Monday, April 14, 2014

Game of Thrones Review "The Lion and the Rose" - (Cue Celebratory Music)

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If you lived in Westeros, why would you ever get married? At the very least, wouldn’t you consider eloping? Whether it’s brutal savagery or a sleek and clean poisoning, weddings are going to be the new buzzword among the forecasters of doom. The night may be dark and full of terrors, but weddings aren’t exactly a barrel of laughs either.

The Good Wife Review "A Material World" - BARANSKIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII!!!!!!!

The network television drama has been taking a lot of hits recently. The golden age has definitely passed, and now the network dial is seen as a place full of clunky, but safe, procedural television. People turn their noses up at anyone who dares to argue about the merits of network drama. Despite having the best ratings of any network, CBS draws the biggest scoffs from people who like their television on the margins. Those people argue against CBS’s television hegemony by claiming all they do is produce simple, boilerplate procedurals. While that assertion isn’t entirely unfair, to lump all of CBS’s television offerings together is categorically unfair. Though many of the standard procedurals have different twists and bents, to deride the possibility of the network procedural is to simply ignore the incredible work done by The Good Wife over the past few episodes.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Hannibal Review "Yakimono" - Into the Belly of the Stag

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The discovery of Miriam Lass in the final moments of last week’s episode put Hannibal in an interesting place. It seemingly put Hannibal Lecter into a box of which there was no escape, but given the point in the season, it was clear we weren’t going to get any resolution to the story. It left the open the possibility of Dr. Lecter escaping FBI clutches due to sheer stupidity or a fantastical feat to top all the other fantastical feats of the Chesapeake Ripper. For that reason, I watched the first few moments of this episode bracing for the worst. For some reason, I abandoned the faith I’d put in Bryan Fuller and company because of all of my serial killer scarring of the past few years. As it turns out, Fuller has a design as well, and it’s every bit as complex and impressive as that of the Ripper.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Game of Thrones Season Premiere Review "Two Swords" - Getting the Band Back Together

Over the weekend, HBO, as it typically does, was running reruns of the first three seasons of Game of Thrones. As a fan first before a reviewer, I naturally got sucked in to the proceedings. The episodes remained as engrossing as the first time I saw them. I reveled in the sight of these interesting people and the world they inhabit. My heart soared when Daenerys was held aloft by the freed slaves of Yunkai. I cheered every time Tyrion slapped Joffrey in the face. And I nodded in satisfaction every time Tywin Lannister put somebody in their place. I really enjoyed the opportunity to spend more time with these people. Never has a fantastical show on this level put forth more relatable characters.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

The Blacklist Review "Ivan" - That Same Old Song

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The Blacklist has definitely invested a lot in the backstory of our female lead. So many unanswered questions surround her life that sometimes it is difficult to imagine she is an actual person beyond these questions that define her. The show has invested so much in these questions recently that the procedural formula has become an afterthought. That’s unfortunate, because the procedural aspects of the show are the ones that function the best. I know a lot of folks are were invested in the proceedings of this week’s episode, but I wish we had spend some more time in Belarus.