Doctor Who and the Deconstruction of the Daleks

Tonight’s Doctor Who episode continues the show’s recent trend of deconstructing the Daleks, his armored “space Nazi” adversaries. And just like with the recent “Asylum of the Daleks” and “Into the Dalek,” we discover that Dalek nature is both sadder and more complicated than we’d previously thought. »9/27/15 9:24am9/27/15 9:24am

Doctor Who Shows Us The Doctor’s Arch-Enemies In A Whole New Light

Tonight’s Doctor Who season premiere is all about two of the show’s most iconic villains. We (and the Doctor) see them in a new light, and it’s enough to make you wonder if the show’s endless battle against evil is actually something more complicated. And if so, what does that mean for our hero, the Doctor? »9/20/15 1:00am9/20/15 1:00am

On Game Of Thrones, Remaining True To Yourself Is The Worst Lie Of All

A few characters face terrible choices in this week’s Game of Thrones. They pretty much all choose expediency over principle. In the midst of all this, one character says these choices should be easy as long as you remain true to yourself. But that’s the most insidious lie of all. Spoilers ahead... »6/08/15 1:00pm6/08/15 1:00pm

On Game Of Thrones, Recruiting Followers Is Hard...Unless You're A Wight

Last night’s Game of Thrones was a welcome return to form. It was also a weirdly structured episode: Half a series of vignettes about faith and learning to read people, and half a rip-roaring apocalyptic action movie. But it was all tied together by the contrast between single-minded zombies and undependable humans. »6/01/15 2:03pm6/01/15 2:03pm

Last Night’s Game Of Thrones Was Actually Pretty Hard To Watch

Two different groups of scary fanatics went on a rampage in the latest Game of Thrones episode, and it was pretty upsetting to watch, even by Thrones standards. The Sons of the Harpy and the Sparrows both want to restore old traditions, and they both build on the weaknesses of two very different queens.Spoilers… »5/04/15 5:05pm5/04/15 5:05pm

12 Monkeys' Heroes Both Do The Unforgivable, But We Still Root For Them

Last night's episode of 12 Monkeys went to an incredibly dark place, showing both Cole and Cassandra Railly doing things that are basically unforgivable. It's actually hard to say whose transgression was worse. And yet, we still manage to sympathize with both of them, which is kind of impressive. Spoilers ahead... »1/31/15 4:11pm1/31/15 4:11pm

Legend Of Korra's Finale Again Proves It's One Of The Best Shows On TV

Wow. The Legend of Korra really knows how to do a finale. There is so much to talk about between Kuvira and Korra's final showdown, Team Avatar defending Republic City—and of course, that thing that happened at the very end. We're sad to see this show go, but we're delighted with the way it went out. »12/20/14 6:34pm12/20/14 6:34pm

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 11:01am11/09/14 11:01am