Fargo “The Rooster Prince” Review (1×02)

23 Apr

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“The Rooster Prince” maneuvers its characters around a chessboard, shading in certain nuances and expanding on new characters as we start to get a sense of Noah Hawley’s vision for the series. It’s a slower episode, but it’s certainly just as compelling and entertaining as it was last week.

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Opinion: On the “Game of Thrones” Rape Scene and Ensuing Controversy

22 Apr

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Over the past two days, I’ve witnessed thousands of angry comments and even angrier responses across the Internet, with people taking sides and expressing outrage over a scene that occurred in Sunday’s Game of Thrones episode, in which Jaime Lannister forces himself on Cersei. It’s been an ugly several days online, and after some thought, I’ve come to the conclusion that my problem with this whole fiasco is not so much the scene itself as much as it is the ensuing controversy. Continue reading

Mad Men “A Day’s Work” Review (7×02)

21 Apr

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“Just write the truth.”

In our modern world–but especially in our business world–power plays an essential role in how we structure our offices, how we deal with clients and move up in the ladder and make our money. That is at the forefront of the proceedings at SC&P: although we may win our small victories, as Bonnie Whiteside says, “our fortunes are in other people’s hands”.

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Orphan Black “Nature Under Constraint and Vexed” Review (2×01)

19 Apr

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I decided to give Orphan Black a try last year due to the positive reviews of the series, but I never expected it to turn out this good. Even after the fantastic first season, there were questions: would the show be able to maintain the level of quality in its second season, or were those 10 episodes a one-off, albeit entertaining, story? Well, it looks like this show is back to prove itself, and man, does it.

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Hannibal “Su-zakana” Review (2×08)

18 Apr

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“Is your social worker in that horse?”

The last few episodes of the show have all been absolutely stellar, keeping up a pounding pace with tension, compelling character interactions, and horrifyingly beautiful imagery. Hannibal, understandably, now has to tone it down a bit before it moves into the final arc of the season; of course, that doesn’t mean “Su-zakana” isn’t still a very entertaining episode in its own right.

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Parenthood “The Pontiac” Review (5×22)

18 Apr

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Parenthood‘s always been one of my favorite shows on television, but it’s certainly had a shaky season: the Kristina mayoral campaign was a misfire, for one, and there was a hell of a lot of wheel-spinning over the course of the last 22 episodes. However, this finale is a touching, emotional, and satisfying conclusion to season 5.

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Community “Basic Sandwich” Review (5×13)

17 Apr

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I’m sorry. The point is: this show, Annie, it isn’t just their show. This is our show. And it’s not over. And the sooner we find that treasure, the faster the Jeff/Britta pilot falls apart.”

This has always been a show about a community, as expected: a living, breathing group of friends whose school is an essential aspect of all their beings. “Basic Sandwich” emphasizes that fact nicely, serving as a sweet, funny ending to what is most likely the penultimate season of the show.

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