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Game Of Thrones Watch: Season 3, Episode 6 - The Climb
There was a decidedly lighter tone to Game of Thrones this week, well, until the ending. It's interesting to see the fantasy drama sustain a full episode of delightful turns of phrase and fairly innocuous interactions between some of our favorite, and usually more temperamental, characters. Perhaps "The Climb" is simply the calm before the storm? HBO must be trying to make the audience feel nice and secure and then BAM! Ned Stark is alive and beheaded all over again.
Mad Men Watch: Season 6, Episode 6 - For Immediate Release
Mad Men delivers an all-timer with “For Immediate Release” whose ending is a wonderful call back to the title of this episode as the revolving door of incidents leads to a completely unexpected conclusion.
Glee Watch: Season 4, Episode 21 - Wonder-ful
In last night's episode, a few McKinley High alumni returned to help New Directions prep for Regionals, Mercedes faced off with her record label, Artie got some big news, and Blaine asked an important question.
Parks and Recreation Watch: Season 5 Finale - Are You Better Off
Parks & Rec can't end on this note, not just because it wasn't a great episode, but because it seems like it still has plenty of stories to tell. I expect this to not be the series finale of the show and I appreciate the confidence the show has going forward that it will be back.
American Idol Season 12 Results: The Top 3 Contestants Are...
The competition is heating up among the final four contestants on American Idol and tension has also gotten pretty heated at the judges table this season, as Nicki MInaj's latest tweets will attest. But tonight's not about Nicki and Mariah's public feud. It's about three young women getting to the Top 3.
Supernatural Watch: Season 8, Episode 20 - The Great Escapist
“The Great Escapist” set the table for May 15’s finale by moving the important chess pieces to where they needed to be before the final trial gets underway. Kevin is back with Sam and Dean along with Castiel, who likely has a new ally in angel-scribe turned hermit Metatron. Crowley has the angel tablet and some nice facial burns following Kevin’s rescue by Metatron. Naomi will be out for Castiel’s head after his escape.
Arrow Watch: Episode 21 - The Undertaking
This is the third or fourth episode of Arrow in a row that felt far more concerned with setting up the upcoming finale than delivering a satisfying self-contained installment. There's always a fine line when shows try to find the balance between episodic and serialized storytelling, however, The CW's comic book series has always been more successful when it swayed towards the former. Building towards a season ending big bad isn't a bad idea but the show also can't forget its winning formula.
Revolution Watch: Episode 15 - Home
With the continual slide from slightly decent to bad after the long hiatus, Revolution reaches a new low with a filler episode that could have easily been cut since none of the events really mattered. They may have to the characters, but considering the characters have stopped being people the viewer can really care about thanks to poor writing, we are left asking, “why should we care about these events that don’t move the main story forward?”
Game Of Thrones Watch: Season 3, Episode 5 - Kissed By Fire
The third season of Game of Thrones started slowly, common for serialized shows with large ensembles, but the last few episodes have been extra intense. Ever since the end of "A Walk of Punishment" it's been one gripping sequence after another and last week's “And Now His Watch Is Ended" was perhaps the best installment of the entire series. So far, that is. "Kissed By Fire" could also easily be part of that conversation, thanks to some stellar performances and impeccably written dialogue.
Mad Men Watch: Season 6, Episode 5 - The Flood
The death of MLK Jr. brings out a lot of interesting emotions this week in our cast of characters and none of them are really as expected. While everyone gets dolled up for the Ad Club of New York awards, with a special speech by Paul Newman, news of Martin Luther King’s death begins to spread across the city creating emotions at every turn.
Glee Watch: Season 4, Episode 20 - Lights Out
In last night's episode, McKinley High experienced a power outage, New Directions went a capella, Ryder and Kitty revealed some painful secrets from their childhood, plus Santana decides to put her feet to good use.
Parks And Recreation Watch: Season 5, Episode 21 - Swing Vote
An average episode of Parks and Rec finds its enjoyment in featuring some characters that rarely get to take the spotlight. The lead story of the week, and the origin of the episode's title, follows Ron and Leslie as she competes for Jamm's vote on a city council measure to defund the subsidies of the local mini-golf course. I'm always up for more Jamm, but the story seems tired this late in the game for the show.