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July 6th, 2009

Battlestar Galactica - Home Part 2
#6 (Top 10 Happiest Episodes)
Season 2, Episode 7


Brittany – Associate Staff Writer

Remember how I said that an episode of ‘Battlestar Galactica’ can be identified by the lack of tears Laura Roslin cries? It’s true, because as we inch toward the number one happiest episode, it’s harder and harder to find the moments that make you want to eat your soul. So, as we wrap up our bottom five with ‘Home Part 2’, look for less terrible moments.

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A Bit of Fry & Laurie - Episode 1.5
Season One, Episode Five

Crystal – Sr. Reviewer crystal@thetwocentscorp.com

It’s that time again – time to sit back and enjoy classic humor from Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie, in A Bit of Fry & Laurie. This week, I watched season one, episode five. Here are some of the highs and lows for me.

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Merlin - Lancelot
Original Air Date: July 5, 2009

Andi – Sr. Reviewer

In this episode, we finally meet everyone’s second favorite personage from Arthurian folklore. Well, maybe not second favorite, but certainly third most popular after Arthur and Merlin, I would wager. And unsurprisingly he looks the part, fights like a champ, and Gwen thinks he’s dreamy. And then he leaves, breaking everyone’s hearts.

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Spaced - Chaos
Season 1, episode 5

JD – Associate Staff Writer

So Daisy is absolutely obsessed with Colin, her new dog. Tim is still totally unimpressed. He’s a little hostile about it. He calls Colin a ‘ticking timebomb of death’, as a matter of fact. Apparently fuzzy and cute equal natural born killer in Tim’s mind.

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Strangers With Candy - Who Wants Cake?
Season 1, Episode 4

Theresa – Staff Writer

What’s worse than being a 46-year-old high school freshman? Being a 46-year-old high school freshman with braces. However, this doesn’t deter Jerri from making the bold choice to get vending machine barbecue ribs in the hallway on her first metal-mouthed day, or read a poem about being a hooker to the whole class. She’s a trooper, that one.

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June 23rd, 2009

Spaced - Summer DVD Review - Art
JD – Associate Staff Writer
jd@thetwocentscorp.com

Now we’re finally going, yeah? We’re past the introduction stage that Beginnings and Gatherings gave us and into the thick of things. I have to say that Art is one of my very favorite episodes of this show. We get that perfect mix of bizarre and still relatable that this show is so good at. This episode gives us the zombie parody, too, which is most excellent. Simon Pegg has said that if you watched Spaced you can see the genres they wanted to get into, and this is definitely a good example.

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer - Summer DVD Review - Gingerbread
Jenny D - TwoCents Staff
jennyd@thetwocentscorp.com

I was excited to discover over the weekend that IMDB.com has all of the seasons of Buffy on their site to watch, so for those of you who do not have the DVDs, that is an option to experience the episodes.

I have to admit, having Joyce fight with Buffy was the highlight of the episode, and probably the only part I really liked about it! But, unfortunately, it lead to a dreadful episode as Buffy’s mom finds two dead children laying in the playground and makes it her mission to find the killer.

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Merlin - The Dragon's Call (Air Date: 6-21-2009)
Andi - Senior Reviewer
andi@thetwocentscorp.com

This is a Public Service Announcement: At this time we would ask that all viewers and readers please abandon any prior knowledge of Arthurian lore that you may have, as it has no bearing whatsoever on this show. Seriously. This is a show about kings and knights and magic and dragons, and it is pretty good in a family friendly, benign, pre-watershed BBC kind of way. But if you’re an Arthurian purist, run fast and far, for this show will bring you only pain. For the rest of us, let’s just enjoy the quirky fun, yes?
That concludes our Public Service Announcement.

So, we have here for your reading pleasure, the recap of Merlin.

Recap and review of The Dragon's Call

True Blood - Keep the Party Going (Air Date: 6-21-2009)
Andi - Senior Reviewer
andi@thetwocentscorp.com

This week on True Blood, I laughed, I cringed, I felt really sorry for some of the actors. In this episode, Eric makes with the threatening and biting, Pam plays beauty parlor, Bill becomes bi-polar, Maryann unleashes her crazy pheromones on the poor people of Bon Temps, and Sookie continues to be played by Anna Paquin...unfortunately.

Recap and review of Keep the Party Going

A Bit of Fry & Laurie - Summer DVD Review - Episode Four
Crystal - Sr. Reviewer
crystal@thetwocentscorp.com

TheTwoCentsHome Recaps & Reviews Interviews DVD Book Club Exclusives Staff Help Wanted A Bit of Fry & Laurie – Summer DVD Review – Episode Four

I’m back this summer day with another review of A Bit of Fry and Laurie. This week, I watched the fourth episode of the first season and had a few laughs to combat the summer doldrums. Want to know what was so funny? Click to find out.

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Merlin - Valiant (Air Date: 6-21-2009)
Andi - Sr. Reviewer
andi@thetwocentscorp.com

A quick note from your faithful recapper: Apparently, episode two aired right after the premier, but I didn’t realize it. D’oh! Sorry about that. On with the recap!

Episode two is good because Arthur is surprisingly complex, Merlin’s darn near usurping Tennant’s Doctor for most adorkable, and Tony Head is squeezing out more emotion than the writing should logically allow. It has flaws, yes, but it’s fun and sometimes that’s enough. Also, I’m pretty sure I’ve fallen in love with it.

Recap and Review of Valiant

June 22nd, 2009

Battlestar Galactica - Resurrection Ship Part 2
#8 (Top 10 Happiest Episodes), Season 2, Episode 12
Brittany – Associate Staff Writer

As the trend has been with Battlestar Galactica, for every happy occasion there is one that punches you right in the face. You can’t have more than ten minutes of good at a time before something terrible comes along and makes you cry. I’ve started to look at it this way: It’s a happy episode if Laura isn’t crying by the end, or hasn’t cried or been on the verge of crying. Or you know, isn’t dying. Which brings us to my pick for happiest episode number eight: ‘Resurrection Ship Part 2′.

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Harper’s Island - Snap
Original Air Date: June 20, 2009
Karen – Sr. Staff Writer

We’ve only got 3 more episodes to go folks, and our friends on the Island of Doom are dwindling fast! Everyone is scurrying to get the heck off the island, but someone has other plans.

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Spaced - Art
Season 1, episode 3
JD – Associate Staff Writer

Now we’re finally going, yeah? We’re past the introduction stage that Beginnings and Gatherings gave us and into the thick of things. I have to say that Art is one of my very favorite episodes of this show. We get that perfect mix of bizarre and still relatable that this show is so good at. This episode gives us the zombie parody, too, which is most excellent. Simon Pegg has said that if you watched Spaced you can see the genres they wanted to get into, and this is definitely a good example.

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June 20th, 2009

21 Jump Street - Summer DVD Review -Gotta Finish The Riff
Season 1, episode 6
Valeria – Senior Reviewer

Before he was the most delicious doctor on Sex & The City or a millionaire on Dirty, Sexy Money, and my graduation commencement speaker, he was just your average gang leader. Blair Underwood makes a wonderfully stereotypical appearance in this episode as Reginald Brooks. But this episode begins on a decidedly somber note. Everyone gathers at Captain Jenkins funeral. He’s been killed by a drunk driver. The Jump Street gang is left without a leader and they’re falling apart.

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A Bit of Fry & Laurie - Summer DVD review - Episode 3
Season 1, Episode 3
Crystal – Sr. Reviewer

Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie are partial to Greek food in this week’s episode of A Bit of Fry and Laurie. The pair is up to their usual comedic tricks this week. In a world that seems full of bad news, let’s see if these two can bring us some laughter.

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Deadliest Catch - Sea of Misery
Original Air Date: June 16, 2009
Jeff P. – Sr. Staff Writer

We are 3 weeks into Opilio Season and the fleet has an uninvited guest coming their way in the form of an Arctic ice pack. (And I’m not talking about the Wonder Twins).

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Keen Eddie - Summer DVD Review - Achtung Baby
Season 1, Episode 3
Nicola – Associate Staff Writer

Opera diva Liese Kohl sits terrified in her hotel room as the British equivalent of a SWAT team stands poised and ready. The lobby is staked out, and everyone is prepared for the worst as a courier brings a package to Liese’s room. The box contains her dog, stuffed, and a vaguely sinister love note. The courier knows nothing about the man who sent it, only a vague description.

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Sports Night - Summer DVD Reviews - The Hungry and the Hunted
Season 1, Episode 3
JD & Brittany W.- Associate Staff Writers

This week on Sports Night: Jeremy is getting the call, Natalie makes Dan and Casey play musical cars, and Dana has a date with a Gordon who is decidedly not Gordon Liddy or Gordon Lightfoot.

This is JD along side Brittany W. Those stories, and more, under the link.

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Strangers With Candy - Summer DVD Review - A Burden’s Burden
Season 1, Episode 2
Theresa – Staff Writer

This episode begins the story of one of history’s greatest star-crossed tragic couples: Chuck Noblet and Geoffrey Jellinek. From their first enchanted encounter in the men’s bathroom, amidst the romantic tinkling sounds of the longest shared urinal visit ever, they knew it was meant to be.

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June 16th, 2009

Battlestar Galactica – Summer DVD Review – Exodus Part II
Brittany – Associate Staff Writer

There’s nothing better than a homecoming, right? Being reunited with friends and family after being separated for months. It’s a joyous occasion and should be celebrated with laughter and hugs. Unless you happen to be the crew of the Galactica and you’re rescuing your people from a planet turned detention camp thanks to the cylons. Then, it’s not so much fun. That’s why ‘Exodus Part 2’ is a bittersweet episode; both happy and soul eating. Let’s find out why, shall we?

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Harper's Island - Seep (Air Date: 6-13-09)
Rachel – Sr. Managing Editor

As your guest reviewer for this episode, let me just say that this was the creepiest installment yet, and I’m so happy to be the one to tell you about it! Claustrophobic? Yeah, you might want to avoid this one. My breathing is becoming constricted already…

But before we dive in, don’t forget to visit (AFTER you read this review) our Death Toll post and our updated Character Bio page, complete with “How They Died” blurbs. Now… on to the mayhem.

Recap and review of Seep

True Blood - Nothing But The Blood (Air Date: 6-14-09)
Andi – Senior Reviewer

Oh, I am so excited to see you all again. Are you excited? Because I AM! I’m excited to see these opening credits and I’m excited to see Eric and Sukeh and I’m excited to see Jessica and Sam and I’m not too excited to see you, Bill, but that’s okay. So, yes, I’m excited for this new episode of True Blood because Sookie is sporatic, Maryann is scary, Sam is scared, Eric is fleeting but awesome, and Lafayette appears to be held captive aboard the Flying Dutchman, calling forth the kraken or some such shiznit.

Recap and review of Nothing But The Blood

Buffy the Vampire Slayer – Summer DVD Review – Teacher’s Pet
Jenny D – TwoCents Staff Writer

I am glad to see the feedback about my top 10 worst episodes as we move on to number 9, Teacher’s Pet. On the up side, Xander gets the limelight, but it also makes him look pathetic (part of the reason I dislike it). The downside, the episode was a dousy! Unfortunately, many of the early episodes of my beloved Buffy were not the best. I will make this as short an painless as possible, bear with me!

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June 9th, 2009

The L Word – Summer DVD Review – Pilot
Angelique – Associate Staff Writer

For my summer DVD reviews I choose a show which I will dearly miss next January. A show that has been around for the past six years, From the first moment I heard the rumors about a show with this storyline I was dying to see it. Especially since I myself was struggling with my own sexuality a show like this was helpful in ways. More even so because there never really where any lesbian characters in television. At least not with mayor story lines evolving around the issue. I was completely psyched and counting down the days when January 18th 2004 finally rolled around, I watched it and I loved it. The only thing I ever really hated about the show was the fact that it only had 12 episodes a season, and of course that there where only 6 seasons.

‘The L Word’ is a story about the lives and loves of a group of lesbian and bisexual friends living in Los Angeles. The first episode mainly shows you the relationships in the group and where everyone is in their life.

Read more about the Pilot episode.

Harper's Island - Gurgle (Air Date: 6-6-09)
Karen- Sr. Staff Writer

Oh My God! This show is getting more intense as the weeks go by. I am just going to say to all of you that are not watching- START! Or get the DVD when it comes out, I will! It is that good! Anyways, here is what is happening: Everyone is packing to leave and get the hell off this God forsaken island of doom, but creepy Madison is missing and can’t be found. Henry asks for help to look for her and would you believe that Cal is the one who steps up to the plate first? Way to go English!

Recap and review of Gurgle

Spaced – Summer DVD Review – Beginnings
JD – Associate Staff Writer

You put Simon Pegg, Nick Frost and Edgar Wright together, and what do you get? Genius films like Hot Fuzz and Shaun of the Dead. Of course, those are all the big screen efforts, but what about the small screen? Well, look back a decade in the past to 1999 and you’ll find Spaced, a quirky comedy about a group of people trying to find their place in the world as they tread that murky place somewhere between youth and adulthood. Well, that’s the serious way to put it, anyway. The more realistic way to put it is “a group of utter nutjobs who wind up thrust together by a twist of fate and have to learn to endure each others issues… all while trying to find their place in the world at a rather confusing stage of life”.

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Big Bank Scoop!

Check out EW.com’s sneak peek of CBS’s Watch Magazine September issue cover story on The Big Bang Theory. Themed in the vein of “Gentleman Prefer Blondes,” it’s a whole new look for the cast!

Subscriptions to Watch Magazine are FREE — and if you subscribe within the next two weeks, you should be all set to receive this issue when it ships. Subscriptions can be placed here.

We also want to congratulate The Big Bang Theory for their TCA nomination for Outstanding Achievement in Comedy, and Jim Parsons’ nomination for Individual Achievement in Comedy.

And in case you missed the news, Jim Parsons will be joining Chandra Wilson on July 16 to announce the Emmy nominations.

Don’t forget, The Big Bang Theory moves to its new home (er, timeslot) tonight: Mondays at 9:30pm on CBS!

24 nabs Starbuck

She wowed on Battlestar Galactica, she was one of the only good things on Bionic Woman and she even spoke with TheTwoCents a while back. Now, according to Hollywood Reporter, Katee Sackhoff is joining the cast of 24 for next season.

“In a casting straight out of fan central, Katee Sackhoff, best known for her role as Kara “Starbuck” Thrace on “Battlestar Galactica,” has been tapped to co-star on another series with a big fan following, Fox’s “24.”

Sackhoff will play Dana Walsh, a smart, competent, expert data analyst at CTU with a secret past who is involved with CTU agent Davis Cole (Freddie Prinze Jr.).”

Also from FOX: Freddie Prinze Jr., Mykelti Williamson, John Boyd, Jennifer Westfeldt and Chris Diamantopoulos have joined the cast of 24 for the series’ eighth season. The Emmy Award-winning drama starring Kiefer Sutherland returns for its next astonishing day with a two-night, four-hour premiere beginning Sunday, Jan. 17 (9:00-11:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX.

As previously announced, Sutherland, Jones, Mary Lynn Rajskub and Annie Wersching also return. In addition, Bollywood icon Anil Kapoor (“Slumdog Millionaire”) makes his American TV debut as OMAR HASSAN, a Middle Eastern leader who comes to the U.S. on a peacemaking mission.

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June 6th, 2009

TwoCents and five questions with Neil Patrick Harris, Actor and Host of the 2009 Tony Awards. Read More.

TV Critics' Picks and Gender. Read More.

TwoCents and Five Questions with Kris Allen and Adam Lambert, American Idols. Read More.

Darth Maul is a Hero. Read More.

Is an Emmy for Criminal Minds in the works? Read More.

Farewell David Carradine, Actor. Read More.
Battlestar Galactica - Daybreak Part 3
#10 (Top 10 Happiest Episodes), Season 4, Series Finale

Brittany – Associate Staff Writer

After recapping Battlestar Galactica all the way to its end, and still generally depressed that my Friday nights are decidedly empty now, how wonderful that I can bring back the show in some capacity. And since this show is as happy as drowning a basket of kittens, I thought that we could spend our summer rehashing the 10 happiest episodes (which, even happy probably still include someone dying.) We’re going from least happy to happiest, and for number ten I’ve selected ‘Daybreak Part III’. Why? Because it’s drowning a basket of kittens laced with the birth of an adorable puppy.

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Keen Eddie - Pilot
Season 1, Episode 1

Nicola – Associate Staff Writer

Detective Eddie Arlette is not endearing himself to England. He is blindfolded in the back of a car with a flat tire. He hops out, gets his foot caught in a bleach canister, and hobbles down the street. He’s almost hit by multiple passing vehicles before he’s picked up and put in the trunk.

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The L Word - Pilot
Season 1, Episode 1

Angelique – Associate Staff Writer

For my summer DVD reviews I choose a show which I will dearly miss next January. A show that has been around for the past six years, From the first moment I heard the rumors about a show with this storyline I was dying to see it. Especially since I myself was struggling with my own sexuality a show like this was helpful in ways. More even so because there never really where any lesbian characters in television. At least not with mayor story lines evolving around the issue. I was completely psyched and counting down the days when January 18th 2004 finally rolled around, I watched it and I loved it. The only thing I ever really hated about the show was the fact that it only had 12 episodes a season, and of course that there where only 6 seasons.

‘The L Word’ is a story about the lives and loves of a group of lesbian and bisexual friends living in Los Angeles. The first episode mainly shows you the relationships in the group and where everyone is in their life.

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Sports Night - Pilot
Season 1, Episode 1

JD & Brittany W – Associate Staff Writers

This week on Sports Night: Casey’s having a meltdown and screwing up Dana’s show, Danny’s having a New York Renaissance, Natalie is falling in love, and Ntozake Nelson knows a little something about a happy ending.

This is JD along side Brittany W. Those stories, and more, under the link.

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June 3rd, 2009

Harper's Island - Thrack, Splack, Sizzle (Air Date: 5-30-09)
Karen- Sr. Staff Writer

Well, we left off at the Island of Doom with Richard getting harpooned and JD on the run. This week we learn a bit more about Abby and her past and how she is connected to the Wakefield drama. Let’s get started, shall we?

Recap and review of Thrack, Splack, Sizzle

Deadliest Catch - Payback Time (Air Date: 6-2-09)
Jeff P. – Sr. Staff Writer

Just as we start to relax and bask in the beginning of the summer, it’s time to watch the fleet do some Bering Sea fishing in January. It’s Opilio Crab season again and there is $99 million dollars up for grabs. Let’s catch up with the captains and their crews…

Recap and review of Payback Time

Man Vs. Wild - Will Ferrell Special (Air date: 6-2-09)
Jeff P. – Sr. Staff Writer

Tonight’s special episode of Man Vs. Wild is appropriately titled “Men Vs. Wild,” because Bear Grylls is taking on a partner for this trip. Will Ferrell, fresh on the heels of the opening of his film Land of the Lost, is going with Bear to the north of Sweden. WAY north. Let’s see how Will does in the REAL land of the lost.

Recap and review of Will Ferrell Special

Buffy the Vampire Slayer – Summer DVD Review – As You Were
Jenny D – TwoCents Staff Writer

OK, so since I did my top ten faves last summer, I think that this summer I will go for the top ten worst Buffy episodes! I know, why would I want to encourage you to watch the worst, because it is fun! Let the summer vacation and the not so great Buffy the Vampire Slayer episodes begin! First off, I chose “As You Were” for my number 10 worst Buffy episodes.

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A Bit of Fry and Laurie – Summer DVD Review – Pilot
Crystal – Sr. Reviewer

To most Americans, Hugh Laurie is the snarky tough-talking Dr. House. What many don’t know, however, is that Hugh Laurie is a bit of a comedy genius. Once upon a time, a whole ten years ago, he was in a show with Stephen Fry called A Bit of Fry & Laurie. I’ve been waiting to catch this show for a while now, and I thought the Summer DVD Review would be a great chance to share it with some fellow television fans. I watched the pilot episode of the sketch comedy show, and thought I would tell you some of my favorite moments while inviting you to share some of yours.

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