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Black Mirror’s “Striking Vipers” was amazing. Well, except for the fact that the episode didn’t have the balls to go all the way exploring these two men’s sexuality and relationship in favor of a more heterosexual viewpoint.

It gave fans all the subtext, all the LGBTQ+ specific leanings and even community jokes. But it refused to try to truly dissect and figure out the relationship between these men.

Let’s talk.

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After a tumultuous experience with all the other Marvel Defenders series getting cancelled despite all the promise they showed, Jessica Jones season 3 is the final outing we’ll see from the franchise. Even though fans adored Daredevil and Jessica Jones, were intrigued by Punisher and Luke Cage’s stories, and had lukewarm responses to Iron Fist, Disney cancelled all of it. Assumedly, it’s because of their upcoming Disney streaming service, but the axing was still brutal.

Even though Daredevil technically started the Defenders series, Jessica Jones has always been right alongside him, an equal poster child for the heroes protecting New York City.

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DC Universe is knocking it out of the park again and again. Titans, Doom Patrol, and now Swamp Thing. DC Universe is stepping things up in quality, not afraid to take chances on comic-accurate costumes and lesser-known characters. Pushing things to a more adult-like direction, darker without taking itself too seriously or losing the “fun” that fans feel is synonymous with comic book characters. Now with Swamp Thing, they delve into the horror genre. Bringing in characters like Madame Xanadu and Blue Devil, Swamp Thing is following in the footsteps of Titans by showcasing characters that have never been seen live action. The newest trailer gives fans a glimpse into the world. But will it be another home run?

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Eight years and 72 episodes later, we arrive kicking and screaming at the conclusion of one of the most loved and talked about shows on television. Whether the kicking and screaming is because viewers can’t bear for the series to end, or because this season has left fans dissatisfied, the unavoidable conclusion is here. Game of Thrones is over.

While this season has had some truly fantastic moments that left fans in awe, and some plot developments making other fans feel it was massively rushed, the resolution that this episode has provided has got fans feeling, well… ambivalent about it all.  (more…)

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…)