Crime just isn't what it used to be. That's something that 'Boardwalk Empire' has perhaps ruminated on since the beginning, but something that has become more and more glaring with each passing season, with the introduction of foils and central conflicts for Nucky Thompson and the other major criminal players in New York and Chicago to navigate. Perhaps the reason why the fifth and final season has thus far felt as disorienting as the opening shot of "The Good Listener" is that there's no real singular conflict or thread running through it all. In the vernacular of 'The Big Lebowski,' there's no rug to tie this room together, man.
‘Sons of Anarchy’ season 7 roars out its 1st episode of the final year, “Black Widower,” as Jax returns from prison with the goal of uniting the club and avenging Tara's murder, while Gemma and Juice fret over their mutual secrets, and Unser makes a shocking discovery that puts him at odds with the club.
'Boardwalk Empire' returns for its fifth and final season, with a time jump that takes us forward seven years to 1931. While some things and places have indeed changed, much of the first hour is merely arranging the table for the final eight episodes, while also drawing bridges: a bridge between Nucky's various pasts and present, and narrative bridges between what was, what is, and what has to be; there's also a nice bit of thematic tissue in the episode's latter half that connects the series to 'The Sopranos,' as we witness the dawn of a new Italian mafia era back in New York.
With its September 22 premiere nearly upon us, we non-spoilerly break down the strengths and weakness of FOX's new Batman prequel drama 'Gotham.' Is this new take on the Dark Knight and his hometown the origin story we deserve, but not the one we need right now? Our full review inside!
‘True Blood’ season 7 spurts out its 10th and last installment of the final year, “Thank You,” as Sookie questions a future without Bill, as Pam and Eric bristle against Mr. Gus' sinister Yakuza plan, and Jessica makes a difficult choice amid the series' ultimate close.
It’s safe to say that ‘Doctor Who’ has never been more popular, with each successive season in the modern era of the program adding fans at what feels like an almost exponential rate. The globalization of its fan base took the world by storm and the show by surprise; with the BBC happily capitalizing on what was once merely the passion of British audiences and small, cultish followings outside of England. But, in the aftermath of the latest season premiere, ‘Deep Breath’, it’s worth asking this question: While we know how those promoting the show feel about its amazing explosion in popularity, how does ‘Doctor Who’ itself feel about it?
The best way to stop an anarchist is to allow his or her plan to backfire.
If the hero can't shut him or her down with brute force, if the villain's motivating world views veer a little too close to sound logic, then it's all about going along with the plan until it blows up in someone's face. Emotion overtook Zaheer's methodical planning; Sure, he jetted off like Neo in the Matrix in the final moments of “Enter the Void,' but when his one true love P'li kicked the bucket in an epic duel with Lin and Su, the Red Lotus leader lost his cool. It was only a matter of time. Zaheer didn't believe in the power of collective empowerment, where individuals choose to become one of many. What a thrill it was to see powers combine to tornado him in the butt.
‘True Blood’ season 7 spurts out its 9th and penultimate installment of the final year, “Love is to Die,” as Bill attempts to justify his reasons for declining the cure, while the quadrangle between Jessica, Hoyt, Jason and Bridget takes a surprising turn, and Eric finally fulfills a longstanding promise.
As post-Earth Queen Ba Sing Se erupted into a burning hellscape of violence and looting, you could hear the cautious lyrics of The Beatles' “Revolution” ringing in the background.
‘True Blood’ season 7 spurts out its 8th and antepenultimate installment of the final year, “Almost Home,” as Violet exacts her revenge on Jason, while Eric's hunt for Sarah Newlin takes a surprising turn, and Lettie Mae discovers the truth about what Tara has been attempting to show her..