As Seen On TV :: Saturday, August 30, 2014 and Sunday, August 31, 2014

In this installment of “As Seen On TV” I will give a three-sentence review of the fourth episode of Outlander where Claire attempts her first escape during an Oath taking ceremony, and episode eight of The Strain, where a makeshift gang is formed in a mini-market, and we watch them lose one of their own.

This feature will include SPOILERS, so read at your own risk and consider yourself warned.

Please share your thoughts in the comments to the shows I mini-review – I welcome all reactions, debate and discussions. Oh, and bring on the TV show recommendations, old and new.


Ultra-violet lights and coincidental meet-up’s fill the night in Creatures of the Night, Episode 8 of The Strain

Though it is an outlandish coincidence that Eph (Corey Stoll), Setrakian (David Bradley), Nora (Mia Maestro), Jim (Sean Astin) and Vasiliy (Kevin Durand) run into the hacker, Dutch (Ruta Gedmintas), the claustrophobic tension of the episode made it the best one that has aired thus far, narrowing the focus to one location and one group of people added an emotional layer and edge of the viewer’s seat reaction that The Walking Dead has mastered. The tough choice, and quick decision made when Jim is infected made me like Vasiliy even more, my favorite of the show, that one character that you need to survive (much like Shane on TWD, or Eric on True Blood) – you need a little ruthlessness to get through the end of the world. We also found out the master can communicate to all his “chosen”, whispering in their ears to go after Eph and Setrakian, and their gang, in punishment for the trap they set in the subway tunnels last episode.thestrain_sea1_ep7

The Strain :: Creatures of the Night :: Episode 8


Drink up, for tonight we (or just Claire) escapes, or at least that was the plan on the fourth episode of Outlander, The Gathering

Claire is good at subterfuge, and has done the background work needed to escape Castle Leoch, including preparing a wine loaded with sedatives, but she isn’t very good at hiding her bags or food, nor is she good at leaving Jamie behind. No matter his warnings, it was more his presence that gave her pause, not that I think she’s even aware of it. Some strides were made with Dougle in regards to his respect for her when they are thrown together to help give a humane death to a mortally wounded clansman even despite Dougles unwelcome drunken advances the night before, and we are given more reason to suspect Geillis (Lotte Verbeek), who I am starting to suspect may have traveled time, too.

Outlander 2014

Outlander :: The Gathering :: Episode 4

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