Return to Westeros: “Sons of the Harpy” Review

Has there been a week in Westeros where this doesn’t apply?

everythingawfulYou know what’s really terrifying about the expression “Winter is Coming?” It means that winter is not yet here. Westeros creaks under a civil war which has destroyed most of the countryside, dragons rise in the east, and the White Walkers are returning, but this is still late autumn. This is still November.

Pictured: November

Pictured: November

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Why Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Isn’t That Great… When It Should Be

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Like loads of other fans of Marvel superheroes, I was initially pretty excited when they announced the Cinematic Universe’s spin-off TV show, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Even the pilot looked pretty promising—you’ve got Agent Coulson, a fan-favorite character, putting together a crack team of misfits with a particular set of skills to save the world. It felt very Avengers-y, at least in theory. S.H.I.E.L.D. has all the elements of what makes a great geek-friendly show. It should be a runaway success, with a huge, ready-made fandom. True, it’s the number one show on ABC for the male 18–49 demographic on ABC and pulling in around 7 million viewers a week (about average). But it seems like there are just as many people watching because they think it’s good as there are people who wish it were good. Average viewers seem to like it well enough, but geeky viewers aren’t as impressed. Why?

Spoilers abound below the cut.

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The Road So Far: “I Think I’m Gonna Like It Here” Review

WARNING: SPOILERS BELOW! READ AT YOUR OWN RISK, IDJIT!

WARNING: SPOILERS BELOW! READ AT YOUR OWN RISK, IDJIT!

Goddamn it, Supernatural! It’s the same thing every year. I have to say this is one of the worst relationships I have ever been in. Every year we hook up and I’m smitten with you, then you mercilessly abuse me with lackluster writing and incredible amounts of sexism and racism. Then summer comes and I leave you. I swear never again. I’m through with you and this time. I mean it! But then you woo me back with your promises. The promos, the teasers, the adorable actors at conventions, and suddenly I’m running back into your arms so that you can hurt me some more.

I might need therapy.

It might be obvious at this point that I’m not all that happy with this season’s premiere.

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