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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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Of course, you’ll recall that this time last year, when Fox was promoting season two of Gotham, it was billed as “Rise of the Villains”; for the third season, Fox might as well bill Gotham as “Monsters Unleashed!” In preparation for the season premiere next month, the network has announced the synopsis of the new season of the show, and if you like the Court of Owls, Poison Ivy, and freaky clones of beloved Gotham characters then you’ve got a lot to look forward to. So what will the Gotham City Police Department and Bounty Hunter Jim Gordon – yes, you read that right – be facing when season three kicks off? (more…)

Vicki Vale Joins the Bloated Cast of ‘Gotham’

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If Gotham can be depended upon to do one thing, it’s continue to expand its intrepid cast of future Batman players year after year. This thing’s starting to look like Game of Thrones they’ve got so many people in the mix, but here we are again, being teased with the imminent arrival of another major Batman character, just in time for season three. The producers of Gotham are now looking for a young woman in her 20s to fill the journalistic shoes of a character that’s been featured on screen before in 1989’s Batman, but it seems somewhat unlikely that she’ll be in an position to seduce Bruce Wayne this time.  (more…)

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The Fox series Gotham is a source of much inner friction amongst Batman fans. On the one hand, it’s impeccably produced on a technical level, it’s about Batman-related characters, and it features a couple of pretty decent performances. But it’s also messy. So, so messy. It’s a vexing thing because it does all the things we hate that prequels do, like drawing too many straight lines between different characters and supposing that those characters were fully formed or near fully formed versions of themselves years before they’re supposed to be. But still, Gotham will be back for season three. (more…)

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Where to even begin with Rick And Morty? What began as an inside joke between animators grew into a pitch-black parody of Doctor Who, filled to the gills with trans-dimensional adventures, ridonculous super-science and naked nihilism. It was only natural that nerds everywhere loved it and we were willing to settle for the promise of a new season sometime around 2017, until Dan Harmon went ahead and ruined everything by ramming his face into the hype-train’s controls and make it launch out of its tracks and into orbit at full speed with his latests statement…

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When we last left the Penny Dreadful gang, Ethan Chandler was on his way home to pay for werewolf crimes, Sir Malcolm departed for Africa and Sembene’s final rest, and both Frankenstein and his Creature were left in emotional ruins when Lily decided that Dorian Gray made a better companion than either of them. As for poor old Miss Ives, she was left alone after sticking her thumb in the eye of the Devil and all his minion, maybe more messed up than ever. So where do we go from here? The new trailer for Penny Deadful season three has arrived with some hints. (more…)

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Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. began life as a meditation on what it’s like for ordinary people to be surrounded by a world where the extraordinary is possible, but the upcoming season seems to want to turn all that on its head. For season three, the question is how can the ordinary cope when they’re suddenly extraordinary? ABC has released a 30-second promo for the upcoming new season of S.H.I.E.L.D., which will explore how Coulson and his ragtag crew of world police men and women will help the emerging Inhuman community as they join a world that will likely fear and hate them. (more…)

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Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has sort of been the red-headed stepchild of the Marvel Cinematic Universe for a while. During season one, the series was stuck in neutral as the calender clicked down to the release of Captain America: The Winter Solider, and in season two, Coulson and the gang played a key role in Avengers: Age of Ultron that went unacknowledged in the big screen adventure in what should have been one of their finest hours. Is all that about to change? Might the Agents soon take their rightful place in the MCU (there is a comic book based on the characters now after all) with this season’s adventure? Let’s give a hint with one word: Inhuman. (more…)

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If “The Climb” had all the emotion and decisiveness of a season finale, then “Left Behind,” the winter premiere of Arrow, had all the forward momentum and drive of a season premiere. New motivations were discovered, the status quo was shaken up, and everything we were led to think happened, actually happened with some slight adjustment. Emotionally impacting, but still not short on any action, Arrow began 2015 with a simple, but pointed question: Can Arrow still be Arrow without Arrow? In other news, a new villain arrives with big plans, an old villain sees his plans fall apart, and a new hero borrows an old identity to become the latest Starling City resident to kick ass and take names. (more…)

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We pause in the midst of the 24 hour break between portions of The Flash/Arrow crossover to talk spoilers about the immediate future of the Emerald Archer of Starling City. (Incidentally, you can read the Nerd Bastards review of “Flash Vs Arrow” here if you so choose.) Now Arrow and his cohorts have a lot of problems on their plate at the moment, from the return of Malcolm Merlyn, to the death of Black Canary, to the pending arrival of Ra’s al Ghul, but it seems that the Arrow writers room has one more potentially deadly twist up their sleeve for Oliver Queen and his rascally crew of do-gooders; a blast from the past that will by no means be a welcome surprise for anyone on Team Arrow. Potential spoilers below. (more…)