Vampire Diaries In Review: Home (Season 5 Finale)

Favorites lost and favorites returned – Crissy takes on TVD’s wrenching season five finale. And so it ends. Season five came to a close on Thursday night with a heart-breaking implosion (and an impressive explosion) that left our characters unmoored — loved ones lost, and returned. Home is where the heart is, as the saying […]

The Originals In Review: From a Cradle to a Grave (Season 1 Finale)

The first season of The Originals ends with a heartbreaker of a finale, living up to its title with a birth and more than one rebirth. It seems unfair to declare a finale the best episode of a season, doesn’t it? Season finales are meant to be pull-out-all-the-stops affairs, constructed for maximum plot and emotional […]

Vampire Diaries In Review: Promised Land (ep521)

How about that ending, eh? Crissy looks at the penultimate episode of The Vampire Diaries before the season finale. Everyone okay out there? TVD did what TVD does best on Thursday night, and that’s to leave us tweeting in all-caps or stunned into silence. Did that really happen? After an episode that was not my […]

The Originals In Review: The Battle of New Orleans (ep121)

Holy cow, the penultimate episode of The Originals’ first season did not disappoint. A wise man once sang, “War! It ain’t nothing but a heartbreaker,” and Tuesday night’s The Originals did nothing to alleviate the emotional and physical strain on our characters as we head into next week’s Season 1 finale. The Battle of New […]

Vampire Diaries In Review: What Lies Beneath (ep520)

Vengeful ghost? Check. An ill-advised bubble bath? Check. A cabin in the middle of the woods? Check. Crissy takes on a “fun, if ultimately kinda pointless, episode.” When you’re on the run from an evil magic nomadic people and you could hide anywhere in the world, where do you go? Isolated cabin in the woods. […]

The Originals In Review: A Closer Walk with Thee (ep120)

Events from The Vampire Diaries cross over into The Originals this week and the episode’s final act presents a tantalizing possibility. As we near the end of the season (only two episodes left!), The Originals seems to be settling into a groove. A Closer Walk With Thee carried over last week’s confident balancing of plot […]

Vampire Diaries In Review: Man On Fire (ep519)

Saying Man On Fire was an eventful episode of TVD would be understating things juuuuust a little. As we find ourselves upon the final episodes of season 5, Man on Fire relegated the supernatural-wacky-doodle stuff to the subplot, to instead focus on Damon’s only friend hell-bent on revenge. It’s been a season of characters being […]

The Originals In Review: An Unblinking Death (ep119)

For an episode with so many explosions, The Originals managed to present a nuanced hour about family, guilt, and desperation. “This city is full of monsters.” When a hexed-out Father Kieran mutters these words in the cold open, Josh’s response – “Trust me, I know” – is meant to be an amusing moment for the […]

Vampire Diaries In Review: Resident Evil (ep518)

This episode marked Paul Wesley’s directorial debut! So how did Crissy feel about it? If there’s one thing we’ve learned from this show over the past five seasons, it’s to never trust a prophecy. Resident Evil marks the directorial debut of Paul Wesley, and the guy got stuck with not only presenting us the usual […]

The Originals In Review: The Big Uneasy (ep118)

The Originals returns from hiatus with lots of plot and lines drawn in the sand. Happy Fête des Bénédictions! Here’s the good news: The hiatus is finally over and The Originals is back. The bad news: We now have only four episodes left in our inaugural season. In a clear move towards weaving to the […]