Game of Thrones Review: Stormborn (Season 7 Episode 2)

As Game of Thrones Season 7 Episode 2 “Stormborn” moves into the homestretch, it becomes abundantly clear that the show can’t afford to waste any more time and as a result is barreling ahead at full speed. At the same time, however, we’re still very much arranging pieces on the board.

Whereas in earlier seasons it would have taken a couple more episodes for Daenerys (Emilia Clarke) and Jon (Kit Harrington) to meet, “Stormborn” is setting it up to happen in the very next episode. The sea battle at the end with Yara (Gemma Whalen) and Euron (Pilou Asbaek) might have occurred at the midpoint of a regular season, but here it happens at the end of the second episode.

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Game of Thrones Review: Dragonstone (Season 7 Episode 1)

After much anticipation, Game of Thrones has finally returned from a longer-than-usual off-season. Unfortunately, every character isn’t killed by White Walkers on Game of Thrones Season 7 Episode 1 “Dragonstone,” but there are still twelve more episodes to come.

Fingers crossed, everyone.

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American Gods Review: Come to Jesus (Season 1 Episode 8)

American Gods Season 1 Episode 8 “Come to Jesus” ends the first season, which has been particularly hit-or-miss throughout, on a rather satisfying note.

However, going forward, one thing American Gods has to be better about is having us care more about Shadow Moon (Ricky Whittle). As it stands, he’s largely a doofus that we feel little to no attachment to or investment in, despite the writers’ efforts to the contrary. It’s unclear what it would take at this point to reverse that, but it’s sorely needed.

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American Gods Review: A Murder of Gods (Season 1 Episode 6)

American Gods is ostensibly a show that uses the motif of mythological gods to explore different aspects of America — or, at least, that’s what it most aims to be.

This is what makes the fantasy/science fiction genre essential. The supernatural or other-worldly elements are simply a vehicle to propel the narrative and subtext in ways that explore the human condition — the ways we excel, and the ways in which we still have work to do as a species.

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American Gods Review: Lemon Scented You (Season 1 Episode 5)

At a certain point — unless it happens to be Twin Peaks — a show has to lay its cards down on the table.

That is precisely what happens on American Gods Season 1 Episode 5, “Lemon Scented You” — with the typical American Gods flair thrown in, of course.

The most steady complaint lodged at American Gods by the general/non-book reader audience is that the larger plot has not been laid out in a way that can be picked up on if you’re new to the story.

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The Flash Review: Finish Line (Season 3 Episode 23)

The Flash Season 3 Episode 23, “Finish Line,” picks up directly from the previous episode, “Infantino Street” with Team Flash reeling from the long-prophesied murder of Iris West (Candice Patton).

It is quickly revealed, however, that HR (Tom Cavanagh) had cloaked himself to look like Iris and traded places with her –meaning that HR was the one killed, not Iris. Plot twist; cue the dramatic music!

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