All Of Doctor Who's Big Thematic Arcs Pay Off, With Clara's Final Test

This season of Doctor Who has been pretty tightly structured around a few big themes, and all of them were tied up in the season finale. A lot of them, not surprisingly, had to do with Clara Oswald — and we finally found out why she was chosen as the Doctor's companion. Spoilers! » 11/09/14 11:01am 11/09/14 11:01am

Will Legend Of Korra's Superweapon Change The World Of Avatar Forever?

Technology has radically changed the world of Legend of Korra, giving its people the wonders of trains, cars, and radios. But with Kuvira moving on the Earth Empire's final holdout, we see how technology also has the potential to make warfare in the Avatar world more devastating. How can the Avatar match the… » 11/01/14 3:33pm 11/01/14 3:33pm

When Doctor Who Gets Lost In The Forest, It REALLY Gets Lost

Another week, another Doctor Who story that stretches the limits of the show's format — to the point where it's hard to say if it's a total work of genius, or just kind of a weird mess. Unfortunately, this week's "In The Forest of the Night" chases a ton of ideas that it never quite catches up with. » 10/26/14 12:01pm 10/26/14 12:01pm

Aang's Grandkids Get Their Own Adventure On Legend Of Korra

One of the particularly great things about Legend of Korra Book 4 is the way it has managed to, ahem, balance the show's enormous cast. In this week's episode, Tenzin's kids take center stage when they journey to find Korra. And, in the meantime, we learn exactly what made Korra's former antagonists villains. » 10/25/14 7:56pm 10/25/14 7:56pm

This Year, Doctor Who is Built Around A Character Arc, And That's Major

Tonight's episode clinches it: Doctor Who is doing a much more ambitious character arc than it's done in years, even as the show's "mystery" storytelling is drastically scaled back. Even with a few stumbles here and there, this is really major. You have to applaud the ambition, and a lot of the execution. Spoilers… » 10/19/14 12:13pm 10/19/14 12:13pm

Doctor Who's Old-School Monster Story Manages To Feel Amazingly Fresh

On the face of it, "Mummy on the Orient Express" is a more traditional Doctor Who story than anything we've seen lately. There's a classic monster (very classic, in fact), a confined space, and a mystery to be solved — but this story manages to turn those ingredients into something totally new. Spoilers ahead... » 10/12/14 1:01pm 10/12/14 1:01pm

Today's Doctor Who Would Be Way Shorter If The Doctor Only Played Nice

Seriously. The dickish behavior of Peter Capaldi's Doctor has officially become the show's main story engine. The plot of tonight's Doctor Who is greatly complicated by the Doctor's obnoxiousness, and it would be a really short episode if David Tennant had shown up instead. Spoilers ahead... » 10/05/14 1:01pm 10/05/14 1:01pm

Doctor Who Reveals The Only Thing Really Worth Stealing

Thus far, the loose theme of this season of Doctor Who seems to be "identity crises" and "deconstructing heroism." These themes manifest this week in another story where the Doctor isn't entirely calling the shots, and the main McGuffin that everybody is trying to steal is "selfhood." Spoilers ahead... » 9/21/14 1:02pm 9/21/14 1:02pm

There's Not Much Point In Arguing About Moffat's Doctor Who Any More

I'm still kind of dazed by tonight's episode of Doctor Who. I can't decide if it's a fantastic work of genius or a shaggy-dog story. Maybe both. But it's clearly Steven Moffat turning all of his favorite tropes up to 11. And I came away feeling, more than ever, as though there's not much point debating Moffat's Who. » 9/14/14 11:33am 9/14/14 11:33am

Doctor Who's Ongoing Deconstruction of Heroism Takes A Hilarious Turn

The theme thus far in Doctor Who's eighth season seems to be "deconstructing heroes," most notably the Doctor. The Doctor's questioning whether he's a good man, but also the validity of his battle against evil. It's somewhat grim stuff — until this week's Robin Hood episode, when it turns swashbuckling and hilarious. » 9/07/14 1:00pm 9/07/14 1:00pm

The Secret To Making Sense Of Last Night's Game Of Thrones Finale

Even George R.R. Martin might have needed to rewind a couple times to figure out some of the characters' motivations in the Game of Thrones season finale. There were out-of-left-field plot twists and self-destructive choices, some of which weren't in the books. But here's one secret to making sense of the whole… » 6/16/14 11:56am 6/16/14 11:56am

On Game Of Thrones, We Learn The Hard Way Revenge Is Best Served Cold

Last night's Game of Thrones was like a marathon of rug-pulling. Time after time, we saw the truth revealed — only to have it turned on its side somehow. There were so many slippery moments where the truth became the biggest lie, it was only fitting when we saw a confession turn deadly. Spoilers ahead... » 6/02/14 11:14am 6/02/14 11:14am

This Was The Most Emotionally Intense Game Of Thrones Episode Yet

Last night's Game of Thrones was ridiculously eventful, with a number of major turning points. But "Mockingbird" was also full of intense moments, where people revealed their defining tragedies and made life-or-death decisions. And discovered what they're willing to kill, or die, for. Spoilers ahead... » 5/19/14 12:30pm 5/19/14 12:30pm

Tyrion Is Among The Least Skilled Players Of The Game Of Thrones

Back in Game of Thrones season two, we heard a lot about how Tyrion was taking to court intrigue in King's Landing. How he was enjoying playing politics, and discovering he was quite good at it. The sad thing? He was horrible at it. Almost as bad as Ned Stark. Last night's episode pretty much proves it. Spoilers… » 5/12/14 12:49pm 5/12/14 12:49pm

We Finally Got An Answer To Game Of Thrones' Oldest Mystery!

You have to be patient when it comes to Game of Thrones. This show takes its time unspooling its mysteries and revealing its dark secrets. Case in point: Last night's episode, "First of His Name," revealed the answer to a question that bedeviled us back in season one. Spoilers ahead... » 5/05/14 12:12pm 5/05/14 12:12pm

Everyone On Game Of Thrones Is An Amateur Compared To Littlefinger

Last night's Game of Thrones had a lot of scenes where people tried to consolidate their power. Some people make alliances, others bully their followers, and still others try to send their enemies on suicide missions. When your hold on power isn't secure, you have to be crafty and ruthless as fuck. Spoilers ahead... » 4/28/14 12:37pm 4/28/14 12:37pm

Did Game Of Thrones Finally Go Too Far?

You might have thought the question of Game of Thrones going too far would have been moot a long time ago. This is the show that gave us "sexposition" and Joffrey brutalizing sex workers, after all. But a lot of people seem to feel as though one moment in last night's episode was, finally, too much. Spoilers ahead... » 4/21/14 8:52pm 4/21/14 8:52pm