Steven Johnson -- a real favorite around here! -- has a new six-part PBS show coming this October called How We Got to Now, along with companion book. The trailer (above) gives a tantalizing hint of how great this show will be, as does the excerpt from the first episode that's also available. (Thanks, Steven!)
Echoes of Tyrion’s past are about to collide in the present. Kevin McFarland reviews the latest episode of Thrones, where the dwarf’s uncertain doom approaches.Read the rest
It’s crunch time for the show’s heroes, but Kevin McFarland finds that some of the humor in Silicon Valley lacks bite.Read the rest
A classic moment from the Lecter legendarium hits the small screen. Theresa deLucci reviews the latest episode.Read the rest
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Peter Dinklage delivers the speech of the season as Tyrion Lannister, facing the false justice of the kingdom–and his family. Kevin McFarland reviews the latest episode of Game of Thrones.Read the rest
Silicon Valley takes aim at the emotional insecurity behind superficial male genius, writes Kevin McFarland. But it also fails to escape stereotypes about women in the tech industry.Read the rest
Caroline Seide recaps the latest episode of the BBC’s clone drama; the season’s fourth outing heads into unsettling territory.Read the rest
The fans are grown up, but the spirit only grows. Liz Ohanesian on the imminent reboot of America’s gateway drug to anime.Read the rest
AND SO, TIME marches on. Joffrey Baratheon is no more, and Tommen, “First Of His Name,” owner of the cuddly Ser Pounce, rises to take his place on the throne. But he’s just a boy, able to be pushed around by the blustering of his advisors and those who seek to gain power in King’s Landing. Tywin has Tommen’s ear—especially after that birds and bees talk—and Margaery has her secret visits, but according to Olenna Tyrell, she’ll have to out-maneuver Cersei to finally secure her place beside the Iron Throne as Queen.
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Did you catch it? It’s a moment I’ve been waiting for Silicon Valley to address in some capacity—the divide between the tech corporations in Palo Alto and the blighted district to the south. (East Palo Alto is a misnomer—EPA is bordered by Menlo Park to the west and Palo Alto to the south.) The first four episodes of Silicon Valley have attempted to subtly insert regional details about the Peninsula into the dialogue of the show, which has always made the Bay Area kid in me beam. Episodes have referenced Sand Hill Road, which is the exit off highway 280 that leads right to the Stanford University campus (dotted with venture capital firms all the way down) and other geographical details that make the series feel lived-in. But tonight, in the opening scene between Erlich and popular graffiti artist Chuy Rodriguez, in a neighborhood referenced as high-crime and which clearly makes Dinesh uncomfortable, Erlich obliquely refers to their location.
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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.
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Etsy seller EverydayMiniatures makes beautiful miniature replicas of classic TV show sets out of paper, foam, printed paper and glue. The Addams Family house is my favorite, selling for $345. But I Love Lucy and Ellen are pretty great too.
Kevin McFarland offers a spoiler-filled review of the latest episode of Game of Thrones, where violence against women and the oppressed--and its consequences--lurk in the background of every power play. Read the rest
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