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Game of Thrones: Blood of My Blood and No One

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Two weeks late on the account of a wedding, this Game of Thrones review is a double feature: Blood of My Blood and No One. For Blood of My Blood, there was also an unheard of death count of zero, which was followed by a massacre in No One. But many happy returns to our favorite fathers: Randall Tarly and Walder Frey (who is technically a grandfather/ great grandfather?)

The Body Count for No One:

  • a lot of pacifists (slaughtered)

Way Up North
We pick up where we left off with Meera having gained an improbable lead over the white walkers.… Read more »

Game of Thrones S6E5: A Door by Any Other Name

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And now things are truly sizzling with episode five, The Door! We’re only midway through the season, and this episode was so action packed with standout performances by Sophie Turner and Pilou Asbaek. Also, the first gratuitous nudity in a while: STD riddled penis and a pair of boobs. Though sometimes I think Game of Thrones can be used as sex aversion therapy, because so many much sad, sad boobs.

Death count: 10-20?*
Hodor (torn to pieces by White Walkers)
Leaf & friends (torn to pieces by White Walkers and/or blown up)
Summer (torn to pieces by White Walkers)
The Three Eyed Raven (stabbed by the Night King)
* white walkers do not count

Unfortunately, there were no fathers present this week so the Shitty Dad Award is not awarded.… Read more »

Penny Dreadful’s Verbis Diablo is Full of Small Talks

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After over a one year hiatus, I’m picking up Penny Dreadful again. Season two episode two’s Verbis Diablo is a pleasant surprise with the return of quirky gay Egyptologist Ferdinand Lyle and the meeting of Caliban/ John Clare/ the Creature and the singular Miss Vanessa Ives. Strangely, when you pair two melodramatic characters, they tend to mellow each other out.

Recap
Vanessa Ives is deeply tormented about the witches so Sir Malcolm takes her to a proto-soup kitchen to cheer her up, before he wanders off and is bewitched by the Head Witch Evelyn Poole. She cheats of course by casting a spell on him, instead of using her womanly wiles.… Read more »

Game of Thrones S6E4: We Only Make Peace With Our Enemies

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Game of Thrones season six finally hits its stride with episode four “Book of the Stranger.” Sworn enemies become bedfellows, armies are called, and treaties are set into motion. While it’s still unclear who’s playing the Game of Thrones, it looks like a lot of blood is going to be shed in the next episode or two.

The writers, much like the evil High Sparrow, have finally allowed our scattered characters to coalesce and conspire among themselves. Though the title of the episode is “Book of the Stranger,” Tyrion seems to have said the spiritual title of “We Only Make Peace With Our Enemies, Not our Friends.”

Strange alliances include

  1. The Lannisters and the Tyrells
  2. Childhood enemies: Jon Snow and Sansa Stark
  3. Jon Snow & Sansa Stark & Wildlings
  4. warring dicks Daario Naharis and Jorah Mormount

In Kings Landing, there will be a showdown between the Rich and the Religious.… Read more »

S6E3 Oathbreaker Breaks the Usual Bones and Minds

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The third episode “Oathbreaker” finally zeroes in on three main story lines: the further misadventures of Daenerys,  the further misadventures of the Lannisters, and Jon Snow’s resurrection and guilt ridden revenge. Unfortunately, only the Lannisters were interesting this week, and that was mostly because Oleanna Tyrell and Kevan Lannister put the devilish duo in their place.

Other plot points that got too much screen time were Arya’s training montage (though the self-reflection as one is turning into no one was quite nice), Gilly and Sam, and Tommen and the High Sparrow.

Despite it’s title, there’s very little oath breaking in the actual episode.… Read more »

Game of Thrones: This Week On Deadliest Home

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Despite the water cooler discussion of Game of Thrones reaching fevered pitches, this season hasn’t been really doing it for me. Charitably put, season six episode two “Home” still feels like the chessboard is being set up. Uncharitably put, it feels like a whole bunch of disparate randomness that doesn’t take advantage of five seasons of setup.  

While we get to finally see some acting chops from Sweet Baby Tommen (Dean-Charles Chapman), the face off between the High Sparrow and Jaime Lannister was a lackluster showing. But before we get into this, when did Jon Snow go from least popular Lord Commander ever to MVP of the year? … Read more »

Season 6 Episode 1: The Mystery of the Red Woman

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Did you know in Westeros that blood is a woman’s favorite color? While one would think that the Red Woman would be an episode all about Melisandre (Carice van Houten), there are quite a few ladies who are wearing a little red. It was a pretty good taster of an upcoming season, and the only thing for certain is a whole lot of crazy sauce. The episode opens with a view of gray cliffs, but which gray cliffs are these: somewhere in Essos? the Eyrie? Nope, howling wolf signals the Wall and the Night’s Watch.

Season six picks up minutes/ days after the season five finale ends.… Read more »

What do Fargo’s Episode Titles Mean? (Season Two)

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I’ve received quite a few comments requesting a season 2 update. There is already a short and dirty description on Reddit, but I’ve written my own longer version down below. While Season one’s title meanings revolved around riddles, season two is drawn from Modernist literature and art. I just realized that Season 2 is available on Amazon so I’ll be periodically updating the descriptions below as I belatedly work my way through the series.

Fargo: Season 1 is now available on Amazon. If you haven’t checked it out yet, you definitely should!

Episode List


Season Two
Episode 1: Waiting for Dutch
Episode 2: Before the Law
Episode 3: The Myth of Sisyphus

First Impressions of Jessica Jones

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I wrote my first impressions of the first two episodes of Jessica Jones on December 13th, but never got around to publishing them. Part of my hesitation was writing about mental illness, which is a very serious condition and I didn’t want to dilute it with my two cents and well, I didn’t have that much to say about the show.
 
In recent years, mental illness has been addressed much more openly by people in positions of power. John Green, Cara Delevingne, Ayelet Waldman. It’s even become the topic of a New York Times best sellers.… Read more »

Master of None: Irrationally Hating Things

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I’m kind of jealous that my sister hated Master of None, and all I felt was a load of meh.

 It’s about an Indian American man child, his diverse group of friends, and his struggles with the peculiar sneaky version of racism and misogyny that white/male/cis friends think you’re imagining things. Also, he’s an actor. I could go on, but it’s one of those shows that is more interesting to discuss than to watch.When I watched Aziz Ansari’s acclaimed Netflix show Master of None, I found it intellectually stimulating and mildly funny but it didn’t reflect my cultural experience.

I’ve watched a few episodes (okay, five) and don’t really feel a need to continue.… Read more »

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