Archive for July, 2014


This afternoon, HBO announced the new cast members for the upcoming fifth season of Game of Thrones, and released a short video wherein the primary players introduce themselves. The casting looks perfect across the board, with luminaries such as Jonathon Pryce (more than one hundred credits over the last forty years, including the starring role in Brazil (1985)), genre favorites like Alexander Siddig (Dr. Julian Bashear in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine), and experienced young actors like Keisha Castle-Hughes (Whale Rider). Click through for introductory video, as well as brief introductions of each actor and the role they’ll be playing.




Episode: 103
Airdate: July 6, 2014
Directed by: Jack Bender
Showrunner: Hank Steinberg
Written by: William Brinkley (based on the novel by), Steven Kane (created and written for television by), Hank Steinberg (created by)

Two episodes in, and I was just about ready to throw in the towel on this one. Does the third episode do anything different? Does it do enough to get me to come back for more? Click through after the break to find out!

<<Spoiler Alert: This review of The Last Ship Season 1, Episode 3 “Dead Reckoning” will include minor spoilers and plot points.>>

This is just a quick note to let anyone who is looking for these reviews know that they’ll be up in the next two days – I’m in the midst of mid-term essay grading, and work must needs come first! Come back later tonight or Tuesday (or apparently Thursday or Friday…) for my take on this weekend’s episodes.

The Leftovers Splash

Episode: 102
Airdate: July 6, 2014
Directed by: Peter Berg
Showrunner: Damon Lindelof
Written by: Damon Lindelof (creator), Tom Perrotta (creator)

Last week’s premiere episode of The Leftovers introduced us to several different storylines, following people in and from the fictional small town of Mapleton, New York. There were a lot of characters, a lot of stories, and while this meant that things were at times a little disjointed, the upside for the show seems quite high. Lindelof and Perrotta set up several mysteries that will likely be full ten-episode arcs, as well as giving the audience some smaller-scale arcs in order to give some sense of resolution, even in the first episode. Taking a look at the Promo videos released by HBO this week, it appears that we’re going to see some further development from characters already become familiar, and a few that we’ve only had glimpses of so far. Click through for the promo videos and my thoughts on what we have coming up.

<<Spoiler Warning: This Sneak Peek of The Leftovers Season 1, Episode 2 “Penguin One, Us Zero” includes promotional material from HBO, and will speculate on future events.>>