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The Affair 3.7: The White Shirt

Another powerful, somewhat inexplicable, episode - 3.7 - of The Affair tonight. The Helen and Noah episodes both conclude with slightly different but completely compatible scenes of the two making love in bed in the basement of Helen's place. That wa...

The Affair 3.6: The Wound

Well, we finally got confirmation in The Affair 3.6 tonight that Noah is hallucinating - he certainly wasn't rescuing his younger self in that lake by the house his father left for him in Pennsylvania.The question is: how much else of what we've seen...

My List of the Top 10 Television Series of 2016

Continuing the tradition - just started last year - here is my Top 10 list for 2016,  from who knows how many series I've seen this past year on network television, cable, and streaming (Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, Acorn):Honorable mention (narrowly...

The Affair 3.5: Blocked Love

A classic Alison and Noah episode 3.5 of The Affair tonight, departing from the template in that Noah's story takes place mostly after Alison's, not at the same time. But that makes the hour even stronger, and just about perfect in every way.We final...

The Affair 3.4: The Same Endings in Montauk

In a very effective Cole and Alison episode 3.4 of The Affair, the only thing the two stories fully agreed about was Cole and Allison making love together at the ends. Whatever this may mean for the continuing story, that's a nice, narrative touch.Ot...

The Affair 3.3: Who Attacked Noah?

Having solved the mystery of who killed Scotty - and how and why - at the end of the second season, The Affair in episode 3.3 now pitches us fully into a new crime narrative: who attacked Noah, nearly killed him, and why?The question takes form in th...

My List of the Top 10 Television Series of 2015

This is the first time I've made a list, which includes television on network, cable, and streaming.   Runners-up - superb but not quite making this list - include Chicago Fire (NBC) and Vikings (History Channel). Also worthy of Honorable Mentio...

The Affair Season 2 Finale: No One's Fault

A stunningly good finale to season 2 of The Affair on Showtime tonight, in which we finally find out who killed Scotty and--  [big spoilers ahead]Like in an Agatha Christie novel - such as Murder on the Orient Express - it turns out that Scotty...

The Affair 2.11: Alison and Cole in Business

An unexpected development in The Affair 2.11 last night - Alison and Cole are going into business together, as joint owners of The Lobster Roll.I get Cole's motivation, sort of.   He wants to stay in Montauk, is happy with Luisa, sees no threat...

The Affair 2.10: Meets In Treatment

Another fine episode of The Affair tonight - 2.10 - which ends in a cliffhanger, about the results of the paternity test for Joanie, even though it's got to be that the baby is Cole's.Which leads again to the big question of who ran down Scotty? &nbs...

The Affair 2.9: Nameless Hurricane

A wild, nameless episode 2.9 of The Affair tonight - with no segment named for Alison, Helen, Noah, or Cole, though they all got crucial screen time.   And there was indeed a hurricane, the kind that closes down subways and highways, though that...

The Affair 2.8: The Reading, the Review, the Prize

Another outstanding episode - 2.8 - of The Affair tonight, which has become the best show on cable television these days.   This hour - featuring half-hours by Helen and Noah - was especially author-centric, and, as always, right on the money ab...

The Affair 2.7: Stunner!

Well, episode 2.7 of The Affair, on earlier this evening, was excellent in many ways.  But the very ending was a shocker that almost changes everything.Alison's baby, along with Noah's book, has been one of the two prime radiants of this second...

The Affair 2.6: The End (of Noah's Novel)

A really powerful episode 2.6 of The Affair last night, with a major revelation.Noah has been having visions all season of driving down the lonely road on a dark, foggy night and hitting someone, who suddenly appears.   The candidate who first c...

The Affair 2.5: Golden Cole

Cole continues in his segment in The Affair 2.5 to be by far the most considerate, decent, humane character in the story.He's nothing but loving and supportive of Alison when he finds her asleep in his bed at the end of the segment.   He's more...

The Affair 2.4: Helen at Distraction

A most interesting episode 2.4 of The Affair last night, in which Helen comes across as the most unpleasant we've seen her, on any of the four major players for that matter, in this series so far.  And the kicker is: the worst of this was shown...

The Affair 2.3: The Half-Wolf

A superb episode of The Affair tonight - 2.3, featuring Noah and Alison, and a standalone story in Alison's half-hour about Robert's half-wolf Pete, who in many ways captures perfectly the spirit of the narrative.Pete is half-wild, runs away from hom...

The Affair 2.2: Loving a Writer

I was going to wait until Sunday to watch the next episode of The Affair, but I realized there may not be Showtime where I'll be, so I watched episode 2.2 last night on Showtime On Demand.  I'm glad I did. It was superb, continuing its compellin...

The Affair 2.1: Advances

The Affair resumed last night with a strong episode, as vibrant in its emotional tone as in its New York environs cinematography, just as it was last year, which is to say, excellent and welcome indeed.One of my favorite threads of this already very...

Bosch: First Half: Highly Recommended

I binge-watched the first half of Bosch on Amazon Prime Instant Video last night.  Herewith a brief, nonspoiler review.The series is superb, and a worthy addition to streaming masterpieces such as House of Cards and Peaky Blinders on Netflix, an...
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