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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.

'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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What Are Your 'Game Of Thrones' Hopes And Fears?

April 10th, 2015 12:10pm EDT
'Game Of Thrones' Wish List: Hopes And Worries For Season 5
As Game of Thrones Season 5 approaches, loyal fans may be feeling the familiar combination between excitement and dread. On one hand one of the most surprising, conniving, and entertaining TV shows is coming back. But on the other hand, there’s always a high likelihood that the characters we’ve grown to love will be demeaned, tortured, and murdered in front of our very eyes, just like every other season.

However, there’s something very different about this season. The showrunners, David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, have been more open than ever about diverging from the source material and surpa...
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'Shameless' Finale Perfectly Highlights Where Season 5 Went Wrong

April 6th, 2015 10:14am EDT
'Shameless' Finale Review: 'Love Songs (In Key Of Gallagher)' An
“Love Songs (in the Key of Gallagher)” perfectly highlights all the ways that season 5 went wrong. Showtime is notorious for having their programs go downhill after incredible first seasons, but Shameless seemed to avoid the Showtime curse with agility. Every season was unique but managed to feel like a cohesive part of the same show about a wild, fiercely loyal family that was cursed with more than their fair share of bad luck. But season 5 has been one misstep after another.

The family spent most of the season completely apart, taking part in stories where they mostly interact with outsi...
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‘Shameless’ Struggles Between Comedy And Darkness

March 30th, 2015 10:31am EDT
'Shameless' Season 5 Episode 11 Review 'Drugs Actually'
Shameless doesn't always find the right balance between dark comedy and pure darkness. This season is a prime example of the balance being off kilter. The first three seasons always found the perfect formula for being fun and heartbreaking. For every plot about Debbie kidnapping a baby, there was Fiona fighting her parents for custody of the kids. Season 4 was far too depressing, with the lighthearted plots being overshadowed by Fiona's downfall. This season feels like the writers are trying hard to course correct by bringing the fun back to the show, but without any of the same heart as be...
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'The Walking Dead' Season 5 Finale Was Filled With Heart-Pounding Tension

March 30th, 2015 8:44am EDT
5 Badass Moments From 'The Walking Dead' Season 5 Finale
If you didn’t end up sopped in nervous sweat by the end of “Conquer,” you may not have been paying attention. Nobody does heart-pounding tension like The Walking Dead and the season 5 finale had it in spades. Half of the show’s beloved characters were in mortal danger at one point, not that that’s anything new. But in a finale it feels like anything could happen. Rick be on their doorsteps in the last few moments. And you never know what a The Walking Dead finale’s biggest shocker is going to be.

“Conquer” sets up the next season’s arc better than any other of the show’s finales ever has....
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'Shameless' Review: Top 5 Wild Moments from 'South Side Rules'

March 23rd, 2015 10:54pm EDT
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Remember when you hated Sammi because she was naively enamored with Frank and eating up screen time from other, beloved characters? Well, she finally earned all the vitriol that’s been thrown at her by characters and viewers alike. Last week the ramifications of Carl’s arrest seemed light, as if the entire family were unaffected by this inevitability. But the real consequence of Carl’s jail time is that they pissed off the wrong Gallagher. Sammi comes off as more villainous than any other character on Shameless, except for Frank, whose heinous actions are usually due to selfishness instead ...
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