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‘Girls’ Review: “Close Up”

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by Britt Hayes February 22, 2015 @ 8:30 PM
HBO
Over the course of the last few seasons, the twentysomething girls of Girls have hardly changed at all, which makes them more empathetic, if a little frustrating — but only because, if you’ve ever been in your early 20s, you can see some of yourself in each of them. If insanity is repeating the same behaviors/actions over and over and expecting different results, then you might consider these women (and yes, the men, too) insane. But tonight’s episode brings some real signifiers of change, even if we remain skeptical.

‘Agent Carter’ Review: “Snafu”

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by Britt Hayes February 17, 2015 @ 10:16 PM
ABC
As far as penultimate episodes go, Agent Carter does a fairly fine job of setting up the more climactic action of next week's finale, while also managing to land a couple of blows. Peggy has to sit most of the action out this week as Ivchenko's plans begin to take shape, and although he's not the greatest villain, the unnerving qualities of the Russian doctor's ploy are inarguable.

‘Justified’ Review: “Sounding”

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by Kevin Fitzpatrick February 17, 2015 @ 10:05 PM
FX
Justified’s 6th and final season takes aim at its fifth 2015 installment in “Sounding,” as Ava's desperation threatens to derail Raylan's case, while Wynn Duffy looks into her release, and Boyd enlists a dangerous ally in the caper against Avery Markham (Sam Elliott).

‘The Flash’ Review: “Fallout”

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by Ryan McGee February 17, 2015 @ 8:54 PM
The CW
That shouldn’t be a revolutionary thing to say, and most of this stems from the type of TV logic that makes you look at blue sky and think, “Hmmm, but maybe it’s really orange?” Answers are rarely what they seem since shows often have something else up their sleeve to completely contradict the norm later on. Another reason why an unassailable fact stinks? Having answers is boring because then there’s no way for the audience to “participate,” as it were, in a piece of fiction. Yes, that participation is always an illusion, but simply mulling over possibilities (without the need to actually “solve” them) is one of the chief pleasures of serialized narration.

‘Parks and Recreation’ Review: “The Johnny Karate Super Awesome Musical Explosion Show; Two Funerals”

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by Britt Hayes February 17, 2015 @ 8:30 PM
NBC
So far, we've had an easy go of it in the final season of Parks and Recreation, as the show has paved the way for these characters to continue on a journey we won't get to experience. They've been slowly wrapping things up with moments of fan service that, no matter how expected, still feel comforting and fun, while still managing to commit to their own vision of how things should end. But it doesn't really get emotional until tonight's two new episodes, which continues the process of saying farewell while promising new beginnings.

‘Gotham’ Review: “The Blind Fortune Teller”

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by Kevin Fitzpatrick February 16, 2015 @ 7:59 PM
FOX
FOX’s Gotham detects its 16th installment in “The Blind Fortune Teller,” as Gordon investigates a murderous feud between circus performers and a certain jokester, while Fish Mooney attempts to negotiate her release, and Bruce brings accusations to the Wayne board members.

‘Girls’ Review: “Sit-In”

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by Britt Hayes February 16, 2015 @ 12:21 PM
HBO
At one point during this week’s episode of Girls, Hannah off-handedly describes the only way to solve a Rubik’s Cube: by taking the stickers off and re-sticking them in the proper arrangement. It’s such a casual comment, but one that easily defines the way Hannah — and her friends, and so many of us coming of age in our 20s — approaches problem-solving: by forcing things into the shape she’d like rather than doing the imperative work and navigation.