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In the wake of Black Mirror’s season 5 trailer, fans have been buzzing with excitement. Here at NerdBastards, we’re no different. Black Mirror has encouraged a new trend of sci-fi anthology TV, questioning the world in new, bizarre ways.

While waiting for the three new, star-studded episodes, let’s look back on some of the best stories to come out of the anthology series. Every episode pushes the envelope in it’s own way, but some do it better than others or leave more lasting impacts.

With definitely, absolutely no particular order in mind, here are the 5 best Black Mirror episodes (for 5 seasons now, get it?)

(Please laugh at my jokes or you’re in for a long read.)

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If there are two things that nobody can shut up about right now, they are Game of Thrones and Avengers: Endgame.

In most ways, these two have nothing in common. One is a MOVIE assembling Earth’s mightiest heroes in a last ditch attempt to unfuck the universe. The other is a sprawling TV series with medieval/fantasy-centric political machinations, epic battles, and the troubles with power. What these two properties do share, however, is that they are MASSIVE cultural phenomenons. Avengers Endgame is nearing becoming the most popular movie of all time and GoT is most popular cable TV series, if not the most talked about. Spoiler Culture for both of these respective properties has been an interesting and, frankly, weird thing.

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Love or hate it, Game of Thrones is a phenomenon. Few shows in history can boast being this big. Even its mistakes become media controlling phenomenon. All shows have a few slip-ups here and there. You’d expect that from a show with as many moving parts as Game of Thrones. But last week’s coffee cup scandal had people in a tizzy. Seeing a blatant piece of the modern world in their medieval fantasy made some folks lose their minds. This certainly couldn’t be the only time a goof like this has happened on the show, so… why the fuss?

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This isn’t the first time I’ve written about Handmaid’s Tale, and with the impressive trailer for season 3, it will hardly be the last.

At the end of season 2, June sent Emily and Nicole to Canada while she stayed behind in Gilead to find her other daughter, Hannah. Though she could have escaped with them, she didn’t. Instead, she went back to the precarious, dangerous Waterford home with the tyrannical Fred and the conflicted Serena Joy.

In my season 2 review, I was frustrated and unsure how the next season would play out. Thinking that leaving was an obvious choice and the writers just kept her in Gilead for drama, I worried they would go back to the old tricks. That season, there had been a bit too much forced Serena Joy/June conflict and I was afraid they’d just re-hash that old conflict.

While I still think the ending wasn’t a logical one, the season 3 trailer shows a writer’s team that’s pulled together an interesting season all over again.

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The Simpsons is one of the longest-running TV series of all time, and the Matt Groening-created animated sitcom which began in 1989 is now in its 30th season. For the 659 episodes to date to continue to attract audiences, the writers have had to pay close attention to mainstream trends and make sure they represent current culture. It has had hundreds of celebrity guest stars including Clint Eastwood and Michael Jackson over the years, and has covered almost everything from space travel to baseball. One of the latest episodes centred on eSports, suggesting that competitive gaming is beginning to be recognized on a much larger scale.  (more…)

So after our heartbeats have finally regained normal rhythm following a very Long Night with Episode 3, we see our group of fan favorites take stock, mourn their dead, and rejoice following the final battle with the un-dead. Drinking heavily, and enjoying some well earned comforts, audiences see their characters interact, rest and enjoy, and also engage in some sexy time it seems. However this weeks Episode 4, The Last of the Starks, has left audiences with a lot of questions, and also surprisingly, a really bad taste in a lot of fans mouths. Spoilers ahead as I am sure you are aware… (more…)

If you’re like most fans, then you’ve probably already binged watched the last two seasons of Stranger Things. If you have, you might want to know the history behind it. Even in the Beyond Stranger Things series on Netflix that features the showrunners chatting with the cast, not a lot of history behind Stranger Things is revealed. In an Autocomplete Interview with Wired, Stranger Things stars Gaten Matarazzo and Joe Kerry give some insight on the mysterious inspiration for their show. NerdBastards dug a little deeper to find out more about a place called Camp Hero.

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Game of Thrones is one of the biggest television shows in history. Love it or hate it, the likelihood of it being a topic you’ve talked about is pretty high. But this Sunday’s episode is likely to be the most talked about. It’s certainly the most anticipated. The entire series has been leading up to this moment. Battle of Winterfell. White Walkers vs Winterfell. Some major characters have had their storylines come to fruition in Season 8, and while it’s the last season, anyone is really fair game. Who will die? Who will make it through? Here we go over some statistics for Battle of Winterfell and make some predictions of our own.

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Could you ever imagine leaping from time period to time period into someone else’s body, living their life, and changing history? Well, therein lies the premise of the begotten but much beloved series Quantum Leap. A unique science fiction/fantasy show that put fourth central themes of drama of hope, second chances, and change.

It was a smart, provocative, imaginative series. And, oh boy, do we need more of it.  (more…)