BrainDead (2016)
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Playing Politics: Living Life in the Shadow of the Budget Showdown - A Critique 

Laurel continues her investigation of Dr. Daudier's death, while more citizens are infected by the bugs; Dr. Daudier's daughter and Gustav Triplette begin to question what is happening.


Jim McKay


Robert King (created by), Michelle King (created by) | 1 more credit »


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Mary Elizabeth Winstead ... Laurel Healy
Danny Pino ... Luke Healy
Aaron Tveit ... Gareth Ritter
Nikki M. James ... Rochelle Daudier
Jan Maxwell ... Ella Pollack
Johnny Ray Gill ... Gustav Triplett
Charlie Semine ... Anthony Onofrio
Tony Shalhoub ... Red Wheatus
Megan Hilty ... Misty Alise
Beth Malone ... Claudia Monarch
Paige Patterson ... Scarlett Pierce
Nikiya Mathis ... Stacie Zara
Brooke Bloom ... Abby Summers
William Ragsdale ... Hank Leafton
Chris McKinney ... Museum Director


Laurel continues her investigation of Dr. Daudier's death, while more citizens are infected by the bugs; Dr. Daudier's daughter and Gustav Triplette begin to question what is happening.

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Release Date:

20 June 2016 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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When the guy is in the MRI and is freaking out, the guy he was playing chess with was in the room with the nurse. The nurse then asks him to calm the guy down, and he goes in the room with the MRI. There are two goofs here! First, he would not have been allowed to be in the room with the nurse. Not being family, he would have been stuck in the waiting room. Second, if he were allowed in the room with the nurse, he would not be allowed in the room with the MRI machine while it was being used! No one but the patient is allowed in the room while the machine is running. See more »


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Less gimmicks in Part 2, thankfully
21 June 2016 | by lor_See all my reviews

This was not a particularly interesting episode in the new series, but served to prove my contention (see my IMDb review of segment #1.1) that the gimmicks of horror/sci-fi and shock gore were just that, extraneous gimmicks. As the plot develops, and the insect-borne Alien invasion progresses, there was gore (including flashbacks from the first part), but generally the action and characterizations moved forward independent of that dumb premise.

Our heroine learns how deep the back-biting and political gamesmanship of D.C. goes, and her object lessons were sarcastically amusing, though betraying the overall mean-spirited attitude of the show's creators. As a proud liberal (who had my dalliance reading the works of Ayn Rand and even subscribing to her Objectivist Newsletter back in the '60s but learned to resist succumbing to her simplistic ("The virtue of selfishness") propaganda the way so many D.C. biggies like Ryan and Greenspan did not) I reject the series' fake even-handed approach, pretending to blame Republicans and Democrats equally for what's wrong.

I concede the Dems love to exploit the Republican weaknesses, but there is no excuse for the reactionary anti-science, Bible-thumping right wingers' nonsensical and dangerous actions, and I wish the "Good Wife" folks would have the guts to call a spade a spade and simply make this (Norman Lear like) a Leftist show.

At any rate, the triviality of the "high-concept" here: explaining the idiocy of these clowns in our nation's capital as due to mind control, is painful to watch because in our real world there are real folk, venal and wrong-headed, who are leading us toward destruction. Just one example alone, the recent foot-dragging on funding mosquito-annihilation program funding by the Republicans, is enough to demonstrate that this gridlock and knee-jerk obstructionism from the Right is nothing to laugh about. And don't get me started about gun control: if I were President (or my old Ohio colleague Kucinich had made it) then confiscation of the 300 million-plus guns in our nation would be Job One. Let the gun aficionados choose a new hobby: I grew up as a stamp collector, and no one was ever injured by that fabulous and rewarding pastime.

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