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Yaysa Roque-Rivera is a college graduate with a degree in Cinema Studies currently delaying the inevitability of graduate school by writing about film and television on the internets. She is passionate and borderline obsessive when it comes to her favorite TV shows which include Mad Men, Parks and Recreation, Friday Night Lights, 30 Rock, Lost, among many, many others.

'The Affair' Season 1 Episode 2 Review

10/20/2014 3:52pm EDT
The Affair
The Affair is back with its second episode complete with a brand new title sequence and song courtesy of Fiona Apple. The new intro is a nice antecedent to the drama with its evocative beach-themed visuals and dramatic musical style; it certainly sets the stage for what is to come.

If the pilot for the series introduces us to the main characters and its compelling narrative structure, then the second episode begins to weave the intricate web of circumstances/events that bring these people to where they are in the present day. The narrative unfolds like a Rube Goldberg machine, little bits ...

'The Affair' Pilot Recap: Showtime Has A Most Interesting And Fascinating Drama On Its Hands

10/13/2014 9:55am EDT
'The Affair' Pilot Recap: Showtime Has A Most Interesting And Fa
The Affair kicked off its first season with an engrossing pilot episode that went beyond what most of us assumed the show to be about. This isn’t just another titillating story about two people embarking on an illicit, extramarital affair; it is a compelling study of memory, perception and so much more.

The first episode serves as a captivating introduction to the lives of our main characters, Noah (Dominic West) and Alison (Ruth Wilson), and establishes the enthralling narrative structure that makes the series such an intriguing exploration of human behavior. Told from two different persp...

TV Theory Of The Week - 'Orphan Black': Is This The End For Cosima?

6/11/2014 8:43am EDT
Tatiana Maslany as Cosima
The latest episode of Orphan Black did not end on a high note. It seems that Dr. Ethan Duncan’s addition to the Dyad came a wee bit too late. Just when we think things are on the up and up for dear ol’ Cos, BOOM! she dramatically collapses into a seizure in the final moments of the episode. Will this be the end of the brilliant Cosima? It certainly doesn’t look good for her. All signs are pointing to her tragic death, but will the writers actually kill a seminal member of the Clone Club?

The second season hasn’t been quite compelling for Cosima, her arc has been utilized to inform the plot...

TV Theory Of The Week - 'Game Of Thrones': Samwell Tarley, Wildling Prey?

4/8/2014 3:28pm EDT
Samwell Tarley
But he’s so lovable! HBO’s Game of Thrones is back with a new season and many complications threatening some of our beloved characters. Like our favorite member of the Night’s Watch, Samuell Tarley, who might soon be meeting his end in a horrifying way. Sure, it’s kind of a miracle that Sam is still alive what with his complete lack of physical prowess, but he has definitely become a likable and sympathetic character and one of the better aspects of the Night’s Watch/North segments of the series. Let’s face it Jon Snow ain’t that engaging, he is whiny and knows nothing, whereas Sam knows a ...

'Hannibal' Theory Of The Week: Hannibal Gives Will A Helping Hand?

3/10/2014 3:20pm EDT
'Hannibal' Theory Of The Week: Hannibal Gives Will A Helping Han
Perhaps. The promo for the next episode, “Hassun” previews a new crop of murders that are suspiciously similar to the ones Will Graham is accused of committing. The synopsis of the episode states as follows: ’S STRONGEST DETRACTORS ARE FORCED TO RECONSIDER THE CASE AGAINST HIM.

As suggested, the emergence of these crimes will bring up questions concerning Will’s possible innocence as well as the idea of there being a copycat killer out there. But there is also the possibility that the person staging these deliberately reminiscent and elaborate killings is Hannibal himself.

Dr. Lecter coul...

'Mad Men' Key Art Revealed: 'The Final Season Begins'

3/10/2014 10:48am EDT
'Mad Men' Key Art Revealed: 'The Final Season Begins'
It’s here! The first crop of advertising materials for the final season of AMC’s Mad Men has arrived and finally we can scrutinize over every detail and overanalyze every aspect in attempts to make sense of the usually cryptic images. Mad Men is a show infamous for the wild speculation it elicits in its fan base. The sixth season alone inspired many a crazy theory: from Megan’s imminent death to a time-traveling Bobby Draper. Of course, we don’t really need actual episodes to come up with insane theories and predictions, so as we await the season premiere in April 13, the promotional materi...

'American Horror Story: Coven' - 'The Seven Wonders' Finale Recap

2/1/2014 9:38am EST
'American Horror Story: Coven' - 'The Seven Wonders' Finale Reca
Oh Coven, cant’ say that I’ll miss you much or that I’m sad to see you go but, you were an often fun, mostly strange and frustrating ride. It isn’t necessarily accurate to say that the finale is an utter disappointment, especially since the entire season has been kind of a let down. But it was virtually free of any shocks or surprises; even the apparent “plot twists” were predictable and expected. As always, there are some great moments, lines of dialogue and performances that make the episode bearable, but it ultimately falls flat and left me feeling cold. Also, where was the horror? This ...

'American Horror Story: Coven' Theory Of The Week - Is This The End Of Fiona?

1/27/2014 10:26am EST
American Horror Story: Coven
Let’s face it; whenever somebody “dies” in Coven, it is hard to take it at face value. Time and time again, characters emerged from their apparent deaths to the surprise of nobody. I mean, Madison, Myrtle, Misty, Queenie, Kyle, need I go on? So when Fiona was brutally killed by the Axeman last episode, it is only natural for us to question the validity or permanence of such an act. There is a slight possibility that Cordelia’s vision is a manipulation by Fiona, yes she saw the violent attack and supposed aftermath (Fiona got fed to the alligators), but Fiona is a pretty powerful witch. Or e...

'American Horror Story: Coven' - 'Go To Hell' Recap

1/24/2014 8:32am EST
American Horror Story: Coven
With everything that happens in this latest episode of American Horror Story, “Go To Hell”, it really is a rather dull hour of television. Particularly AHS, which has always provided a smidgen of something to keep me entertained. Sure, it has its bit moments of excitement and shock, but ultimately left me feeling… Underwhelmed? Bored? Indifferent? This season hasn’t been the strongest in terms of story or character, so I don’t expect an instant improvement on that front, but while Coven’s narrative has suffered greatly, its sense of fun and entertainment has never really wavered. Whenever t...

'American Horror Story:Coven' Theory Of The Week - What Will Be Fiona's Fate?

1/22/2014 9:45am EST
'American Horror Story:Coven' Theory Of The Week
Fiona’s search for immortality has been a major aspect of Coven’s narrative. Along with who will be the next Supreme it is what drives most of the story. The two are intrinsically tied, as Fiona desperately wants to stop the next Supreme from assuming power. She longs to kill her successor in order to remain alive and in power. The season has derived much of its drama and conflict from this very situation and there are many ways these dilemmas could be solved. Fiona is very willing to do anything to get her way. Will this obsessive pursuit be her downfall? 

American Horror Story has a hist...