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The second episode of Game of Thrones season five picks up some familiar story lines from last year, most notably Arya Stark’s journey across the narrow sea to the House of Black & White (also the title for this week’s episode). Thematically it sets the tone for the entire episode, presenting characters throughout the story with seemingly dichotomous plot options – do you take one path or another? By virtue of this storytelling device, it also highlights the road often travelled in our favorite HBO program, the morally ambiguous grey path where incest, feticide, and most other concepts of right and wrong are so often blurred and thrown out the window. Oh G.R.R. Martin, what exactly happened to you as a child? (more…)

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As opposed to other recent additions of Star Wars Celebration, the annual mutual nerdgasm for Star Wars fans, is that there was a lot of new goodness from that galaxy far, far away. Of course the biggest thing to hit was the new trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and the official first insight into the initial round of Star Wars anthology films, but for the last year, if you wanted a Star Wars fix, you had only the weekly adventures of Star Wars Rebels to feed the beast. So at Celebration this past weekend, the Disney/Lucasfilm gang gave Rebels fans some teases of their own, a new trailer with a couple of familiar faces from either end of the saga, but linked together by legend. (more…)

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Tweeted and true; after weeks of rumored negotiations for the role, one tweet affirms that we’ll be seeing a lot more screen time from a familiar Marvel face.

Seth Rogan and Evan Goldberg are creating and producing the new television series for AMC- Preacher. Preacher is of course based off of Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon’s series, published by Vertigo Comics. It follows the story of Texas preacher Jesse Custer and his (literal) search for God after being accidentally possessed by a powerful demon/angel hybrid. But who will, as Rogan said in his confirming tweet, “save our souls”? It’s none other than Dominic Cooper. (more…)

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Last night’s episode of Arrow featured the climactic swan song for one of its main characters, a sudden departure for both actor and role and an important void that will galvanize the rest of the main cast going forward. It’s been a fairly uneven year for Arrow. With The Flash stealing some of its thunder and the difficulty in trying to top an excellent sophomore season, Arrow just hasn’t been up to snuff, and Ra’s al Ghul hasn’t been the big bad ass he’s been advertised to be. So now what? That was a heck of a cliffhanger the show left us with last night, so what comes next for Arrow and the Starling City gang? The executive producers have the answer, and warning, there be spoilers below. (more…)

TV RECAP: ‘Arrow’ – S3E19 – “Broken Arrow”

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Oh Roy… What is there left to say about the man who would be Arrow? I’m not sure, but we’ll give it a whirl here. Arrow, the TV series, returns after a one week break and a fun diversion of key Arrow characters to Central City in last night’s The Flash. Well, it seems that meta-human trouble followed Felicity and Ray Palmer back from “the fun one” of the Arrow/Flash metropolitan dyad. Aside from that, this episode came complete with black cloud, not because of Oliver’s ongoing police troubles, but because this episode’s long been teased for having, let’s put it this way, a significant departure. (more…)

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After a very villain-centric Tricksters, last night’s “All Star Team Up” scaled things down a bit in order to focus on the heroes in the second Arrow crossover episode of the season.  Considering just how much fun Brandon Routh and Emily Bett Rickards (Ray Palmer, aka The Atom, and Felicity Smoak, respectively) have with their roles, All Star Team Up was yet another example of why The Flash continues to top everyone’s favorite television show list.  In addition to the Starling City/Central City team up fun, last night’s episode of The Flash finally got down to the business of Barry bringing Caitlin and Cisco into his Wells investigation but not until he was pushed in that direction.  In other words, there was plenty of awesomeness in last night’s episode, as usual. Before we get too far, as always, spoilers ahead. (more…)

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One of the fascinating things about the titular hero in Daredevil is that he’s visual impaired, but uses his enhanced skills to be one of the best @$$ kickers on the mean streets of New York. That’s not to say that blind people can’t be brawlers – they can! – but when Daredevil was created by Stan Lee and Bill Everett in 1964, that was a very forward-looking ideal. The world has changed a lot in the last 50 years, but in some ways people with visual disabilities still have to advocate for equal access, even to a Netflix show about blind lawyer and superhero. Well good news for the hard of seeing because Netflix is bring making the fun and action of Daredevil available to you through the power of described video. (more…)

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If you haven’t already devoured Daredevil on Netflix, I’m sure you put a pretty good dent in it. And if you have finished, I’m sure there’s a Marvel-sized hole in your media life that likely can’t be filled by the weekly adventures of the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and now you’re wonder just who, how, and when you’re going to be getting your next fix from this dark and gritty side of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Of course you know the who, it’s AKA: Jessica Jones, the tale of the former superhero turned private investigator starring Krysten Ritter. The when is sometime later this year, but if you’re one of those types that wants everything right now, here’s a treat: Jessica Jones villain the Purple Man, in the flesh. (more…)

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When we left off last week on Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., the fate of S.H.I.E.L.D. and many of its members were in the balance. Skye was living large in some sort of Inhumans luxury resort, complete with Raina as a neighbor and an as-of-yet unknown still alive mommy as one of her guides. Coulson, Hunter and Mike/Deathlok were out on the hunt and trying to find Skye. May was being convinced by Edward James Olmos that helping him bring Coulson in and settle the S.H.I.E.L.D.-on-S.H.I.E.L.D. violence was in her best interest. And Team Fitz-Simmons snuck Fury’s toolbox away from S.H.I.E.L.D. #2, hopefully to have Fitz figure a way to find out what’s inside before anyone else has a chance to. So where will ‘Melinda’ take us? If the previews are any indication, we’ll finally be getting a proper look inside May’s brain. (more…)