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Alyssa is a freelance writer who has worked in almost every field of writing. But no genre is more enjoyable than snarking on the latest episode of her favorite TV shows.

Best Moments From Last Night's 'Game of Thrones'

May 25th, 2015 8:54am EDT
'Game of Thrones' Review: Memorable Moments from 'The Gift'
An episode without Arya, very little Jon Snow, and an extra helping of Samwell Tarly’s gnarly sex scene? An episode where the Sand Snakes continue to be the worst written characters in the history of the television medium? What did we do to deserve this, Game of Thrones?

“The Gift” starts out slow, filling time with mind-numbingly slow stuff at The Wall, Dornish women showing their breasts for no reason other than boredom, and sex scenes that serve no narrative purpose. But at least the hanging threads in the major storylines are still interesting. Here are the most memorable moments from ...
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Has 'Game Of Thrones' Obsession With Rape Gone Too Far?

May 18th, 2015 8:41am EDT
Game of Thrones
Just when you thought the Game of Thrones character hadn’t dealt with enough horror, the show manages to pull out yet another horrific, unexpected scene. “Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken” constantly built up the tension from beginning to end. It starts with a relatively sleepy set of Arya scenes, filling the middle with rising stakes for every storyline, and then ends with the overwrought Sansa scene. Most of it was very well done, save for the consistently disappointing Sand Snakes, even if the direction of Sansa’s storyline is a continuation with the show’s obsession with rape.

Here are the mo...
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Did You Find The 'Scandal' Finale To Be Horrible?

May 15th, 2015 9:57am EDT
'Scandal' Review: The Infuriatingly Bad Finale 'You Can't Take C
Well, that was infuriating. Just terrible. Really, really bad.

“You Can’t Take Command” was the poorest showing Scandal has ever had. Plot lines were wrapped up in the worst way possible. Characters assassinated in the quest for “shocking” moments. Tension evaporated. A reunion that was not earned in any way, shape, or form.

What the heck is going on with Scandal?

Nothing was really shocking. Not in the true sense of the word. Shocking moments, which Scandal is obsessed with creating, is not just about having characters do insane things they would never do. Just because the audience woul...
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'Game Of Thrones' Best Moments And Other Disturbing Mother’s Day Related Results

May 11th, 2015 8:32am EDT
'Game of Thrones' Recap & Review: 5 Memorable Moments From 'Kill
It must be an unspoken rule in Game of Thrones that the Mother’s Day episode must always feature Daenerys playing mom to dragons, former slaves, and whoever else pops up. A couple of other mother related plots reared their heads in “Kill the Boy” to disturbing results. Brienne continues to honor her vow to the Stark mother, poor Walda Frey discovers she’s pregnant, Myranda reminds Sansa of her mom, and Roose Bolton tells his son the lovely story of the time he raped his mother. Happy Mother’s Day?

Here are the 5 most memorable moments from “Kill the Boy”

Daenerys Feeds Her Children

As re...
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Key Moments From Last Night's 'Game Of Thrones'

May 4th, 2015 10:16am EDT
'Game Of Thrones' Recap & Review: 5 Memorable Moments From 'Sons
Here are the most memorable moments from "Game of Thrones" - "Sons of the Harpy:"

Faith Militant VS Tommen

It’s almost thrilling to see every bad decision Cersei makes in her quest to destroy Queen Margaery’s life. This week she’s sunk to new lows and we couldn’t be happier. First she sends away Mace Tyrell to negotiate with the Iron Bank, leaving his seat on the council vacated and his children unprotected.

Next she reinstates the faith militant, essentially giving the Sparrows ultimate power over King’s Landing. They make quick work of their new power by clearing out all the brothels (...
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'Game Of Thrones': Exciting Prospects Are On The Horizon

April 27th, 2015 9:00am EDT
'Game Of Thrones' Recap & Review: 5 Memorable Moments From 'The
The best thing this season of Game of Thrones has done is converge some of the many characters into single storylines. With a great many characters spread all across the many lands, there’s a danger of losing focus and having too much going on. That’s always been one of the major downfalls of the show, having too much going on and not enough time to fully focus on the characters that really matter.

But this season has put characters that were adrift on a path that will see them come together. The possibilities of the future storylines with characters that normally wouldn’t interact are one...
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Review: 'Scandal' Is In A Rut

April 24th, 2015 9:41am EDT
'Scandal' Review: 'First Lady Sings The Blues' Can't Move Forwar
Fake outs are cop outs. Just as predicted in the last review, Jake’s “death” was short lived. In fact, it lasted all of 2 minutes, after Huck revived a man, who had been stabbed multiple times and was bleeding out for God knows how long, by hitting him hard in the chest. Science! The rest of “First Lady Sings the Blues” is a race to ensure Jake survives.

There’s so much wrong with this. First of all, Russell is the world’s worst assassin. He stabbed Jake multiple times, but still managed to miss every major artery. Then, in some sort of attempt to be Joe Carroll from The Following, he deci...
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'Game Of Thrones' Characters Reunited And Some Best Moments

April 20th, 2015 9:08am EDT
'Game Of Thrones' Recap: 5 Best Moments From 'The House Of Black
“The House of Black and White” is an even stronger episode than the first, proving the season is definitely on track to be more than shoehorned scenes to meet quotas and dragging storylines. Every piece felt like it was progressing the story inside on continuing old threads from the seasons before. There are still some massive missteps, such as overestimating how long we’ll stomach Tyrion’s self-pity and our interest in Grey Worm, but overall it was a great episode of new beginnings and endings. Here are the best moments of the episode:

Brienne’s History of Failure

It was a bit of a sitco...
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Recap: Is 'Scandal' Overdoing It With Shock Moments?

April 17th, 2015 8:42am EDT
'Scandal' Review: Memorable Moments from 'I'm Just A Bill'
It’s dangerous when a show starts to heavily rely on shocking moments rather than well-developed storylines. Scandal is far gone down the road of over relying on twists and crazy moments designed solely for Twitter trends. In earlier seasons, there were plenty of genuine shockers, from Amanda Tanner’s death to stealing an election, which elevated the show from soapy fun to must see TV. But now, Scandal has become a twist-OMG-addict, making the show more ridiculous at every turn.

Rowan’s back! Russell is like every other guy in Olivia’s life! Jake might be dead!!! Is any of this elevating t...
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'Game Of Thrones': Some Amazing & Cringe-Worthy Moments From The Premiere

April 13th, 2015 8:20am EDT
'Game Of Thrones' Season 5 Premiere Recap: Best And Worst Of 'Th
It’s back! Our favorite show featuring feuding families, bloody battles of a crown, murder, mayhem, and the occasional dragon returns to remind viewer what it feels like to fear for your favorite characters on a weekly basis again. Game of Thrones is just as big a cultural phenomenon as ever, making each episode essential viewing if you don’t want to brave the next batch of heart-wrenching spoilers.

“The Wars to Come” is an interesting, if not average, way to begin the season. The episode stands alone as a fine piece of television, but as an opening for a season, it’s a bit flat. More stor...
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