The Wages of Vengeance”!

REMINDER: Blood & Treasure is airing at a special 9pm timeslot tonight and our Live Reaction show will follow the West Coast airing! 

Head to the link below and listen in LIVE (or, once the episode is over, as a podcast) as we break down the episode, get some behind the scenes goodies and talk all things, Blood & Treasure!

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TV Recap: The Outpost (Episode 201) – The Plane of Ashes

The Outpost
“We Only Kill To Survive” (Episode 201)
July 11, 2019

Last season on The Outpost, me met Talon (Jessica Green), a young woman who is the last of her kind, the Blackbloods. Talon discovered  she had the power to summon powerful demons, called the Lu-Qiri, from another world (dimension?) and they would fight on her behalf … sort of. She’s still learning how to control this power. Hunted by the Prime Order, who want all Blackbloods dead, Talon  found sanctuary at The Outpost.

There, she met Garret Spears (Jake Stormoen) and a love triangle developed between those two and Lady Gwynn Calkussar (Imogen Waterhouse) (who is really Princess Rosmund), who is hot for Garret. Meanwhile, a nerdy brewer, Janzo (Anand Desai-Barochia), fell in love with Talon but also, proved to be an able sidekick to Talon. Part of the deal with her power is that she needs to know the names of the demons in order to summon them. Helpfully, there is the Vex Rezicon, The  Book of Names, that would help with this but Talon and Janzo are only able to recover a burned page from the Book. Also, they need a Dragman to decipher the Book.

There are a bunch of other characters and a whole plot about parasites called Plaguelings  but, you’ll pick it all up. And, if you need to know more, you can catch up on all of our recaps from Season 1 here.  Now, on to the Season 2 premiere of The Outpost, “We Only Kill To Survive” … BEWARE OF SPOILERS!!!

Photo: Aleksander Letic/NBCU International

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TV Recap: Yellowstone (Episode 203) – Different Never Works …

“The Reek of Desperation” (Episode 203)
July 10, 2019

In the last episode of Yellowstone, the Dutton’s plot continued to thicken. Beth is making moves to bolster the security and future of the ranch by making spectacular offers to local land owners and terrorizing hated real estate agents. Girlfriend has some snark in her. And Kayce was promoted to running the ranch’s operations, at Rip’s expense. John’s health scare breathed new life into him now that the diagnosis wasn’t as life threatening as it could have been and he starts physical therapy to start taking care of himself. We have a detailed recap of the second episode here.

All caught up? Good. Read on below because we’re saddling up for Episode 3 of Yellowstone, “The Reek of Desperation” … BEWARE OF SPOILERS!!!

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