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'Game Of Thrones' Recap: Why Book Readers Are Suddenly Feeling A Lot Less Smart

April 28th, 2014 8:23am EDT
'Game Of Thrones' Recap: Why Book Readers Are Suddenly Feeling A
It says a lot that a powerful scene like Danerys Targaryen surveying her newly conquered city as her family's flag waves above a sea of freed slaves is one of the opening shots of an episode in this season of "Game of Thrones." A devastatingly epic moment like that seems reserved for a pre-credits gut-punch, but if there's one thing the show is doing differently this year, it's subverting the mechanics of typical television story structure. It's a thing the books are famous for, too (the Red Wedding happens about two-thirds of the way into "A Storm of Swords"), but it's nice to see how that...
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'Game Of Thrones' Recap: The Wedding You've Been Waiting For

April 14th, 2014 8:43am EDT
'Game Of Thrones' Recap: The Wedding You've Been Waiting For
Karma, they say, is a dish best served cold. In King's Landing, it's a dish served with live birds and a side of poisonous wine. Lucky for us, the cupbearer is TV's biggest twerp. And lucky for us, the poison worked.

It's hard to think of a more satisfying outcome for Joffrey Baratheon, the most reviled character on a show full of characters worth reviling. Joffrey wasn't just a rotten king – he was a monster, plain and simple. A little blonde monster with a sh!t-eating grin.

Who poisoned Joffrey Baratheon? Is this the new Who Shot J.R.? Or Who Killed Mr. Burns? Doubtful, since book-reade...
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'Game Of Thrones' Is Back With A Vengeance: Season 4 Premiere

April 7th, 2014 12:43pm EDT
'Game Of Thrones' Is Back With A Vengeance: Season 4 Premiere
So. That last scene, am I right?

"Game of Thrones" came back with a wallop last night, but what struck me as most interesting – and what should really set this season apart if it keeps up – was the weight of every key moment. Thrones premieres have a tendency to skip around at breakneck speed to remind us where everyone is, but "Two Swords" had the gall to do… not that. We still got a fair amount of skipping, but it was focused, drawn out, and the biggest scenes – like the last one – had room to breathe. And mount a lot of dread. And kill a lot of bad guys.

But let's backtrack to the begi...
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Recap: 'Girls' Season 3 Finale Leaves Us With A Number Of Cliffhangers

March 24th, 2014 11:30am EDT
'Girls' Season 3 Finale
In "One Man's Trash" – the season two episode of "Girls" that inspired much debate – Hannah spent a passionate weekend in the brownstone of a recently separated, very handsome doctor (played by Patrick Wilson). That such a conventionally attractive man would be interested in Hannah set a lot of viewers off. It was too implausible, they said. Too beyond the realm of reality.

I was fine with that episode – attraction and sexuality are fluid, hard to peg and define ideas – but I had a lot of issue's with last night's season three finale "Two Plane Rides." In it, we learn that Hannah has been ...
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'Girls' Season 3 Episode 10 Recap: 'Role-Play'

March 10th, 2014 9:47am EDT
'Girls' Season 3 Episode 10 Recap: 'Role-Play'
With only two episodes left, Girls is finally confirming my fears – and its well-established theme – that all good things must end. Or at least fizzle out into an indeterminable future. After a season of mostly ups for our heroine (or antiheroine, more like it), Hannah's bubble of bliss is deflated in one sad, not-how-she-expected-things-to-turn-out date night with Adam.

But let's not get ahead of ourselves. The episode began with one of my favorite montages in the show's history: Hannah getting roaringly drunk with her co-workers, barfing on the sidewalk and getting hosed down in someone ...
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'Girls' Season 3 Episode 8 Recap: 'Incindentals'

February 24th, 2014 10:50am EST
Girls
After last week's "getaway" episode, which felt like more of a one-act play than an episode of television, this week's Girls is back to business. If you're expecting the ladies to be walking on eggshells around each other after their explosive confessions in "Beach House," don't hold your breath. What happened in the Hamptons stays in the Hamptons apparently (except Elijah is back in the friend group – thank god). Instead, if there was a theme for this episode, it would be "jobs" – both the perseverance of career and how relationships, even the ones we don't want, are hard work to maintain....
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'Girls' Season 3 Episode 7 Recap: 'Beach House'

February 17th, 2014 12:03pm EST
Girls
The best episodes of Girls take the ladies in question out of their element and see how they react to a new environment. Last season's "One Man's Trash" – where Hannah spent a weekend in the luxurious home of a handsome doctor – has a lot in common with last night's episode, which sees the girls on vacation in the Hamptons. They're there to recharge as a friend group – a construct that Marnie dreams to life, in an effort to salvage their crumbling relationships. It doesn't take long, however, for that plan to foil, and the re-arrival of Elijah doesn't help.

Hannah runs into Elijah downtown...
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'Girls' Season 3 Episode 6 Recap: Free Snacks

February 10th, 2014 8:37am EST
'Girls' Season 3 Episode 6
Are our Girls finally growing up? So it would seem.

Let’s break it down:

Hannah finally has a reason to quip Grumpys: she lands a job at GQ. No, not as a contributing writer (as Ray so lovingly points out when she quits: “There’s no way GQ hires you as a staff writer”), but as an advertorial section assistant for Neiman-Marcus. It sounds, and probably is, menial as far as magazine jobs go, but it’s still a position at one of the highest quality publications in the world. And even though this is Hannah, meaning a breakdown of some sort is imminent, it’s nice to see her make friends with f...
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'Girls' Season 3 Episode 4 Recap: Deep Inside

January 27th, 2014 11:33am EST
'Girls' Season 3 Episode 4 Recap: Deep Inside
Is it normal to be selfishly detatched when someone we're close to dies? That's the question at the beating heart of this week's Girls, which opens with the death of Hannah's beloved editor, David. David's passing means that Hannah's left to evaluate her place in the world of writing now that she's lost her most trusted ally. And if that sounds selfish – surely she should also be concerned that, you know, her good friend and mentor is dead – it is. That's kind of the point. And Hannah knows it. She spends the episode pondering why it is she feels nothing – to Adam, his sister, Laird, Ray (w...
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'Girls' Season 3 Episode 3 Recap: The 'Girls' Celebrate Hannah's 25th Birthday

January 20th, 2014 12:38pm EST
'Girls' Season 3 Episode 3 Recap
Well, Girls certainly delights in making us uncomfortable, no?

I can't tell which is worse: Marnie forcing Hannah into an awkward rendition of "Take Me or Leave Me" from Rent, or Adam's crazy sister, Caroline, crushing glass in her hand while she stands half-nude (the bottom half) in Hannah's bathroom.

But we'll get to that. The centerpiece of the episode is Hannah's 25th birthday. The party environment is a good way to get the cast together in one space and let them work off each other. Even Hannah's parents are along for the ride. And it certainly is a ride, with exactly the sort of hij...
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