This Is Star Wars!

George Lucas once said that at its heart Star Wars is not a Space Opera, but a Family Soap Opera! Well it turns out another ambitious family soap opera has had the guts to compare itself to Star Wars and it sticks! Beth Pearson fights most of the battles behind the scenes that the rest…

Mr. Robot 3.0 System ‘Overview’

“I love the party, but I can’t stand the scene.” I binged Mr. Robot over the summer on Blu-Ray Home Video. Like most people I thought that the first season was superior and the second devolves into mind trips with its less structured nature and slightly longer length. After an extended break the show returns to…

“The Spoils of War” Game of Thrones S7E4 ‘Review’

I long for what a more nihilistic George R.R. Martin script would have done for this episode. The author whose work on which the show was based wrote an episode for the first four seasons and afterwards tended to focus on the sixth book The Winds of Winter instead. Here his absence is felt in two…

Penultimate Game of Thrones is the best Game of Thrones

Season 7 Episode 6: ‘Beyond the Wall’ wastes no time on a shortened schedule. I don’t think there will ever be something as big as Game of Thrones for quite a while. Blockbuster tv shows like Breaking Bad, Mad Men or The Walking Dead usually compromise scope in favour of craft or performance but it is so…

Game of Thrones Season 7 Ep.3 Review: ‘The Queen’s Justice’

“Stormborn” Episode two, Season 7 of Game of Thrones may go down as one of the lesser remembered installments of the series, with only the final ship siege of Euron Greyjoy taking the Sand Snakes and Yara hostage of note, but this week’s follow-up ‘The Queen’s Justice’ is a different story. With the reunification of…

“Shall we begin?” Game of Thrones (S7.ep1) – Dragonstone Review

Preamble: The biggest television show in the world returns for a truncated penultimate season. Budgeted at around $100 million Director of Photography Robert McLachlan is on record as saying, “[T]hey only did seven episodes this year, but I think their budget’s probably the same, so I think you’re going to see, whereas before, we’d have one…

House of Cards: ‘Series’ Overview (Seasons 1-5)

The time has come for House of Cards to fall. As the show demonstrates repeated rhymes and situations and Frank Underwood (Kevin Spacey) getting more and more hammy with less menace, while Claire Underwood (Robin Wright) slowly gains presence, it seems like there’s less place to go but the end. The original British series for which…

Series Review: HBO’s ‘the Leftovers’ is Quite A Ride

Concept: 2% of the world’s population disappears…/ Overall Grade: B+ Good ending? -For a show about people searching in a world without answers. YES HBO’s innovative boundary pushing show The Leftovers just ended this week, and among all the praise (some citing it one of the best shows of all-time) its worth doing a series…

The Night Of: Series Wrap Up Spoiler

We end HBO’s 8 part series with Nasir Khan with someone less innocent than when he walked into Rikers, hooked on smack and having involved himself in a real murder. John Stone relapses on his eczema back to where he was before. It’s all a little perfect circle. Writer/ Creator Steve Zaillian (Schindler’s List, American…