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'Game Of Thrones' Recap: 'Watchers On The Wall'

June 10th, 2014 8:50am EDT
'Game Of Thrones' Recap: 'Watchers On The Wall'
“The Mountain and the Viper” sparked discussion about the bleak tone of Game of Thrones. Critics and bloggers wondered why continue to watch a show when potential heroes become victims; when innocent men lose the right to live because the potential hero lost, and because the politics in King’s Landing conspire to put those innocent man—or innocent man—to death. What once was daring and celebrated—the murder of Ned Stark—has become a drawback for those who thought the good characters would prevail. So, for those feeling sad and disenchanted, Game of Thrones produced “Watchers on the Wall” wh...
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'Game Of Thrones' Season 4 Episode 7 Recap: 'Mockingbird'

May 20th, 2014 8:53am EDT
'Game Of Thrones' Season 4 Episode 7 Recap: 'Mockingbird'
“Mockingbird” may’ve been the kindest episode in the history of Game of Thrones. The episode’s kindness is tinged with brutality, uncomfortable truths, murder, but kindness lasts in every scene. Westeros is a truly shitty place to live. Well, the south may have its advantages. King’s Landing and northward, though, is nearly complete shit. Arya and The Hound wandered into the yard of a homeowner. Arya wonders about soldiers inside the house. The Hound walks forward, evidently unconcerned about soldiers. Sitting up, supported by a solid object, is a man recently stabbed in the gut. When asked...
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'Grimm' Season 3 Finale Review: 'Blond Ambition'

May 19th, 2014 10:20am EDT
Grimm Season 3 Finale
Grimm finales always build to the moment of crisis, which is not uncommon in season finales. TV shows want fans returning in the fall to find out what happened to their heroes left in peril. There are moments of crisis in “Blond Ambition.” There are life-and-death stakes like last year’s finale wherein Nick suffered zombie paralysis (was that it?) and attempted kidnapping. The effects of what happened to him—the dead eyes, clammy skin, and violent outbursts in bars; his role as murderer instead of detective tasked to find himself generated the early stories of the season. Here and there Nic...
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'The Vampire Diaries' Season 5 Finale Recap: 'Home'

May 16th, 2014 10:02am EDT
The Vampire Diaries Season 5 Finale
Death had long ceased as a threatening end to a character in The Vampire Diaries. Kevin Williamson and Julie Plec used surprising deaths to create a spectacular sense of the unexpected in the early seasons of The Vampire Diaries—those days when people swore that “No, no, it’s NOT Twilight on The CW.” But every character died. Some died multiple times. What does a writer do when the ultimate stake loses meaning and power over the world? Undo it.

Season 5 of The Vampire Diaries marked the gang’s transition from high schoolers to collegians. Amazingly, college barely figured into the season....
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'Arrow' Season 2 Finale Recap: 'Unthinkable'

May 15th, 2014 10:41am EDT
'Arrow' Season 2 Finale Recap: 'Unthinkable'
Arrow caught the wandering gaze of television critics and bloggers around mid-season when The CW sent out an advanced copy of an episode. Ever since the advanced copy hit the mailboxes of critics nationwide, Arrow became more part of the pop-cultural fabric. Discussions about ABC's Marvel's Agents of Shield would inevitably include comparisons to The CW's Arrow, and how Marvel could not compare. Perhaps that's why Arrow didn't catch on with the general Internet public, and why it didn't become a buzz-worthy or 'trendy' show until some critics started writing about it. The CW was the Gossip ...
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'Game of Thrones' Season 4 Episode 6 Recap: 'The Laws of Gods and Men'

May 13th, 2014 8:38am EDT
'Game of Thrones' Season 4 Episode 6 Recap: 'The Laws of Gods an
The trial of Tyrion Lannister is among the highest high points in A Storm of Swords, and of Games of Thrones’ fourth season. “The Laws of Gods and Men” shifts total focus to the trial after a few scenes that touch base with Stannis and the Iron Bank, with Dany and her new-found Queendom in Meeree, with Ramsey and his nonsense in the North, with Yara who wants to end that nonsense in the North, with a Varys and Oberyn exchanging pleasantries about false assumptions and true intentions, and with another scene, preceding the trial and the Oberyn/Varys scene, involving the small council, in whi...
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'The Vampire Diaries' Season 5 Episode 21 Recap: 'Promised Land'

May 9th, 2014 9:08am EDT
The Vampire Diaries - Promised Land
Michael A. Allowitz’s direction in the teaser, or perhaps more credit is due to the editor of “Promised Land,” was effectively jarring. The Travelers took Stefan and Elena at the end of last week’s episode to drain more of the blood to use in the spell that’d break the magic spell and eliminate witches’ powers, the vampire magic, the hybrid magic, and all that fun. Markos cuts Elena deeply in the wrist, four days into the blood-letting, because she wants her to bleed until she can’t speak. The woman from last week that tried to kill Jeremy in act to save her boyfriend’s life frees Stefan an...
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'Arrow' Season 2 Episode 22 Review: 'Streets Of Fire'

May 8th, 2014 9:37am EDT
Arrow -Streets of Fire
The bad guys triumph in the penultimate episode-“Streets of Fire”--of Arrow’s second season. Bad guys always triumph in the episode before the final episode of a story or a season. The situation seems dire. The heroes face insurmountable odds. A pep talk from a pretty girl motivates the hero. Underneath the carnage and chaos of a burning city exist characters that refuse to give in to the fate prescribed by the diabolical madman with an agenda, a personal vendetta. The job of the writers in the room is to make the situation seem irredeemable and dire and without a hope for the do-gooders, t...
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'Game Of Thrones' Season 4 Episode 5 Recap: 'First Of His Name'

May 5th, 2014 1:30pm EDT
Game of Thrones
The ‘previously on…” sequence at the episode’s beginning featured two season one scenes to remind the audience about Lysa’s existence and about Jon Arryn’s death. Jon Arryn’s death happened in the first episode. It was the inciting incident of the series. Arryn’s death moves Ned to accept the role of the Hand of the King. Ned suspected the Lannisters. The Lannisters, of course, did not poison Jon Arryn. The mystery was never solved. Season 4, though, is the season of answers to mysteries. Benioff and Weiss revealed Joffrey’s killer two episodes after his poisoning. So, a three and half seas...
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'Grimm' Review: 'My Fair Wesen'

May 3rd, 2014 10:35am EDT
'Grimm' Review: 'My Fair Wesen'
Oh, what the lonely will do for family, to feel part of a family, in an otherwise lonely separate existence, bouncing from halfway home to halfway home or group home to group home. “My Fair Wesen” introduces viewers to a man and the girls he’s brought into his family. They’re a group of Wesen, moving from department store to department store and stealing expensive shoes, dresses, jewelry, and whatever else they pick up during a mad scramble created by a distraction in the store. The nameless caretaker, known simply as what his Wesen type is—the Lebensauger, brought in girls without a home, ...
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