The title of the 6th episode of Game of Thrones Season 5, “Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken,” refers to the motto of House Martell of Dorne. House Martell has never been conquered by outsiders. Dorne may have remained protected from conquest, but exploitation, subjugation, and vulnerability is something that most in the world of Game of Thrones must live with.
Supernatural’s penultimate episode of Season 10, “The Prisoner,” finds the Winchesters saying goodbye to another family member—Charlie Bradbury. Sam Winchester’s desperation to keep the Mark of Cain from turning his brother Dean back into a demon has backfired in more ways than one. Not only is Charlie gone, her death has only pushed Dean further towards an angry, dark, violent, cruel, and vengeful version of himself. Dean has yet to revert to Demon Dean, but it feels like he’s well on his way. All hope is not lost in the world of Supernatural, but it’s hard to imagine how things can get better.
Game of Thrones features personal and political intrigue from across an expansive world. It’s a comprehensive narrative in which we see how events in one location can impact other faraway lands. In “Kill the Boy,” Tyrion Lannister’s travels continue, while Stannis Baratheon and Jon Snow begin new journeys. Sansa Stark and Daenerys Targaryen continue to explore the landscape around them, searching for a path to regain control.
Another great episode of iZombie has the show reminding us of Veronica Mars more than ever—and that’s a good thing. “Dead Air,” written by Aiyana White and directed by Zetna Fuentes, is full of sex, pop culture references, and humor, and ends with a juicy cliffhanger.
As implied in the previous episode, Major has been beaten up again, this time while in jail for breaking into Julien “Candyman” Dupont’s car. Ravi (Rahul Kohli) and Peyton (Aly Michalka) meet for the first time while waiting for Major’s release, and Ravi believes he and Peyton shared a “moment.” Looks like the two of them are gonna go on a date—no thanks to Liv (Rose McIver), who spends the episode giving everyone unwanted psychological advice. She’s tasted the brain of a murdered radio sex-advice-show host who can’t keep her opinions on people’s mental states and motivations to herself, and she seriously gets on everyone’s nerves—especially Ravi’s. Continue reading
The 21st episode of Season 10 of Supernatural, “Dark Dynasty,” lives up to its name. Heed our warning—“Dark Dynasty” is full of gore, lies, and heartbreak. On the fun side, we get a cool literary reference and new monster lore. Not that it makes up for the extremely distressing ending. We don’t normally warn about spoilers because if something is called a “recap” the spoiler aspect is pretty much implied, but here we will warn you: watch the episode, have yourself a good cry, then come back and read this recap.
It looks as if iZombie has been renewed by the CW for a second season. Good news for viewers—the show grows more interesting every week.
We continue to see Major striking out on his own in his attempt to find the lost kids. He follows the “Candyman” (ex-drug dealer, now zombie lackey, Julien dupont) to a tanning salon, and breaks into his car, where he finds (along with hair dye and hot sauce) a Tupperware container of brains. This is a big turning point in the story, as Major has stepped onto the real trail of what’s happening in zombie-infested Seattle. Sadly, the episode concludes with Major in jail for the car break-in, and with some tough guys put in the cell with him specifically as punishment by the police. They are irritated that Major, having gotten no help with the missing kid situation from the law, has now joined with a reporter, who with Major’s help gets Babineaux on tape saying that the police are likely to keep dragging their feet. Continue reading