Sometimes post-merge flips on the majority alliance can be exciting. Sometimes they can feel like a slow march toward death. As soon as Desiree shares her story of the time in her life she was homeless, sparked by a bizarre confession of a starvation-induced dream Domenick had in which he and Laurel ate egg sandwiches […]

I know I’ve been a little low on the editing of these last couple episodes, but I can’t downplay that it’s a sad day when amidst all the scrambling, all of the competing plans and alliances and advantages, it’s so painfully obvious who is going hope throughout the duration of the episode. The show can […]

It is not my favorite experience when I watch friends and peers…

I regret to inform you that advantagegeddon 2.0 is impending, and it’s spelling doom for all those who were not handed an advantage on Ghost Island or willing to toss out their social game in favor of idol hunting. Three advantages were found in this episode, as well as a lot of footage from iconic […]

Welcome back to Survivor: Ghost Island, minus the Ghost Island this week. The Angkor Memorial Swap Into Three Tribes twist is here and it’s time to shake things up, by which I mean keep things exactly the same by maintaining a 3-2 Naviti majority on all three tribes. Exciting! It is truly telling that in […]

It’s been a minute since we had a good old fashioned Pagong-ing, but I must say I’m not hating the classic demolition of a minority alliance in this situation. For one thing, we know it’s going to come to an end soon. The swap to put Old Malolo on the bottom only happened two weeks […]

  Lita Brillman

I’m going to start this recap by talking about someone who may not have been the focus of this episode, but about whom I’ve been thinking a lot. Here is what I will say to the credit of Angela Perkins: I would not want to cross her in any sort of physical challenge or in […]

Welcome back to Survivor: Hot People Island! This episode was filled with continued encouraging signs…

  Lita Brillman

Welcome back to another thrilling season of Survivor. Season 36! Or, as I’m calling it, Survivor: This Can’t Possibly Be Worse than Last Season, Right? With that in mind, I thought this premiere was very exciting. Editing set us up well to be happy with the person going home at each tribal (given the options) […]

Star Trek: Discovery returns with a bang, but also an uncharacteristic sense of confidence and playfulness (which may well be due to the return of Jonathan ‘Riker’ Frakes to the directors’ chair) but also, unfortunately, this otherwise excellent episode evokes one of sci fi’s worst tropes: the result is still a great start to the […]

  Lita Brillman

Welcome back to the final recap of Survivor: Heroes vs. Healers vs. Hustlers! It seems like only yesterday I was sitting down to pen my first recap of this season, feeling slightly let down by a lukewarm premiere but bubbling with hope and anticipation about the possibilities of such a fun and diverse cast, all […]

Oh, Survivor. Like a carnival game at an immunity challenge, you are a fickle thing to count on. After last week’s big-time, all-time episode, you have returned to your old ways. Advantages, the very thing that ruined Game Changers, rear their ugly head again to eliminate all drama from the season. The greatest joy that […]

  Lita Brillman

Welcome back to what is finally, finally an absolutely phenomenal episode of Survivor: Heroes vs Hustlers vs Hoo Boy, we have a lot to unpack here so let’s jump right into it. Returning from Joe’s blindside, Chrissy confronts Ben about his two-timing ways. Throughout this episode, Chrissy and Ben are both going to demonstrate some […]

  Lita Brillman

A double episode means a super-sized recap so let’s skip the intros and get to celebrating because this season just got good! Returning to camp after Cole’s exit, Joe is annoyed at Mike for misplaying the idol, and the two healers remain on the bottom. Mike claims that he wanted Cole to go home so […]

  Lita Brillman

Welcome back to Survivor 35 and Happy Thanksgiving! Personally, this episode left me stuffed with questions and a little unsatisfied, but overall was a pretty tasty meal, despite losing my favorite dish, a hot slice of Cole. Okay that’s enough with the half-baked (ha!) food metaphors. Into the episode we go. Mike starts off the […]

  Lita Brillman

Welcome back to another frustrating episode of Survivor: HHH, which I believe stands for “Holy Heck, How Did the Editors Think This Episode was Well Put-Together? But more on that at the vote-out. For now, we start with Lauren finding the hidden-in-the-nails “advantage” that was hinted at last week, which turns out to be not […]

  Lita Brillman

Come on in guys, because we are merged! After the loss of Ali last week, Chrissy and Cole set up their groups in confessional for the impending merge. Chrissy has Ryan and JP tight with her, and those three can join back up with Ben and the other heroes to form a hustler/hero coalition against […]

Let’s Do The Timewarp Again Some of Star Trek’s greatest stories have taken place in a timeloop (you can kill the cast and blow up the ship SO MANY TIMES) and Magic to Make the Sanest Man Go Mad is no exception: we get lots of dramatic deaths, ‘this could only happen in the timewarp’ […]

  Lita Brillman

Welcome back to Survivor, where this week we had the first true audience #blindside of the season. I’m not one to read too far into the edit to predict who’s going home, but the combination of JP’s almost incredible lack of personality, boasting about his challenge prowess, and less-than-impressed confessionals from his fellow tribemates convinced […]

  Tom McGee

“Lethe” is an interesting oddity in Discovery so far, in that it feels the most like a stand-alone episode we’ve seen to date. We get to see some major character growth from Burnham, see more of Sarek’s history, and gain further insight into Lorca’s state of mind, but ultimately the episode feels more like classic […]

Welcome back to a week of over-caffeinated players and sub-optimal strategy! Let’s sand-slither through it all. One thing I’m loving about this season is the effort on behalf of production to correct some of the problems that some believe have bogged down some past seasons. One of these issues, from my perspective, is the historic […]

  Kelly Bedard

All in all, there actually aren’t as many new shows this fall as you might expect. Networks seem to be playing it a little bit cooler with the cancellation trigger (or at least trying to) and a startling number of shows making their season debuts this month already have at least a year of existence […]

  Lita Brillman

Welcome back! It took us four whole episodes but we’ve finally gotten to a twist that makes the bitter old lady in me come out and wave my cane at the producers for shooting their own show in the foot with their new-fangled advantages that frankly need to get off my lawn. But more on […]

  Tom McGee

In thinking about last week’s episode, I made the argument that the reason for the ‘grimdark’ tone of Discovery was to show our characters struggling to evolve from morally ambiguous, wartime characters into the hopeful utopians of The Original Series and happily this week’s episode, Choose Your Pain, re-affirms this by taking a key opportunity […]

We’re starting to see how the show runs, now that the set-up is done and I’m pleased…

  Lita Brillman

Welcome back to Bachelor in Paradise – I mean, Survivor season 35! Hormones and virgins and just a little bit of strategy abound as we cap off the final week before the Healers, Hustlers, and Heroes are shuffled together in next week’s tribe swap. We start on the Hustlers beach, where Ryan and Patrick are […]