Supernatural S11E19 Review: The Chitters

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Dean Sam Cesar Supernatural The ChittersIn “The Chitters,” Supernatural gives us what’s likely to be the last Monster of the Week episode in Season 11. Though we’re eagerly anticipating the final four episodes of the season, “The Chitters” provides an opportunity to savor how well the series has honed this trope. The story was firmly rooted in the monster hunt, but a run-in with another set of hunters helped frame the story within the context of family loyalty and the hunter life.

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Game of Thrones S06E01 Review: The Red Woman

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Arya Starck staff fight Game of Thrones The Red Woman“The Red Woman” reintroduced us to the vast and complex world of Game of Thrones in the Season 6 premiere. The attacks, defeats, and failures experienced by many of the characters at the end of Season 5 are bound to shape Season 6. Those who hold on to the old ways may find temporary reprieve, but magic is coming back to the world of ice and fire. Continue reading

Game of Thrones S06E01 Recap: The Red Woman

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Theon Greyjoy and Sansa Stark Game of Thrones The Red WomanGame of Thrones returns with the Season 6 premiere “The Red Woman.” We quickly reconnect with the rich world of Game of Thrones and those who inhabit it. We learn what has happened with the characters we care about, as well as some we don’t. There was a fair amount of death in the Season 5 finale, and we see the impact in “The Red Woman.” Many of these characters are trying to find their feet in this ever changing landscape. Continue reading

Fear the Walking Dead S02E02 Review: We All Fall Down

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Seth killing walkers Fear the Walking Dead We All Fall DownIn “We All Fall Down” Fear the Walking Dead continues to explore the theme of family within the context of the zombie apocalypse. It delves into issues of home, sustainability, and sacrifice. Each family must find their own way to survive, and, as we’ve seen throughout the first season, being a family doesn’t mean that everyone agrees. The Manawa-Clark clan has certainly had its challenges, but suicide-murder has yet to be put on the table. As Leo Tolstoy said, “All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in their own way.” Fear the Walking Dead finds interesting ways to explore how the stress of the infection impacts families and individuals.

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Fear the Walking Dead S02E01 Review: Monster

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Rule #1: It’s Strand’s boat

Fear the Walking Dead returns with the Season 2 premiere “Monster.” The series started with a blended family dealing with their own challenges, then quickly grew into a group of survivors banded together through luck and circumstance. This family has had better luck that most, after being helped by a man who has already experienced the worst of humanity and another who seems to have planned for the end of the world. After the government collapse, it starts to become clear that people can be just as dangerous as the dead.

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Supernatural S11E18 Review: Hell’s Angel

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Sam Dean 2 Supernatural Hell's AngelIn “Hell’s Angel,” Lucifer and Amara lay plans to battle for Heaven and Earth. Dean is more focused on battling for Castiel. In true Supernatural style, the Winchesters work with their sworn enemies in order to defeat even bigger baddies. Do these guys have any allies left who aren’t evil? Oh, yeah, there was that one angel, but he seems to have developed Stockholm syndrome. As we head to the final episodes in Season 11, Supernatural reveals that Amara may be just this side of impossible to defeat, even for God’s most rebellious archangel. The boys may need to find themselves a higher power. Continue reading

The Walking Dead S06E16 Recap: Last Day on Earth

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Negan The Walking Dead The Last Day on EarthThe Walking Dead gives us suspense, drama, and great acting in the Season 6 finale “Last Day on Earth,” but not a whole lot of closure. Rick and a crew leave Alexandria in order to get Maggie to the Hilltop to see the doctor. The trip doesn’t go quite as planned. We finally meet the dreaded Negan, who is played with great prowess by Jeffrey Dean Morgan. The others deal with the Saviors, and Carol and Morgan follow their own journey. Continue reading

The Walking Dead S06E16 Review: Last Day on Earth

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walker chain The Walking Dead The Last Day on EarthThe Walking Dead gives us a spectacular introduction to Negan in the Season 6 finale “Last Day on Earth.” In typical The Walking Dead fashion, we’re left with a dramatic cliffhanger. Must be they’re worried people won’t keep watching the most popular show on cable TV during Season 7. That strategy may backfire. Continue reading