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BACKSTROM Finale Recap: ‘Rock Bottom’

April 30, 2015 by  
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Hello BACKSTROM fans! What did you think of this season (and possible series) finale, “Rock Bottom”? We see Backstrom’s health catch up with him as Dr. Deb realizes he hasn’t quit drinking or smoking or (worse in his mind) lying about it. I thought the episode was pretty good, and it was nice to see some payoff from earlier plotlines. There is a lot to discuss, so let’s get to it! Read more

BACKSTROM Recap: ‘Corkscrewed’

April 23, 2015 by  
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Hello BACKSTROM fans! Here we are at the next to last episode of the first season. What did you think of this one, “Corkscrewed”? I thought it was interesting and a good character study. There’s a lot to discuss, so let’s get to it! Read more

BACKSTROM Recap: ‘Love is a Rose and You Better Not Pick It’

April 9, 2015 by  
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Hello BACKSTROM fans! It’s hard to believe we are in the final half of season 1. I have to say that the past couple of episodes, including this one — “Love is a Rose and You Better Not Pick It” — have been great, and the show’s style has been more successful lately. I would be glad to see this show renewed for a second season. Until any announcement has been made one way or the other, let’s discuss this episode! Read more

BACKSTROM Recap: ‘Give ‘Til It Hurts’

March 26, 2015 by  
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Hey BACKSTROM fans! The show is back after a mini-break, and this episode, Give ‘Til it Hurts, saw Portland’s Special Crimes Unit investigating the death of a wealthy philanthropist, featured many of them in formal wear (it’s a good look), and more scenes with Backstrom’s ex-fiance Amy, played as always by the great Sarah Chalke. I liked this episode pretty well; in fact, I think it might be my favorite of the series so far. Let’s discuss! Read more

BACKSTROM Recap: ‘Ancient, Chinese, Secret’

February 26, 2015 by  
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Backstrom-ep110_sc5_009_hires1Hey, BACKSTROM fans! This episode, “Ancient, Chinese, Secret,” features money, a laundry, and money laundering. There’s also a case surrounding the murder of a psychic, and this allows both the characters and the audience to see a little bit into the future, for better or worse. There’s a lot to discuss, so let’s get to it!

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BACKSTROM Recap: ‘Bogeyman’

February 19, 2015 by  
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Hey, BACKSTROM fans! How did you like this darker episode, “Bogeyman”? I have to say it is my favorite of the series so far. I thought the case was interesting, and each character was used appropriately, even if some of those ways were unexpected. There’s a lot to discuss, so let’s get it on!

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BACKSTROM Recap: ‘I Am a Bird Now’

February 12, 2015 by  
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Hey BACKSTROM fans! The show is getting into the swing of things, and this episode, “I Am a Bird Now,” dealt with issues of gender expression, the way romantic or platonic couples lie to one another, and whether being good has anything to do with the rules. There’s a lot to discuss, so let’s get to it. Read more

BACKSTROM Recap: ‘Takes One to Know One’

February 5, 2015 by  
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Hello BACKSTROM fans! What did you think of this episode, “Takes One to Know One”? There were three plots interwoven throughout the hour: a case involving the death of a Portland youth pastor, Backstrom’s battle with both nightmares and insomnia, and the introduction of Backstrom’s ex-fiancée, Amy Gazanian, played by Sarah Chalke. There’s a lot to discuss, so let’s get to it! Read more

BACKSTROM Recap: ‘Bella’

January 29, 2015 by  
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Hello BACKSTROM viewers!

What did you think of this second episode, “Bella”? There was a murdered bird, literal and romantic fires, and Backstrom sort of admitted that it’s possible that sometimes he might not always technically be right…maybe. There’s more to discuss, so let’s get to it.

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BACKSTROM Pilot Recap: ‘Dragon Slayer’

January 22, 2015 by  
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Hello BACKSTROM Viewers!

What did you think of this pilot episode? It immediately began by showing Portland Detective Everett Backstrom (Rainn Wilson) visiting Dr. Deb, and we learn (amongst various racial allusions from Backstrom) that the detective has been relegated to traffic duty for a few years because of his health. Deb warns him of the dangers of his physical eating and drinking habits and gives him an unusual prescription: make a friend within a week.

They are interrupted by Officer Moto, who takes Backstrom to a crime scene being worked by Portland’s newly formed Special Crimes Unit, including Nicole Gravely (Genevieve Angelson) and John Almond (Dennis Haysbert) and Forensics Peter Neidermeyer (Kristopher Polaha).

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