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Apr 17 2014 9:00am

Game of Thrones The Lion and the Rose Joffrey Margaery

The last drop of wine has long since been drunk, the joyousness of Sunday night’s celebrations linger no longer and the ghosts of Monday morning’s regretful headaches have dissipated. And so now there’s a bit of distance to talk about Everything Else that occurred in the second episode of Game of Thrones.

The hunts, the breakups, the visions, the pageantry, and of course the spoilers for show and book.

[Where do whores go?]

Apr 16 2014 3:00pm

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., season 1, episode 18: Providence

“Providence,” this week’s episode of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., is what it looks like to see a new show commit to itself. No more jumping-on point or one-off episodes for viewers this season. The rollercoaster is no longer boarding, you’re either familiar with the show or not.

This isn’t a bad thing for any show to do, and the embrace of serialization seems to be making Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. downright playful. (This might also be because the show doesn’t have to wait for Captain America: The Winter Soldier anymore. Thom Dunn expertly points out the crumminess about that.) And although we seem destined to bonk around in the Marvel Universe toy box until the end of the season, “Providence” provides hints that we may be seeing more of a transformation than a serialization.

(Spoilers ahead for Captain America: The Winter Soldier.)

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Apr 15 2014 3:00pm

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Rewatch on The Quickening“The Quickening”
Written by Naren Shankar
Directed by Rene Auberjonois
Season 4, Episode 23
Production episode 40514-495
Original air date: May 20, 1996
Stardate: unknown

Station log: Sisko travels to the planet Zeist, and—

Whoops. Wrong The Quickening...

Kira, Dax, and Bashir are doing a bio-survey of a planet in the Gamma Quadrant. En route, they get a distress call from a planet just outside Dominion territory. Dax and Bashir beam down to find a settlement that looks badly wrecked. A woman suffering from an obvious illness collapses in front of them. While Dax tries to find out where the local hospital is, Bashir treats her, and another local tells them to go away now while they still have the chance.

Dax trades her hair clip for a ride to the “hospital”—in truth a near-empty structure that doesn’t seem to have any actual facilities. It turns out that Trevean, the head of the hospital, is in truth running a hospice—and he helps death along by providing a poison once the Blight has quickened. Once the quickening happens, the person is all but dead.

[Come to Quark’s, Quark’s is fun / Come right now, don’t walk, run!]

Apr 14 2014 2:00pm


Previously on Hannibal: Will aims at Hannibal and misses; Hannibal and Alana knock boots; Gideon disappears; Miriam reappears; Beverly is torn asunder; Jack misses the forest for the corpse-y trees; and everyone says fare thee well to Chilton. And puppies! So many puppies!

[“I want you to kill Hannibal Lecter.”]

Apr 14 2014 11:45am

The Expanse SyFy television

SyFy has ordered a 10-episode adaptation of James S.A. Corey’s space opera novel Leviathan Wakes, which will be titled The Expanse. The novel, which was nominated for the Hugo Award for Best Novel and the Locus Award Best SF Novel in 2012, has been praised by both Annalee Newitz and Jo Walton, and described by George R.R. Martin as a “really kick-ass space opera.” Appropriately, The Expanse is being billed as “Game of Thrones in space.”

[Epic TV sci-fi in spaaaaace!]

Apr 13 2014 9:58pm

Game of Thrones: The Lion and the Rose

So. That was Game of Thrones season 4 episode 2 “The Lion and the Rose." We have to talk about this!

Consider this your SPOILER WARNING for the commentary and comments below. Not just for this episode but most likely for the events in the proceeding episodes and Song of Ice and Fire books. INTERNET FIRE AHEAD!

[Reactions to Game of Thrones “The Lion and the Rose”]

Apr 11 2014 3:00pm

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Rewatch on To the Death“To the Death”
Written by Ira Steven Behr & Robert Hewitt Wolfe
Directed by LeVar Burton
Season 4, Episode 22
Production episode 40514-496
Original air date: May 13, 1996
Stardate: 49904.2

Station log: The Defiant returns from driving Breen privateers away from a Bajoran colony to find that the station has been attacked. The top of one of the upper pylons has been completely blown off. Kira reports that a Jem’Hadar strike team beamed in from a civilian transport, blew off the top of the pylon, and then stole a bunch of stuff from the science lab. They were gone before anybody knew what hit them.

Sisko takes the Defiant after them, as their ion trail is still traceable. It leads to the wormhole, so they cloak as soon as they reach the Gamma Quadrant. Dax tracks a badly damaged Jem’Hadar warship, broadcasting a distress signal. Sisko beams the seven survivors on board, and they’re greeted by six security guards, Sisko, Worf, and Odo—and their weapons have been removed in transport.

[“There’ll be a joint briefing session at 1900 hours.” “Followed by a get-to-know-you buffet at 1930.”]

Apr 9 2014 3:35pm

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. season 1 episode 17 recap: Turn, Turn, Turn

Spoiler warning: This episode is a direct response to the events of Captain America: The Winter Soldier. There will be immediate spoilers for the movie. Go see the movie it’s really good.

BOOM! I feel like so many of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’s weaknesses were directly addressed in last night’s episode. There were twists! And turns! Turns! Turns! And nary a crappy Deathlok costume in sight.

Which means I get to talk about all the things I liked, because the episode was pretty much non-stop Things To Like.

[In which the Clairvoyant turns out to be pretty good at seeing things coming]

Apr 9 2014 3:00pm

Game of Thrones-KFC Meal Deal

Game of Thrones has turned to some innovative tie-in promotions! George R.R. Martin shared Jimmy Kimmel's GoT/KFC commercial spoof on Not A Blog.

GRRM is quick to point out that there is no actual sponsorship deal, though, as “the Hound prefers Popeyes. But not the spicy. He's afraid of fire.”

Well played, sir.

[Click through for chickens!]

Apr 8 2014 3:00pm

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Rewatch on For The Cause“For the Cause”
Written by Mark Gehred-O’Connell and Ronald D. Moore
Directed by James L. Conway
Season 4, Episode 21
Production episode 40514-494
Original air date: May 6, 1996
Stardate: unknown

Station log: Yates wakes up in Sisko’s bed. Sisko tries to convince her to come back to bed, but she has a meeting with his engineer. After she leaves, he switches to her pillow because it smells like her. Yeah, they’re totally smitten.

Later, Eddington leads a classified briefing that includes Sisko, Kira, Worf, Dax, and Odo. Two weeks ago, the Cardassian’s civilian government requested industrial replicators from the Federation Council, and they’ve granted the request. However, this is being done in secret because the Maquis may try to seize the replicators—or at the very least stop the shipment. Since the Klingon invasion, the Maquis has had a pretty free rein over the Demilitarized Zone. The shipment will pass through DS9 in three days.

[Why is the Federation so obsessed with the Maquis?]

Apr 8 2014 9:00am

Star Wars The Clone Wars, ahsoka tano, anakin skywalker, obi-wan kenobi, yoda

Yes, I admit it—I never watched The Clone Wars. (Bad fan, no Wookiee cookie.) Mainly because there was no easy access to it, and my patience is very thin waiting for half-hour shows week to week. I can do hour-long doses, but anything less and I start to get cagey and brusque. So I figured that eventually the show would be over and I could catch up. And then the whole thing landed on Netflix and the time had come.

Being real honest here: I was not expecting to like it all that much.

Being more honest here: ...I like it so very much.

[So the inevitable happened…]

Apr 7 2014 2:00pm

Previously, on Once Upon a Time, things—and by things I mean the plot—were incredibly messed up and pretty much impossible to summarize, and then the Wicked Witch of the West appeared and things got more confusing. Fortunately, a hot pirate sauntered around to give us something to swoon over.

So what’s happened since we last chatted about it?

[Spoilers for everything ahead!]

Apr 7 2014 10:00am

Firefly, Mal, Zoe

I’m about to commit fandom suicide here, but I suppose if you’re gonna go… death by Browncoat isn’t too bad?

Look, Firefly is great. I would never dispute that—in fact, I consider myself a fan of the show overall. But it’s not The Best, and I’m still really confused about how it is constantly touted as such. Incredibly confused. And I can’t help but think that shimmery gossamer cloaking it has so much to do with it’s early death.

[Burn the land and boil the sea, you can’t take the sky from me….]

Apr 6 2014 10:00pm

The longest winter is finally over and with spring comes the fourth season premiere of HBO’s Game of Thrones. Fans lucky enough to score tickets to a New York-area fan event got to see “Two Swords” a full two weeks before the official air date. Plus some bonus Hodor time. But after the lines and surprise guests, what people really came to see was how such cultural landmark television was going to come back from last year’s infamous Red Wedding.

Major spoilers for the episode after the cut, book spoilers are also fair game in the comments. And some very NSFW quotes. Be warned.

[Why Westeros needs a KFC...]

Mar 26 2014 11:00am

Game of Thrones season 4 refresher

The fourth season of Game of Thrones begins on April 6th, basically covering the events of the last half of George R. R. Martin’s A Storm of Swords. It’s been a while since we last saw Westeros, though, and one can’t be blamed if memories of a certain wedding have since blotted out all other details about the show.

Here’s a handy guide to where all the key Game of Thrones characters are by the end of season 3.

[Where all the characters are before season 4 begins]

Apr 4 2014 3:00pm

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Rewatch on The Muse“The Muse”
Written by Rene Echevarria & Majel Barrett Roddenberry
Directed by David Livingston
Season 4, Episode 20
Production episode 40514-493
Original air date: April 29, 1996
Stardate: unknown

Station log: Jake makes character notes based on people disembarking from a transport, some based in reality, some more fanciful. (The Bolian with a toupee is my favorite.) One woman, traveling alone, catches his eye. Later, she introduces herself in the replimat when Jake is writing on a padd. Her name is Onaya, and she name-drops a Cardassian architect, which impresses Jake. She also takes credit for helping him get out of his shell and making him known and remembered. Jake says he mostly writes because he likes to tell stories, but he admits to Onaya that he wants to be remembered as well. He mentions his goal of going to the Pennington School, and she promises to teach him techniques for bringing out his storytelling.

Meanwhile, Odo finds Lwaxana in his office crying—and pregnant. Turns out she married a Tavnian named Jeyal, but Tavnians raise children along gender lines: boys raised by men, girls raised by women. They aren’t even told the other sex exists until they’re teenagers. Jeyal had told her that, because she’s a Betazoid, they wouldn’t have a typical Tavnian relationship, but after they married, she practically became a prisoner in her own house, and he informed her that he would take their son away from her when he was born.

[“Goodbye, husband.” “Goodbye, wife.”]

Apr 4 2014 10:38am

What’s this? What’s this? Could it be the greatest mashup of The Nightmare Before Christmas and Game of Thrones? Why, yes! This is the touching story of a goofy cartoon man who serenades the Starks and Lannisters with one of Danny Elfman’s greatest tunes. Click through!

[The blood! The screams! They're everywhere and all around!]

Apr 2 2014 3:20pm

Agents of SHIELD season 1, episode 16: The Beginning of the End recap

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. show runners Jed Whedon and Maurissa Tancharoen recently gave an interview to The Hollywood Reporter that leads off with a warning that people watching the show shouldn’t expect a Marvel movie every week. The warning seems a bit misguided. We’re not disappointed in the lack of superpowered characters or derring do—Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has provided that in abundance, really—it’s more that the show hasn’t demonstrated that it has a grip on how to fully explore the characters and world that it has inherited.

This week’s episode “The End of the Beginning” is a solid response to that. It’s not a Marvel movie (although one character does leave to go be in a Marvel movie) but the episode utilizes the world that the show has hurriedly built this season in nicely varied and exciting ways. The show is finally beginning to cohere.

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Apr 1 2014 3:00pm

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Rewatch on Shattered Mirror“Shattered Mirror”
Written by Ira Steven Behr & Hans Beimler
Directed by James L. Conway
Season 4, Episode 19
Production episode 40514-492
Original air date: April 22, 1996
Stardate: unknown

Station log: Jake is standing in his and Nog’s old spot overlooking the Promenade, attracting the attention of both Odo and Quark, thus once again giving Rene Auberjonois and Armin Shimerman a scene since their MU counterparts were killed back in “Crossover.”

When Jake goes back to his quarters, Jake is stunned to see his mother. It’s the Jennifer Sisko from the Mirror Universe. She’s come to give Sisko some good news. The Terran rebels have driven the Alliance off of Terok Nor and now control it. Sisko has to go meet with a Bajoran minister, so Jennifer visits with Jake for a while. The meeting is both joyous and devastating for Jake—as he says at one point, he never expected to hold those hands again.

[Perhaps the moment has arrived for you to remove your august personage from the field of battle.]

Mar 31 2014 1:00pm

Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Chosen

“Chosen,” by Joss Whedon

Kissing! As an appetizer for the very last televised episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer we jump right in with a taste of BuffAngel. It’s all nostalgia, you know, a bone thrown to those who long for the good old days when Buffy’s biggest problems centered around whether getting sweaty and intimate with her certain special someone would make that person evil, and/or ruin her birthday.

In time, she comes up for air—he doesn’t breathe, remember—and thinks to ask why he’s come back to Sunnydale. But before they can properly discuss the First and what it’s been up to lately, we find out that Caleb’s not as dead as previously supposed.

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