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TV Review: Game Of Thrones 6.6 “Blood of My Blood”
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Game of Thrones
Episode 6.6 “Blood of My Blood”
Directed by Jack Bender
Written by Bryan Cogman
Starring Emilia Clarke, Peter Dinklage, Kit Harington, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Lena Headey, Sophie Turner, Maisie Williams, Carice van Houten, Alfie Allen, Natalie Dormer
Air date: May 29, 2016

WARNING: Spoilers for HBO’s Game Of Thrones….

On last week’s Game Of Thrones, we got a sneak peak at the origins of the White Walkers; Sansa Stark and half-brother Jon Snow readied to take back Winterfell from Ramsay Bolton; Arya Stark has her new assassin assignment; Theon and Yara Greyjoy fled the Iron Islands with its best ship after their murderous uncle won the Kingsmoot, and Bran Stark completely screwed everything up by visioning into the past and inadvertently creating “Hodor” while also alerting the Night King to his presence in the present.

This week’s episode, 6.6 “Blood of My Blood,” saw the return of several characters long forgotten and/or presumed dead; Samwell Tarly returns with his makeshift family to Horn Hill; Bran and Meera struggle to survive after the White Walker attack; Arya makes her first assassination attempt; Jaime and the Tyrell army get ready to battle the Faith Militant in Kings Landing; and Daenerys is ready to continue with her original plan to reclaim her family’s right to rule the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros.

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TV Review: Outlander 2.8 “The Fox’s Lair”
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Season 2 Episode 8: “The Fox’s Lair”
Directed by Mike Barker
Written by Anne Kenney
Created by Ronald D. Moore
Based on the books by Diana Galbadon
Starring Caitriona Balfe, Sam Heughan, Duncan Lacroix, Gary Lewis, Tobias Menzies, Laura Donnelly, Steven Cree, Romann Berrux
Air Date: Saturday, May 28th, 2015, 9:00pm

Last week on Outlander, our favorite couple were broken and lost to each other for a while, as Claire (Caitriona Balfe) lost baby “Faith,” and Jamie (Sam Heughan) rotted in the Bastille for dueling with Blackjack Randall (Tobias Menzies). She thought Jamie had betrayed her, but there was more to it than that. Randall had attacked Fergus (Romann Berrux) which made Jamie lose it. Claire went to King Louis (Lionel Lingelser) for Jamie’s freedom. He made her pass judgment between Master Raymond and the Comte St. Germain (Dominique Pinon and Stanley Weber). She tried to save both of them, even though the Comte admitted to trying to poison her, but Master Raymond slipped real poison in and the Comte died. The King also made Claire have sex with him as payment, but freed Jamie and arranged for them to be able to go back to Scotland. Jamie returned home, and now they both will go home to Scotland together.

Spoilers below.

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TV Review: Supernatural 11.23 “Alpha and Omega” (Finale)
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Season 11 Episode 23: “Alpha and Omega”
Created by Eric Kripke
Directed by Phil Sgriccia
Written by Andrew Dabb
Starring Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Misha Collins, Mark Sheppard, Ruth Connell
The CW
Air Date: Wednesday, May 25th, 2016, 9:00pm

THE ROAD SO FAR: This season on Supernatural, the boys have been to hell and back – literally. But that is usual, isn’t it? They got rid of the Mark of Cain, but released the Darkness, Amara (Emily Swallows), who appeared in the form of a baby. She grew up with Crowley (Mark Sheppard) for a while, feeding on souls, but left because she wasn’t interested in his goals. Dean (Jensen Ackles) and Sam (Jared Padalecki) spent the season hunting Amara, yet working cases. They tried talking to Lucifer (Mark Pellegrino) in the cage with the help of Rowena (Ruth Connell) and Crowley. Castiel (Misha Collins) said yes to Lucifer to stop Amara after Sam said no. Metatron (Curtis Armstrong) redeemed himself by writing God’s autobiography after Chuck (Rob Benedict) revealed himself, giving it to the Winchesters. He then sacrificed himself to save Lucifer, mankind’s only hope. After God and Lucifer hashed out their father and son issues, Amara came and mortally wounded God.

“Welcome to the end.”

Spoilers below.

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TV Review: Arrow 4.23 “Schism” (Finale)
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Season 4 Episode 23: “Schism”
Directed by John Behring
Written by Wendy Mericle and Marc Guggenheim
Created by Greg Berlanti, Marc Guggenheim, Andrew Kreisberg
Starring Stephen Amell, David Ramsey, Willa Holland, Emily Bett Rickards, John Barrowman, Paul Blackthorne
The CW
Air Date: Wednesday, May 25th, 2016, 8:00pm

Last week on Arrow, Felicity and her long lost dad (Emily Bett Rickards and guest Tom Amandes) fought to keep Rubicon offline, and got some help from Curtis (Echo Kellum), while upset Donna (Charlotte Ross) stood by. Merlyn (John Barrowman) drugged Thea (Willa Holland) into fighting Oliver (Stephen Amell), as he and Diggle (David Ramsey) tried to rescue her. She shook it off pretty quickly though. Anarky was running around the H.I.V.E. ark ready to get revenge on Damien Darhk (Neal McDonough), and started by killing Ruvé Darhk (Janet Kidder). The heroes saved the little girl, and the geeks saved the world by shutting Darhk down.

Spoilers below.

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Book Review: My Best Friend’s Exorcism By Grady Hendrix
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My Best Friend’s Exorcism
Hardcover | Kindle
Written by Grady Hendrix
Quirk Books
Release Date: May 17th, 2016

Abby and Gretchen have been BFFs from the moment Gretchen showed up to her 10th birthday party… the only one who showed up… and they bonded over roller skating and a split lip. The friendship deepened with secrets, sleepovers, and coded conversations. Until one day, as teenagers, they took LSD with 2 other friends, and Gretchen disappeared into the water. When she was found, there was profound relief, but then… Gretchen starts acting weird. She says invisible hands are touching her, scratching at her. She stops caring about how she looks, stops bathing, starts becoming more withdrawn, and says mean things – some of which are true, but who tells the truth so plainly in high school? Abby is freaking out, because it seems as if nobody at this rich preppie school even cares, and nobody at Gretchen’s house is facing the truth either. It even takes Abby a while to figure out the true cause, and she only does after a traveling evangelical show passes by the school.

Her best friend is possessed. My Best Friend’s Exorcism by Grady Hendrix is Abby’s story about what it really means to be a BFF.

More below.

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TV Review: The Americans: 4.10 “Munchkins”
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The Americans 4.10 "Munchkins" Review

The Americans
Season 4, Episode 10 – “Munchkins”
Directed by Steph Green
Written by Peter Ackerman
Starring: Keri Russell, Matthew Rhys, Lev Gorn, Susan Misner, Costa Ronin, Keidrich Sellati, Holly Taylor, Richard Thomas, Dylan Baker, Alison Wright, Noah Emmerich, and Frank Langella
Air date: Wednesday, May 18th, 2016, 10pm

We’ve got another quick review of last week’s The Americans after the jump.

Munchkins” has three moments that stood out for their noticeable use (or lack thereof) of sound. Fittingly, they’re also some of the most important scenes from the episode.

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TV Review: Wayward Pines 2.1 “Behind Enemy Lines”
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Wayward Pines
Season 2 Episode 1: “Behind Enemy Lines”
Directed by David Petrarca
Written by Mark Friedman
Created by Chad Hodge
Starring Jason Patric, Djimon Hounsou, Terrence Howard, Carla Gugino, Tom Stevens, Nimrat Kaur, Hope Davis, Charlie Tahan
Air Date: Wednesday, May 25th, 2016, 9:00pm

Last May, M. Night Shyamalan helped bring Blake Crouch’s Wayward Pines series to the small screen as a ten-episode event. The sci-fi action drama featured a true all star cast including Matt Dillon, Carla Gugino, Juliette Lewis, Terrence Howard, Toby Jones and Oscar winner Melissa Leo. Dillon starred as Ethan Burke, a Seattle secret service agent who wakes from a car crash in the woods outside a quiet Idaho town. Soon we see the town is more of a totalitarian dictatorship with censorship, 24/7 surveillance, and the public “reckoning” of any dissidents. Why is it like this? Burke is finally told the truth by the town doctor, who is actually the town’s founder, David Pilcher (Jones). Able to predict humankind would wipe itself out, and a new terrifying wave of evolution would sweep over us, Pilcher recruited many and kidnapped thousands of others to undergo cryogenic freezing, to be woken up at a later date as the last vestige of humanity. This is Wayward Pines. When everyone was let in on the scheme, it caused a rebellion and soon the walls were breaking down and the “abbies” (mutated former humans) were on the loose. Season one ends with Burke sacrificing himself to destroy the abbies and save his family and the remaining members of the town. Unfortunately the town was left in the hands of the “First Generation”; those born and raised in Wayward Pines, who continue Pilcher’s legacy.

Spoilers ahead…

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TV Review: The Flash 2.23 “The Race Of His Life” (Finale)
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The Flash
Season 2 Episode 23: “The Race Of His Life”
Directed by Antonio Negret
Written by Aaron Helbing & Todd Helbing
Starring Grant Gustin, Jesse L. Martin, Danielle Panabaker, Candice Patton, Carlos Valdes, Tom Cavanagh, Keiynan Lonsdale
Created by Greg Berlanti, Andrew Kreisberg, Geoff Johns
The CW
Air Date: Tuesday, May 24, 2016, 8:00pm

Last week on The Flash, Barry (Grant Gustin) was super optimistic, despite all the metas running around, including Black Siren (Katie Cassidy). She was screaming down buildings, one of which was Mercury Labs. They figured out a way to take them all down with sound, but also had to stop more building collapses. Cisco and Caitlin (Carlos Valdes and Danielle Panabaker) dressed up like their doppelgängers to distract her, and it worked. Cisco got an end of the world vibe. Zoom (Teddy Sears) showed up and killed Henry (John Wesley Shipp).

Spoilers for the finale below.

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Book Review: Return To The Isle Of The Lost: A Descendants Novel
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Return To The Isle Of The Lost: A Descendants Novel
Hardcover | Kindle | Audio CD
Written by Melissa De La Cruz
Disney Hyperion
Release Date: May 24th, 2016

When we last saw Mal, Evie, Jay, and Carlos, offspring of the most villainous villains of the Isle of the Lost, they had saved the kingdom of Auradon from Maleficent, who had turned into a dragon, intent on destroying them all. Her daughter Mal stood up to her and won… the battle and the newly crowned King Ben, son of Beauty and the Beast. Now they are happy and settled in their school life at Auradon Prep. Or are they? When they each receive an ominous message urging them to Return to the Isle of the Lost referencing the moon, they don’t know what to think… only that it can’t be good.

More on the new novel by Melissa De La Cruz below.

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TV Review: Preacher 1.01 “Pilot”
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Preacher, Season 1, Episode 1 review

Episode 1.01 “Pilot”
Directed by Seth Rogen & Evan Goldberg
Written by Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg, Sam Catlin, Garth Ennis
Starring Dominic Cooper, Joe Gilgun, Ruth Negga, Lucy Griffiths, W. Earl Brown, Anatol Yusef, Tom Brooke, Ian Colletti
Air date: Sunday, May 22nd, 2016, 9pm

Full disclosure warning…

I know nothing of the Preacher comics, story arcs, or characters. Thanks to some helpful direction from friends on Facebook, to origin story videos on YouTube, I now have a loose idea of what to expect. Preacher is a series from DC’s/Vertigo comics, written and created by Garth Ennis back in the mid 90s. There were several attempts made to get the comic put to film as early as 1998 with Kevin Smith attached as a producer. After almost 15 years bouncing around studios, then off to HBO, the series was finally greenlit by AMC thanks to the efforts of Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, who also co-wrote and directed the pilot. If you’re looking for a detailed analysis of all the similarities and differences between the comic and the series, I can’t help you. But I will say when it comes to other comic book interpretations, some of my favorite MCU films were based on comic characters I knew little to nothing about, such as Ant-Man and Guardians of the Galaxy. Uncle Ben told Peter Parker, “with great power comes great responsibility.” I’m telling you, “with no comic knowledge comes no irrational disappointment.” So onward we go…

Warning – SPOILERS for Preacher Season 1…

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