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Slit Throats and Severed Hands.
Let me start this review by saying that I haven’t read any of George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire, which the show is based on. So obviously, to those of you that have read the series, I’m going to sound like a fool bumbling around in the dark. But I’m ok with that. I love the show and want to continue to be surprised by it week after week. And so far, they’re doing a really great job. I’ve been watching GoT since the beginning and have loved every bit of it. With so many storylines to keep track of, I’m going to tackle this review by individual storylines.

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7 years wait. Is it worth it?

Arrested Development is one of the saddest tales in network television history. Like Firefly and Pushing Daisies before it, Arrested Development was a fresh voice in entertainment that was cancelled long before its time. It was critically adored, but never quite made it with the mainstream public. This helped solidify its comedy credentials. Fans felt vindicated that the same people that made Two and a Half Men popular couldn’t understand the complex humor of Arrested Development. But without the viewers, we lost the show. But we never gave up hope that we would eventually see the Bluths return, possibly even to the silver screen. Well we finally got our wish. Season 4 was released less than a month ago to cheers of fans across the world. But does it live up to the hype?

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No wonder the Brits hate Americans so much. Nobody does awkward quite like David Cross, which is why his newest series starring the comedian best known for his work from Arrested Development is incredibly funny, yet at times almost difficult to watch. There in lies the beauty of the show, while it’s certainly a far […]

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Note: There are major spoilers ahead for season 3 of Game of Thrones. Just go watch the episode. If you’ve been watching HBO’s Game of Thrones for more than a few episodes, you had to know something bad was going to happen. You expect a few gallons of blood as a season nears its finale, […]

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A solid showing. The war rages. Robb Stark (Richard Madden) fights for the Iron Throne, to attain justice, or maybe just to battle boredom, and all the while, Stannis Baratheon (Stephen Dillane) licks his wounds and Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) amps up her armada with soldiers who evidently don’t need their nipples (or their balls, for that matter). And the Lannisters, of course, play the game of whispers in the wind. But was this production the remarkable comeback we all yearned for—anxiously anticipated with fan mugs in hand?

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The “Why you should now boycott Cartoon Network immediately” piece. So I was on my way home from campus one fine morning not long ago when I decided it was the perfect moment to contemplate reviewable material. Of course, I wanted to stay away from the garbage that’s already been torn a few “new ones,” bias and all that. But at the same time, I was a little tired of praising the likes of Arrow and Modern Family again and again. So I chose to wake up early one Saturday morning to catch a glimpse of Green Lantern: The Animated Series. To succinctly sum up my first experience—I loved it. I was a kid again, and man, have visuals come far.

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The Big Bang Theory

On February 19, 2013 By

TV for nerds! What do you get when you toss a moderately attractive blonde in with a group of eccentric guys? It’s not “originality,” I’ll give you that. This device is basically the “ace in the hole” of comedy. Whether we’re talking about movies, television shows, or even plays, introducing a character to a remarkably unusual environment is sure to incite humorous interactions. The creativity lies in the choice of antithesis. Aspiring actress from Nebraska meets socially challenged geniuses, for example, radiates brilliance.

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Rules of Engagement

On February 4, 2013 By

What’s in a name? TBS is currently running promos for Cougar Town, dispelling all preconceptions about the show’s errr… unusual title. (Seeing as any viewer forced to experience the pain that is the “comedy” mercifully cancelled by ABC understands that there’s no rhyme or reason for the heading.) As a TV critic, there’s only so much I can go on: those 30-second commercials that deceitfully build up the show, the production’s cast, and of course the allure of its name.

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How times have changed. I remember when I was a kid: School for five long days every week, waking up at 7 a.m. for what now seems like a totally irrelevant purpose. But this is what made sleeping in on Saturday all the better, right? “Absolutely not,” is the answer to that rhetorical trapdoor. I awoke with wide eyes each and every sixth day of the week to witness the exploits of my favorite superheroes, and if you’re even part nerd—so did you.

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Not bad. Not bad at all. Skipping the niceties, nothing good has surrounded Two and a Half Men since Charlie Sheen’s firing in 2011. The unfortunate catalyst inspired Sheen’s joke of a stand-up tour, the hypocritical Angus T. Jones’ less than flattering remarks about the show’s quality, and the addition of a rarely amusing pretty boy, Ashton Kutcher. Against all odds, the torpedo of truth’s anti-Semitic statements against Creator Chuck Lorre came off as tame.

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Finding Bigfoot

On December 18, 2012 By

There’s one now! No matter who you are or what you do, everyone’s heard of Bigfoot. A hairy, burly character that stands over eight feet tall and swings its arms like a skipping girl scout—that was the dorky “creature” made famous by Roger Patterson and Robert Gimlin in 1967. But seeing as the species hasn’t made it into the zoology textbooks (let alone been the product of scientific study [so far as we know!]), the mystery of its true nature and even its existence remains.

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Arrow (Episode 8: Vendetta)

On December 11, 2012 By

Are two vigilantes better than one?

With seven episodes under its belt, the CW’s superhero drama found itself in a unique position last week, one bordering on comfortable. At a time when shows are cancelled as soon as they debut, Arrow’s second half of production was almost instantaneously picked up. Unfortunately though, some strands of the series are already conveying the writers’ complacency. Whether they were preparing for their creation’s removal from the air or commercial success, why not take a mental sabbatical? One mediocre showing won’t radically alter the tides in either case, and it’s not like the fans’ expectations are important.

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