“The Rains of Castamere” is a bit of a blur. I know what I saw, but I haven’t fully comprehended the magnitude of the situation. Even for those who read A Storm of Swords, the devastating betrayal in this week’s episode tops just about every other scene from the show, or any other scene on […]

  Brock Swinson

Tyrion and Sansa’s wedding is a family reunion that no one wants to attend. Devastatingly awkward, the lavish event involves a drunk uncle, an uneventful wedding night, and an attempt to cut off someone’s genitalia. Despite the awkwardness, the episode itself seemed more focused than usual, mainly revolving around Yunkai, Dragonstone and King’s Landing. All […]

In “The Bear and the Maiden Fair,” viewers are invited to find out who bends and who breaks within the Seven Kingdoms. Robb Stark plans upcoming battles as well as a family while the Lannisters continue to work endless hours planning for future battles on both sides of offense and defense. Daenerys advances her game […]

  Brock Swinson

After watching countless conversations, viewers finally get to see Jon Snow and the Wildlings climb the 700-foot, vertical mammoth that is The Wall. Rightfully entitled “The Climb,” episode six is about more than just a few men climbing up a wall. The real climb seems to be the social climb happening between those in power […]

  Brock Swinson

Over the past few seasons, it’s clear that sex is equivalent if not more powerful than money in Westeros. In the latest episode, we’re reminded that sex, love, and marriage are also weapons for securing lands and destroying potential enemies. Like plucking the first weed in a garden, offering a son or daughter up for […]

In the fourth episode of season three, audiences were invited to examine some of the most substantial acts of betrayal ever featured within the Game of Thrones. In a sequence of remarkable moments, the show is becoming slightly harder to follow, unless you have been a die-hard fan of both print and film from the […]

  Brock Swinson

Various stories within the fantasy realm will mention riches and gold, but Game of Thrones once again surpasses the genre with specific details about the economy within the Seven Kingdoms, making the series feel more like historic fiction that dragon-slaying fantasy. Ships, slaves, and soldiers are not simply acquired like they are in other books […]

  Brock Swinson

Written by Vanessa Taylor (Alias, Hope Springs), the new episode of Game of Thrones spotlights the female roles of the series. Like the first episode, the audience is invited to catch up on all of the characters and clean the cobwebs of the interconnecting storylines from last season.  In “Dark Wings, Dark Words,” actions focus […]

  Brock Swinson

Twenty hours into this epic, with enough corpses and orgies to make Achilles blush, we, as an audience, seem to still be closer to the beginning than the end. Seasons are moving along like a blind tortoise as characters are still separated by oceans and ego. While this may seem unappealing, it is in fact […]

  Rachael Nisenkier

I’ve written previously about my connection with the Girls’ character Hannah. It is not a connection I made  up – I have literally received phone calls and texts from many people after a given episode, so amazed are they by the connection. It’s not entirely flattering: she’s a chubby, semi-unemployed, self-important whiner. But neither is […]

  Kelly Bedard

I can finally exhale. The Newsroom season finale is everything I wanted it to be. Or at least it’s almost everything I wanted it to be and knowing as I do that Aaron Sorkin is but a human being I will take “almost everything” any day. The episode wraps up stories that needed to be […]

  Kelly Bedard

Ah for the sweet relief of the back half of a two-parter *sigh*. For every awkward “Surprise”, there is the legendary greatness of “Innocence” and the same is certainly true (but more stark) with “Tragedy Porn” and “Mock Debate”, the two episodes that make up  “The Blackout”, The Newsroom‘s season one penultimate outing.* As much […]

  Kelly Bedard

“The Blackout, Part 1: Tragedy Porn” was one of the weakest Newsroom offerings in quite some time. Not because it was lazy (like one infamous subplot from  “News Night 2.0“), overly sentimental (like parts of “5/1“), or mildly offensive (like various things, depending on your sensitivities, from Charlie calling Sloan “girl” to Will’s condescension towards […]

  Kelly Bedard

I’ve heard this episode maligned a little bit but I really think The Newsroom has very clearly found its footing. After the triumph that was “Bullies” last week, “5/1” found a way to hold on to that honesty while bringing back the funny Sorkin was trying too hard to incorporate early in the series. The […]

  Kelly Bedard

“Bullies” was the darkest Newsroom episode yet as Sorkin used an insomnia-prompted therapy session to explore a bit more of the darkness in his principal “hero”. The format is a winner, as we’d already learned from a pretty good Sports Night episode and a spectacular West Wing episode (season two’s “Noel”- one of television’s greatest […]

  Kelly Bedard

This week’s installment of The Newsroom was my favourite since the pilot. With a news story big enough to force intensity, Will and Mack set aside their monumental issues at least a little bit. They seem to have reached a point of understanding (punctuated by Mack’s episode-ending gesture and the warm hug Will wrapped her […]

  Kelly Bedard

The third episode of The Newsroom is essentially a six-month montage detailing how Will, Mackenzie and Co. covered the events leading up to the November 2010 mid-term elections (they downplayed the Times Square bomb, shouted down anti-gay arguments, and went after the Tea Party). That’s all juxtaposed with the introduction of Jane Fonda as the […]

  Kelly Bedard

Aaron Sorkin’s Newsroom is not exactly popular with people who talk about television- most are bugged by the hyperstylized idealism, the show’s nostalgic insistence, and Sorkin’s own contentious personality. But among the honest-to-god Sorkin fans who populate my life, This was more the feeling after the pilot episode last week (and I quote): “I think […]

  Rachael Nisenkier

In the interest of full disclosure, I should probably admit that I feel a greater connection with the characters on Girls than I probably have with any characters since Freaks and Geeks. I should probably also admit that this connection is a double edged sword, given how often people like to casually toss off the […]

  Kelly Bedard

My expectations could not have been higher for The Newsroom. From A Few Good Men to Sports Night, The West Wing, The Social Network, all the way to The Farnsworth Invention, Aaron Sorkin has written almost everything I love. There is literally no writer like him in the history of English-language art (I mean it, […]

  Kelly Bedard

Full Disclosure: I’m a West Wing-raised political idealist. I believe in the determination to do good and the advancement of the smart kids. So I found Veep kind of depressing. It’s a behind-the-scenes story of a non-partisan Vice President (aka primary loser) whose staff is as useless and self-obsessed as she is. Come on, people, […]

  Rachael Nisenkier

Cracked.com once had an article called “5 Ways We Ruined the Occupy Wall Street Generation”, written by a member of Gen X. The article explained the myriad of ways that Gen X and their Baby Boomer forefathers first ruined my generation and then complained when we turned out exactly the way they raised us. It’s a […]

  Kelly Bedard

In the “About You” section of my facebook page, under “Religion” it says “Aaron Sorkin”. See, when I first discovered Sports Night (Sorkin’s first TV series) I found, for the first time in my life, characters who spoke my language. They’re quick, silly, intense and self-awarely cheesy and it was Aaron Sorkin who created them. […]