TV Recap: I Am The Night – Some Stories Will Eat You Alive …

I Am The Night
“Pilot” (Episode 101)
January 28, 2018

I Am The Night, a six-episode period drama on TNT, premiered tonight. Like 2018’s successful run of the suspense thriller, The Alienist, I Am The Night is part of what TNT calls, “the TNT Suspense Collection.” The series is based on the life of Fauna Hodel and her 2008 autobiography, One Day She’ll Darken: The Mysterious Beginnings of Fauna Hodel (co-written with J.R. Briamonte). The show stars India Eisley (as Fauna) and Chris Pine (as Jay Singletary), and is directed by Patty Jenkins (Wonder Woman).

TNT’s official synopsis of the show is, “Inspired by true events, I Am The Night tells the gripping story of Fauna Hodel (India Eisley), a teenage girl who is given away at birth, and grows up outside Reno, Nevada. Fauna lives more-or-less comfortably with the mysteries of her origin, until one day she makes a discovery that leads her to question everything. As Fauna begins to investigate the secrets of her past, she meets a ruined reported (Chris Pine), haunted by the case that undid him.

“Together they follow a sinister trail that swirls ever closer to an infamous Los Angeles gynecologist, Dr. George Hodel (Jefferson Mays), a man involved in some of Hollywood’s darkest debauchery, and possibly, its most infamous unsolved crime.”

Photo: Clay Enos

On to our deep dive recap and review of the Pilot episode of, I Am The Night … BEWARE OF SPOILERS!

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TV Recap: The Passage – This Is How The World Ends …

The Passage
“Pilot” (Episode 101)
January 14, 2019

If you read our Love It Or Leave It? Review for The Passage, you know we’re big fans. This was a no brainer show for us to recap because there is so much juicy detail in the episodes. At PCR, we love to dig in, rehash and relive great TV. Our recaps are blow by blow accounts of the episodes, full of details you might have missed and quotes that we think resonate and should be highlighted.

So, let’s not waste a minute. Read on for the deep dive recap and review of  The Passage episode, “Pilot” … BEWARE OF SPOILERS!

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TV Recap: A Million Little Things – Lost Sight of the Horizon …

A Million Little Things
“Pilot” (Episode 101)
September 26, 2018

I’m not sure there are enough words for me to be able to thoroughly explain my excitement for A Million Little Things. I’ve been awaiting its arrival a little more than 3 months ever since I saw the first trailer. I knew this show was going to be something special. As I saw more & more about the show, I became more and more excited not only was it going to be special but honest, or at least that is my hope for the show. From the Pilot it didn’t disappoint.

Photo: ABC

A Million Little Things is brought to us by writer and creator DJ Nash (Truth Be Told; Growing Up Fisher). After someone close to Nash took their life, he knew he needed to do something with how he was feeling. Later in the my recap I will touch on a parallel between JFK Jr’s plane crash and depression, this was written by Nash after the loss of his friend trying to understand how he felt. Nash knows where the season will go and has plans for where the series would go if they are lucky enough to be renewed for another season.

This show is going to touch on many heavy hitting topics; it’s not going to be for everyone but give it a chance. AMLT is going to touch on depression, suicide, marriage, friendship, and more — the highs and lows of life.

So now we will begin into the deep dive of A Million Little Things, you’ve been warned spoilers await…

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TV Recap: All American – Welcome to Beverly Hills …

All American
“Pilot” (Episode 101)
October 10, 2018

All American, airing on The CW, is one of the hottest new shows of the Fall.  From April Blair (Into the Badlands; YOU; Reign), who serves as Executive Producer along with Greg Berlanti (the Arrowverse), All American tells the story of a high school football phenom who moves from his home in Crenshaw, California to play ball at Beverly Hills High School. It follows his ups and down as he navigates a world radically different from the one he’s known before.

The show is based on the life of Spencer Paysinger, a professional football player, and stars Daniel Ezra as the phenom, Spencer James, and Taye Diggs as the coach that recruits him.

Photo: JSquared Photography/The CW

Our recap of the series premiere follows and our review is at the end. Spoilers, we really enjoyed the show!

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TV Recap: FBI – The Enemy of My Enemy …

“Pilot” (Episode 101)
September 25, 2018

It’s a bright fall day in the South Bronx. Two brothers, Chris and Emmett Grant, raced down the street after school, heading for home. Chris stops when he sees his classmate Ginny.

Chris strikes up a conversation with Ginny, who comments he was babysitting. No, younger brother Emmett refutes. He wasn’t a baby and they were going to play Xbox and have meatball sandwiches.

The older brother hurries Emmett along, promising he’ll just be a minute. “It’s never just a minute,” grumbles Emmett as he goes up the steps into their building.

Alone at last, the teenagers talk about math homework and how Ginny doesn’t get algebra. Ginny asks to come up to Chris’s home so he could show her graphing equations when the windows in the building explode out, knocking the children off their feet.

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TV Recap: Manifest – All Things Work Together For Good …

“Pilot” (Episode 101)
September 24, 2018

Manifest is a new (sci-fi? sci-fi-esque?) drama from creator Jeff Rake (The Mysteries of Laura ) on NBC, about a routine flight that experiences some turbulence.  When the plane lands, the passengers find themselves 5 years into the future.  The passengers on board haven’t aged at all and now they must adapt to a society that moved on without them.

And now onto the episode…. (SPOILERS AHEAD!)

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TV Recap: I Feel Bad – I Don’t Want to Turn Into My Mother …

I Feel Bad
“Pilot” (Episode 101)
September 19, 2018

I Feel Bad is a new sitcom based on the book of the same name, by Orli Auslander.  Amy Poehler is one of the executive producers and it was developed for television by Aseem Batra.  NBC aired the first two episodes last Wednesday, but its future time slot will be on Thursday nights (beginning October 4), after Will and Grace.  The series stars Sarayu Blue as Emet, a working mother trying to balance the different aspects of her life, and Paul Adelstein, as David, Emet’s helpful and supportive husband.

I FEEL BAD — Pictured: “I Feel Bad” Key Art — (Photo by: NBCUniversal)

Now, onto the episode….SPOILERS AHEAD!

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TV Recaps: New Amsterdam – How Can I Help You?

New Amsterdam
“Pilot” (Episode 101)
September 25, 2018

New Amsterdam is the Fall show you didn’t know you needed in your life. When I first saw a trailer for New Amsterdam, I thought, “this looks interesting, but it’s another medical drama. Do I really need that in my life?” The answer was, yes. This will be the show that keeps me begging for more and leaves me satisfied at the end of each episode.

I grew up watching ER with my family and Grey’s Anatomy has easily gotten me through the last 14 years. I didn’t think I needed another medical show in my weekly lineup, but New Amsterdam is so refreshing, it’s like a breath of fresh air. From the very beginning, I found myself cheering on the characters and sitting on the edge of my seat waiting for what happens next.

Dr. Max Goodwin’s (Ryan Eggold, Blacklist) simple statement, “How can I help you?” resonates throughout the entire episode. You can already feel that it’s the mantra, the heartbeat of the series. In a broken medical system, Dr. Goodwin tries to reinvent the wheel; only time will tell if he will succeed. In the meantime, audiences will root for the new Medical Director and the doctors ready to turn the system upside down.

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TV Recap: YOU – The Things We Do For Love …

“Pilot” (Episode 101)
September 9, 2018

A new psychological thriller for this Fall television season, YOU represents the intersection of personal obsession and our society’s pre-occupation with social media … at the expense (and loss?) of all sorts of privacy.

If interested on why you should be watching YOU, check out our “Love It Or Leave It” review here.  But, once you’re ready, read on for our deep dive recap & review of the Pilot episode of YOU … after the jump (SPOILERS BEWARE)!

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TV Recap: Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan – Man of Peace …

Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan
“Pilot” (Episode 101)
August 31, 2018

Amazon’s newest streaming series, Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan, is one of THE most hotly anticipated new titles of 2018. Amazon released the entire 8 episode season on August 31, 2018. Pop Culture Review will be releasing its recaps & reviews of the series over the next few weeks.

Based on the long run series of successful books, which have continued even after Tom Clancy’s death, the show stars John Krasinski (The Office) as the eponymous hero, Wendell Pierce (Suits, The Wire), as James Greer, and Abbie Cornish (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri), as Cathy Mueller.  Since Cathy isn’t yet Cathy Ryan, we know right away this is a Jack Ryan origin story, an arena never really explored in the books.

Fans of the novels will know that Jack Ryan, a mere CIA Analyst with no ambitions to being a super spy, came up during the last decade of the Cold War. For this series, Jack Ryan still begins as a CIA analyst, but he now exists in a contemporary world where terror threats from Islamic Fundamentalism is the McGuffin we’re all chasing.

I shouldn’t have to say it but Spoilers Ahead.  Read on for our recap & review of the Pilot episode of Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan … after the jump!

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