Category: Television

It’s Time to Break the Wheel: Game of Thrones and Historical Cycles

WARNING: THIS POST IS DARK AND FULL OF SPOILERS A theme is emerging in Game of Thrones Season Seven. To quote Battlestar Galactica, “All of this has happened before, and all of this will happen again.” George R. R. Martin created a rich world that, based on the themes from this season, is stuck ...

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The Inhumans Are Not Looking Too Majestic

Today the first trailer for Inhumans, the new Marvel TV show, hit the web with a resounding thud. Sorry, Marvel fans. This one does not look to be the Game of Thrones of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It, instead, looks to be a haven of melodrama, poor writing, and lifeless acting.   The most i...

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The Master of His Domain

The straight man is the unsung hero of comedy, the guy who forgoes getting the best laughs in order to set up his co-stars for the show-stopping gags, elevating the scene or sketch while seeming to be background noise. This is true, at least, at the best of times; when performed improperly, the stra...

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