Erik Soderstrom

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The second season of Mr. Robot returned with society having implemented its plan to wipe out debt by destroying E Corp’s records. But instead of ushering in a new, Marxist utopia, the hack causes the American economy to collapse. Small businesses are being driven under, and Americans are losing their jobs. In the midst of this chaos, at least fsociety’s members can take comfort knowing they’re still not George W Bush.



"Wake Up Grassroots," last night’s episode of CBS’s political comedy, BrainDead, once again demonstrated that the writers aren’t afraid to mock activists from both sides of the aisle. Terrified that a compromise deal might eliminate the National Endowment for the Arts and cut off his IV drip of government media, a knife-wielding liberal constituent cornered Democratic Senate staffer Laurel Healy (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) to demand more funding for PBS and NPR programming.



CBS’ American Gothic took an unnecessary swipe at Republican legislators in its second episode, “Jack-in-the-Pulpit.” When Alison (Juliet Rylance) bemoans her inability to keep her thorn-in-the-side brother, Garrett Hawthorne (Antony Starr), from mouthing off at the podium, Naomi (Maureen Sebastian) helpfully suggests taking a page from the “Republican’s voter suppression tactics.”



This week’s episode of the new CBS body-snatching, political comedy BrainDead kicked off with escalating tensions as Senators Luke Healy and Ella Pollack battle to become the next Democratic Whip. For those outside the beltway, the whip is a party’s enforcer. It’s their job to count votes and ensure their members toe the party line when necessary.



After opening the series by mocking Donald Trump’s wife, NBC’s Maya and Marty decided to turn the lens on the presumptive Republican nominee himself in last night’s politically charged episode.



Hollywood is notoriously liberal, but the New York theater scene isn’t far behind. With a three-hour awards ceremony, politics was bound to slip in, especially in a contentious election year. Here are the top five political moments of this year’s Tony Awards.



Maya & Marty, NBC’s brand new variety show couldn’t even make it through its debut episode without launching into personal attacks on the wives of Republican presidential candidates.



As promised during last week’s episode of ABC's Nashville, gay country star Will Lexington finally got his showdown with the show’s conservative caricature, leading straw-woman: Cynthia Davis. And as you probably guessed, Davis wasn’t portrayed kindly. Instead, the “conservative” talker is portrayed as a bloviating, incompetent homophobe who can’t string a coherent thought together to save her life.



After four seasons, ABC’s country music drama Nashville seems to have found only one coherent theme: country music fans are violent homophobes. On the flipside, “It’s Sure Gonna Hurt” was an apropos title for an episode that shamelessly pounded messaging instead of focusing on good storytelling.



Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D opened tonight’s episode by attacking the American natural gas industry. Just minutes into “Failed Experiments,” S.H.I.E.L.D. agents zero in on a south Wyoming ghost town that was deserted after oil companies responding to the natural gas boom supposedly contaminated the local population’s groundwater.



Last week, ABC’s Quantico declared Iraq a “pointless war” and attacked Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz. Tonight, it was Donald Trump and Afghanistan’s turn in the show’s spotlight. 



Amy Schumer dedicated the opening of tonight’s episode of Inside Amy Schumer, “Welcome to the Gun Show,” to flaunting her ignorance of United States gun laws.



Last night’s episode of Grey’s Anatomy, “Trigger Happy,” went all in on anti-gun messaging. The episode opens with the shocking announcement that the emergency room must prepare to receive an 8-year-old patient with a gunshot wound to the abdomen. Speculation begins immediately with hospital staff wondering if the child was hurt in a drive by, or some other crime, but the audience quickly learns the real cause: Brandon’s mother was a gun owner.



Last night’s episode of ABC's drama Quantico, titled “Soon,” was like watching a liberal talking point world tour. Once again sought it to re-litigate George W. Bush’s presidential legacy while working in a host of left-wing special issues. 



In the midst of a 2016 campaign in which students claimed to be “frightened” and “in pain” because they saw pro-Trump messages scrawled in chalk around campus, Indiana University was plunged into a panic at the presence of a Dominican Friar, a Dartmouth sorority canceled its annual Kentucky Derby party after protesters cried “racism,” and the University of Southern California student government attempted to impeach Senator Jacob Ellenhorn for inviting a conservative speaker to campus, last night’s episode of The Middle couldn’t be more timely.



In an episode about America’s porous borders in which 18 FBI recruits successfully slip across the border undetected without any proper planning, Quantico’s writers made sure to slip in a few digs at President George W. Bush and former Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin.



In last night’s episode of Quantico, "Turn," before a terrorist attack against the FBI Training Academy had even concluded, a visiting senator (Marcia Cross) railed against firearms, declaring their use a “privilege,” not a right. At least ABC’s Quantico got it right about how quickly opponents of the Second Amendment rush to politicize any shooting.



Last week’s episode of You, Me, and the Apocalypse, “Savior Day,” brought out the very worst vision of the Catholic Church, presenting a group of cardinals engaged in a grand conspiracy against their own parishioners, and Christianity as a whole. Tonight’s episode, “Calm Before the Storm,” wasn’t any better. When news breaks that Operation Savior, a desperate attempt to force the comet off its earthbound trajectory, failed, the Catholic Church almost immediately anoints one of the false saviors exposed by the late Father Jude.



Holy Week is a time for reflection, prayer, and bashing the Roman Catholic Church on network television, apparently. The previous episode of Law and Order: Special Victims Unit, "Manhattan Transfer," ended with the sex crimes unit bagging two undercover vice cops, a nun, and numerous public and church officials in an underage sex trafficking sting, but the episode left audiences with more questions than answers. 



The latest episode of the NBC comedy You, Me, and the Apocalypse “Savior Day” opened with a nun in her underwear literally hiding in a closet to protect her love from the scrutiny of the Catholic Church, and only went downhill from there.