Death—and dragons—stalk the powerful in Game of Thrones

An expert film-maker reviews the latest episode of the elaborately-staged historical fantasy series.

Game of Thrones heads for uncertain destinations

Journeys are common threads woven to form epic tales, and "Sons of the Harpy" saw key characters embark, abducted or pursued toward Game of Thrones' far-flung theaters of action.

Stuff happens in Game of Thrones

Someone gets his head chopped off, it's pretty cool.

Orphan Black's uneven finale offers a game-changing cliffhanger [S2E10]

Caroline Siede reviews the season two finale of BBC America's clone drama

Helena grows up and everyone pairs off on Orphan Black [S2E6]

Caroleine Siede reviews the latest episode of the BBC's clone drama

Hannibal sets the table for the season finale [s2e12]

A classic moment from the Lecter legendarium hits the small screen. Theresa deLucci reviews the latest episode.

The nature vs. nurture question looms in Orphan Black [s2e5]

Caroline Siede on the latest episode of the BBC's clone drama

'Orphan Black': Mingling Its Own Nature With It [TV recap, S2E3]

Goodbye Big Dick Paul, hello hopefully equally well-endowed Cal! Orphan Black introduces a new character this week and he adds a jolt of energy to an episode that otherwise slows things way down and examines what makes its characters tick.

Until the last five minutes of this episode (more on those later) very little actually happens in “Mingling Its Own Nature With It.” Sarah, Felix, and Kira break into a cabin and Sarah reunites with the aforementioned Cal; Kira intuits that Cal is her father; Alison hits a new low at the opening of her musical; Cosima learns a tad more about her illness; and Helena eats some food with the Proletheans. After two action-packed weeks, Orphan Black eases up on the plot and switches into character-drama mode instead. The result is deeply satisfying, even if the episode feels a bit uneven at times. Read the rest

Hannibal's not-so-lovely bones: "Shiizakana" [TV recap S2E9]

Hannibal - Season 2

Analogy: it’s what’s for dinner. While last week’s episode of Hannibal saw Dr. Lecter and Will Graham reflected in a pair of men with a similarly corrupted power dynamic, “Shiizakana” compares Will’s inner animal with another hungry beast borne of Hannibal’s unique therapy. The hour moved quickly, but wasn’t quite my favorite outing of the season. It felt a bit like more set-up (or wheel-spinning if you want to be rude) as we see the finale shimmering on the horizon. Or maybe I’m just impatient because I want to see exactly how Will and Jack land their prize trout. Read the rest

Ulterior motives lurk in Orphan Black (Season 2, Episode 2 Recap)

Nothing is what it seems to be in the world of Orphan Black. Public and private goals are seldom the same, and behind every welcoming smile lurks an ulterior motive. The clones spent the first season learning that the hard way—especially with the reveal of their monitors—and yet in a world filled with so much danger, it’s natural to yearn for safety. After going through hell wouldn’t it be nice to have someone to trust? Several times tonight our heroes find a sanctuary, only to have the rug pulled out from under them once more. “Governed by Sound Reason and True Religion” peels away at various pristine exteriors to expose what’s lurking underneath. And what’s there ain’t too pretty. Read the rest

TV recap: Game Of Thrones 'The Lion And The Rose' [season 4, episode 2]

Spoilers. Kevin McFarland reviews the second episode of HBO's Game of Thrones, Season 4. Our coverage archives are here.

Justified circles back to old friends and enemies to close out its fifth season [TV Recap: season 5, episode 13]

It was never really about the Crowes, or Ava going to prison, or the trip south of the border, or the gangsters in Detroit. This season of Justified, and by extension the entire series, has all been one long road to a final showdown between Raylan Givens and Boyd Crowder. Read the rest

Hannibal's design takes shape in 'Yakimono' [TV Recap, Season 2, Episode 7]

Hugh Dancy as Will Graham in “Hannibal” Season 2 Episode 7, “Yakimono”

Characters are dropping like… well, like characters on a televised serial killer drama, I suppose.

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Community is here to let you know everything will keep going when the show ends [TV Recap: season 5, episode 12]

At some point, it all has to end. NBC's Community will close up shop, whether it’s later this spring when NBC announces its fall schedule, after six seasons and a movie, or after it somehow incomprehensibly surpasses The Simpsons for longest-running sitcom and everyone complains even louder how the show isn’t as funny as its earlier golden years. But Community isn’t like other shows. It staved off cancellation due to low ratings thanks to a fervent fan base; it survived the departure of creator Dan Harmon and a creatively tepid fourth season; and now it sits a half hour away from yet another uncertain future after Harmon’s return. Community wants everyone to know that no matter how many stays of execution it earns, the end of a show is ultimately inevitable. Read the rest

The unthinkable blooms on Hannibal "Futomono" [s2,e6]

Theresa DeLucci reviews the latest episode in an ongoing feast of horrors. More recaps of Hannibal in our review archives.

Silicon Valley is Mike Judge’s incisive, hilarious return-to-form [TV Recap: season 1, episode 1]

Kevin McFarland reviews the premiere of HBO's new series "Silicon Valley."

Game Of Thrones picks up as the Lannisters cope with apparent victory [TV Recap: season 4, episode 1]

Spoilers. Kevin McFarland reviews the opening episode of HBO's Game of Thrones, Season 4. Our coverage archives are here.

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