This is a recap of the second episode of season 2 of Ted Lasso. You absolutely should not read it if you don't want to be spoiled. You've been warned!
I enjoyed seeing Mr. McFly slowly becoming a villain of the episode, as he always seems to be so sweet and misunderstood. But I suppose there is no stopping a teacher who is unwilling to dish out money for students.
Plus of course we get new episodes of \"Star Trek: Discovery\" and \"Star Trek: Picard,\" with Picard's episode 2 entitled \"Penance.\" What a time to be alive. (If you need a refresher on season 1, check out our Star Trek: Picard streaming guide to catch up.)
As \"Penance\" begins, the recap for the first episode reminds just how amazing it was and we pick up almost straightaway, with Jean-Luc Picard (Patrick Stewart) struggling somewhat in his new surroundings that are both familiar and different after Q (John de Lancie) did his finger-clicking-thing. The Château is still there, but it's not the same. When Picard asks what's happened to the crew of the USS Stargazer, Q gives an intriguing answer and references both \"The Next Generation\" episode \"Yesterday's Enterprise (opens in new tab)\" (S03, E15) and the epic \"Enterprise\" episode \"In a Mirror, Darkly (opens in new tab),\" which is all a bit meta for \"Star Trek\" since he actually refers to them by name.
All were killed by the same \"withering\" hand, the most ruthless and bloodthirsty general of the Confederation of Earth: Picard himself. It's not quite the Mirror Universe, but it could be and so far it's just as good. Before Picard can make sense of it all, Q has disappeared and a synthetic servant named Harvey (played by Alex Diehl, who also played the synthetic F8 in the Season 1 episode \"Maps and Legends\") enters, but poor Picard doesn't have a clue what's going on. Roll opening credits.
Check out Dave Blass on Twitter for more amazing images and a technical breakdown of the USS Stargazer. Also, check out The Ready Room with Will Wheaton on YouTube for cast interviews and loads more cool info on this latest episode. Sadly though, Paramount is still struggling with its international audiences and this isn't available to watch in Europe. Unless you have a VPN of course.
The first two episodes of \"Star Trek: Picard\" are now available to watch on Paramount Plus (opens in new tab) and the premiere season of \"Strange New Worlds\" begins on May 5, 2022. The first 12 episodes of Season 4 of \"Star Trek: Discovery\" are available to watch now on Paramount Plus in the US and CTV Sci-Fi or Crave TV in Canada. Countries outside of North America can watch on the Pluto TV Sci-Fi channel.
Focusing on Emily and her backstory helps the new season's second episode, which mostly finds June spinning her wheels, freed from the Waterfords but not yet free of Gilead, trapped in a safe house and emotionally reeling from her trauma. This show is sometimes guilty of tunnel vision, because Elisabeth Moss is such an appealing actress and Offred is the narrator of the Margaret Atwood novel on which it's based. It can't be faulted too much, since it is Offred's story, after all. But often, in the way it's been adapted as a TV series, June/Offred has the least interesting story, so it's nice to take a trip to the Colonies, even if it's not a particularly sunny vacation.
The monotony is interrupted by the appearance of a wife, all decked out in her blue cape, a strange addition to the Colonies, where only the worst of Gilead's offenders go. Played by Marisa Tomei (the episode's second-best casting decision), she's pious and pompous, having committed infidelity but convinced of her own superiority.
Bledel (Gilmore Girls) is stellar in the episode. Although she won an Emmy last year as a guest star, the added screen time is a huge benefit, as Emily's roots in the resistance go further back then Gilead's reign of terror.
The latest episode of Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk's spin-off horror series uses one of their most recycled storylines with an enticing new twist. \"Aura,\" the newest episode of American Horror Stories, is directed by Max Winkler and written by American Horror Story alumni Manny Coto. \"Aura\" is the second collaboration between Winkler and Coto, as the two previously created \"The Naughty List\" from the spin-off series' first season. With \"Aura,\" Winkler also reunites with New Girl star Max Greenfield, which Winkler previously directed three episodes for.
Within the first two episodes of the newest season of American Horror Stories, there is already a notable shift in its content. Unlike the first season of American Horror Stories which sporadically starred any of the horror franchise's alumni, its second season has made a habit of it. Last week saw the return of Denis O'Hare and this week, \"Aura\" features the return of American Horror Story's Gabourey Sidibe, who has starred in Coven, Freak Show, Hotel, and Apocalypse, as well as Greenfield, who also appeared in Hotel. Unlike O'Hare's character in \"Dollhouse,\" Sidibe and Greenfield aren't required to rely on their past characters to create the spin-off's freaky atmosphere.
The conversation between the couple quickly takes an ominous turn as Bryce begins to sympathize with Jaslyn's traumatic past. \"Aura\" reveals that as a child, she and her family were the subjects of a home invasion that has given Jaslyn severe anxiety about her safety. If the episode's title and product name aren't suggestion enough, \"Aura\" quickly raises questions about the camera's reliability. Jaslyn receives a number of notifications that signal movement outside the front door, which include a man who identifies her by name and pleads to be let in the house. After the police are called, a neighbor arrives to lend his security camera footage to capture the suspect, only to find that there is no one actually outside their front door.
\"Aura\" creates a fairly standard horror atmosphere. The basis of a couple with a traumatic past moving into a new neighborhood and quickly running into strange events already provides the episode with everything it needs. Its suspenseful and ominous nature is amplified by the use of standard tropes: asking \"who is it\" when a threat is posed at the front door, there being no sign of the threat upon investigation, and of course, the one character who severely doubts the validity of what's happening. \"Aura\" uses the basis of one's past coming back to haunt them to create this sinister atmosphere on both a physical and emotional level.
This discovery quickly leads to the assumption that the American Horror Story franchise is once again relying on ghosts. American Horror Story: Murder House and Hotel both dealt with properties that were haunted by the ghosts of those that died on the premises. Murder House even used the tactic of a stranger showing up outside the main character's house in hopes of being let inside. That assumption is eventually proved correct but \"Aura\" doesn't make it as simple as that. Instead, \"Aura\" blends elements of Charlie Brooker's Black Mirror, Mike Flanagan's countless horror series and films, and American Horror Story to create one strangely knotted episode.
With the task posed by American Horror Stories to create a functioning horror story that fits into roughly 45 minutes, the details of each episode have to be strategic. What \"Aura\" does well is to include fragments of a character's life that are relevant to the atmosphere, but disables them from having a life of their own. The home invasion Jaslyn experienced as a child does nothing more than fuel her present anxiety. American Horror Stories could have designed an entire narrative around the intruder's freaky bunny mask coming back to haunt her, but it doesn't. On some level, it's a surprising choice given the turn \"Aura\" takes with Bryce's backstory, but it's a choice that serves \"Aura\" incredibly well. Last week, \"Dollhouse\" proved that American Horror Stories can use its platform to continue to explore previous seasons of American Horror Story, but \"Aura\" proves the series can also tell a compelling, original story.
But the season's VIP is Fiona Shaw. As some might have suspected, Emma Chambers is a completely terrible person, an emotionally abusive basketcase to her employees and a whole lot of \"do you know who I am\" to have lived with. And yet, the wordless sequence where Emma goes home and turns on every TV and radio in the house to drown out the silence of her absent family is precisely the kind of heart wrencher that was missing from Season 1. Moreover, the scene in the police station where she's brought in and sees the extremist hostage video where Alex is shot in the head and collapses screaming is grief is a gut punch. It's so solid the scene is miraculously not undermined when the episode reveals that the entire thing is false.
The following contains full spoilers for Season 2, Episode 2 of The Witcher. For a refresher, see our review of the first episode, or read a spoiler-free review of the first six episodes of Season 2.
As we head into the second episode of Season 2, it\\u2019s worth talking briefly about the books. Netflix\\u2019s adaptation of The Witcher is ostensibly based on the novels rather than the games, but the first season caused a decent amount of consternation among book readers owing to the changes it made to the source material. Season 2 continues that trend in ways large and small, starting with the fate of Eskel, a fellow Witcher and one of Geralt\\u2019s best friends.
In so doing, it\\u2019s clearer than ever that The Witcher wishes to adapt Andrzej Sapkowski\\u2019s works -- emphasis on \\u201cadapt.\\u201d My own position is that if Netflix\\u2019s version does enough to stand on its own, I\\u2019m willing to roll with it. And if nothing else, The Witcher has managed to remain entertaining on an episode-to-episode basis. But if book readers are frustrated because they feel the Netflix series is contrary to the spirit of the series -- which marries Eastern European folklore with some of the richest worldbuilding in fantasy fiction -- I can understand why as we delve further into The Witcher\\u2019s second season. Still, Episode 2, simply titled \\u201cKaer Morhen,\\u201d keeps Season 2 on an upward trajectory, featuring major multiple developments for the main cast amidst another round of rousing monster battles. 59ce067264