Tag: Fantasy

Game of Thrones Season Seven Had Epic Moments but Played it Safe

The final season of Game of Thrones likely won’t arrive until 2019. So how did the show leave us for that long wait? Crucially, with the cliffhanger that the White Walkers have breached the wall and are heading south as Daenerys brings her armies up north to fight them back. Cersei is pregnant and has sent her brother away. Tyrion is acting strangely. The Stark sisters have made peace over the dead body of Littlefinger. Jon Snow and Daenerys Targaryen have consummated their season long courtship. And also, she’s his aunt. All in all, the popular reaction to season seven...

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American Gods: The Road Your Senses Show You

Though raised Catholic to the bone, I stopped going to church shortly after my 18th birthday, and ushered in adulthood with utter contempt for the concept of any God, one which I associated with political corruption and the right-wing bigotry I’d recently started to understand. I broke away from many of the friends I knew through my Catholicism, since I’d not yet learned to distinguish babies from their bath water. I was no more capable of differentiating atheism from cynicism, and it would take a few years into my college education for me to open up to many of...

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The Handmaid’s Tale: Night

The final episode of the season begins with a flashback to the Handmaids’ introduction to the Red Center, where they are called sluts for their clothing. “Humble yourself in the sight of the Lord and he shall lift you up”–they are taught to be demure and submissive. At the end of the opening scene, Aunt Lydia takes June to a room with a single chair, where a tag is put on her ear, and she reflects on how the handmaids looked at each other then–with terror–and that they don’t look at each other that way anymore. “They should never...

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Twin Peaks: The Return Part 5

There is actually something to note about the opening credits – they are really reminding me of the absence of the classic Angelo Badalamenti score. There’s a more traditional score seeping in, but not much of it is recognisable. We begin with various shots of Vegas and Rancho Rosa. It’s kind of beautiful if brief, and got me thinking that the location-hopping of this show is actually working really well. The world of the show is feeling a lot more expansive than before, while making the original town feel even quainter by the minute. Outside Dougie’s car in Rancho Rosa, the...

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The Handmaid’s Tale: Jezebels

In this episode, we learn a bit more about Nick and sense the awakening of his moral compass through his compassion for June. As the episode opens, June is sitting on Nick’s bed, feeling guilty because Luke is alive but she goes back to Nick frequently—because it feels good. We then flash back to Before, and see Nick at a career counseling place. He apparently has a hard time holding down a job, and when he’s heckled in line he punches the man who heckled him. Rather than chasing him off and telling him not to come back, the...

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