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Monday June 15, 2015 10:20 am EDT
image-2 After last week’s sacrifice blew up in the Internet last week, my favorite response came from Slate’s Amanda Marcotte: “Don’t be surprised by the deaths on ‘Game of Thrones:’ The Show is a Classical Tragedy.” Marcotte makes a very strong point, even though “Game of Thrones,” arguably more of a melodrama, doesn’t entirely fit the criteria. Many of the shows ill-fated characters lack... | more...

Television

Monday June 8, 2015 09:00 am EDT

image-1Last episode’s epic, eponymous battle of “Hardhome” threatened to make the rest of season five seem like an anticlimax. How much emotionally involved can you really feel in, say, Princess Myrcella’s well-being when Westeros faces an invasion of White Walkers, who’ll kill half the populace and then raise them as zombies to kill the other half?
Jon Snow’s return to the Wall...

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Monday June 1, 2015 09:30 am EDT

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On the bad movies podcast We Hate Movies, co-host Steve Sajdak has recurring joke that always amuses me. When things go particularly poorly for a film’s protagonist — whether in a strained romantic comedy or a crummy post-apocalyptic action movie — he’ll say, “This is point where Steve Sajdak would kill himself if he was in this movie.”


The running gag would probably be...

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Television

Monday May 25, 2015 12:42 pm EDT

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  • MOTHER KNOWS BEST: Dean-Charles Chapman and Lena Headey

Last week’s episode of “Game of Thrones” practically blew up the Internet, like the show does once or twice a season. Shocking scenes like the Red Wedding or the Viper vs. the Mountain duel set off flabbergasting tweets and endless water-cooler conversations in previous years. But last week, Sansa and Ramsay’s...

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Television

Monday May 18, 2015 11:42 am EDT

image-2A spoiler for my feelings about the end of this episode: Booo! Booo, I say!
But let’s not get ahead of ourselves.


We revisit Arya doing the same thing we saw her doing the last time — washing a body at the House of Black and White. Whenever she’s done cleaning a corpse, guys take the body through a mysterious forbidden door, and whenever Arya asks about it — or...

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Tuesday May 12, 2015 11:15 am EDT
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Television

Sunday May 3, 2015 11:04 pm EDT

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  • CRACK THAT WHIP: Jessica Henwick as one of the Sand Snakes.

Mobs of violent men roam the streets in two nations on this week’s episode, “The Sons of the Harpy,” and have obvious parallels. Both the Sons of the Harpy in Mereen and the Faith Militant in King’s Landing wear symbols on their faces, with the former wearing gold masks and...

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Television

Sunday April 26, 2015 11:59 pm EDT

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  • IMP DESCENDING A STAIRCASE: Varys and Tyrion (Conleth Hill and Peter Dinklage).

As HBO’s “Game of Thrones” strays from George R.R. Martin’s original books, I find myself reminded of the ending of Quentin Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds. Spoiler alert:...

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Monday April 20, 2015 01:30 am EDT

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  • DROGON, TAKE ME AWAY: Danaerys (Emilia Clarke) and her dragon

For a show shot through with death, violence and betrayal, “Game of Thrones” seldom feels like punishing slog. Light moments frequently occur when the narrative pairs off characters who strike sparks off each other. For all the sword-and-sorcery elements at play, “Game of...

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Television

Monday April 13, 2015 03:30 am EDT

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The fifth season of “Game of Thrones” begins, once upon a time, with echoes of familiar fairy tales. The HBO fantasy series has always evoked medieval romances and timeless epics, with all the knights and dragons and whatnots, but the first season of the season premiere, “The Wars to Come,” riffs on very specific storybook tropes, as if digging even deeper into archetypal...

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Television

Monday March 30, 2015 03:20 am EDT

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? Well, that was disappointing. For all of my random hopes and dreams that "The Walking Dead" season 5 finale would be action-packed, revealing, and downright awesome, it just wasn't. But, that's not to say there aren't some things to look forward to in the future, despite the fact we spent our Sunday night watching what played out to be more of a 90-minute table-setting episode than...

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Television

Monday March 16, 2015 09:20 am EDT
image-1I must say it has been a while since I felt uncomfortable watching someone die at the hands (and teeth!) of walkers. Typically, it's the human-on-human crime in the zombie apocalypse that one finds hard to watch, because, well, they're human. We tend to forget that outside of the Governor's, Gareth's, and Joe's of the world, there's always going to be walkers; relentless, flesh-eating... | more...

Television

Monday March 9, 2015 10:35 am EDT

image-1Alexandria ain't so bad. Well, at least that the sentiment from some of our survivors as we watched them still trying to adjust to life inside their potential new home. I use the word "potential" because though it looked Rick and Co., were letting their guard down just a smidgen, it was more or less a front while the crew continued to size up Alexandrians. Warning: Spoilers ahead.
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Monday March 2, 2015 10:02 am EST
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Monday February 23, 2015 11:19 am EST

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? OK, so things are finally moving along. Last week's ep was emo, but the we got a new character. And this week, we got to know more about who Aaron (Ross Marquand) is, why he dresses so well, and his reason's for keeping track of our band of survivors. At the heart of  "The Distance" was the issue of trust. Thanks to little communities of hope-turned-terror such as Woodbury and...

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Television

Monday February 16, 2015 09:00 am EST

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If there’s one thing in life we all know to be true it’s that no one person grieves the same way. In the last two episodes of “The Walking Dead” we lost two prominent (and beloved) characters in Beth (Emily Kinney) and Tyreese (Chad Coleman), and neither we, the audience, or our or band of survivors has gotten a moment to mourn the losses. In “Them,” the follow-up to last...

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Television

Monday February 9, 2015 09:34 am EST

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Two months is long time to be away from something you love, but at last, we're back fto pick up the pieces from last year's mid-season finale of "The Walking Dead." After several invites to swing by neighborhood pubs for their respective "TWD" viewing parties I decided on and option I wish I hadn't: I'd watch the 57th Grammy Awards (terrible, just fucking terrible, sans Sam...

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Television

Monday December 1, 2014 09:13 am EST

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  • MEAN MUG: Michonne (Danai Gurira) in last night's episode, "Coda."



Folks, we've reached the halfway mark for season 5 of "The Walking Dead," and if we learned anything last night it's that the Greene family might have the worst luck of any on this show. "Coda," the mid-season finale, felt like most of the recent episodes where a lot of table setting and post-apocalyptic...

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Television

Monday November 24, 2014 09:03 am EST

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  • SHOOT 'EM UP: Rick (Andrew Lincoln) letting the bullets fly.



From the previews alone, we knew this week's episode of "The Walking Dead" would be full of something that the past few hours had lacked: action. So, as the precursor to next Sunday's mid-season finale, "Crossed" figured to up the ante on the pacing of things. Thankfully, the structure of "Crossed" broke away from...

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Television

Monday November 17, 2014 10:08 am EST

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  • GUILTY CONSCIENCE: Carol (Melissa McBride) is haunted by the actions of her past.



Last week I had coffee with the CL's resident pop culture guru, Curt Holman. Among our chat about his disappointment with Interstellar, and our mutual love for comics, there was talk of television recaps. In terms of "The Walking Dead," Mr. Holman (and I'm paraphrasing here) said, "That has to...

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Television

Monday November 10, 2014 01:14 am EST

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  • WRONG TURN: Glenn (Steven Yeun) and crew are regretting their decision to head to Washington D.C. with Abraham and Eugene.



Color me not surprised to learn that Eugene (Josh McDermitt) has been full of shit this entire time. It's not that I don't trust men who proudly rock Tennessee top hats and claim to be scientists, it's just that "The Walking Dead" has taught me that...

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Television

Monday November 3, 2014 09:12 am EST

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  • MALPRACTICE: Beth comes face-to-face with Dawn and her gang of renegade cops taking shelter in Grady Hospital.



To be honest, I was never really a fan of the Beth character. This is no knock to Emily Kinney, but when the previews for this week's episode hit us with the question, "Where is Beth?" I didn't find myself caring too much. I figured—like in season's past where we...

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Monday October 27, 2014 09:35 am EDT

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  • THE WATCHMAN: Abraham (Michael Cudlitz) has his eyes set on Washington D.C.



God bless Chad Coleman. No, I really man that. I didn't realize how much I loved his playing Tyreese until last night when our hardened, heartbroken hero watched in terror as Rick, Sasha, and company brutally laid waste to Gareth and the cannibals inside of a church. As satisfying as it was to watch...

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Monday October 20, 2014 09:44 am EDT

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  • SOLE SURVIVORS: Last night's ep introduced a new character. Can we trust him?


I just finished reading Bob Saget's book Dirty Daddy, in which he describes the current landscape of television as "chop-people-up zombie TV." The guy you probably know best as the neurotic poppa Danny Tanner on "Full House," was dead-on in his description of cable's big, record breaking hour of...

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Television

Monday October 13, 2014 10:18 am EDT

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  • HUNGER GAMES: Gareth (center) talks to Rick and Bob



There's a scene in last night's premiere of the "The Walking Dead" that I won't forget anytime soon. Gareth and his cronies have Rick, Glenn, Daryl, Bob, and a few randoms bound and pressed up against those bathroom troughs that used to give me peeing anxiety at Braves games in Fulton County Stadium. We watch two men — one...

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